One late summer evening I was enjoying the company of several other educators who were all presenters at the next day’s large edtech conference. Somehow a little friendly razzing found its way in my direction. The other teachers in the group were giving me a hard time about all of the “corporate” ties I have.
It was a smashing success last Fall and it is coming back for its second year. MACUL presents Google Fest 2016 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids on August 9 and 10.Tuesday the 9th will feature a series of specialized “camps” for administrators and users with varying skill levels. Incredible educator and all-around good dude Kyle Pace will keynote the conference portion on Wednesday the 10th.
August 9 & 10, 2016
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI
One day: $89
Two days: $169
Keynote Speaker: Kyle Pace is an Instructional Technology Specialist and Google for Education Certified Innovator that has worked with K-12 teachers in his current school district to provide instructional technology professional development since 2004. For more information about Kyle, visit googlefest.macul.org.
The CUE Rock Star Admin Hero’s Journey is all about providing new, hands-on skills for administrators who desire to create a positive, disruptive process of change in their organizations. These will be three full, hard-working, challenging and rewarding days. The faculty and curriculum will deliver administrators (Assistant Principals, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Directors, Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents) the skills they need to lead their districts in more agile and adaptable ways.
As the United States trickles back to school, Google is offering up some great tips for both educators and students.
All kinds of things from staying better organized with calendars to understanding how work is stored are covered in these quick hitting tutorials.
One of my biggest personal initiatives is to dig deeper into working with Google Classroom. A handful of the tips will help with that from both the teacher side of it and from the learner’s perspective.
The definite high point for me of the recent Google Education on Air conference my friend Jennie Magiera’s great presentation. She really nails the power of empowering students has on the educational process.
“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest places if you look at it right.” ~ The Grateful Dead “Scarlet Begonias”
Last night while watching The Voice on NBC, I witnessed a couple of special minutes. After 17 year-old Bryce Sherlow’s audition didn’t make the cut, she graciously accepted the feedback and encouragement from the celebrity judges. When Bryce mentioned to Pharrell Williams that she had sung his hit “Happy” at the a cappella nationals, he asked her to sing a little.
“Get up there and sing it with her,” instructed fellow judge Christina Aguilera…and he did.
This is the essence of what professional learning should be. Pharrell the mega star gave this young start-up a thrill of a lifetime by leaving his pedestal and putting himself on the same level as her. By him taking a step down so to speak, he lifted her up. The good educational presenters do that. They may have tens of thousands or Twitter followers and receive thousands per day from school districts to present, but to have lasting impact they have to meet their workshop attendees on a common level. That is how you move the craft of teaching forward. That is how you inspire the next wave to join you in moving the craft of teaching forward. That is also how any teacher inspires and moves their students forward.
The “Faculty members aren’t the rock stars. Attendees are the rock stars.” mantra of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps is the core value that has made them so impactful and why people attend multiple camps each year. It is why I have gotten so involved with them. When I watched Pharrell get on stage, I told my wife, “That is Rock Star to a tee. That is exactly what it is all about.”
Check out this great event for Thursday March 18 at MACUL in Detroit.
ShiftMich Idea Slam
What better place than here? What better time than now?
A unique event during MACUL week
Are you a Michigan educator who is….
Are you ready to…
connect with others/start something/tell your story?
If you are passionate about innovation in education…
Meet in Detroit!
The Idea Slam is a fast paced “pitch fest” and networking event for educators. Selected projects will be presented and attendees will vote on their favorite ideas. Winning projects will receive up to $1,000 towards their innovative educational idea. The rest of the evening is an informal meet-up with fun conversations and delicious offerings from Detroit Beer Company.
The concept of the Idea Slam was inspired by the Detroit Soup and TED Conference formats.