Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Great Slate of Featured Speakers Highlights #MACUL19

The MACUL conference is always a highlight of my teaching year. This March's edition is in Detroit and features a great slate of featured speakers, many who have shared at MACUL for numerous years.

Check out the featured speakers page at MACUL.org for more details and individual bios for the presenters pictured below.

Follow them on social media to connect in the coming weeks' run-up to the conference.

Kasey Bell - @ShakeUpLearning
Adam Bellow - @adambellow
Richard Byrne - @rmbyrne
Leslie Fisher - @lesliefisher
Abbey Futrell - @AbbeyFutrell
Ronen Habib -  @Roni_Habib
Rushton Hurley - @rushtonh
Thomas Murray - @thomascmurray
Joe Sanfelippo - @joe_sanfelippo
Dean Shareski - @shareski
Sarah Wood - @woodsar

Discovery Education to host a live virtual field trip from the Super Bowl LIII

Join the National Football League, American Heart Association, and Discovery Education for an exclusive pass to PLAY 60 Kids Day Live at the 2019 Super Bowl Experience in Atlanta. Break down the top 10 plays to PLAY 60 alongside NFL Players, mascots, cheerleaders, and American Heart Association volunteers. 

This year's live and instantly on demand event takes place on Wednesday January 30 at noon EST and is completely free to all classrooms. Simply sign up at Discovery's special registration link. In addition, educators will find all kinds of additional resources that can be downloaded to get their kids thinking about the benefits of increased physical activity and excited about this live experience.

During the Virtual Viewing Party, educators and their students can join a LIVE Twitter chat to get questions answered by @NFLPlay60, @American_Heart, @DiscoveryEd and other featured participants using #GetMovingPLAY60

Discovery's broadcasts from previous Super Bowl sites like two years ago in Houston have been big hits with teachers across the country. 

Erin Crouch from Portage Public Schools in Michigan shares, “My 2nd graders loved participating in Discovery Education’s virtual field trip for the Super Bowl! We had so much fun going behind the scenes and engaging with the  players, mascots, and even a few special guests.  We’re looking forward  to this year in Atlanta.” 

I was lucky enough in 2017 to be on set in Houston to see all of the attention to detail and the incredible energy that goes into these productions. There was great coordination with the NFL's youth outreach department, the American Heart Association, and a Discovery television production crew to pull off the live event. They even asked me to make an appearance alongside the hosts that included then-New York Giant and eventual Dancing with the Stars winner Rashad Jennings. 

Even if the noon live showtime doesn't fit well into your teaching schedule, the broadcast is instantly archived and can be shown on demand anytime after it has begun airing. Discovery Education subscribers can even access a wide range of past field trips from Polar Bears in the Arctic to the touring of a nuclear energy plant. 

Rita Mortensen from Verona Area High School in Wisconsin has used a variety of Discovery Education's virtual field trips with her students. "The Discovery virtual field trips are a great way to bring real world content into the classroom.  These engaging trips allow student to experience and go behind the scenes of so many incredible programs.  There is such a wide variety - fascinating!"

Although it is still unknown who will be participating in Super Bowl LIII, the excitement is already building. Register today to bring your students as close to the action as they can get without a ticket.