MACUL SIGPL Newsletter
2018 September Issue
Education Twitter Chats: Grow and Learn from Your PLN
One way to learn from your PLN is to participate in a Twitter chat. If you want to learn about what education Twitter chats are available for you to join, check out this great resource Education Chats filled with resources and a calendar of chats to keep you learning and growing.
Spotlight on Speakers: Janice Kato
Check out her MACUL SIGPL Workshop, Using Google Classroom as a PD Launchpad.
2018 Summer Book Study Recap: Intentional Interruption
The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is March 20-22, 2019 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.
It is one of the Midwest’s largest educational technology conferences with 5000+ educators from across Michigan, the region, and Canada.
The first day offers in-depth, focused workshops with the following two days of conference featuring 300+ sessions.
The MACUL conference gives attendees an opportunity to explore new tools, discover the latest trends, gain valuable resources and network with like-minded educators.
CHECK OUT OUR SIGPL WORKSHOPS AT MACUL - MARCH 20, 2019
Full Day Workshop
Project Based Professional Learning (PBPL): Igniting Inquiry and Curiosity in Adult Learners with PBL and Technology Integration
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
In a PBL environment, students collaborate to complete long-term, interdisciplinary projects that require content knowledge, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and communication skills. So, why not take the next step and transform the learning for adults?
By bringing a PBL lens and technology integration together, professional learning facilitators can guide adult learners to similar outcomes. Modeling a PBL environment during staff development gives educators firsthand experience with the process of planning, working in a collaborative group with peers, and learning in a project-based setting. Through a synthesis of direct instruction, group work, videos, and hands-on experiences, participants will learn more about project based learning and engaging learners in sustained inquiry, the importance of meaningful technology integration in facilitation and professional learning roles; and
designing professional learning that ignites inquiry and curiosity in their adult learners.
- Myla Lee, Instructional Coach and PBL Specialist, Novi Community Schools
- Rich Dixon, Director of Online Learning, Buck Institute for Education, and
- Mary Wever, STEAM and Technology Educator, Waverly Schools
Half Day Workshops
Using Google Classroom as a PD Launchpad
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Google Classroom isn’t just for the classroom teacher and flipping goes beyond the classroom. Whether you are a presenter, administrator, coach, or leader of any group, Google Classroom is an effective tool you can use tomorrow. In this session you will, dive deep and explore numerous ways to use Google Classroom with adult learners.
- Janice Kato, Instructional Technology Specialist, Saginaw ISD, Google for Education Certified Trainer
- Matthew McCullough, Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Schoolcraft Community Schools
Designing or Renovating your Makerspace
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
This hands-on workshop will be led by Nicholas Provenzano, Makerspace Director at University Liggett School in Grosse Point Woods and Angela Loewecke, Interior Designer with Demco. If you are looking to create a Makerspace or update an existing space within the next 12-18 months, this pre-conference session is for you. Nicholas and Angela will provide an overview of the renovation of the University Liggett School Makerspace that opened in the fall of 2018. The latter half of this pre-conference will provide an opportunity for you to begin working through your Makerspace project plans with guidance from Nicholas and Angela. You will leave this pre-conference session with a plan on how to tackle your Makerspace project.
- DEMCO interior design team, and
- Nicholas Provenzano, Makerspace Director University Liggett School
Director: Kellie DeLosSantos, Jackson County ISD, @mrsdls
Communications Officer : Myla Lee, Novi Community School District, @MyTLee3
Operations Officer: Justin Cowen, Breitung Township School District, @cowen_rocks