Workshops

These workshops are in-depth, interactive, focused sessions that help to extend your knowledge and strengthen your tech skills.

Workshops are on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Space is limited, so be sure to register early. They are not included in the conference package and must be registered for separately.

NEW this year – 3 Session Slots are offered.  If you select 2 sessions, you get the 3rd session only for $1!

$79 by 2/26/20 (for 1 session); $99 after 2/26/20
$158 by 2/26/20 (for 2 sessions); $198 after 2/26/20
$159 by 2/26/20 (for 3 sessions); $199 after 2/26/20

Register for your Workshops

Session 1 9:30am-11:30am
Session 2 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Session 3 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Board Member Ann Smart, SIG Officer Kellie DeLosSantos and MACUL attendee at the 2017 Conference

2020 MACUL Conference
Wednesday March 11, 2020
Session 1
Workshop Descriptions
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Anywhere School – Google for Education

Mike Patterson, Education Program Manager,
Google for Education; Google for Edu Professional Development Partner -Tierney Brothers

We’d like very much for you to join us while you’re at MACUL for a new, immersive event from the Google for Education team: The Anywhere School. Sign-up to be a part of this hands-on, project-based learning experience with three unique spaces – the Instruction Hub, Research Lab and Creative Lab – that puts attendees in a functional class environment. You’ll be presented with a challenge and will work for 2 hours using Google and third-party tools to find a solution, just as your students would.

Beginner STEM

Chris Woods, High School Math and STEM Teacher, CLK Public Schools

Beginner STEM: You’ve been hearing about STEM and trying a few things in your classroom or school. And the kids loved it. Are you ready for some more ideas? We’ll share plenty of cheap/free resources, and even try a few out. Your kids will thank you.

Birdbrain Technologies – Creativity through Coding and Robotics with NEW Finch Robot 2.0

Kelsey Derringer Professional Development Coordinator Birdbrain Technologies

Learn to use and teach with the LEDs, motors, and sensors of the NEW Finch Robot 2.0 using block-based coding! The Finch is an easy-to-use robotics tool which can be used to develop computer science skills, apply and teach math concepts, make art, as well as bring many other classroom projects and lessons to life. Finch works with text-based, block-based, and icon-based programming languages, making it an appropriate robotics tool for K-12.Appropriate for teachers of any skill level, this session will focus on icon-based and block-based coding.

Building Your Classroom of Tomorrow with Google Classroom

Tammy Maginity, Technology Director, Pennfield Schools

Google Classroom is a free application designed by, you guessed it, Google. Google Classroom helps teachers and students to communicate and can be used to organize and manage assignments, to go paperless, for collaboration between students and between teachers, and so on! It’s built on top of Google Docs and Google Drive, which means it’s very easy to use and intuitive for any teacher. We will explore what Google Classroom is, and what you can or can’t do with it. Afterwards, you will learn to set up your classroom and I’ll give you some great apps you can use in combination with Google Classroom.

Google Expeditions & Tour Creator – Together At Last!!

Leslie Fisher, Chief Geek, lesliefisher.com

Google Expeditions has been quite popular in today’s classroom and for good reason. Google Expeditions lets a teacher take their students all over the world visually and with talking points about what the students are viewing. With the release and update of Google Tour Creator, Teachers and Students can now create their own Google Expeditions with Google Tour Creator. This session will introduce you to Google Tour Creator and how it can be used to create 360 degree tours. Tours can be as simple as using existing 360 images found online or made easily using Google Street View and/or a 360 camera. We will overview it all in this session. How to take your own 360 degree images easily, how to create a tour in Google Tour Creator easily (even if you did not create your own 360 images) and how to take your tour and share it to Google Expeditions.

Infuse MiTECS into the Classroom through Design Thinking and Inquiry Models

Erin Weaver, Educational Technology Specialist, Catholic Schools – Diocese of Grand Rapids

Dive into the MITECS by participating in an immersive design thinking learning experience. Explore how to use a variety of strategies and technology with students in order to empower their thinking and engage them in creativity, inquiry and design thinking. Participants of all subject areas will walk away with new ideas and strategies to support their teaching and that will challenge their students and foster their growth as learners.

