517 ed tech's tenth school year


Capital Area District Library

CADL's Winter Educator Learning Series

Thursday, June 13 - 1-4 pm - CADL Student Success Initiative Training: STEM Training for PreK-5th grade Educators with Sloan Museum of Flint 

Join us for an afternoon of learning about science education. Sloan Museum of Flint will present STEM project ideas and some of their favorite STEM activities for PreK-5th grade students in this fast-paced, hands-on session. All necessary materials and supplies will be provided and each participant will receive detailed instructions for each activity. Our staff will also provide a session about STEM and science instruction materials that can be borrowed with a CADL card. Optionally, bring your laptop or personal device to take notes. Snacks will be included. 3 SCECHs are available for interested educators. Registration available at Ingham ISD's PD Zone.

Wednesday, July 17 - 1-4 pm - CADL Student Success Initiative Training: Library of Things Extravaganza! (For Educators of All Grades)

Join us for a hands-on afternoon of learning about CADL’s Library of Things.  Learn about what CADL offers, their uses in the classroom, as well as have the opportunity to try these items out.  Items in the training will not be available for individual loan on the day of the training, but may be placed on hold for participants—a great way for you to try before you buy items for your school or integrate into your classroom lesson plans! We’ll have coding critters, educational games, button makers, musical instruments, dash robots, and much more!  We will also have our Children’s Bookmobile van (a.k.a the Kidmobile) available for you to tour!  Optionally, bring your laptop or personal device to take notes. Snacks will be included. 3 SCECHs are available for interested educators. Registration available at Ingham ISD's PD Zone.

Thursday, August 8 - 9 am - 4 pm - CADL Student Success Initiative Training: English Language Arts Day (For Educators of All Grades)

From 9-12 a.m., join Master Storyteller Jean Bolley for a morning of learning about the art of storytelling.  Jean will provide tips and instruction for bringing stories to life in your classroom, as well as bring scripts and give you ample time to practice.

We will break from 12-1 p.m.—lunch is on your own.


From 1-4 p.m., join us for an afternoon of books and literature training.  We’ll show you how to use our resources to find the “just right” book for a student or lesson plan, how to effectively search and use our library catalog, and we’ll introduce you to our digital book resources, including Libby/Overdrive, Bookflix, Hoopla, and more.  We will also booktalk new titles and hold a book “speed dating” event in which you’ll be able to sample titles to see if they are a good match for you and your classroom.

Optionally, bring your laptop or personal device to take notes during the day. Snacks will be included.  6 SCECHs are available for interested educators.

Registration available at Ingham ISD's PD Zone.

Please note that due to the district boundaries of Capital Area District Library these opportunties are for teachers teaching in Ingham County Schools only. For more information on CADL’s Fall Learning Series, reach out to Jennifer DeGroat at degroatj@cadl.org 


Recordings of previous sessions


Join Andrew (a former MS and HS math teacher) for this 2-part exploration of the mathematics tool Desmos - Desmos is a free web application that has been crafted by math teachers to help support student exploration of this subject that many students find frustrating to learn and teachers find frustrating to teach. This tool provides a number of different modes of exploration that set the standard for usability for digital math tools.

Session 1 - An Introduction to Desmos

Session 2 - Activity Builder and the Computation Layer


Michigan E Library - also known as Mel
An exploration of the Michgan eLibrary - The Michigan eLibrary is a free set of resources on all kinds of different things and they've continued to expand their offerings. Join #517EdTech as we bring in a couple of guests from Michigan eLibrary to lead us through exploring the amazing collection of resources that you and your students could be using right now for free.

Elementary Presentation 

Secondary Presentation

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At #517EdTech, we believe that the most influential interactions that happen in a school are between teachers and learners.

As such, we seek to support educators in investing their time, energy, brainpower and collaboration in reconsidering the possibilities for the seemingly-normal (but wildly impactful) interactions they have with learners each day. 

#517EdTech was launched in 2014 with goal of connecting educators in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties in Mid-Michigan for the collective investment where it matters most. Our professional learning network includes educators from over 20 public, private, and post-secondary educational communities, and has grown to over 700 educators in the Capital Region. There's room for you, too. 


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Allison Rogers from C C RESA

Allison Remington (Rogers)

Instructional Tech Specialist 

Clinton County RESA

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Christy Lobdell 

Assistive and Instructional Technology

Eaton RESA

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Andrew Shauver

Instruction and Technology Coach

Ingham Intermediate School District

REMC 13 Director

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