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2015 UP MACUL  Conference

Kingsford High School

MAY 1, 2015

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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Friday, May 1
 

8:30am PDT

Keynote: Rebrand Digital Citizenship
The paper resume is dead. Our students’ modern-day resumes will consist of their unique online spaces. How are we, as their teachers, facilitating their online presence and teaching them how to be literate in 2015? Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. A “vaccination” approach to digital citizenship—having a one-hour conversation with students about the appropriate use of technology that they encounter only outside of the school—will not suffice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, need to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am PDT
Auditorium

10:00am PDT

#TeachNotBlock: Embracing Social Media in Education
If you don't believe that social media is changing education, you are lagging behind. When social media can change the course of an entire country, why wouldn't we believe it can do the same in education. Come see how social media can be used to improve communication within a community, build a PLN, break down walls, and build relationships with students and parents.


Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
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10:00am PDT

All About Quizlet!
This session is for all teachers in any grade and subject. It instructs you on how to use the Web 2.0 site Quizlet.com. This Web site is a free tool that allows for both the student and teacher to create quiz sets. These sets can then be utilized by all students electronically as flashcards as well as study and game modes. All materials in Quizlet are user-generated (teacher and/or student) and are accessible by anyone who visits the Quizlet web site. It is designed to fully embrace the BYOD. Quizlet allows students to interact with the sets in multiple ways including testing using written, matching, multiple choice, and true and false. It has a speller feature that speaks the questions to those who may require more auditory interaction. It has games such as Scatter and Race, each with timing mechanisms in case students want to compete with each other or even better their own times. It even allows an individual to create questions that contain pictures (paid version). This session will demonstrate how to manage and employ “sets” that you can administer to your students. It will also demonstrate how to use Quizlet’s Excel template for creating question banks that can be saved and later edited and then imported into Quizlet. Quizet is free to join. Create a free account today and join the Quizlet community. Bring your own mobile device(s) to the session if you want.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
203

10:00am PDT

CareerCruising in the Classroom
Careercruising is a popular for-pay online site used in many schools for electronic educational development plans (EDPs). State law requires the creation of these plans in the 7th grade, with a annual update each year until graduation. Potential usage includes eliciting interest for potential future careers, creating a concrete understanding of why they need to learn the material taught in your classroom and how it connects to college degrees, administrative planning tools and course predictions, and much more!

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
106

10:00am PDT

Creating Your Own iBook
Digital textbooks are exciting. Digital textbooks look fun. But they can also be a lot of work and a little intimidating at first. Apple has created a simple program titled "iBooks Author" that allows anyone, tech savvy or not, to create beautiful, interactive digital books that any student would love. And the iBooks can be viewed on any iPad or Mac and can be used in conjunction with iTunesU. iBooks aren't just for textbooks either. They can be a great final project for a unit or class, a way to show off a portfolio of work in a unique way, or even a simple starting point for budding authors in your class. A digital book can be a whole textbook, just one unit or chapter, a supplemental resource for a lesson, a culminating project, or even something to share with the community. After creating and publishing my own Algebra 1 textbook, I've learned how to start the process, what to look out for, how to add videos, photo collections, interactive widgets, and review questions, how to submit and publish your book through the iTunes Store, and much more. The most important question to ask yourself when starting to make a book is "what do I want a book to do?". Are you ready to ask that question for yourself?

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
211

10:00am PDT

Impoving Reading Skills Across the Curriculum with Acitvely Learn
Tired of assigning reading selections to students, only to discover they didn’t complete the assignment because they were uninterested or found it to be too difficult? Learn how to incorporate reading strategies while engaging students as they read, think, write and collaborate with Actively Learn. Search its online catalogue of both literary works and informational texts and learn how to personalize assignments with teacher annotations to guide students through the reading process and improve student comprehension. This is a great digital tool for any 7-12 ELA, Science and Social Studies classroom.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
209

10:00am PDT

Leading for Blended Learning
Join the MyBlend team as we dive into a discussion about what leaders need to consider when implementing effective blended learning strategies. This session will highlight emerging standards for blended instruction, lessons from recent blended learning research and what state-level policies are needed to move Michigan forward. Participants will also learn what blended learning looks like in classrooms throughout the state and what type of supports are available for school leaders as they begin to implement blended learning.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
105

