Draw Me a Story DVDs, K-6

Each title in this series presents a story and shows the illustrations as they are being created. Illustrations are shown in various stages with voice-over narration. Available for checkout from Heartland AEA.

New Between the Lions DVDs, K-6

Click here for a listing of the new titles in the video series that are available for checkout from Heartland AEA.

APPLAUSE! Series, K-12

The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines brings world-class performing artists and diverse art forms in one-hour matinee performance. All tickets are $1 each.

Atomic Learning, K-12

Atomic Learning includes professional development resources and curriculum materials that encourage educators to bring 21st century skills into the classroom. Modules include 21st Century Skills Collection, Technology Skills Collection, and Assistive Technology Collection. Use the online database username/password assigned to your school.

21st Century Skills Collection:
* Teacher Assessment to gauge technology skill levels and provide prescriptive training paths
* 21st century skills concept training
* Professional development projects
* Lesson Accelerator Tech Integration Projects for seamless classroom integration
* Workshops that cover Web 2.0, Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom, and much more
* Tech Skills Student Assessment to measure students ability to apply technology skills, an important part of being 21st century-ready.
* Full access to all tutorials and training included in the Technology Skills Collection
* Concrete examples of how 21st century skills might be taught in the classroom, within the context of a specific subject and commonly taught topic.
* Easily adapted and extended skills to more fully support the teaching and learning of other 21st century concepts and skills, beyond those related to technology.
* Projects that correlate to several NETS-T standards if adapted and implemented as suggested.

Technology Skills Collection:
* Just-in-time training on more than 110 of the most common software applications
* Technology “how-to” Self Assessment to review your individual skill level
* Video Storytelling Guide to planning and creating quality movies
* Includes training on Office 2007 and 2008, Adobe CS3 & CS4 applications, Blackboard and Moodle, iLife applications, Inspiration, Google Docs, Windows Vista, Mac OS X Leopard, and many more.

Assistive Technology Collection:
* Special education software
* Assistive technology devices
* Software accessibility training tutorials
* Examples of tutorials: Boardmaker 6, JAWS 9, Overboard, WordQ, SpeakQ, Co:Writer, Inspiration, Kidspiration, as well as accessibility features in Leopard, Windows XP and Vista.

Inspiring Teaching Videos, K-12

For the past ten years David Warlick has operated The Landmark Project, a consulting and innovations firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. His web site, Landmarks for Schools, serves more than a half-million visits a day with some of the most popular teacher tools available on the Net. David is also the author of three books on instructional technology and 21st century literacy, and has spoken to audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, and South America.

David has compiled a number of videos that are designed to inspire new thinking and new stories about teaching, learning, and classrooms today. Many of these videos were produced by teachers and by students working in collaboration with their teachers. To learn more about about David Warlick and get access to his educational tools/resources, go to http://davidwarlick.com/wordpress/?page_id=2

Taylor Mali on What Teachers Make
Taylor Mali, slam poet, gives his mind on what teachers make.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
He makes an entertaining case for an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

We Think
Based on a book by Charles Leadbeater. It explores the potential of the latest developments of the Internet.

Pay Attention
Why are some teacher reluctant to enter the digital age with their teaching practices?

Learning to Change-Changing to Learn

Did You Know By Karl Fisch (original)
This video helps raise awareness of the issues of globalization in our newly connected world first raised in Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat.

Did You Know 2.0
An official update to the original "Shift Happens" video from Karl Fisch. This 2007 update includes new and updated statistics, thought-provoking questions and a fresh design.

EPIC 2015
The updated version of EPIC 2014. It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.

Digital Students @ Analog Schools

No Future Left Behind
Middle school students were asked to talk about education and their future. This film was created as the Keynote for Net Generation Education Project.

A Vision of Students Today

Twouble with Twitters: SuperNews!
A young man struggles against the pressure to Twitter his life away.

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

"PIL InfoLit Dialog, No. 1: Wikipedia"

Lesson Plan Support, K-12

Heartland AEA developed a database where you can search for lesson plans and Web sites to support lessons in math, language arts, science, social studies, reading, and technology.

Spotlight on Careers DVDs, 7-12

This is a new series available for checkout from Heartland AEA.

IPTV's K-12 Classroom Series

There are 24 new series, many of which support 21st century skills as outlined in the Iowa Core Curriculum. In addition to core subjects, new programs address such topics as financial literacy, technology skills, diversity, career skills, personal responsibility and communication. Most titles include online resources and are streamed online.

New Environmental Education DVDs, K-12

This is a link to new DVDs that can be checked out from Heartland AEA.

Career Forward , 7-12

This is a free online course covering globalization, career planning, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. It uses a variety of multimedia tools and can be used with other career planning tools to help students assess their career interests, explore career options, and create an education development plan.

Students can work with local educators to access the online course, which takes about four to six weeks (or approximately 20 hours) to complete. The course is designed to be facilitated by a local teacher and can be used independently or as part of an existing face-to-face course in career planning, business, or global studies.

