Professional Development

As educators we are constantly fostering the growth of our youth. Let’s not forget to foster our own growth.

NETWON’S ROAD PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • Stop Motion Story Telling:
    • Teachers who attend this PLC session will learn the basics to stop motion through the art of storytelling. Teachers will gain the skill set and confidence to apply the technology in their classrooms using design, technology, and language arts concepts.
    • Details:
      • Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:30 pm -6:30 pm
      • Location: REMC Conference Room, 880 Parsons Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
      • Schechs: 1.5 hours, must attend both December and February meetings.
  • Introduction to MakerSpaces:
    • Come and learn how to apply Make to your everyday classroom! Are you looking for creative, hands-on ways to integrate history, language arts, computer science and engineering into your classroom? This professional development will cover all of these content areas and have a guided conversation about how you tie Make into your standards.
    • Details:
      • Friday, January 12, 1018
      • Location: REMC Conference Room, 880 Parsons Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
      • Schechs: 6
  • The Benefits of Play & Its Impact of Teaching & Learning:
    • Experience The Power of Play & Exploration first hand withProfessor Qwbli’s/Play With Purpose founder, J. Pine, as he plays you through the EMOTIONAL, AFFECTIVE, PHYSICAL,ATTENTION, LANGUAGE, SOCIAL & COGNITIVE developmental benefits of play and its impact on teaching and learning.Be ready to roll up your sleeves to play and have the best time you have ever had at a professional development workshop!By attending this workshop teachers will:
      • understand the benefits of play and its impact on teaching & learning
      • understand the significance of cognitive processing speed and how it affects student outcomes
      • learn how to use screen-free play in your classroom to enhance their students’ abilities to process information and make better decisions
      • understand how play impacts their STEM efforts· be inspired and be given the knowledge and tools to transform learning in their classrooms through The Power of Play & Exploration
    • Details:
      • Monday, December 18, 2017
      • Location: Professor Qwibli’s, 406 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684
      • Schechs: 1.5 hours, must attend both December and February meetings.
  • Re-imagine STEM
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    • Location: REMC Conference Room, 880 Parsons Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
    • Schechs: 1.5 hours, must attend both September and November meetings
  • Design STEM
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    • Location: REMC Conference Room, 880 Parsons Rd, Traverse City, MI 49686
    • Schechs: 1.5 hours, must attend both September and November meetings
REGIONAL
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  • REMC Virtual Courses: Professional Development through Social Media, Level 1
    • Discover and explore a range of social media tools and platforms to build a stronger and larger professional network in order to support professional growth and ideas for instruction. Participants are introduced to tools for professional and instructional purposes and encouraged to choose and explore a few specific ones more deeply.  Learn the benefits of tools such as Twitter, Google, Blogging, and commenting. For those who are new to social media or to using social media for work, this is for you! Build comfort and confidence using Social Media for professional purposes.
    • Course Outcomes:
      • Understand how using Social Media supports professional networking and growth.
      • Understand how to develop networks for people resources (experts) to support their instruction with students.
      • Design instructional experiences that supports students achieving learning targets.
    • Details:
      • Date: January 1, 8, 2018, You may begin anytime on this day
      • Schechs: 6
  • REMC Virtual Courses: Literacy Instruction and Technology: Foundational Elements, Level 1
    •  For the first half of the course, participants learn about the foundational elements of literacy development from kindergarten to high school and the importance of teaching critical thinking skills. The literacy component will affirm elementary teachers understanding of the developmental stages of reading and writing.  For secondary educators, it will help expand a deeper understanding of how students might struggle with reading content.  In the latter part of the course, an array of technology tools and resources will be introduced.  Differentiated examples of how to integrate technology for elementary and secondary  are shared.  Participants reflect how they provide critical thinking opportunities in literacy and design a lesson integrating technology and encouraging deeper thinking for their students.
    • Course Outcomes:
      • Review stages of decoding (reading) and stages of writing development.
      • Explore of elements of critical thinking in literacy lessons integrated with meaningful and appropriate technology.
      • Explore of the ISTE standards and Michigan Education Technology standards.
      • Apply knowledge toward the creation and delivery of a literacy lesson with technology integration.
    •  Details:
      • Date: January 1, 8, 2018, You may begin anytime on this day
      • Schechs: 6
  • REMC Virtual Courses: Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome, Level 1
      • Understand the different sharing options that are available.
      • Learn how to navigate the Chrome Web Store to find and install apps that meet the needs of your students.