Interactive Panel: Adapting General Education Curriculum to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Tara Fugate, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Fraser Public Schools; Christina Carbone, ELL Teacher, Kentwood Public Schools; Eric Robinson, 2nd Grade Teacher, Chelsea School District; Angela Rivas, Special Education Teacher, and Patti Vredeveld, Special Education Teacher Assistant, Grand Haven Area Public Schools

This interactive panel will share how classroom teachers are adapting curriculum to meet the needs of all learners. There will be panelists representing elementary and secondary teachers. The teachers will be sharing how they are able to help all their students meet the same learning goal through technology tools.

Leading Through Coaching #1

Melissa Wilson, Literacy Consultant, Member of the Early Literacy Task Force, Wayne RESA

Effective coaches are integral members of district and school leadership teams. Explore ways in which coaches and administrators can strengthen their partnership in order to better impact teaching and learning. Discover ways to improve communication and increase collaboration between district and/or school administration and coaches. Find and share practical ways technology can be used when providing professional learning that improves practice. This session provides useful tools and strategies around the coaching system, while also providing the opportunity for administrators and coaches to reflect on how coaching moves might strengthen their school climate and culture.

Managing a STEM/STEAM Classroom With Technology

Josh Nichols, Founder, CrossBraining and Mary Wever, STEAM Teacher, Holt Public Schools

The CrossBraining application was built by a STEM/PBL teacher to help his students capture and contextualize learning while working on projects. This workshop is perfect for educators who continue to pursue opportunities to personalize and manage projects as well as increase student voice. Participants will become “students” and participate in a managed group project. Participants will learn how to use the application to capture video and narrate a summary of the process, resulting in a shareable 45-second narrated video of the project.

Managing Technology in Education (Required MSBO course) #1

Ben Rimes, Director of Technology, Coloma Community Schools

A basic overview of technology in schools. It is recommended as one of the first classes in the program. It covers the following topics: Makeup of the technology team, managing technology in the classroom, training, working with consultants and vendors, business office technology, cost of ownership and outsourcing your technology services. Counts towards MSBO’s CTO Certification.

No Tech to High Tech

Amy Dirlam, Director of K-12 Media Services & Instructional Technology, St. Joseph Public Schools; Andrew Pratley, Instructional Technology Coach, St. Joseph Public Schools

This session will provide educators with tools and examples for taking traditional instructional methods and blending those with ed-tech strategies that can be easily implemented in the classroom. Designed with the beginner in mind, this session will be paced so that educators will have time to learn and explore technology with support and guidance. The end goal will be that participants leave the session confident and ready to take their classrooms from no tech to high tech with ease.

Supporting Change Through Reflection: Professional Digital Blog Portfolios

Mandy Froehlich, Chief Education Officer, Education Consulting LLC

We know how powerful reflective portfolios are for students to show their growth, but it’s just as powerful for educator and leadership development as well. We will go through the “why” behind this kind of learning, setup, and logistics of developing and maintaining a blog portfolio, how to get your message out to the world, and developing your voice. Leave this session ready to go on your learning journey through professional self-reflection!

Technology for the Specials Classroom – PANEL

Kelly Tillman, Panel Facilitator, MACUL Learning Area Delegate, Art Educator, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

In this session, a panel of Art, Music and PE teachers will be discussing their use of tech in the specials classroom. They will address how to blend the specials curriculum with technology and give a few Tips and Tricks for their specialty.

What is Wifi 6 (802.11ax)

Dave Mexicotte, Cisco Sytems SDA/SDN Access and Mobility Specialist, and Rael Blair, Cisco Systems Mobility Specialist

Wi-Fi 6 is the next-generation wireless standard that’s faster than 802.11ac. More than speed, it will provide better performance in congested areas, from stadiums to your own device-packed home. Wi-Fi 6 accomplishes this through more efficient data encoding, resulting in higher throughput. Mainly, more data is packed into the same radio waves. Security on your network is a must, Wifi 6 will help you take control. Come learn as we try to demystify: Three dimensions of resource allocation, Flexible low-power device scheduling, How did the IEEE make 802.11ax more robust?, OFDMA and resource unit allocation, The introduction of 1024 QAM into 802.11ax, Spatial Reuse (SR) and OBSS operation, WPA2, TKIP and AES with CCMP.

