MSU College of Education Technology Conference 2015

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Let's Connect!

The 32nd Annual MSU College of Education Technology conference is coming in November, and we would love to have you join us! Future teachers, teachers, administrators, and parents will explore technology use across the curriculum while connecting with innovative educators from across the state. Get ready for a day of hands-on learning that will inspire you to improve your craft and increase your PLN.

MSU College of Education Technology Conference 2015

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 8:30am-3pm

620 Farm Lane

East Lansing, MI

Parking is FREE at Erickson!


8:30-9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast (thanks TechSmith!)

9:00-9:45- Keynote Presentation (Sarah Thomas)

9:45-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 Morning Sessions 1

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Morning Sessions 2

12:00-1:30 Lunch (see suggestions)

1:30-3:00 Afternoon Workshops

Wrap up and say goodbye!

**Keep scrolling down for session descriptions.

Sarah Thomas, Keynote Speaker

Nominated as one of the “20 to Watch” by the National School Boards Association, Sarah Thomas is a force to be reckoned with in the growing field of Education Technology. She is an active blogger and founder of EduMatch project, inspiring collaborations without boundaries. In 2014 she was the winner of the 2014 Digital Innovation and Learning Award. She currently is a Technology Education teacher at Oxon Hill High School. She is also a doctoral candidate with a major in Education at George Mason University.

Her love for technology in education stems from her love of social media and technology and now she uses both as a tool to be able to connect with other educators. Her blog, Sarahdateechur.com is where she shares her experiences such as classroom flipping and gamification. The experiences in the classroom are what led her to develop The Edumatch project, in September 2014. This project was designed to facilitate global connections between teachers sharing similar interests to meet the needs of students around the world. Edumatch has grown since the initial launch, reaching users across five continents, and still growing.

Keynote Presentation - 9:00-9:45am

Connecting the Dots with #EduMatch
Sarah Thomas
Room - Kiva

With seven billion people in the world, we each represent a tiny dot...but what a beautiful picture we make when we begin to connect! Sarah Thomas, founder of EduMatch, outlines the story behind the magical moment when the project emerged sporadically from a conversation with a fellow educator. Follow the evolution of this series of grassroots connections, which has spread internationally. By the end of the session, educators will be encouraged to seize their own "magical moments," and to fuel these through the power of connectivity.

Session Descriptions

Click below to get information about presenters, session descriptions, and locations. There are also shared notes (Google Docs) for each session. Be sure to take your notes there so everyone in the world can learn from our shared notes!

What's for lunch?

Lunch is from 12:00-1:30pm and is on your own. We encourage you to find a group of people to share ideas and extend your learning.

Popular lunch spots:

Shaw Cafeteria (~$10): this is not your "old school" cafeteria. MSU's cafeterias are known for serving excellent food in a great environment.

Grand River: there are many restaurants on Grand River about a 15 minute walk from Erickson. Potbelly, Cosi, Chipotle, No Thai, Noodles & Company, Jimmy Johns, Five Guys, etc.

MSU Dairy Store: you can't get food here on the weekend, but you CAN get ice cream!

Our Sponsors

This year’s conference continues the collaboration between the College of Education, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program, and remains FREE OF CHARGE to all attendees.

Where are you going???

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Experience Survey

We want to make this conference the best it can be. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey so we know what we did well and what we can improve in the future.


Presenters: if you need technical assistance, call 517 355 8437