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  • REMC Presenters Fire-up the MACUL Conference! Submitted by Anne Thorp, PhD - Ottawa Area ISD - REMC 7 An inaugural event occurred at the 2016 MACUL Conference through the REMC/MACUL partnership. 15 presenters from the REMC Association of MI, RITS and teacher teams interacted with attendees over the course of nine sessions held at the DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids.Topics ranged from game design to digital stories, and collaborative projects to transforming meetings and professional development. Presenters were teachers, administrators, instructional technologists, and even students! Malena Schrauben from Portage Public Schools brought a team of middle school students who inspired participants with their humility, humor, and presentation of classroom projects revolving around programming and coding.All sessions were well attended with few seats left open ...
    Posted May 2, 2016, 6:53 AM by Melinda Waffle
  • How One C.I. Classroom Approached Robotics ... And What I Learned From Them Submitted by Joe Rommel - Berrien RESA - REMC 11 I learned today that the state of Michigan has 411 teams registered for the just launched FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics season.  California is in a distant second place with 258 teams.  The robots these teams create are designed, built, and tested by students to complete a challenge while competing against other teams.  They are impressive to see in person.  Maybe too impressive. I think that teachers often hear the term 'robotics' and believe they do not possess the skills needed to teach students this concept.  Some see a shiny finished product and forget the process involved.  Some are afraid to learn alongside their students.  And some ...
    Posted Mar 28, 2016, 6:50 AM by Melinda Waffle
  • More Meaningful Math Submitted by Craig Steenstra - Kent ISD - REMC 8 In order to understand math, you need to interact with it. Desmos and Geogebra may be the best tools for bringing math to life, and I want to share some features in these systems that make it easy for teachers and students to use them effectively. See below for more: Desmos (online graphing calculator on steroids) Search the pre-made activities on a wide variety of topics. You can post links for students to access without accounts, or you can sign up and tweak the activities for your purposes.When students have accounts, teachers have access to an impressive dashboard to use when facilitating activities. Here is a guide for the steps ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2016, 5:31 AM by Melinda Waffle
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