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Blog // Connect Iowa

WATCH: Online Learning - The Future of Education in Iowa

By Jeremy Thacker

As we wrap up Connect Iowa education month, we take a look forward at the future of Iowa’s classrooms. In this video, Iowa Online Learning director Gwen Wallace Nagel shows us how virtual learning is already offering Iowa’s students opportunities that were once unthinkable! And she looks to what the future holds… with the gift of statewide broadband. Online Learning: The Future of Education in Iowa from Connected Nation on Vimeo. For more Iowa broadband news and updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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West Des Moines Study Group Explores the 1:1 Initiative

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Amanda Laverman A recent survey is giving West Des Moines School District a clear idea of how to improve the state’s 1:1 initiatives. This spring, a study group from the West Des Moines Community Schools began the process of researching 1:1 initiatives. They surveyed local Iowa schools that had already implemented 1:1 initiatives including teachers, parents, and students of the West Des Moines area. The survey addressed the following topics: Why implement a 1:1 initiative? What are the benefits? What are the concerns of adopting such an initiative? What changes does a 1:1 initiative bring to teaching and learning? What is the...

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Iowa STEM Program Showcased as a Template for Success

By CIA Staff

Contributor: Amanda Laverman Iowa’s educational focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is reaching across the state thanks to the State Networks Propel STEM Education webinar. Jeff Weld, the executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council , served as an expert presenter. The webinar was sponsored by Education Week and focused on the successes of Iowa and California’s statewide STEM initiatives. Weld shared the background of the STEM Advisory Council formation in September 2011. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen currently head the STEM...

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April’s Free Summit Invites You to Shape Iowa’s Future

By Jeremy Thacker

Education, jobs, and quality of life are taking center stage at Iowa’s very first state broadband summit – and you are invited to attend! Connect Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), cordially invites you to the Iowa Broadband Summit: Empowering Communities. It’s a free event that will allow you to offer your input on the state’s broadband future as we pave the way for the future success of Iowa’s economy. When:            Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Where:          Iowa State Historical Society, 600 E. Locust...

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