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21 Things 4 Teachers

21Things4Teachers-Logo-Small  21things4teachers offers video tutorials and live virtual sessions.   Participants work at their own pace, with online instructor support, to create an online portfolio showcasing valuable and applicable projects for teaching and lifelong learning.

Educators say that taking the 21things4teachers is transformational, and they see immediate results when using and applying the ‘things' in their classroom.

For a peek at the content visit the site.

Course runs May 20, through September 4.  The full course includes the full set of 21things (90 SCECHs pending), fee: $375, non-refundable, credit card payments only. Enrollment is ongoing until July 1, but the course must be completed by Sept. 4.

Your are required to attend a 2-hour virtual orientation  session fro 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on May 20, or later date specified by the instructor depending on when you start the course.  You will receive a welcome email several days before the course starts with the URL to the virtual sesson, instructions on how to connect to this session and your login and password to the course in Moodle.

The registration fee is $375 for Full 21 Things Course or $125 per set of 7 things.   SCECH fee $10.

4 Course Options: (Click on link to register)

Important Note:  If your local ISD is offering the 21things4teachers professional development training, this is an alternative just for you.  Plase check Partner Agency Page to see if your ISD  is offering 21things4teachers.  If not, you are invited to register for this online course.


Moodle Socialwall Course Format

moodle logo The REMC Association of Michigan has just completed the first phase of a project to give Moodle a user friendly "social wall" interface option for teachers. The plugin is called the Socialwall Course Format (formerly "eCommunity Moodle Project") and it has been officially accepted into the Moodle Plugins repository!

The downloads needed to use this new course format (Course Format, Block, Filter and a backup helper) can be found by searching the Moodle repository, or on the on REMC 13's website at

As with all things Moodle, support is available on the official Moodle Forum. Please take a look at this new option


REMC Moodle Socialwall Project Coordinators: Chris Kenniburg - Dearborn Schools and Bryan Smith - Ingham ISD


REMC Director Shannon Degan Recognized by MACUL
Receives Technology Coordinator of the Year Award
award Shannon Degan, REMC 15 Director, was named the recipient of Technology Coordinator of the Year during this month's MACUL annual conference March 18-20, 2015 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

In addition to TRIG's award, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) named the recipients of its Outstanding Technology-Using Teacher, Technology-Using Educator, Technology Coordinator of the year, and the Frank Miracola 21Things Educational Excellence awards. The awards recognize and honor MACUL members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the use of technology to improve education. MACUL will honor the six educators

MACUL named Joanna Van Raden, Luther C. Klager Elementary School, Manchester Community Schools, as the Outstanding Technology-Using Pre K-12 Classroom Teacher; Andrew Steinman, Educational Technology Consultant, Kent Intermediate School District as the Outstanding Technology-Using Educator; and Shannon Degan, Director of Technology and Collaborative Services, Jackson County Intermediate School District, winner of the Technology Coordinator of the Year.

The award winners will receive gifts presented by representatives from several education technology companies. In addition, all winners will be nominated by MACUL for recognition by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

MACUL also named the team of Tosha Miller and Julie Leach, List Elementary School, Frankenmuth School District, as the runner-up of the Outstanding Technology-Using Pre K-12 Classroom Teacher, and Jillian Johnson, Technology Interventionist, Wayne-Westland Community Schools as the runner-up of the Outstanding Technology-Using Educator.

MACUL and the REMC Association of Michigan (REMCAM) named Sarah White, Chippewa Valley Schools as the recipient of the Frank Miracola 21Things Educational Excellence award. Ms. White is an instructional Technology Coordinator at Chippewa Valley

Founded in 1975, MACUL is a 13,500 member non-profit organization dedicated to bringing educators from all levels together to ignite learning through meaningful collaboration and innovation. Please visit for more information about MACUL initiatives.

Read the press release here:

Moodle Support Series for Teachers & Moodle Admins

moodle logo This soon-to-begin series provides classroom teachers and Moodle administrators with extended learning about Moodle.  It is an extension of the learning that occurs each year at the MI Moodle Moot. Chris Kenniburg, Dearborn Public Schools, and Andy Mann, REMC 4/Muskegon ISD are the lead instructors for the 2015-16.  The first two sessions are schedule for April 23, 2015 and May 14, 2015.

Socialwall Course Format Installation: Learn how to install, configure and tweak this plug-in to create a more 'user-friendly' on ramp for Moodle using teachers.  Will also cover how to create a course, configure course settings, blocks to use, add content and more through the Socialwall plug-in. Date/Time: April 23, 2015, 10:00-11:00a. Location: Google Hangout, click here to join.

Add Smarter Balance Type Questions with Question Plugins: The Performance Assessment Social Studies Thinking (PASST) project is a series of Social Students Assessment supported through Moodle. Learn the steps to get this installed onto your Moodle server along with which Moodle Question Type Plug-ins to install. These plugins allow the questions in the courses to work as required. Date/Time: May 14, 2015, 10:00-11:00a.  Location: Google Hangout, click here to join.







Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices
Crafting Writing in the Digital Age

Tory Hicks As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive workshop, presented by Dr. Troy Hicks, we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

April 23, 2015, 8:30-3:30, Washtenaw ISD,1819 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, $35 fee


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