MACUL Announces Spectacular 2017 Lineup of Keynote Speakers


March 15-17 | Cobo Center | Detroit, MI

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


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
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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

Nick Provenzano, @thenerdyteacher himself

High School English teacher from Grosse Point was the 2013 National ISTE Teacher of the Year. 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

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

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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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 to register for this summer’s July 7-9 camp presented by MACUL and Saugatuck Public Schools.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity – Drew Minock
Teach Like a Transformer – Keith Tramper

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

Revitalizing Research in the Digital Age – Katie Aquino
The iPad’s Killer App – Ben Rimes

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

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.