The 2015 MACUL Conference call for speakers is now open for application. Please consider sharing your talents by providing a session at the conference. Click on the image below to go to the speaker application site.

MICCSS MOOC LogoThe Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) and the Regional Educational Media Centers Association of Michigan (REMCAM) are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Michigan Common Core State Standards (MICCSS) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will start on July 14. This no-cost, interactive, four-week, online course is designed to help K-12 educators become more aware of Michigan Common Core State Standards (MICCSS) by exploring the resources posted on the state miccss.org site.

Through online collaboration, educators will discuss and share implementation strategies around the CCSS and design a 3-day lesson to use within their instructional environment or a professional development plan to use with staff. Participants will also take a math or ELA sample Smarter Balanced Assessment and share their results and experiences with other participants.

The online course will be moderated and facilitated by instructional leaders around the state who will review assignments and provide ongoing feedback throughout the four weeks.

  • Registration deadline: July 11, 2014.
  • Cost: Free
  • SCECHS: 20 hrs available with $10 application fee
  • Registration Link: http://www.solutionwhere.com/remcam/cw/showcourse.asp?38

  • Click here to access a flyer with more details.

    Justin Ellsworth, Instructional Technology Coordinator for Farmington Public Schools and a member of the Oakland County Educational Technology Leadership Team, will be doing an online session, “Research Q and A: Wikis and Professional Development Best Practices.”

    Below is the writeup from Wikispaces about Justin’s session:
    “As the end of the school year draws near for many parts of the world, many educators are taking the time (if they can find it!) to reflect. We hope you can find the time to think about what you have learned this year and what you hope to build into your professional development (PD) and learning in the coming school year. Justin Ellsworth took this type of reflection to the next level, making it the focus of his own academic study from 2009 to 2011.

    “Justin, a former high school science teacher, is now an instructional technology coordinator at Farmington Public Schools in Michigan, where he focuses on the integration of technology in teaching and learning. He researched how to best design technology training practices and measured their effects on teacher learning. Click here to read his whole article.

    Join Justin and Wikispaces for his session on Thursday, June 5th, at 3pm Eastern time. You won’t want to miss it! Register now and get ready to be inspired!

    The REMC Association of Michigan has an ongoing project that provides Common Core resources and guides for K-12 educators. You can access all of the resources and guides on MICCSS by clicking here. The guides provide everything facilitators will need to run face-to-face professional learning sessions with teachers. The resources include links to the MAISA curriculum and SMARTER Balanced.

    In the summer of 2013, an ELA conference to support implementation of Common Core was held in Lansing. Videos of many of the sessions are available for your viewing on REMC’s MI Streamnet.

    Stay tuned for the opportunity to participate in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to learn how to implement the Common Core curriculum. Details should be available sometime during the summer.

    EasyBib is giving away free downloads of their new Writing Styles and Tools Infographic.

    The infographic can be used to help you explain the three writing styles – expository, persuasive and narrative. It also showcases 18 recommended apps and websites (6 for each style of writing) to support the development of writing proficiency for each of the styles.

    Note: You will need to supply your name and email address before you can download the infographic.

    As you may have noticed, Discovery Education has updated their homepage. The new homepage is designed to make it easier for you to login to Discovery Education services on multiple platforms: iPads, tablets, laptops, and even phones!

    Try it out on a variety of devices and let me know what you think.

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    DId you miss any or all of the 2014 MACUL Conference keynotes? Fortunately they were recorded on video and are now available for your review. Check them out on REMCAM’s MI Streamnet by clicking here!

    We had a great time at the “iPad Tools for Organization & Productivity” workshop yesterday! We used the day to look at many of the rich collection of organization and productivity apps that can help busy educators better manage their resources and time. If you’d like to access the workshop materials, you can do that by clicking here.

    MACUL Grant Proposals for the 2014-15 school year are now being accepted. Up to $1500 is available for projects that take an educational need or opportunity and show how technology can be a solution for the need or opportunity.

    Proposals must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, May 14. Winners will be notified in mid to late June.

    The grant application, worksheets, and rubric can be found at:
    http://www.macul.org/grantsawards/2014-15-macul-grants/

    I hope you will apply! Please be sure to contact me if you need any help with your proposal.

    Note: You must be a MACUL member to apply. Membership is free and you can sign up here: http://www.macul.org/membership/

    I just tried out Smore to create an online newsletter with information about educational technology that applies to the public schools and districts in Oakland County. The newsletter contains information about spring and summer educational technology workshops, a link to the MVU 21f Toolkit and more. Click here to view the newsletter.

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