Stuff We Can Do

Laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, and smartphones… Online writing, social media, and digital audio, video, and photography… Makerspaces, robots, augmented reality, coding, STEM, and more… the possibilities are endless. The Technology Innovation Team at Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency is focused on robust visions of technology-empowered learning and meaningful professional development. Our quest is to make schools more relevant and less boring through effective technology integration; higher-order thinking skills; rich inquiry- and project-based learning; innovative leadership; digital citizenship; authentic real-world work; and much, much more. Our job is to help you be awesome!

Mike Anderson

  • STEM (elementary or secondary); connecting hands-on engineering and technology to math and science
  • innovative elementary practices
  • creating video to communicate student learning
  • using iPad apps to facilitate creative and inquiry-based work
  • 3D printing
  • technology tools to facilitate formative assessment
  • robotics
  • coding and programming

Julie Graber

  • teacher coaching to facilitate student engagement and higher-order thinking skills
  • authentic, relevant, real-world work done by students (e.g., AIW)
  • performance tasks and assessments
  • group facilitation techniques for staff meetings, PD, etc.
  • flipped lessons and PD
  • Iowa Core 21st century technology literacies
  • technology planning
  • Defined STEM
  • concept-based learning and teaching, UbD
  • Instructional Practices Inventory
  • competency-based education
  • student technology support teams

Scott McLeod

  • leadership practices and visioning to enhance deeper learning, student agency, and technology integration
  • effective technology integration in classrooms
  • enhancing building and district communication, sharing, visibility (e.g., marketing and branding)
  • better group processes (i.e., help your group work better together)
  • group facilitation techniques for staff meetings, PD, etc.
  • online content curation
  • better presentation skills
  • online communities of practice (or learning for students)
  • policy work and getting beyond fear
  • professional blogging
  • data-based decision-making and PLCs
  • technology support

Erin Olson

  • designing cross-curricular learning opportunities with focus on literacy, technology, audience, and publication
  • digital citizenship
  • secondary classroom blogging and online student publishing
  • using iPads for writing, creativity, publishing
  • supporting literacy across content areas
  • online content curation
  • blended learning teaching and techniques
  • concept-based learning and teaching, UbD
  • connected students, connected educators (e.g., social media)
  • student voice and empowerment
  • service learning

Leslie Pralle Keehn

  • designing cross-curricular learning opportunities with focus on literacy, technology, audience, and publication
  • digital citizenship
  • connected students, connected educators (e.g., social media)
  • Social Studies
  • integrating iPads into learning and teaching
  • game theory and gamification
  • student technology support teams
  • blended learning teaching and techniques
  • elementary classroom blogging and student online publishing
  • elementary coding, 3D design, and design thinking

All of Us

  • project-based learning
  • Google Apps
  • maker education, makerspaces
  • office productivity software and online tools
  • 1:1 device purchasing
  • learning from other classrooms, buildings, and school systems
  • and anything else you want to co-design with us! Get in touch!