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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.

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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.







3rd Annual Connected Educator UnConference

CES unconferenceA mashup of educational technology & conversation, this is an opportunity to get you moving with an innovative classroom! The #ConnectedEDU Un/Conference features active learning experiences alongside and led by innovative Michigan educators! NOW ONLY $20!

April 18, 2015, 8:00a-3:00p, Jackson Area Career Center, 6700 Browns Lake Road, Jackson

Click here for more information and to register. 

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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