Thursday, July 2, 2015

AEA PD Online Training System Upgrades

http://training.aeapdonline.org
AEA PD Online's training server houses professional development modules and self-paced courses for Iowa educators.  This system will be off line for upgrades on Monday, July 6, 2015 starting at 8:00 am.  The system should be back online sometime after noon on the 6th.  
Some of the system updates will include:
  • Users will now log in using the email of their account.
  • Users will be asked to update their profile information including BoEE folder number and district information.
  • Districts will have more administrative functions to personalize the system including; 
    • creating district groups, 
    • automatic notifications and expiration notifications, 
    • exporting of district usage reports, 
    • uploading of district created modules,
    • and many more functions.
Based on user feedback, several things have been updated to make it easier to find things that users access the most.  This includes a cleaner look to the site navigation as well as easier ability to access certificates.  In future blogs we will highlight some of the new functions.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today's Students and Digital Learning

The NROC Project is hosting a free webinar titled "Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Today's Students and Digital Learning".  Join Project tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans, for an overview of the annual Speak Up Research Project.  This project is designed to provide schools nationwide with insights into how today's students want to leverage digital tools for learning. This year's study focused on the views and attitudes of students in four specific types of digital learning environments:
  • Laptop initiatives
  • Blended learning
  • Online learning
  • STEM initiatives

Come to learn and consider the impact on new strategies you may be considering to engage 21st Century learners.

This webinar is on June 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm (central time).  Click here to Register

Friday, June 19, 2015

The 3 R's of Summer-Part 2


 


 

Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate!
Refresh verb:
to bring back to a former condition or vigor <brought out some iced tea to refresh the spirits of the folks working out in the sun>

Recharge your batteries—an expression I have often heard and used. How will you “refresh and recharge” yourself this summer? Summer is often a time to look back on the past year as well as look forward to the coming school year. What worked? What didn’t? What will you change? How will you change it?

Teachers need to take time to recharge, reflect, and reinvigorate.

Take time to look at the following resources. They may give you some ideas for how you can get your passion and energy to teach revived.

·      Teaching Matters: How to Keep Your Passion and Thrive in Today’s Classroom by Todd Whitaker & Beth Whitaker—a review of the book


While these resources talk about classroom teachers, many of the ideas also apply to online teachers. Online teachers need time to recharge as well as they are probably as much, if not more, “on” with their students—almost 24-7.

Refresh Your Practice by Roby R. Jackson
 

So, what ideas and strategies to you have for refreshing yourself? Go!





Peggy Steinbronn, Ed.D.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keystone TIC Session - Personalized Learning & Digital Citizenship

Our last presentation at the Keystone AEA's TIC conference is on Personalized Learning & Digital Citizenship.  We will be overviewing the progress we made on our personalized learning system in 2014-15, showcase this year's pilots (including the work completed in the Digital Citizenship pilot), and give you a glimpse of what is to come next fall.  We are in Meeting Room 5 at 11:15.

Handouts for the session

Personalized Learning System
Summer Cohort Registration
Excellence & Ethics Curriculum handout
Facilitated v. Personalized
System Functions & Features

Webinar overview of the system




Presentation Slideshow




Keystone TIC Session - Blended Learning Supports

We are presenting again today at the Keystone AEA's TIC conference.  In fact, we have two presentations today.

At 10:00 in Meeting Room 5, we will be showcasing the ways schools are benefiting from our supports for blended learning.  We partner with Keystone AEA, who provides blended cohorts for teachers on how to implement blended learning.  For districts outside of Keystone AEA, we offer the same supports.  This includes:

• Help with local vision
• Support for technological infrastructure
• Rapid e-curriculum development
• Ongoing tech support
• Assistance moving towards best practice
• Professional development




Handouts for the session:
How it All Fits
The "Zero-Entry Pool"
Learning System Hosting
OLLIE & MOLLIE

Monday, June 15, 2015

Keystone TIC Session - Moving Your District's PD Online

We are presenting tomorrow and Wednesday at Keystone AEA's TIC conference.  First up tomorrow at 2:45 in Salon B is a must-see session for any administrator in attendance.

