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Educational Technology Workshop

Enhancing Instruction with Technology
An educational technology workshop sponsored by 
Oakland University's School of Education & Human Services
Event Location: Oakland University Main Campus, Pawley Hall
Saturday, February 28, 2015   |   8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce our third Enhancing Instruction with Technology workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  

We are dedicated to bringing educators together to share knowledge and concerns about educational uses, and the implications, of technology in the classroom. Therefore, as part of our continuing efforts to serve the needs of Michigan K-12 educators in their professional development, we sponsor our annual workshop, which is known for its high take away value and for the practical knowledge and hands-on classroom experience of our presenters.  Our 2015 workshop will include an opening general session, 16 breakout sessions with a variety of educational technology topics, and of course, networking opportunities.

Goals of the Workshop
All attendees will be able to:

  • apply at least one new skill in regards to educational technology in the classroom
  • demonstrate leadership by modeling the use of educational technology to others in their district 
  • identify ways that educational technology can be used to support instruction and student learning, not interfere with it

  • Learn how to utilize cutting edge technology to enhance instruction in the classroom 
  • Leave with practical lesson ideas to use in your own classroom, including all ages/subject areas
  • Networking opportunities with other K-12 educators
  • Educators can earn 5 SCECHs
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided

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Please click on a presenter to view the sessions that will be available over the course of the two-day workshop.  Each session will be an hour & 15 min. in length to provide for instructional and participation time.


Dwayne Wessel

  • iPad Apps that will Educate, Assess and Inspire Elementary School Students 
    Are you tired of reinventing the wheel each time you teach a lesson? Do you want to reach the digital generation without losing them in a sea of distractions? This session will explore apps that are engaging and very user friendly and offer strategies to help you implement them effectively.  Participants will also have access to video tutorials to review the information we cover at their own pace. Topics will include: flipping instruction to maximize instructional time, user-friendly video editing within your iPad and iPhone and how to utilize the cloud for engaging and relevant instruction. 
  • Apps and Programs that get High School Students Ready for Digital Learning.
    Post high school instruction and assessment opportunities are changing and we need to change too.  This session will show you how to seamlessly integrate technology into your lessons with user friendly apps and programs that will address the learning styles of the digital learner. Rather than reviewing the latest and greatest we will show you strategies to help you determine which programs work within your teaching style and current trends in education.
  • SMART Boards/SMART TEACHERS (Introduction to the Smart Board)
    During this session you will learn how to provide your students with interactive lessons using the SMART Board as a platform. Participants will start with the basic features of the SMART Board and advance quickly into creative ways to enhance instruction with creative teaching techniques. 
  • The Data Driven Teacher
    will learn techniques to foster a culture of data collection within their teams.  Educators will be provided with instantly applicable resources to help address: behaviors, IEP goals and progress monitoring needs. Resources in this session will range from high tech to no tech.

Chris Stanley

  • Teaching and Learning in the Hybrid/Blended Classroom 
    Find out ways to create a vibrant and robust classroom environment that exists beyond the confines on physical walls. Learn new ways to have students express their understanding and engage in countless materials. By teaching a blended classroom, students practice higher order thinking skills through purposeful instruction. NO MORE WORKSHEETS! Come learn effective ways to engage your students and focus on their learning!
  • The Paperless Classroom – Designing a Meaningful Site 
    The definition of classroom has certainly changed throughout the years. Due to advancements in technology, the classroom and learning can be transported anywhere! This session will equip educators with different ways to engage learners in a digital environment (and save trees in the meantime), and learn to create a website that creates the possibility of learning anytime, anywhere! 
  • Becoming a Connected Educator Through Social Media 
    Learn to create your own Professional Learning Network through one of social media's most popular tools: Twitter. See how educators are making a difference and inspiring others in real time! Get your feet wet and discover how to become a connected educator. Whether you're a beginner or have been using social media for your own enjoyment, discover the greatest professional development available!
  • Competency Based Learning – Authentic Grading For Learners in the Secondary Classroom
    Can you really explain why Billy has a B- in class? With Competency Based Learning, teachers have the ability to gain a stronger understanding of where each of their students are academically throughout the semester. The Competency Based classroom ensures that learners not only achieve mastery in their coursework, but grants them an opportunity to prove their understanding in their own way. This session will show you how to frame your course around what’s most important – student learning.

