Archive for March, 2015


Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

EDMT faculty and students had fun at the EDMT Meet Up. Although we were small in number, the laughter and conversation was big. Below are pictures from the EDMT Meet Up, Bill Van Loo’s awesome presentation and the very information Coding in the Classroom that Dr Jones and Dr Copeland attended.

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

Girls in Tech announced that it will hold its annual Catalyst Conference in downtown Phoenix

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Global Tech Organization to Hold Annual Conference in Downtown Phoenix

PHOENIX – Silicon Valley-based non-profit Girls in Tech announced that it will hold its annual Catalyst Conference in downtown Phoenix for the first time Sun., April 26 through Tues., April 28 at the Hotel Palomar.

“We’re more than excited to host this premiere tech conference in Downtown,” said Mayor Greg Stanton.  “Women at the forefront of the technology and start-up industry will have an opportunity to experience first hand Phoenix’s rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and innovative community.”

Girls in Tech is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in technology and entrepreneurship.  The organization offers initiatives and curriculums for women and girls including mentorship programs, business pitch competitions, online education and more.

Founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne met with Stanton, as well as downtown and economic development experts, in January to discuss the conference opportunity.

“There’s excitement and energy buzzing in downtown Phoenix, and Catalyst attendees are going to feel that” said Gascoigne.  “Amazing things can happen when one woman helps another – and together we’re going pave the path for future industry leaders.”

The Catalyst Conference will offer participants a chance to hear from more than 60 notable female speakers – including presidents, CEOs, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and leaders in the tech industry and STEM fields.  Attendees will also have access to a broad selection of workshops, panels and hands-on resources to help advance women in technology careers.

Heidi Jannenga, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix-based software company WebPT, will speak at the conference about her experience leading one of the fastest-growing software companies in the nation.

“This conference is critical – not only to Phoenix’s burgeoning tech scene, but also to the growing number of women pursuing careers in technology,” Jannenga said.  “Innovation at its finest can only occur when all great minds are involved.  Thus, it behooves everyone to attend this conference and support Girls in Tech.”

Information about the Catalyst Conference, including registration details can be found online at

WHAT: Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference

WHEN: Sun., April 26 through Tues., April 28

WHERE: Hotel Palomar Phoenix CityScape E. Jefferson St.

WHO: Mayor Greg Stanton; Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO, Girls in Tech; Kate Brodock, President, Girls in Tech; Heidi Jannenga, Co-Founder and COO, WebPT
More than 40 guest speakers (full list:
Expecting more than 300 participants