We will take a look at what 6 different groups are doing to deliver online professional development to teachers.  Districts across Iowa are challenging the traditional delivery models for professional development, finding new ways to utilize the resources provided by AEA PD Online to offer on-demand and just-in-time PD for their staff.

We'll take a look at:
• Panorama - Tapping into self-paced courses
• Prairie Lakes AEA - Developing HR trainings for employees
• Woodward-Granger - Taking those trainings to the next level
• Gilbert - Going deeper with a facilitated course
• Statewide TLC - Using an online community of practice
• Cedar Rapids - Using train-the-trainer with facilitated courses


Handouts for the session:
Self-Paced Courses
Training System
AEA PD Online - Course Catalog
Facilitated v. Personalized

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Upcoming Courses: July 1-Aug. 15, 2015





See below for a list of upcoming online professional learning opportunities. To register, click on the activity number listed with each course. To conduct your own search for professional development classes, download the AEA PD Online app at myapp.is/aeapdonline or click here to go to the AEA PD Online catalog.

Spanish for Educators Online
Register at 22000799991601
Dates: July 2-Aug. 13, 2015
Credit(s): 3 (Renewal Only)


Combining Character Education and Curriculum Content
Register at 22028299991601

Dates: July 6-Aug. 5, 2015
Credit(s): 1

Elements: Moving to Mobile Learning
Register at 22023099991601
Dates: July 6-Aug. 11, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Google in the Classroom
Register at 22028899991601
Dates: July 6-Aug. 16, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Standards-Based Teaching II: Assessment and Grading
Register at 22025899991602
Dates: July 6-July 30, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (Renewal Only)

Total Participation Techniques
Register at 22020199991601
Dates: July 6-Aug. 7, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Using Agriculture to Teach Concepts & Skills in an Engaging Way - Siouxland
Register at 22026799991601
Dates: July 6-Oct. 1, 2015
Credit(s): 1

Using Blended Learning to Teach Comprehensive Musicianship
Register at 22026599991601
Dates: July 6-Aug. 10, 2015
Credit(s): 2

OLLIE: Introduction to the Online Learner
Register at 22001399991602
Dates: July 8-July 28, 2015
Credit(s): 

Personalized Learning: Helping Your Students Take Charge of their Learning
Register at 22027099991601
Dates: July 8-Aug. 4, 2015
Credit(s): 2

Introducing Asian Literature
Register at 22011099991601
Dates: July 9-Aug. 13, 2015
Credit(s): 2 (Renewal)

Professional Learning Communities/Data Teams' Role in Assessment/MtSS/RtI I
Register at 22025999991601
Dates: July 9-Aug. 10, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal)

Data Collection for Critical Thinking
Register at 22025399991601
Dates: July 13-Aug. 24, 2015
Credit(s): 3

Learning Central Asia: Beyond the Headlines
Register at 22010199991601
Dates: July 14-Aug. 12, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal only)

Agriculture to Teach Concepts & Skills in an Engaging Way - Jefferson Co.
Register at 22026899991601
Dates: July 15-Oct. 15, 2015
Credit(s):  1


MOLLIE: Blended Learning
Register at 22015099991602
Dates: July 15-Aug. 18, 2015
Credit(s): 2


OLLIE: Online Facilitation
Register at 22009699991601
Dates: July 15-Aug. 18, 2015
Credit(s): 2


Powerful Project Based Learning
Register at 22024699991602
Dates: July 15-Aug. 21, 2015
Credit(s): 2


Effective Teacher Mentoring and Coaching
Register at 22025799991601
Dates: July 16-Aug. 17, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal)


Using the iPad in the Science Classroom
Register at 22013199991601
Dates: July 17-Aug. 31, 2015
Credit(s): 2


Incorporating Quality Questioning for Student Engagement and Learning
Register at 22024499991601
Dates: July 23-Aug. 17, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal)


