Focus on Smart Teaching

Focus on Smart Teaching

After last week’s professional development events, some teachers wonder about more opportunities. You’re in luck!

Focus on Smart Teaching is coming up on September 20th. A modest price gets you a full day with an inspiring keynoter, engaging expert presenters, and lunch, too. Click here to get your ticket.

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools and Chippewa Valley Schools present:

Focus on Smart Teaching

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

Chippewa Valley High School
18300 19 Mile Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038


Keynote speaker: Brad Waid


Brad Waid is an energetic and passionate educator who inspires educational change through technology and Augmented Reality. He is a highly sought after speaker who engages his audience with his passion, humor, mind-blowing demonstrations all while sharing the power of technology and how it can transform the way we learn, teach and lead. He is an industry leader in Educational Technology and in Augmented Reality. Brad is an expert in applying technology into the educational field and is on the leading edge of emerging technologies. He is one of the Co-Founders of AR Detroit, a monthly meet up where industry leaders and visionaries come together to talk about the application and future of Augmented Reality. Brad is also the Co-Founder of Two Guys and Some iPads blog, an internationally viewed blog from over 120 countries and over 100,000 visitors in the first 4 months of its creation. In addition, he is the Co-Host of the wildly popular and number one rated “Two Guys Show” on the EdReach Network.


After an inspirational keynote, Brad will be presenting a couple of fascinating sessions.

From SMARTTech: James Griffin

James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Lesley University.  Upon graduation in 2001 he taught 7th grade social studies then joined the district technology department where he managed technology projects and professional development.  He joined SMART Technologies in 2010 and currently lives in Philadelphia with his family where he is the Business Development Manager for SMART Technologies.

James will be presenting what’s new in SMART Notebook 2014 and showing some great new features available soon.


From Microsoft: Microsoft Innovative Educator Grant Zimmerman

image008Grant is a National Faculty member of The National Paideia Center, He taught elementary and middle school students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools for 31 years. Along with his work at the Center, Grant conducts professional development on the Paideia Seminar, the Paideia Project, and leads many sessions on integrating technology in unit planning for Knowledge Network Solutions (KNS) as the Senior Education Consultant, Microsoft in the Classroom Advisor, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer. When he’s not thinking about learning, he’s playing golf back home in North Carolina.

Grant will present on Microsoft Office Online and OneDrive – powerful new tools available to students and teachers.


From Chippewa Valley Schools: Amy Yednock

image009Amy Gaughan Yednock has been an elementary art teacher, SMARTBoard pioneer, and three-time SMARTBoard facilitator. She was named a SMART Exemplary Educator (SEE) by SMART, a rare and international honor. As a SEE, she’s received additional training, resources, and opportunities from SMART. This past summer Amy attended 2014 Global SEE Summit at SMART headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She was also featured in the REMC Connected Educator Series. Amy has presented numerous times at various conferences delighting audiences with simple but powerful ideas. She regularly conducts both beginning and intermediate SMARTBoard training for the MISD. In demonstrating a grasp of big-picture issues, Amy has created SMART Notebook files that use interactivity to teach Common Core math topics.


Lunch: A light lunch will be provided, included in your registration fee! It’ll be chock-full of vitamins and nutrients.

SCECHs: MISD has approved our application for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs). You’ll qualify for 6 hours at the Focus on Smart Teaching Conference. You just have to bring a check for $10 in addition to your ticket. Be sure to sign in for SCECHs at check-in.

Click here to get your ticket. See you at Focus on Smart Teaching September 20th!


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