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

Workshops are on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

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

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ADMIN: Creating Need-Satisfying Environments Where People Thrive
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Allyson Apsey, Principal, Quincy Elementary, Zeeland, MI ----, @AllysonApsey

Allyson's interactive session will focus on creating a need-satisfying environment in your classroom for both students and for YOU. You will see behavior through a new lens as you explore the purpose of behavior and the information we can learn from behavior. This presentation is a journey of reflection and self-discovery. The interactive format features innovative technology tools. The participants will feel big, ask themselves important questions, laugh, maybe cry, and be compelled to improve for tomorrow.

CREATE: MakerSpace in the Classroom/Media Center
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Bill VanLoo

How to set up and run a makerspace in your classroom and media center on a budget and making it amazing.

CREATE: Merge Cube: It’s best Apps, Tips, Tricks, Insights and Stories from the Classroom
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Leslie Fisher, director of

Do you have a Merge Cube? Maybe thanks to your awesome shopping skills each of your students have a Merge Cube as well! Even if you do not have one (that is quite easy to change) this class is all about the Merge Cube! What it is, how to use it, the people behind it and their future plans and also how they adapted their company to look after their new found family of educators! We will also take a look at some of their newer educational apps and share some great Merge Cube stories from the classroom.

CREATE: There’s Nothing Micro About the Micro:bit!
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

John Phillips, Educational Technology Consultant, Berrien RESA

Imagine there was a computer that could control your phone, become a robot, be turned into a virtual pet, be coded to be a digital compass, and play music for only $15!!! Well my friends, that computer chip exists and it’s called the Micro:bit. This multifaceted device is perfect for everyone from the beginner to the expert! Come learn how you and your students can take on the projects mentioned above and SO MUCH MORE!!

CREATE: Virtual Reality. Creating Virtual Reality
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Leslie Fisher, director of

You can create full 360-degree virtual reality images with everything from a mobile device all the way up to a camera designed just for VR. This session will be hands on and explore the variety of apps and devices that allow you to create your own Virtual Reality.

CS: Computer Science in the K-5 Classroom? It’s not Complicated!
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Vinos Kassab, Digital Learning Consultant, Oakland Schools and Paul Eibler, Computer Science Teacher, South Lyon Schools

Help your students develop creativity and collaboration skills and improve their communication, logical thinking, and problem solving skills in this introduction to K-5 Computer Science (CS). Participants will explore various programming sites and learn how to incorporate CS in their classrooms. No prior CS knowledge needed!

CS: Moving and Grooving with Robotics for Grades 6-12
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Zenia Bahorski Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Eastern Michigan University and Paul Eibler, Computer Science Teacher, South Lyon Schools

Learn the basics of programming robotics movement, sound, and visual sensors on the Parallax Robotics Shield for Arduino. We'll get the robot moving and grooving by learning about how servos work and how we can program them to move. Then, we'll check out how sensors work and how robots use them to sense obstructions, like walls and pop cans.

We'll compare a few robots, like the Finch, the BOE-Bot (basic stamp), and the Activity Bot. Bring laptop with Windows or MacOS (can be done on Chromebook or Linux, but beyond scope of this workshop). To save time, install the Arduino IDE from (not a typo) on your computer before you come!

CS: Computer Science –AP - Computer Science Principles
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Richard Lamb, Computer Department Chair, Cranbrook Schools; Jacob Hazard, Computer Department Chair, Cranbrook Schools, and Josh Pudaloff, Computer Science Teacher, Math Department Co-chair, President of the Michigan Chapter of CSTA (Computer Science Teachers of America)

Intended for those who are already teaching AP Computer Science Principles AND for those who are considering teaching it in the near future: Do you want to know what your students need to know for the test? Come gather with Rich Lamb and other like-minded teachers to learn about the test and have a discussion session about the course and how some are teaching it. (“AP” is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is unaware of and does not endorse this workshop.)

CS: K-8 Hands-on Robotics
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Vinos Kassab, Digital Learning Consultant, Oakland Schools; Paul Eibler, Computer Science Teacher, South Lyon Schools, and Zenia Bahorski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Eastern Michigan University

Are you struggling to find ways to keep your students engaged? Have you ever thought about using robotics? This session will introduce you to various robots that can be used in the K-8 classroom. You will learn ways to extend and enhance your lessons and engage students. In this session, we will explore Dash and Dot, Ozobots, Finch, Sphero, EV3, and more. We will also discuss loan programs and ways to obtain funding for the purchase of the robots.

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