Author Archives: Brian Abeling

About Brian Abeling

Director of Technology, serving West Des Moines Community Schools

Stilwell HyperStream Club presents STEM activities at Iowa State Fair

Stilwell team at State Fair 2014The HyperStream club from Stilwell Junior High was invited to demonstrate STEM activities at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 17 as part of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Day. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is focused on increasing student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and promoting STEM economic development. Stilwell students displayed and demonstrated projects and activities in robotics, multimedia, web design, and game design developed during the 2013-2014 with guidance from ambassadors from  FBL Financial.



Brandon teaching game design at State Fair

Brandon teaching game design at State Fair

Radha spin art at State Fair 2014

Radha spin art at State Fair 2014

Radha spin art at State Fair 2014

Radha spin art at State Fair 2014


Google Classroom Overview


Google Classroom is open to our district. . . .FINALLY!!!!  I’ve been waiting all summer for this news & hoping that it would open before school started.  My wish has been granted just in time.

If you are interested in learning more I will demonstrate Google Classroom at 9AM Tuesday in the Valley High School Media Center.  I will also be available to answer questions & help you get it set up.

Google Classroom is a learning management system.  It will help you manage workflow in your classroom.  You can create and share documents easily with students & they can turn them right back in to you.  The entire system works easily with Google Drive & Gmail.

Anyone really.  However, I’d recommend being comfortable with Google Docs/ Drive first.  You need to understand how documents are shared & how collaborative work can be done.  If you are comfortable with using Google Drive, I’d recommend starting your semester with Google Classroom.


If you’re not ready for it, that’s OK.


Sarah Bird
Instructional Coach, Business Teacher & DECA Advisor