We are thrilled to announce there will be no more dues for the same great MACUL membership over 4,000 of you have enjoyed this year. This historic move begins immediately. Like, right now. Invite your colleagues and friends around the world to enjoy the benefit of your favorite professional learning network for no cost.
MACUL’s mission is to ignite learning through meaningful collaboration and innovation. In order to increase the opportunities for collaboration, the MACUL board chose to remove the barrier of fees for membership. Several ISTE affiliate organizations (groups like MACUL in other states) have gone to a no dues membership and experienced tremendous growth. More MACUL members mean greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation. As a result, our organization will have bigger reach and impact throughout the state and even the nation.
Nothing changes for current members. Your membership is still active and you won’t have to pay to renew. Additionally by attending 2012 MACUL Conference or any other MACUL sponsored event you will be automatically registered for a MACUL membership.
Every year student teams from across Michigan gather at the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, MI to present their achievements to State Legislators. The day-long event allows lawmakers, business leaders, and citizens to see how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan.
K-12 student teams representing legislative districts from around the State demonstrate best practices and how technology enhances learning for the success of Michigan students. We never cease to be amazed at how adept our State’s youth are using new technology for learning. Especially on the airwaves. Student representatives from Franklin Elementary’s 2nd grade classroom in Ludington, MI joined their teacher Amber Kowach, MACUL Executive Director Ric Wiltse, and AT&T’s Director of External Affairs Jon Peterson on Michigan’s Morning Show (WJIM 1240 AM – Lansing, MI) to talk about the event and their team. Listen here: 2011 Student Technology Showcase – WJIM 1240AM Lansing, MI
Earlier this week Steve Jobs announced his resignation as CEO of arguably one of the most influential technology companies in existence. Apple Inc., under Jobs’ guru-like guidance, developed the educational technology niche into the mainstream. Consider this: Apple Learning Interchange (ALI) began in the 90s with about 30,000 users, sharing lesson plans and collaborating. ALI developed into what is now iTunes U, which features over 800 universities and organizations distributing content to potentially millions of users via iTunes software, including content from Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) – MI Learning on iTunes U.
The Apple name has become synonymous with education. A standard platform for the classroom, Jobs’ vision for the iPhone and iPad has revolutionized the potential for technology-driven learning while other companies have struggled to keep up. While his role at Apple has decreased, most likely due to health concerns, Jobs has assured his followers that he will continue to contribute to the company’s product development.
There is no telling if Apple will continue its prominence in the ed tech world or if it will succumb to competitors like ed tech giant Dell Inc. or Google – see: Chromebook. One thing is for sure, educational technology is enriched due to the efforts of Apple and similar companies. Websites, mobile phone applications, and Internet learning tools are everywhere you look. While some may not be worthy of much attention, an open market with high demand will inevitably deliver great results.
I’m waiting for the opening keynote, this will be the first time I’ve seen Alan November. I had a chance to see him a number of years but I didn’t take it. At the time I had no idea who he was, so I went to some other session (that wasn’t really any good). It wasn’t until later that I learned that I missed a great opportunity.
While sitting here I’ve gotten to do the one thing I come to these conferences for. Networking with other like minded educators. I’m sitting chatting with Andrea Zellner, who I met at the Google Teacher Academy in the fall. While sitting here and blogging and chatting Steve Dembo walked up to see what was happening with Guerrilla sessions.
If you haven’t had a chance you should definitely check out Steve’s presentation (which is right after the keynote). He’ll show you how to make it to all (or most of) the sessions of the conference.