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!

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:

I hope to see many of you there!

#edtechchatTwitter chats are a great way to connect with other educators and share information. There are many different Twitter chats that would be of interest to educators. A Weekly Twitter Chat Schedule has been compiled by @thomascmurray, @cevans5095 and @cybraryman1. If you check out their list, I am sure you will find several that would be of interest to you. Two of my favorites are #edtechchat and #udlchat.

Here is a link to “A Quick Start Guide to Participating in a Twitter Chat.” It was created by Tom Murray (@thomascmurray) for use in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that was held this fall for technology coaches.

It will help you get started in just three steps. Each step is explained with images and text. Check it out and maybe next week I will “see” you at the #edtechchat!

I put together a flyer with tips & trick for getting more out of your Discovery Streaming subscription. You will find the flyer here:

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 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:

  • 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.

    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!