Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Atomic Learning Launches Mobile Learning and Common Core Resources for Educators

Atomic Learning launched it’s newest set of tutorials, workshops, and professional development resources focused on implementing mobile learning the the Common Core in literacy and mathematics. 

View this short video to learn about their newest resources.

Atomic Learning is brought to you by Iowa's AEAs. To access its resources, go to iowaaeaonline.org and select "Atomic Learning".

Iowa Teachers Use Core Skills Mastery (CSM) with Students

What is Core Skills Mastery (CSM)?

Who’s Using CSM in Iowa?

Marlene Ballou
District: Audubon
Position: At-Risk Coordinator

Marlene Ballou has been using CSM with her 7-12th grade students since fall of 2013. Currently, her students are using it for several different purposes. Several students are completing the course for a math or English credit. The credit they will receive will assist them in meeting their graduation requirements. Other students are working on portions of it in an effort to support their success in career and technical classes. Finally, one student has completed all of her coursework and wanted extended learning opportunities. The CSM course is providing her with challenging learning opportunities that extend beyond the high schools current course offerings.

“CSM has been a very positive experience for my students. The course strengthens their understanding of important math and literacy concepts/skills. It also helps them become independent learners. Students must also manage their time and stay focused so that they can successfully complete the course.”
Marlene Ballou

Michelle Flores
Teresa Focht
District: Sidney
Position: 7th and 8th Grade English/language arts Teachers

Michelle and Teresa have been using CSM with their 7th and 8th grade English/language arts students since September of 2013. Currently, the school follows a block schedule block schedule. Classes are 66 minutes long. Students spend approximately 15 minutes of every day working on the CSM course. Both teachers like the adaptive nature of the CSM course.  

If a student answers a question incorrectly,  the student can review a lesson about the concept. After the lesson is completed, he or she can attempt another question. Furthermore, if a student reaches a level of frustration the program moves them on to a different concept and then brings them back later time.
Michelle Flores and Teresa Focht

What Students are Saying

“I like it. It lets you practice. You can retake it as many times as needed.”  
“I took a test and if it wasn’t for CSM I wouldn’t have known how to do it.”
“CSM helped me in math, it even made understanding math easier!!”
“CSM is a great learning site it is fun and confusing. Knowledge is Power!”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

10 ideas for Using Twitter in your Online or Blended Course


You’ve been using twitter for years now (It is hard to believe that it has been around for seven years). Twitter is where you get your updates on world news, inspiration for working out, and even the latest information on Justin Beiber. You have even found some great resources about teaching and learning, but you haven’t quite figured out how to integrate with students in your online or blended course. Here are ten ideas for using Twitter with students. 

  1. Tweet out reminders to students regarding important days, assignments, or assessments.
  2. Ask students to tweet their opinions or thoughts about a focus of classroom discussion using a class hashtag.
  3. Use weekly hashtags to collect feedback, questions, or comments from students.
  4. Share resources (websites, news articles, blog posts, etc.) with students.
  5. Ask students to share important or useful resources they find related to course content.
  6. Have students follow people, organizations, or government entities and track what they are doing/saying related to the course content.
  7. Communicate with experts. Find authors, scientists, historians, or industry experts on Twitter and connect with them to gain insight or ask for advice/help.
  8. Have students build 140-character summaries based on reading assignments. The brevity of the statement will keep them focused.
  9. Encourage students to tweet an inspirational quote of the day related to course content.
  10. Stimulate conversation by having students coordinate and collaborate via twitter.

Check it Out! Twitter finds a Place in the Classroom

Learn about how one eighth grade teacher uses twitter in the classroom.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ten Steps to Choosing Digital Curricula for Blended Learning

Do you want to blend your instruction, but aren’t sure which e-curriculum best fits your needs? Below are ten steps to help find the digital content that best meets you needs.

Click here to find out how to preview AEA K-12 Online’s catalog of free e-curriculum.

Digital Curricula
Selecting Digital Curricula for Blended Learning – Courtsey of DreamBox Learning

EduCanon: Creating Interactive Videos for Your Online or Blended Classroom

Have you ever asked students to watch a video in your online or blended course and at the end of the day wondered if they gained anything from watching it? Wonder no more!...EduCanon allows you to take a video you create or find on YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, etc. and transform it into an interactive experience.

To see how EduCanon works, view the video below. You can also experience it for yourself by clicking here and watching, “What is an EdCanon Lesson?”

Vocoroo: Adding Audio to Your Online or Blended Classroom

To find out how to add audio to your online or blended course, click here.