Home MACUL Conference

10 Things at the MACUL Conference You May Not Know About

Tammy Maginity and Rushton Hurley taking selfies at the 2016 MACUL Conference.
MACUL Board member Tammy Maginity and Next Vista for Learning Executive Dir. Rushton Hurley taking selfies at the 2016 Conference.

Take Your Conference Experience to a Whole New Level!

Most people come to the MACUL Conference ready to attend sessions and visit Exhibit Hall. Although that will give you a great experience, there is so much more! Here are 10 things at the Conference you may not know about, but won’t want to miss! These will add a whole new dimension to your MACUL 2017 experience.

1. World Renowned Keynote Speakers

Don’t let late nights or wanting to go home early cause you to miss these incredible Keynote speakers. They are: Sir Ken Robinson, Jane McGonigal, and Jennie Magiera!

Opening Keynote – 8:15 AM –  MARCH 16
Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Creativity and Innovation and Author, Finding Your Element, The Element and Creative Schools

Friday Keynote – 8:25 AM – MARCH 17
World-renowned game designer, Inventor of SuperBetter, Author of NYT bestseller Reality Is Broken, and Advisor and affiliate researcher with IFTF

Closing Keynote – 2:30 PM – MARCH 17
Chief Technology Officer, PLAYDATE Co-founder, White House Champion of Change, Google Certified Innovator & Apple Distinguished Educator

Book Signing!
For the first time ever…. you have the unique opportunity to meet one of our Keynotes, Jane McGonigal in the MACUL Zone immediately following her keynote. Copies of her book will be available for purchase on site or bring your own!

2016 MACUL Zone sign2. MACUL Zone

Sponsored by Steelcase Education, NBS and Custer

When: Thursday, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Located in the center of Exhibit Hall

  • Use our props to take a selfie at the selfie station! Tweet or post your picture using the #MACUL17 hashtag.
  • Experience new classroom furniture and technology!
  • Take time to relax, make connections with your colleagues, expand your online Professional Learning Network, and charge your mobile device!

3. Check out the New Learning Labs

When: Thursday, 11:00 AM-1:25 PM
Friday, 10:00 AM – 1:25 PM
Where: Back of Exhibit Hall (Hall C Level 2)

Learning Labs are short, 25 minute demo style sessions by exhibitors displaying their products and services. Learn more about what’s new and what’s hot. You may get the inside scoop on the “next greatest thing”.

2016 MACUL Conference Maker Sign4. MakerSpace

Sponsored by STEMscopes
When: Thursday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and Friday, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Where: Atrium in Cobo Center and the Atwater LoungeCome to Makerspace #MACUL17 to create, invent, and learn. Bring ideas, expertise, or simply enthusiasm to this informal, collaborative environment that is designed to celebrate hands-on exploration and creation.

5. Student Showcase

Sponsored by Michigan Virtual University

When: Thursday, 11:00 AM–1:00 PM
Where: Atrium in Cobo Center
The Showcase features some of the top technology projects in Michigan. This event will highlight the best examples of the integration of technology into the curriculum. Students and teachers will be available to discuss their projects. Open to all conference attendees.

6. Poster Sessions

When: Friday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Where: Atrium in Cobo Center

New at MACUL! Introducing the MACUL Poster Sessions, an area with lots of educators showcasing their ideas, talents, and programs. Walk away with ideas fueled by the energy and passion of fellow educators in a short amount of time! Be sure to check it out!

7. MACUL Reception at the Punch Bowl Social

When: Thursday, 7:00–10:00 PM
Where: Punch Bowl Social, 1331 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

Get your fun on! Be sure to leave time to attend the MACUL Reception at Punch Bowl Social. Come enjoy fellowship with conference attendees as well as bowling, pool, and lots more activities. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Shuttle buses will run from the Marriott and the Crowne Plaza throughout the event.

8. MACUL GooseChase

If you haven’t heard of GooseChase, this is your chance to play and have some fun. There will be a GooseChase going on during the MACUL Annual Conference. GooseChase is an intense scavenger hunt platform for the masses. You can easily join public games or create a custom hunt for you and your buddies. With in-app rankings and photo feeds, it’s bold, crazy and highly addictive.

To join, download the GooseChase App and then search for #macul17win

GooseChase App9. Annual Meetings for MACUL and the SIGs

When: MACUL Annual Meeting is Thursday, 5:00 – 5:30 PM
Where: Room 140B

Join us before the MACUL Reception, and learn more about MACUL at the Annual Meeting. We will review MACUL’s annual report, and time will be available to ask questions and offer input into MACUL’s goals and objectives.

Check the app and program guide (page 13) for SIG Annual meetings and information.

10. Conference App and Hashtag

Follow along and find resources MACUL 2017 Conference Tags:
Twitter = #macul17
Instagram = #macul17
Facebook = Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)
SnapChat – Macul_edtech

Get the Conference App by going to the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or go to https://app.core-apps.com/macul2017 for the web based app.


(@tmag11): Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pennfield Schools in Michigan, MACUL Board Member and Past President.