2020 MACUL Conference
Wednesday March 11, 2020
Session 2
Workshop Descriptions
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Anywhere School – Google for Education

Mike Patterson, Education Program Manager, Google for Education; Google for Edu Professional
Development Partner -Tierney Brothers

We’d like very much for you to join us while you’re at MACUL for a new, immersive event from the Google for Education team: The Anywhere School.
Sign-up to be a part of this hands-on, project-based learning experience with three unique spaces – the Instruction Hub, Research Lab and Creative Lab – that puts attendees in a functional class environment. You’ll be presented with a challenge and will work for 2 hours using Google and third-party tools to find a solution, just as your students would.

Birdbrain Technologies – Robotics, Equity, and Creativity with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit

Kelsey Derringer Professional Development Coordinator Birdbrain Technologies

Learn to use and teach with the LEDs, motors, and sensors of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit using block-based coding in this hands-on session! The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is an easy-to-use, creative robotics tool which can be combined with craft supplies, allowing students to design and program a robot from virtually any material. In addition, the flexibility and ease of using and teaching with Hummingbird allows educators to integrate robotics
projects into virtually any subject, including ELA, math, science, and social studies. By integrating robotics into general education classrooms, we can build more equity in CS education, AND teach the “whole” student through an integrated, project-based approach. Hummingbird works with text-based and block-based programming languages, making it an appropriate robotics tool for learners in grades 3-12. Appropriate for teachers of any skill level, this session will focus on block-based coding.

Bringing Coding to ELA with Interactive Fiction

Nicholas Provenzano, Makerspace Director, University Liggett School

More and more schools are looking for ways to bring coding to the classroom, but it is hard to find a way to do it that is not forced. With Interactive Fiction, students can use text-based Python code to create their own adventure games. This will strengthen proofreading and spelling skills as well as helping students understand how a story is written with characters and plot. This is a great way to bring ELA storytelling alive with coding.

Computer Science – What You Need to Know

Ann-Marie Mapes, Educational Technology Manager, MDE

Michigan adopted K-12 computer science standards in May 2019. Join colleagues from the Michigan Department of Education and partner organizations to learn more about the standards. When you leave the workshop you will be
able to:
– Articulate what computer science is;
– Communicate why computer science is critical for all Michigan learners, in particular your community; and
Speak to the urgency for computer science education within your district, ISD, or organization.

Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes: A Make and Take Workshop #1

Therese Willkomm, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Make and take eight multi-use assistive technology solutions that can be used in 25 different ways to support students with disabilities. Each year hundreds of new tools, materials, and techniques are discovered for creating assistive technology solutions in minutes. Participants will use new specialty tapes, fasteners, and plastics to create multi-use, portable, collapsible, reusable, repositionable devices for reading, writing, communication, life skills, transition, art, music, and leisure and recreation for students who experience vision, hearing, communication, physical or intellectual impairments. In addition, participants will explore over 30 new ordinary items that can be transformed into hundreds of technology solutions for students with disabilities. There is a $35 materials fee in addition to the cost of the workshop.

CYBERSECURITY: A Practical Approach #1

Bobby Hodges, Network Administrator, Wayne RESA; Matt McMahon, Network Administrator, GIRESD

Empowering you to establish realistic security goals; evaluate the current state of your environment; and plan for implementation. You’ve been inundated with cyberattack stories and threat notifications. Now what?
CYBERSECURITY: A Practical Approach
Referencing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework for academic application, we’ll address questions like:
How do I identify risks in my environment?
How can I identify existing protections that might not be maximized?
What can I do today?
What should be in place for critical infrastructure before something happens?
What are ways to detect events?
How can we respond to an event?
How could we quickly recover from an event?