ICDA 2015 Promoting Choral Heritage
Register at 22028999991601
Dates: July 27-Aug. 10, 2015
Credit(s): 1


iEvaluate
Register at 22017299991601
Dates: July 27-Sept. 18, 2015
Credit(s): 2 (renewal)


iMovie: Digital Video in the Classroom
Register at 22000399991601
Dates: July 27-Aug. 16, 2015
Credit(s): 1


MovieMaker: Digital Video in the Classroom
Register at 22000699991601
Dates: July 27-Aug. 16, 2015
Credit(s): 1


Multi-tiered System of Supports II: Implementation and Monitoring
Register at 22025599991601
Dates: July 27-Aug. 24, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal)


Incorporating Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to Increase Learning
Register at 22025699991601
Dates: July 28-Aug. 24, 2015
Credit(s): 1 (renewal)


Methods of Teaching Elementary Fine Arts
Register at 22027899991602
Dates: Aug. 3-Aug. 24, 2015
Credit(s): 1


iEvaluate
Register at 22017299991602
Dates: Aug. 10-Oct 2, 2015
Credit(s): 2 (renewal)


Mackin VIA: Curriculum Integration
Register at 22015499991601
Dates: Aug. 10-Oct. 15, 2015
Credit(s): 1


Monday, June 8, 2015

The Alvo Institute's Blended Learning Practitioners' Circle 101: Overview of Blended Learning from Theory to Practice

The Alvo Institute, Grantwood AEA, and AEA PD Online are excited to offer another
session of The Alvo Institue's Blended Learning Practitioners’ Circle 101:  Overview of Blended Learning from Theory to Practice. Join us for an eight-week exploration of blended learning with a focus on moving from theory to action. Whether you are new to blended or refining your current blended model, this exciting collaborative will help you deepen your practice, expertise and vision. Alvo’s Practitioners’ Circle brings together researchers and educators from across the country to form a virtual innovators’ roundtable. We are fortunate to be joined by the blended practitioners from around the country who will share their experience from the field.

Throughout the course, beginning on July 13, 2015, practitioners will have opportunities to learn, try things in their classrooms or schools, reflect, refine and share, each week.  Participants will have an opportunity to discuss current research, explore Alvo’s educator-designed resources, test classroom-based examples of blended practices, share their experiences and learn from the nation’s earliest and most successful blended learning pioneers.


Participants will have access to course content starting July 6, however the course does not officially start until July 13, 2015. Required readings and scheduled webinars are planned. Webinar dates and times will be announced closer to the start of the class.  All webinars will be recorded if participants cannot attend the live event. Most dates have two options for attending webinars as indicated below:

Register Online at http://thealvoinstitute.mrooms.net/login/index.php (If you have never registered with ALVO before, you will need to first create an account.)



Early Bird Registration ends June 29, 2015: $220

Registration after June 29 is $350

AEA PD Online is offering 3 license renewal or graduate credits (Drake,Viterbo, Morningside) for the course, if participants are interested. These costs are in addition to the registration fee.
$25 - License renewal
$135 - Morningside credit
$225 - Drake credit
$225 - Viterbo credit

Friday, June 5, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: WSQ Away to FlipClass Success

Designing an Effective Flipped Learning Environment

Flipping your classroom? Attend this webinar and learn about the WSQ (Watch, Summarize, Question) strategy. This strategy will assist you in:
  • Organizing content and materials
  • Holding students accountable for viewing the content
  • Designing a structured processing activity to help students think deeply about their learning
  • Gathering feedback from students about their understandings and misconceptions
  • preparing for and facilitating discussion among students during class time
June 11, 2015
4:00 p.m

Register here.



The 3 R's of Summer-Part 1


 


 


What are the 3 R's of your summer?

R
elax, Refresh, Rejuvenate!

