Learn about and create valuable resources for the classroom!

MDE, #GoOpen Michigan, University of Michigan and Collabrify invite Michigan educators to learn about and create valuable resources for the classroom.

Full participation will be awarded $200 with an opportunity to earn more.

Please read through the attached flyer and share with all of your educational staff and colleagues.

This is time sensitive so please act now!

Please view the Go Open Flyer-Revised for additional information.

Need SCECH’s? Check out the REMC Virtual Courses!

thumb-2feffdd7d8a58decdb37bcd143a0f5a1The REMC Virtual Courses are free and open to Michigan school personnel. You can take courses “just to learn” or you can complete all assignments. SCECH credits are available for successful course completion.

Courses take place over three weeks. Each consists of two one-hour webinars and four hours of resource review, assessment development and written reflection and six SCECH credits are available.

Exception: the What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER) course takes nine hours and nine SCECH credits are available.

These courses are available through an agreement between Presidio/Dell and the REMC Association through its REMC SAVE device purchasing program.

  • REMC Virtual Courses are FREE and open to all Michigan school personnel
  • You can take courses “just to learn” or you can complete all assignments (SCECH credits are available for successful course completion)
  • Sessions take place over a three week period

Click here to view a multi-month schedule of course offerings. You may register for these courses at any time but note that courses have different start/end dates.

Use the REMC Virtual Course FAQ for answers to often asked questions.

Register Here

#professional-development, #remc

AssisTechKnow Conference @ Kent ISD – Oct 18 & 19

Do your teams need strategies to use right away with students?  Are they looking for ideas to increase student access, communication, behavior?  Want a chance to leave with an iPad, Chromebook, App codes, switch activity or sensory tool? Then they won’t want to miss AssisTechKnow 2018 at Kent ISD in Grand Rapids!  Learn from and connect with national presenter Beth Poss providing two days of sessions focused on early childhood and young learners.  Join Sharon Plante and Karen Janowski to learn strategies to support reading, writing, math, organization, executive function and professional productivity.

And they won’t want to miss tools and tips shared by 20 additional state and regional presenters with expertise on inclusive strategies to support all learners, technology supports that level the playing field, literacy and math supports, strategies for student writing and more!

Yes! AssisTechKnow is back and believe it or not – it’s bigger and better than ever before!   And the cost is still only $20/day!

  • October 18 & 19, at Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 3 Presenters who are nationally recognized leaders in assistive technology, educational technology, differentiation and UDL – Beth Poss, Sharon Plante & Karen Janowski
  • Over 20 additional regional and state presenters
  • Topics ranging from early childhood through transition, general education strategies through complex needs, including reading, writing, math, executive function, professional productivity, AAC and more!
  • Idea & Innovation Showcase highlighting vendor products and local student creations
  • Low-Tech Maker Space and Make-it-Take-It Activities
  • And of course – another year of AMAZING Door Prizes – iPad mini, Chromebook, Hokki Stools, Gift Cards, App Codes, Switches/Toys, Sensory Tools, and much, much more!

AssisTechKnow has always filled, and registrations are coming in daily – so encourage folks to register now to secure a spot!  Come for one day or both, and leave with strategies, ideas and tools that can be put to use with students right away!

AssisTechKnow Website

AssisTechKnow 2018 Registration Link

Assistechknow 2018 FLYER

Discovery Education Experience: Instructional Strategies for Digital Learners

Learn what’s new with Discovery Education, including reading passages, lesson plans, digital interactives, virtual field trips, instructional strategies, VR, and more to share the world with your students and teachers. Rediscover the resources, strategies, and tools that help take your students anywhere – from the cities of China to the pen of a playwright. Whatever the topic, Discovery Education Streaming is the central hub for student engagement and achievement.

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The Discovery Education Experience (DEXP) is a one-day no-cost experience for educators to immerse themselves in all things DE. The target audience is inclusive of ALL educators (teachers, principals, curriculum, instructional technologists, and many more). Together, all will explore and learn about the resources Discovery Education has available for them!

The day of interactive professional learning is brought to you by Discovery Education, in partnership with the REMC Association of Michigan and your local REMC 8.

Come join us on November 15, 2018 at REMC 8 – Kent ISD in Grand Rapids.  Click here to register and save your spot!  Seating is limited.  5 SCECHs are available for attendees with an application cost of $5.00

Contact Ron Houtman at ronhoutman@kentisd.org with any questions you might have.


#discovery, #pd

Flipgrid is now free for all educators and students!

Flipgrid, the world’s leading social learning platform, is joining the Microsoft EDU family!    This is great news for teachers and students everywhere.  You can read more here:



We predict that this will win the next science fair at school

Those cool coders at Google made an Artificial Intelligence terrarium that models weather conditions around the world.

Project Oasis, as its named, allows you to use the Google Assistant tools to ask about the weather in various parts of the world.  For example, you can ask “What’s the weather like in Grand Rapids?”, and the little terrarium will mimic the location with mist to simulate fog or clouds, light and even a bit of rain. I’m thinking that if you ask it what it’s like in Grand Rapids during the winter, it probably won’t respond with snow quite yet.

Check out this quick video on how it works.

The unit is powered by a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino and you can get more details and the source code for your own little biome here.

#ai, #arduino, #raspberry-pi

Everyone Can Code Professional Learning at Kent ISD – June 27 & 28, 2018

Coding is an essential skill for today’s students. Learning to code is valuable because it can teach students how to solve problems and work together in creative ways. This fun, two-day workshop is delivered by Apple Professional Learning Specialist who can help you get started teaching with the free lessons offered in the iPad apps, including Tynker.

Participants are required to bring their own iPad.

Register for the Kent ISD session here.

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Everyone can code

#apple, #coding, #ipad