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March 2016 Newsletter
REMC Association Brings Inspiring Sessions to the MACUL Conference

Nine inspirational sessions will be held during the 2016 MACUL Conference. These sessions are made available through the REMC Association/MACUL partnership formed several years ago to serve more educators throughout Michigan.

Classroom teachers and administrators who have implemented tools and learning gained through the REMC Association statewide projects lead our sessions at the MACUL “Engage Learning” conference. (

We invite you to come and learn through these sessions from experienced Michigan educators:
  • Amazing Multimedia Digital Stories
  • Exploring Online Games & Sims for Core Content
  • Collaborative Projects in the Elementary Classroom
  • Game Design in the classroom, It’s easy as pie
  • Classrooms Infused with Blended Tech Things
  • Tech Friendly & Tech Fun -- Standards, Assessments, & Projects for Middle School Success
  • Programming In The Content Areas: Anybody Can TEACH It!
  • Progressing 365 Degrees in the Classroom
  • Transform Meetings & Professional Learning from Sit ‘n’ Git, to Connection and Engagement!
We look forward to seeing you there and sharing new strategies, tools, ideas and resources with you.

Sessions are Thursday and Friday in River Overlook B and D at the DeVos Place.
21 Things 4 Students highlighted in statewide magazine

The REMC Association of Michigan's 21 Things 4 Students project was recently highlighted in InspirED Michigan, a statewide e-magazine focused on sharing stories of the positive things happening in Michigan's public schools. The article, 21 Things 4 Students program transforms tech-based curriculum, was featured in the February issue focused on technology in the classroom and showcased teacher Katie Grunow and her group of Malow Junior High students within Utica Community Schools. You can read the full article here and can subscribe to InspirED Michigan here.

Michigan Open Book Project

Started in 2014 as part of the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG), the MI Open Book project is designed to give kids a first introduction to the content that they will learn about in their social studies courses through downloadable source files (iBooks Authors and InDesign formats). This multi-year initiative anticipates developing additional open education resources for eight additional grade levels.

Funded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), the MI Open Book digital resources were created by teachers from around the state who are proficient in their content. They are edited and maintained by professionals from the field of social studies who include ISD consultants, university faculty and district curriculum leaders -- all who have extensive background knowledge in social studies instruction. These resources are a true collaboration of K-12 and higher education.

Below is an example:
The MI Open Book resources are compiled into versions for Chromebooks, Apple devices and Windows machines. The source files are also available to districts for ongoing usage and customization. There is so much more to learn about the MI Open Book Project. Go to: for more in depth information on how your district can use this project.
Books currently available for grades 4 through 6:
MI Moodle Moot 2016 a Success

Educators from throughout Michigan, as well as other states, gathered at Mid Michigan Community College in Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 7 and 8 for the fourth annual MI Moodle Moot.  This high-energy event provided participants the opportunity to learn best practices for using Moodle to support teaching and learning through hands-on workshops and breakout sessions led by experts from across Michigan as well as New York and Missouri.  A highlight of the two-day event included keynote speaker Michelle Moore, award-winning speaker and nationally renowned Moodle enthusiast. Feedback from conference attendees shows that educators appreciate the professionalism, enthusiasm, and supportive atmosphere surrounding the conference.  Resources from the 2016 Moot, along with past conferences, can be found at
In order to better accommodate schedules of busy educators, and to avoid weather-related difficulties, the MI Moodle Moot planning committee is considering hosting the next Moot during the summer of 2017.  Please bookmark and check it periodically for updates as plans progress.
If you’d like to provide feedback on the 2016 MI Moodle Moot or offer suggestions for the planning committee, please email Kay Hauck, conference co-chairperson, at
Upcoming Events
March 5, 2016, Ottawa Area ISD/REMC 7, Holland
Come experience a conference model built on collaboration. Free to anyone involved in education. Attendees will connect with each other on a professional level to share ideas, network and learn from and with each other. It will be a relaxed day of fun, eating, sharing, learning and meeting new educators.  Topics will vary in accordance to participant interests. At Edcamp “everyone” is an expert!
MACUL Conference
March 9 - 11, 2016, Grand Rapids
Recognized as one of the most comprehensive conferences on the uses of technology in education. The annual MACUL Conference draws over 5000+ educators from around the region. Learn more and register here.
SAVE Bid Project - MACUL Conference
March 10 & 11, 2016,  Grand Rapids

Stop by the REMC SAVE booth #300 or look in your registration bag for the game card and play “Be a REMC Superhero” on the MACUL exhibit floor.  There will be participation prizes and some really cool grand prizes.  Follow us on Twitter @remcsave!
Personalized Learning Conference
May 4, 2016 , Kent ISD, Grand Rapids

This event spotlights the importance of personalized learning and helps educators begin their journey towards personalizing education for every student.
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