Michael Medvinsky

  • Connecting to the Global Classroom
    Connecting learners globally is one way of engaging with the connected world. Designing collaborative projects that include the use of classroom and mobile devices connect the learners in your classroom to others in the world. This is one way of providing a global perspective. Rock Our World, a global collaboration, and apps such as VoiceThread, Edmodo, and Twitter break down the walls of our classrooms and invite-in other perspectives. Let's design experiences to join a growing culture of digitally literate learners.
  • Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
    Being a Connected Educator has positively affected my teaching and learning. Twitter has become a think-tank, professional development and an online support group. There are many ways of being connected. Pinterest, FaceBook, EduClipper, Edmodo, YouTube, and blogging are also ways of connecting to other great minds. Let's create and build a digital Personal Learning Network (PLN) together.
  • Giving Learners a Digital Voice (Digital Portfolios and Assessment)
    Student Response Systems, Digital Portfolios, and Gamification are all ways we can give learners a voice in our classrooms. Find ways to use Socrative, NearPod, Kahoot, Three Ring, TodaysMeet, Padlet, and Edmodo to formatively assess and provide a forum for learners voices to be heard. Three Ring, a website and app where I create digital portfolios, has changed the way I collect data and has provided a window into my classroom for parents. These digital tools are also a way for you to create a sandbox for learners to practice digital citizenship in a controlled environment. Learners have a digital voice, are you listening?
  • Emerging Technology in Education
    Emerging technologies continue to change the ways learners engage with information. Opportunities arise for leveraging emerging technology and pedagogy must shift to shape the next generation of teaching and learning. But emerging technologies are reshaping more than pedagogy. Lets explore and consider implementation of EdTech in today's classroom.

Lori Ferrington
  • Best Practices for Online and Blended Learning 
    Online and blended learning is becoming increasingly common in the K-12 environment. The unique needs and dispositions of K-12 students require a new examination of how online courses are structured and delivered. This session will feature practical suggestions for structuring blended or fully online courses. This honest presentation will discuss the good, the bad, and the challenging aspects of online/blended learning.
  • GoogleApps in the Classroom 
    Google Apps for Education is a suite of tools designed to help educators do more professionally and pedagogically. Built for collaboration and sharing, these powerful tools can help you communicate and collaborate with students, faculty, and parents. Learn how to effectively use Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, and more. This workshop is specifically geared for educators and will features practical classroom applications.
  • Right on! Google Add-ons!
    Fast-paced session on using Google Add-ons (formally Scripts) to maximize your workflow.  Explore these innovative tools from New Visions Cloud Lab (Doctopus, Goobric, and Autocrat) to bring better ways of working to everyone from the classroom teacher to the back office administrator.

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We are thrilled to have such an outstanding, diverse group of presenters this year.  Please click on a presenter's name to view their brief biography.  Each presenter's session title and description are posted on the Session Descriptions tab.

Dwayne Wessel, M.Ed. in Special Education with ASD
Dwayne is a lecturer for Oakland University and has extensive experience working with children afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dwayne has a Masters in Education (Special Education, autism endorsement).  He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Education studying cognition and learning. He holds teacher certification in both Ontario and Michigan, has been a classroom teacher and is currently employed as a Teacher Consultant for students with ASD ages 3-26 in Michigan.  Dwayne utilizes technology in his teaching methods as a way to support, enhance, and improve learning for individuals both on and off the spectrum.

Lori Ferrington, M.Ed. in Educational Technology
Lori Ferrington is a Technology Coach and Social Studies educator for Romeo Community Schools.  She is a Google Certified Teacher and has successfully implemented a 1:1 Chromebook program for two middle and high school buildings, grades 6-12.  She is a technology enthusiast who has previously presented at MACUL, various EdCamps, and Oakland University Ed. Tech. workshops.

Michael Medvinsky, B.S. of Music in Music Education
Michael (@mwmedvinsky) is a music educator who advocates the importance of transparent technology integration, social media, and global collaboration into an arts centered learning environment.  Michael received the 2012 Oakland County Elementary Teacher of the Year award and was also nominated for the 2013 Michigan Teacher of the Year award.  He is also a lecturer for Oakland University in Music Education Methods and technology integration. 

Chris Stanley, Ed.S. in Leadership
Chris (@StanleyTeach) is a 21st Century Teacher for Fraser Public Schools (A 1:1 iPad District). He assists staff in integrating technology into their lesson design and works on creating valuable professional development with his 21st Century team. Chris also has three years experience teaching a hybrid English class for students. View his work at

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The workshop is full.  Registration is now closed.  
  • Workshop Registration Fee: $75
  • SCECHs Fee: Additional $10
  • Parking is free on Oakland University's Main Campus
  • Lunch will be provided to all participants
For more information, please contact:
Andrea Lewis, Project Manager 
(248) 370-3996 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax

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State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, is a long-time advocate for integrating technology into K-12 education.  He is leading a discussion regarding the technology in education topic on Facebook now. 

“Technology, it’s ever-changing. The kids, they aren’t saying … ‘Slow down.’ They’ll take whatever I throw at them and use it to enhance core curriculum.” -Tasha Candela, 2013 Presenter

"We’re beyond the information age. Now we’re looking at what to do with all that information.” - Chris Stanley, 2014 & 2015 Presenter