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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


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, March 19, 2016   |   8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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 on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
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 a keynote session, 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.

(July 2015) 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! 

(July 2015) 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.

(July 2015) 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.

(July 2015) 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!
Call for Presenters
You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise in educational technology with your colleagues at the Enhancing Instruction with Technology workshop on Saturday, March 19, 2016.  Share your strategies for incorporating technology in teaching and learning in the classroom.
Presentation Guidelines
  • Presentations - Teams or individual proposals will be accepted. Sessions will run 75 minutes, allowing for more in-depth presentation and Q&A.
  • Content - We encourage sessions involving BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and those that allow time for active discussion among participants, so that educators will have some takeaway elements they can use immediately following in their classrooms.  Presentation selections will be made based on desired topics, flow of content, educational value, and quality of learning objectives.  All selected content will be published in workshop publications and online.
  • Agenda Schedule - The workshop organizers will set the time for each presentation, in order to optimize the sequencing and flow of content.  Sessions will end by 3:30 p.m. on March 19.  Oakland University will notify all selected speakers by February 5, 2016.


Past topics have included:

  • SMART Board Technology and Lesson Design
  • Tablet-Based Instruction
  • Online and Blended Learning
  • iPads in the Classroom
  • iPad Apps for Elementary Students
  • Best Apps for Special Needs Students
  • GoogleApps in the Classroom
  • Google Add-ons
  • Connecting to the Global Classroom
  • Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
  • Digital Portfolios and Assessment
  • Social Media in the Classroom
  • The Paperless Classroom
  • Online Connections for Elementary Classrooms

Suggest topics of interest may include:

  • Technology in the Elementary Classroom
  • Technology Topics by Subject or Grade Level
  • Beginner Tech in the Classroom
  • SMART Boards / Interactive White Boards
  • GAFE or Advanced Google Apps
  • Weebly
  • Creating Classroom Websites
  • Ideas for Low-Income / Low-Tech Schools
  • Using Technology to Improve Test Scores
  • Google Classroom
  • Building Digital Portfolios
  • Global Learning with iPads and Google
  • Technology for Special Education Students
  • Chromebooks

Speaker Benefits
  • All speakers will receive the following: complimentary registration for the workshop with access to the keynote session and all workshop sessions, along with refreshments and lunch.
  • Speakers will be features in the workshop publication and on the OU School of Education and Human Services website.
  • The above benefits do not extend to staff or colleagues who may accompany the speaker.

Terms and Conditions

The submitter agrees to the following terms and conditions when submitting a session proposal:

  • The OU Enhancing Instruction with Technology Workshop Committee has final determination of learning sessions.  Each concurrent learning session will last 75 minutes.
  • Primary presenter is responsible for submitting presentation materials and handouts prior to the conference for inclusion on the Enhancing Instruction with Technology mobile application.  All presentation materials are due by Friday, March 11, 2016.
  • Learning session materials will be provided on a mobile application for registrants only prior to the workshop for the attendees to download.
  • Hotel, travel, and other expenses are not covered; speakers are responsible for their own expenses.
  • Only the primary speaker will receive one complimentary conference registration per presentation.  Oakland University automatically registers the primary speaker for the conference.  Co-presenters will need to register themselves for the conference if they plan to attend learning sessions.
  • This session may be photographed for the purpose of marketing for the School of Education and Human Services and Oakland University. 
  • Primary presenter is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce handouts if copyrighted by an organization other than Oakland University.

Next Steps

Please complete the online application form by Friday, January 22, 2015. Selected presenters will be notified via email by February 5, 2015.

All presentation materials and handouts are due by Friday, March 11, 2016 and will be included on the Enhancing Instruction with Technology mobile application.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact Kelly Quintana at

How to Register
Registration is now open.  Please click on the  Register Now  button to register for the workshop.  
  • 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