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MAEDS, MACUL's SIGTC, and Google for Education would like to invite you to the inaugural - Michigan Virtual Technology Roundtable!

Following a similar roundtable session held at the MAEDS Fall Conference, Peter Logli, Education Program Manager, will facilitate via Google Meet/Hangout a conversation with Michigan G Suite administrators on April 20, 2017, at Noon.

The tentative agenda follows:

Agenda
* Introductions and Kickoff
* Format and Future Schedule
* Unique Challenges in Michigan
* How can GAM and other tools help alleviate these challenges?
o Jay Lee, Google for Edu

If you're interested in this free professional learning opportunity, please complete the online survey: http://tinyurl.com/migoogle-roundtable

Mark your calendar! You'll be contacted again, once specifics are confirmed.

Thanks,

Kevin J. Galbraith Sr.
MACUL SIGTC Communications Officer '16-'17


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MAEDS, MACUL's SIGTC, and Google for Education would like to invite you to the inaugural - Michigan Virtual Technology Roundtable!

Following a similar roundtable session held at the MAEDS Fall Conference, Peter Logli, Education Program Manager, will facilitate via Google Meet/Hangout a conversation with Michigan G Suite administrators on April 20, 2017, at Noon.

The tentative agenda follows:

Agenda
* Introductions and Kickoff
* Format and Future Schedule
* Unique Challenges in Michigan
* How can GAM and other tools help alleviate these challenges?
o Jay Lee, Google for Edu

If you're interested in this free professional learning opportunity, please complete the online survey: http://tinyurl.com/migoogle-roundtable

Mark your calendar! You'll be contacted again, once specifics are confirmed.

Thanks,

Kevin J. Galbraith Sr.
MACUL SIGTC Communications Officer '16-'17


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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Immersion Day
Professional Learning Opportunity

MACUL's SIGTC (Special Interest Group for Technology Coordinators), partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS), would like to invite you to an upcoming Immersion Day!

What is an Immersion Day?
An Immersion Day is a customizable AWS experience delivered by solutions architects and account managers.

AWS Immersion Days are 1-day sessions to familiarize both technical and business staff about AWS. They'll discuss the benefits of cloud and AWS in particular, services available on the AWS platform, and common use cases. Sessions are suitable for 10-25 individuals and consist of a combination of presentations and hands-on lab activities.

Benefits of an Immersion Day
For districts, an Immersion Day allows hands-on time with AWS services and Solution Architect guidance for their particular use cases. By the end of the session, participants will have seen common cloud use cases in action, and know where to go in order to learn more.

If you're interested in this free Immersion Day experience, please complete the online survey: http://www.tinyurl.com/SIGTC-AWS

You'll be contacted again, once dates and locations are confirmed.

Thanks!

Kevin J. Galbraith Sr.
MACUL SIGTC Communications Officer '16-'17


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The MACUL conference is in about a week. You can now see March 15th, 16th and 17th on your calendar. You are stressed about state testing and needing to get energized about instructional technology. You need to start putting your exit strategy in place. You need to make the trek to Detroit Cobo Hall. Visit with colleagues, get some great PD both techy and instructional tech.
For those who were on the fence and are just signing up today. Here are a couple items to look at during registration at http://maculconference.org/ .
Sign up for the SIGTC/SIGTECH annual meeting / lunch on Thursday. We will are having a Mexican Buffet. You have to register to attend!
Here are some pre-conference sessions on Wednesday you may also be interested in:

TC 1: STEM and MakerSpaces: Cheap or Free
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 B
Amy Farkas, STEM / MakerSpace Educator, Riverview Community Schools
Is your school new to STEM or MakerSpaces? Come learn how to create, support, and champion your school’s STEM classes using cheap and/or free resources embracing the Engineering Design Process while utilizing MakerSpace resources. If you are a STEM teacher or technology director, or a curriculum director that supports STEM, this session is for you.

TC 2: Google NDA-Required
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 B
Peter Logli, Program Manager, Google for Education, and Cyrus Mistry, Group Product Manager, Google, Inc.
Wouldn’t it be nice, if when your teachers return after MACUL17 and share all the cool new Google tools and resources they want to use, that you knew something about them already? Come see what Google has planned for your classrooms and district! (NDA – Non-Disclosure Agreement)

TC 3: Overview of School Finance for Technology (STM required course)
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 C
David Palme, Director of School Technology Services, Waverly Community Schools
There are many types of technology-related expenses your school district should budget for, and some helpful guidelines on “What Stuff Costs.” The basics of the budgeting process, an overview of school finance, borrowing, and the operation of a business office will be addressed. Some of the topic areas that will be addressed are, Where and how do grants and donations fit into the process? How does “depreciation,” “total cost of ownership” (TCO), and “return on investment” (ROI) play a role? What are the various purchasing plans and regulations? How to negotiate rates with technology vendors. What is E-Rate? Should a district purchase or lease equipment?

TC 4: Organizational Technology Audits (STM required course)
1:00 – 4:30 PM • Cobo Center • Room 140 C
Paul Twigg, Director, Technology Services, Barton Malow Company
Your school district is more dependent now on technology than ever. Chances are you have technology across all areas of your organization and chances are, you may not know everything about it you need to. Understanding all the technology pieces that run your organization and how critical each is to your school district’s function is important. Learn the components of a comprehensive audit including risk analysis, business impact analysis, sustainability, and determining the correct uptime for each system.

See you at #MACUL!

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Microsoft Education is hosting Michigan Data Analytics & Security Summit in Southfield, Michigan on Thursday, December 15th and you are invited!

Bruce Umpstead, strategic advisor to Microsoft Education, designed the Summit for Michigan education IT leaders to discuss Cloud-based approaches to integrating massive amounts of education data, delivering mobility through safe and secure access—the lynch pin for personalized learning—achieving student data privacy, and leveraging "NextGen" data analytics to improve outcomes for all students.

• Michelle Ribant, MDE Director of 21st Century Learning, will be sharing highlights from the 2016 State Education Technology Plan.
• Don Dailey, project director, will present on the explosive growth of the Michigan Data Hubs.

The technology topics the Summit will cover include:
• Azure Cloud
• Power BI and Data Analytics
• Cybersecurity and Advanced Threat Analytics

Space is limited, so register today!

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Grant Opportunity - The 2016-2017 MACUL Grants
2016-2017 Grant Program Michigan Educators: Have a great idea you would like to implement into your classroom, but need some help with funding?  MACUL is currently accepting Grant Proposals for the 2016-2017 school year! Purpose To encourage and support mem...

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Use that $150 for something else. Nik's now free!
Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.

Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.

The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.

Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.

We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now. 

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Congratulations, MACUL SIGTC Steering Committee Members on your elections!
2016 - 2017
     Kevin Galbraith
     Allison Keskimaki
     Tom McCurdy
     Kris Young
2016-2018
     Ken Jacobs
     Jeff Trudell
     Rick Webb
     Donna Zick
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