EdTech Update: December 2016
What We're Excited About in December: Seesaw
Students can practice becoming good digital citizens by commenting on each other's work. One of our favorite things about Seesaw is the ability to connect parents to what their students are posting. Parents receive notifications through the Seesaw parent app and can then view and comment on their student's work.
Classroom Highlight: East Jackson 6th Grade Team
What to do with those students?
Kellie Fazekas, Lisa Vogt, and Stacey Davidson , sixth grade teachers at East Jackson, decided that this year, the answer was a classroom Makerspace!
Students spend this hour in creative design and construction using everything from simple cardboard and duct tape to complex coding tools like Sphero robots.
Watching kids tinker and innovate has certainly been a rewarding learning process!
Google Tip of the Month: Chromebook "Add to Shelf" Feature
Navigate to the site in Google Chrome
Click on the User Menu (The "Snowman" or "Pancakes")
Choose "More Tools" and select "Add to Shelf"
Upcoming PD Opportunities!
21 Things4Teachers helps educators make connections between technology tools and best practice instructional strategies. It provides a chance for you to collaborate with fellow teachers in a cohort or as an individual to learn more about 21st century technology skills in a supportive environment with a highly skilled instructor. We are pleased to offer this FREE, on-demand PD over 3 sessions, with 30 SCECHs available.
For more information and to register, click here!
2) Break up with Boring: Become a Breakout EDU Expert, February 1st
BreakoutEDU is a new concept that has the ability to revolutionize your classroom. 21st century skills of collaboration, problem-solving, and perseverence are natural by-products of this classroom activity that will get kids up and out of their seats. We’ll show you what it means to “Breakout” and get you started with tailor-made breakout activities that will be ready to use in your classroom.
To register, click here!
3) Registration for MACUL 2017 is now open! March 15-17
The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is March 15-17, 2017 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.
Register today for a conference that offers attendees an opportunity to explore new tools, discover the latest trends, gain valuable resources, network with like-minded educators, share lessons learned, and have some fun. Check out our Pre-Con Workshops too and consider volunteering!