2013 PLC Workshop



Engaging in Powerful Learning (5-12)


December 4, 2013

Harre Union Ballroom

8:00 a.m. -  2:45 p.m.




Dr. Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University

Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices:  

Crafting Writing in an Informational Age


Once school districts have aligned their curriculum to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), how do teachers transform the classroom in the fast pace digital age of multiple sources?  What are the best practices in daily lessons to help student' craft digital writing in an effective way?  Are you leveraging the power of interactive technologies to challenge kids to think more deeply and more meaningfully about the content in your classroom?  Explore how to teach using multiple media resources to craft the writing skills in the digital age.  This workshop will target even the most challenging issues presented that will revolutionize the curriculum to effectively use digital resources to prepare students for real world expectations that await them in the twenty first century careers.  

Keynote speaker, Dr. Troy Hicks, will kick-off the morning and sure to inspire teachers to challenge their thinking on how to best prepare students for 21st Century careers in the digital world. How do teachers help students craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found in multimedia texts.

The afternoon general session will begin with an update from the IDOE e-Learning division of the variety of digital resources available to teachers. Followed by a panel discussion of the best practices to integrate technology across the curriculum.  The panel features experts form various perspectives, including Dr. Troy Hicks, Director of the Chippewa River National Writing Project, Candice Dodson, IDOE e-Learning Director, Dr. Stacey Schmidt, Superintendent Porter Twp. Schools, and Paula Neidlinger, teacher leader in her fourth year of utilizing a 1:1 tech platform in the classoom. 

Learn more about . . . . . . . . .

        how to craft digital writing in an effective way

  transform your classroom in a digital age

            explore the Museum of Science & Industry STEM resources

            flipping the class to engage in more meaningful activities with students

          create a personal learning network

            how to leverage interactive technologies to engage students

            explore the amazing content available through NBC LEARN

            navigate the endless options of FREE digital resources for the class

Morning and afternoon breakout sessions offered throughout the day will focus on tools to support

best practices of digital resources in all content specific disciplines.  


2013 Registration Form


Workshop Agenda

Information Flyer

Additional information on Breakout Sessions