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AEA Online Learning Supports Iowa Digital Learning Plan: Blended Learning

As many of you are aware, Iowa’s Digital Learning Plan is the result of a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Education (Department), Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), the American Institute for Research (AIR) and many stakeholders. (See document herehttp://www.iowaaea.org/about/aea-services/iowas-digital-learning-plan/).

AEA Learning Online has many opportunities for districts to use in support of this Digital Learning Plan. The first we will discuss is how we support Blended and Online Learning.

According to the IDLP, schools should “Foster Ongoing Professional Learning”. Professional learning and development programs should transition to support and develop educators’ identities as fluent users of technology; creative and collaborative problem solvers; and adaptive, socially aware experts throughout their careers.

Districts should also “Develop a teaching force skilled in online and blended instruction”. Our education system continues to see a marked increase in online learning opportunities and blended learning models in traditional schools. To meet the demand, institutions of higher education, school districts, classroom educators, and researchers need to come together to ensure practitioners have access to current information regarding research-supported practices and an understanding of the best use of emerging online technologies to support learning in online and blended spaces. Including:

Technology can enable personalized learning or experiences that are more engaging and relevant. Mindful of the learning objectives, educators might design learning experiences that allow 40 students in a class to choose from a menu of learning experiences—writing essays, producing media, building websites, collaborating with experts across the globe in data collection—assessed via a common rubric to demonstrate their learning. Such technology-enabled learning experiences can be more engaging and relevant to learners.


Personalized Student Learning

Technology enables personalized pathways for student learning through active and collaborative learning activities. Clearly defined sets of learning outcomes guide instruction. The outcomes, and the aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment, reflect the multidisciplinary nature of knowledge; prepare students for our participatory culture through attention to digital literacy and citizenship; and attend to general skills and dispositions, such as reflection, critical thinking, persistence, and perseverance.

Administration and school board provide leadership ensuring that policies and resources equip teachers with the right tools and ongoing support to personalize learning in their classrooms.

AEA Learning Online offers a Blended Learning Cohort as professional development in support of the pedagogical changes teacher must go through to be effective and successful online educators. These cohorts consist of 4 courses that teachers and administrators can take through out a 1 1/2 year period (time period can change depending on need). Credit (no-credit option as well) is available at a significantly reduced rate.

● The first course, "Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction" is a three day face-to-face training on "Blending/Flipping your classroom 1" for one license renewal credit. This introductory course will build pedagogical awareness using Bloom's Taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge for learning about blended learning models, flipped classrooms, the modern learner, essential questions, and summarize and formative assessments in an online environment. Participants will experience a blended learning opportunity each day. (There is an Elementary version and a Secondary Version)

● The second course is a fully online course "Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction" for all grade level teachers as well as an elementary option for two credits (license renewal and graduate) which is available to those who have completed the first course. This course digs deeper into what a blended classroom looks like expanding from course 1. Participants will create a blended unit that can be used in their classroom using best practices of design, content, assessments and collaboration. (There is an Elementary version and a Secondary Version)

● The third in the series is "Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons" which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online for those who have completed the first two courses. This course is also two credits (license renewal and graduate). This course is divided into two parts: Spoken Lesson best practices and design and Text Based Lesson best practices and design. Participants will create a video and a text based lesson created in Softchalk that can be added to their flipped or blended unit.

● Finally the fourth in this series is "Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment "which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online and is also 2 credits (license renewal and graduate) for those who have taken the three other courses. This final cohort course is divided into two parts: creating rigorous and relevant activities and developing appropriate assessments for these activities. These activities and assessments can be added to their flipped or blended unit.

These courses are also meant to support those teachers who wish to move their classes to totally online but scaffolding their knowledge from face to face, to blended to eventual online creation. This can be done in combination with the OLLIE coursework offered by AEA Learning Online and Drake University. The last three courses in the series (six credits) can also be applied to the Drake Online Teacher certification for those that are interested. Learn More Here http://www.iowaaea.org/about/aea-services/iowas-digital-learning-plan/

Offered in conjunction with the Blended Learning Cohort are the OLLIE (Online Learning for Iowa Educators) online courses. These courses take teachers to the next level with facilitation, assessment and feedback intended to help teacher complete the Drake Online Teaching Certificate and support facilitated online instruction.


AEA Learning Online also offers self paced content on Blended Learning and Personalized Learning found in the Teacher Training System. These courses can be taken for learning and/or credit any time from anywhere in a self paced environment.

If you have interest in any of the above learning opportunities for yourself or your staff, contact AEA Learning Online at support@aealearningonline.org or Denise Krefting (dkrefting@aealearningonline.org) or Melissa Wicklund (mwicklund@aealearningonline.org)


Look for our next post where we will discuss how AEA Learning Online supports Digital Citizenship discussed in the IDPL.

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Indianola Teachers Complete Blending Flipping Cohort

Congratulations to these teachers from Indianola Schools who have completed the 4 courses in the Blending Flipping in your Classroom Cohort.

