Today Mr. Phillips and I attended The Best of MACUL conference at Oakland Schools. It was a sampling of highlighted presenters from this past year's MACUL conference in Grand Rapids. MACUL is The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning, it is a non-profit organization established in 1975 dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion, and leadership in the effective use of educational technology. I am a member of MACUL, as are many other teachers in Brandon. The learning that MACUL provides has directly impacts our instruction with technology as we continue to more thoroughly implement it in our district.
One of the most useful things we learned about was "App Smashing." Just so you know, it is as cool as it sounds. App smashing means taking multiple apps and using them together to create a product or project that is new and innovative. Laura Cummings, an Educational Technology Consultant who works right here in Oakland County, presented some great examples of student app smash-ups that took up to six apps to make really unique and engaging projects. You can check out more about app smashing on Laura's website here. I'm excited to see what unique app smash-ups Brandon students come up with in the Fall!