Archive for June, 2010

Ed Tech in Teacher Education Programs

Friday, June 4th, 2010

According to the non-profit group Project Tomorrow, only one quarter of Colleges of Education are training future teachers to use technology. I know EMU is in the one quarter, but I wonder how we stack up against other teacher preparation institutions across the state.

Link to the full Speak Up report.

Teacher of the Year a Tech User

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Congratulations to Sarah Wessling, an Iowa high school English teacher who is the National Teacher of the Year. The Obama administration is praising her use of podcasts and social networking to engage students.

Sarah Wessling

Educational Technology Leadership Conference

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I received information from MACUL’s executive director, Ric Wiltse on this:

Registration is still open for the June 21-22 Educational Technology Leadership Conference held at South Redford Thurston High School in the metro Detroit area. The conference is sponsored by MACUL and Wayne RESA with support from C/D/H, DataDirector, Google, Microsoft, MSBO, Sprint the Now Network and TechSmith.

The event will highlight keynote presentations by Karen Cator, United States Department of Education Director of Technology, Jaime Casap of Google, and Liz Kolb of U of M and Madonna University, sponsored by Sprint the Now Network.

The conference will also feature a panel discussion on virtual desktops, led by Paul Hillman of C/D/H.

On Tuesday, June 22 a MSBO Technology Certification workshop on technology policies will be offered, as well as a free workshop on Camtasia Studio and SnagIt.

FREE SB-CEU’s up to 1.0 will be given for the conference.

WIN! An iPad donated by MACUL SIGPL will be given away at end of conference (must be present to win). The lucky winner could be YOU!

In addition to a large exhibits area, the conference will feature presentation strands on Google Apps for Education Edition and Microsoft Live@edu and breakout sessions on these topics:

iPads in Education, GIS Technologies for Michigan Schools, Calculating Contemporary Curriculum for Your Classroom, MI Learning on iTunes U, YouTube, Using Cell Phones in the Classroom, Edublogs in a High School Classroom, Using Google Earth to Show School Attendance Area Boundaries and Changes, YouTube in the Classroom, Jing, Seat Time Waivers and Online Learning, The ActivClassroom: Promethean’s Interactive Solution, Purchasing Classroom Technology, Advanced Moodle and Open Source Web Development, Disruptive innovation, Teaching Simple Machines, Force and Motion and Energy, and Magnetism using the LEGO, C-SPAN’s Free Online Resources for Teachers and Students, New Ways to Think about Credit Recovery, Designing Interactive Projects With Multimedia Software.

Cost: $85/1 day for MACUL members;
$125/1 day includes membership
$125/2 days for MACUL members
$165/2 days includes MACUL membership

For complete program and more information, follow the links at

Registration direct link: