MACUL Announces Spectacular 2017 Lineup of Keynote Speakers


2017 MACUL CONFERENCE
March 15-17 | Cobo Center | Detroit, MI

We’re announcing our keynotes for #macul17! See below:

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Sir Ken Robinson
Opening  – March 16
Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation and Author, Finding Your Element, The Element and Out of Our Minds
 
 
 
FridayMarch 17
World-renowned game designer, Inventor of SuperBetter, Author of the NYT bestseller Reality Is Broken, and Advisor and affiliate researcher with the Institute For The Future


Jennie Magiera
Closing – March 17
Chief Technology Officer, PLAYDATE Co-founder, White House Champion of Change, Google Certified Innovator & Apple Distinguished Educator
Visit maculconference.org for more information.

#MiGoogleFest Returns in August

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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.

GoogleFEST   
#migooglefest
August 9 & 10, 2016
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI
Registration Cost: 
  • 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.

Movie Making MacGyver Stuff – #EdCampOAISD #MACUL16

Here are links for my EdCamp and MACUL MacGyver video making sessions

iMovie Fifth Grade Book Reports

iOS Apps
iMovie
Keynote
Replay
Splice
Avid Pinnacle Studio Pro
Action Movie FX
Canva
Path On – Swipe To Type
DoInk

WeVideo
iCloud.com

Video Story Problems
Preserving History
Caterpillar Nurse Cam
Covering Hawkeye Sports

Practical example of using the Shooting Gallery

Formative Assessment/Screencasting
ShowMe appExplainEverythingEducreations

Only you  can prevent Vertical Video Syndrome

Green Screen Effects Folder – VeeScope Live

Dave Tchozewski – Green Screen Resources

Keynote Animation Project from Linda Dong

MACUL To Feature Michigan Educators at 2016 Conference #miched

Something that I have been suggesting for years to whoever was nearby at the annual MACUL conference is that there needs to be a strand or a room or a whatever that highlights Michigan’s best.

Now we will never know whether the seeds I planted actually sprouted or somebody in MACUL leadership had the same ingenious idea. All that matters is that MACUL is launching a Michigan Educators Series that features a whole bunch of people doing great things around the Great Lakes State.

Check out the lineup:

 

Julie Leach and Tosha Miller

Second Grade teachers and 2015 MACUL Technology Teacher of the Year Runners-Up Julie Leach and Tosha Miller. Find their stuff at TwoSassyApples.com

Nick Provenzano, @thenerdyteacher himself

High School English teacher from Grosse Point was the 2013 National ISTE Teacher of the Year. TheNerdyTeacher.com is his home base but you can find Nick contributing globally.

Gregory Green, Clintondale High School

Gregory Green created the first entirely flipped high school. Check out how this approach is increasing engagement and achievement at flippedhighschool.com.

Dave Tchozewski, Jenison Public Schools

There aren’t many people in the edtech game I know that can just flat out teach. Dave has a way with any audience to make any concept he is sharing seem do-able and at the same time very applicable to great teaching. Dave is all over the web but his help page at Jenison Public Schools is a great place to start finding resources.

Melody Arabo, 2015 Michigan Teacher Of The Year

From her elementary classroom in Walled Lake, Melody Arabo shares all kinds of resources and has dedicated her notoriety as Michigan’s Teacher of the Year to a number of causes like bullying. Her very reflective book “Diary of a Real Life Bully” takes a unique slant on an issue that effects all of us as educators and parents.

Dan Spencer, Western High School

There aren’t many people in Michigan who have taught me more than this guy. He is the ultimate connector and excels in ways to flip a classroom. Dan’s Twitter feed is full of inspiring ways he’s teaching science in Jackson County.

Apple Distinguished Educator Rebecca Wildman

Need a way to engage upper elementary kids? This lady has an answer. Rebecca Wildman has great resources for any elementary 1:1 program at her iPad Pd site. She’s pretty good with the Google too.

