Author: Ron Houtman

hackGVSU – Coming April 14

hackGVSU – Coming April 14

 

The eLearning and Emerging Technologies department invites you to the “hackGVSU” event at the main campus of Grand Valley State University.

This will be held on Saturday, April 14. The goal is to provide opportunities for students and teams to work together on programming projects. There are HTML, LTI, and REST API integration possibilities with Blackboard providing training on these during the event.

More information is available at: http://www.gvsu.edu/elearn/hackgvsuhackGVSU

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MI Coding 2018-19 professional learning cohort registration is open!

The Michigan Math Science Centers Network and Code.org are bringing free professional learning and curriculum resources to educators to implement AP® Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Discoveries.mmscn-logo-wname-1

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 professional learning cohort. Click here to view the application and visit http://micoding.weebly.com/professional-learning.html for more information on the program.

The professional learning for teachers is FREE and includes two components:

  • Summer, 2018:Teachers attend a 5-day in-person, conference-style workshop designed to introduce the CS concepts from the curriculum and core teaching practices. There are no registration costs for this event. Lodging, breakfast, lunch, and materials will be provided free of charge.
  • School Year, 2018-19:Teachers continue with 4 job-embedded workshops held in Michigan and online modules focused on supporting teachers in their first year of implementation.

There are two steps to the application:

  1. Teachers fill out and submit the application.
  2. Administrators receive an automatically generated email with a link to complete the application process.
Accessible Materials Made Right workshop to be held at Berrien RESA!

Accessible Materials Made Right workshop to be held at Berrien RESA!

Accessible Materials Made Right is a regional workshop intended to help equip participants with the skills and understanding needed to begin creating accessible materials and to train others to do likewise. Topics include:

  • Why accessibility matters
  • Principles and components of accessibility in Word, Acrobat, and PowerPoint
  • Creating accessible material from the start

To help facilitate the learning process and guide teams toward effective implementation, the workshop has been split into three non-consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend all three days. The workshop alternates between lecture, hands-on practice, and group discussion. Upon completion, everyone will have had hands-on practice creating basic-level accessible:

  • Word documents
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • PDFs

Who should attend?
Intermediate school district teams, or local district teams, of at least two people who are responsible for, and will be, training others on the creation and remediation of accessible materials on publicly facing websites are invited to apply.  Please refer to the Accessible Materials Made Right Information Guidefor guidance on selecting a team.

When and where is the training?
Location: Berrien RESA
Dates: January 11, February 2, and February 15
Interested teams must first submit an application.  Successful applicants will receive registration information upon acceptance of the application.
Application deadline: December 15

For more information, please see the Accessible Materials Made RightInformation Guide. Questions can be directed to accessibility@altshift.education

Got a great idea? Slam It!

Got a great idea? Slam It!

The Idea Slam ’18, sponsored by the METS Group and REMC Association of Michigan, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 from 7:00 – 10:00pm.
The Idea Slam is a fast-paced “pitch fest” and networking event for educators. Selected projects will be presented and attendees will vote on their favorite ideas. The winning project will receive a minimum of $1,500 towards their innovative educational idea.
The rest of the evening is an informal meet-up with fun conversations and delicious offerings from the new Downtown Grand Rapids venue, the Knickerbocker, owned by New Holland Brewing Company.
What makes the Idea Slam possible and successful?
YOUR IDEAS! Submit a proposal by clicking the link below. If chosen as a finalist you will be assigned a pitch coach to help you prepare for the event.
Idea Slam Pitch Rubric

Please contact the METS group at metsgroupmi@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Pitch proposals are due February 9, 2018 at midnight.

REMC Association Communications Job Posting

The REMC Association is seeking to contract with an individual to assist with developing communication/marketing resources focused on Association supported projects and activities. These resources will be in formats suitable for social media, newsletters, inclusion in email, etc.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Post items to various social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook
  • Write posts or articles highlighting a REMC project for the MACUL Community blog and other blogs or newsletters
  • Subscribe to and monitor educational and leadership blogs, twitter accounts, YouTube, and other social media from Michigan and national organizations to find relevant tie-ins to existing REMC projects for the purpose of “mining” and sharing and sharing the best REMC resources.  
  • Work with the Association’s public relations firm on the drafting and posting process as well as maintaining the organization image/messaging
  • Send information to be shared publicly to the Executive Director for review
  • Create a presence/knowledge of REMC offerings (indiv. and state) and help with communicating these out through social media (e.g. when a local REMC has an event.)
  • Expand REMC participation in Twitter chats by supplying local REMCs with a guide outlining Twitter chat expectations, tips and a list of chats in which to participate. Coordinate/lead Twitter chats (within existing chats)
  • May be asked to provide trainings to REMC Directors on implementing these same social media skills and tools to help with our REMC/ISD marketing to local constituents.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Background in education
  • Experience with public relations/marketing/communications
  • Established social media presence
  • REMC Association awareness and understanding
  • Independent learner
  • Must be motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong verbal and written communication and organizational skills
  • Skillfully uses technology to accomplish work related tasks
  • Knowledgeable about and able to use social media aggregators/social network automation applications
  • Understand the role social media plays in outreach/messaging for the Association

Working Conditions and Compensation

  • Work 6 – 8 hours a week for the first six months. The number of hours required will be evaluated at the end of the first six months
  • Year one – Nov. 1 – June 30, 2018 – then depending on evaluation of need, become an annual contract, with options to renew on a yearly basis
  • The need for this position and the quality of the work will be reviewed annually by the REMC Association Executive Board
  • Home office environment. Selected candidate will provide the tools (computer, internet) and resources/supplies.
  • Contract amount: $20 per hour
  • Subscription to specific required tools will be provided to make posting to multiple sites easier/automatic
  • Reports to REMC Association Executive Director

Application Deadline: October 27, 2017

Applications should be submitted online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdJzwK2RGs4NdtiQ_cprigjsYkkghC2oIAKGvQQT4RD0xhjkQ/viewform

Questions should be directed to Sue Schwartz, Executive Director, sueschwartz@remc.org

The Mi Moot! Learn about best practices in blended learning

The Mi Moot! Learn about best practices in blended learning

Registration is now open for the MI MOOT – Transforming Classrooms on August 1 & 2, 2017 at Lansing Community College West.

This energizing and impactful event is focused on best practices in blended learning. Attendees will explore blended learning resources, discover the latest trends, practice new skills, network with like-minded educators, and have some fun.

More info is at: mimoot.org

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$1,500 MACUL Grants Available

$1,500 MACUL Grants Available

$1500Each year, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) awards grants of up to $1,500 for technology integration projects in classrooms.

This is a fantastic opportunity to fund things that you learned at the MACUL conference, or have been wanting to do for your students, but lacked the resources.

The grant worksheet, rubric and application are available at the MACUL website. Make sure to get working on it today, as the deadline is Monday, May 15, 2017.