As part of our Spring Conference, we would like to continue to recognize and honor our Iowa Educators. Please take a few minutes to complete the ITEC Awards Nomination Form to honor someone you know who is doing incredible work.
Tech Fair Judges Needed
Do you enjoy working with youth and have an interest in student-centered activities? Please consider being a volunteer judge at our fairs.
Blooket is a great way to get students engaged and gamify their learning. Create a variety of interactive games for students to play using question sets you create. Games can be played together as a class or individually. Multiple game modes provide great flexibility and ensure students will want to keep playing!
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We realize the AEAs have listservs for their constituents. ITEC believes that it would also be beneficial to have access to a statewide group. To help connect our members, we have created three groups:
If you wish to join one, two or all three of these lists, send an email to Lance Lennon with your name, email and list(s) you want to join.
🌟 Rockstar Recognition🌟
Name: Susie Knott
Position: High School Spanish Teacher
District & Building: Underwood High School
Years Served: 23 total (16 years at Underwood, her hometown)
Favorite Tech Moment: I love when I can bring authentic culture from Spanish-speaking countries into the classroom. I also like when students tell me how they've used technology from class out in the real world and how it is relevant to them.
Word of Wisdom: Be professionally curious--Be an example of a lifelong learner to your students. Have fun, enjoy what you do, but learn at the same time.
Colleague Comments: "Susie has been an innovator of technology in our district. She has utilized many forms of technology including: Swivl / iPad to post videos of lessons on Classroom
Google Tools (Classroom/Slides/Docs/Forms) along with all the following: Pear Deck,
Lyricstraining.com, Nearpod, Kahoot, Quizlet and Quizlet Live, Interactive white board for vocabulary review, QR Code scavenger hunts, EdPuzzle, Blooket, www.iowaaeaonline.org resources (CultureGrams, Learn 360), and Virtual Reality viewers/iPods to make learning more exciting for her students."
Know a colleague who deserves some recognition for the incredible work they are doing to support students and staff with technology in a digital learning environment? Consider giving that colleague a "Shout Out!" and help ITEC recognize rockstar Iowa educators!
Upcoming Webinar Series
CSTA Iowa + ITEC: Exploring Pear Deck in a Computer Science Classroom
ITEC is joining CSTA Iowa’s February Virtual Chapter Meeting to showcase how educators can leverage Pear Deck in a Computer Science classroom. Teachers will have an opportunity to experience examples of interactions specific to computer science and will leave with a variety of content resources.
In addition to the Pear Deck + CS breakout session, participants can also choose to explore other instructional tools for the Computer Science classroom, including the 2022-2023 STEM Scale-Up program menu related to Computer Science.
Facilitator(s): Lynn Kleinmeyer (ITEC) and Corey Rogers (CSTA Iowa)
Looking for a way to learn more about computer science concepts like algorithms, loops, events, and debugging? This FREE self-paced computer science course will walk you through multiple programming tools like Scratch JR, Scratch, Makey Makeys, and Ozobots.
This free program is provided by Launch CS and is a BYOD course focusing on computational thinking. We hope you (and your colleagues) have fun learning more about computer science!