4T Virtual Conference Newsletter

April 26th 2016

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Join us May 21-23 from the comfort of your home!

Schedule is POSTED!!!!

Finally! Our final schedule of 24 amazing sessions is posted! Please take a look to see the wonderful offerings for

May 21

May 22

May 23

Register Today!

There is no cost to register for the 2016 conference!

New Admin Panel Just Added

We are thrilled to announce a new panel on Monday May 23rd!

Title: Bringing Tech To Scale: Technology and Leadership

Panelists: Julie Helber of Saline Area Schools, Mark Hess of Walled Lake Schools, and Mary Ann Wolf of NC State University

Integrating instructional technology effectively across a school or district takes vision, funds, planning, infrastructure, and professional development. What does this look like and how do educators overcome the barriers that might stand in their way? Hear from four state, district, and school leaders on the topic.

Earn No Cost SCECHs

That is correct, you can earn up to 19 SCECHs at no cost! As a give back to our hard working teaches, we want to pay for your continuing education credits. It's easy! Please learn more about how on our website.

How to participate in the 4T

Step 1: Make sure you have registered (no cost)

Step 2: Test the Blackboard Collaborate Practice room (make sure it works on your computer---note it will not work on Chromebooks)

Step 3: Friday May 20th, you will get an email with links to all the sessions for May 21st. Join whichever sessions you like (if applying for SCECHS, make sure you login with your full name in each session).

Step 4: Saturday May 21st, you will get an email with links to all sessions for Sunday May 22nd. Join whichever sessions you like (if applying for SCECHS, make sure you login with your full name in each session).

Step 5: Sunday May 22nd, you will get an email with links to all sessions for Monday May 23rd. Join whichever sessions you like (if applying for SCECHS, make sure you login with your full name in each session).

Step 6: If applying for SCECHS, complete the form on this page by May 27th!

Step 7: ENJOY!!!

Important Service Note about Chromebooks and Blackboard Collaborate

We want to inform our participants that the tool we use for our live sessions, Blackboard Collaborate, will NOT work on Chromebooks. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Blackboard does work with Google Chrome on traditional laptops and desktops, as well as on iPads and other mobile devices (download the free app here). It also works with all other Internet browsers.

Test out our virtual room!

In order to be ready to participate on May 21st, we highly recommend that you try downloading and opening up Blackboard Collaborate BEFORE May 2st. We have set up a room that you can use to try the software on your computer (test room link here). If you have trouble, please contact Blackboard Collaborate's help desk: 1-877-382-2293 or via web

Thank You to our Conference Sponsors

This conference is free and open to all K-16 educators because of the support of our partners and sponsors. We want to thank Peardeck, Blackboard, Literacy and Beyond, Madonna University Master's programs in Education, Central Michigan University's "DET" program in Education Technology, and Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) who has giving their support to the 2016 conference in a big way! Please visit their sites and thank them for supporting our amazing no-cost conference!


Start engaging your entire classroom with Peardeck! A tool that works with Google Slides to create interactive and personalized lessons! Try it for free today!

Literacy and Beyond

To improve the reading skills and educational outcomes of at-risk children and their families in addition to addressing the non-academic barriers that hinder their success.

Blackboard Collaborate

We reimagine education to create a world inspired to learn. Tweet @blackboardhelpfor support related questions.

Madonna University College of Education Masters Programs

The College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs that develop professional, highly effective teachers who are passionate about their students, schools and teaching. Our teacher candidates gain pedagogical skills and specific content-area knowledge through challenging academic course work and extensive hands-on field experience.

Central Michigan University D.E.T. in Education Technology

The D.E.T. degree is designed for those interested in professional research and a rigorous evaluation of educational technology or technology-based training. The 54 credit hour program consists of 12 online courses followed by a dissertation designed with a sense of practicality in mind. The dissertation will consist of several shorter independent, publishable sections that together create an in-depth study of the dissertation proposal from different perspectives. The D.E.T. will prepare graduates for a wide array of leadership positions in K-12 schools, virtual schools, community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities as well as corporate, industrial, and military settings:

Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME)

The statewide association for school library media specialists.

MAME's 43rd Annual Conference
Save the date:
November 2-4, 2016
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
​Grand Rapids, Michigan

Learn more about our Keynote Speakers

You do not want to miss our Keynote speakers this year. Our opening keynote is Carly Shuler from Kindoma and formerly the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Project. Our closing keynote is Bill Van Loo from Ann Arbor STEAM!. Learn more about them on our webiste.

Thank you to Our 4T Conference Partners

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