Michigan New Teacher Conference | SAGA Educators

This is a great event for new teachers hosted by Gary Abud Jr. and Andrew Steinman of SAGA Educators. I had a chance to talk to both in Detroit at MACUL and wanted to pass along information on it.

The Michigan New Teacher Conference is a free event for early career and aspiring teachers to network and learn with and alongside experienced educators.

New and experienced educators are invited to join us for a morning of conversations about teaching, leading, and learning. This conference has something for educators with all levels of experience.

Support for Michigan’s newest teachers

Insight from accomplished career educators

Networking opportunities for all participants

All conference attendees to walk away with strategies, skills, and tools that can be used the very next day.

Check out Michigan New Teacher Conference | SAGA Educators.

Students excel at spoken word project | Thanks PLN and Soundtrap.com

This past Thursday culminated a great project I facilitated with our Pioneer Tech High School students. In their Character Development and Leadership hour I teamed with teacher Amber Lugten to help students pursue what perseverance means to them and then express it in a unique way.

This really turned out to be a tale of the connected educator. Building upon the concepts of the Rock Our World Project founded by fellow Apple Distinguished Educator Carol Anne McGuire, I set off to have students create some type of collaborative music project…probably in Garage Band. Right about the same time I opened Rushton Hurley’s Nextvista.org newsletter and he was telling of a similar cloud-based site called Soundtrap.com and discovered it would probably fit our needs better being web based and built for more for sharing than Garage Band. The kids took to the site like a white t-shirt to hot wings and I happily tweeted some of our successes. One of the first people to respond to my tweet was Soundtrap developer Frederik Posse. He liked the project so much that he offered to upgrade all of our accounts, student ones included to premium accounts. This type of extreme project evolution and upgrade doesn’t happen for the educator that isn’t deeply immersed in a personal learning network.

The kids worked hard and made seemingly thousands of revisions. I was so proud to accompany them on Maranda’s Where you Live TV program that highlights all of the great things happening in West Michigan for kids and families.

Here is our segment and below that you’ll find a link to Casey and Josh’s project and the full write up from WOTV.

Perseverance Soundtrap Project

Students excel at spoken word project | WOTV4women.com.

Check out all of the #cuerockstar Saugatuck awesomeness presenting at #MACUL15

We said last year that Rock Star Saugatuck Teacher Camp was all about launching the awesomeness within all of our attendees. On Day 1 last summer many were quietly questioning themselves as to whether they had bitten off more than they could chew. By the end of Day 3 we all were listening to and witnessing amazing transformations in so many of them. It wasn’t that they had attended some magical session. They realized that they do indeed have a lot of insight into powerful teaching and a lot to share. Now six months later, 1/6 of Saugatuck campers are presenting at this year’s big MACUL conference in Detroit from March 18-20.

Check out the great list of sessions below from last year’s attendees and faculty. Then visit cuerockstar.org to register for this summer’s July 7-9 camp presented by MACUL and Saugatuck Public Schools.

Thursday

8:00-10:00
Explore the Power of iPhoto – Dave Tchozewski (hands-on session, additional charge)

10:00-11:00
Blogging, It’s Elementary – Heidi Gascon
Make a Presentation that will Wow your Students – Nicole Bauman, AnnMarie Willette

10:30-12:30
Creating Digital Books with iTunes Author – Dave Tchozewski (hands-on session, additional charge)

1:00-2:00
If you’re Appy and you Know it, Come Smash with Us – Kristen Gavlas, Johnna Kline
Collaborate and Connect with Google Apps and Drive – Heidi Gascon
Inquiring Minds want to Know – Erin Mastin

2:30-3:30
These ARE the Droids you are Looking For – Andy Losik
Bring a new Dimension to Learning with Augmented Reality – Drew Minock
Going Paperless with Google – Kevin Kacel, Sam Sicilia

3:30-5:30
Create and Innovate with iTunes U – Rebecca Wildman (hands-on session, additional charge)

4:00-5:00
Beyond Paper and Pencil: Supporting Writing with Technology – Heidi Gascon, Stacey Schuh
No Tech to Lots of Tech – Keith Tramper
Student Data and Information Privacy in the App Era: A Panel Conversation – featuring Ben Rimes

Friday

8:00-10:00
If you can’t Build it in Keynote, you don’t Need It – Andy Losik (hands-on session, additional charge)

8:30-9:30
Needle in a Haystack: Internet Search Tips and Tricks – Colleen Robison
It Takes just a S.E.C. – Leveraging Schoology, Edmodo, or Classroom to Engage Learning – Nicole Bauman, AnnMarie Willette

10:00-11:00
Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity – Drew Minock
Teach Like a Transformer – Keith Tramper

10:30-12:30
Engage English Language Learners through Technology – Cheryl Prindle (hands-on session, additional charge)

11:30-12:30
Revitalizing Research in the Digital Age – Katie Aquino
The iPad’s Killer App – Ben Rimes

1:00-2:00
Why Connect as an Educator? – Erin Mastin
Engage your Students with Free Web Tools – Dave Tchozewski
I’ve got a Brain to Pick with You – Jennifer Gwilt
The Battle for your Class: Google Classroom vs. Edmodo – Josh Hubbard

2:30-3:30
Closing Keynote: Culture, Innovation, and Learning: A 21st Century Paradigm Shift – Drew Minock

Wow! After the opening keynote you can do the whole conference front to back and you’ve got Rock Stars leading every time slot.

