REMC is partnering with MACUL, the Michigan Department of Education, MAME and the Library of Michigan/MeL as well as other organizations in Michigan and throughout the United States in the first Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012.

Michigan will be celebrating 2012 as the “Year of the Digital Learner” and will be highlighting several events throughout the year (see below). The celebration will kick off on Digital Learning Day.

Michigan’s planned events include:

    February 1-Digital Learning Day Kickoff-Michigan Digital Learning Day Kickoff, Donley Elementary School, East Lansing
    February 1-29-Michigan eLibrary/M.O.R.E.-Lesson Plan Contest
    February 9-REMC $AVE Show-Off
    February 18-REMC 12: Kalamazoo Day of Discovery
    February 20-Promote REMC Connected Educator SeriesPremiers on MI Streamnet & MI Learning
    March 7-9-MACUL Conference/Student Technology Showcase, Grand Rapids
    March 17-MAME Spring Event (gaming & mobile devices), Ann Arbor
    April 12-REMC 8: Grand Rapids Day of Discovery
    April 27-Mobile Learning Conference, Kalamazoo RESA
    May 2-REMC 20: Wayne RESA Day of Discovery
    May 4-Upper Peninsula Educational Technology & Business Conference
    June 20-Michigan Joint Education Conference
    September-State Technology/Curriculum Directors Meeting
    September- 21Things4Teachers 2012-13 Launch
    October 19-Google Conference, Southfield Christian Schools
    October 31-Nov 2-MAME Conference, Lansing
    November-Student Technology Showcase, Lansing, Capitol Building
    November-21Things4Students, Lansing, Capitol Building
    December-MVU Online Teacher of Year

Most of the presentations from the October 6, 2011 Technology Directors & Curriculum Directors virtual meeting can be found here:

You are free to download them and use them to share the information with interested others back in your districts.

Last spring, Michigan’s Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, announced that educators across Michigan were being given an opportunity to take the “21 Things 4 Teachers” Pre-Assessment of technology proficiency. Those wishing to do so could earn 1 SB-CEU through their participation in the survey. The data gathered from this survey will be reported back to each local district, beginning in November, for state reporting of “Personnel Skilled in Technology” in the Registry of Educational Personnel (REP) by December 1st.
This Pre-Assessment Survey is still open and available for staff who have not yet completed it. However, it will close October 15th.

Please encourage your administrators, teachers, media specialists, and other staff to complete this important survey – EVEN IF THEY DO NOT NEED SB-CEUs. Your district data file will only be as good as the number of participants you have.
PLEASE FORWARD the information below to any staff still needing to complete the survey.
The Michigan Department of Education is encouraging all educators to participate in a survey to determine technology proficiency.
NOTE: People participating in the survey will need their Personal Identification Code (PIC) numbers. (Click here for directions on locating PIC numbers.)
Educators NOT needing SB-CEUs, click on the link below and go directly to the survey.
21things4teachers Pre-Assessment – Survey Only

Educators wanting to earn 1 SBCEU for participating need to complete all of the steps outlined below, including taking the Pre-Assessment survey:
a) Go to the website
b) Scroll to the “Personnel Skilled in Technology Assessment” section of the Home page
c) Watch 8 minute video about the project
b) Review the 21 Things website (at your leisure)
c) Take the Pre-Assessment Survey (50 questions, about 20-30 minutes).

Once an educator completes the steps outlined above, i.e the “course,” for SB-CEUs, the educator is entered into the Michigan Secure Central Registry (SCR) and will be processed AFTER the survey closes in October.