Professional Development - Fall Online Courses

Professional Development - Fall Online Courses

Farming Then & Now

Dates: November 9 to December 9, 2020


This online course explores how agriculture has changed over time. Through videos, reading, and a live panel discussion with farmers, teachers will learn how technology has been applied to improve agricultural practices and produce food, fiber, and fuel. Participants will learn about farm buildings, tractors, and equipment that were cutting-edge farm technology in the early and mid-1900’s and engage in discussion about technology of today and tomorrow.

This professional development course will give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the Iowa Core social studies and science standards. Using agriculture as the context to teach core standards, participants will create lessons that are relevant to the grade and subjects they teach. Participants will leave the course with instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom.

This is a one-credit course that requires a minimum of 15 hours online, plus an additional 30 hours of reading, research/discovery, and lesson development. It includes a two-hour live Zoom session, with two schedule options.

Register to participate: Graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grand View University, or Morningside College for $130. Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35. Registration can be done online by creating an account in the  Professional Learning Registration System. Once an account is created (which could take up to 24 hours), login and search for the course number 190523. Then follow the links to register for the course.