• Living To Serve: FFA to Haiti

    A few years back, you all remember the major earthquake that devastated Haiti.  A year and a half ago, some people from little ol? northwest Iowa (farmers, preachers, teachers to misquote Randy Travis? song) got toget...
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  • Equine Parasite Activities

    When I was in high school, I went to the State 4-H Equine camp-thing.  One of the teachers had us do an activity where we collected fecal matter, then brought it into a lab and soaked it (not sure what liquid we used)...
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  • LabQuest Mini Modifications

    I know a lot of schools (1:1 especially) are considering using the LabQuest Minis vs. the regular LabQuest interface.  I'm going to work on modifying all labs as the year goes, so if I don't get more uploaded, please ...
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  • Flipping CASE - A Guide for the First-Timer

    For those interested in flipping their CASE classroom and curriculum, here's a tool we've developed to help you get started. Later this spring, flipped videos will be uploaded to the CASE Online learning management sy...
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  • CASE_Online.pptx

    Curious to know more about CASE Online? Want to see how it works? Take a look at this narrated presentation.   If the narrated version does not begin immediately, open the file, go to Slide Show and select "From Begi...
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  • CASE Curriculum Revisions - REMINDER

    If you have not completed the survey(s) to trigger mailing of the new CDs for NRE, ASA, or ASP, this is a reminder that those need to be done by Monday, August 3. You should have received an email from Miranda Chaplin...
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  • 2015 CASE Institute Spaces

    For those of you attending a CASE institute this summer, please be sure to find, follow, and bookmark the link for your specific institute. For the Twitter users among us, find the course-specific hashtag listed as we...
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  • CASE Career Activities and FFA.org login for non-FFA members

    From Larry Gossen, regarding the "old" Ag Career Network often used in CASE curriculum for career exploration, especially AFNR and Foundation courses: Students who are not FFA members need access to the career explore...
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  • Reminder: CASE CoP Reorganization

    Several Lead Teachers indicated they would appreciate a firm deadline before old CASE groups are deleted. On or after JUNE 1, 2015, we will begin deleting ALL old CASE groups from CoP. Please back up any documents or ...
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  • Attention, CASE Certified Teachers...

    One goal the CASE staff has for 2014-15 is to organize our CoP spaces for better networking among CASE-certified instructors and reduce the number of CASE CI groups that clog the search engines. This will also allow f...
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  • Virtual Professional Growth Committee Meeting Agenda - 01-28-15.doc

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  • CASE CoP Reorganization

    Good afternoon! One goal the CASE staff has for 2014-15 is to organize our CoP spaces for better networking among CASE-certified instructors and reduce the number of CASE CI groups that clog the search engines. This w...
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  • Planning Inquiry-Learning or Problem-Based Units

    The past couple of years our school has been focusing on inquiry-learning and/or problem-based-learning during professional development.  I also used this topic in my Creative Component for my Masters.  This does NOT ...
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  • 2014 NAAE Professional Growth Committee Report.doc

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  • 1:1 Exploration - Device Recommendations

    Sioux Central's been a 1:1 school for the past three years, using iPads for pre-K-2nd grades and MacBooks 3rd-12th grades,  We're exploring the future of our program and I'd love to get ag ed / CTE perspective on each...
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  • Paying Labor in an Entrepreneurship

    I'm not teaching Ag Bus this year, but whenever we get into budgets (enterprise or whole-business), there's always a lot of student debate on why an entrepreneur needs to budget for their own labor.  Part of it is tha...
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  • GREAT ag business / farm business resource

    Iowa State University Extension has a great resource for ag teachers to utilize.  I use this site for readings, student activities and calculators.  The readings available here rival any textbook I've ever tried.   H...
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  • #EdCamp - A New Model for PD

    Those of you who see my tweets know that I attended a new PD event today - one I was a little reluctant about.  I mean, with a name like "EdCamp" I was picturing a bunch of teachers wearing birkenstocks and jumping in...
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  • Agenda Item 4: Why Everyday Office Meetings Suck...Skip This and You're Screwed

    (Not exactly my preferred language online, but I figure it's the chapter title, so no editing)   Well, I hope everyone is enjoying our first foray into FFA season - at least we are here in Iowa.  Tomorrow I have Stat...
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  • Biomes - Virtual Comparisons

    I am working on a lab for next week.  My students will be collecting data on the following items and comparing to "average" grasslands (since NW Iowa was primarily tallgrass prairie prior to settlement).  We'll be usi...
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