POST #1: Introductions and Sharing Your Past Experience

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KATHLEEN BESCO
1)Hello, I am presently employed by Indian Hills Community College as a GED/HiSet teacher at the Oskaloosa site.  The GED/HiSet program consists of preparation for finals in five subject areas:   Math, Language Arts/Reading, Language Arts/Writing, Social Studies, and Science.  When a student completes the neccessary qualifying scores he/she continues to take the final exam in each subject toward the goal of GED completion. We are fluid, continuously moving in prep for each student, each subject area, and with diverse academic skill levels.  My past teaching history includes ten years in Iowa and Florida school systems in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Reading, and Psychology.

In the past, the 70's and 80's I utilized the services from the AEA extensively for the classroom.  I have no prior use of AEA Online resources until this course.  I can see that I will be able to pursue and access a vast amount of online materials now.

I knew I had used AEA in the past and that my knowledge of what was available was antiquated.  I chose to take this course because it sounded interesting and would update me on the resources and technology available.  I am so impressed with what is available!   In addition, the fact that this is a self-paced course is appealing.  I wish there were more that four to choose from, like to see others if possible
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KATHLEEN BESCO
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1)Hello, I am presently employed by Indian Hills Community College as a GED/HiSet teacher at the Oskaloosa site.  The GED/HiSet program consists of preparation for finals in five subject areas:   Math, Language Arts/Reading, Language Arts/Writing, Social Studies, and Science.  When a student completes the neccessary qualifying scores he/she continues to take the final exam in each subject toward the goal of GED completion. We are fluid, continuously moving in prep for each student, each subject area, and with diverse academic skill levels.  My past teaching history includes ten years in Iowa and Florida school systems in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Reading, and Psychology.

In the past, the 70's and 80's I utilized the services from the AEA extensively for the classroom.  I have no prior use of AEA Online resources until this course.  I can see that I will be able to pursue and access a vast amount of online materials now.

I knew I had used AEA in the past and that my knowledge of what was available was antiquated.  I chose to take this course because it sounded interesting and would update me on the resources and technology available.  I am so impressed with what is available!   In addition, the fact that this is a self-paced course is appealing.  I wish there were more that four to choose from, like to see others if possible.
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Angela McDonald
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I have taught music in the Ottumwa Community School District for 7 years. I began as a elementary orchestra teacher and gradually added hats to my job. I now teach fifth through eighth grade orchestra as well as four general music classes at Eisenhower Elementary.

My first encounter with aea online sources was a brief mention of the aea's online website in 2007 when I took a mentoring class in Ottumwa. I attended college in Missouri, so I was unfamiliar with the website and didn't really know much about it. I stumbled upon a Iowa Core class for Music Teachers a few summers ago that involved an online course and I used this as a form of professional development. This was a great start, but I still felt there was more that I could learn about our aea sources here in Iowa.

