Plugging in without Checking Out! (Fall 2013)


This page is a resource page for my presentation at the Fall 2013 MDSTA and DACTM joint conference. This presentation/workshop is designed to familarize you with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) TRAC program. TRAC which stands for Transportation and Civic Engineering, is a program designed to introduce and excite students about civil engineering concepts. More information about TRAC can be found on my webpage by clicking HERE.

The TRAC program has its own professional development and the best part is that the program is entirely, 100% free!!!! As teachers we know how tight the budget can be so free is always good!

For today, I have included my presentation below and links to the pages containing information about each available module. If you would like to get in touch with me there is a contact form that can be filled out by clicking on the “contact ” tab at the top of the page.

NOTE: Here are some of the things that came up in our session. Please contact me above if you have further questions or would like more information on anything we discussed!

iPad Apps

  • Educreations
  • Vernier Video
  • Vernier Graphical Analysis

Screencasting/Lesson Recording Resources

  • Screencast-O-Matic


Here is a direct link or you can view it in the webpage below:


Main TRAC Contact is Julie VanPortfliet. You can find her phone number below. You can also find her email on the MDOT website by searching “MDOT TRAC.”

Vernier Software

Here is a link to information about the connected classroom! The tutorial videos and vernier support are very good.

Apple iPad, TV, and Airplay

I have written a series of articles on how to use the Apple TV and Airplay with an iPad in the classroom. You can find my Apple integration page HERE. The specific article for the Apple TV is HERE.

Just an FYI, here are upcoming dates for TRAC Training.

Upcoming TRAC Training
*Registration is required to attend TRAC training sessions.

Monday, November 18
MDOT Southwest Region Office
1501 East Kilgore Road
Kalamazoo MI 49001
Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Brenda Kragt, 269-337-3913

Thursday, December 5
Huron Intermediate School District
1299 S. Thomas Road, Suite 1
Bad Axe, MI 48413
Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Julie VanPortfliet, 906-786-1830 ext. 317

Friday, November 22
Roseville High School
17855 Common Road
Roseville, MI 48066
Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Julie VanPortfliet, 906-786-1830 ext. 317

Friday, December 6
Traverse Bay Area ISD
REMC Conf. Room
880 Parsons Road
Traverse City, MI 49696
Time: 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Julie VanPortfliet, 906-786-1830 ext. 317


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