Connecting Educators

EdTech Update: December 2016

What We're Excited About in December: Seesaw

We are seeing a huge surge in the use of this free tool across our area, K-12. Billed as a digital portfolio, Seesaw is an easy way to curate student work in your classroom. It can be an excellent formative assessment tool as well.


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.

Seesaw: The Learning Journal Overview

Classroom Highlight: East Jackson 6th Grade Team

For the last hour of the day, half of East Jackson's sixth graders go to band. The other half remain in the classroom.


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

This 3 step tip will show students how to add anything (Google Classroom would be perfect for this) to their Chromebook shelf (bottom of screen on a Chromebook) . This will get the Classroom icon at the bottom of their Chromebooks so they won't have to search for it anymore.

Upcoming PD Opportunities!

1) 21Things4Teachers , January 16 - February 28


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!

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