SIG Pre-Conference Workshops

This is the list of Pre-Cons for Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Download the list (PDF).

They are available through registration.


ADMIN 1: Mindshare – Continuing the Conversation
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 142 C

Mark Wilson, Executive Coaching and Motivational Speaker, Educational Consultant, and Members of the SIG ADMIN Team

This is an opportunity to continue the conversations started from Mindshare 2016. You did not have to attend Mindshare 2016 to attend.

CS 1: Beginning Arduino Wiring and Programming
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 142 B

Susan Haynes PhD, Professor of Computer Science, Eastern Michigan University

Program the popular Arduino microprocessor from ground zero. Come wire simple circuits for the Arduino using C programming. The projects are modifiable and extensible. Appropriate for all interested as well as grades 6 to adult. Additional $40 fee is required for the starter kit you will use during the session and take with you. Contact Pamela.Moore@emich.edu for BYO questions.

CS 2: Computer Science – An Advanced Placement Workshop
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 142 A

Jim Huggins, Associate Professor, Kettering University; Josh Pudaloff, Math/CS Teacher, Athens High School; Ted Emch, Math/CS Teacher, Pioneer High School; Rich Lamb, Math/CS Teacher, Cranbrook Kingswood School; and Shannon Houtrouw, Math/CS Teacher, Kalamazoo Area Math Science Center

For those teaching Computer Science programming, come gather with experienced CS teachers to learn about the test and have a hands-on sample reading session. We’ll discuss the new AP-CS Principles test at the end of the day. (“AP” is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is unaware of and does not endorse this workshop.)

EE 1: ABC: Adventures by Chromebook – Chromebooks in the K-8 Classroom
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 250 C

Daniel Mares, Instructional Technology Coach, Coloma Community Schools

Come on an adventure with us as we explore Chromebooks and G-Suite for Education in the K-8 Classroom. Experience the wonders of G-Suite, add-ons, tools, apps, and extensions for maximizing core instruction, student learning, and success. Leave this adventure with tools and activities you can apply in your class tomorrow.

EE 2: Digging Deeper into Google’s G-Suite for K-8 Teachers
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 250 C

Jeremy Badiner, Instructional Technology Coach, Gull Lake Community Schools

Now that you have tasted the Google Kool-Aid, let’s dig in a little deeper! Learn tips and tricks to make Chrome work for you. Tame your Drive and explore some helpful Drive Add-Ons. Learn to easily store and share images from your mobile devices. Explore creative ways to share and collaborate with Google Tools. Get ready to get your Google-On!

EE 3: Diving Into STEM K-5
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 251 A

Jodie Cole, STEM Lab Teacher, South Haven Public Schools

Let’s “STEM” into the branches of science, technology, engineering, and math for elementary students. We will investigate this interdisciplinary and applied approach together while exploring coding, makerspace, robotics, STEM apps, and many engineering project ideas.

EE and MM: Any Space Is a Maker Space
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 250 B

Ann Smart, Instructional Technology Consultant, Jackson ISD, Bill Van Loo, STEAM Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools, and John Phillips, Educational Technology Consultant, Berrien RESA

Everywhere you turn there is a conversation about the maker movement and maker spaces. Come explore the theory behind the maker movement and learn how to turn any space into a maker space. You will get hands-on with robots, 3D printers, and many other “maker” tools.

INC 1: Achieving Engagement, Differentiation and Higher Level Thinking Skills for Elementary Students
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 251 B

Heather Gauck, Special Education Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools

The presenter has spent numerous hours investigating ways to best use technology to reach the top of Blooms Taxonomy. Personalized Learning can be accomplished like never before as students create, synthesize, and explain their understanding. She will also share the road to becoming a connected educator to help with individual professional development along with helping students become global learners.

INC 2: Achieving Engagement, Differentiation and Higher Level Thinking Skills for Secondary Students
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 251 B

Heather Guack, Special Education Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools

The presenter has spent numerous hours investigating ways to best use technology to reach the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Personalized Learning can be accomplished like never before as students create, synthesize and explain their understanding. She will also share the road to becoming a connected educator to help with individual professional development along with helping our students become global learners.

LIB 1: Using Student-Created Infographics to Master 21st Century Literacies
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 251 C

Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist, KathySchrock.net

This laptop/Chromebook-only workshop will provide an in-depth overview of how best to use student-created infographics as assessment. Kathy will concentrate on the student literacy skills necessary to research, critique, summarize, and communicate information. Attendees will create an infographic in small groups to both practice the literacies necessary for infographic creation as well as share examples with their colleagues.

