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September 17, 2018

Michael, Here’s The MACUL 2018 September Newsletter

Remember that MACUL regularly has a strong K-12 distance, online, and blended learning presence at their conferences, and within the organization as a whole.

2018 September Newsletter
Dear Michael,
We’re looking forward to our 18th Annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol on December 5. If you have an innovative student tech team you’d like to bring, apply today at
Registration, hotel booking and exhibitor information is now open and available at Register and book your hotel room early for #macul19.
And we look forward to seeing everyone registered for next week’sGoogleFEST!
MACUL Events
Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol
December 5, 2018
Michigan State Capitol building
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Bring a team of up to four students to demonstrate how they are applying technology in their learning.
We’d like an opportunity for more schools to participate, so again we are accepting one team per school and two teams per district.
Students are expected to prepare professional presentations that will be on display for legislators, business leaders and other citizens to see first-hand.
The deadline to apply is October 26, 2018.
September 17-18, 2018
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
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This is a two-day Google focused learning event for educators, taking place in Grand Rapids, MI. Attendees will get first-hand knowledge from Google Experts, multiple Google Certified Instructors, and Google using teachers. There will also be from 3-11 SCECHs offered.
Onsite registration will be available starting at 7:30am on Day 1 and 7:00am on Day 2.
2019 MACUL Conference
March 20-22, 2019
Cobo Center
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MACUL is excited to announce our event registration and hotel reservations are open. Take advantage of the early bird rate and book your hotel room early!
Workshops (Wednesday, March 20)
Attend a workshop for a in-depth, interactive, focused session that helps to extend your knowledge and strengthen your tech skills on topics including Computer Science, Google Classroom, Makerspace, Microsoft 365 Admin Training and more!
MACUL is exicted to partner with CSforALL to bring this unique Computer Science event to Michigan.
This October 6-8, 2018, the national computer science (CS) education community will convene in Detroit, Michigan at Wayne State University to celebrate progress on the CSforALL movement and announce new commitments to reach the goal of access to rigorous, inclusive, and sustainable computer science education for all US students.
We hope you’ll join us!
Membership – New System Launch
MACUL has a new event registration and membership platform called Configio.
The new platform will allow us to enhance our event and member experience. As we are transitioning, we need your help. We’re asking you to create a new account in the system. (Your old email through the previous membership platform will not work in this system until you have created a new account with it. )
By creating your account now, it will jump start your participation with MACUL events and resources. Please create your account by December 31, 2018.
MACUL Community
Our online community space is the digital home for MACUL resources, member highlights, trending topics, SIG information and much more. Visit today.
Are you doing great things in your classroom? Do you have a story that you would want other educators to know? Share your story with us! You could be our next member spotlight!
The Center for Applied Specialized Technology (CAST) defines Universal Design for learning (UDL) as “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” (CAST, 2018, para 1).
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Educator Central
Contest & Competitions
Grants for Tools to Implement Innovative STEM Projects
The application period for Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is now open. The program will award classroom grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to as many as 1,000 schools and parent–teacher organizations.
Opportunities for Recognition
Grants for Professional Practices to Improve Student Learning
The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership Grants support the professional development of current members of the National Education Association (NEA) by providing grants to Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development, such as institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research, as well as to Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.
Professional Development
2nd MI OER Summit
The Michigan Community College Association and Michigan Colleges Online is hosting the 2nd MI OER Summit on September 21, 2018 at St. Clair County Community College.
For more information and to register online go to:
Computer Science Learning Experiences
Students can combine the magic of making with the power of programming across a variety of different products using Microsoft MakeCode, a free, open-sourced platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.
Partner Information
ISTE No Fear Coding Lab
When it comes to CS, you have nothing to fear!
You’ve seen the way computer science accelerates innovative teaching and learning. You believe that empowering students to excel as critical thinkers and problem solvers through CS will create active, collaborative and lifelong learners. You know that for CS to have its full impact on a students’ education, it must also take a more central role in educator practice.
And for these reasons — you’re ready to build and accelerate your CS skills and knowledge at the first-ever ISTE No Fear Coding Lab in Detroit, Michigan, October 6-8, 2018. Participants at this intimate and one-of-a-kind learning experience will learn how to integrate CS and computational thinking across curriculum and walk away with resources and best practices from the field all while building a strong and supportive network of like-minded peers.
Register today! Space is limited:
Michigan Virtual
It’s compliance season! Explore our 50 FREE online compliance courses
We offer nearly 50 free online courses that meet compliance requirements for Michigan educators. Choose from courses on Seclusion and Restraint, Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR & First Aid Training, Sexual Harassment Prevention and more!
REMC Association of Michigan
The REMC Virtual Courses are free and open to Michigan school personnel. You can take courses “just to learn” or you can complete all assignments. SCECH credits are available for successful course completion.
Registration is now open for the October sessions.
REMC SAVE is new and improved!
Launching this past June, will help to create a more user-friendly experience and provide easier access to resources for all visitors.
We’re excited about the updated navigation process, as well as these exciting new features:
  • Help Center-The one-stop-shop for all things REMC SAVE. This is the place to go for help on all REMC SAVE resources!
  • Improved catalog better serves the schools we support
  • Improved search function – Makes items easier to find and help to eliminate frustrations.
  • Chat function – A new live-chat function will be available during high-traffic times to help answer any questions you may have.
  • And stay tuned for updates to SPOT…
We invite you to take the new website for a spin, and let us know what you think!
Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning | 520 S. Creyts RoadLansing, MI 48917

