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Paper Slides

Dr. Lodge McCammon’s popular 1-Take Paperslide Video strategy: The “hit record, present your material, then hit stop – and your product is done” style of video creation is something that any teacher or student can start using tomorrow in order to create, share and reflect on content. Use a video camera or your cell phone to create paperslide videos in the classroom and then watch them back to instantly evaluate your work. Search “paperslide” on GoogleYouTube or twitter to find teacher-created resources & student samples.

Do Space


Do Space is open in Omaha and free to anyone who wants to visit and experience.  Drop in at 7205 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68114  

They are open for tours so, science, technology, and teachers of all areas bring your students to Do Space and experience a new kind of magic.

Call or email to set up a visit.

The future belongs to those who understand technology. And the only way to ensure we’ll be part of this future is to dramatically change technology access and education.

This is what Do Space is all about.

Do Space is a one-of-a-kind concept: it’s a community technology library, a digital workshop and an innovation playground filled with new opportunities to learn, grow, explore and create. Our every action, from working with the Omaha community to setting a new technology education standard, is based on four core principles:

  1. We’re a technology equalizer, giving people from all walks of life access to software, computing and emerging technology.
  2. We’re a technology enabler, empowering everyone with the tools and guidance needed to learn, create, explore and invent with technology.
  3. We’re a technology educator, creating a new path for technology literacy and understanding its potential while providing opportunities for advanced learning.
  4. We’re a technology innovator, changing the shape of technology education and actively playing a role in technology advancement and creation.

When combined with curiosity, creativity and ambition of our users, Do Space will open new doors, change futures and shape ideas into tangible innovations.

At Do Space, there’s no limit to what you can do.  (from Do Space About)   
The media and tech department at Green Hills AEA spent the day at Do Space.  Watch this video of Judy and Maryann playing the drums and bongos with a banana.  Maryann gave up her lunch for a good cause.  

Iowa Core Technology Literacy Standard One: Creativity and Innovation

It occurred to me that it is time to  visit the Iowa Core Technology Literacy Standards with the purpose of investigating how to utilize them to increase student learning.  What does learning and teaching with and to these standards look like?  Watch for lesson ideas related to each of the standards.

Standard 1 — Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
  • Identify trends and forecast possibilities

The Iowa Core Technology Standards are based on the ISTE  (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards.  The ISTE Standards for Students; Curriculum Planning Tool articulates skills and ideas to meet each of the standards based on age.

The book states for Standard One,  ages 14-18:

“Students independently or in groups, research a complex real world topic using online resources.  Summarize the state of knowledge about a challenge related to that topic.  Analyze existing knowledge and develop and capture new ideas.  Extend knowledge by developing new ideas, products, or processes or contributing comments and reflections to others’ work.”

Where would students find information about complex real world topics?  AEA Online Databases,  NetTrekker, Newsela and government websites would provide fodder for research. 

Lesson Summary for Standard One ages 14-18.

Students will research the complex real world Topic:  Legalize Marijuana in the USA.  What are the pros and cons?  What do we need to know about Marijuana?  Should we legalize all of marijuana use or just for medical purposes?

Students will use the Iowa AEA Online Databases:  Sirs Issues Researcher, Britannica Encyclopedia, Teen Health and Wellness and Gale plus NetTrekker to research the facts on both sides of the issue.  They then review the information on the government websites using a site: gov search.  Sites from the “National Institute of Drug Abuse” and the “US National Library of Medicine” could be used.

Students will use a Google Doc to summarize the state of knowledge about legalizing marijuana.  Students will use a Lucid chart to create a concept map about the known facts, the questions, and new ideas.  Students will use the government websites to analyze the data the using a Google Sheet.
After the investigation is complete  students will add the findings and projected solutions to the Wikipedia article on Marijuana.  Students will share their findings with their legislatures.

eBooks for your classroom

Did you know that your AEA has made eBooks available for you and your students?  Steer your web browser over to the GHAEA site and click on Medianet.  There are three choices;  Mackin VIA, which contains all grade levels,  Follett Elementary eBook Shelf, and Follett Secondary eBook Shelf.  The really fantastic thing about these is that most students and teachers in Green Hills AEA have access to a digital devise most of the time as evidenced in the Clarity data.  Therefore students and teachers can have their own accounts in these resources so that they can download and read books.  This significantly increases your access to “print” especially non-fiction.

Both of these resources work on all digital devices; ipads, Android Tablets, Macs and PCs.  You will need to download the app on the tablets for both MackinVia and Follett.  They work similarly.  The user will have a backpack or bookbag available once they log in which contains: checkouts, favorites, holds, notes and reading lists.  They both have advanced search capabilities such as: reading level, interest level, genre or number of pages.

Contact your AEA Instructional Technology Consultant or the Green Hills Media Center to get started.

GHAEA Media Center

or email a consultant

Maryann Angeroth

Judy Griffin

Stephanie Mikkelsen

Digital Tools for K-3 Literacy

I am into week two of my Coaching Digital Learning MOOC.  This week is called Connected Learning and they connected me to a new curation tool that I have not seen before.  Great find called  “Share your interests.  Engage your audience. Collaborate with friends.  Make beautiful and fun lisicles.  The simplest way to create, curate and share.”  (From about

Since the state of Iowa has an early literacy initiative in process, I am always looking for digital resources to support it.  I searched and found this great list from Jayme Linton.  Digital Tools for K-3 Literacy is a great find for digital resources to support teaching and learning in the early literacy arena.

One that I especially liked is called Storyline Online.  “Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.”  –Quote from the website.

Take a look through this list to discover over 40 digital resources to help young readers.

Free ArcGIS Software for every K-12 School

ESRI will provide FREE access to ArcGIS Online software to every K-12 school in the US.  Press the start button at the bottom of this page to sign up.

ArcGIS is a platform for designing and managing solutions through the application of geographic knowledge.

Investigate the world with content provided by professionals from many disciplines. Build, save, and share maps and apps about topics of interest to you, available for use on both desktop and mobile devices.

Free Online Access to Books and Videos for High School Students

Thanks to the President’s ConnectED Initiative which is a program that aims to increase Internet connectivity and technology training for schools, Safari Books and O’Reilly Media will partner up to provide high school students free access to every book and video course they offer.  This $100 million commitment offers content to support those interested in learning to code, and technology or STEM careers.  Access will start September 2014.  Click Here to sign-up. 

O’Reilly Media offers over 8000 tech books and training videos.  Safari offers thousands of books and videos written to educate about technology tools, resources and skills.  Safari has helped millions of working professionals learn and develop the skills they need to succeed for more than a decade.