LIB 2: Teaching, Learning and Creating with Online Tools
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 251 C

Kathy Schrock, Educational Technologist, Wilkes University

Participants will be provided with ideas and hands-on practice creating instructional projects using a variety of online tools. They will come away with tons of ideas for assessments for students to showcase their mastery of content knowledge. They will also create projects to support their teaching practice! Come with your Chromebook, laptop, or Windows tablet charged and ready to go!

MM 1: Virtual Reality. What the Heck Is it? Where Can I Find and How Can I Create it?
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 250 A

Leslie Fisher, Director, Fisher Technologies Inc.

This workshop will take you bottom to top (hope you enjoyed the pun) of Virtual Reality. We will discuss what it is, why it works, and what you need to get going. We will also explore the different types of VR and VR headsets available. We will then take a “heads” on look at some of the most impactful VR applications available and finish with an overview on how VR is making real world impacts well.

MM 2: Augment Your Reality: QR Codes and Augmented Reality. Discover the Best and Create!
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 250 A

Leslie Fisher, Director, Fisher Technologies Inc.

You can create full 360 degree virtual reality images with everything from a mobile device all the way up to a camera designed just for VR. This session will be hands on and explore the variety of apps and devices that allow you to create your own Virtual Reality. Requirements: Mobile device that can access WiFi or Internet that can load apps. Android or iOS

MM 3: Explore, Explain, and Entertain: Easy Classroom Video Production
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 251 A

Jan Harding, Interactive Learning Consultant, Macomb ISD, and Mary Phillips, Teacher, South Haven Public Schools

Student videos are easier than ever to produce with mobile technology. Using FREE resources, we’ll share everything you need to get started with EASY video production tomorrow. Come learn how to use a free app (Touchcast) with green screen, and get tips for storyboarding, camera angles, and more. Your students will create videos that explore, explain, and entertain! Let’s “STEM” into the branches of science, technology, engineering, and math for elementary students. We will investigate this interdisciplinary and applied approach together while exploring coding, makerspace, robotics, STEM apps, and many engineering project ideas.

OBL 1: Blending with Digital Content: Creating, Finding, and Sharing Open Educational Resources
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 252 A

Erin Luckhardt, Blended Learning Coach, and Jeff Gerlach, Instructional Design Coach, Michigan Virtual University

Blended learning is the combination of excellent teaching and excellent digital content. But where do you get that content? In this session, we will explore the culture of open educational resources (OER) through a variety of learning experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about OER repositories, experiment with digital content creation tools, and collaborate on how to integrate these resources into their practice.

OBL 2: Using Creativity to Transform Your Formative Assessments
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 252 A

Andrew Shauver, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Heidi Gascon, Instructional Technology Consultant, Ingham ISD

Formative assessments have become a regular and routine part of learning experiences. They are great opportunities to check for understanding, monitor progress, and connect with any necessary interventions. In this session, come together with other educators as you explore how to make formative assessments fun and interactive. Students and teachers are able to use creativity to make these experiences the best part of their day. You will walk away with resources, tools, and supports to deploy immediately in your classroom.

OBL 3: Mentoring Online Students: Conversations to Support Improvement
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 252 B

Ken Dirkin, Director of Online Professional Learning, and Julia McBride, Professional Learning Coach, Michigan Virtual University

Engaging in professional dialogue is an opportunity for mentors of online students to think about their practice and ways to improve it. This session will engage participants in an active learning experience to explore challenges mentors commonly face and stimulate constructive conversations about effective practices.

OBL 4: Tools and Tips for Online and Blended RTI and MTSS
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 252 B

Emily Sicilia, Literacy Learning Facilitator, LifeTech Academy, and Erin Terpstra, MTSS Program Lead, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

Join us to discuss how RTI and MTSS can be represented in online and blended educational environments. Come see how technology is integrated at each level. Learn tools to use at every step to help enhance student success and provide interventions for struggling students.

PL 1: SCRUM in Edu
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 259

Bea Leiderman, Instructional Technology Coach, Goochland County Public Schools, VA

Students are not born knowing how to work together, and we rarely take the time to formally teach students the necessary skills. Creating a student-centered, collaborative learning environment revolves around effective teamwork. Teachers will use Scrum, a framework for scaffolding teamwork, to understand team design, planning, and project execution. Leave prepared to implement this framework immediately with measurable results.

PL 2: Breakout EDU
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 258

Kelly Kermode, Integrated Learning Strategist, Forest Hills Public Schools

Come experience a Breakout! These immersive learning games present a challenge which result in participants learning teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Participants will experience a Breakout EDU game in action, then plan and create individual Breakout EDU games to take with you. There is an additional $30 workshop cost for your personal Breakout Box with starting materials.

