Below is a video I made on Animoto from pictures I took while at MACUL this week. All pictures were taken with my Droid cell phone. I also blogged about my experience each day (Day 1 and Day 2) if you missed those posts!
Woo hoo! Day 2 for MACUL! If you missed my day 1 in review, check it out here.
For me, this was an exciting day as I had the opportunity to lead a session as well as co-present another. I lead a session on "Getting Connected with Google Sites." I snapped the pic below before my session really started filling up (yikes!). I was a little nervous as my session was at 8:30 in the morning and I was planning on audience participation. No need to worry though as I had a great audience who were attentive and asked some really great questions!
The second session I attended was by Rushton Hurley on "Technology and Staff Morale." He had some really great insight and shared some good tools (and videos of course!).
My third session was our GLPS Tech Team's group presentation on "Migrating to Google Apps." We had a pretty packed room and had many great questions about our experience and recommendations in migrating to Google Apps. It is always fun to share what we are doing and talk to others who enjoy our nerd speak :)
During the conference there was a photo contest with three different categories - Around Town, Conference Theme and Abstract. I submitted the following photo for the "Around Town" category and actually won! I never win anything, so I was super geeked when I found out!
I won this sweet wireless presenter!
This was honestly one of the best MACUL conferences I have attended. There seemed to be variety of interesting sessions, I was able to have some great conversations with people, and it was generally great to be around people who are passionate about technology in education. I am already starting to brainstorm ideas for what to present on next year...
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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