Technology in the classroom–how do you use it?

On our upcoming Voices of Michigan Education (March 9th on WJR), we are looking at technology in the classroom. We’ll preview some projects from the MACUL student technology showcase and talk to educators about how high tech tools affect student learning. But I’d love to hear from you–how do you use technology in your classroom? What affect does it have? Share your ideas so we can share them on the show!

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He was almost a dropout himself…now, he is making it his mission to make sure students succeed in school.

Eric Wood didn’t fit in in high school.

When he wasn’t hiding behind long hair and heavy metal music, he was–he  admits–regularly getting into trouble with his teachers. When he ended his sophomore year suspended and not sure he was welcome back in the fall, his principal told him to look into Mott Middle College High School.

Eric’s decision to enroll there sixteen years ago changed everything, and put him on a path he never could have imagined. No longer the “bad kid” who rarely turned in his work,  Eric found himself embraced…and challenged. At MMC, his teachers weren’t satisfied with him getting enough credits for his high school diploma–here, like everyone else, he was required to take college courses at the same time.

Eric ended up going on for his BA and earning a Master’s degree… quite a turnaround for someone who figured he was destined to become another high school dropout.

So how did it happen? How did Mott Middle College take an at-risk teen and turn him into a highly educated teacher with a passion for giving back? And what can we learn from his story that could help us with the dropout crisis our state is facing?

Listen to WJR Tuesday night at 8pm to hear Eric’s story, and hear how this unique program is turning thousands of lives around…one at a time.

Program has students ‘geeked’ about their futures

Take a look at Clarkston High School’s Math, Science and Technology Academy to see what all the buzz is about.

Behind the scenes: Great conversation, great ideas!

Voices from first show

The "voices" from the MEA's first radio show at the WJR. From left to right: Math teacher Kyle Hughes from Clarkston's Math, Science and Technology Academy; Mark Beyer, Director of Communication from Next Energy; Iris Salters, MEA President; Mark Gilman, show host.

What does it take to prepare students for the jobs Michigan needs? Four people from diverse backgrounds sit down to discuss what’s being done now–and what needs to be done in the future. Hear from the high tech business community, a teacher with an innovative program, MEA President Iris Salters and radio host Mark Gilman. Tune in tonight at 9pm to find out what they think…and then join the conversation here to have your voice heard!