Connecting Educators

May 2021

TEAMJXN Innovation Camp

When: June 21st-25th

(A flexible 1 hour a day commitmet)

Where: Virtual (Zoom)

Who: PreK-12th grade Teachers and Students

What: Teachers will join the program with a team of 2-3 students for this week-long virtual event that will cover design thinking/digital game design.

Go to to learn more and register your team!

EdTech Kickoff Call for PRESENTERS!

We are looking for teachers like you to share the amazing things you are doing in your classroom at EdTech Kickoff!

Never presented before? That's okay. We're happy to help you prepare.

For more information go to

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Educator Spotlight! When School Feels Like Home, Something Wonderful Happens

We're loving this article written about the principal, Ben Gilpin from Warner Elementary in Western School District. Ben shares how his school makes every student feel at home.

Check it out! When School Feels Like Home, Something Wonderful Happens

We'd love to hear what you're doing to make remote learning fun! Please share with us at

Google Updates

Google Meet: Updates coming Mid-May

There are a number of updates in this latest blog. Check them out using the link below.

Google Meet: More space for content and control over layouts.

Google Maps + Google Calendar: Maps now available in the Quick Access Side panel

Make it easier to:

  • See place details such as location and opening hours
  • Make sure you’re adding the correct location to a Calendar event.
  • Get travel times and directions to plan ahead your trip to an upcoming event location. You can add trips to your Calendar to help arrive on time by knowing when to leave.

Use Google Maps in the quick access side panel

Cybersecurity: What are YOU doing to protect yourself and your students?

Cybersecurity for Educators - How to Become a Human Firewall

Learn how to protect yourself and students better by becoming a human firewall. These FREE courses cover what every school employee should know about cybersecurity, both personally as well as in the classroom.

How to Become a Human Firewall - Part 1

How to Become a Human Firewall - Part 2

Setup a 2-Step Verification process on your Google Account

With 2-Step Verification (also known as two-factor authentication), you add an extra layer of security to your account in case your password is stolen. After you set up 2-Step Verification, you’ll sign in to your account in two steps using:

  • Something you know, like your password
  • Something you have, like your phone

To learn more check out Google's step-by-step guide and the how-to video below.

2 Step Verification for Google Account - Technology Tidbits

Google Authenticator App: Free security to protect your accounts against password theft

Google Authenticator generates 2-Step Verification codes on your phone.

2-Step Verification provides stronger security for your Google Account by requiring a second step of verification when you sign in. In addition to your password, you’ll also need a code generated by the Google Authenticator app on your phone.

iTunes App Store

Google Play Store

How to Use Google Authenticator

LastPass: Password Manager

A password manager is a safer way to store your passwords. If you're interested in trying one, we recommend LastPass.

The videos below will help get you started:

LastPass Browser Extension

Meet your LastPass Vault

Generating a Secure Password

Adding and Filling Sites

Filling Forms

Creating Secure Notes

LastPass for Android

LastPass for iOS

Tech Tools & Resources

Keyboard Shortcuts to Access Emojis

Place the cursor in the application you want to insert the emoji in.
  • PC: Windows Key + period button
  • Mac: Ctrl + Command + Spacebar
  • Chromebook: Settings - Advanced - Manage Features - Enable On-screen Keyboard

Would You Rather Ice Breaker Questions

Whether it's a writing prompt, daily class meeting, or a Zoom ice breaker there are some great ideas here for ALL ages!

1. Would you rather be a detective or a pilot?

2. Would you rather go skiing or go to a water park?

....and many more!

Feed your students' curiosity with Ted-Ed Lessons

What could you do with this video from TedEd: How do wind turbines work?

Browse hundreds of TedEd Animations and TED Talks - designed to spark the curiosity of your learners. You'll also find thousands of other video-based lessons organized by the subjects you teach. How to use a TED-Ed lesson

How to create your own TedEd Lesson:

  1. Pick a video (Visit
  2. Use the TED-Ed lesson editor to build your lesson
  3. Publish and share your lesson!

Want to explore on your own?
Elementary School lessons.
Middle School lessons.
High School lessons.

The Joy of Coding: U of M Summer Course for HS Students

The Joy of Coding is an online course specifically created for anyone who wants to experience first-hand the power and thrill of coding computers to do amazing things. Created with high school students in mind, it is a great way for anyone to step into the wondrous world of coding. No prior coding experience is required!

The course will run from July 5, 2021 – August 13, 2021

More information: Joy of Coding

Michigan OER Network Listserve & Resources

The Michigan OER (MI-OER) Network serves as a collective voice for the community to encourage the development and use of OER for educational, instructional, and public information purposes.

We are a community of practice among higher education institutions and the K-12 sector to promote, advocate, and support OER use and facilitate collaboration among its members.

To subscribe to this group, send a blank email to:

MACUL Grants - Applications Accepted Until June 14th!

Purpose: To encourage and support members interested in promoting effective instructional uses of the computer or related equipment.

Grant Goal: Each project should focus on an instructional use of the computer or related equipment, which has the potential of being replicated in other educational settings.


Grant Limit per Application: $1,000

*NEW* Updates from Powerschool!

  1. End of Year Workshop: 5/19/2021 Workshop for administrative steps to prepare PowerSchool for the 21-22 school year. Also, preview upcoming new features.

  2. Missed the PowerScheduler workshop? No problem! The recording is available on our Workshop Website.
  3. Join PowerSchool Admin Email List
  4. Join PowerSchool Teacher Email List

PD Opportunities

Computer Science Workshops

The MiSTEM Network is excited to share multiple no-cost opportunities to learn about computer science and implement the curriculum in your district. provides curriculum and professional learning for AP Computer Science Principles (HS), CS Discoveries (MS), and CS Fundamentals (Elem). These robust professional learning opportunities will equip instructors with the necessary tools to implement new courses regardless of the educators' background in computer science.

Join the growing 600+ educator network in Michigan!

Middle & High School - Summer Workshop Details.

This is a robust five-day summer series followed by four follow-up workshops throughout the school year to implement a middle or high school computer science curriculum.

Elementary Workshop - Spring Workshop

This is a 12-hour virtual learning series that instructors can learn how to implement computer science lessons at the elementary level. Great for first time computer science instruction.

Save the Date: MI OER Summitt

MI OER Virtual Summit -- Online, August 11 & 12, 2021 with keynote speakers, Dr. Angela DeBarger and Dr. Lisa Petrides. Call for proposals will be out soon so please watch out for future announcements.

More information: MI OER Summitt

Earn SCECHs for FREE with REMC

Is your teaching certificate renewal coming up and you still need to earn more SCECHs?

REMC Virtual Courses offer many different types of courses each month. Each course is worth up to 10 SCECH credits and are completely FREE. Check out the REMC Virtual Courses webpage to see what courses they are offering right now!
JCISD Assistive Tech Weebly

Keep up with the latest ideas from our Assistive Technology Coordinator, Elisabeth Mills.

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