This year I am fortunate enough that I am able to attend the MACUL conference (held in Detroit, MI). Three of my team members and myself are presenting on different tools that we feel passionate about and how they impact the students, teachers and staff in our district.
We have had gorgeous weather so far, which is awesome for walking around the city!
The opening keynote was done by Rushton Hurley. I have seen him present several times before and continue to be amazed with his knowledge, sense of humor and passion for education. He always has neat tools and videos to share and you never leave without wanting to try something new or share something with someone else. My new tool that he shared that I can't wait to play around with more is UJAM. Pure awesome.
The first session I attended was on "Personalized Learning Through Student Choice." The presenters were very knowledgeable about differentiation and how student choice in the learning process can be a very powerful means of learning and assessment. They shared tools such as Impossible2Possible, Khan Academy, Lit2Go, Zamzar, Rock Our World and Apple's Challenged Based Learning.
Another session I attended was on "The Role of Leadership in a Technology Integrated Curriculum." This session was interesting for me because I work in a district whose superintendent fully supports technology and challenges teachers to step outside of their comfort zone to reach students in different ways through the use of technology and alternative learning methods. Already appreciative of administrative support, this session made me think more about those teachers that might not have administrative support and understanding of technology and how hard it might be to convince someone that technology is a tool that can help a variety of learners.
My afternoon was cut short a little early with a little family emergency and I am disappointed I wasn't able to sit in on more sessions. I am excited though for tomorrow to not only listen to other talented presenters, but also do a presentation myself!
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