OS Educational Technology News

September 2015

This issue of the newsletter contains information about Connected Educator Month; upcoming conferences (no overnight travel required); a reminder to apply to present at the 2016 MACUL Conference before the application window closes; information about this year's Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol; a link to the fall issue of the MACUL Journal; and a link to research briefs about the 4Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.


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Connected Educator Month

Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the past three years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success last year, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2015, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

The 2015 Connected Educator Month calendar is already filling up with dozens of events for the month of October and beyond. Visit the calendar and use the search box and filters to help you find events & activities of interest to you. CEM had over one thousand events last year, and it is likely that 2015 will have even more! Are you already planning professional development in October? Why not add it to the CEM calendar? To add your own event (or an event from your favorite organization) access the calendar by clicking here.

Get involved at: http://connectededucatormonth.org!

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The 3rd Annual Michigan Digital Learning Conference (MDLC) will be held on October 13-14, 2015 at Macomb Intermediate School District!

Conference website: http://www.michigandlc.net/

MDLC consists of two action-packed days of technology infused learning. This conference brings Michigan Educators pre-conference sessions, hands-on workshops and engaging conference sessions. Plan to attend one or both days! Check out innovative resources, new and emerging technologies, and classroom applications. Find out more about how to successfully integrate technology, and network with educators to develop best practice in technology embedded instruction.

This year Leslie Fisher will be on hand to share "Tools You Can Use Tomorrow". This exciting keynote will help attendees sort through the many resources available to focus in on those that can have a profound effect on both our time in the classroom and out. She will showcase top tools in Web 2.0, Mobile, Apps, and hardware. Leslie will also be on hand for preconference and conference sessions. Known for her humor, enthusiasm, and lightning speed round presentation style, get prepared for an engaging presentation on technology and learning. For more on Leslie, visit her website.

For more information and to register go to:


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Discovery Education Invites You To Reimagine Teaching and Learning!

When? Saturday, October 24, 2015 | 9a-4p ET

Where? Virtual - Broadcasting Live from Discovery Communications in Washington, D.C.

Join Discovery Education for their Fall VirtCon where you will reimagine traditional teaching and learning through the integration of Kathy Schrock’s 13 Literacies for the Digital Age. Learn from inspiring educators as they share practical strategies that empower students with a set of critical thinking skills that yield greater real world understanding with exploration guided through a digital literacy framework.

Agenda So Far:

9:00 AM - Welcoming Remarks - Kathy Schrock

9:15 AM - Traditional Literacy - Liz Charlton

9:45 AM - Health Literacy - Kyle Schutt

10:00 AM - Information Literacy - Susan Gauthier

10:30 AM - Digital Literacy - Steve Dembo

11:00 AM - Visual Literacy - Nancy Sharoff

11:30 AM - Historical Literacy - Brad Fountain

12:00 PM - Media Literacy - Hall Davidson

12:45 PM - Economic Literacy - Kyle Schutt

1:00 PM - Civic Literacy - Joe Sangillo

1:30 PM - Global Literacy - Michael Soskil

2:00 PM - Data Literacy - Patti Duncan

2:30 PM - Tool Literacy - David Fisher

3:00 PM - Critical Literacy - Dean Shareski

3:30 PM - Closing Remarks

Register and learn more at www.DiscoveryEducation.com/FallVirtcon2015

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2015 miGoogle Conference

The 2015 miGoogle conference will be held on November 2-3, 2015 in Brighton, Michigan. miGoogle presents a great opportunity for teacher and educators to get started with, or learn more about, Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, and more.

This year the conference will have 13 hands-on sessions and over 70 breakout sessions. The keynote speaker is Andrew Stillman, who oversees the New Visions Cloud Lab. Andrew is the creator of more than a dozen Google Drive Add-Ons, Scripts, and Chrome Extensions.

To register for the November 2 pre-conference go to: https://nvite.com/miGoogle/aaf2

To register for the November 3 conference go to: https://nvite.com/miGoogle/c5b6

Apply to Present at MACUL 2016!

The MACUL 2016 Conference Call for Speakers will close on October 1. Don't forget to submit your proposal to present! Visit this link to review the session types and make plans for your proposal: MACUL Speaker Proposal Submission Guide

AT&T, MACUL, MVU Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol

The AT&T/MACUL/MVU Student Technology Showcase is a day-long event (each team will be there for two hours) held in the Michigan State Capitol Building to allow lawmakers, business leaders and other citizens to see first-hand how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan. This year the showcase will be held on Monday, December 2, 2015.

K-12 student teams representing legislative districts from around the state will demonstrate best practices of how technology can enhance teaching and learning for the success of Michigan students. Each team should consist of up to four students. The teams will be in one of three sessions during the day. The sessions are an hour and a half in duration.

Each team will receive t-shirts for up to four students, a parking pass, and a showcase certificate. We will provide snacks at the showcase.

The event is sponsored by AT&T Foundation, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), and Michigan Virtual University.

For more information and to register your team go to: http://sts.macul.org/

Don't delay! The spots fill up quickly!

Fall Issue of the MACUL Journal

Access the MACUL Journal Fall issue, New Frontiers in Education, online and in PDF format at: www.macul.org/maculjournal/.

You can download the ISSUU app for reading on tablets. Once you have the app installed, search for MACUL Journals and follow the stack!

4Cs Research Series

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, in collaboration with research partners at the University of Connecticut, has recently released a research series on the 4Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Each of the 4Cs have their own downloadable brief and examples from practice. To access all of the free materials go here: http://www.p21.org/our-work/4cs-research-series

Stay Up to Date with the Oakland Schools Information Center!

The Oakland Schools Information Center Newsletter contains information on apps, new books in the collection, MeL database features and other topics related to literature and technology. Past issues are archived on the IC web page: http://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/Default.aspx?tabid=406

If you would like to receive the IC Newsletter contact Judy Hauser at judy.hauser@oakland.k12.mi.us and ask to be added to the IC Newsletter list.

To receive more frequent updates from the Oakland Schools Information Center, be sure to follow the Oakland Schools IC Twitter feed at: https://twitter.com/osinfocenter


Oakland Schools Educational Technology Twitter posts can be found at: os_edtech

When you are posting to Twitter about things related to educational technology, don't forget to use the hashtag: #oakedtech

Using the hashtag will help all of us Oakland County educators, who are interested in the effective use of educational technology, to connect and better collaborate with each other.

Oakland Schools Educational Technology Consultants

Laura Cummings



Judy Nichols