These are the 3 that I think are necessary to get ready for the next school year. But what do you do to make each of them happen? How do you relax? What do you do that refreshes you? How do you rejuvenate and get the enthusiasm and energy back after a long year of teaching? Do you have a plan to make your summer fun, worthwhile, interesting, and, hopefully, get you ready for the new school year?

Relax: to reduce or stop work, effort, application, etc., especially for the sake of rest or recreation.

How do you relax? Do you plan time to relax? What if you took 20-30 minutes a day, every day, this summer, to really unwind, relax, meditate, do "nothing"?  If 30 minutes seems too long, start with 5 or 10 minutes per day. Then reflect on what that "down" time has done for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Do you notice any changes?

My idea of relaxing is to sit in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee and my knitting bag. Well, that is just one of the ways I like to relax. Taking time to do things I like to do, or am interested in--reading a book just for the fun of it, not because I have to; reading a "professional" book that I have been wanting to read but just haven't had time to do; taking a class to learn something new--a new knitting technique, an online course, etc. I am not usually one to just sit and do nothing. But I probably should--sitting still for 5 - 10 minutes is still doing something. There are benefits to being "still" for a few minutes every day.

Practicing relaxation exercises/ techniques on a daily basis can produce, over time, a general feeling of relaxation and increased well-being that benefits every area of your life. When you feel relaxed and at ease, you feel more in control which leads to calm, realistic responses. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, music and art therapy are a few techniques to get yourself to a truly relaxed state. But it takes practice.

Check out these ideas for getting started at: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/hr/hrdepts/asap/Documents/Relaxation_Techniques.pdf 

 


In the Spotlight:

Subtext--an app for Book Discussions

Subtext is a free iPad app that can be used for students and teachers to have digital book discussions.



Using Subtext you can:
  •  Read ebooks
  • Annotate ebooks
  • Create quizzes about ebooks
  • Write blog posts about the ebooks read
There are options for private and public book discussion groups and you can build bookshelves for groups.
More resources on using this in your classroom 





Peggy Steinbronn, Ed.D.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Learn more about connecting ELA and Social Studies Standards

Learn more about building literacy in Social Studies with these self paced modules (not for credit) found in the AEA PD Online Teacher Training system.
  • Building Literacy in Social Studies: Introduction to the Standards
  • Building Literacy in Social Studies: Disciplinary Literacy
  • Building Literacy in Social Studies: Overview of Instructional Shifts
  • Building Literacy in Social Studies: Informational Text

Monday, June 1, 2015

Important Changes for Administrators Coming to the Training System

We have many changes coming to our training system on July 1; we will be highlighting those changes over the next few weeks, including a tour of the new site just before it goes live.  Today, we are focusing on several important new features for a local administrator to personalize the system for their own district.

1. "Favoriting"

We have several districts that heavily utilize the "district module" area, including uploading and creating their own trainings.  Now, you will be able to add statewide trainings to that area as well, so you have one area for teachers to look at all the trainings.  When logged in as and admin and looking at the trainings, you will see a "favorite" button.




Clicking on that will then add the module in the district list.  As an admin, you can easily "unfavorite" it if you would like.



Note, the system also will be updating its browsing features, making it easier to find trainings (now that our total is well over 100)!

 


 2. District-specific Training Information

Ever want to add district-specific information to a training, such as who the local contact person is for MSDS sheets in the Right to Know training?  Or where particular policies are posted locally?  Now you can.  Within trainings, districts can modify the district-specific pages to add their own information.  Unmodified pages will simply refer participants to check with their local school officials about those policies.

3. Customized Theming

This one is very exciting.  Each district can customize the look and feel of the system.  Here is a look at the interface:

By entering in the "hex codes" for colors (see your school's web designer or art teachers if you have not heard the term "hex code" before) as well as uploading your logo, you can transform the system into this:



And, there's much more, including the ability for districts to create their own self-pace courses, assign modules to groups of employees (e.g. custodians, first-grade teachers, custodians that are also first grade teachers), and send out notifications.  Be sure to check the blog to see more updates this month!