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AEA Scout

AEA Scout

AEA Scout is here!

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.

 

 

Video Tutorials for Using AEA Scout

Log In
(:16)

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

Search for Resources
(2:03)

  • Filter search
  • Keyword search suggestions
  • Phrase search using “ “
  • Title search
  • Limit to full text

Recommended Resource
(0:35)

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

Customize Display
(:46)

Change screen display:

  • Background
  • Text density
  • Font style, size, color

Translate Text
(:46)

This video includes:

  • Translation
  • Read aloud

Take Note in Resource
(2:34)

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

Share Resources
(2:41)

  • Sharing resources using persistent link
  • Sharing folder
  • Finding shared resources
  • Notifications

Create and Organize Folders
(1:34)

  • Create folders, subfolders
  • Organize
  • Color Code
  • Favorites

Manage Resources Within Folders
(2:02)

  • Moving resources
  • Duplicating contents of folder
  • Searching for folder
  • Searching for saved resource
  • Removing resources

 

Embed Scout into LMS- PowerSchool
(1:48)

Embed Scout into LMS- Canvas
(1:33)

(video coming soon)

Embed Scout into LMS- Schoology
(1:40)

Add Contacts
(3:30)

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

Tools Within AEA Scout
(1:35)

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

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

 

 

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.

INSTRUCTIONAL CONCEPT / SKILL

INSTRUCTIONAL CONCEPT / SKILL

WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE IN SCOUT?

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.

Resources:

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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