Journée Pré-Conférences COHERE Université Laval – Numérique Et Formation À Distance En Éducation Supérieure

See this Canadian-based conference focused on online learning in higher education.

Voir cette conférence canadienne axée sur l’apprentissage en ligne dans l’enseignement supérieur.

Journée pré-conférences COHERE Université Laval – Numérique et formation à distance en éducation supérieure

Une journée pré-conférences en marge du colloque COHERE (Canada’s Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research) se tiendra à l’Université Laval le mercredi 24 octobre. Le colloque aura lieu les 25 et 26 octobre.

L’Université Laval recevra les auteurs de trois publications influentes lors de cette journée :
– Noreen Barajas-Murphy (EDUCAUSE) : NMC Horizon Report présenté par EDUCAUSE
– Tricia Donovan (Association canadienne de recherche sur la formation en ligne) : Sondage national sur l’évolution de la formation à distance et de l’apprentissage en ligne dans les universités et collèges du Canada 2018
– Ron Legon (Quality Matters) et Richard Garrett (Eduventures): CHLOE (Changing Landscape of Online Education)

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September 15, 2018

The Clock Is Ticking!

The deadline for the call for proposals for the SITE conference is today.  Remember this is the only academic organization that has a specific unit focused on K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning.

Las Vegas, Nevada • March 18-22
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort
All submissions are due TODAY
by 11:59 PM Eastern.
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings & internationally distributed by
AACE | P.O. Box,
Waynesville, NC 28786

September 14, 2018

You Have A Few Days Left To Submit!

Note that the deadline is tomorrow.

Call Deadline:September 15, 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada • March 18-22
Planet Hollywood Resort
Who Attends SITE?
SITE is designed for:
  • Teacher educators in ALL disciplines
  • Computer technology coordinators
  • K-12 administrators
  • Teachers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Principals
  • All interested in improving education through technology
SITE is an international conference welcoming researchers from 40+ countries!
Special discounted hotel rates have been secured at the conference hotel, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Reservations must be made by:
February 20, 2019.
While in Las Vegas, join your fellow SITE attendees for the Newcomer Welcome, daily FREE lunches, SIG Meetings, poster sessions, our welcome party & more!
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings & internationally distributed by
AACE | P.O. Box,
Waynesville, NC 28786

September 13, 2018

SITE 2019 – K-12 Online Learning

A reminder of this up-coming deadline for the SITE conference.  As a reminder, SITE is the only research-based organization that has a unit focused on K-12 online and blended learning.

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education

Dear Michael Barbour,

This is a friendly reminder that proposals for the 2019 SITE International conference are due in two days! Please consider submitting a proposal related to K-12 Online Learning by September 15, 2018. For more information please check the following link

The K-12 Online Learning SIG is also looking for reviewers. Please sign up as a reviewer and specify K-12 Online Learning.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas in March!

K-12 Online Learning Chairs
Keryn Pratt and Jacqueline Zweig

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