Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Gearing up for @MACUL #MACUL

I'm super excited for my state tech conference (MACUL) this week. Starting Monday, I'll be surrounded by some of the best and brightest Michigan has to offer in the way of educators in technology. I love flipping through the conference book and circling all of the sessions I want to go to, knowing there are not enough hours in the day to do so.

It's funny for me to think that I have been to more ISTE conventions than I have MACULs. I entered the edtech game late and the state conference was not on my radar. Everyone on Twitter was talking about ISTE and that was my only focus. I'm bummed that I didn't attend more MACULs. I really could have learned so much from so many diverse teachers from around this great Mitten.

I have seen that other states have had their conferences and have followed the tweets to catch nuggets of edtech gold. I hope all of you will follow the #MACUL12 tag (Click the link to see the feed) and mine for your own bits of info.

I decided not to present this year because I really wanted to not worry about presentations and focus on going to sessions and learning from others. I will be on a panel with some great friends talking about the many uses of technology in the classroom.

I cannot wait to meet some great friends, share some awesome ideas and have a great time in Grand Rapids.

See all you of there!


  1. As someone approaching the whole edtech community from the opposite direction (I've been heavily involved with Michigan's edtech scene, but haven't done anything nationally yet), I have to say there's a wealth of expertise and fellowship that has been tremendously helpful to me right here in MI.

    Glad that you're taking the time to soak everything up at MACUL this year, and taking a break from presenting. I did the same myself for the last two years, and am now getting back "into the game". Really looking forward to the opportunity to share and experience with you a lot of cool stuff going on here in Michigan at the REMC panel.

    As awesome as ISTE is (from what others tell me), I suspect that the home-grown connections can be just as important, if not more so, when it comes to building lasting and deep meaningful connections.

  2. Packing my bags tonight and heading west after school with a car full of teachers from my district. Last year was my first time and I have been looking forward to it since last year ended.

  3. It WAS great! I have so much info to share with my fellow teachers! Looove MACUL. Also, how cool is it that I find you on Zite after all the hype about it at the conference. Very cool.

    - Melissa


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