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REMC Microcredential Program

REMC Microcredential logoThe REMC Microcredential Program provides educators with digital, shareable acknowledgment of professional learning. Earning a microcredential certifies that you have learned new skills and applied them to positively impact your teaching practice and student learning in your classroom.

Ways you might use a microcredential include:

  • Demonstrate qualifications in a non-certifiable teaching area, such as Computer Science
  • Provide evidence of continued mastery in the profession of teaching, which is often shared and documented during the evaluation process 
  • Exhibit application and reflection of learning within classroom practices

Microcredential Pathways

REMC offers a variety of Microcredential pathways.  Each pathway is designed to focus on unique competencies to strengthen student learning through technology integration. Current pathways are listed below with a link to learn more.

Earning a Microcredential

The process of earning a REMC Microcredential for any of these pathways involves: 

  1. New learning
    Complete a minimum of 27 hours of learning related to one pathway.
  2. Application of learning
    Apply your new learning in your practice.
  3. Reflection on learning
    Reflect on your learning and growth, specifically areas where you worked through barriers or failure, or where you had new experiences.
  4. Demonstration of change in practice
    Submit an artifact that demonstrates your growth through this process.

All REMC Courses and REMC Workshops are part of at least one Microcredential Pathway.  

REMC Catalog of Professional Learning Events

  • 26 Jan
    • PLAYDATEMI: MEMSPA 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      PLAYDATEMI: MEMSPA
      Date: Jan 26
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      The PLAYDATEMI: MEMSPA virtual workshop is for all Michigan educators who are interested in spending a couple hours to learn from each other around current topics in education. Together, we will discuss hot topics in leadership, the newest technology tools for success, creating personalized and effective professional development and emerging trends. There are no presenters, no experts, and no agenda. Simply time to play, tinker and explore all at no cost! 
  • 7 Feb
    • Deeper Learning through Developing Master Students of Collaboration and Communication
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:01 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Collaboration and communication are critical life skills used at home, school, and work. Teach students how to use these skills to succeed at home and in school. Improve classroom management as students take ownership of learning in partnership with teachers. The course is designed to promote positive change in instructional practice and support teamwork.

    • Formative Assessment Tools that Support Teaching and Learning
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:01 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Get ready to utilize free, online formative assessment resources in your classroom. Explore how technology and formative assessment methodologies can provide teachers with the tools to adapt to the changing needs of learners. Learn how online and paper/pencil tasks can uncover misconceptions, provide mastery of content, and support the learning process. Investigate research-based approaches to improve instruction and guide students to success.

    • Digital Citizenship - Practical Implementation
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      In a digitally connected world, students need guidance to navigate the world safely and professionally. Learn the ISTE indicators for Digital Citizenship to build a knowledge foundation. Present practical applications for students. Guide students in developing plans to navigate high speed communication, job opportunities, social media, personal security and more.

    • Dynamic Presentations 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Dynamic Presentations
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Learn best practices for using a variety of presentation applications. Gain dynamic performance insights.  Build your presentation confidence! Learn about the different presentation programs available for FREE to educators and students. By the time the course is done the participant will have either enhanced a presentation created beforehand or create a new presentation to share with students or colleagues. Learn how to connect with your audience by using polling, interactives, video and images from the public domain.


    • Increasing Efficiency and Productivity
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Become more productive, efficient and organized in your professional and personal life. Increase and improve productivity using apps and other simple technology.  In this independent learning unit, we introduce applications that are tried and true. Learn how to use them with students and in classrooms.  Tech Tip: When selecting an app, learn to use it regularly. For example, update and check a calendar each day. Or create tasks in a list app, then complete and check them off.  Tech Tip: Don’t try using everything at once. Start with one or two applications and then add more as needed.


    • Leading a Culture of Change in your School
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Explore the essential needs of Leadership and Culture. This course is designed for school, district, and teacher leaders who wish to implement a change effort in their school or schools. Leaders is a broad category, and can include coaches, teachers, technology specialists, aspiring leaders, or other interested in supporting school change.  This course will focus on technology initiatives and other ideas that incorporate change.

    • OER: Student-Designed OER for 21st Century Learning
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, high quality, openly licensed educational tools that can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. Explore processes for engaging students in designing resources within the OER format to meet the needs of educators and their students through innovative practices such as Project Based Learning and Authentic Learning Experiences. This practice supports students' growth in the MITECS

    • OER: The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed, high-quality tools that allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. In this course, participants will:

      • Build an understanding of OERs.   