PL 3: Breakout EDU (Repeat of morning workshop)
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 258

Kelly Kermode, Integrated Learning Strategist, Forest Hills Public Schools

Come experience a Breakout! These immersive learning games present a challenge which result in participants learning teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting. Participants will experience a Breakout EDU game in action, then plan and create individual Breakout EDU games to take with you. There is an additional $30 workshop cost for your personal Breakout Box with starting materials.

TC 1: STEM and MakerSpaces: Cheap or Free
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 B

Amy Farkas, STEM / MakerSpace Educator, Riverview Community Schools

Is your school new to STEM or MakerSpaces? Come learn how to create, support, and champion your school’s STEM classes using cheap and/or free resources embracing the Engineering Design Process while utilizing MakerSpace resources. If you are a STEM teacher or technology director, or a curriculum director that supports STEM, this session is for you.

TC 2: Google NDA-Required
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 B

Peter Logli, Program Manager, Google for Education, and Cyrus Mistry, Group Product Manager, Google, Inc.

Wouldn’t it be nice, if when your teachers return after MACUL17 and share all the cool new Google tools and resources they want to use, that you knew something about them already? Come see what Google has planned for your classrooms and district! (NDA – Non-Disclosure Agreement)

TC 3: Overview of School Finance for Technology (STM required course)
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 C

David Palme, Director of School Technology Services, Waverly Community Schools

There are many types of technology-related expenses your school district should budget for, and some helpful guidelines on “What Stuff Costs.” The basics of the budgeting process, an overview of school finance, borrowing, and the operation of a business office will be addressed. Some of the topic areas that will be addressed are, Where and how do grants and donations fit into the process? How does “depreciation,” “total cost of ownership” (TCO), and “return on investment” (ROI) play a role? What are the various purchasing plans and regulations? How to negotiate rates with technology vendors. What is E-Rate? Should a district purchase or lease equipment?

TC 4: Organizational Technology Audits
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 C

Paul Twigg, Director, Technology Services, Barton Malow Company

Your school district is more dependent now on technology than ever. Chances are you have technology across all areas of your organization and chances are, you may not know everything about it you need to. Understanding all the technology pieces that run your organization and how critical each is to your school district’s function is important. Learn the components of a comprehensive audit including risk analysis, business impact analysis, sustainability, and determining the correct uptime for each system.

TECH 1: Explore Your World with Virtual Reality
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 D

John Sowash, CEO Sowash Ventures, Sowash Ventures

Virtual Reality (VR) lets us swim with sharks and walk along the Great Wall of China. How can we use this technology for teaching and learning? Explore VR using Google Cardboard and how it can be used to meet CCSS and achieve objectives. Walk away with Information and lesson plans to get you started. *Google Cardboard VR viewer will be given.

TECH 2: The Chromebook Classroom
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 D

John Sowash, CEO Sowash Ventures, Sowash Ventures

When placed in the hands of a skilled teacher, Chromebooks become powerful learning tools. It’s perfect to transform your classroom into an engaging, student centered learning space. Explore developing technology skills using top Chrome apps and extensions, classroom management strategies, and the strategic use of technology to achieve curricular goals. *All attendees will receive a copy of The Chromebook Classroom.

TECH 3: Office 365 in the Classroom
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 E

Todd Beard, Account Executive, Microsoft Education

In this session investigate many features of the Office 365 and Microsoft classroom and walk through its newest features. Learn how Classroom, OneNote Class Notebook, PLC, Mix, Sway, video, and more integrate and enhance your classroom.

TECH 4: The Microsoft Cloud 101
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 E

Patrick Sheren, Account Executive, Microsoft Education

Have you wondered what is Microsoft Cloud and Microsoft Azure Platform? This technical session will walk you through accessing and navigating the Microsoft Azure portal. Discussions include setup network, virtual machine, and scenarios where the Microsoft Cloud will assist you. Investigate this inexpensive “Off Site” backup datacenter and website for communication even if you lose power.

TECH 5: Engage, Analyze, Implement: Furthering Educational Technology in Your District, Building, or Classroom
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 F

Casey Schaub, Instructional Technologist, Genesee ISD

Further educational technology in your classroom through this hands-on session. Participants will personalize and develop an individualized implementation plan. The focused goals of the plan will be informed by your current use of educational technology and the relation to the SAMR levels. All resources are FREE and able to be implemented immediately and utilized on a small or large scale.

 

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