 

The 2016 MACUL Conference might be a ways off in March but I am excited to learn as much as I can from the new Michigan Educator Series. Also check out the newly revamped MACUL.org.

 #Sketchnotes | Doodling that really helps you remember

If you went back to all of my notebooks from high school and college you would notice a lot of doodling. It wasn’t random though. It was a series of pictures I created to help me remember more deeply the content being presented. There might be a crude White House next to something that was supposed to be the Washington Monument as we were learning about the Executive Branch. You’d probably find a lot of flames and snow flakes in my Chemistry notes as I tried to keep straight whether certain elements exploded or froze when they reacted with one another.

What was once perceived as random scrawlings or worse yet time wasting is proving to be an effect way for learners of all ages to help remember material more effectively.

Seeing some of the great stuff Karen Bosch was doing with sketchnotes during the 2015 MACUL conference made me realize I had been on to something since the mid 1980’s. Below are slides from the introductory presentation she gives on sketchnotes.

Susan Bowdoin wrote this past September on the Discovery Education blog about sketchnotes as an instructional strategy. Personally I like how she ties sketchnoting into the research of Robert Marzano that shows non-linguistic representation plays a powerful role in making learning stick.

Visual or graphic note taking, also called Sketchnoting, is gaining greater popularity as a strategy for increasing engagement in lectures, seminars and video presentations. When sketchnoting, learners use visual means to analyze information, make comparisons and develop analogies to better understand and communicate what they’ve learned. This requires higher level thinking. It is also directly related to Robert Marzano’s research on the significant positive affects that nonlinguistic representations have on student achievement.

Read all of Susan’s tips on SOS: Sketchnotes at the Discovery Education blog. She not only provides practical strategies for implementing the strategy but also delivers some app suggestions for making this digital.

Wow, and to think all of the mean looks I got from Mr. Stuyver in Trigonometry for “doodling” too much were all for naught. Those weren’t doodles; they were sketchnotes. Maybe if he hadn’t discouraged my use of non-linguistic representation, I would have remembered more from his class.

Sketchnote on, my friends.

I’m Speaking at #MACUL15

SpeakingMACUL15The 2015 MACUL Conference is three weeks away and my excitement for what I often call my most inspiring teaching week of the year is starting to build.

I will be sharing and engaging during three different sessions this year.

Thursday – March 19
•Google Certified Teacher/Trainer Panel  Discussion, 10:00 AM, Room 111 A/B
•These ARE the Droids you’re looking for, 2:30 PM, Room 110 A/B

Friday – March 20
•If you can’t make it in Keynote, You don’t need it, 8:00 AM, Room 259 – This two hour hands-on session requires additional payment at registration.

Please stop by and be part of the conversations. I always leave MACUL amped for the remainder of the year primarily because of the great people with whom I get to spend the time.

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MACUL 2015: Get to the MichShift Idea Slam!

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….

creative/inspired/adventurous?

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.

GET YOUR TICKET

200 tickets available- Sellout anticipated

All proceeds given back to the winning educators who pitch their impactful idea!


Detroit Beer Company

WHEN

Thursday, March 19th, 7:30-11pm

WHERE

1529 Broadway Street – Detroit

MORE INFORMATION

Detroit Beer Co. is located just a few steps off of the Detroit People Mover! Exit at the Broadway Street Station.

Driving? Your best bet is the Opera House Garage located at

1426 Broadway St

Detroit, MI 48226

Get Directions

Great city

Great space

Great people 

7:30pm- Doors open

8:00pm- Opening remarks

8:15pm- Idea Slam pitches

9:00pm- Voting

9:15pm- Winners announced

9:15-11:00pm: Networking and idea sharing

Have an innovative Idea that could make a positive Shift in your school or education in general? Pitch it and you could walk away with money to get it off the ground! (Use the above link to apply for one of five pitch spots at the event. Organizers want to ensure presenters are organized and ready to SLAM. Only the top five selected will get a chance to pitch.)

Event flier on SMORE

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.