Exploring Accessibility Features of Chromebooks

Adrianne Rose, Virtual Special Education Teacher, Michigan Virtual Charter Academy; Ashlie O’Connor, Instructional Technology and Data Specialist/Google Education Trainer, Alpena – Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District

This workshop provides an opportunity for teachers who are interested in better serving ALL students to learn about and explore the accessibility features of Google Chrome. Building on the foundations of Universal Design for Learning, the workshop includes dynamic ways to use Google Chrome to meet students needs.

G Suite Admin Console Best Practices #1

Stacey Kosch, Instructional Technology Implementation Specialist, Tierney

Chromebooks and Chrome Tablets are powerful learning tools in education. As a G Suite Admin, you are responsible for configuring your domain to support student learning and safety. Come join the collaborative discussion with Tierney Brothers and your colleagues from across the Midwest. This session will be customized based on the needs and requests of those registered for the session. Within our time we will look at discussing organizational unit structure, device settings to optimize a shared device or 1:1 environment, and Chrome browser settings.

Intermediate-Advanced STEM

Chris Woods, High School Math and STEM Teacher, CLK Public Schools

Session 2 Intermediate-Advanced STEM: You’ve already been adding STEM to your classroom and school, and you’re ready for the next steps, the next great ideas. We’ll share things we’re doing in our classrooms and learn new techniques and try resources that are available to push our kids to the next level.

Leading Through Coaching #2

Melissa Wilson, Literacy Consultant, Member of the Early Literacy Task Force, Wayne RESA

Effective coaches are integral members of district and school leadership teams. Explore ways in which coaches and administrators can strengthen their partnership in order to better impact teaching and learning. Discover ways to improve communication and increase collaboration between district and/or school administration and coaches. Find and share practical ways technology can be used when providing professional learning that improves practice. This session provides useful tools and strategies around the coaching system, while also providing the opportunity for administrators and coaches to reflect on how coaching moves might strengthen their school climate and culture.

Lesson Crashing

Carrie Moeggenberg, Instructional Technology Coach, Ludington Area Schools; Devany Smith, K-5
Technology Teacher, Muskegon Public Schools

In this session, teachers will plan a lesson focusing on a specific standard(s) or topic(s) and incorporate technology to enhance the lesson’s outcomes. Teachers will have an opportunity to share their lesson(s) with others through a mini showcase event. Participants will leave with a database of rich technology lessons to use tomorrow. Come learn from others on how to overcome challenges to ensure success when integrating technology into your curriculum.

Managing Technology in Education (Required MSBO course) #2

Ben Rimes, Director of Technology, Coloma Community Schools

A basic overview of technology in schools. It is recommended as one of the first classes in the program. It covers the following topics: Makeup of the technology team, managing technology in the classroom, training, working with consultants and vendors, business office technology, cost of ownership and outsourcing your technology services. Counts towards MSBO’s CTO Certification.

Phidgets – Take Coding to the Next Level

Lucas Pacentrilli, Education Director, Phidgets Inc.

Phidgets are interactive USB sensors that make physical computing easy. No soldering or breadboards required—students simply plug in a sensor, code in their preferred language and start creating. In this hands-on session, you will work through the Getting Started Kit to learn the basics. Afterwards, you can try out an additional educational kit or one of hundreds of affordable sensors.
All attendees will receive two FREE Getting Started Kits and a sensor of their choice (over $50 value). To learn more, visit our website at: https://www.phidgets.com/education

Storytelling Tools for Students and Teachers

Leslie Fisher, Chief Geek, lesliefisher.com

With so many online creation tool options available it’s getter easier than ever to enable the student to curate content in the solution of their choice. This session will introduce you to some top and varying tools that enable students to use a mechanism they feel most comfortable using. Everything from Book, text, video, audio, avatar, 3D, VR and AR storytelling BYOD tools with be discussed and some even demonstrated.

Strengthening Literacy Skills with iPad Apple

Christina Carbone and Apple Educators

Discover new ways to enhance students’ literacy skills with the power of iPad. Explore the built-in features on iPad and a variety of education apps that can build reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Experience creativity apps that help students increase fluency and demonstrate their knowledge in creative and personal ways.

Technology Through the Eyes of the Student – Panel

Jerry Johnson, Director of Instructional Technology/MACUL Board Member, Muskegon Public Schools; Students from local area schools

In this session, a panel of students and teachers will be discussing their use of tech in the classroom. They will address the impact of technology from a student perspective and discuss meaningful projects and give a few tips on helpful apps.