See you in Detroit. See you in Saugatuck this summer.

Hey Michigan, #cuerockstar’s Back!

Last year was so awesome, we couldn’t not do it again this year!

CUE and MACUL are two of the premiere organizations in the US for promoting the integration of technology in the classroom and are teaming up for Act II of the Rock Star Teacher Camp experience.

For these three days, the attendees are the Rock Stars and the presenters are just the lucky folks who get to help facilitate amazing collaboration and learning.
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CUE Rock Star Saugatuck presented by MACUL will take place this summer at Saugatuck Middle School from July 7th to the 9th.
Check out cuerockstar.org to register or apply for a faculty spot. Deadline for faculty applications is on Feb. 22. Faculty receive complimentary registration and lodging. If you are applying, please do not register. We will save room for you if you are not selected and you may pay your registration later.
This year’s camp will follow much of the same format that last year’s did. Lots of learning. Lots of fun. Treating teachers like they’ve never been treated.
We really hope you’ll consider being a part of this experience and will bring lots of friends.

Check out the Session Listings for #CUERockStar Camp Melbourne, FL

Get yourself some sun this winter and soak up some amazing professional development as well.

Check out the sessions now listed for Rock Star Florida

January 17-19, 2015

Stone Magnet Middle School, 1101 E University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901

Day 1 – Microsoft, Google, and Apple

Day 2 – STEAM

Day 3 – Digital Pedagogies

All CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps are purposely designed and focused small group events that have three items in common:

Hands-On Learning

All three days consist of two, two-hour sessions allowing attendees to “dig in deep” and really get to know their topic and build resources to use next year.  Morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon so that attendees have two different opportunities to attend a workshop.

Small Presenter to Attendee Ratios

CUE Rock Star events are built so that there is one presenter for every ten attendees and the events sell out at 60-70 attendees.  This allows participants to get hands-on support and learn directly from knowledgeable educators. The amazing Faculty is there to support YOU, the real rock stars. CUE Rock Star Melbourne has an all-star cast of presenters, but the staff isn’t who these events are about. The attendees are the real rock stars and contribute to the magic these camps produce. These three days focus on bringing out the best of all in attendance and launching a new crop of edtech leaders.

Time for Collaboration and Networking

We purposely start late, end early, and take extended lunches so that all attendees have ample opportunities to collaborate and network as part of learning community.

Lodging Information:

View this map for several hotels in the area. CUE is not endorsing or recommending any particular hotel; this is intended for informational purposes only.

Daily Schedule:

9:00      Coffee

9:30      Shred Sessions

10:00    Session 1

12:00    Lunch/Networking

2:00      Session 2

4:00      Closing

Registration and more details at  CUE Rock Star Camp Melbourne, FL.

Winter will suck. #CUErockstar Florida will not suck.

We are taking #CUErockstar back to the beach…but keeping it in the Eastern Time Zone. Rock Star Teacher Camp Melbourne, Florida will take place from January 17-19 at Stone Magnet Middle School just a few blocks from the Atlantic beaches.


I had a blast coordinating Rock Star Saugatuck last summer and am tickled to be the lead learner for this Southeastern version of the best professional development on the planet.

Two guys we are proud to announce as faculty for this extravaganza are Rushton Hurley and John Sowash. Both are immensely talented at working with small groups of learners and have literally traveled the world sharing their knowledge.

Rushton Hurley

 

John Sowash and Family

We are accepting applications for additional faculty through November 1 and encourage educators ready to take the next step in their career as a facilitator or presenter to the next level. Apply now.

Conference Format

All CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps are purposely designed, focused, small group everts that have three items in common:
Hands-On Learning Sessions 
All three days consist of two, two-hour sessions allowing attendees to “dig in deep” and really get to know their topic and build resources to use next year. Morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon so that attendees have two different opportunities to attend a workshop.
Small Presenter to Attendee Ratios
CUE Rock Star events are built so that there is one presenter for every ten attendees, and the events sell out at 60-70 attendees. This allows participants to get hands-on support and learn directly from knowledgeable educators.
Time for Collaboration and Networking
We purposely start late, end early, and take extended lunches so that all attendees have ample opportunities to collaborate and network as part of a learning community.

Daily Schedule:
9:00 Coffee – Pastries (provided)
9:30 Shred Sessions
10:00 Hands-on Session 1
12:00 Lunch (provided) / Networking
2:00 Hands-on Session 2 (complete with ice cream break)
4:00 Closing

My mantra for organizing and leading events like Rock Star Teacher Camp is simple: “Treat teachers like they have never been treated before.” Feedback from Saugatuck attendees was that we knocked that out of the park. I will personally guarantee that will happen for this one as well.

Winter will be here all too quickly and it is going to suck. Book your trip to escape it in Florida now…and experience amazing professional learning along the way.

Register now.