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.

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PLCON Registration Discounted for Aspiring Educators

PLCON Registration Discounted for Aspiring Educators

Through improved pedagogy and technology, teachers are better able to personalize learning for their students. The Personalized Learning Conference on May 3, 2017 hopes to further develop the capabilities of educators to utilize these new strategies and tools so that they can meet the needs of every student.

While it is important for Michigan’s current workforce to develop their skills for providing personalized educational opportunities for students, there is also a need for the next generation of teachers to develop these skills. This is why we are excited to announce that aspiring educators receive 50% off their registration for the Personalized Learning Conference. This discounted price is available for undergraduate students and student teachers.

To take advantage of this offer, simply register for the Personalized Learning Conference using your student email address and the discount code PLCGRAD.

Learn more and register for the Personalized Learning Conference by going to

Reserve Your Seat for the Personalized Learning Conference

Reserve Your Seat for the Personalized Learning Conference

The Personalized Learning Conference will be held at Kent ISD on May 3, 2017. All educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Maybe you read our recent blog post, 5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning.  As in the blog post, the goal of this conference is to build awareness and understanding of how to personalize teaching and learning for the purpose of increasing student learning outcomes. This includes a focus on implementation through mastery learning and system-alignment.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Kickoff with Laura Hilger, Teaching and Learning Senior Coach at KnowledgeWorks
  • Conference Keynote with Virgel Hammonds, Chief Learning Officer at KnowledgeWorks
  • Over 30 sessions focused on personalized learning
  • An all-day maker space facilitated by Kent ISD’s STEM Consultants
  • Unique conference schedule that allows for informational, discussion, and hands-on sessions
  • Registration is only $50 and includes lunch
  • SCECHs are available
  • Additional opportunities for site visits to a schools implementing personalized learning (Kenowa Hills Public Schools and Kent Innovation High)
  • NovaNow PBL Workshop, which will help educators understand and implement project-based learning 

Visit to learn more and reserve your seat today!

$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.


Supports for Mentors of Online Learners

Supports for Mentors of Online Learners

Michigan Virtual University (MVU) is currently engaged in an effort to build a statewide network of mentors of online learners who are striving to continually expand online learner success. We are working hard to grow awareness of this effort and to expand access to the supports available.

If you are interested in engaging, or know someone who could benefit, please consider, explore, and share the opportunities and resources below, which are designed to be relevant for anyone invested in supporting the growth and development of online learning programs in Michigan’s K-12 system, regardless of online provider:.

  • The Online Mentor Community: Leveraging MVU’s new Professional Learning Portal and approaching 100 members, this online community is a growing space for mentors in Michigan to connect and for accessing the most up to date publications and resources to support the growth and development of a successful online learning program.
  • Regional Mentor Leaders: MVU is partnered with 8 mentors across Michigan with a proven record of online learner success who regularly contribute to the Online Mentor Community, who have agreed to host a Mentor Site Institute at their school to share their successful programs with others, and who are available for free 1:1 peer coaching.
  • Face-to-Face and Virtual Events: Check out the growing list of mentor learning opportunities here. A few upcoming opportunities we’d love to have you attend:

Join the Online Mentor Community, request peer coaching, or register for events at

Swivl is Changing Teaching and Learning

Swivl is Changing Teaching and Learning

The Bulletin

Think back to your days of student teaching. You were young, nervous, and had no idea what to do. To make matters worse, you were asked to record video of yourself teaching. These experiences were helpful, however, the embarrassment and time involved with these videos prevented you from ever recording yourself again.

Recording video has become easier than ever. Anyone with a cell phone can capture video and post it online for anyone else to see. In fact, you can even livestream video using apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Periscope. However, even with the invention of the selfie, recording teaching and learning in the classroom is still a difficult task that requires someone or something else to hold the camera.

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2017 KCTC Summer Career Exploration Camps Registration Open!

These are not your typical summer camp sessions! Kent County students who are entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grades have the opportunity to jump start their career and explore ones they might not know about!

During this fun week, students will learn about a career area of their choice, learn some skills, visit a business/industry site, and complete a project.

Session I: June 19-22 (9-2) and Session II June 26-29 (9-2) – Cost: $150.00, which includes lunch

IT Game Maker Camp (Camp Session I)
Ever wonder how computers ‘talk’ to each other and to us? Programming code runs all of our digital devices and once you learn to read and write code, you have the power to make computers do what you tell them to do!

You will make a game using GameMaker Studio by YoYo Games. Learn how to create a game on a technical level by creating objects, rooms, backgrounds, and sprites. GameMaker Studio is fun to learn and provides options for beginner and experienced programmers.  At the end of camp, kids will have a game they created themselves.

IT Webmaster Camp (Session II)
Make your own interactive web page! In this camp you’ll learn to use Java Script, CSS and HTML while you take a webpage from an idea, to a skeleton, to a final product. Plus, add in animation, interactions and the words on the page. If you’re interested in the programming side of web page design, this camp is for you!

Sweet Genius (Sessions I & II)
You belong in Sweet Genius if you love baking, especially cake decorating. You will master cake sculpting and fondant work. You will be on the cutting edge of the Japanese “doubutsu doonatsu” trend with your sculpted animal donuts. Candy day will have you making favorites like marshmallows, chocolate and suckers. On ballpark day, you will make old favorites like soft pretzels and cotton candy!

Ultimate Gearhead (Sessions I & II)
Explore what it is like to work on cars, everything from engines to paint. Work your way from welding, repairing dents and painting the outside of a car, to taking apart and reassembling an engine, servicing brakes, and changing oil under the exterior. End the week by taking a field trip to a body shop and auto service center.

Design, Create, Innovate (Session II)
Want to make the world a better place? Come design and build meaningful solutions to real problems. You will bring your imagination to life by computer-aided design and 3D printing, construct and race a solar-powered, model car, solve problems with computer code, use technology to explore and improve ecosystems and more!

Cops & Robbers (Session I)
Want to see what real police officers do? Here is your chance to learn from former police officers using lifelike equipment. Perform police searches, photograph a crime scene, and expose and lift fingerprints to solve a crime. Work together to conquer the challenge course, and you get to visit the local police department.

Young Chefs (Session I & II)
Future chefs, this camp is for you! Work in a real kitchen, just like the pros. You will learn cooking terms, how to work as a team to run a smooth kitchen, how to put together a menu and how to prepare fabulous gourmet meals you can cook for your family at home.

Hurry! Registration is open now, and each of these sessions fill quickly!