OS Educational Technology News

December 2014

MACUL Updates

  1. MACUL Free Membership Update

    1. 15,300 Members - Are you one of them?

    2. If not, join by clicking here.

    3. Members are among the first to be notified about MACUL grants, regional conferences, the annual conference, ed tech news and more!

  2. miGoogle Conference Update

    1. Held in early November at Brighton High School

    2. 248 participants for Preconference Day

    3. 758 participants for Conference Day

    4. Presenter resources can be found here: http://bit.ly/migoogle-14

  3. Mobile Learning Conference - Kalamazoo RESA - Friday, April 17, 2015

    1. Working on a free Preconference option with a fun evening event

    2. Call for Speakers and Registration will open soon. Keep checking the website!

  4. Microsoft in Education Symposium - Chippewa Valley - Saturday, February 7, 2015

    1. Call for Presenters Open

    2. Registration Open

  5. MACUL Conference - Detroit - March 18-20, 2015

    1. Registration is Open!

    2. Selected presenters were notified last week. Many Oakland County educators will be presenting, as well as dozens of others from all around Michigan and the midwest.

  6. MACUL Learning Center Update

    1. Almost There!

    2. Will Open for Trainings in Early 2015

  7. AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase

    1. Held on December 3 at the Capitol Building

    2. Governor Snyder was there as well as many Representatives and Senators.

    3. Check out pictures from MACUL on Facebook by clicking here.

    4. Several Oakland County teams were there

      1. Novi

      2. Clarkston

      3. Clawson

      4. Clarenceville

      5. Royal Oak

REMC Association of Michigan Updates

  1. Blended Learning in the Classroom Course

    1. Oakland Schools will offer one section second semester.

    2. Early January start date for online work

    3. Face-to-face session will be held at Oakland Schools on January 27 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    4. Richard Messick, Lake Orion teacher, will facilitate the course

    5. Last time it will be held at no cost to participants

  2. Michigan Learns Online Portal

    1. Overview Video

    2. Webinar to learn more about navigating the site

      1. The webinar will be repeated monthly. The next session will be held on December 3, 2014 and then repeated on the first Wednesday of each month through May 6, 2015. The webinars will run from 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM.

      2. To register for one of the webinars, go to: http://tinyurl.com/learnmloportal

      3. For more information, please email Mike Souden at: mksouden@gmail.com

  3. Moodle Projects

    1. MI Moodle Moot Conference 2015: Registration is now open!

      1. For two days, January 8 & 9, you can connect, collaborate and learn with some of the brightest educators, administrators and Moodle minds in Michigan. Moot 2015 features 6 preconference workshops on January 8 and 28 breakout sessions on January 9 at the Mid Michigan Community College Doan Center in Mt. Pleasant.

      2. Costs: MI Moodle Moot $40, Pre-Conference $40, On-Site Registration is an additional $10.

For more information visit: mimoodlemoot.org

Follow MI Moodle Moot 2015 on Twitter @ #mimoodlmoot

    1. Moodle eCommunity: Main outcome of this project is to create a new Moodle course format called the eCommunity Platform which will provide educators an easy to facilitate online component for any class. The new course format will have a familiar feel for educators and students who have used social networks such as Facebook, Edmodo, or Twitter.

      1. The hope is that by having a familiar feel it will make the interface less intimidating to new users. Teachers will spend less time on “learning how to use” Moodle and can spend more time on teaching and facilitating learning.

  1. REMCAM Newsletters Archives

    1. Currently have Connected Superintendent and Michigan Learns Online newsletters in the archives.

Twitter Hashtag

At the December "Educational Technology Leadership Team" meeting, the group explored the viability of Twitter chats for professional learning. The consensus was that they can indeed be effective.

Check out an example from Walled Lake Community Schools by clicking here. Note: Scroll down to read the earliest posts. It's amazing to see the depth of the conversation, especially when each response is limited to just 140 characters and the chat is taking place from 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM!

When you are posting to Twitter about things related to educational technology, please consider using the hashtag: #oakedtech

Using the hashtag could 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.

Upcoming Educational Technology Workshops

Oakland Schools Educational Technology is offering several educational technology workshops second semester. Topics include 21 Things 4 Educators PART 2, Blended Learning in the Classroom, App Smashing and Physical & Virtual Programming Studio.

Click here go to to our website, where you will find the details about the workshops as well as how to register.

MVU Symposium 2014 - Updates on 21f Legislation

Michigan Virtual University held their annual Symposium last month. Judy Nichols compiled notes about the sessions we attended at the Symposium. Highlights of her notes include changes to the 21f legislation and research about online learning in Michigan. You can access the notes by clicking here.

Oakland Schools Educational Technology Consultants

Laura Cummings



Judy Nichols