Schools of the Future

September 23rd, 2014 by Toni Jones

I just saw this awesome video visually displaying the possibilities available with technology in [future] schools to support teaching and learning. Check it out…

Technology in Education: A Future Classroom by Daniel Nemroff

Unfortunately, I can not embed video with our version of WordPress :-(

Congrats to Bill Van Loo & Jessica P’Simer!

September 23rd, 2014 by Toni Jones

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Over the summer, Bill Van Loo accepted a new position as the Technology & Engineering teacher for Ann Arbor Public Schools new STEAM program at Northside. According to Bill, “It’s been an amazing summer and school year so far.” Bill had been the Technology Coordinator and Tech Teacher at Honey Creek Community School in Ann Arbor.

As Bill transitioned out, Jessica P’Simer took over as Technology Coordinator and Tech Teacher at Honey Creek Community School.

We are so proud of both Bill and Jessica! Way to go!

Job Announcements

September 10th, 2014 by Toni Jones

Society for College and University Planning: Part-time temporary job to those in the College of Education (or alumni) with an interest in instructional design. The Society for College and University Planning (our main office is in Ann Arbor), is very eager to find someone for this position right away.

Here is a link to the advertisement:

To apply or seek additional information, please submit your resume, letter of interest, and examples of previous work to Helen Giordani at

Saline Area Schools

Position Title: Before & After School Care- Caregiver for School Age Childcare Center, Grades: K-5

Schedule: Monday – Friday; Hours: 6:30 AM – 8:45 AM, 3:15 PM – 6 PM (this is a split shift), approx 25 hours/week

Start Date: As soon as possible; Location: An elementary school within the Saline Area School district; Pay Rate: $9.63/hour

Essential Duties: Report to work at scheduled time in order to assist in setting up the child care program, assist children with homework, supervise children to ensure a safe, secure and comfortable environment, play board games, organize and play gym games and playground games with groups of children, maintain positive interactions with parents/families, children and co-workers. Our programs are licensed by the State of Michigan.

Requirements: Experience working with school age children. Prior to the start of employment, the employee must have favorable fingerprint results, favorable TB Test, Medical Clearance, Child Abuse and Neglect Clearance.

If you have questions, call Jean Barnard, Program Specialist @ 734-401-4529.

Application Process: Email your resume to

Eastern Michigan University EDMT Program offers new Online Teaching Certificate

June 26th, 2014 by Toni Jones

With online learning platforms making online teaching even more of a reality for educators in Michigan – EMU is pleased to announce the development of a series of new online teaching courses.

The educational media and technology program, within the College of Education has designed these courses to provide teachers with the basic skills of how to teach online and help them develop a comfort level with communicating with their students through these emerging online technologies. The courses start next week in the Summer II 2014.

The series of online teaching courses include:

Online Teaching: Introduction (3 credits)
Online Teaching: Advanced (3 credits)
Online Teaching: Practicum (3 credits)
Online Teaching: Blended Instruction (3 credits)

Upon receiving their online teaching certificate, teachers should be able to handle any course management system within their school district and be ready to start teaching in those environments. For questions or more information, please contact Michael McVey at or watch a short video about the program.

Apps that Rise to the Top for Teachers

June 17th, 2014 by Toni Jones

Michelle Luhtala, a librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, has created an extensive list of apps (about 74 apps) that have been approved by educators around the country.  The list includes

  • 30 Hands
  • Adobe Voice – Show your story
  • Ask3
  • EverNote
  • Explain Everything
  • Knowmia & Knowmia Teach
  • Lightbot
  • Poems by Heart from Penquin Classics
  • Synphonizer
  • ThinkLink
  • World Lens

Curious? Want to know more? Go check out the entire list at The edWebET47 – The A List!