Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for diverse learners in the classroom

As education has transformed, the challenge of using technology, especially assistive technologies in conjunction with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) concepts has become more complex. But what does that all mean? UDL has three primary components; there must be multiple means of representation, action and expression and engagement. While uncovering this framework, we’d like to better understand how to use it while ensuring all students’ needs are met. Additionally, we want to explore how assistive technology can come along side UDL to enrich learning for all learners in our classrooms.
Interested in joining us? We invite you to follow along via YouTube Live on Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00 P.M. EST by using this http://youtu.be/eOR_S4IFP6w

Feel free to share your thoughts or ask questions as well! Tweet using the hashtags #MAETBridge #AstTechUDL

For further learning about the topics that will be discussed during the webinar, check out any of the following resources below:

Hosted by Jocelyn Paez, Earl Whittemore and Emily Sherbin (MAET students)

Encouraging Reluctant Teachers to Use Technology

Students of all ages in 2017 are being asked to demonstrate technological literacy, outside-the-box thinking, and innovative creativity in order to become successful learners, deep thinkers, and productive members of their global communities.  Many educators are stepping up to this challenge, and working to integrate technologies purposefully and meaningfully into their classrooms.  But what about teachers who have had success with traditional methods for years?  What about those who are a bit leery of these new technologies?

Join us Wednesday, August 9 from 8-9am EST to chat with some experts in the field of technology integration, to gain insights on how you can encourage reluctant educators to take a step into the tech world, or get some new ideas for yourself!  Follow and share your thoughts on Twitter with the hashtags #MAETBridge #MAETert

To learn more about the ideas we will be discussing, feel free to check out the resources below:

Link:

http://youtu.be/kq9mnL7DXrc

Coding & Robotics in the Classroom

Educators are challenged with cultivating 21st century skills within their students. Solving tomorrow’s problems, many argue, requires at least a working knowledge of coding. Robotics offers students an opportunity to build trans-disciplinary abilities required to solve dynamic problems. But how do teachers implement coding and robotics into their classrooms in a manner that aligns with technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge? How do they separate hype from authentic learning, in an effort to aid their students in becoming 21st century learners?

We’ve invited expert educators to explore these questions and share their thoughts about coding & robotics in the classroom.

Interested in joining us? We invite you to follow along via YouTube live on Monday, August 7 at 6:30 P.M. ET by using the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b3oQQDNyOU&feature=youtu.be

Feel free to share your thoughts or ask questions as well! Tweet using the hashtags #MAETBridge #MAETcr.

For further learning about the topics that will be discussed during the webinar, check out any of the following resources below:

Using Technology Effectively to Assist Learning

Just the Facts

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Time: 5:00pm Eastern Time

Where: Watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Wqf0YaOz-w

What: Learn how to implement technology effectively to assist student learning

Watch: #MAETBridge and #tech2assist on Twitter for a link to the event!

Using Technology Effectively to Assist Learning

As educators, how can we effectively use technology in the classroom to assist student learning? Join us as we discuss this topic with Kelly Kermode, technology coordinator at Forest Hills Public Schools and Kristin Kemppainen, third grade teacher and Kent Intermediate School District facilitator. The speakers will provide insight into their views and experiences of effective technology use, as well as when it is appropriate to use technology to assist learning. Additionally, the speakers will engage in discussion about information literacy, an expected skill for 21st century students. We look forward to having you join us for our live webinar on Monday, August 7th at 5:00pm. #MAETBridge #tech2assist

Our Hosts: Bridget Bennett, Kelli Swindell, Shari Saddison (MAET students at Michigan State University)

#25: Information Literacy and Social Media

Ever thought about Twitter as an educational tool? If you were to poll students about social media, more than likely a majority of them would have a social media account. Social media is a concept students understand very well. Why not use it as an educational tool or even as a tool for professional development?

If you are interested, please join the conversation! Dr. Christine Greenhow, an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University and Sarah Gretter, a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) at MSU, will weigh in on Informational Literacy and Social Media in webinar format. They will discuss social media, focusing on Twitter, and its uses in the classroom as well as how teachers use social media for professional development.

The conversation will run live on Tuesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. EST on the MAET-The Bridge Website http://bridge.educ.msu.edu.

Your hosts, Andrea Dashe, Du Bui, and Denise Crudup invite you to join the live conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #MAETBridge and/or #MAETy2.

