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. Participants asked questions, collaborated with presenters, and each other, and came away with new and fresh ideas, strategies, and tools to incorporate into their own teaching and learning environment.
The REMC/MACUL partnership event for the 2017 MACUL Conference is already in the works!