2020 MACUL Conference
Wednesday March 11, 2020
Session 3
Workshop Descriptions
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Coding and Drones

Mark Lyons, Instructional Technology Consultant, Bay Arenac ISD / REMC

Come explore the world of Coding and Drones! This REMC project combines Blockly coding and the art of aerial drone control. Through this project each REMC in the state of Michigan received DJI Tello Drones for teachers to checkout. So, join us in learning the basics of coding a drone to complete missions that you could use in your classroom!! Items that we will be using and provided are- Chromebooks, Tello Drones & DroneBlocks.

Computer Science – District Implementation

Ann-Marie Mapes,Educational Technology Manager, MDE

Michigan adopted K-12 computer science standards in May 2019. Join colleagues from the Michigan Department of Education and partner organizations to learn more about local computer science standards implementation. When you leave the workshop you will be able to:
– Identify ways in which your district, ISD, or organization is already poised to address computer science;
– Sharpen your district, ISD, or organizational vision for computer science education; and
– Communicate about implementation strategies with colleagues in your district, ISD, or organization

Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes: A Make and Take Workshop #2

Therese Willkomm, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Make and take eight multi-use assistive technology solutions that can be used in 25 different ways to support students with disabilities. Each year hundreds of new tools, materials, and techniques are discovered for creating assistive technology solutions in minutes. Participants will use new specialty tapes, fasteners, and plastics to create multi-use, portable, collapsible, reusable, repositionable devices for reading, writing, communication, life skills, transition, art, music, and leisure and recreation for students who experience vision, hearing, communication, physical or intellectual impairments. In addition, participants will explore over 30 new ordinary items that can be transformed into hundreds of technology solutions for students with disabilities. There is a $35 materials fee in
addition to the cost of the workshop.

CYBERSECURITY: A Practical Approach #2

Bobby Hodges, Network Administrator, Wayne RESA; Matt McMahon, Network Administrator, GIRESD

Empowering you to establish realistic security goals; evaluate the current state of your environment; and plan for implementation. You’ve been inundated with cyberattack stories and threat notifications. Now what?
CYBERSECURITY: A Practical Approach
Referencing the NIST Cybersecurity Framework for academic application, we’ll address questions like:
How do I identify risks in my environment?
How can I identify existing protections that might not be maximized?
What can I do today?
What should be in place for critical infrastructure before something happens?
What are ways to detect events?
How can we respond to an event?
How could we quickly recover from an event

Deploying and Managing iPad in Education

Will Cornwell, Apple Education Systems Engineer, Apple

It’s never been easier to put iPad in the hands of students and teachers and manage iPad devices in the classroom.Learn about Apple School Manager, a simple web-based portal that lets IT administrators manage people, devices, and content — all from one place. And explore how to automate device setup, manage devices over the air, and streamline content distribution.

Digital Citizenship 101

Kathy Lester, Rachel Markel and Erica Trowbridge

Students need to be able to critically find and evaluate information as they safely and ethically create, collaborate, and communicate in our interconnected digital world. Come learn about lessons and resources to teach our students to be successful digital citizens from elementary, middle, and high school teacher-librarians.

Effective Coaching: Empowering Educators & Connecting Learners

Michelle Wagner, Literacy Consultant, Member of the Early Literacy Task Force, Wayne RESA

Join us as we delve into the numerous ways coaches can impact teaching, student learning, and school culture.Explore the key components of coaching as discussed in the MAISA GELN Essential Coaching Practices for Early Literacy and the ISTE Standards for Coaches. Dive into the skills necessary for effective coaching including: nurturing a growth mindset, developing relational trust, active listening, meaningful use of data, and providing effective feedback. Discover practical ways technology can be utilized by coaches to empower educators and build a network of learners.

Exploring Accessibility Features of Apple

Lori Wetzel, K-8 Media Specialist, Fraser Public Schools; Tanya Leon, English Teacher, Fraser Public
Schools

This workshop provides an opportunity for teachers who are interested in better serving ALL students to learn about and explore the accessibility features of Apple devices. Building on the foundations of Universal Design for Learning, the workshop includes dynamic ways to use the accessibility features of Apple devices to meet students needs.