The two main topics that I was interested in learning about were musical and copyright issues. As a music teacher I am often concerned about how to use more technology in my general music classroom without worrying about copyright laws. I also worry about ads on youtube and being careful to not run into inappropriate ones when I'm showing my students videos. In Orchestra I also run into copyright issues when students what to take home music to practice. It's difficult when they lose originals, but I have a difficult time copying them and sending them home in fear of copyright issues. I wanted clear my head about how much I could send home legally.
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Amy roder
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I have been working at a  Catholic school for 25 years in many different levels.  I started at 4th grade for 10 years and have spent the last 6 years at high school level working with Freshmen and Sophomores. I have had a lot of experience with AEA from taking classes to ordering booksets and videos to use with my students.  I have used some of the online tools also but have decided that I needed more education about the online resources so that I could use it in my classroom for research papers, book reports, and debates.  I feel that students need more resources  and I feel AEA is a resource students can use anywhere. Another reason that I am interested in this course is because of the copyright section.  We currently had an in-service on following copyright rules and I wanted to learn more about it so that I was following and teaching my students the rules.
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Carol Ragan
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I have just retired from the Sioux City Community School District. I taught English as a Second Language for 38 years.  I have taught K-12 and also adults.  My experience with the Iowa Online Resources was fairly limited before I took this course.  I mainly used the resources available in the digital library videos.  I often showed video clips to enhance lessons involving social studies and science content.  I also had some students that took virtual tours.  This was especially helpful when students were studying immigration.  They took virtual tours of Ellis Island.  I was surprised to learn all the tools available to teachers through the Iowa Online Resources.  I am taking this course for license renewal as I plan to substitute in the future.  
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Tammy Maaske
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iI am now retired working as a substitute teacher in the city school system.  I taught  for 32 years as a third-grade teacher at Irving school.  I have used AEA many times for classroom libraries on subjects being taught in social studies and science.  I also used the video component for classroom viewing.  I am taking the course for renewal credit for my teaching license but I did not know a lot of what this course entails in the classroom and I know by taking it, it will enhance my teaching as a substitute.
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RIZM
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The reason I took this course was to see what is now available through the AEA'S ,I want to learn what safe guards in terms of classroom use materials have, but I do appreciate being able to get credit toward certification through the AEA  
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nabil talib majeed
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FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS I HAVE BEEN WORKING AT WRITING TEXT BOOKS FOR MANY MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS WELL AS INSTITUTE MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL  STUDIES ,I WOULD RESEARCH,DEVELOP AND EDIT MATERIALS FOR VARIOUS CURRICULUM  .SOME OF THE TEXTBOOKS I WROTE INCLUDE BIBLES,SCIENCE,MIDDLE SCHOOL, LANGUAGE ,SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS,BIOLOGY,MATHEMATICS INSTITUTE,MECHANICAL,ELECTRICAL,ELECTRONICS,ARTS,MUSICS,I AM ALREADY JOINING TEACHING ,STUDENT EVERY YEAR,FOR STAR TALK PROGRAM,IN LINCOLN SECONDARY, SCHOOL FOR TEACHING STUDENT BILINGUAL LANGUAGES,,I AM ANXIOUS TO GET BACK TO CLASSROOM  PART AS PROFESSION ONCE AGAIN,AS WELL AS I BEEN JOINING OPPORTUNITY FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHER  POSITION.I HELP STUDENT FOR AEA MEDIA ON LINE,WHICH INCLUDE,DICTIONARY ON LINE,YOU TUBE,,I CURRENTLY AM EMPLOYED AS SUBSTITUTE TEACHER ,I WAS LEAD THE TEACHER IN VERY EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY,I WAS THE LEAD TEACHER IN ONE ROOM CLASSROOM TEACHING MANY VARIOUS  MATERIALS THE REASON I TOOK THIS COURSE WAS TO SEE WHAT IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH THE AEA, HAS TO OFFER SINCE WE LIVE IN WORLD NOW THAT USES THE INTERNET AS ITS BACK-BONE TO DOING MANY THINGS AND HELP THE TEACHER IN SPREADING THAT KNOWLEDGE TO MY STUDENT.
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Cathie Tramontina
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1)  For the past 30 years, I've been teaching for the Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico.  I'm currently teaching 4th grade.  I will retire in July, and join my husband, who currently lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa.
2)  I have no past experience with the Iowa AEA on-line resources. These were not in existence when I taught in Iowa many years ago.
3)  I chose to take this course to familiarize myself with the available resources for Iowa teachers.  I may want to resume my teaching career once settled in Des Moines.  This course will help my efforts to renew my Iowa teaching license.
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Lisa Streif
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I have been working at Xavier High School for the past seven years, four teaching English and three as the Guided Study teacher (like a resource room.) Before that, I taught special education at Marion High School for five years. I have some experience working with the Iowa AEA Online resources, mostly using the EBSCO articles. I help many of my students prepare assignments and research papers for other classes, and it seems like they never think to look on EBSCO to find anything. Our teacher-librarian is great about reminding the teachers and students in my building about the wonderful online resources the AEA has to offer, but I rarely have time to ‘play’ on the  different sites, and it seems like unless it is required, the students don’t want to take the time to look.
I signed up to take this class because I need to renew my teaching license and feel out of touch with the resources that are available to me, both as a teacher and a speech coach. I knew that the AEA had several links to good research sites, but there is so much more than that available. This self-paced course gives me an opportunity to take a quick peek at everything that is new and improved in the AEA Online ‘library’.
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Christine Davis
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 I currently work as an administrator at Anna B. Lawther Academy from Hillcrest Family Services. I oversee our 45 high school students and classroom teachers.  I also oversee the Curriculum we utilize for all our K-12 students as well as the Curriculum for our Students with Autism.  I am responsible for our budget and billing for all of our school programs.

In the past several years I have brought the "I Have a Plan" program to our students and teachers and ensured teacher training to enable our students to fully participate and maneuver through the program.
We have also completed teacher training on the use of Book Flex and True Flex.

I was very aware that AEA had a multitude of items available for staff/student use but did not have knowledge of what these were.  I hoped that if I took this class I would be knowledgeable enough to not only show our teachers what was available for their use but then provide follow-through to be sure these resources were being utilized in our classrooms.
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K. Foster
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I have been employed by the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District for the past thirty years.  I served as a reading and building aide for 8 years, Title 1 Reading teacher for 5 years and currently teaching 2nd grade.  I have experienced "looping" for the past six years from 1st to 2nd grade.

