Mike Wielgus just began his 20th year in education and second year as a full time K-12 Instructional Technology Coach. He has led technology in-service trainings in his district for over 15 years and has had the opportunity to consult and train staff in neighboring school districts as well. He is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and co-created a personalized professional development program and gamified Google Certification game for his school district and has had the opportunity to present at many local and statewide educational technology conferences including METC and ICE in 2018.
IGNITE Session – “TRIADvances Personalized PD Program” – Joint Annual Conference, November 2017 (Chicago, IL)
“Personalized PD: Badges, & Danielson, & SAMR, Oh My!” – METC Conference, February 2018 (St. Louis, MO)
“Personalized PD: Badges, & Danielson, & SAMR, Oh My!” – ICE Conference, February 2018 (Chicago, IL)
“Reaching Your Community Through Podcasts” – Directions Conference, June 2018 (Collinsville, IL)
“How We Gamified Our Google Certification Training” – Google Extravaganza, July 2018 (St. Charles, MO)
"This program allowed me to collaborate with teachers that I rarely see. It also let me discuss techy things I was doing in the classroom with my grade-level team. One of my team members loved the idea so much, she implemented into her own classroom!"
“I feel like I went outside of the box, especially within my own grade level! I was exploring new tech ideas and my kiddos loved every minute of it. I felt like just having you both (Adam and Mike) there for support and your willingness to help made things a lot easier. I am also a very competitive person, so hearing that others had ideas for badges and/or were receiving badges was a great motivator.”
“The game was very interactive which made it very easy to want to continue to work on it. The story line was interesting, and the Easter Eggs were the best part of the game! There were many ideas and takeaways that came from the NIGHT activities. I would highly recommend working through all of the NIGHT activities. I appreciate the time and effort it took to create this game, with the test being more application based, I feel like MODULUS will have a greater benefit than the actual online Google readings will.”