      • Install, explore and utilize new Google Apps and/or Chrome extensions that enable teachers to leverage the impact that technology integration and Chromebooks can have in their classrooms.
      • Realize the transformation these tools can have on teaching and learning when access to information is seamless and ongoing, not confined to the school day or classroom. Google Apps for Education provides educators with an expansive repertoire of tools for empowering students and managing instruction. This course starts with the basics including how to create documents and share them with students, colleagues or parents. Participants will:
    • Course Outcomes:
      • Driving Question: How can I effectively use Google Apps and Extensions to support learning and collaboration?
        • Understand the potential and value of Google Apps.
        • Apply the use of Google Drive as a foundation for students working & learning.
        • Explore apps and extensions for educational purposes.
        • Outline ideas for using some apps/extensions in the participant’s work.
    •  Details:
      • Date: January 1, 8, 2018, You may begin anytime on this day
      • Schechs: 6
  • REMC Virtual Courses: The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)
      • 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 your learners.
      • Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.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:
    • Participants leave with 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.
    • Course Outcomes:
      • Examine the global initiative for the development and use of open educational resources.
      • Explore a variety of free digital libraries, media resources, professional networks, games, simulations, and apps for learning.
      • Discover tools that enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions for little to no cost.
      •  Create a lesson, unit, or project embedding the use of open educational resources.
    •  Details:
      • Date: January 1, 8, 2018, You may begin anytime on this day
      • Schechs: 9
  • METS RALLY
    • It is increasingly difficult for local districts to provide financial support (including sub costs) for local EdTech Leaders to attend this event. One of the goals of METS is to facilitate communication and collaboration amongst METS Group members. We feel that providing financial support for attending this annual event is one way we can bring our members together so that face to face communication and collaboration can happen.
    • October 16th 8 am – 3 pm
    • Winter Regional Meetups and Virtual Rally – February 9, 2018
    • Idea Slam – Wednesday of MACUL week – March 7, 2018
    • Leadership Steering Committee Retreat – May 19, 2017 and April 27, 2018
CONFERENCES
  • #GoOpen Summit
    • Learn about #GoOpen (see the flyer) and openly licensed educational resources (OER), discover how #GoOpen districts are using OER, learn about the work of the #GoOpen Michigan State Strategy Team, and begin the #GoOpen discussion in your building/district. The #GoOpen Michigan State Strategy Team is hosting a #GoOpen Summit at three sites across the State of Michigan.  Choose one – Michigan Science Center (Detroit), Marquette Alger RESA, Kalamazoo RESA
    • Cost: $30
  •  MACUL
    • The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is March 7-9, 2018 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.It is one of the Midwest’s largest educational technology conferences with 5000+ educators from across Michigan, the region, and Canada.This conference offers attendees an opportunity to explore new tools, discover the latest trends, gain valuable resources, network with like-minded educators, share lessons learned, and have some fun.
  • ISTE
    • ISTE 2018 is the place where educator-tested strategies come together with proven resources for transforming learning and teaching. It’s also the place to get connected to the brightest minds in edtech, then network with them all year long.
    • You’ll have more than 1,000 opportunities to personalize your learning and create a professional development path that covers what’s important to you. Want to learn by doing? Check out a BYOD. Want to ask questions of presenters? Attend an interactive lecture. Need to get really hands-on? Join us in a playground.
    • See why more than 16,000 educators count on the ISTE Conference & Expo for extraordinary PD!
  • LAUNCH Academy
    • When John and I wrote LAUNCH we always wanted to go deeper with design thinking. Since the book came out we’ve had the privilege of speaking at conferences, schools, organizations. and institutions around the country about design thinking. These workshops provide a deep dive into design thinking and give attendees takeaways they can use the next day, and empower educators to develop creative ideas into changes that will last.
    • Dates: July 26th and 27th (2018)
    • Registration Deadline: January 5, 2018
    • Location: Philadelphia, PA at The University of Pennsylvania
    • Cost: $499.00
    • During the two days attendees will get a variety of design thinking opportunities, including:
      • In-person work sessions with both A.J. and John
      • Taking part in new design thinking activities and challenges
      • Creating personalized activities, challenges, lessons, and units for your role
      • Diving into the research around design thinking and the practical applications for all areas of education
      • Collaborative round tables breaking down the biggest problems you are facing and coming up with creative solutions
      • A private online community to extend the learning beyond these two-days and connect with this cohort for a long time to come