      • Discover ways to use OER to differentiate instruction.

      • Learn where to find free image and audio resources, online books, videos, audiobooks, interactive simulations, game-based learning, lesson plans, textbooks, online courses, and much more.

      • Explore how to use OER to develop or enhance a unit, lesson, or project to meet the diverse needs of learners.

      • Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.

      Participants create an authentic lesson, unit, or project that uses an OER to enhance student learning. Participants also develop a plan for creating an OER that fills an unmet need in their professional practice.

    • Searching Safely and Strategically
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      It has become essential for teachers and students to know how to search safely and efficiently to retrieve reliable information. The course provides educational database links to safe, accurate sites. Participants will also learn to evaluate information from the internet to determine its authenticity. Participants will also leave with a good grasp of what is available in Michigan eLibrary; FREE resources for every resident in Michigan.

    • Transforming Education - Maker Movement
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager write, in Invent to Learn, a book that some call the "maker in education bible" "Maker classrooms are active classrooms. In active classrooms one will find engaged students, often working on multiple projects simultaneously, and teachers unafraid of relinquishing their authoritarian role. The best way to activate your classroom is for your classroom to make something."
      In this introduction to the Maker Movement you will learn about the resources and techniques that teachers are using in the classroom to transform their classrooms and educational environments so that they emphasize making, inventing and creativity.

    • Esports Academy 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Esports Academy
      Date: Feb 7
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Jackson County ISD
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Day 1: Intro to Scholastic Esports - What is esports and how can it be used to engage students in the school community? Club Activation Mechanics - Starting a club in your school, marketing, parent information, team affiliation and registration. Steps to Successful Club Start-up. Club Structure, Club Charter & Governance - Providing roles for a variety of student strengths and interests **Lunch** Club Culture and Activities that Promote It - Esports as a team activity, engaging parents and the school community.  Getting Ready for Competition - Structuring practice, coaching tips, managing student players
      Day 2:General Manager Teach-back / Club Format Review. General Manager Presentations - Updates and feedback from participating schools. Best Practices - How to make the most of student participation going forward, structuring summer engagement/practice **Lunch** Best Practices Continued - How to make the most of student participation going forward, structuring summer engagement/practice. NASEF Closing Presentation
       
  • 8 Feb
    • Esports Academy 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Esports Academy
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
       Day 1: Intro to Scholastic Esports - What is esports and how can it be used to engage students in the school community? Club Activation Mechanics - Starting a club in your school, marketing, parent information, team affiliation and registration. Steps to Successful Club Start-up Club Structure, Club Charter & Governance - Providing roles for a variety of student strengths and interests
      **Lunch Break**
      Club Culture and Activities that Promote It - Esports as a team activity, engaging parents and the school community. Getting Ready for Competition - Structuring practice, coaching tips, managing student players
      Day 2:General Manager Teach-back / Club Format Review. General Manager Presentations - Updates and feedback from participating schools. Best Practices - How to make the most of student participation going forward, structuring summer engagement/practice
      **Lunch Break**
      Best Practices Continued - How to make the most of student participation going forward, structuring summer engagement/practice. NASEF Closing Presentation
    • K-12 Military Awareness & Preparation eResources in MeL
      Date: Feb 8
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      In this course participants will explore the eResources (databases) in the Michigan eLibrary available for elementary and secondary students with a keen eye toward all things related to the United States military. With rich content in PebbleGo, Britannica, eBook K-8 Collection, eBook High School Collection, Primary Search, MasterFILE Complete and LearningExpress Library, students at all levels can read, listen and view resources to give them a better understanding of what it takes to enter each branch of the military and what the expectations are once they are accepted.

      5 SCECHs available upon successful completion of:

      • 2 hours - participants will participate in two webinars covering the eResources available in MeL that can support K-12 Military Awareness & Preparation:
        February 8, 2022 7:00-8:00pm (Webinar)
        February 15, 2022 7:00-8:00pm (Webinar)
      • 1 hour - participants will participate in an online discussion
      • 2 hours - participants will apply what they have explored/learned by creating an activity that uses at least one of the eResources in MeL
       
