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Scoop It!

Friday, January 25th, 2013

At least one course in the EDMT program is using Scoop It! to update students with current stories from around the blogosphere. In EDMT 627, I have set up a Scoop It! page at which anyone may visit and anyone may contribute an article they have found.

The curation of the articles is rather easy. Scoop It!’s search engines scour blogs and web sites for posts following the parameters you set. You need only glance through each article and either Trash or Scoop. With a single click you add the article to your page. 

McVey's Scoop page for EDMT 627

Check it out and start your own. Become a curator.


Ypsilanti Community Media Lab

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

If you live in or near Ypsilanti, stop by the Heritage Community Media Lab!

A few of the EDMT faculty have been making presentations and running workshops at their storefront training studio. Their goal is to train the community to gather and report news on a variety of platforms. Community Media Lab offers a communications vehicle, free training, and a collaborative environment that welcomes and encourages community contributions to and their eight print publications.

I used to be a regular contributor to their newspapers. I was delighted at the welcome I received from them as a writer and, now, as a workshop organizer. They would love it if our EDMT students considered participating as well.

Coming Up:

Dec. 5: “Blogging 101” — 1-3 p.m.Presented by Rick Kessler, a journalist, editor and blogger with the Journal Register Company

Dec. 12: “Contributing community content to your hometown newspaper” — 1-3 p.m. Presented by Michelle Rogers, managing editor of Heritage Media-West, publishers of eight weekly newspapers and the website

They are located at 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti and are open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ECOO Conference

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Since Dr. McVey moved to Michigan, he has been taking advantage of our proximity to Toronto to attend the annual Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) Conference. In addition to networking and meeting with Canadian colleagues, he is also looking forward to hearing John Seely Brown (A New Culture of Learning) and Michael Fullan (The Six Secrets of Change).  The conference takes place October 25-26.

EDMT Charitable Gifts

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Would you like to make a lasting impact on the EDMT program? You can designate a charitable gift to the Educational Media and Technology (EDMT) program. The funds will be used to assist students with their financial needs (e.g., conference attendance, book purchase, technology purchase, etc.).

To make your donation, go to EMU Foundation Home and click DONATE NOW. On the donation page, designate Educational Media & Technology (EDMT) – Code 01892 as the fund of interest. For more information, contact Dr. Jones at

EDMT Newsletter

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Greetings from the EDMT Graduate Program!

Registration for the 2012 Winter Semester begins today: Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Our Fall 2011 Newsletter  will provide you with a list of EDMT offerings as well as updates regarding when courses are offered.  Be sure to register soon since classes fill quickly.

Twelfth Night in Second Life

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Second Life ( has certainly changed since I visited last a few months ago. When I taught EDMT 592 (Virtual Worlds and Social Networking in Education) we visited a virtual model of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Globe Theater

The Metaverse Shakespeare Company (MSC)

As an aside, do I really need to write “virtual” or “model” any more when talking about Second Life (SL)? It seems redundant.

This evening I attended the premiere of the newly updated run of Twelfth Night in sLiterary’s own Globe Theatre.  The SLURL for the theatre is

Oyama Maroon

Oyama Maroon (McVey) early for the show.

According to the coordinator for the production, Ina Centaur:

For Twelfth Night, Act 2, our three technological innovations include the usage of physics, moving automatons, and visual illusion on the virtual stage. You’ll see physics on-stage, in both built-in and scripted forms in our apple catches in Scene 3, and wilting rose motif in Scene 4 and, in the crawlspace of Scene 3, you’d see prim-based automaton actors in the form of rats!

view of the stage

View of the stage with curtain closed


Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Breaking News: I was delighted to receive notification yesterday that I had won MACUL’s first annual Action Research Award. My paper was about ways of improving the teaching of Web 2.0 applications to pre-service teachers.

EDMT Nationally Recognized

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Breaking News!

We just received the report this morning that ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is granting our EDMT program national recognition. Thank you to everybody who worked on preparing the report – a mammoth undertaking.

Freshly Minted Graduates

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Photo: Randall Mascharka

Photo: Randall Mascharka

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our graduates who were recently recognized at Eastern Michigan University’s Winter Commencement ceremony on December 20, 2009.

Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (Spring 2009)
Brent Held

Graduate Certificate in Educational Media and Technology (Summer 2009)
Clair Dickson

Master of Arts in Educational Media and Technology (December 2009)
Michael Buchholz
Anthony Buza
Christa Dias
Shanell Eastman

Congratulations!! We recognize the huge effort you put into this program and we want to keep hearing from you as you use your skills in the field. 


Monday, January 4th, 2010

Welcome to the Educational Media and Technology (EDMT) program blog. This is one place for faculty as well as former and current students in the program to share success stories, new technologies, and updates related to the training of teachers here at Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. McVey in the Bonisteel Classroom

Dr. McVey in the Bonisteel Classroom

Please comment on any of the posts and feel free to write to any of the EDMT faculty with ideas for this blog or to share your own stories and insights into technology in schools today.

We will be uploading a variety of brief posts over the next months as we find our collective voice and work out bugs.