November 2021 MACUL Newsletter

November  2021


Learning on the go with Classroom on Android

The past two years have seen a rapid rise in the use of educational tools by teachers and students everywhere – driven primarily by the need for distance learning. Now that educators and schools have experienced the benefits of these tools, their use continues to grow, even as many schools return to in-person and hybrid learning.

While this industry-wide shift to more hours online can be an opportunity for many, it can also be a challenge for some teachers and students, especially in places where communities rely heavily on mobile phones or because of limited internet connectivity.

Google Classroom and other Google Workspace for Education tools are designed to be used anytime, anywhere and on any device. In many countries around the world, the investments we’ve made in our mobile apps have already helped tens of millions of students keep learning remotely by using personal or shared phones.

With this in mind, we’ve launched three new features to improve access to Classroom in mobile-first and limited internet conditions.

With the Classroom Android app, students can now continue to work and learn, even when offline or when faced with spotty internet connections. Now students have the option – when they are online – to download assignment attachments to their phone for viewing and editing later when they are offline.

Although the ability to submit and download assignments, or pose questions and get answers, still requires an internet connection, offline mode gives students the flexibility to take schoolwork anywhere and keep learning on the go.

Many more students today are taking and submitting photos of assignments that are easier and more ideal to complete by hand — like math or science homework.

The Classroom Android app now has a handy scan feature, which students can use to capture and combine multiple pictures into a single file. The upload action in the app now allows for easy selection and submission of multiple different types of files in a single step.

These improvements will help students submit their assignments more efficiently, even if they’re in a rush to meet a deadline.

For teachers who are primarily using a phone, we’ve made big updates to the experience of viewing and grading assignments on the Classroom Android app.

Teachers can now seamlessly swipe between students and assignments and add grades on the app. Teachers can also give feedback to students by enabling comments on individual files, even if there are multiple files in an assignment. They can comment on a file or highlight specific passages to leave more targeted feedback pinpointing improvement areas for students.

The vast majority of people who are new to the internet today use phones rather than computers. With these new Classroom Android app features, we’re providing students and teachers everywhere with a better mobile experience.

We are fully committed to investing in helping educators and schools spark learning and close equity gaps with more supportive, inclusive, and productive educational tools.

Annual CS Ed Week

Computer Science Education week(CS Ed Week) is December 6 through 12, 2021. This is the annual call to action to inspire PreK-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and a time to celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners in the field of computer science. The Michigan Department of Education invites educators and administrators to engage in computer science education implementation through a variety of event opportunities listed below.

    • The MI Computer Science Leadership Summit welcomes organization leaders, business leaders, institutions of higher education, curriculum leaders, administrators, and CS teacher leaders that are interested in providing direction in Michigan’s implementation of computer science. This virtual event will be held on December 2, from 3 pm – 5 pm. Registration Link and Flyer to Share
    • The CS for Michigan Conference was held on November 2, but the conversation continues with Slow Chats on Twitter with the hashtag #csformi running daily through December 12.
    • The MACUL Student Technology Showcase will be held at the Capitol on December 8. K-12 students teams demonstrate how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan.
    • REMC’s PLAYDATEMI: Computer Science Event will be a virtual event held on December 8 from 4 pm – 6 pm. This event provides a time for any educator to explore computer science related apps, tools and how to implement the computer science standards.
    • CSEdWeek provides opportunities for any educator to engage their students with computer science education.
    • The Coding for Michigan event encourages 9-12 educators to dedicate 30 minutes of class time on December 6 for students to learn how to code. For registration information, go to MICHIGAN ACCELERATE CS.

MIConnect Report Assessing State-Wide Connectivity Published

The final report from the MAISA’s MiConnect taskforce is the culmination of months of collaborative efforts between local, regional, and state-level educational entities and economic development groups with input from the service provider community. The report seeks to assess the status of internet connectivity in the state of Michigan and potential ways to leverage public and private partnerships to connect all Michigan residents to broadband service.

Michigan CS PLN 

Michigan has a Computer Science Professional Learning Network for those connected to computer science education! We have started monthly meetups for State Level Stakeholders, Consultants, and Educators. To find more information about events that are happening, look here: To join the CS PLN and receive event notifications, please fill out this form: 


Get started with FREE mental health and SEL programming

With support from the state of Michigan, Michigan Cares is now available to schools and districts at no cost! The highly customizable, scaffolded curriculum contains more than 1,300 lessons to address the issues K-12 students encounter every day. Plus, administrators can see the real-time effectiveness of the SEL and mental health lessons. Learn all about it, view webinars and materials, and get started:


Stay warm and take advantage of new skills and tools from the comfort of home! Earn up to 10 Free SCECHs.

December is a great time to enhance and expand your teaching skills in an instructor-led virtual course setting. REMC courses offer 10 free SCECHs, and are open to all Michigan school personnel.

Registration deadline is Friday, November 26th – December courses are starting a week early to provide time to complete prior to the holidays. Through the support of REMC SAVE’s vendor partners all courses are FREE and there are no SCECH fees. Don’t miss out on these virtual courses that are a great way for educators to learn, connect, collaborate and grow from the convenience of their home. Check out December courses here:

Register by Friday, November 26th. If you have questions or need further assistance with your course registration, please contact Erin Rommeck, REMC Event Coordinator.