Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

Google Certified Trainer program

Monday, September 5th, 2016

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:


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


  • 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.

Google Certified

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

This fall, Dr. McVey will invite every teacher candidate in the program to consider working through the online Google Training Center to earn a Google Certified Educator badge for their web site or resume. Already an active user of Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Forms, and more he did not need much review time before taking the online examination. The three-hour exam was a thorough check of the basic skills required to use the Google Apps for Education tools. Cost for the Level 1 test was $10; for Level 2 the cost was $25.

After speaking with several recruiters last spring, he became convinced of the certificates value to teachers. “The examination, itself, is well-constructed and organized. It was a pleasure to work through the activities and I am not a fan of examinations,” said McVey.


Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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


Thursday, May 26th, 2016

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.

EDMT Alums and Students Presenting @ 2015 MACUL Conference

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

While at MACUL, try to sit in on one of the sessions offered by EDMT Alums and Students. Then join the EDMT Faculty at the EDMT Meet Up in the Volt Restaurant located in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center from 3:30p-5:30p on Thursday, 3/19/2015.

Mar 18-20, 2015, Cobo Conference Center – Detroit, MI

Wednesday, 3/18/2015

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

SIGMM 3: Full STEAM Ahead: Projects to Build and Share
Bill VanLoo, Teacher, STEAM @Northside, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Come make and document hands-on projects from the STEAM content areas! A special focus will be learning tools and techniques for documenting your work; options for mobile devices (Android and iOS), Web tools, and cameras will be explored in detail. Finally, you’ll discover methods for efficiently sharing your work online. Bring your favorite tool for capturing photos and videos.

Thursday, 3/19/2015

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Hands On Workshops
Fee is $50; pre-registration is required.

Getting More Out of Google Forms With Scripts and Add-Ons
Anthony Buza, Technology Transformation Grant
Facilitator, Genesee ISD

1:00 – 2:00 PM

iSpaces: Leverage Learning With Digital Badges
Angela Elkordy, Assistant Professor, National Louis University

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Little Kids and Project Based Learning? Making It Work in Any Classroom
Brooke Stidham, Bill Van Loo, and Atoya Marton,
Teachers, Ann Arbor Public Schools

Friday, 3/20/2015

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Digital Learning With TechSmith Relay
Casey Schaub, Instructional Technologist, and Anthony Buza, Project Facilitator, Genesee ISD

Creating a Genius in Every Hour: 20 Time in Education
Nicholas Provenzano, Teacher, Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Getting Started With Google Classroom
Jessica P’Simer, Technology Specialist, Honey Creek Community School

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Bringing Affordable, Mobile 3D Printing to a K-8 School
Bill Van Loo, Teacher, Ann Arbor Public Schools