Front to Back: Alison Sauter (Indianola Technology Integration Coach), Shaen
Polasky, Jill Oliver, Samantha Jensen, Mindy Percy, Lisa Stone, Ronda Priebe, Denise Krefting (AEA Learning Online K-12 Instructional Designer,Karen Sorensen, Mitch Curtis, Linda Warner, Wendy Arch and Richard Kazmerzak.


These classes which are offered at several AEAs and even as PD for school districts (such as Indianola CSD) are : Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction (Elementary and a Secondary version), Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction (Elementary and a Secondary version), Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons and Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment. They are offered for license renewal credit, graduate credit or no credit depending on what credit type the participant is interested in. 6 of these credits also qualify for the Drake Online Teaching Certificate. Learn more about the cohort here (https://instructor20.wixsite.com/aealearningonlinebf).


If you are interested in learning more about the Blending Flipping in your Classroom Cohort you can check out this site or contact Denise Krefting (dkrefting@aealearningonline.org) or Melissa Wicklund (mwicklund@aealearningonline.org) at AEA Learning Online.
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Professional Development: Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Cohort


Several Blending Flipping Your Classroom cohorts will be available for teachers this fall at Keystone AEA and Heartland AEA. Course 1 "Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1: Introduction" the start of the four course series will begin in October in both AEAs.

These cohorts consist of 4 courses that teachers and administrators can take through out a 1 1/2 year period. Credit is available at a significantly reduced rate.


The first course (Blending/ Flipping Your Classroom 1- Introduction is a three day face-to-face training on "Blending/Flipping your classroom 1" for one license renewal credit. There is a secondary and an elementary version
The second course is a fully online course "Blending/Flipping 2- Blended Instruction" as well as an elementary option for two credits (license renewal and graduate) which is available to those who have completed the first course.
The third in the series is "Blending/Flipping Your Classroom 3: Designing Online Lessons" which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online for those who have completed the first two courses. This course is also two credits (license renewal and graduate).
Finally the fourth in this series is "Blending/Flipping 4: Activities and Assessment "which will take place as a blended model with two days face-to-face and the rest online and is also 2 credits (license renewal and graduate) for those who have taken the three other courses.


The last three courses in the series (six credits) can also be applied to the Drake Online Teacher certification for those that are interested. Learn more about the cohort below.

If you are interested in signing up or finding out more about the first course in the series offered at

Heartland AEA beginning Oct 24 2018 Read More http://bit.ly/2RkOS0t
Keystone AEA beginning October 27 2018 Read More http://bit.ly/2OWu3qK

Please note that several school districts are also offering the cohort as part of their professional development. Find out more by contacting Denise Krefting or Melissa Wicklund.


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Iowa Teacher Softchalk Lesson Chosen as Lesson of the Week:

Congratulations to Doug Mossengren, high school Science teacher from Van Buren Schools and Wendy Arch, high school Language Arts teacher from Indianola High School whose Softchalk lessons were chosen as Softchalk's Lesson of the Week.

Each week Softchalk selects a stand out, top notch, lesson from SoftChalk Share and features it across their social media platforms. SoftChalk Share is an Open Education Resource (OER), learning object repository with thousands of free learning materials created by educators.


In Dougs's lesson, "Species Concept", students learn about different species concepts including ecological, evolutionary and phylogenetic. They also learn about the issues with the various concepts and why we don't know the exact number of spec. See Dougs's Lesson: https://www.softchalkcloud.com/lesson/serve/MKgEYt0rJ68yLT/html


Wendy's lesson, "Figurative Language Review", discusses how authors use figurative language to reveal the hidden meanings embedded in the words and phrases used to write their stories. Students learn to define and identify examples of similes, metaphors, personification, imagery, and symbolism.. See Wendy's lesson: https://www.softchalkcloud.com/lesson/serve/P65EtmbOXIcRfu/html



Doug and Wendy learned how to use Softchalk and best practices about lesson design in the Blending/Flipping Your Classroom Cohort professional development. Learn more about this professional development at (https://instructor20.wixsite.com/aealearningonlinebf). A new course 1 is beginning at Heartland AEA beginning Oct 25. (Sign up or learn more with this link https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22044299991902INV&True* ) and Keystone AEA beginning Oct 27 (Sign up or learn more with this link http://bit.ly/2OWu3qK )

Softchalk is available at no cost to Iowa teachers teaching in the State of Iowa. If you are interested in learning more about this tool and getting access to it, contact us via email: eabbey@aealearningonline.org, dkrefting@aealearningonline.org or mwicklund@aealearningonline.org.
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Developing an Orientation for First-Time Online Students

Why do students fail or drop out of online courses? Many times, they're unprepared or have unrealistic expectations for what online learning really is.

In this blog post Dena Coots will share her experience developing and implementing an online orientation for first-time online students and how it has impacted them and faculty at Alvin Community College in Texas.