I have taken Blood Bourne Pathogens and Child Abuse courses online.  I have also used Learn360 and Bookflix in my classroom.

I enrolled in this class to earn a license renewal credit.  I, also, chose this course because I am very technologically impaired and believed this course would help me grow professionally.  I, also, like the convenience of taking a class at my own pace.
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Alan Pink
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After accepting an early retirement from the Dept of the Army back in 2011 I took a class at Grant Wood in Cedar Rapids and obtained my substitute teaching license.  For the past 3 years I've been a substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids, Anamosa, Mount Vernon, and Center Point school districts.  The bulk of my assignments have been in Middle School with a smattering of High School jobs.  I've especially enjoyed my special education positions with most of those in the Center Point District.

I recently completed the Google Apps 101 course through the AEA Online website.  I enjoyed that experience and was interested in other online application courses for practical use in the classroom.  Most of the teachers and students I've encountered are open to the online experience.  Admittedly most of the students would like it for more entertainment purposes but they are open to the educational aspects.  I think the AEA Online courses can supplement the regular teaching regimen as most teachers already use the Internet on a regular basis.
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Dawn Floy
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I completely agree; I too have been in education for many years (15).  The AEAonline has a lot more value resources than I imagined it could.  I am excited to use what I have learned.
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terrybrood
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I also have not been involved in the technology training as the teachers were at our school. I feel a little intimidated by it when our students know more about it than I do. But now I realize that I have all these resources available to me at my fingertips.
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Jon Wibbels
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Good Morning,  I have been involved with the Iowa statewide AEA Online Databases since they were originally offered to Iowa schools.  My background includes K-12 teaching experience in Nebraska and Iowa in the areas of Library Media, Journalism and Technology.  Over the past twenty seven years regional educational agencies have been my home as Director of Media and Technology Services at Educational Service Unit 10 (ESU) in Kearney NE and then moving on to Northwest AEA in Sioux City, IA.

It has been an very interesting educational ride over the years as I have watched the technological changes take over the landscape of every school district and hardcopy materials transform into digital materials.  The Iowa AEA Online Databases provide more access to information to the students of Iowa than they have ever had in the history of education.  Now that most schools in Iowa have started some form of 1 to 1 computing, they have ready access to materials that can be immediately used by teachers and students in their daily curriculum.
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M Laufenberg
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Currently I supervise the In School Suspension program within our middle school.  Students in my room are with me anywhere from 1-5 days and work on both past due and current assignments.  On any given day I have students from all 3 grade levels in our building so I work with all areas of curriculum for each grade level. My past experience with the AEA Online Resources has been very minimal.  I took the course to familiarize myself with some of the resources students are using and to find ways to help them be more successful.
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Kbergeson
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I have been working at a high school in a level 2 classroom for the last 12 years.  I have my para educator and sub authorization.  I help in the classroom and I also go out to a few classes with a couple of students.  I have taken one other online class.  I liked both of the classes. The reason I took this class is when I looked at the different classes that were available I talked to the teacher I work with to get his opinion of what he thought we could use in the class.  The students in our school just got their computers last year, so we felt that it would be helpful to learn what was available. Before I was even done I was sharing sites with the teacher that would be helpful for our student. I enjoyed this course
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Chris Turner
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Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Chris Turner. I am currently an assistant track coach and school bus driver for the Camanche Community School district and working on the renewal of my substitute authorization acquired in 2012. I have not had many opportunities to sub but as I approach retirement I hope those chances become more available. I hope to make a real contribution when working with the students.

My genuine desire to help kids succeed probably stems from my father who taught school and coached for may years. Although I will have BIG shoes to fill, I am eager to begin my position as a substitute teacher.

The Area Education Agency is on the cutting edge of innovative technology. I wanted to take classes through this agency because of their commitment to teachers, students, and school districts. This agency creates an overall positive school culture that allows students and teachers to flourish. This is a great way to start my substitute teaching career.

This class sounded fun and interesting. Technology does pose unique challenges that I thought this class would be able to demonstrate correctly for me. I hope to be an interactive and motivating substitute teacher. Thanks to this class I am inspired to try new technology in classrooms.
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jthom461
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Finding the time to play with the resources to effectively use in my classroom would be challenging.  The ones that I have been using a little is bookflix.  I am excited to utilize some of the other resources, now that I really know about them.  It will take time to be able to be competent in using them.
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