10:00am PDT

PowerSchool: What's New
What is new with PowerSchool. Many Districts in Upper Michigan rely on PowerSchool for day to day operation of the school. PowerSchool has been improved dramatically and continues to grow. Come see what PowerSchool improvements you may have missed or are coming. We will look at version 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and a sneak peak at what is to come for Back to School in PowerSchool 8.4.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
201

10:00am PDT

ReThinking the Chromebook as A Creation Device
Chromebooks have huge potential in the area of creation. Unfortunately, they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. There are so many opportunities for creation on Chromebooks; we just need to rethink what creation looks like! This session will look at how you can redefine your classroom using Google Apps for Education and the Web using Chromebooks or even the Chrome Browser.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
Auditorium

10:00am PDT

10:00am PDT

Their Grades; Your Inbox
Many students email their homework to their teachers. What if students emailed their grades to their teachers instead? With the abundance of third-party interactive websites, grading should take no longer than the amount of time needed to open an email. Students complete an online quiz. They take a screenshot of their score, and share it on google drive or email it directly to their teacher. Teachers open the email, and transfer the score to a gradebook. Online games and simulations offer a similar opportunity. Students can screenshot a high score and submit it to the teacher. We'll review interactive, self-scoring sites from Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic, PBSKids, and more.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
103

10:00am PDT

Transforming Student Learning with Naiku: Getting Started
In this presentation I will demonstrate how to use Naiku to differentiate instruction. We will go over the basics of Naiku and look at some of the best learner-centric features offered.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
204

10:00am PDT

TRIG Updates
How do you make sure that your districts, students, and staff are benefiting from the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) in preparing for online assessment and learning? Join us for a presentation that will offer an overview of the vision, benefits, successes, and components of TRIG. Learn what you need to know about the future of TRIG so that your district can benefit from all that TRIG has to offer to sustain student success.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
100

10:00am PDT

Web Tools & Apps for the Classroom
We will be taking a brief look at some web sites and apps to help further instruction. We will be exploring tools to help communicate with parents, get student response, and look at some apps to document through photo and video.


Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 10:50am PDT
213

10:00am PDT

Mystery Skype Rocks!
If you've never Mystery Skyped before, you have to see this! In this session, we'll show you how you can participate in a Mystery Skype with your students and another school, anywhere in the world (within reason). Two classrooms connect with one another in a live video conference and ask one another questions to try and guess the opposing school's state, town, and even school name. Kids love it! So many valuable things are learned by everyone, it's hard to believe it can be this much fun! You will have the chance to actually participate in a live Mystery Skype with another mystery class, somewhere in the world! Join us! Any grade level.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 10:00am - 11:50am PDT
107

11:00am PDT

App Smashing
Come find out what App Smashing is all about. Join us to learn about using a combination of apps to incorporate Common Core Standards with hands-on learning. This session will help integrate Common Core Standards and Technology Standards in the classroom.


Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
102

11:00am PDT

Augment your Classroom
Learn about iOS apps that can bring pictures and video to life in your classroom. Be prepared to see characters come to life and videos appear out of no where. Augmented Reality can add a new twist to your classroom projects that will engage students in a way never before possible.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
211

11:00am PDT

Building Grit with Formative Assessment
Do your students lack motivation to complete multiple step problems? Have you seen students become overwhelmed and give up in your classroom? In today's world, students have to overcome many obstacles to be prepared for the 21st century. Students need grit to be successful into today's society. This professional development is dedicated in providing schools, classrooms, and school districts the newest web 2.0 formative assessment tools that allow teachers to give enforcement and feedback in a timely manner. Giving students feedback that is descriptive, timely, and reinforces effort can help prepare students for the grit that is needed for 21st century skills


Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
101

11:00am PDT

College Readiness: A National Dilemma
According to the National Center for Education Statistics(NCES) in 2013 90% of all college and university undergraduates had a non credit bearing class( NCBC) on their transcript. This is a rapidly growing phenomena and has resulted in much finger pointing as to who is responsible for the growing number of high school graduates who are seemingly unprepared for post secondary entry level courses in Mathematics and English. This past year the Monterey Institute for Technology Education, with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, released a free tool called EdReady which will not only measure a high school graduates level of college readiness, but the tool will also create a custom remediation course of study which allows college bound students to address deficiencies in Math and English prior to enrolling in college and being required to take and to pay for a NCBC. The tool can also differentiate the level of readiness requirements between different colleges and universities. This session will provide attendees a chance to see the impressive results of this tool during it's first year, learn how different high schools have implemented and customized the tool, and gain a deep understanding of how this tool can also address readiness for other levels of content such as the ACT, the SAT, or even Algebra 1. Session attendees will also have an opportunity to enroll themselves into the tool and measure their own proficiency in mathematics.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
106

11:00am PDT

Differentiate Your Instruction with Learning Bird
Kids learn in different ways. Teachers know this from experience. Teachers know that what will help each child really understand can be different. Differentiated Instruction has been heralded as the pedagogical strategy that finally accounts for this. The problem is that teachers don’t always have the time or the tools to tailor their instruction for all the kids in their class. Learning Bird is dedicated to helping teachers accomplish this enormous task and all you’ll need is an internet enabled device and a little creativity. If you bring both of those to this sessions, you’ll leave with practical, classroom strategies & resources to make learning happen for each child in your class.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
Auditorium

11:00am PDT

Engaging Students Using Google Classroom
Go hands-on with Google Classroom!  In this session, you will learn how to set up Google Classroom, create and post assignments, and utilize a variety of Google Apps to be an efficient and effective teacher.  In addition, you will learn about a Flipped Google Classroom and a quick way to grade assignments.


Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
105

11:00am PDT

Facebook Frenzy for Elementary Teachers
Learn how to create a digital window into your classroom using Facebook.This session will address the steps for creating a classroom page: getting started, setting privacy settings, using your page for parent communication, and sharing media. We will also spend time looking at examples of effective classroom Facebook pages.


Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
103

11:00am PDT

Formative Assessment 2.0
Formative assessment is a key component of a highly productive learning environment. Today's web 2.0 tools allow educators to quickly assess student learning and modify instruction to eliminate gaps, address misconceptions, and engage students. This presentation will introduce you to online tools that take formative assessment to the next level and provide you with the skills to utilize them.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
202

11:00am PDT

Genius Hour: Igniting Passions and Learning
What do YOU want to learn about today? When was the last time a teacher asked you that question? Well, I'm asking it of my students and I want you to ask it, too! Too often in today's fast-past, data-driven world of education, students are told what and how to learn. Teachers wonder why students lack independence and ownership of their learning. They wonder why students appear disengaged with the learning process. Could the answer to these musings lie in giving students the OPPORTUNITY to learn about something that interests them, to research something about which they are passionate, to set an unrealistic goal only to determine that what they learn about themselves in the process is more valuable than the original endeavor? Genius Hour provides students with TIME to do all these things. For one hour a week, students pursue a passion-project. Students can: build a robot that makes scrambled eggs, compose a symphony, develop an on-line business, sell creations to support a worthy cause, learn how to run a 10K, implement a Bully-Free program for school, restore a car engine, invent a Nacho Fork. Teachers of Genius Hour students report a transference of student engagement to nearly all subject areas because when students are provided TIME and OPPORTUNITY to become intrinsically involved in the learning process, students develop critical thinking skills, time management skills, inquiry skills, and life skills that transcend the four walls of any classroom.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
100

11:00am PDT

Interest in Pinterest: Using Pinterest in Education
Pinterest is a free virtual bulletin board where users can collect and arrange information from the web into different categories on the user’s boards. Pins can be shared and are searchable thus making it a great tool for virtual learning. Did you ever think about using Pinterest to organize your classroom and professional materials, find current information on education buzz words, instructional strategies, worksheet ideas, or how about having your students use Pinterest in your classroom? Bring your own device to this interactive session, set up a Pinterest account and get started on creating and organizing your own virtual bulletin board and start pinning lesson plans, ideas and tips that you can use it to enhance your classroom. This session is appropriate for all grade levels and subject areas.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
204

11:00am PDT

Sphero+Science+STEM= FUN
Come see a few middle school project ideas using a programmable robotic ball called Sphero. One specific project being featured in this session involves building bridges with craft sticks while incorporating Sphero. Sphero’s ability to swim will be challenged when students build a contraption to transport a load (pennies) across a small body of water. Students design, plan, budget, build and test. These projects can be adapted to any grade level. Come play with Sphero and see all the cool things you can do with this little robotic ball.


Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
209

11:00am PDT

The Shift from Compliance to Excellence: How to Build a Highly Effective Assessment System, Part 1: CANCELLED
Why do I need to know about Assessments? A test is a Test and Assessment is Assessment, right? What is the Purpose and Design of various assessments? As a School Board Member, Superintendent, Principal, Teacher, Student, how can I use this information as I serve in my district and community? Participants will understand why they should be concerned with assessment use in their district. Participants will become more informed about various assessment types, the data they give, and how they are designed/intended to be used.

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
201

11:00am PDT

Using Technology for Dynamic Thinking, Teaching & Learning
Art teacher presents how to use technology to make everyday tasks simpler, incorporate writing, technology, and marketing in your non core classes. Create electronic portfolios for students and teachers. Applies for K-12 teachers. A session about changing the way we think, not simply the tools we use but how we learn. Can be applied for core class teacher and specials teachers. Tools and concepts presented, useful for both 1-1 classes and working with minimal technology tools. Touch on evernote, portfolios, design thinking, using twitter/edmodo as an educational resource. Use weebly/iTunes U/ planbook to organize teacher material and make presenting lessons easier. 

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am PDT
213

12:30pm PDT

App Share
Join us for a fast-paced app slam, bring your best idea and share with others.

Friday May 1, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Auditorium

1:30pm PDT

Add Some STEM
STEM has become a popular buzzword in education. But adding some STEM to any classroom doesn't need to involve special programs or funds. With a few simple ideas, some creativity, and a culture of collaboration at your school, you can add some STEM to any classroom, any grade, and any school. At the same time, you'll get your students excited about learning as they begin to see more connections between their learning and the real world. I've been recording a podcast entitled "STEM Everyday" for Remarkable Chatter for over a year, each episode highlighting ways that I and others have put STEM into the everyday classroom. The ideas range from having a "link of the day" that's a current event or website that relates to STEM in the real world, to encouraging English or history teachers to have students interview senior citizens or relatives to find out about the technology they've seen or experienced in their lives. I believe that every teacher is a STEM teacher. With a little motivation and direction, we can start to see the STEM around us and bring it into our classrooms.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
213

1:30pm PDT

All About Socrative!
This session is for all teachers in any grade and subject. It instructs you on how to use the Web 2.0 site Socrative.com. This Web site is a free tool that lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on computers, tablets, laptops, and smartphones. It is designed to fully embrace the BYOD concept while emulating a clicker based environments. It utilizes real time questioning while giving instant result collections and visualization allowing you the teacher to gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners. Quiz results can be saved into reports for grading or the demonstrating of student growth. This session will demonstrate how to manage and employ “quizzes” that you can administer to your students. It will also demonstrate how to use Socrative’s Excel template for creating question banks that can be saved and later edited and then imported into Socrative. Socrative is free to join and has mobile apps for both teachers and students. Create a free account today and join the Socrative community. Bring your own mobile device(s) to the session if you want.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
203

1:30pm PDT

An Elementary Classroom in the 21st Century
Are you looking for new and creative ways to incorporate technology to enhance learning in an elementary setting? Join the discussion on great ways to integrate technology into your classroom in grade K-4 and increase engagement. We will discuss how to use tech, discover free creative apps, project ideas and more.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
202

1:30pm PDT

Appily Ever After!
Bring your iPad and explore a variety of apps where students learn to tell their story through videos. This session will demonstrate how students can create new stories, explain processes and find their most confident voice in the classroom through videos and tech communication. Discover possibilities for integrating technology to cultivate a positive and collaborative culture. Walk away with manageable methods for integrating technology into the curriculum and project ideas for the future.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
107

1:30pm PDT

Bring Learning to Life with Augmented Reality
Nowadays everybody is talking about AR but it may not be the AR you think. Augmented reality is going to change the world like we have never seen before. Be amazed and astonished at what augmented reality can do. If you have never seen augmented reality in action, be prepared to be blown away by the hands-on demonstrations. Learn simple ways to use it in your school and classroom today!


Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
100

1:30pm PDT

Edutainment
Discuss the topic of Edutainment, which involves classroom activities that are educational as well as entertaining to students. We will explore websites that can be used as forms of edutainment as well as ideas to incorporate into any classroom. This can be applied to any age group and content area.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
216

1:30pm PDT

Getting Creative with Chromebooks
Looking for some new tools to add to your arsenal? Prepare to hit up the bargain bin and stock up for the fall! In this session we will explore digital storytelling, interactive pictures, engaging presentations, and add a little multimedia twist.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
Auditorium

1:30pm PDT

iPad Technology for Dummies
New to the technology world and feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. We are here to help! Join us to learn the basics of integrating technology in your elementary classroom. Whether you are wondering how to turn on and connect to a projector or trying to figure out what to do with an iPad we have ideas for you. Even kindergarteners are not too young and technology does have a place in your classroom. We will share iPad apps and websites for classroom organization, student interaction, gaming and learning. Through our presentation, we will guide teachers who are new or uncomfortable with technology. We will inspire those with minimal technology to move forward. We will share ways to integrate iPads into the curriculum and see the possibilities in an elementary classroom.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
102

1:30pm PDT

Kahoot & Quizizz
We will be showing the formative assessments of Kahoot and Quizizz. We will show samples of both and have you will have a chance to create your own formative assessments and see how user friendly they are!


Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
103

1:30pm PDT

March 2 Success: Free Tool for Multiple Test Preparation
A presentation that provides a unique insight into military education. To have a strong future, the U.S. Army provides all employees with a large selection of educational programs and benefits. Now the Army is extending that commitment to education to young adults still in school. March 2 Success is a FREE website providing our users access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college entrance exams, military entrance exam (ASVAB) and others. Our content includes self-paced study programs in Math, English, and Science, with a focus of materials on grades 8-12. The High School Math and Verbal Skills course and College Readiness online course each start with a pre-assessment test, using the results to generate a custom learning path. The learning path includes interactive lessons, quizzes, and additional practice tests. The High School Science Hub provides lessons and practice tests in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. We provide materials to help prepare students for college and a series of videos to simplify processes. We provide customized lesson plans, allowing students to skip through what they already know. The programs can help students with their grades, state required exams or as refreshers. March 2 Success provides educators with a tool to help their students. March 2 Success provides full-length practice tests for both the SAT and ACT. We provide a video series to help students understand the college admissions process and insight into financial aide.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
105

1:30pm PDT

Online Tools to Help Measure Student Progress & Growth
We will explain how to use two online tools that are helpful in measuring achievement and growth.


Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
101

1:30pm PDT

Teach Students How to Write A Story Using LEGO
Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comic software while addressing core standards. Hands-on-Elementary session.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
209

1:30pm PDT

The Shift from Compliance to Excellence: How to Build a Highly Effective Assessment System, Part 2: CANCELLED
Why do I need to know about Assessments? A test is a Test and Assessment is Assessment, right? What is the Purpose and Design of various assessments? As a School Board Member, Superintendent, Principal, Teacher, Student, how can I use this information as I serve in my district and community? Participants will make the connection between using the best assessment type/data for the specific purpose(s), especially why longitudinal growth data is so important when wanting to know “how are we doing?” Participants will be provided with specific steps and resources to take action.

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
201

1:30pm PDT

Transforming Student Learning with Naiku: Taking the Next Steps
In this presentation I will highlight some of the basic features within Naiku and dig deeper into the leaner-centric aspects of Naiku.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
204

1:30pm PDT

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Using Technology to Improve Producitivity
Not enough time in the day? Learn about technologies and strategies that will help you become more productive and work smarter, not harder.

Speakers

Friday May 1, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
106

2:30pm PDT

Closing Ceremony & Giveaways
Join us for closing remarks and a chance to win some great prizes, including an iPad Air 2 & Case!

Speakers
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Mark Smith (Tentative )

Dr., MACUL
Mark Smith, serves as the Executive Director of MACUL, which is a premier affiliate of ISTE and an educational non-profit committed to igniting learning through innovation and collaboration across all levels of education.Smith, oversees a 23,000 plus member organization that supports... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Auditorium