Category EdTech

Retirees Teach Skilled Trades in their Second Careers

Last week, three Oakland Schools Technical Campus teachers were featured in General Motors’ GM Retiree Update. Read more about how these men have used their real-world careers to inspire today’s youth. There’s a significant shortage of skilled tradespeople in Michigan to work in emerging industries like advanced manufacturing, but four GM retirees are helping tackle […]

Teaching While Connected: My Google Glass Experiment

“Our students will be earning a living as adults in a world that MOVES”… Julie Alspach: Last year about this time, I attended the MiGoogle conference and listened to Andrew Vander Heuvel talk about his experience with Google Glass. The innovation of Google Glass inspired me to apply to be a Google Glass Explorer. At […]

Oakland Schools

ED CAMP/ED CONNECT

Ed Camps are HOT. Not in the buggy, sticky, un-air conditioned way of a Camp Tonawonda, but in the hip, trend-setting way of educators onto something really BIG… Ed Camps are collaborative learning events for teachers and administrators who are interested in sharing and/or gaining expertise on specific topics. The topics are user-generated: Ed Campers […]

Oakland Schools

High School Principal Tweets #GRAD2013

…connecting with (and SHOCKING) his graduating seniors! Forget Facebook. Teens have taken over Twitter! They have condensed their thoughts and recorded their actions into meme-like tweets of 140 characters, and have learned to live instantly and publicly via their smartphones. This is a culture. Educators are recognizing Twitter as a legitimate forum for teens (and […]

Oakland Schools

Family Engineering Night: The Next Gen Explore Careers of the Future

Oakland Schools Tech Campuses to Host 10-14 year-olds and their Parents in Lively Evenings of  Engineering Exploration Family Engineering Night is part of a county-wide initiative to help parents get their children interested in emerging technologies via an exciting evening of hands-on activities at Oakland Schools Technical Campuses. Upper-elementary and middle school students will explore […]

Judy Hauser: 21st Century Librarian @ Oakland Schools

Judy Hauser, author, database search specialist and information media consultant for Oakland Schools, was recently honored by Governor Snyder with a three year appointment to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees. It was an unexpected honor for Judy, but one that fittingly crowns a career that veered down an unexpected cyber-path before most teachers […]

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R U TEXTING while TEACHING? (Stop!…and do THIS first!)

I’d like to be able to say that I am a native, Social Media first-adopter, but I’m not nearly that cool. I jumped into Social Media about 5 years ago purely out of desperation: my oldest daughter left for college and her only known form of human communication was texting. I clearly remember my proud […]