Some key takeaways are:

Tips for redesigning an orientation that contains assessments, maintains outcomes and can be completed in less than an hour
The structure and organization of the orientation
Student feedback on improved orientation

Read more below


Teaching in a blended learning environment – rethinking the role of the teacher and more!

Many of you are processing how blended learning looks and how it changes your role as a teacher. This video playlist "Teaching in a blended learning environment – rethinking the role of the teacher" (https://app.learning-commons.org/app/playlist/6f985195-ee0b-42c9-b950-9a71040aa250) will help you discover how the role of the teacher is changing in blended-learning environments. What parts of the job stay the same and what is different? How does an organization support teachers in making the transition to blended learning?


There are many other resource playlists that you might also be interested in through Learning Commons:

* Build Your Own Blended Program or Classroom https://app.learning-commons.org/app/playlist/91150a64-3b7b-47e9-9e51-b8b0ca27895b
* Tech-Enabled: Using Technology for Instruction and Assessment https://app.learning-commons.org/app/playlist/a3b13d86-c8f1-4ab2-9a5f-e60fe99a59f3
* Strategies for transitioning between learning activities https://app.learning-commons.org/app/playlist/e284eb16-0bf6-43a4-8b93-1963a5f9d4b0
* Structures to build student self-monitoring https://app.learning-commons.org/app/playlist/f79ef2e1-38cc-4ad7-9401-b5f21a6053e4
* Student Engagement https://app.learning-commons.org/app/playlist/837fc70c-5c24-4c2a-b5ea-0f0de3fa27d0
* You can also create your own playlists: Check out this short video on creating your own playlist to save and share your favorite resources from Learning Commons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWE8J3XAnRc&feature=youtu.be

You're invited! Please share info with others.

https://www.studentsshareknowledge.com/

Invite to all interested teachers and students in Iowa. Free admission - registration is on the website. Guest speaker - Douglas Brinkley, Rice University is the author of Rosa Parks, A Life. We have a few copies available.

Second speaker - Cynthia Farthing, PhD, is a Lecturer and the Director of the Math Tutorial Lab at the University of Iowa. She earned her MS and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Iowa. In 2017, she developed a new seminar for first year students – Uncovering the Hidden Figures – based on the 2016 book, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The seminar examines the past and future of women studying and working in STEM fields of study.

Student News Net is the sponsor. https://www.studentnewsnet.com/

Sections live-streamed from the database.

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Several of you are flipping your classroom and often ask about how to let parents know about the changes in your classroom. This article from the Flipped Learning Review written by Dan Jones might help:

Often students entering a flipped classroom are doing so for the very first time. It is not only the first time your students have ever been in a flipped classroom, but it is also the first time their parents have experienced a flipped classroom. It is so important to start off strong with parents, especially when their child will experience an education that is so different from the one they encountered as a child. Read more below.

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Developing an Orientation for First-Time Online Students

Why do students fail or drop out of online courses? Many times, they're unprepared or have unrealistic expectations for what online learning really is. In this blog post Dena Coots will share her experience developing and implementing an online orientation for first-time online students

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New Content on 9-12 Financial Literacy Added to the Student Personalized Learning System

As many of you are aware, the 2018 legislature passed a bill requiring a one-half unit course in personal finance for those graduating high school. In an attempt to help districts teach this content, AEA Learning Online has added content in the Student Personalized Learning System for teachers to use with students. These modules follow the Iowa Core Financial Literacy Standards for 9-12 students.

The content currently modules:

Financial Literacy 9-12: Introduction
Financial Literacy 9-12: Money Management 1 (Spending Plans and Goals)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Money Management 2( Needs VS Wants and Goals)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Money Management 3 ( Income and Banking )
Financial Literacy 9-12: Money Management 4 ( Checking and Bring it all together )
Financial Literacy 9-12: Being Credit Worthy and Financially Secure 1 (Credit Cards)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Being Credit Worthy and Financially Secure 2 (Loans)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Being Credit Worthy and Financially Secure 3 (Credit Scores, Reports & ID Theft)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Risk Management 1( Strategies for protection of identity.)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Risk Management 2 (insurance and premiums)
Financial Literacy 9-12: Risk Management 3 (non-insurance protection)

Financial Literacy K-2
Financial Literacy 3-5


Coming soon modules on:

Financial Literacy 9-12: Achieving Long Term Financial Security
Financial Literacy 9-12: Human, Cultural and Social Issues


You can find any of this content in our Student Personalized Learning Center by logging in, clicking on Catalog then Financial Literacy. Click on the icon to the far right of the title to explore the modules.


If you wish to use these with students or have any questions please contact Denise Krefting (dkrefting@aealearningonline.org) Craig Mohr (cmohr@aealearningonline.org) or Melissa Wicklund (mwicklund@aealearningonline.org)
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If you have any other suggestions please let us know. Remember you can also create your own modules in our system. If you are interested in this, please contact us: Denise Krefting, Craig Mohr or Melissa Wicklund. If you or others that you are aware of who might be interested in getting this information on the Student Personalized Learning System please sign up for this newsletter at http://eepurl.com/ccWi45
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