Sunday, February 18, 2018

SIG Technology Coordinators


SIGTC is the MACUL Special Interest Group for all educators in technology leadership roles.  This includes district, school and classroom Curriculum & Technology Leaders. All educators concerned with the effective use of technology are invited to participate. SIGTC has addressed a variety of issues over the years. It has focused on technology-based professional development, integrating technology into the curriculum, technology planning and budgeting, trends in developing technologies and technology leadership certification.


2018 MACUL Conference
March 7 – 9, 2018

2018 MACUL ConferenceThis is the 42nd annual conference at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI.

0 to 365 – Get Up to Speed with Office
March 7 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Craig McBain, Director of Technology, Chippewa Valley Schools; Shavonne Smith, Microsoft Learning Consultant, Microsoft, Inc.

Office 365 is new all over! Get hands-on with the full suite of web- and desktop tools. Explore new features for distributing, collecting, and assessing student work. Learn about classroom ready tools including Teams, OneNote and the OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools, Sway, Forms, and more.

Participants receive a OneNote resource notebook.

Create, Support or Refine Your Own MakerSpace
March 7 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Amy Farkas, Middle School STEM Educator, Riverview Community Schools

How do you create, support or refine your own MakerSpace? Come learn how to create, support and champion your schools STEM classes using cheap and/or free resources embracing the Engineering Design Process while utilizing MakerSpace resources. If you are are STEM teacher or a coach, technology director, curriculum director that supports STEM, this session is for you.

G Suite Admin Console Best Practices for 2018 School Districts
March 7 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Chris Dawson, Tierney Brothers Michigan Account Specialist, Tierney Brother, Inc

Chromebooks have become powerful learning tools in education. In order to transform classrooms into an engaging, student centered learning space, administrators need to properly configure their G Suite domain. Come explore best practices with Tierney Brother Google Evangelists and your colleagues from across the Midwest. Session will be dynamic and will focus on class priorities.

Topics we will try and fit into the three hours session:

-Create and administer organizational units best practices
– Configure sharing settings, policies and reporting best practices
-Set up mobile policies and manage devices
-Design for security
-Configure and manage group settings

Performance Evaluations for Personnel
March 7 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Julie Gillespie, Deputy Superintendent, Ottawa Area ISD

Learn how and when to evaluate employees, what documentation should be placed in the employee’s file and what type of follow-up should be completed. Examine discipline, discharge, and the probationary employee terms.

Everyone Can Code
March 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Speaker(s): Jason Lewandowski, Account Executive (K-12), Apple Education, Apple Inc.; Will Cornwell, Systems Engineer, Apple Education, Apple, Inc.

We believe that coding is an essential skill. Learning to code unlocks creativity, develops problem-solving skills, and opens career paths. We think everyone should have the opportunity to create something that can change the world.

Join us to learn about Everyone Can Code, a new approach to coding that gives everyone the power to learn, write, and teach code. You’ll hear about the new Swift Playgrounds app that includes lessons for beginning coders. And you’ll explore curriculum materials K-12 that make it easy to bring coding into your school.

(This hands on session will include exploration of connected devices/robots with Swift Playgrounds.)

Google NDA
March 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Speaker(s): Peter Logli, Program Manager, Google for Education

Wouldn’t it be nice, if when your teachers return after MACUL18 and share all the cool new Google tools and resources they want to use, that you knew something about them already? Come see what Google has planned for your classrooms and district! (NDA: Non-Disclosure Agreement)

Time Management
March 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Speaker(s): Daryl Hofstra, Director of Transportation, Forest Hills Public Schools

Become a more effective manager by budgeting your time, identifying and assigning priorities, and establishing and achieving daily goals.

VR/AR Using CoSpaces Edu 
March 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Speaker(s): Amy Farkas, Middle School STEM Educator, Riverview Community Schools

CoSpaces Edu is your creative platform for all ages and subjects. It complements traditional teaching methods by immersing students into a world where they can create, consume and connect with the curriculum on a completely new level, even through the revolutionary visual medium of virtual reality!

If you are are STEM teacher or coach, technology director, curriculum director that supports STEM, this session is for you.

Space is limited for the pre-cons, so be sure to register early! They are not included in the conference package and must be registered for separately.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Immersion Day materials

  1. Intro to Cloud & EC2 (pdf)
  2. Storage on AWS (pdf)
  3. Networking in AWS (pdf)
  4. ID Security (pdf)
  5. Databases on AWS (pdf)