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.

    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.

    Rates:
    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!