Throughout the course, students are asked frequently to reflect on what they’re learning, to write their thoughts down as a continual refinement of their thinking, and to discuss those thoughts with other students-either in person or online.

Dot Physics: Physics and Stuff Blog, 9-12

Most of the posts are aimed at an advanced high school student level. The video analysis would make very interesting discussion starters: why elephants can’t jump, everyday stuff and physics, myth busters, etc.

Discovery Channel App, K-12

The Discovery Channel has released an iPhone or iTouch application that will allow you to watch videos, view photos and take quizzes from your favorite Discovery shows. The app is currently the most popular free app on iTunes.

WaterLife: Where Rivers Meet the Sea, 4-7

A new online video game occurs inside the ecosystem of an estuary on the West Coast. Players must learn about the factors that produce healthy estuaries, food webs, and why estuaries are essential to both ocean life and humans.

New EZ Math Trix DVD Series, K-8

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New EZ Math Trix DVD Series, K-8

New Math DVDs, K-12

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Free Civic Literacy Online Classroom Tools, 6-12

This article includes online resources to help support civic literacy within the Iowa Core Curriculum.

History and Civil Rights
Civics Online

Democracy for Kids

Democracy Project

Online Civics Text

US History Lesson Plans Library

Bill of Rights Institute

C-SPAN Classroom

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement



Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Madison's Treasures

The National Archives

Our Documents

Picturing America

Voices for Votes

We the People

Youth Justice Bulletin

American Social History Project

American Memory Collections

Black History: Exploring African-American Issues

Discovery of America

History Matters

The Power of Words Curriculum

Teaching with Historic Places

Time Lines: Connecting Your Life to History

Immigrant Experience
Ellis Island.org

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Ancestors in the Americas

Media Literacy
Center for Media Literacy

CNN San Francisco Interactive Learning Resources

The Democracy Project

Evaluating Websites


International Newspapers

Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately

Be a Safe Surfer

Cable in the Classroom Digital Ethics

Center for Media Literacy





Media Awareness Network on Chat Rooms

History of Televised Presidential Debates, 7-12

The Great Debate and Beyond: The History of Televised Presidential Debates is a free interactive, multimedia celebration of 40 years of television and politics. It features video and other primary sources, curriculum resources, glossaries, activities, and lines of inquiry. It explores television's impact on the American political arena through essays, interviews, and statistics. Political insight as seen through the pages of TV Guide is also presented.

Smithsonian Online Tours 7-12

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is offering a series of free online tours that invite educators, families, and students to learn about America’s diverse cultural heritage by examining objects drawn from the Smithsonian’s vast collections. The cultural heritage tours "allow viewers to delve deeper and learn even more about African American and Latino history and culture through the prism of art and historical objects," said Director of Programs Stevie Engelke.

New Online Databases

Heartland AEA has purchased some outstanding online databases for students and educators. They can be searched individually or through federated searching (think Google) at http://comcat-agent.auto-graphics.com. Use the online database username/password assigned to your school.

Learn360 Video Streaming, K-12
Thousands of videos and video clips are available through this new database. Some of the major content is from PBS, National Geographic, Slim Goodbody, Standard Deviants, Sunburst Visual Media, etc. Learn360 supplements the other streaming video service, DE Streaming.

iCLIPART for Schools
This online database replaces ClipArt.com. It includes excellent photos, sounds, fonts, videos, and web graphics and animations.

NoveList K-8 Plus
This is a readers advisory tool for the library or classroom.

DE Science K-8
This new database includes virtual labs, simulations, reading passages, real-time assessment components, and more. It is organized around an inquiry framework in physical, earth and space, and life sciences. It’s integrated into DE Streaming for elementary and middle/junior high schools, or search it separately.

New World Book Online Databases, K-12
Eight new databases are now available for beginning researchers in third grade, high school researchers, and researchers reading below grade level. A variety of content and search interfaces help make each student successful while differentiating instruction. Includes text-to-speech, videos, interactive activities, etc. New Spanish and French encyclopedias are also available.

World Book Digital Libraries, 6-12
Living Green, Early Peoples, and Inventions & Discoveries are unique libraries that include videos and animations, read-aloud capabilities, text translation into 13 languages, interactive activities, curriculum correlations, and web links.

World Book Kids, K-6
Includes simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, and activities.

World Book Student, 6-12
Includes all the encyclopedia articles plus a Biography Center and a How To Do Research section.

World Book Advanced, 9-12
This version integrates primary and secondary source databases in a single search. It includes Pathfinders for research, Timeline Builder, multimedia, and e-books.

World Book Discoverer, 6-12
This version was developed for students (and adults) reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties. It includes articles, text-to-speech, multimedia, interactive video, timeline, etc.

EBSCO HS and AP Databases, 9-12
Seven new databases have been added this year for high school students. Use the online databases username/password assigned to your school.

Advanced Placement Source

History Reference Source

Science Reference Center

Literary Reference Center

Newspaper Source Plus

Points of View Reference Center

NoveList Plus