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The next workshop is scheduled for Winter 2016.

To be notified when registration opens, please contact Kelly at: .
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


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

The next workshop is scheduled for Winter 2016.
To be notified when registration opens, please contact
Oakland University’s School of Education & Human Services is pleased to announce the fifth Enhancing Instruction with Technology workshop to be held at Oakland University in Rochester, MI in Winter 2016 (exact date TBA).
We are dedicated to bringing educators together to share knowledge and concerns about educational uses, and the implication 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 this bi-annual workshop.  This workshop is known for its high take away value and for the practical knowledge and hands-on classroom experience of our presenters.  Our 2016 workshop will include an opening general session, 16 breakout sessions covering a variety of educational technology topics, along with 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 SCECHs
  • Light refreshments and lunch provided
Session Descriptions


To view prior sessions held in July 2015, please click on a presenter to view the sessions that were available.

Shannon Descamps
  • Utilizing Tech in the Elementary Classroom
    Are you looking for options to incorporate technology into your elementary classroom? During this session we will look at ways to utilize tech during reading, word work, math and more. Topics will include flipping lessons within the classroom and using QR codes to save you time. We will look at apps to enhance your instruction and improve student learning.
  • Online Connections to Enhance your Elementary Classroom
    In this session we will learn how an online presence can remove the walls of your classroom. We will discuss how Twitter can be used with your students to participate in projects and chats. We will discover the opportunities provided through Skype Classroom and Google Hangouts and the connections you can make with online collaborative projects. We will look at managing a blog to improve communication with parents/students and how building a PLN will inspire you to make limitless connections!
  • Using Technology to Create, Inspire, Share, and Learn (Elementary)
    Are your students using tech in the most meaningful ways possible? In this session we are going to learn how to maximize your students’ use of technology. We will check out some of the best apps for sharing student learning and for student-created content. You will learn ways to use apps such as Explain Everything, PicCollage, and more. We will look at how online blogging can provide your students with an online audience and inspire them to create even more! 

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.
  • Google Apps for Beginners
    Interested in getting on board with google apps? Gmail, Docs, Calendar...find out how Google's most used apps can help you maximize your workflow and organize your professional life.
  • Google Apps to the Next Level
    Already a Google user?  Find new ways to the use Google Apps to collaborate and share, and communicate with students, faculty, and parents.  Learn some tips & tricks, some of Google's latest features and here true stories about how Google has worked in real classrooms. 
  • 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.

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. Let’s explore and consider implementation of EdTech in today's classroom.

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!

We are thrilled to have such an outstanding, diverse group of presenters for our 2015 workshop.  Please click on a presenter's name to view their brief biography.  Their individual sessions are posted on the Session Descriptions page.
Shannon Descamps, MAT
Shannon ( @shannondescamps) is a 1st grade teacher for Fraser Public Schools (an Apple Distinguished Program). She is currently in her 13th year of teaching with a background in lower elementary. Within her classroom, students utilize iPads daily. Her 1st graders frequently connect with the world outside their four walls at @descamps_grade1. Shannon enjoys sharing her learning with her colleagues and is often visited during her district’s Educator Site Visits. She has completed the Teacher Leader program through the MISD and was also nominated for the 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year award. You can follow her class through their blog at

Lori Ferrington, MAT in Educational Technology
Lori Ferrington (@loferrington) 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
How to Register
Winter 2016 registration is not yet open.
To be notified when registration opens for the Winter 2016 workshop, please contact the coordinator below.
  • 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:
Kelly Quintana, Assistant Program Coordinator
(248) 370-3997 phone   |   (248) 370-4961 fax