New MackinVIA Titles Added During 2015-16

absolutely-almostWe continue to grow the eBook collection available through the MackinVIA eBook portal. Again this year, we have added all of the 2016-17 Iowa Award Books that are available in eBook format. Here is a list of the specific award book titles. We also added over 160 other titles. They include books for all grade levels, several different content areas, and include both fiction and nonfiction. Our purchases this year particularly emphasized science and we continued to add some Spanish language titles. Here is a list of the specific titles. Complete apollo_13listings of titles added to MackinVIA can be found on our GetMedia Reference and Resource site under eBook Resources. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Frizzell, AEA 267 librarian

American History Titles Added to AEA Digital Library

This past school year, the AEA Collaborative Group focused on selecting digital video content on United States history topics. AEA Digital Library is part of the Iowa AEA Online suite of resources at http://www. Access using your school building username and password. If you need assistance, please contact your school teacher librarian or one of the AEA 267 librarians.

13-strips13 Stripes to 50 Stars: The Growth of America

Between 1776 and 1959, the United States grew from 13 colonies to 50 states. This video presents a timeline of expansion, covering the wars, migrations, annexations, and government purchases that established and increased U.S. territory © 2011, Mazzarella Media. Grade Level(s): 5 – 9

The American Presidents Vol. 1: Revolution and the New Nation & Expansion and Reformamerican-presidents

The United States is led by the president, but it was once ruled by a king. This engaging and light-hearted account of early American history examines how and why the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. It highlights the lives and records of the first eleven U.S. presidents: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk.© 2010, Disney Educational Productions.Grade Level(s): 3 – 5

World War II, Part II: Pacific – Full Program Series: Talking Maps

talking-mapsAt the start of World War II, Japan already has a small empire, but it wants to expand. After taking China, Japan bombs the American fleet so it can have a free hand over the Pacific. But the tactic backfires, leading to the U.S. entrance into the war, two atom bombs, and Japan’s eventual defeat. © 2011, New Dimension Media. Grade Level(s): 7 – 12

For questions regarding AEA Digital Library please contact Cheryl Carruthers, AEA 267 Librarian.

Fall 2016 Journal Give Away!

journal-give-awayGIVE AWAY! Back issues (most journals are 1-3 years old) of many journal titles have been withdrawn from our lending library collection. See the Fall 2016 issue of our GetMedia Newsletter for more information and a complete list of available titles.

Email Brenda Streets before October 21st if you are interested in having any of these journals. Please prioritize your list; indicate which title(s) you are most interested in receiving. Some titles have very limited quantities so in case of multiple requests we’ll draw names to determine the winners. Journals will be sent out via the AEA van. We should be able to get these out to you by Thanksgiving.

For questions regarding the journal giveaway, please contact Brenda Streets or Cheryl Carruthers, AEA 267 Librarian.

End of an Era

vhs-tape-for-end-of-an-era-articleYes, the glory days of VHS are quickly coming to an end as VHS and DVD are being replaced by digital streaming. Check out AEA Digital Library or Learn360 at Iowa AEA Online – It is currently anticipated that all VHS tapes in the AEA 267 collection will be weeded during the summer of 2017. Teachers who would like to be considered in a give-away of VHS tapes, please go to a Google Form to request specific titles: This process will continue as we say good-bye to the VHS format.

If you have questions regarding this transition, please contact one of our AEA 267 Librarians.

What is Soundzabound™?

soundzabound-logoAEA 267, in collaboration with other Iowa AEAs, have licensed several modules of royalty free music through the education focused resource, Soundzabound™.

Soundzabound Music Library offers a wide variety of music, audio themes and sound effects for grades K -12 and all music is copyright safe. Meaning use of music from this resource supports all educational digital citizenship requirements.

Music from this collection can be used for podcasts, PowerPoint™, videos, news shows, video yearbooks, digital storytelling, presentations, TV broadcasts, web design and more!

Here are a few examples of how schools are using this amazing resource:

Elementary School Videos

Middle School Videos

High School Videos

Teacher Produced Videos for Instruction

Other Videos

· How To Use The Soundzabound Website:

Soundzabound is part of the Iowa AEA Online suite of resources available and is accessible using your individual Iowa AEA Online building username and password. For questions regarding your building login, please see your school/district teacher librarian or contact one of the AEA 267 librarians.

