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.

The latest release in the REMC Connected Educator Series is a video titled, “All in One Place: iTunes U in the Classroom.” iTunes U is one way teachers can put all of their classroom content into one place on the iPad. Click to view the video and see how Rebecca Wildman, a teacher at Boyne City Elementary and Apple Distinguished Educator, creates classroom content her students can access any time on their iPads using iTunes U.

Registration is now open for the 2014 MACUL Conference, full and half day preconference workshops, and two-hour hands-on lab sessions. The Conference is being held in Grand Rapids and runs from March 12-14.

Preconference workshops are held on Wednesday, March 12, and are sponsored by the MACUL Special Interest Groups. Hands-On labs run for two hours and are offered throughout the day on Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14.

Conference – Thursday & Friday – $185
Hands-On labs – $50
Preconference workshops (half day) – $60
Note: Rates increase for the preconference workshops and conference registration after February 25.

For a listing of preconference workshops, visit http://tinyurl.com/prtb7nq

For a listing of Hands-On labs, visit http://tinyurl.com/prtb7nq

Hurry! Workshops and labs are available on a first come/first served basis and fill quickly.

Start your registration here: http://tinyurl.com/prtb7nq

MI Moodle Moot

3 December 2013

Registration for the “MI Moodle Moot 2014,” being held at the Mid Michigan Community College Doan Center in Mount Pleasant on January 9 (Preconference) and January 10 (Conference), is now open.

Detailed information and a link to registration can be found at: http://mimoodlemoot.org

The REMC and MDE sponsored “Blended Learning in the Classroom” course is now open for registration for the winter sessions at: http://www.solutionwhere.com/remcam/cw/showcourse.asp?28

Registration closes January 17.

Please note that this is a 61 hour course with online, off line, virtual, and face to face work. The course runs January 22 through May 14. The course opens with online work, then meets face-to-face a week or two after the online course work opens.

Two sections of the course are being offered in REMC 17 (Oakland County). Rick Messick, from Lake Orion Community Schools, will be teaching one of the sections. The face-to-face meeting for that section will be held at Oakland Schools on February 3 from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Mike Garrity, from Clawson Public Schools, will be teaching the other section. The face-to–face meeting for that section will be held at Clawson Middle School on February 4, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Click on the link below for more information.

BLiC Flyer Winter 2014

The REMC “Blended Learning in the Classroom” (BLIC) Project is pleased to announce the course dates for the 2013-14 offerings of the FREE “Blended Learning in the Classroom” course. Oakland Schools/REMC 17 is very proud to be sponsoring two sessions this school year!

The “Blended Learning in the Classroom” course provides training and sustained support to transition a classroom into a blended learning environment. The course is based on research and teaches effective strategies to implement highly effective blended learning. Click here to view a flyer that will give you more details. You can also visit the BLIC website to learn more: http://www.remc.org/projects/blendedlearning/

Session 1: Starts September 3, 2013 and ends December 20, 2013. It will launch online and the face-to-face session for the Oakland Schools offering will take place on Thursday, September 23 from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. Kevin Emmons, a Clarkston Community Schools teacher, will facilitate this session.

Session 2: Starts January 22, 2014 and ends May 14, 2014. The face-to-face session for the Oakland Schools offering is not yet set. Rick Messick, a Lake Orion teacher, will facilitate this session.

Registration is now open for Session 1. Please click on the link to register: http://www.solutionwhere.com/remcam/cw/main.asp

Below are some reactions from previous participants:
“Many items that I learned about I was able to take into my classroom the next day and use.”
“I loved being able to apply what I learned immediately into my classroom.”
“Focus on the practice and not the tool made all of the content relevant and useful.”
“The instructors were encouraging and knowledgeable and supported me as an individual.”
“The course contained great information and a good model for how to run a blended course.”
“I was exposed to many resources and ideas for blending my classroom. It was profoundly useful.

I hope many of you will want to take the course!

Below you will find information about three Educational Technology workshops that will be held here at Oakland Schools during the first week of August.

To register for the workshops please click here: https://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/EventManagement/tabid/637/Default.aspx
Scroll to the date of the event you want and then click on the title to proceed with registration.

