Communicating and Collaborating With Feedback

Sue Kientz, GPAEA Instructional Technology Coach

I recently saw a summary of results from a survey McGraw-Hill Education conducted with college students. The report highlight:

The survey of more than 2,600 U.S. college students shows that students are embracing technology for its ability to help them learn more effectively through continual feedback”

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This shouldn’t really be a surprise to educators.  We know students learn more when they are given feedback.  Within this article Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education’s group president of U.S. Education, commented:

  • “Students today have an almost insatiable hunger for instant and continual feedback. By using technology to deliver learning experiences that leverage those motivations, we can capitalize on an enormous opportunity to improve learning outcomes.”
  • “Adaptive learning technology provides just that kind of actionable, real-time feedback, and does so in a way that’s incredibly personalized. It’s gratifying to see these technologies align so perfectly with college students’ own motivations.”

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Scale-Up with Spatial-Temporal Math

Lynn Selking, GPAEA Math Specialist

According to the STEM Scale-Up Program Menu for 2016-2017, “ST Math is game-based instructional software designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.”

What does it look like to do math through “visual learning?”  What does “graphically-rich” mean?  Does this mean a video game format with a lot colors and shapes moving about on the screen?  No.  In ST Math, there is a quite engaging penguin fellow named Ji Ji who is always trying to get somewhere.  The task of the student is to help JiJi get to where he needs to go.  The software uses no language to introduce or teach concepts. Instead, the game responds to user actions with instant feedback that is linked to both the mathematical concepts in mind and the mathematical implications  of the choice of the student.  Connected mathematical representations are what make learning visual and the graphics rich.

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The image shows JiJi moving to where the student placed the balloon gondola.  If the gondola is placed correctly, JiJi will climb on board and sail up with the balloons.  If the gondola is not placed correctly, JiJi returns to zero and waits for the next attempt.

ST Math has been used in the Danville Community School District in Great Prairie AEA during the 2015-2016 school year. The students are enjoying the program.

2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program Application Due March 1

Tami Plein and Rosemary Peck, GPAEA Science Specialists

Iowa STEM logoThe 2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program Application is now open – deadline is March 1 at 5 PM.

As you consider applying for a Scale-Up program, remember Iowa has adopted NGSS Performance Expectations as grade specific K-8 and grade banded High School standards. While there are alignment documents that each program has submitted, you need to always be a critical consumer of all curricular materials. Our new Iowa Science Standards (NGSS) as still very new. Achieve and NSTA have said that nothing is 100% aligned with NGSS at this point in time.

Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the conceptual and instructional shifts of the NGSS standards. Utilize the teachers/coaches in your district that have completed the State Science Standards Overview module and leverage their learning to help you determine the Scale-Up program’s alignment to our new state standards. Each program’s alignment document can be accessed by clicking on the Scale-Up program’s title from the Scale-Up Program Menu A one-page summary will open for that program and on that page will be a link to their alignment document.

A focus of state professional development next year will be the Science EQuIP rubric. This is a tool that will help educators evaluate lesson and unit alignment to our new standards. GPAEA Science Network 3 teachers have had some experience using the Science EQuIP rubric and can help guide alignment decisions. Curriculum work is always a work in progress and continued learning is needed for us to be able to implement these new standards.

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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

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

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

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!

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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!

Albia Awarded STEM Grant

Albia brought many leaders to the table, including classroom teachers, school administrators, community college representatives and business partners.

Albia brought many leaders to the table, including classroom teachers, school administrators, community college representatives and business partners.

Congratulations to the Albia Community School District and Des Moines Hoover High School for being two of the 12 STEM BEST/RLE programs awarded across the state. Each will receive $25,000 grants for STEM education programs, to be matched by the home district.

So what makes these two programs unique?

Albia Community School District
Albia’s efforts focused on a Redesigned Learning Environment (RLE). This smaller, rural district is housed in such a way that the room will be used by grades 3-12. In addition, the district’s proposal went well beyond STEM’s traditional reach and included elementary reading and social studies. Community and business partners demonstrated strong support of the district’s current and future efforts.

