Looking for something exciting to do this month? From March 17 to March 20, the annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference will showcase keynote speakers and session leaders from around the state and the world. This year’s theme is “Recharge Learning” and offers attendees the opportunity to learn from ed-tech experts about digital tools, appropriate pedagogy and strategies, and changing environments for teaching and learning.
Several CMU alum, graduate students, and faculty are on the agenda with sessions like “Continuity of (Our Own Professional) Learning: Critical and Creative Teaching in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis,” “Transformational Technology Tools – Outwrite and Annotate Pro,” and “Screencasting: An Alternative Assessment Resource for Online or In-Person.”
The conference kicks off with keynote speaker Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins who will challenge you to consider your cultural responsiveness while teaching. He will share his experiences as an educator overseas and encourage the audience to consider their own biases in order to teach through a culturally diverse lens. Gerry Brooks will also be offering a keynote session to encourage educators to bring their best to every situation and interaction throughout the school year. The final keynote for the conference will be presented by Aaron Dworkin from the University of Michigan. According to the MACUL website, “He will delve into the important role that diversity, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship play in society, as well as their associated value and impact in education. Aaron will also share strategies surrounding engaging technology in teaching, core skillsets required for creative careers and the importance of staying relevant in the actively evolving landscape of the modern world.”
Throughout the week, there are workshops offered as well. Educators can pay an extra fee to take part in these hands-on learning opportunities. The more intimate setting with the session leader allows for greater participation, deeper learning, and a broader understanding of education through and with technology.
Registration is still open for any who wish to attend virtually. This is a great way to network with other like-minded educators around the state who are transforming their classrooms with educational technology. If you can’t make it to the live event, be sure to follow along on social media with the official hashtag #MACUL21 as attendees and presenters will share tips, tricks, and links about their topics. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to dip your toes into the world of MACUL without having to leave the comfort of your home?