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

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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

Questions should be directed to Sue Schwartz, Executive Director,

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Discovery Education Professional Learning Day at REMC 8 & Kent ISD

The REMC Association of Michigan, Discovery Education, and Kent ISD REMC 8 are pleased to present “Discovery Education Professional Learning Day” at Kent ISD.

  • When: Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Where: Kent ISD – 2930 Knapp NE – Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Cost: FREE to public school educators in the REMC 8 Service Area

Discovery-Education-LogoThis free, hands-on, minds-on workshop will provide participants with exciting and enriching professional development, focused on creative ways to maximize Discovery Education STREAMING, emphasizing instructional best practices for digital media. Cindy Lane, from Discovery Education, will be the facilitator for this exciting day. Whether you are new to Discovery Education STREAMING or you are an “every day, every lesson” user, this workshop will provide you with creative ways to motivate students, engage higher order thinking, support retention and transfer, and achieve learning and curriculum goals with a myriad of creative integration strategies for using Discovery Education media assets.

This workshop will begin with the basics and will move on to explore how to use Discovery Education resources to create interactive lesson plans that support all curricular areas while differentiating instruction. You’ll leave feeling empowered to create rigorous and relevant, media-infused learning experiences that support all learners!

Please make sure to bring your own internet browsing device.

Note: Registration is open to public school educators in the REMC 8 service area. – The ‘secret code’ to register is: REMC8

#discovery, #educational-technology, #professional-development, #remc, #remcam

REMC SAVE Project Administrative Assistant Webinar – Sept 29, 2015

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The REMC SAVE Project will be holding two webinars on September 29, 2015 to help administrative assistants understand how to use the catalog.  You’ll learn how to save your school lot’s of money this school year, and get your questions answered.

There will also be a drawing for the participants to win a gift certificate donated by a REMC vendor.

Register today for 10:00 am or the 2:00 pm session. –

#remc, #remcam, #save

Michigan Learns Online Webinar – Free Online, Blended Courses, Resources

The Regional Education Media Center Association of Michigan (REMCAM) has a great project called Michigan Learns Online (MLO) and we’d like to share how you can use it.

MLO Webinar

The REMC MLO Portal ( contains resources that support online learning. If you attend the upcoming free webinar, you can learn how to use the REMC MLO Portal to find resources that support exceptional online learning, and how to access online learning courses, units and lessons.

The event starts March 4, 2015 and is then repeated the first Wednesday of each month; the last one will be May 6, 2015 from 4:00 – 4:30 PM.

To register: Go to

These Webinars are live facilitated web based learning opportunities that are easy to participate in requiring that the learner have a computer with an Internet connection. Connecting information will be sent to you when you register.

For more information email

#mlo, #onlinecourses, #remc, #webinar

$AVE your district money on technology purchases

Michigan schools have a fantastic resource to help them save money and get the products and services they need.  The Regional Educational Media Centers (REMC) Statewide SAVE Project is provided as a service of the REMC Association of Michigan. 2012_REMC_Logo_No_BG This  fantastic project provides large volume contracts for a variety of educational resources like computers, networking equipment, and even classroom supplies. By using REMC SAVE contracts, Michigan schools have saved more than $500 million since 1990. Each tax dollar saved through this cooperative effort represents another dollar that is available for additional instructional needs.

The REMC SAVE project recently created and posted several new product buying guides.  These guides give you a an easy to read comparison of projectors, mobile carts, computers, etc.  As you are doing you purchases for this and next school year, make sure to use the guides and the website to comparison shop.  We’re certain you’ll save your district money.

If you need any help with anything you see, or how to make purchases using the SAVE Bid, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to assist you and your district save money.

Ron Houtman – Educational Technology Consultant / Director REMC 8 – 616.365.2320 (W)

#bid, #houtman, #miched, #remc, #save

Kent ISD Assistive Technology & REMC Open House – Sept 17

For you and your staff – don’t miss the Kent ISD Assistive Technology & REMC Open House, from 2:00-6:00 pm, Sept. 17:

  • Come to explore the Lending Library of technology, equipment and software available to educators throughout Kent ISD
  • Discover the variety of REMC materials and services available – die cut, waxing, poster-making, video loan, online resources and more
  • Experience the StarLab – portable planetarium, available for your classrooms to borrow
  • Browse the ‘free’ garage sale for older or discontinued equipment and software
  • Enjoy popcorn and cookies, leave with “low tech” classroom goodies
  • And of course…..Win some terrific door prizes! Yes, including iTunes Gift Cards, iPad cases, Time Timers and more!

Register for this free, drop-in-when-you-can, event, or just pop in!

remc openhouse

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