  • 9 Feb
    • Esports Academy 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Esports Academy
      Date: Feb 9
      Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
       Day 1: Intro to Scholastic Esports - What is esports and how can it be used to engage students in the school community?
      Club Activation Mechanics - Starting a club in your school, marketing, parent information, team affiliation and registration.
      Steps to Successful Club Start-up
      Club Structure, Club Charter & Governance - Providing roles for a variety of student strengths and interests
      **Lunch**
      Club Culture and Activities that Promote It - Esports as a team activity, engaging parents and the school community
      Getting Ready for Competition - Structuring practice, coaching tips, managing student players
      Day 2:General Manager Teach-back / Club Format Review
      General Manager Presentations - Updates and feedback from participating schools
      Best Practices - How to make the most of student participation going forward, structuring summer engagement/practice
      **Lunch**
      Best Practices Continued - How to make the most of student participation going forward, structuring summer engagement/practice
      NASEF Closing Presentation
  • 11 Feb
    • Intro to OER 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Intro to OER
      Date: Feb 11
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      In this session you will gain an understanding of what OERs “are” and “are not”, explore different types of resources that are OER, and learn how OERs fit into Creative Commons licensing allowing for free use by you.
    • Using #GoOpen Michigan 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Using #GoOpen Michigan
      Date: Feb 11
      Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      In this session you will learn what #GoOpen Michigan is, how to use the site including various ways to search effectively, and explore the repository for resources useful to your classroom.
    • Understanding OER Licensing
      Date: Feb 11
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      In this session you will explore Creative Commons licensing in more depth, along with how OERs leverage that licensing, and choose and create a CC license for your own use.
  • 14 Feb
    • Revise & Remix OER 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Revise & Remix OER
      Date: Feb 14
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      In this session you will explore what it means to both revise and remix OERs to develop new customized content for your classroom.
    • Creation & Publishing OER 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Creation & Publishing OER
      Date: Feb 14
      Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      In this session you will explore the steps for creating your own OERs, then learn how to publish your work on #GoOpen Michigan
    • Student Content Creation & Understanding Author Rights
      Date: Feb 14
      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      In this session you will learn reasons to have students create OER content, about OER from the student perspective, and publishing OER content for a targeted audience.
  • 17 Feb
    • Introduction to Minecraft: Education Edition
      Date: Feb 17
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Minecraft: Education Edition is a game-based learning platform that builds skills, unleashes creativity, and engages students in collaboration and problem-solving. This course shows how to navigate in Minecraft and access a wide range of lessons plans, mapped to grade level and curriculum standards in a variety of subjects. We’ll also touch on specific features designed for the classroom including accessibility options, assessment tools, and other settings.
  • 24 Feb
    • Microsoft OneNote for Educators
      Date: Feb 24
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      The ultimate tool for classroom organization, OneNote enables you to organize your lesson plans and course content in your own digital notebook, ensuring you keep track of every assignment and flash of inspiration. With a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities, OneNote for Education empowers students to create their best work.
  • 25 Feb
    • Discovery Interactive Event 12:00 AM to 12:01 AM
      Discovery Interactive Event
      Date: Feb 25
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:01 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Hours

      Description

      1

      Discover Resources in Discovery Education Interactive Course


      • Reflection question on topic

      1

      Engage Students in Discovery Education Interactive Course


      Reflection Questions on topic

      1

      Explore the Student Experience in Discovery Education Interactive Course


      Reflection Questions on topic

      1

      Designing Digital Lessons with Studio Interactive Course


      Reflection Questions on topic 

      1

      Course Reflection and Application Segment

  • 3 Mar
    • Microsoft Accessibility for Education (Inclusive Learning Tools)
      Date: Mar 3
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Every student is unique, with different strengths and abilities. Inclusive classrooms honor those differences, and Microsoft has created tools to support them. This 100-level training for educators introduces Microsoft Learning Tools, a set of inclusive features available in a wide range of apps and platforms that assist all learners in reading, writing, math, and communication.
  • 7 Mar
    • Making the Most of Your Google Classroom
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:01 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Google Classroom is an easy way to organize and distribute your classroom assignments. You can even share documents through Classroom and create a two way conversation between you and your students. Learn all the ins and outs of Google Classroom and the many ways you can integrate multiple applications into Google Classroom. (e.g., Geogebra, Discovery, Flipgrid, edPuzzle, etc.) Learn how to add and grade assignments, post daily warm-ups, add parents and guardians, and much more!

