I began the presentations on the 2nd day of the Pepperdine OMET/MALT Alumni Conference. I shared how my own Cadre 9 Action Research impacted my teaching and my student’s experiences. I also shared how I built a PLN through Google Teacher Academy, meeting edtech teachers & Teacher Librarians on Twitter, presenting at conferences, co-founding edcampPDX and my future plans of teaching an online edtech class for Portland State University.
Next up was Jonathan Silk (Cadre 14) who talked about building an online Community of Practice with Leadercast for military officers. David Greenfield (Cadre 9) talked about the Arts and importance of including them into
STEM S.T.E.A.M programs — and not just think that doing “artsy” lessons is the same thing. I really enjoyed meeting Noah Sparks (Cadre 13) — (yes, he’s Paul’s son) and hearing how Yammer transformed his work environment. Andrea Flagiello & Jacquelin Sandoval (Cadre 14) shared their MALT Design project — which was solving how OMET/MALT alumns can better stay connected using social media. We will definitely use some of their ideas as we move forward with organizing future meet-ups and conferences!!
I especially enjoyed hearing about Jeff (Cadre 3) & Maria (Cadre 11) Lee’s experiences using VoiceThread in their research of Himalayan Communities Leverage 21st Century Technology To Solve Problems. Jeff had attended one of my VoiceThread sessions at ISTE and was able to meet Steve & Ben, the owners of VoiceThread and then worked with them to take their beta iPad version of VoiceThread to Nepal to record the villagers talking about their experiences. Even Robert Martellacci got into the action and updated us about MindShareLearning and Dawn Ryce shared a poem enhanced with her own photos — (thanks Debby & Dawn for being our photographers all week long!).
When enjoyed a leisurely lunch (highly recommend Malibu Seafood) and then returned for our 2nd day of unconference sessions. I attended a discussion about what questions about technology should we be asking & how its affects our culture. I also really enjoyed the next conversation about best practices when using collaborative tools with students and teachers. The final panel once again shared “What’s got your attention” and we ended Friday with a community circle by the Heroes Garden with Margaret. Of course Friday wouldn’t be complete without the obligatory after dinner visit to the Lego room as the MALT15 cadre mates worked frantically to finish up all of their projects.
We all cheered on the MALT15 cadre mates on Saturday morning as the ran their Hunger Games Lego robots — “May the PROCESS be ever in your favor” — and watched their videos. By then everyone was all happy and smiles (and a little sleep deprived) and after the final community circle then the conference was over.
I really am glad I decided to attend the conference. It was fun for me to meet the MALT15 cadre and enjoyed their questions of: What did you do for your Action Research, is it really going to take over my life and what are the instructors like? Best of luck to my MALT15 buddies Kristina Peters and Catherine Davis and all the other cadre members. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions of need some help with Twitter, Dreamweaver, Action Research or just a compassionate person who will commiserate with you. And remember … it really is all about the process. Good luck!