Ideas swimming around in my head after attending #NCCE2015 Goals: Put in for funding to upgrade our version of Photoshop so students can design for the 3D printer Make another Infographic with Illustrator Purchase Sphero balls for Makerspace Plan out initial ideas for start-up […]
Next week I will be presenting at NCCE 2015 … Wednesday 2hr workshop – Extend Learning using Online Discussion Forums Extend learning by using online discussion forums with middle and high schools students. Provide opportunities for your students to demonstrate their understanding of concept presented in class, […]
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!
I am thrilled that Pepperdine has decided to have an OMET/MALT alumni conference alongside when the new Cadre 15 will begin. My participation in the Online Masters of Educational Technology (now called Masters of Learning Technologies) program was life changing for me. I was challenged […]
I attended the OASL 2010 conference in Bend, Oregon on October 8th and 9th. I attended the afternoon pre-conference and several sessions on Saturday that have impacted my understanding and teaching as a teacher librarian. On Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure to hear Jerene […]
If you are attending the Northwest Council of Computer Education (NCCE) conference in Seattle this week – please introduce yourself or Twitter using the hastag #NCCE10 so I can find you. Or better yet – stop by my presentations and say HI!
Wednesday 3/3/10: 5-8 pm Using VoiceThread for Interactive Projects workshop (fee)
Thursday 3/4/10: 3:30-4:30pm Google Tools vs. Google Apps concurrent session – Rm 612
Friday 3/5/10: 9:45am – 10:45am What is a PLN and Why do I need one? with Martha Thornburgh – Rm 612
Next week I will be presenting Using FREE Google Tools in the Classroom at the National Catholic Educational Association conference (NCEA) in Anaheim. I am looking foward to meeting other Catholic School technology teachers and discuss issues unique to our schools. Click HERE to view […]
Last Saturday during a two hour drive, my husband and I had a great discussion about learning, failure and success. We were discussing people’s attitude towards problems in your work environment and failure in general. Some folks are crushed by failure, beat themselves up, or […]
The basic idea is to DESIGN information in four ways to represent 2008 as you experienced it. If you look at my second graph (below) you’ll understand why I missed the first Annual Report contest – I was on a self-imposed “no computer” hiatus during January 2008. But this year I used the opportunity to play around with Photoshop – something I never take the time to do.
These four slides best represent 2008 for me: School, Learning, Family and my PLN. 2008 has been a great year for me professionally. I gave presentations at three conferences (ITSC, NCCE and ILC) and I attended the Google Teacher Academy. I blogged regularly and was active in many online learning communities. I joined the Oregon EdTech Cadre and met tech-loving teachers from all over the state. I feel more comfortable in my role as a Computer Teacher than I ever have before and I think that is reflected in my teaching.
With that in mind, here are my four slides:
Slide 1: This bar graph shows the number of students who walked through my classroom door in 2008, starting first with the end of Fall /Winter Semester 1, Spring Semester 2 and Fall Semester of the next school year. I teach 6 different classes each term. There are not a lot of electives at my small high school and many students choose to take the advanced computer classes their Junior & Senior year. I love having them all – but it does make for a busy day and lots of planning. Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cleopold73/2906486794
Slide 2: I started this blog in July of 2007 – right when I was finishing up my Master’s of Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. I had just spent the last year and half blogging for the program and realized I enjoyed the connections I made and the reflective writing. I never really considered myself much of a writer before but I enjoyed sharing what I was doing with my students in my classroom and resouces I discovered. I wrote 120 posts in 2008 – which I’m sure isn’t a lot for some people – but it is for me. This 3-D cone graph was made in Excel.
Slide 3: This slide is a timeline of the major family events for 2008. We traveled to Arizona for Spring Break to visit my husband’s parents and took a side trip to Sedona. My youngest son graduated from high school and the summer was busy with 2 weddings and trips to the beach and lakes. We traveled up to Gonzaga University in the fall for Parent’s weekend and I attended the ILC conference in October – where I met the charming Mr. Meyer himself <smile>.
Slide 4: My Personal Learning Network exploded in 2008. I have met and stayed in contact with so many fabulous teachers from the Google Teacher Academy, the Oregon EdTech Cadre and the conferences I have attended. My favorite part of ILC was folks coming up to me and saying, “Hey, I follow you on Twitter – and then the next thing you know we are sitting next to each other, sharing ideas, commenting on each other’s blogs and entering fun contests!
Wow … I wonder what 2009 will bring?
I encourage you to participate. Alice Mercer already has posted her four slides. Come on – it’s fun!
Just a heads up: I will be presenting a 3 hour hands-on workshop and several one hour sessions at the NCCE conference in Portland on February 19th & 20th Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers ($85 extra) Morning Workshop, Friday, February 20, 2009, from 8:30 AM […]