Branding & Beautifying Your Google Docs
August 6, 2013 8:30 AM – 11:45 PM
Facilitator: Laura Cummings
Cost for Oakland County: $15
Cost for out-of-county: $25
Description: Have you ever tried to make a Google Doc look the way you want and experienced frustration or disappointment? Do you miss the clip art and Word Art that were available in Microsoft Office? If so, this is the workshop for you! In this workshop you will learn how to brand your Google creations to make you stand out to students, parents, co-workers and administration. You will also learn about copy-right friendly, free clip art sites and how to start a collection of your finds using an app for Google Chrome and Picasa Web (Google’s photo/image sharing site). You will spend the majority of your time in the workshop setting up and trying out the tips and tricks. You will leave ready to keep creating impressive Google Docs long after the workshop ends. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. If you bring your own, please have the Chrome browser installed. Everyone should come with their Google accounts set up and ready to use.

iPad Tips & Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Device
August 7, 2013 8:30 AM – 11:45 PM
Facilitator: Laura Cummings & Special Guest
Cost for Oakland County: $15
Cost for out-of-county: $30
Description: If you are up and running with your iPad and ready to learn a few tips & tricks to get more out of your device, you should attend this hands-on workshop. The instructors will show you tips & tricks for iPad Settings, the onscreen keyboard and other built-in features of your iPad. You will be given time to setup and/or practice each tip & trick. The instructors will also go over many of the lesser-known features of the built-in apps that come with every iPad. Bring you own iPad or use one of ours. NOTE: If you register for this session and the afternoon session, “iPad Tools for Organization & Productivity,” lunch will be provided. (3 SCECHs pending)

iPad Tools for Organization & Productivity
August 7, 2013 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Facilitator: Laura Cummings & Special Guest
Cost for Oakland County: $15
Cost for out-of-county: $30
Description: The iPad supports a rich collection of organization and productivity apps that can help busy educators better manage their resources and time. Organize your life with reminders, timers, sticky notes and more. Enhance your productivity with apps that help you brainstorm, draft and create documents that can be stored in the cloud and/or shared with others. Explore apps for recording information through handwriting, text and/or audio. Keep informed with reference apps and personalized digital magazines. The facilitators will demonstrate each app and provide time for workshop participants to set up and use the apps. If you already have some favorite apps for organization and productivity, please come prepared to share with the group. Bring your own iPad or use one of ours. (3 SCECHs pending)

The “Best of MACUL” is headed your way!

Registration is now open for the “Best of MACUL” education technology workshop being held at Oakland Schools on Monday, July 22, 2013. Partnering with the REMC Association of Michigan, this half or full day workshop offers another opportunity to attend exemplary sessions offered by exemplary presenters.

Cost: $49/full day; $39/half day; Optional $10 lunch

Topics at Oakland Schools include: Reaching Diverse Learners, Henry Ford’s K-12 FREE Online Resources, SmartBoards, SmartPhones in the Classroom, UDL with the iPad, Branding & Beautifying Your Google Docs, Online Learning Planning, Tips, Tricks & Inspiration for Video Use in the Classroom, and iPad + 1 Teacher

Attached to this post you will find a flyer with the description and time for each session. You will pre-register for the sessions you want to attend. No worrying that the room will be full before you get there!

To keep up with the ever changing world of education technology, it’s the Best of MACUL! You won’t want to miss it!
Register via this link: http://www.macul.org/otherevents/best-of-macul/

I hope to see many of you at Best of MACUL Oakland Schools on July 22!

Note: If you will be vacationing in other parts of Michigan, you might be interested in attending a “Best of MACUL” session at another site. The schedule is as follows:

  • Oakland Schools (7/22)
  • Tuscola ISD (7/24)
  • Bay Arenac ISD (7/25)
  • Calhoun ISD (7/26)
  • Clare-Gladwin RESD (7/30)
  • Eastern UP ISD (8/1)
  • Muskegon Area ISD (8/6)
  • Ottawa Area ISD (8/8)

  • If you were like me and you couldn’t attend the Mobile Learning Conference held on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Kalamazoo, you can still learn from the presenters and the attendees! Check out the Conference Handouts and pull up the Conference Twitter Hashtag – #maculmlc. I have already bookmarked several items and will be viewing more resources over the next few days as time permits. Via the Twitter hashtag, I found Tammy Maginity’s presentation links from her session about apps for digital storytelling. Using the Conference Handouts page, I found Anthony Buza’s Prezi, “Producing Content from the iPad.” Check out the links and see what you can find!