On Tuesday, August 15th, the Huron Shores Ed Tech Conference was held at Alpena Community College. Over 130 educators from all over northeast Michigan engaged in professional development that focused on integrating technology into the classroom. The Huron Shores Ed Tech conference was a collaboration between Ashlie O’Connor, an Instructional Technology and Data Specialist at the Alpena Montmorency Alcona Educational Service District, and Meghan Cameron, an Instructor of Mathematics at Alpena Community College. The conference was designed to support 21st century learning skills and digital learning in the classroom.
The conference had two keynote speakers. Tim Kaegi, the opening keynote, is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and an elementary teacher. He spoke to the attendees about his inspirational moments throughout his educational career and how encouraging creativity in students inspires learning. John Phillips, the closing keynote, is from Berrien County, Michigan. John spoke about the Maker Movement and how it is catching on in schools. The Huron Shores Ed Tech conference had over 20 breakout sessions where local area teachers shared their knowledge and technology uses in the classroom. The Huron Shores Ed Tech Conference was also supported by seven companies including REMC Association of Michigan, Peardeck, Belkin, Sowash Adventures LLC, Acer, Michigan Virtual and Performance Locker.