Teachers Guild

April 5th, 2018 by Michael McVey

Teachers are the innovators education has been waiting for.

That is the tagline for The Teachers Guild and they are certainly in the business of helping students to be the problem solvers of tomorrow. Today I attended a webinar called the Digital Citizenship Expert Chat hosted by Alysha English (below) and joined by a wide range of experts including high school students, an assistant principal, an author, and Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE.

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I’m always struck at how an hour’s dive into a topic can connect teachers with great online resources and expand our human network. The links that bubbled up in the back-channel chat during this webinar were great. I counted about 20 of them.

As several commenters, as well as panelists, noted that Digital Citizenship needs to be more than a list of DON’Ts (Don’t post this, Don’t say that) but rather an open list of DOs.


LTEC has been temporarily shelved but we are still optimistically taking names of those interested in our online Masters. Complete this form if you are interested and we’ll be in touch.

ISTE in Chicago

April 4th, 2018 by Michael McVey

For those of you who will be in Chicago for all or part of the annual ISTE Conference, please look for me and say hello. No word on the Keynoters yet, but I’ll share as soon as I know.

I’ve been working with a team on the ISTE Board to develop a Higher Education reception on Conference Monday. Many Higher Education folks have felt increasingly isolated from ISTE over the years but with two Teacher Ed professors on the board, we are hoping to change that.

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LTEC has been temporarily shelved but we are still optimistically taking names of those interested in our online Masters. Complete this form if you are interested and we’ll be in touch.

Alexa in the Classroom

April 2nd, 2018 by Michael McVey

Sometimes, I get the opportunity to help undergraduates examine topics in greater depth by guiding them through a research project. I have found our undergraduates in Teacher Education to be particularly slammed for time, but occasionally a project is just so much fun that we manage to work on it.

This year, I have been working with student Zachary Wilson as we figure out how teachers are using voice-activated assistants in their classrooms. You might know the Amazon Echo better as Alexa and that is what the students in Ms. Bell’s third-grade class call her. When they talk about her, they refer to Alexa as “Miss A.” so as not to confuse her. They know she is always listening.

The following video is just a taste of how these voice assistants are being used in two classrooms in Saline Area Schools. Over the summer, Zachary and I hope to develop an interview protocol and put our survey in the field.

I love the Woo Hoo, Technology dance at the end.


LTEC has been temporarily shelved but we are still optimistically taking names of those interested in our online Masters. Complete this form if you are interested and we’ll be in touch.

The Broadband Challenge

April 1st, 2018 by Michael McVey

Michigan’s lack of reputable broadband in rural areas means more than slow-loading movies on Hulu or Netflix. Even 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor, you can feel the lack of broadband and even access to satellite internet access or pricey cell plans is not efficient.

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Students without broadband access can trail in academic achievement, miss out on opportunities to learn technical skills, but even more so, they cannot spend the time tinkering, exploring, or practicing basic skills like typing, writing emails, researching, or coding.

We have had a lot of students in our program who are teachers in rural areas and some of their research has direct connections to this lack of access. There is a lot of work to be done to ensure that our teachers can use technology effectively.

Movie: Screenagers

March 30th, 2018 by Michael McVey

The EMU group Students for Place-Based Education (PBE) are hosting a showing of an interesting film on Saturday, April 7 at 11 am in the Student Center. I’ll be there and I’ve invited my Summer One undergraduates to come along.

The film came up in a recent school board meeting and sounded intriguing. It will be an examination of what our digital lifestyles are doing to students. Take a peek at a preview.

These are the students you are going to have in your classes.

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