Michigan Learns Online logoThe late-October edition of the REMCAM Michigan Learns Online (MLO) Newsletter contains links to many resources to help you incorporate online and digital learning experiences in your instruction. One of my favorite links in this edition was the blog post by Debbie Morrison, How to Make Online Courses a “Place” for Learning. Midway through the post, Debbie talks about some amazing work that Laura Gibbs is doing in regards to creating dynamic courses. Be sure to check out the link to Laura’s assignment on Growth Mindset! Incredibly well done and it even incorporates many elements of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)!

Click here to download a pdf copy of the newsletter and access other wonderful resources!

Throughout the fall communities around Michigan have been coming together to watch “Most Likely To Succeed,” a powerful education-focused documentary film. The film examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today’s innovative world. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced” by Education Week, and called a “smart and engaging look at education in the 21st century” by The Hollywood Reporter. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators. View the trailer for the documentary by clicking on the play button below.

A screening of “Most Likely to Succeed”, with a structured dialog following, is taking place at Oakland Schools on Saturday, November 14th from 10am-12:30pm. There is no cost to attend and you can access registration by clicking here.

macul-conference-logo-bigThe call for presenters for the 2016 MACUL Conference is open. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 1. The MACUL Speaker Proposal Submission Guide contains information about the different types of sessions and links to submit your proposal(s). I hope that many of you will apply to present! You have a wealth of knowledge to share with your peers and the MACUL Conference is a great place to present!

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Assessment Awareness Course screenshotA new resource, designed to help raise educator and student awareness of the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) online testing environment, has been created through TRIG funding and the Greater Michigan Educational Consortium (GMEC). This resource consists of two self-paced courses. One course is for students and the other is for educators.

The educator course is designed to be a resource that educators would complete as part of a “setting the stage activity” for M-STEP and online assessment planning. Designed to be completed in 45 minutes, participants will have access to overall information on online assessments, including completing sample online assessments. The Next Steps section is designed to set the stage for planning, and includes questions that educators should be thinking about as well as a planning template that can be customized for use during the local planning process.

The student course is also designed to be completed in 45 minutes and can be used as a classroom activity. It includes having students complete sample online assessments.

No login is needed for either awareness course.

Moodle logo in circleIn spite of bad weather, the 2015 Moodle Moot was a big success. Almost 200 Michigan educators attended! In addition to these “local folks,” there was one person from Missouri, two people from Iceland and one from New Zealand! Wow! One of the draws for these long distance attendees was the release of the Moodle eCommunity Platform, a current REMCAM project, which gives a Moodle course more of the look and feel of Edmodo and Facebook. Once the Moodle upgrade in Oakland County is complete, we will be able to use this new platform in our Moodle sites.

Resources from the sessions at MI Moodle Moot can be accessed by clicking here. Note: They are housed on a Moodle and you will be prompted to login. Select “Login as guest.”

The January Oakland Schools Ed Tech newsletter is now available for you to read.

This issue contains information about the Ed Tech Rally being held on January 16; shares the TWICE password for discounts on video conference field trip registrations; contains a link to the new online magazine, “InspirED,” that is all about innovative and positive things that are happening in Michigan schools; gives details about the “Physical and Virtual Programming” event coming up in February, provides a link to “Common Sense Graphite” – a great place to learn about technologies for teaching and learning; and a 10 minute video overview of proposed changes to the technology planning process.

Access the newsletter by clicking here!

Do you know a great technology-using teacher, educator, or technology coordinator? Nominations are now open for the MACUL 2015 Outstanding Technology-Using PK-12 Classroom Teacher, Outstanding Technology Using Educator, and Outstanding Technology Coordinator. The nominee must be a MACUL member. Note: Current Board and SIG officers and MACUL Board members from the past 5 years are not eligible for nomination.

All nominations are due by Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at 5:00 PM EST.

Winners receive great prizes for the classroom and are recognized at a Keynote Session during the 2015 MACUL Conference held on March 18 – 20 in Detroit.

To nominate a person, use the following links:

  • Nomination Form
  • Guidelines and information

  • Please take the time to nominate and recognize someone from your district this year.

    The Hour of Code, which can occur at any time during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14), is a one-hour coding activity during which students choose from self-guided tutorials that work on browsers, smartphones, tablets, or even work without computers at all. It was originally launched to give students who are not in computer science courses exposure to the power of coding. (And if you can’t do it this week, do it next week!)Last year, millions of students from 170 countries participated in the Hour of Code, and the Hour of Code promoters are hoping to get 100 million students coding during this year’s Computer Science Education Week.

    You can read more about it here:

  • http://www.hourofcode.com
  • http://csedweek.org/

  • Below are some coding resources that members of the Oakland County Educational Technology Leadership Team recently shared.
    From Stacy Martin in Hazel Park:

  • Use Code Academy. It is a free interactive site where students can learn HTMS & CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Python, Ruby and PHP. Or, students can participate in activities to make a website, make an interactive website or make a Rails Application. I recommend this site for grades 7 and up.
  • From Pam Shoemaker in Walled Lake:

  • Blockly: Fun coding activities. It starts really simple, then incrementally gets tougher.
  • Scratch Shark Attack Game: Use this game to get the kids interested in the possibilities of Scratch. This is step by step directions to use with students as they learn how to code with Scratch.
  • From Dale Rogers in Novi:
    iPad apps that introduce some coding skills.

  • Gamepress
  • Cato’s Hike
  • Cargo-Bot

  • FYI, if you interested in using Hopscotch on iPads to bring coding into your classroom, download this free iBook to help you plan lessons across the curriculum! “Hopscotch Lesson Ideas”

    For additional coding resources, check out this list from eSchool news: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/11/25/coding-resources-students-392/2/
    It includes resources for all ages of students.

    If you have coding resources to share, please post them via a Comment. If you’re doing something with your students for Hour of Code, post that too!

    The 10th Michigan Virtual Online Learning Symposium being held on Monday, November 17, will have three key sessions available for you to view online at no cost. The schedule for the online sessions is as follows:

      9-10 AM – Opening Keynote-Online Learning: Making it Work (John Waton, CEO, Evergreen Education Group)
      12:05-1:05 PM – Panel: Ask the Mentors: How to Improve Student Success in Online Learning
      1:05-1:50 PM – Panel: The Blended Learning Nation

    Click here to register.

    On November 19th, Oakland Schools Educational Technology will be hosting an evening workshop, “A Quick Look at Copyright” from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Evelyn Freeman, the Oakland Schools Copyright Consultant, will guide participants through the current copyright regulations and fair use with an informative and engaging presentation. Participants will learn the basics, as well as how to deal with copyright in online environments. Strategies for finding copyright friendly material and requesting permission will also be shared. Links to copyright friendly resources will be provided for attendees to use and share so we can all do a better of job of staying copyright compliant.

    Dinner will be provided.

    Link to registration: http://tinyurl.com/Copyright2014

    I hope to see many of you there!