Hoover High School–Des Moines Community School District
Hoover’s program will focus on growing their RLE Classroom by incorporating the Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) model. The proposal proposed expanding opportunities for authentic research experiences in the community, which integrate and enhance Hoover’s current STEM offerings.  In Hoover’s STEM Academy, the diversity of participation closely correlates to the numbers represented in the school’s total population, including ELL, special needs, gender and minority affiliation. This creates a solid foundation in STEM for all.

Albia and Hoover will become models for other interested districts. If you would like more information on STEM BEST/RLE or would like to visit once programs are up and running, contact Dr. Sarah Derry scstemhub@drake.edu.

What Matters Most: Research on Elevating Parent Expectations

Annette Clarahan, Parent Educator Coordinator

Mt Pleasant Transition Planning

Secondary Transition Planning for Educators and Families

Family Involvement is a greater predictor of successful outcomes for youth than income or social status.

So how do we help families recognize the importance of Secondary Transition planning?   By training educators and parents the importance of planning for Secondary Transition early on. In Mt. Pleasant on November 16 – 17th the Parent Educator Connection (PEC) sponsored a Secondary Transition Family Planning with GPAEA Transition Coordinators presenting the four PACER Modules for Secondary Transition.

  • From Disability to Possibility
  • Road to Discovery
  • Taking the Next Step
  • Exploring and Preparing for Work as an Adult

Participants are able to take the curriculum back to their district and share the information with parents as appropriate. Others have partnered with a parent in hosting a Secondary Transition Night for parents with service providers present. Parents are also sharing the information at Parent Support groups.

We can help families learn the importance of high expectations for their child at an early age and help in making sure those involved in their child’s life have the same expectations.

If you are interested in attending this 2 day class we will be offering it again in Albia on April 18 & 19, 2016. 

Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1963852

More reading: http://partnershipsinemployment.com/wp-content/uploads/parent-expectations_F.pdf

Author/Former NFL Player Tim Green Visits Albia

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Welcome to Iowa! Albia to be exact. Thanks Leann Seddon! What a super librarian :) Posted by Tim Green on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27 best-selling author, lawyer, and former NFL player Tim Green visited Albia to talk to students in grades 3 – 8 and a few high school students, as well.  Lincoln Center students who purchased his books in the pre-order were part of the Tim Green welcoming crew in the high school lobby!

Tim then signed their books in the high school library, looking each student in the eye and asking what they like to do in their spare time.  The high school football boys (and the younger football players, too) especially liked meeting and talking with Tim!

Full article here

Professional Development Opportunities – December

There are a number of PD Opportunities available in December with more being added weekly! BROWSE MYLEARNINGPLAN and search for the courses below.

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – OTTUMWA 12/1/15
  • Check and Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention – OTTUMWA 12/3/15
  • Standards-Based Grading: Read, Reflect, & Refine – SIGOURNEY 12/5/15
  • Improving Literacy Instruction in the Classroom – EDDYVILLE 12/7/15
  • RESPECT: Recognizing Everyones Strengths by Peacebuilding, Empathizing, Communicating and Trustbuilding – ALBIA 12/7/15
  • Iowa Alternate Assessment Training for K-3 Special Education Teachers Implementing Phase 1 of the ELI Assessments – FAIRFIELD 12/7/15
  • Serving Gifted Students in Rural Areas – FAIRFIELD 12/8/15
  • MTSS for Early Literacy – ALBIA 12/10/15
  • MTSS for Early Literacy – BURLINGTON 12/10/15
  • MTSS for Early Literacy – FAIRFIELD 12/10/15
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – BURLINGTON 12/11/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Modules 4-6 – OTTUMWA 12/15/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Modules 1-3 -DAY 4- FAIRFIELD 12/17/15
  • The Project Approach – Teaching and Learning for All Students Through Inquiry Based Learning – 12/18/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Module 4 – FAIRFIELD 12/21/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Module 5 – FAIRFIELD 12/22/15