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Most Likely To Succeed discussion

Most Likely To Succeed discussion

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to this blog via e-mail or our RSS feed. We also are each on Twitter (see sidebar on right). Thanks for visiting!  Were you at our EdCampIowa NW screening? Or did you see the Most Likely…

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HANGER Management

HANGER Management

Because sometimes you just have to share awesome stories about awesome students… I was visiting my mom at work just before Christmas (she’s an elementary principal at Belmond-Klemme), and as I was getting ready to go, some high school students walked in to haul boxes…

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Don’t just show process, appreciate process

Don’t just show process, appreciate process

Sometimes you can be having the most random or generic conversation, and somebody says something that hits you like a ton of bricks. My sister is learning to crochet, and making her first scarf. First she asked me to pretend to be super excited and…

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Makeys, Coding, Arduinos OH MY!

Makeys, Coding, Arduinos OH MY!

I was recently invited to participate in the North Union High School J-Term experience as a guest (really, I was just the AEA lady that brought some fun tech toys to play with:-).  What an absolute wonderful place to be during these freezing, dark days…

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Newell-Fonda High School’s WE Term Anti-Bullying Teaser Video

Newell-Fonda High School’s WE Term Anti-Bullying Teaser Video

Students from Newell-Fonda High School are creating a video about bullying in their WE Term Class. This is their teaser video, where they describe what WE Term is and why they are creating this video project. Nice work! Love the subtitles!  

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SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~ SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

SPOTLIGHTING STUDENTS CODING ~  SOUTH HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, GUEST POST: CATHERINE HINES

Catherine Hines, South Hamilton’s CSD Technology Integrationist, planned, organized and implemented coding for her elementary students.  I am excited to spotlight her success with spreading the love of coding in her elementary by sharing her blogpost.    

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PLAEA’s Hour of Code

PLAEA’s Hour of Code

Last summer when I was trained as an affiliate for Code.org I made it my goal to get coding, in some capacity, into all of our Prairie Lakes districts within two years. We have some awesome educators who are leading the charge in their own…

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This online high school is not going to change education

This online high school is not going to change education

The headline at eSchool News reads ‘This online high school could change education’ (a slight modification of the original headline at the Santa Cruz Sentinel). Okay, I’m game. I’ll check it out… I read about the founders. I read that they’re trying to make the…

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Double A (Not the Battery)

Double A (Not the Battery)

We know that Christmas is the battery season (late on Christmas Eve night: “Honey, I swear we had more AAs!”) but I’d like to share another AA Christmas adventure (non-battery related) – student Authenticity and Agency.  Here is a recent personal experience that has proved to…

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On the Subject of Mattering…A Few Things to Consider

On the Subject of Mattering…A Few Things to Consider

Tuesday, January 5 I was fortunate to hear Angela Maiers address Prairie Lakes AEA administrators in Storm Lake. Her message of mattering has always resonated with me. Her passion for empowering student voice has always inspired me. Why do we do what we do? Why…

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Schools aren’t preparing freelancers and entrepreneurs

Schools aren’t preparing freelancers and entrepreneurs

[I’m back. I took an actual winter break. It was awesome. I highly encourage it!] Freelancing is on the rise, with perhaps as many as a third of American workers now engaged in some kind of freelancing work. Of course this has enormous implications for…

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I Wish My Teacher Knew . . . A Promise to Students

I Wish My Teacher Knew . . . A Promise to Students

As we think about the new year, we typically think of new beginnings or resolutions that we promise to start doing. Reading an article written by Bettendorf HS students, Karly Lent and Selena Johnson, titled I wish my teacher knew . . . in the December…

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Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Hour of Code, PACS Elementary Celebrates, Guest Post: Susan Oehlertz

Technology Integrationist, Susan Oehlertz, orchestrated and supported an awesome week filled with coding for elementary students! Not only do I appreciate her use of Adobe Slate in her recap of the event, I appreciate her sharing the experience. To read about how the elementary students…

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Another View…

Another View…

Another View…consider how you can use technology to help students see the world, hear the world, discuss the world, write the world, and/or care about the world? AirPano A collection of videos capturing spaces and places around the globe. As we consider the relationship between setting…

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The Art of APEX

The Art of APEX

Earlier this week I had an opportunity to visit an extremely forward thinking school in the Des Moines area, Waukee APEX (Aspiring Professional Experience). After circling the downtown block with the correct address several times, I finally committed to parking… “Really? This is the school?” There was…

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Hour of Code is HERE!

Hour of Code is HERE!

Hour of Code week is finally here! We can’t wait to share what’s going on in #PLAEA and beyond. If you are doing something fun this week to celebrate Hour of Code be sure to tag it on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with #PLAEA, #HourofCode…

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First National #StuCamp, Guest Post: Dane Barner

First National #StuCamp, Guest Post: Dane Barner

What an awesome opportunity for students to connect and collaborate with the support of educators who value voice, who encourage and who inspire! Thank you, Dane Barner, for sharing the information below:  Student Voice: Our country’s richest untapped natural resource. We hold the fundamental belief…

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code

Computers are not going away, therefore, computer programming jobs are not going away. Currently there are 586,982 open computing jobs nationwide. These jobs are growing at two times the national average. 57% of all bachelor’s degrees are earned by women. Narrow the field to computer science…

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Fame Thanks to Facebook

Fame Thanks to Facebook

Ok, so I’m not going to be completely famous but I will be featured in a national aired commercial come January, meet and work with a celebrity and be picked up by a chauffeur (he/she will even have my name on a card!) at LAX tomorrow morning…this…

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Hour of Code Resources – By Age

Hour of Code Resources – By Age

This week we would like to share some awesome resources for the upcoming Hour of Code during Computer Science week, December 7th-13th. Hopefully, you have heard of Hour of Code (HoC), want to be involved and have started planning your specific event(s) at your school/community….

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