ClassFlow

June 15th, 2016 by Michael McVey

Yesterday, I heard back from EDMT grad Bethany Beaudrie. She and her husband, Rich, were true educational technology forces in Michigan before they moved to Georgia. Bethany is now the Global Learning Community Manager for Promethean. She calls it her dream job and says EDMT was key in her development. Thanks, Bethany.

If you are a K-12 teacher, you should really look at her project called ClassFlow and consider becoming a ClassFlow Ambassador. In their words, “As an Ambassador, you lead the charge in spreading the word about #edtech and learning solutions. You know that real-time assessment solutions and interactive delivery make a difference in your classroom, and you can’t wait to share it with others.” Reach out on Twitter to @ClassFlowBeth

CPR/AED Training

June 13th, 2016 by Michael McVey

This is somewhat related to technology in the classroom. In fact, it is about those little AED boxes you may have seen around. You may even have one in your school or workplace. EMU has 91 of them across campus.

I took  the CPR/AED training today and would highly recommend it for anyone who works near or with people. That covers most of us. AED stands for Automated Electonic Defibrillator and will basically send an electric current across the heart to stop it from fibrillating or misfiring. If you see the training offered or look it up through the American Heart Association, I would strongly recommend you take the two-hour course.

Changes at the MACUL Journal

June 3rd, 2016 by Michael McVey

Over the past ten years, I have written several articles for the MACUL Journal. MACUL is the acronym for Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning. It’s an awkward group name but it’s a great group. Teachers from all over Michigan with a penchant for using technology in their classroom are members and their conferences are huge and successful.

Yesterday I received an email from the editor of the Journal who noted with a little sadness that they would no longer be printing a paper copy next year. Instead, the MACUL Journal would be electronic with areas for teachers to add their comments.

MACUL's Logo

While polishing an article about drones in the classroom for the final print edition, I thought about the possibilities of electronic versus print: faster turnaround, more images, networking potential. However, the one that stood out for me was the inclusion of video. Teachers have fewer technical obstacles than ever to stop them from creating their own interactive videos.

I suggested to the editor that perhaps I could be a bit of an early adopter and create a video about drones in the classroom based on my article – just to get the ball rolling. Her reply came back within the hour. Not only was it a good idea, but also, hey, let us make video the theme of the first electronic version of the journal. That is what I like about MACUL. They can be fearless about embracing new ideas and making the most of them. They walk the walk.

GoogleFEST

May 26th, 2016 by Michael McVey

The summer in Michigan is packed with conference opportunities right in your own backyard. In May, Dr. McVey presented at the Mobile Learning Conference in Kalamazoo, Drs. Jones and Copeland will present at the Chelsea Early Childhood Technology Conference, and in August, teachers will be able to attend GoogleFEST in Grand Rapids. August 9 will feature workshops and August 10 will feature many sessions. Dr. McVey will be there and looks forward to meeting any EDMT/LTEC students who will also be there.

2016 Chelsea Early Childhood Technology Conference

May 25th, 2016 by Toni Jones

Pre-K thru 5th Grade Educators!

Consider attending the Chelsea ECTC Conference on Monday, June 27 for a day of collaboration and learning.
The conference is useful for anyone teaching
  • Pre-K thru 5th and beyond.  Most sessions are applicable to a diverse age range. Our own Dr. Nancy Copeland and Dr. Toni Jones will be co-presenting with 2nd grade teacher Cheryl Lykowski, from Bedford Schools
  • This conference is all for teachers BY teachers :)
  • Most tech conferences will have much bigger session sizes where this conference allows for people to learn and ask questions of the presenters and hopefully get more out of the information.
Registration: $50 – To register, go to https://sites.google.com/a/chelsea.k12.mi.us/ectc/registration
Time:  9:00 – 3:00
Location: North Creek Elementary School, 699 McKinley St., Chelsea MI 48118