Is technology improving teaching?

December 12th, 2016 by Michael McVey

Despite the proliferation of devices in the classroom, whether through bring-your-own-device or district-led one-to-one programs, we still need to study how these devices are deployed and what their impact has been. A recent study of more than 880,000 students analyzed each school’s documents and data, conducted surveys of administrators, teachers and students, and reviewed surveys that the schools conducted.

Bottom line, “when educators speak of their success, they rarely lead with technology. Instead, they talk about personalization, student engagement, and the role of teachers—all of these supported by technology.”

Read more at http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/12/01/google-tools-schools/

New Name: Learning Technology and Design

October 8th, 2016 by Michael McVey

Our request to change the name from Educational Media and Technology  (EDMT) to Learning Technology and Design (LTEC) was finally approved so gradually you will begin to see more of LTEC and much less of EDMT.

 

Google Certified Trainer program

September 5th, 2016 by Michael McVey

This just might be for YOU.

For the last few years, Google has provided a program for people who wanted to earn an official training certification from Google for Education. This week they announced the launch of the new and improved Google for Education Certified Trainer Program.

The program has seven new units of study that would apply to you especially is you are a teacher looking for more training opportunities:

CREATE AND DELIVER INSPIRING AND EFFECTIVE TRAINING PLANS

  • Influence Organizational Change
  • Design Professional Learning
  • Implement Best Coaching Practices
  • Planning for Engaging Training Sessions
  • Facilitate with Professionalism

HELP EDUCATORS USE TRANSFORMATIVE GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIES

  • Integrate Google Tools in the Classroom
  • Deepen your Knowledge of Google for Education

Applications open in early October and you should have your Google Certified Trainer (Level 2) by then.

GoogleFEST

August 10th, 2016 by Michael McVey

Today, all the EDMT faculty members attended a single-day conference for teachers in Grand Rapids hosted by MACUL. The 300-plus teachers here today are working hard to leverage technology, in particular, Google applications, into their teaching. The power of the apps and their pedagogical potential cannot be ignored and I am convinced teachers in Michigan won’t ignore their potential for making a difference.

National Ed Tech Plan 2016

August 2nd, 2016 by Michael McVey

This is the introduction to the latest version of the NETP:

The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

You may download a copy and have a pleasant read. It is packed with great examples and is a very readable document. You WILL be hearing more about it.