ICATER BYOD Event & Webinars

ICATER is a technology and universal design resource for all members of the education community to build learner capacity, and increase access to learning opportunities.

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Link to register for Burlington: https://goo.gl/Uyp5JF
Link to register for Ottumwa: https://goo.gl/KBNPA8


Join ICATER for Wednesday webinars in January & February at 3:00 PM via Zoom at https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/883345837.

  • January 6  = Speak It! (Now on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15-Vvw98V3U)
  • January 13 = Readability (Chrome extension)
  • January 20 = Compass with Visual Scenes
  • January 27 = Dyscalculator
  • February 3 = Read and Write for iPad
  • February 10 = One Handed Keyboards
  • February 17 = Zoom (Chrome extensions)
  • February 24 = Autismate 365

Powerful Assistive Technology (AT) can greatly increase learning and reduce barriers for all students. Our purpose is to make AT available to you. Come and visit our lab to learn all about the latest in speech to text and text to speech software, cool apps for iPad and iPod, Read and Write Gold, Blio, and other great products that reduce or eliminate barriers for all students.

Learn more at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/centers/icater/default.aspx

GPAEA Schools in the News – January 2016

Post updated throughout the month. Did we miss something? Send your school news to jennifer.woodley@gpaea.org.

Note: The articles compiled in this list come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. GPAEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and GPAEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles. Some articles may be available only by subscription.

Iowa high school seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp® honors

Iowa high school seniors sought for National Youth Science Camp® honors

January 13 (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that two Iowa high school seniors have the opportunity to receive full scholarships to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) this summer in West Virginia. The students will exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds during the nearly month-long experience.

The camp includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight camping trips into the Monongahela National Forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.

The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to scholarship recipients. Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation® allow delegates to participate in this educational experience. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided.

Delegates arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, June 15, and depart on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest.

Application forms are available on the NYSC website at http://apply.nysc.org.

NYSC Application Deadline: February 17, 2016 at 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Celebrating the New Year

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The new year is upon us and, I believe, it’s an ideal time for reflection and celebration. I hope you won’t mind my sharing a few observations from 2015 that I believe are worthy of celebration. Here goes:

Graduation rates across the state are increasing– Given Iowa’s funding challenges and demographic shifts over the past decade, the fact that Iowa posted the highest high school graduation rate in the country this year is truly a cause for celebration. More locally, our area high schools have nearly universally increased completion rates now for several years. The reasons for this growth are myriad, but I attribute much of the growth to a renewed emphasis on collaborative instructional leadership and the increased use of data teams and professional learning communities. Let’s not forget, though, that these systemic changes are, at the end of the day, the result of a great deal of individual hard work and a collective commitment to seeing every child succeed. Teachers, counselors, and administrators in our area high schools should feel proud for the work they are doing. It’s working.

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1:1 Programs Amplify Instruction… For Better or Worse

Pupils In Class Using Digital TabletSeth Denney, Instructional Technology Specialist

Before I started to write this article, I asked two non-techie colleagues for ideas. Both of
them told me, “Write about how 1:1 programs are not improving teaching and learning.”
Challenge accepted…

Technology Amplifies Instruction
Districts have implemented 1:1 laptop programs for several reasons, hoping to teach 21st
century skills, compete with other districts for open enrollees, and improve student
achievement (among other reasons). But we all know that there is no panacea in education.Buying technology, without changing instruction, can be very costly. Continue reading

PD Opportunities – January 2016

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators, administrators, AEA staff
Dates: 1/12/2016 to 1/26/2016

What can you do when individual students need more intensive analysis of their behavior because the interventions you are currently using are not successful? Participants in this course will learn a variety of data collection methods to assist in identifying the function of problem behavior. Content will focus on the ABC (antecedent-behavior-consequence) relationship. An emphasis on how to link interventions to function of behavior will be provided.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK-12 teachers, para educators, administrators, AEA staff

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: January 6, 2016

Focus On Teaching: Using Video to Gather Data–Jim Knight (Fairfield)

Location: Fairfield Convention Center (Fairfield, IA) [map]
Audience: Model/Open Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Technology Coaches, Administrators.
Dates: 1/13/2016

This one day workshop supports Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching model and using video to gather data in order to work with teachers and set measurable, student focused goals. To improve our teaching methods, we must understand what our current teaching methods. A classroom is a dynamic environment and there is always a lot going on that can be missed in the moment. The solution is video. Jim Knight’s new content focuses on strategies that model/open classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teams and administrators can use to get the most out of using video. Protocols, data gathering forms and many other tools will help you get the most out of watching video! Lunch is on your own.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Model/Open Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Technology Coaches, Administrators.

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ICATER App Webinars

ICATER is a technology and universal design resource for all members of the education community to build learner capacity, and increase access to learning opportunities.

Join ICATER for Wednesday webinars in January at 3:00 PM.

Join the Zoom at https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/883345837.

January 6  = Speak It!

January 13 = Readability (Chrome extension)

January 20 = Compass with Visual Scenes

January 27 = Dyscalculator

Powerful Assistive Technology (AT) can greatly increase learning and reduce barriers for all students. Our purpose is to make AT available to you. Come and visit our lab to learn all about the latest in speech to text and text to speech software, cool apps for iPad and iPod, Read and Write Gold, Blio, and other great products that reduce or eliminate barriers for all students.

Learn more at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/centers/icater/default.aspx

Introducing PebbleGo!

pepple go

PebbleGo is an engaging, interactive database with subjects that correlates to curriculum standards. Subjects covered in PebbleGo are animals, biographies, science, social studies, and dinosaurs. Lesson plans are available for each subject area, too.

PebbleGo is the first step in research designed to meet the needs of K-2 students. Though Pebble Go is designed for K-2, it would fit a curriculum for Pre-K, and it would be ideal for differentiation at the  3rd grade level.

Its simple navigation is an appealing feature for the younger children.  The navigation includes these features:

  • keyword searching
  • large visual images for searching
  • five tab navigation for easy to find information

PebbleGo extends learning with these other features:

  • video and audio clips
  • guided instructions to cite sources
  • a printable template for “Share What you Know”

PebbleGo has features for the early reader with leveled text and spoken-word audio:

  • ability to turn audio on/off
  • bolded words have glossary definitions and pronunciations
  • follow along with text highlighting

Follow these instructions to access PebbleGo:

  1. Go to www.gpaea.org
  2. Scroll down to Media Library and click on the icon → MediaLibrary
  3. As long as access to the database is gained from the media page, a username or password is not necessary.
  4. If you are using Safari on an ipad, bookmark the site from the library media website for ease of accessibility.

If you have further questions in regards to PebbleGo, email mediacenter@gpaea.org or    call – T 319.753.6561 | 800.382.8970 / T 641.682.8591 | 800.622.0027

Please enjoy this wonderful database designed for lower elementary children!