    • Coding in the Classroom 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Coding in the Classroom
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Coding is becoming an essential classroom skill. It inspires critical thinking, engages students' problem-solving skills and promotes creativity. By combining coding and technology to tell stories and create, STEM becomes STEAM! Teachers and students can learn to code using several introductory coding programs designed for K-12 students. We will introduce several free coding platforms, hardware, plus teaching strategies and lessons so that participants will be comfortable coding by the course conclusion.




    • Foundational Elements of Literacy Instruction & Technology
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Learn the foundational elements of literacy development from kindergarten through high school, combined with the importance of teaching critical thinking skills. Elementary educators will gain an understanding of the developmental stages of reading and writing. Secondary educators will uncover why some students struggle with reading content. Experience differentiated technology integration. Discover new technology tools and resources to aid teaching.

    • Gamification for Student Engagement & Learning
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Student engagement is a key element for learning and academic achievement. Gamification is a system of tools such as badges, achievements, levels, and leaderboards to engage participants. Explore how to combine strategies to inspire students to practice, study, and learn more academic content. These gamification strategies result in increased student-led learning, critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem-solving.

    • Media Literacy Toolkit 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Media Literacy Toolkit
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      In today’s world, young people are bombarded with media messages in a variety of formats. Help learners access, analyze, evaluate, create, and participate with these messages. To support students as they become critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active participants in society, it is crucial for them to learn how to effectively navigate all forms of media. Using REMC’s Media Literacy Toolkit, participants will build knowledge, discover resources, and create practical applications to integrate media literacy in various grade levels and/or content areas.

    • Media Literacy: Fake or Real? 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Media Literacy: Fake or Real?
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Which media sites are reporting the truth? How to discern the difference between real and “fake” or false information? More importantly, can students differentiate between real and fake news? Most children have a difficult time discerning between what is real or fake, how to differentiate between an advertisement and a news article, and identifying where they got their news. We need to stop the cycle of passing forward news and information that has not been substantiated. This course will help educators and their students become smarter consumers and producers of information.

    • OER to Support Early Literacy 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      OER to Support Early Literacy
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, high quality, openly licensed educational tools that can be retained, reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed. Participants will learn about, explore, and implement OERs to support early literacy initiatives. These resources may include Read Aloud, Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Letter/Sound Recognition, and Emergent Writing Tools; Tools for Enhancing Dramatic Play; Lesson, Unit, and Project Plans; Screening and Assessment Tools; Early Childhood Books in the Public Domain; Interactive Simulations and Game-based Learning Programs; Online Course Curricula and Professional Learning Programs (for teacher support); and Tools for Supporting ELL and Special Populations. Additionally, the course will build upon the Michigan Department of Education's Essential Instructional Practices for Early Literacy.

    • Practical Differentiated Instruction
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Explore the instructional strategies that support diverse learners. Learn the six elements of differentiation. Understand common language for implementing practical differentiation. Impact success through thoughtful and intentional planning and implementation.

    • Using GSuite Tools to Design Authentic Learning Opportunities
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Learn to use the SAMR model and the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) framework to make technology integration and use decisions. Explore using Google Classroom, Meet, Slides and Forms to design remote and blended lessons. Create authentic learning activities promoting critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, agency and voice.

    • Using SeeSaw to Inspire Learning
      Date: Mar 7
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      SeeSaw creates a powerful learning loop between students, teachers, and families and can support remote learning, too. Students use built-in annotation tools (like draw+record, collage, video, and more) to capture what they know in the way that works best for them within Seesaw’s digital portfolio. Teachers gain insights and understand student thinking and progress — enabling them to teach better. Families connect by gaining a window into their student’s learning and engage with school happenings.

  • 8 Mar
    • 6-12 Military Awareness & Preparation eResources in MeL
      Date: Mar 8
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      In this course participants will explore the eResources (databases) in the Michigan eLibrary available for secondary students that address all aspects of entering and participating in the United States military. While we will look at databases with eBooks and articles, the primary content will come from the LearningExpress Library. In this resource students can learn extensively about each branch of the military, take ASVAB & CFAT practice tests, and understand different occupations that can be pursued after time served in the military.

      3 SCECHs available upon successful completion of:

      • 1 hours - participants will participate in a webinar covering the eResources available in MeL that can support 6-12 Military Awareness & Preparation on
        March 8, 2022 7:00-8:00pm (Webinar)
      •  1 hours - participants will participate in an online discussion
      • 1 hours - participants will apply what they have explored/learned by creating an activity that uses at least one of the eResources in MeL
       


       

For more information email:

Melinda Waffle
Coordinator