Infant Simulator Materials Added To Collection

choking-babyOur RealCare infant simulator materials from Realityworks have continued to be very popular with our family and consumer science and health educators, so we have added some new items. First is the RealCare Choking Baby simulator. It is a hands-on tool to teach the correct technique and force needed to dislodge an object from an infant’s windpipe. The kit contains a curriculum that instructs on proper hand placement and force. This simulator (Item #849362) may be checked out through the Medianet catalog.

realcare-baby-development-picWe also have purchased a RealCare Fetal Development Kit (Item #849487). This kit allows students to get an in-depth look at embryo and fetal development by touching, feeling and examining a detailed, life-size model of each fetal development stage. A comprehensive, 3-lesson curriculum is also included. This kit has not yet been added into the Medianet system, but it will be available soon.

Realityworks also just announced the release of a new product, the RealCare Preemie Baby (Item #849957). Modeled after a preterm infant born at 30 weeks, the RealCare Preemie Baby is a non-electronic manikin designed to help students, caregivers and parents-to-be understand the unique challenges and often complicated medical problems that can be associated with preterm birth. We are in the process of purchasing some of these preemies, and they should be available for checkout next school year.realcare-preemie-baby

Due to deteriorating condition, we will be retiring our Empathy Belly kits at the end of this school year. However, we do have the Pregnancy Profile Vests (Item #004013) that are similar.

For more information, contact Jane Frizzell, AEA 267 Librarian.

New Impaired Driving Kits

DIES (Danger In Every Step) distracted driving activity mat (510861)

Distracted Driving MatThis vinyl mat has graphics on one side depicting a rural town setting with streets, crosswalks, railroad crossings and other common town locations and roadway features. The challenge is to drive through town using the DIES® Steering Wheel with car to simulate a driving experience.   After the participant completes their first trek through town they are asked again to drive the route again this time with added distractions. Distractions such as texting while driving, will typically cause the driver to make driving errors such as missing turns, driving off the road, driving through stop signs, or hitting pedestrians! The resulting experience demonstrates how distractions take away from a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Fatal Vision – marijuana simulation experience – event kit (510862)

Marijuana-impairment-kitThe Fatal Vision® Marijuana Simulation Experience – Event Kit is a complete package containing six activities and the required accessories to help you deliver a memorable experience about the potentially dangerous consequences of impairment resulting from recreational marijuana use.  Lessons and activities demonstrate the loss of visual perception, short-term memory loss, altered visual perception and slowed reaction time and decision making.

Smash Match plus Fatal Vision goggle (510859)

Smash Match® Plus is an ideal package to help you deliver a clear lesson about impaired driving. Use the included Silver Label Clear Fatal Vision® Goggle to attempt to match and place traffic-related shapes on the Smash Match® mat.  Performing this activity, first without and then with the goggle demonstrates that once our senses are impaired, our ability to accomplish simple tasks is greatly diminished.


For questions regarding the above Impaired Driving Kits, please contact one of the AEA 267 Libarians, Cheryl Carruthers or Jane Frizzell.


Google Integration with AEA 267 Digital Resources

Many of our schools today are Google schools.   Students are technology centered, whether it be with their assigned school computer/laptop or their personal device, and they use technology to look up everything from A to Z.   But they also use technology for completing school assignments.  The key to connecting them to trustworthy, relevant content, like that found within Iowa AEA Online,  is ensuring that it appears in their workflow.  Google is a comfortable, highly used pathway in most students’ study routine.


Many of the digital resources provided to you by AEA 267 are now integrating with Google.   The resources currently making this connection are:


This integration makes it very easy and convenient for students to save content to their Google accounts.   All of these resources have the option of downloading content to Google Drive.   In addition,  CultureGrams, SIRS, Gale and EBSCO Literary Reference integrate with Google Classroom.   We should note here, that levels of Google integration are constantly being updated by the digital vendors.

Use of the MackinVIA Reader tools are enhanced with the Google Drive integration.  Within MackinVIA,  student notes and highlights can be exported out to Google Drive.  Please remember that student backpacks must be set up in order to use the MackinVIA Reader tools with the Google integration.


If you have questions regarding Google integration with the digital resources please contact one of the AEA 267 Librarians.


Stop the Summer Slide!

summer_reading_slide__smallSeveral points of research show how student achievement can drop off over the summer if they don’t stay engaged academically. Wondering how to keep your students reading over the summer? AEA 267, in cooperation with Mackin has developed a summer reading resource website called I Want To Read. Suited for grades K-12, there are links to eBooks within your MackinVIA portal, as well as links to a summer reading journal and other book-related activities. These resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A webinar to share information about the research around summer learning loss and the K-12 eBooks accessible through the I Want To Read website was held on April 7th. We recorded the webinar, and it is now available for viewing.

We have also developed a webpage with resources to go along with these summer reading resources including a sample parent letter and templates for bookmarks and posters.

If you have questions regarding the AEA 267 summer reading resources, please contact Jane Frizzell or Cheryl Carruthers, AEA 267 Librarians.