GIS/T Resources and Applications for Career Education (GRACE) PD

The GRACE Program is recruiting a cohort of secondary teachers (grades 8-12) to experience and then use GIS/T in their classrooms.  This experience begins with a workshop on July 16 & 17, 2015 at the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center in Allendale MI.   This workshop is the beginning of a two year commitment to the program.

What is GRACE?

GIS/T Resources and Applications for Career Education (GRACE) is a model of purposeful applications of technology (geographic information system and technology (GIS/T) -based education for STEM careers in the workplace that enable youth to have opportunities for determining their own futures.   The attached flier describes the components of the program and benefits to teachers and students.

Becoming Part of the West MI Cohort:

  • Sign Up:  Go to  On that page, click on “Join the Grace Project”, then “Teacher Application” on the next page.
  • Begin:  This opportunity begins with a two-day intensive professional development session to introduce the GIS/T educational experience at GVSU’s Regional Math and Science Center on July 16 -17, 2015.
  • Continue:  Further experiences during 2015-2016 school year include attending  18 hours of blended PD (6 hours face-to-face and 12 hours online) during the school year to enhance the GIS/T educational experience and  attending 30 hours (5 days) of GIS/T workshop during Winter 2016 or a summer institute (5 days) during Summer 2016 to crystalize the GIS/T educational experience

What are the costs / benefits of becoming part of this program?

  • Cost: All costs for the professional development related to this program are covered by the NSF grant that funds this project.
  • Benefits: See the attached flier for a full list of benefits of the program for both teachers and students.  These benefits include stipends for the teachers involved.

The GRACE workshop organizers have asked that ALL interested grades 8-12 teachers complete the registration form on the flyer so they can create a database of interested teachers.  Even if you are unable to attend the workshop in July, they would like to be able to contact interested participants for future opportunities related to this grant.


We still have room for you at TechCamp 2015!

We still have room for you at the Kent ISD TechCamp 2015!  Where else can you find top shelf professional learning for the rock bottom price of $30?  KISD TechCamp 2015

You’ll be treated to hands-on learning in a relaxed atmosphere with some of the most knowledgeable ‘camp counselors’ from across Michigan.

Check out the agenda and register today!

We’d love to have you learn a few awesome ‘techy’ things that you can use right away in your teaching and learning practice, and then plan to use when the kids come back to school in late summer.

See you there!

#learning, #professional-development, #techcamp2015

Kent ISD’s TechCamp 2015 – June 16-18 at Innovation High


Come join us for three days of hands-on education technology learning and collaborative conversations with expert facilitators from across Michigan!

TechCamp 2015 is a 3 day ala carte education technology integration experience for area educators, paraprofessionals, and administrators.

In this conference-format, you can pick and choose from topics covering Google Apps for Education, Blended Learning course creation, Open Education Resources, Flipping your classroom with screen casting, creating an online classroom website, and much more.

You can earn up to 19 SCECHs and all three days cost only $30 – a fantastic low price for a fantastic learning opportunity.

Sign up today at the Kent ISD Professional Development Hub.

#conference, #professional-development, #techcamp2015

Learn how to model and print in 3D at the Kent ISD! May 14, 2015

123 DesignHave you ever wondered how everyday objects are created? The vast majority of things that we use in our lives are created by designers as prototypes and then go through a process of refinement before they become an end-product.

As a 21st Century educator, we should unleash the skills of creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, and personal expression in our learners.

The Kent ISD presents a great way for educators to learn about the tools and techniques around 3D modeling and printing, design thinking and iteration in a fun, one-day professional learning opportunity.

We’ll talk about how 3D modeling and design can introduce STEM standards into your general education classroom in ways you may have not thought possible.

Registration is limited.  Sign up today – 15RM0505 STEM Thinking: Engineering Design 3D Modeling

#3d-printing, #modeling, #professional-development

The CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp is Coming July 7-9!

CUE RockstarLooking for a great educational technology camp to attend in a wonderful destination?

The CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp hosted by MACUL will arrive in Saugatuck, MI from July 7 through 9, 2015.

All three days consist of two, two-hour sessions allowing attendees to “dig in deep” and really get to know their topic and build resources to use next year. Morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon so that attendees have two different opportunities to attend a workshop.

The CUE Rock Star events are built so that there is one presenter for every ten attendees and the events sell out at 60-70 attendees.

Check out the website for more information and registration and read some Tweets about the event here #CUERockstar

You really deserve a learning vacation with awesome people from across Michigan.

#cue, #educational-technology, #learning, #macul, #pd, #professional-development

Save The Date! The KISD Tech Camp is June 16-18


Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the Kent ISD Tech Camp! This 3-day à la carte event will be chock-full with learning, interaction, and hands-on activities.  Tech Camp will be held at Kent Innovation High, which affords us a much larger venue and one that’s very conducive to learning with your peers.

As we get closer, we’ll publish a full list of sessions, SCECH information and the link to sign up.  For now, add it to your calendar – you’ll not want to miss it!

#gafe, #google-apps, #professional-development, #techcamp2015

Looking for EDIFY Course Content Writers

Kickstand is looking for teachers interested in writing engaging content area lessons for a new and innovative individualized learning management system (iLMS) called EDIFY.

In partnership with a Michigan ISD consortium, Kickstand is working to create core subject area courses for grades 4-8 by March 2015.  Kickstand is looking for teachers who would be interested in devoting a small amount of time to write 1-2 units for the courses being built. Take a look at the infographic which details the commitment for content writing and other information.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Meghan Daniel @ 303-827-5485 or

#edify, #lms, #onlinecourses, #professional-development

The 3rd Annual MiFlipped Learning Conference is January 10, 2015

Sign up today for a great day of learning about all things #flipclass related. Learn about how the mindset of flipped learning can work in your class.
Keynote Speaker: David Tebo, Superintendent of Hamilton Community Schools

Get a chance to talk with Flipped Classroom Published Authors: Brian Bennett, Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Dave Prindle & Delia Bush.

The event is at Steelcase University (901 44th Street, Grand Rapids 49508) on Saturday, January 10 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM and is FREE!

For more info and registration, check out the Michigan Flip Teaching website.

#educational-technology, #professional-development

Microsoft Teacher and Trainer Academies in Southfield

Here are a couple of good professional learning events for area educators and instructional technologists.

Microsoft Hands-on Teacher Academy | October 28, 2014 | Microsoft Southfield

This free 1-day hands-on professional learning day is geared toward K-12 educators hosted by Microsoft. Bring 21st century technology into your classroom including the latest skills by Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft OneNote, and Windows 8. By participating in the training you will receive a certificate for your participation and have the opportunity to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Learn more and register today.

Microsoft 2-Day Teacher Trainer Workshop | October 29-30, 2014 | Microsoft Southfield

Do you help train fellow educators in your district or school? If so, register to attend this 2-day hands-on learning designed as a train the trainer model, providing K-12 educators the opportunity to bring Microsoft training to your schools and communities. This in-depth training covers a range of Microsoft tools including Office 365, OneNote, Office Mix, and reviews the Microsoft training content and materials to leverage for your local training. By participating in the training receive a certificate for your participation. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer program. Learn more and register today.

#microsoft, #pd, #professional-development

Tablets with Google Play for Education Workshop –

Kent ISD along with CDW-G and the Google for Education team will be hosting a “Tablets with Google Play for Education Workshop” on Monday Oct 13th from 11am-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

Google will give an overview to the tablets program, show a live demo, give you a chance to hear from your peers, and play around with the tablets and some apps.

The event is designed for technology and curriculum directors and administrators, so please feel free to forward this invite to others in your district.

Please see the attached invite with RSVP link to register. Please let your CDW account manager know if you have any questions..

Register here —

#assistive-technology, #kent-isd, #pd, #professional-development, #remcam