This weekend, I attended the Meeting of the Minds 2012 unconference. In the words of the organisers:
this is a conference with a difference: sharing stories, conversations, connecting with other passionate educators who are integrating iCT with pedagogy.
In the main, it was participant driven – what we wanted to learn, what we could share and what was eating us. Sticky notes, added by participants, adorned the glass walls with proposed topics, questions and areas of need. Participants grouped the notes into more general headings. We could then choose from four topics for 5 workshops over the weekend. These workshops were great ways of sharing knowledge, experiences and conversations. The un-workshops that I attended were:-
- Building the global classrooms – a highlight being my online colleague from India, Sebastian Panakal was on skype and willing to videoconference in on the ‘spur of the moment’. speak to each participant and share his screen to talk to one of his slides. Thanks Sebastian.
- There’s an app for that
- Using games in the classroom
- Yo Twitter
- Exploring and sharing iPad apps
- On the Saturday morning, Richard Olsen of Big Ideas Lab led on us on a thought provoking ‘big picture’ presentation featuring a discussion on learning and how we learn.
- This was followed by a lunch, where we paired with another to create the lunch of their choice, following instructions. The lunch was to be decorated in an innovative and creative way, a digital photo taken, shared in twitter with the #motm12s tag
- Three un-workshops
- A fantastic session with a top Australian saxaphonist who talked of his work, use of technology and need to break away from it all at times to get creative ideas.
- Dinner followed by the squirm debates which did make me squirm at times.
The link to two sessions attended follows. They are work in progress. Can you please add to them?
- link to the google doc for collaborating – Building a Global Classroom
- Our collaborative google doc for all things twitter – Yo Tweeps
- the reflective conference video
- link to my story page with a brief presentation,which primarily shares the groundswell in grass roots learning.
See more on the conference
- Roland Gesthuzien’s storify summary
- Summary in a movie
- Follow #motm12 in twitter for continuing stories between minds.
Do you think that this type of conference is a good idea? Have you attended an unconference or workshop. Teachmeets are gaining increasing popularity here in Australia. Have you been to any?