To learn more about what Christine and Sarah talk about in this video, check out the following resources:

#24: Gamification

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to pull kids away from a video game? What if we could engage kids on this level in our classrooms? Researchers have been exploring ways to do this through an idea called gamification. Gamification is the process of teaching content by incorporating game elements such as scoring, competition and rules of play. Considering recent rapid changes in technology, the use of technology to ‘gamify’ our classrooms is a possibility that could have a huge impact on education. Adding elements of gamification may lead to higher levels of engagement and collaboration which may, in turn, lead to higher achievement. Join us as we discuss these and other potential uses, strengths, and limitations of gamification in the classroom. Our discussion will include experts, Liz Boltz, Professor with the MAET program at Michigan State University, Spencer Greenhalgh, PhD candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Program at Michigan State University, and Carrie Heeter, Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University.

#23: Student Needs and Assistive Technologies

Just the Facts

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Watch the embedded livestream at http://bridge.educ.msu.edu
What: Learn how to use technology to meet the needs of diverse learners
Watch: #MAETBridge and #MAET on Twitter for a link to the event!

UDL: Meeting the Needs of Students using Assistive Technologies

Are you looking for ways to help meet the diverse needs of the learners in your classroom? Join us as we talk with Stacy Turke, occupational therapist at Ingham ISD; Phil Booth, assistive technology consultant at Ingham ISD; Holly Engemann, second grade teacher at Queen’s School in Jackson, Michigan; and Keith Tramper, instructional technologist at KRESA. Through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the speakers will highlight ways they use technology in their settings to ensure that all of their students are actively engaged and learning. These educators work with young learners ranging from students with IEPs, including students with autism, to exceptionally high achieving students. If you are looking for new or more efficient ways to help your learners gather and categorize facts, organize and express ideas, or stimulate interest and motivation for learning, then this is a can’t miss opportunity for you. Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30pm. #MAETBridge

Our Hosts: Becky Whitaker, Rosie Mousigian, Stacy Blemaster, Susan Smydra (MAET students at Michigan State University)

The conversation will run live on Wednesday, July 20th from 7:30 to 8:30pm Eastern at http://bridge.educ.msu.edu
If you miss the livestream, the conversation will be archived at http://bridge.educ.msu.edu

For more information on UDL visit http://www.udlcenter.org/

#22: Transitions and Outreach

Our 22nd webinar in the #MAETBridge series is about MAET’s transition and exploration of new ways of providing outreach to create a successful teacher professional development program. Joining us today are  Mary Wever, director of the MAET Graduate Certificate Programs, Amanda McCarthy, MAET graduate and an Elementary technology coach and media coordinator for a school district in St. Clair Shores, MI, and Ming Lei, doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at MSU.

Our host, today, is Spencer Greenhalgh, a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) at Michigan State University. Joining him today:  Sarah Keenan
(doctoral student) and Rohit Mehta (doctoral candidate) from the EPET program.


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#21: Teacher Professional Development — What It Takes

Our 21st webinar in the #MAETBridge series is about what it takes to create and organize a successful teacher professional development program? Joining us today are Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Assistant Dean of The Graduate School and Director of the Teaching Assistant Program at Michigan State University, Amber White, Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator and Literacy Coach at Ruth Fox Elementary School in North Branch, Michigan, and Ashlie O’Connor, Instructional Technology and Data Coach for Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District & Alcona Community Schools.

Our host, today, is Rohit Mehta, a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) at Michigan State University. Joining him today: Spencer Greenhalgh 
(doctoral candidate) and Sarah Keenan (doctoral student) from the EPET program.


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#20: Repurposing, Reusing, Remixing: An ‘Open’ Conversation

Our 20th webinar in the #MAETBridge series is about open education and repurposing, reusing, and remixing available content in classrooms. Joining the conversation will be Dr. Leigh Graves Wolf, Assistant Director of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and TechnologyDr. Jared Robinson, Education Research Consultant in the Office of Educator Talent and Policy Coordination at the Michigan Department of Education; and José Martinez, a graduate student in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education program at Michigan State University.

Our host, today, is Rohit Mehta, a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET) at Michigan State University; joined by Spencer Greenhalgh and Sarah Keenan, also doctoral students in the EPET program.

An EPET Webinar Series