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 […]
The first ever Pepperdine OMET/MALT alumni conference was held at the Malibu campus this last week. Members from almost every cadre 1-14 were represented with around 40+ attendees coming for part or all of the alumni conference. The experience was different than a “traditional” conference […]
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 to connect with all types of educators using online and virtual tools. Never did I know that this constructive environment would stretch me and challenge the way I taught.
It has been five years since I graduated and during the alumni conference I will present a 20minute TED-type talk about my journey, what I have learned along the way and how it challenged me to make a difference. Here are my slides (including brief speaker notes)
DAY THREE: WRITE A THANK YOU NOTE Pick out a blogger who in some way influenced your decision to begin blogging and write them a thank you note. A major influence in my professional development as a computer teacher happened during my Masters of Educational […]
I am pleased that my Action Research project from Pepperdine University was selected to be uploaded to the student archives as an example of Action Research. “These projects have value in directing the work of the next generation of students in the Online Masters in […]
I spent last week as a Graduate Assistant for the Pepperdine Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology [online] program in Malibu (yes, Malibu!) California. VirtCamp is a chance for the new cadre members to meet face to face and learn the communication tools for their online year ahead. The excitement in the air was contagious and as I sat there and reflected about my 13-month journey through OMET – I was struck about how much I learned this year and how my community taught me most of what I now know.
I admit – I had to hold myself back from gushing all kinds of advice like: You’ve got to learn about del.icio.us and other social bookmarking sites. If you work on multiple computers like I do you will love having all your bookmarks in one place (plus it’s fun to snoop through other people’s bookmarks!). Wikis? I love wikis. I use them all the time. Whenever my cadremates and I were discussing a situation I was always to first to suggest, “Let’s add a link to our wiki and add our ideas there”. Wikis are so great for collaboration and giving each person a voice. Oh … and you must post all of your pics on flickr and play around with flickr toys! I found myself proclaiming the wonders of blogging – even though before this program I could barely keep a diary for more than a week. Now I find that I have so much swimming around in my head that I have to write it down so I can digest it slowly, let it mull around in my brain for awhile and then come back to the idea later on and discuss the idea some more.
I was so busy during the week that I didn’t have time for much blogging and realized how much I missed it. Now that I am finally reflecting on what happened I am realizing that blogging is so much more about the process of my thinking and actions – and less about “what happened”. I definitely missed a golden opportunity – oh well – next time.
During the course of VirtCamp, class members are thrown into social learning activities where they share how they learned what they know and are asked to complete activities in groups where they are given little direction of how to complete the project. It is basically organized chaos. Some people love the open-endedness and interactions and others crave some written directions. There is no better way to reflect on your preferred learning style than to be thrown into a situation where you are challenged to grow and be a learner again. Most of the people in the program are K-12, Higher Ed or corporate trainers and I am sure they are used to being the experts and “knowing how to do it all”. Being placed back in a position of a learner is good for educators. I think it is critical to experience and remember the feelings of nervousness, fear, frustration, exhilaration, and sense of accomplishment. It will make each of use more sensitive to the learners in our environment.
My main role was to assist the new students when they needed help with communication tools, setting up blogs, designing websites or answering basic questions. The students were eager to learn and there was A LOT to learn in a short amount of time. After teaching someone how to set up a template in Dreamweaver or how to add tags to a blog entry I found myself saying to them, OK now, pay it forward. Teach this skill to at least one other class member”. I am happy to say that after two or three days I observed many new Dreamweaver templates, lots of interesting blogs and many new skills being shared with classmates.
Just think. Individually we know a lot – but what if each of us really takes on the theme of “Pay it forward”. Collectively we know so much more and we can accomplish a great deal together. The OMET program embraces social learning at it’s best. Educators can learn a great deal from each other if we take the time to share best practices and be open to learning.
Pay it forward!