Mercy Tech Talk Sponsorships

On February 17, 2015 we will be hosting Tech Talk at Mercy High School“A day filled with real world applications for the K-12 classroom”.  We expect to surpass last years attendance of 250 regional educators. In an upcoming post I will preview some of the presentation topics that will be offered.  In order to keep this event very affordable ($40 for early registration), we depend on sponsors.  If you or someone you know would like an exhibit table or other form of sponsorship please contact event coordinator Ann Lusch 

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Applications accepted for new iWizards

Members of the Mercy classes of 2016-18 may now apply to become Mercy iWizards.  The iWizards are best known for conducting the new-student iPad orientation.  But we also go on field trips and involve ourselves in other projects, such as . . . .

A) “iCreate” – a one day program for middle school students in January

B) A global virtual one day tech conference created by and for students in February.

C) Building an iWizard web site and app to deliver help to the Mercy community.

D) Demonstrating the iPad program at Open Houses and other events.

If this seems like something you would enjoy, please apply by October 24.

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New Technology for Mercy Broadcasting

I visited Mrs. Eddy’s Broadcasting class yesterday.  It was my first opportunity to see how thousands of dollars of new technology purchased over the summer was impacting her student’s projects. With the help of a $25,000 donation and other significant capital spending, Mrs. Eddy has masterfully redesigned her course to give the students an authentic 2014 broadcasting experience.


All photos provided by Mrs. Eddy

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2015 Tech Talk Keynote Speaker

I am very pleased that Karen Bosch has agreed to be our keynote speaker at the Tech Talk at Mercy High School on February 27, 2015.  She will be giving a kick-off presentation titled, The Power of TLC: Technology + Learning + Creativity.

I first got to know Karen on a shuttle bus ride in Orlando, Florida during the 2009 Apple Distinguished Educator Institute.  She was a veteran and I was a newbie at the conference.  I was immediately struck by her knowledge and

generosity of spirit. She was unassuming, yet wise and perceptive.  Each time we subsequently met at tech events she was kind and genuinely interested in what I was up to with tech. Furthermore, she was always deeply involved in the event as an attendee and as presenter.

I had opportunities to watch her make presentations at the 2013 ADE Institute in Austin, Tx, and at our first Tech Talk in 2013.  By then Karen had developed quite a reputation and following as a presenter.  I certainly know she got rave reviews on the evaluations we asked participants to complete at Tech Talk.

As our web site will tell you, Karen is a technology instructor at the Southfield Christian Schools.  Besides being an ADE, she has been recognized as an ING Unsung Hero and a Discovery Star Educator. She has recently developed a website called Creative APP-titude: iPad Multimedia Tools for Creativity. If you visit this site you will clearly understand why we are excited about her keynote! If you are an educator, I hope your can attend.

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Call for Presenters — Tech Talk at MHS 2015

We have just put out a call for speakers for Tech Talk at Mercy High School(#mhtalk) on February 27, 2015.  This educational technology conference is designed for K-12 teachers throughout our region. With a group price of $30 per attendee, we wish to make this an affordable opportunity for teachers to learn about their peers’ best tech practices.  We will be opening registration in the near future.

At our inaugural Tech Talk in 2014, we drew 250 happy attendees.  The success of the conference was entirely driven by our high quality presenters. Please help us recruit innovative teachers to apply to become presenters at our conference. They may do so at this link:

Direct inquiries to Tech Talk Coordinator Ann Lusch or me
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Hunting down Paramecia with an iPhone!

On Friday, MHS microbiology teacher Gerry Meloche contacted me to say that there was considerable excitement in his class.  For a microscope exercise requiring students to identify paramecia, he had added a new dimension.  The students were using their iPhones to photograph and video record the microbes before they scooted out of view.  This helped with the identification, but it also generated great collaboration and enthusiasm.  As the photos below indicate, the images the students were capturing could be mirrored on an Apple TV and projected to a screen.  As I reported in a past blog post, Gerry also can show live images through a microscope using a device I was introduced to at the ADE Institute in 2013.


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A New Self-Paced Basic Mac OS Course (with Animated Badges!)

I have finished creating a new self-paced Apple OS X course for Mercy staff.   You can also explore the materials as well. As I write, no one has made it past Lesson 3 yet, so the assignments have not really been tested.  However, 24 staff members have enrolled and ten have earned badges. 

Course Gradebook indicating badges awarded


The course is offered through Schoology, Mercy’s LMS. It is designed to serve staff members, nearly all of whom have been issued MacBook Airs over the last two years.  It is a self-paced course which does not have to be completed sequentially. When a staff member completes a module successfully, he/she is awarded an animated GIF badge instead of a grade.

These are the lessons offered:  

Lesson 1 – Mac Basics

Lesson 2 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 3 – Making screencasts with QuickTime

Lesson 4 – Setting System Preferences

Lesson 5 – Organizing Your Desktop and Using Aliases

Lesson 6 – Organizing with Smart Folders and Tags

Lesson 7 – Snacking at the Menu Bar

Lesson 8 – Dictation and Special Characters

Lesson 9 – Using the Cool Features in Preview

Lesson 10 – Getting Help

I imagine that when the new OS X Yosemite is released soon, I will need to do some updating.  But of course computer technology is a moving target. 

– L. Baker 

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