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BREAKING: #517EdTech rolls out "The Educator's Workbench" Exploration Series!

The past couple of school years have shown us that there's no substitutre for flexibility in your teaching and learning. However, flexibility requires tools, techniques and strategies. Join us and e'll explore all three. 

We'll provide strategically chose tools to add to your classroom tool box, strategies for how to use them and techniques to sustainably support student learning how they come to us. 

Each attendee will receive:

  • A really good, easy-to-read and apply, book called “Inclusive Learning 365
  • A box filled with new classroom tools and materials mailed to your classroom for you to use and explore during the sessions and beyond, including, but not limited to…
    • Webcam
    • Digital audio recorder
    • Flexible phone/tablet stand and tripod
    • Graphics tablet
  • Classroom-embedded time and space to explore a vision for making your classroom more flexible and universally-designed to the benefit both of both the ongoing realities of having to lesson plan and teach as well as having to learn both now and into the future (whatever the future may look like.)

Very few things are one-size-fits-all anymore – so, this series will be the same. We will send you tools you need and can use, that are easy to implement and can be used for a variety of things. We will send the resources to you in your classroom because that’s where its best for you to practice using them. We’ve chosen a book that is really, really light on theoretical discourse and really, really high on tangible, applicable ideas for building a universally designed classroom. Please consider joining us to explore your classroom as An Educator’s Workbench.

Here’s the details:

Session 1 – January 31st – 4pm – 6 pm (remote, synchronous) – Introduction to the book and the mindset we’ll be exploring. Also, discussion of what’s available for you to receive in your classroom.

Session 2 – March 14th – 4 pm – 6 pm (remote, synchronous) – Exploration of the tools sent to you, particularly as they relate to generating flexibility in teaching and learning.

Session 3 – May 2nd – 4 pm – 6 pm (remote, synchronous) – Show and tell of interesting ideas and attempts, discussion around the idea of “Evidence of Learning.”

Ready to register? Click here to get signed up!

5 1 7 Ed Tech Workshop and Share Series


BREAKING: #517EdTech's Workshop and Share Series is open!

Join the #517EdTech Community and the Shiawassee SITN Community to explore a variety of flexible tech skills - a variety of tools for a variety of applications. All designed to add functional value to your teaching toolbox. During the learning, you'll build a tangible takeaway and be led to a platform where you can share what you've made and look at what others have made.

What: #517EdTech's Workshop and Share Series 2021-2022

When: Ongoing and asynchronous - New skills are released once per month beginning November 15th, 2020.

Where: Resources are collected in the Workshop and Share Google Group.  Fill out this form to be added to the group.

Be sure to check out #517EdTech's Fall Lineup!


Capital Area District Library

Coming soon: An exploration of CADL's Student Success Initiative - CADL librarians Jennifer DeGroat and Courtney Tang will share information about this exciting new project in which students (and many educators) in CADL's service area have free library cards. Learn more about these cards as well as the materials and resources that CADL provides.

Video Recording of the Session


Join Andrew (a former MS and HS math teacher) for this 3-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


Discovery Education

A Fresh Look at Discovery Education - Uncover all that Discovery Education Streaming has to offer! Find and assign 190,000+ standards-aligned resources, filterable by subject and grade level to complement lessons and curated into timely, relevant collections. Learn how to meet the needs of all learners via instructional strategies that utilize video segments, images, songs, audio books, encyclopedia articles, interactives, podcasts, animations, and more.

Here's the video recording of the session

Video recording


Michigan E Library - also known as Mel
Coming soon: 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

Latest 3-Minute Instructional Tech Video from #517EdTech

Allison's Tech Tip Tuesdays

Andrew's 3-Minute Instructional Tech

Find the rest of our video resources here.

#517EdTech was launched in 2014 with goal of connecting educators in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties in Mid-Michigan.  Our professional learning network includes educators from over 20 public, private, and post-secondary educational communities. 

Follow us @517EdTech and #517EdTech on Twitter. 

Questions about how to get involved? Ask ChristyAndrew or Allison for more information.

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#517EdTech is coordinated by

Allison Rogers from C C RESA

Allison Rogers

Instructional Tech Specialist 

Clinton County RESA

Allison's YouTube Channel

Christy Lobdell 

Assistive and Instructional Technology

Eaton RESA

Andrew Shauver from Ingham I S D

Andrew Shauver

Instruction and Technology Coach

Ingham Intermediate School District

REMC 13 Director

Andrew's YouTube Channel