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

Free MeL Databases webinar – Introducing teachers to MeL

Libraries’ strongest allies in education are teachers. Libraries provide numerous tools that can be used to further students’ ongoing success. Staying up to date on those tools can be a challenge for everyone, including teachers!

Join MeL Education Specialist, Christine Schneider and Livonia Public Schools, Dan Yowell on March 30, at 3:30pm Eastern, for a 30 minute webinar focused on MeL resources which support teachers in their critical work of ensuring student achievement.

More information and free registration at this link.    If you can’t make the live webinar, the recorded archive will be located here.


#databases, #mel, #professional-development, #webinar

Open is Awesome – Using OERs with #GoOpen

The US Department of Education (USeD) has identified support for the production and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) as a strategic priority.  As we see digital resource availability and usage increase in our classrooms, we still have some issues to overcome before OER can be a larger contributor to innovation in education.

From ongoing research, we still see limited reuse and repurposing of OER by educators, manifested by a tendency to use OER as supplementary rather than primary materials. In addition, both lack of awareness and lack of digital and pedagogical skills on the part of educators contribute to limited utilization.6555467293_abe94016b5_m

As a practical application, teachers don’t have to create all of their course content from scratch, they can add and import OERs into their courses housed in a Learning Management System like Edify, supported by the Kent ISD.

As educators, how can we tap into these vast OER collections that will help our learners develop the skills required in the 21st century?   In the next few months, you will notice a bigger push by USeD to bring awareness to what OER are, where you can find them, how they can be used, and how to get your educators trained in using them.

In the meantime, if you or your district would like to know more about how to use OER in your teaching and learning practice, please contact Ron Houtman at Kent ISD for custom professional learning and consulting around this exciting area of education.



#education, #oer, #open, #professional-development, #research

Blend It with free PD from MyBlend/MVU

myblendThe MyBlend team from MVU will be facilitating events on Blended Learning in multiple locations in Michigan. These two-day workshops are designed to help K-5 and 6-12 educators incorporate technology meaningfully to support students.

In an effort to reach all educators, these specific workshops have been designed to meet the needs of K-5 and 6-12 classroom teachers. These are free events and we cover the cost of substitutes; we want to give all teachers an opportunity to attend.

Participants will:
• Explore practical ways to implement blended learning in the classroom
• Maximize the technology they have to engage and support students
• Investigate digital tools that assess and capture student understanding
• Design a blended lesson suited to their classroom needs

Click one of the following links to learn more and register:

Blending, It’s Elementary My Dear Watson!
(K-5 Educators)

Life’s Better When You Blend
(6-12 Educators)

#blended-learning, #free, #professional-development

Introducing EduPaths – Free Online PD

In addition to the online courses offered by the Kent ISD through the Professional Development Hub, you might hear about a new professional development platform called EduPaths.  The result of a statewide TRIG activity, this professional development portal is designed for ALL Michigan Educators.  EduPaths courses are aligned with school improvement framework, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and designed to expand understanding on a wide variety of topics.

edupathssmallCourses are available online, are completely self-paced, and free for any educator, childcare provider, administrator, pre-service teacher or individual that works for an educational entity in the state of Michigan. They are intended to help educators to personalize their own learning plan anytime and anyplace while supporting technology readiness and instructional practice. The web based resource will:

  • Help educators identify learning interests or needs
  • Link to meaningful options for professional learning
  • Award SCECHs and Badges
  • Connect to Statewide resources and opportunities
  • Align with Continuous Cycle of School Improvement and MTSS Framework
  • Create a collaboration between ISDs, REMCs, TRIG projects, and educational organizations throughout Michigan

Benefits for districts and administrators:  

  • Alignment with School Improvement Framework 2.0 to support continuous improvement. This can then become part of the SI process.
  • Allows administrators to guide necessary staff development
  • Addresses diverse needs of staff through focus on instructional and/or technology opportunities

Benefits for educators:

  • Access to free professional learning opportunities
  • Provide awareness of professional learning opportunities from in region and across state
  • Provide State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

Future statewide benefits:

  • Provide analytics to pinpoint needs and guide creation of future professional learning throughout the state of Michigan
  • Eliminates duplication of effort
  • Digital badges

For more information, please watch this quick video

#online, #onlinecourses, #professional-development

Cyber Innovation Center Resource Showcase – Feb 11

The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education and the Department of Technology, Management, & Budget, will be offering a one-day professional development session for K-12 educators and administrators. This
session will showcase robust Cyber & STEM curricula developed by the CIC’s team of university faculty, master teachers and subject matter experts.

The event will be held in Lansing on February 11, 2016.  Click here for details and a one-page flyer.

The Department of Homeland Security has identified The Cyber Innovation Center as the national model for cyber education, thus allowing the free access to curricula threads including: Cyber Literacy, Cyber Science, Physics, Advanced Math, Computer Science
and much more! The curricula is being taught by thousands of teachers across the country.

Teachers are the key to systemic and sustainable change in education. During this informational session, teachers will gain hands-on experience with curricula, projects, and technology that provide new, innovative ways to engage their students in entirely new ways! This transformation will provide greater opportunities for learning as well as introduce students to potential Cyber & STEM career fields.

#coding, #professional-development, #stem

You Won’t Want To Miss The Michigan Flip Teaching Conference

The 4th Michigan Flip Teaching Conference will be February 20, 2016 at the Steelcase University Learning Center. This is a FREE conference for educators from around the Midwest and beyond.

In addition to sessions on best practices around implementing the flipped classroom, new strands on Blended Learning and Classroom Design will be included. Steelcase Learn Lab

If you are interested in presenting, please fill out the call for proposals form.

If you’ve never been to the Steelcase Campus, you are in for a visual treat.  Your visit will allow you to take in the many unique spaces and furnishings that will spark your imagination as you think about redesigning your own learning environments.

Register for free today, and keep an eye out for the keynote announcement and other details by following @MiFLIP on Twitter and by visiting the MI Flip website.



#blended-learning, #conference, #flipped, #learning, #professional-development