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The Special Interest Group CREATE (Formerly SIGMM – Special Interest Group of Multimedia). The purpose of SIG CREATE is to foster creativity and innovation in the classroom, empower teachers to develop classroom communities that design, create, and problem solve.

Focus Areas:

Design thinking process
Engineering Process
Maker-centered learning
STEAM centered learning
Digital creation

Upcoming Events:

2019 MACUL Conference
March 20 – 22, 2019

This is the 43rd annual conference at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI.

Making Meaning Through Making
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Bill Van Loo, Technology & Engineering teacher at A2STEAM, Ann Arbor Public Schools and Sarah Van Loo, PLTW/STEAM Educator, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Led by experienced STEAM/STEM educators Bill and Sarah Van Loo, this session is aimed at educators who have been using design thinking and making in their learning environments and want an opportunity to learn from and dialogue with educators who have experience across the STEAM content areas. They will show examples of projects that integrate making in the STEAM disciplines, and give attendees a chance to dialogue about opportunities for instruction, integration, and student engagement through PBL and making.

Merge Cube: It’s best Apps, Tips, Tricks, Insights and Stories from the Classroom
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Leslie Fisher, director of
Join Featured Speaker Leslie Fisher to learn more about the Merge Cube! Do you have a Merge Cube? This class is all about the Merge Cube-what it is, how to use it, the people behind it and their future plans and how they adapted their company to look after their new found family of educators. We will also take a look at some of their newer educational apps and share some great Merge Cube stories from the classroom.

There’s Nothing Micro About the Micro:bit!
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
John Phillips, Educational Technology Consultant, Berrien RESA
Imagine there was a computer that could control your phone, become a robot, be turned into a virtual pet, be coded to be a digital compass, and play music for only $15. Welcome to the Micro:bit! This multifaceted device is perfect for everyone from the beginner to the expert. Come learn how you and your students can take on the projects mentioned above and SO MUCH MORE!! Join educational technology specialist John Phillips to learn about and easy and inexpensive way to get your students geeked about coding and programming. (Did we mention it’s FUN?).

Virtual Reality. Creating Virtual Reality
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Leslie Fisher, director of
Leslie Fisher returns again to the MACUL arena to share her expertise with Virtual Reality! You can create full 360 degree virtual reality images with everything from a mobile device all the way up to a camera designed just for VR. This session will be hands on and explore the variety of apps and devices that allow you to create your own Virtual Reality.

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For More Ways to Connect

  • Follow SIG CREATE on Twitter: @SIGCREATE_MACUL
  • Contact one of our officers listed on the right hand side of the page.

Teacher Feature

Our fall/winter SIG CREATE Teacher Feature is showcasing the work of Olga May-Henley from Flint, MI. Olga teaches third grade Science and Social Studies and tells her students, “We are Scientists and Explorers, and we get to use our minds and hands every day.” Olga has been teaching for 24 years and still loves the smiles on her student’s faces when they are learning!

She enjoys using storytelling and music and engages students in taking learning challenges. Examples of this include students build pumpkin chunking devices to code a Sphero ball and using Vex kits to design a robot. Her classroom encourages comfortable work spaces that allow students to ask questions and touch and feel learning objects. Flexible seating and plenty of floor space allow for building and experimenting in Olga’s classroom. We applaud this very passionate educator!

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