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 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.

Register for your Workshop

• Click a SIG/Group title below to open and close the pre-con session widgets for information:


ADMIN: How to Make Your Job Easier Using Tech Tools
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Craig Allen, Mitch Cummings, Jason Gribble, Rachael Postle-Brown, David Rabbideau

Educational leaders please join the SIG Admin group to learn and share about technology tools that will make your job easier and save you time.  We will share video creation tools like touchcast, screencast, and flipgrid. We will look at GAFE including google classroom and how it can be used with teachers and educational groups.  We will also have time for leaders in the session to share their tips and connect with each other. We look forward to continue our learning and connecting at a Happy Hour hosted by Discovery Education following our session.

Logisoft - Adobe Spark in the Classroom.
1:00 – 4:30 PM 

Ben Forta, Adobe Senior Director of Education Intiatives

Workshop leveraging Adobe Spark and other Adobe tools in the classroom. Ben is an Adobe Spark Evangelist. This will be a collaborative hands on training for beginners and intermediate users and those wanting to learn more.

LEGO: Use Science, Coding and Robotics in the Elementary Classroom to Solve Real-World Problems
1:00 – 4:30 PM 

Kelly Reddin, Global Master Trainer & Solutions Engineer, LEGO Education

Want to prepare your students for STEM-related fields? Want to bring more engineering and problem-based learning to the classroom? Robotics is an effective way to engage students and integrate science, technology, engineering and math into your classroom. During this hands-on session, attendees will build and code using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 to teach coding and standards-based science lessons while learning problem solving skills.

Our approach allows students to deeply engage with science practices and the engineering design process while solving real-world problems. Attendees will walk away with concrete activities that will empower their students to explore, create, and share discoveries as they build and code solutions to real-world problems.

TC: What's New from Apple
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Apple Evangelist

Learn about the latest education tools and resources from Apple. Discover new iOS, macOS, and tvOS features for education. Find out how Apple School Manager can simplify and streamline deployment. And see how the Classroom and Schoolwork apps make it easy to guide how students use devices and apps in the classroom and provide teachers valuable insight into each student’s progress.

TC: CS First with Google
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Stacey Kosch, Instructional Technology Specialist, Tierney Brothers, Inc.

In this hands on professional development workshop, teachers will learn how to use CS First, Google’s free ready to teach introductory computer science (CS) curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Students follow step-by-step instructional videos that introduce fundamental computer science concepts and build computer programs using Scratch, a block-based programming language.

During the three hour workshop, teachers will learn about the importance of CS for all students and the teachers’ role in creating a learning environment that fosters creative problem through peer-to-peer learning. You’ll get a chance to learn about the free lesson plans, solution sheets and other educator enrichment resources included in the curriculum. At the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away with a plan of action and strategies for starting to teach CS First and a connection to the growing community of CS First teachers.

TC: Microsoft O365 Admin Training
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Chris Thomas, Desktop Engineer, Ingham Intermediate School District (@AutomateMyStuff)

Microsoft O365 Admin Console Training, best practices. As an O365 Admin, you are responsible for configuring your domain to support student learning and safety. Come join the collaborative session to talk about best practices and getting the most out of your O365 domain.

TC: Organizational Technology Audits
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Required class for Chief Technology Officer

Fred Sharpsteen, Director of Technology at Mecosta Osceola ISD and Rick Webb, Director of Technology at Fremont Public Schools

MSBO CertificationYour school district is more dependent now on technology than ever. Chances are you have technology across all areas of your organization and chances are, you may not know everything about it you need to. Understanding all the technology pieces that run your organization and how critical each is to your school district’s function is important. Learn the components of a comprehensive audit including risk analysis, business impact analysis, sustainability, and determining the correct uptime for each system.

TC: Bring Augmented Reality to Your Classroom with iPad
1:00  – 4:00 PM

Apple Evangelist

Firsthand experience is one of the most powerful ways to learn. With augmented reality, students can experience just about anything they can imagine. Join us to explore augmented reality apps on iPad that help students connect their learning to the world in new ways.

TC: Google NDA
1:00 – 4:30 PM

Mike Patterson, Regional Program Manager, Google for Education

Wouldn't it be nice, if when your teachers return after MACUL19 and share all the cool new Google tools and resources they want to use, that you knew something about them already? Come see what Google has planned for your classrooms and district! (NDA: Non-Disclosure Agreement)

TC: G Suite Admin Console Best Practices
1:00 – 4:30 PM

Stacey Kosch, Instructional Technology Specialist, Tierney Brothers, Inc.

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 user-level Chrome browser policies for Chromebook and PC use.

TC: Hyper-V Deep Dive 
1:00 – 4:30 PM

Nicholas Hay, Director of Information Technology at Monroe County Intermediate School District

Do you want to reduce your hardware and licensing costs for server virtualization and still have a highly available datacenter? Are you interested in Hyper-V but not sure where to start? In this session, we will do a live demonstrate on how to get started and take you through the steps needed to get this running in your district. We will cover installing the server role, management console, review network and storage concepts, migrate a server from VMware, and show the value of purchasing System Center suite for the Hyper-V cluster.

TC: Organizational Applications
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Required class for Chief Technology Officer

Fred Sharpsteen, Director of Technology at Mecosta Osceola ISD and Rick Webb, Director of Technology at Fremont Public Schools

MSBO CertificationLearn what student data points are collected and how both internal and external customers use them. Topics to be covered include various data points required (e.g. attendance, pupil accounting, discipline, scheduling, immunization, special education, etc.) and internal and external data submission, reporting requirements, quality data, and data warehousing. Attributes required of a comprehensive student management information system – including a centralized and decentralized approach will also be reviewed.

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