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One login. One search. One interface.

AEA Scout is an online portal that houses many of the digital resources provided by Iowa’s AEAs such as AEA Digital Library, Britannica School, Gale and MackinVia. Students benefit from a one-stop shop for their research needs. Teachers can rest easy knowing their students are searching the quality, curated content they’ve come to know and trust.

What Makes Scout Special?

With AEA Scout, students have the ability to dig deeper in their quest for information. A wide variety of sources of information in multiple formats will be at their fingertips when they search AEA Scout. This new way of information gathering also encourages students’ curiosity and builds a foundation for lifelong learning. 

Single sign-on to one interface
  • Login once to search multiple sources on one site
Quality digital content 
  • Curated content from recognized publishers and producers
  • Videos, articles, documents, ebooks, audiobooks, photos, charts, graphs and more 
Predictive functions 
  • The more students search, the smarter and more customized the results become
  • Suggested materials based on usage and interest 
Personalized learning experience 
  • Create a folder for each class or assignment 
  • Teachers can share resources and notes with specific students 
  • Highlight, underline, take and share notes in one place 
For all learners 
  • Translate text to different languages 
  • Most digital text is read-aloud 
  • Closed-captioned video 
  • Change text size and font 
  • Change the background color for higher contrast

Scout Terms of Use

Video Tutorials for Using AEA Scout

Introduction to AEA Scout

An introduction to the features and capabilities of AEA Scout.

Logging In

A verification code may be required for first-time users. Contact your school’s teacher librarian or AEA consultant for your code.

Recent & Recommendations

  • AEA Scout Home Page:
  • Recently Viewed
  • Recommended Resources
Searching for Resources

  • Filter search
  • Keyword search suggestions
  • Phrase search using “ “
  • Title search
  • Limit to full text
Creating & Organizing Folders

  • Create folders, subfolders
  • Organize
  • Color code
  • Favorites
Managing Resources Within Folders

  • Moving resources
  • Duplicating contents of a folder
  • Searching for folder
  • Searching for saved resource
  • Removing resources
Customizing the Display

Change screen display:

  • Background
  • Text density
  • Font style, size, color
Tools Within AEA Scout

  • Translate
  • Read Aloud
  • Dictionary
  • Annotate
  • Cite
  • Download
  • Save to Cloud (coming soon)
  • Print
Translation Features

  • Translation
  • Read aloud


 Taking Notes

  • Take note
  • Add URL in notes
  • Change font, size, etc.
  • Search notes
Adding Contacts

  • Create contacts & groups
  • Use template to create contacts & groups
 Sharing Resources

  • Sharing resources using a persistent link
  • Sharing folder
  • Finding shared resources
  • Notifications
Embedding AEA Scout into PowerSchool

Embedding AEA Scout into Canvas

Embedding AEA Scout into Schoology

Research Guides for AEA Scout


Educator Vision for AEA Scout (Under Construction)

Teachers, instructional coaches and administrators can use Scout to help align instructional strategies to the Iowa Core Standards.




Author’s point of view / purpose

Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others. (RI.7.6) 

Have students highlight text and take notes to capture their thinking. Check resource below for guiding question ideas.

Resource: Point of View Questions: Higher Order Thinking

Sample MS Lesson Plan

Vocabulary Development

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone. (RI.7.4)

  • Have students use Scout’s built-in dictionary to determine meaning of words.
  • Teacher can add link to Frayer Model organizer (see below) to teacher notes in shared article to develop deeper understanding.


Frayer Model Organizer (English)

Frayer Model Organizer (Spanish)

Evaluate Argument and Claims

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning. (RI.9-10.8) 

Students can create a note to record their evaluation an argument. They can highlight text that provides evidence for the author’s claim.

Sample Lesson Plan


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