Game On! Breakout EDU Game Design

Patti Harju, Director of Games,Breakout EDU

Breakout EDU is an immersive games platform for learners of all ages. In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical-thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. In this session you will: Learn more about Breakout EDU. Explore how the story and connected clues are the secrets to engaging players. Discover many different kinds of clues and puzzles. Bring out the game designer within as you create your own physical and digital Breakout EDU games. Visit breakoutedu.com for more information.

G Suite Admin Console Best Practices #2

Stacey Kosch, Instructional Technology Implementation Specialist, Tierney

Chromebooks and Chrome Tablets are powerful learning tools in education. As a G Suite Admin, you are responsible for configuring your domain to support student learning and safety. Come join the collaborative discussion with Tierney Brothers and your colleagues from across the Midwest. This session will be customized based on the needs and requests of those registered for the session. Within our time we will look at discussing organizational unit structure, device settings to optimize a shared device or 1:1 environment, and Chrome browser settings.

Gadgets & Gizmos Aplenty

Amy Farkas, STEM Teacher, MACUL Learning Area Delegate

Come join us and take a look at the latest technological tools and gadgets currently available for use in your classroom! We’ll have experts demonstrating their possible uses, and can’t wait to help you get more hands on with
any item that you are excited about! These subject area experts will be there to walk you through projects, lessons, ideas and possibilities.

Google for Education NDA Session

Mike Patterson and Ann Nash, Education Program Managers, Google for Education;

Join your Michigan Google for Education team to get a sneak peak of what’s coming for your learning communities in G Suite for Edu, Chrome and all that Google has to offer. In order to attend your district must be a current Google for Education District and have a current signed NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).

How to Leverage Intune & Intune for Education to Easily Manage your Windows Devices, Deploy Office 365/Teams and Windows Updates

Jodie LeFever, Senior Technical Specialist, Microsoft

Are you looking to enable modern, cloud-based management of Windows PCs, but not sure where to start? Join this session to learn how you can modernize management with Intune. You will see the latest news Microsoft has to share on the deployment and management of Windows 10, Office 365/Teams and Windows Updates.

Managing Technology in Education (Required MSBO course) #3

Ben Rimes, Director of Technology, Coloma Community Schools

A basic overview of technology in schools. It is recommended as one of the first classes in the program. It covers the following topics: Makeup of the technology team, managing technology in the classroom, training, working with consultants and vendors, business office technology, cost of ownership and outsourcing your technology services. Counts towards MSBO’s CTO Certification.

Phidgets – Take Coding to the Next Level

Lucas Pacentrilli, Education Director, Phidgets Inc.

Phidgets are interactive USB sensors that make physical computing easy. No soldering or breadboards required—students simply plug in a sensor, code in their preferred language and start creating. In this hands-on session, you will work through the Getting Started Kit to learn the basics. Afterwards, you can try out an additional educational kit or one of hundreds of affordable sensors. All attendees will receive two FREE Getting Started Kits and a sensor of their choice (over $50 value). To learn
more, visit our website at: https://www.phidgets.com/education

Photo & Video Creation on Web & Mobile

Leslie Fisher, Chief Geek, lesliefisher.com

Leslie Fisher did a concurrent on this topic last year and the changes since then have been so decent it now needs its own workshop! This session will overview some of the newest and coolest ways to edit video on both Web and Mobile. Even if you are mainly looking for Chromebook solutions you will learn about a solution or two to help you accomplish this task.

Reignite Your Classroom with Project-Based Learning

Marcy Blowers, Teacher, Zeeland Public Schools; Zachary Adams, Teacher, Zeeland Public Schools

During the first half of the workshop, participants will engage in an immersive mini-PBL experience from the perspective of a student. During the second half, participants will learn, from the perspective of a teacher, how to take existing curriculum and standards and reframe them to create a PBL unit. This work time will be both guided and collaborative so that participants leave the workshop with a completed PBL outline for their own classroom