Meet the Attendees

Name: Stephen Davis
Area of Expertise:  Middle Level Instruction and Ice Cream

How are you involved in Education?

I teach at Lexington Junior High School in Cypress, California. I have taught for thirteen years, twelve of which have been with middle school students.

Three years ago I earned a Masters Degree in Middle Level Instruction from Walden University.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

See Roberto Greco’s school/classroom at http://tcsnmy8.tumblr.com/

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

Nope! However, I have been to conferences that were not really conference like!

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

I would focus on something to do with middle school students – I am still mulling over a few ideas!

Do you have a blog or website?

http://www.rushtheiceberg.com

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Cory Plough
Area of Expertise: Online Educator, Professional Development Coordinator

How are you involved in Education?

I teach online social studies and social media courses for a variety of programs around the country. I present often on the how online education fits into the discussion of education reform.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

No walls

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

Educon, many virtual uncons

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

Online education, networking in education, using social media in classrooms

Do you have a blog or website?

http://thenextstep.edublogs.org

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Dan Callahan
Area of Expertise: I’m a Special Education Teacher disguised as a Technology Integration Specialist.

How are you involved in Education?

After eight years of teaching Middle School Special Education at the Upper Darby School District in Pennsylvania, I’ve moved this year to Massachusetts and am now the Technology Integration Specialist at Pine Glen Elementary School in Burlington. It’s a great job that has me running a computer lab and figuring out ways to help kids learn their computer skills while working with teachers to make sure we meet their instructional goals. It’s exciting, challenging work.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

Two parts curiosity, three parts kindness, one part technology.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

My first unconference was BarCamp Philadelphia in November 2009. I met a great group of teachers there, and we decided that we needed to bring unconferences to educators. In May 2010 we organized Edcamp Philly, the very first one. I’ve since been fortunate enough to get to ntcamp for new teachers and Edcamp Keene in New Hampshire. I’m headed to Edcamp NYC in early December, and psyched to be going to the first west coast Edcamp in OC.

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

I prefer running sessions about ideas and policies in education, focusing on discussion and debate. My most popular session has been Things That Suck, which I could very easily bring back for more.

Do you have a blog or website?

http://dancallahan.net/

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Jayme Johnson
Area of Expertise:  Director of Academic Technology, PreK-6th grade school

How are you involved in Education?

As the Director of Academic Technology, I teach technology to 300 PreK-6th grade students each week. I assist teachers in planning collaborative projects and integrating technology into their curriculum. I also develop and implement technology related professional development for our entire faculty.

In addition to my “day job,” I speak at various conferences and parent education events and am on the leadership team of ISTE’s SIGTC (Technology Coordinators).

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

Full of space – large tables, large floor areas, and comfortable seating areas for students to converse and collaborate. Smaller pods, that could accommodate individuals and small groups, would be available for quiet work. Each pod would also have a way to connect and communicate with others via a large screen or computer for videoconferencing. The larger space would also have an interactive white board and a great projector system.

More importantly my ideal classroom would FEEL inspiring and calming. Students would feel energized, motivated, invested, and engaged in their projects. Teachers would learn along with students.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

Looking forward to edcampOC as my first unconference experience!

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

Creating a globally connected classroom. Free projects that allow your students to create and collaborate with classrooms across the country and around the world.

Do you have a blog or website?

http://jaymej.pbworks.com/

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Matt Arguello
Area of Expertise:  Tech Integration, Math, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Wisecracks

How are you involved in Education?

I’m a technology coordinator, computer teacher, and math teacher. My primary focus is technology integration and getting students excited about learning.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

I imagine my ideal school being somewhat like the Google campus, or what I’ve heard and read about it. I would love to teach in a school with an open environment and that nurtured students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn. Rows of desks don’t promote learning.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

Nope.

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

Still thinking about this one. I’d like to maybe lead a session on free graphics tools. Another idea is using Edmodo in the classroom. I love that tool.

Do you have a blog or website?

http://mattarguello.wordpress.com

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Vicky Sedgwick
Area of Expertise:  K-8 Computer Teacher & All Things Tech Related

How are you involved in Education?

I am “the” tech person at my small Episcopal Preschool – 8th grade school in the San Fernando Valley. This means that not only do I see each of the classes (K-8) twice a week in the computer lab, but I also troubleshoot and fix any technology problems encountered by the teachers and staff.

It has been a challenge to develop (and constantly revise) a curriculum that will teach not only basic computer skills but will help my students develop in to responsible digital citizens.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

My ideal classroom would be easily reconfigured so that students can work independently or in groups. Students would have access to laptops or desktop computers and the Internet and other technologies as needed to complete their work. Students and teachers would be inspired to learn every day.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

No but I have always wanted to – I’m looking forward to the conversations at edCampOC!

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

I’d be willing to lead a conversation about teaching Digital Citizenship to students. I would love to know how others are approaching this and what tools they are using and would love to share what I have done in my school.

Do you have a blog or website?

http://vsedgwick.edublogs.org/

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Sean Williams
Area of Expertise:  Still learning things…

How are you involved in Education?

I teach 4th graders for my day job. I also teach at the University of La Verne f2f and on line. I am a trainer for OCDE and on the board of OC CUE.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

Lots of space and supplies. It going to be noisy with music and talking. Oh, and messy probably. Lots of books to read and ipods/ipads/tablets.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

This will be the first physically. Have checked out the Twitter stream on several others.

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

I love sharing so whatever I have to offer.

Do you have a blog or website?

http://seanwilliams.edublogs.org/

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Adina Sullivan
Area of Expertise:  Elementary Teacher/Tech Lead Teacher

How are you involved in Education?

I teach 4th grade and work on both the site and district level to help teachers integrate technology into curriculum.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

I’ve attended unconferences related to CUE and ISTE over the last few years.

Do you have a blog or website?

N/A

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Rob Greco
Area of Expertise:  Working on that… I’m an unapologetic generalist.

How are you involved in Education?

I work with a small team of amazing, passionate educators (the ‘we’ that will appear throughout this profile), who are have developed and implemented a new middle school program for The Children’s School in La Jolla, an independent, progressive school. This is a school where students and teachers are on first-name basis and where no grades are given. My role is to coordinate that team and teach seventh and eighth grade humanities.

Also, my own two kids (ages 10 and 12) are unschoolers.

What does your ideal classroom look like?

My ideal school is unique to each of its learners, is the dream school of their own construction. It consists of the places they inhabit, the people and ideas they interact with, and the expanses of their imagination.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

Not really, but I’ve helped run some workshops that were very unconference-like.

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

There are several possibilities. Here are a few of them. Most come with a little homework.

1. Student-led Urban Adventures: We’ve had some great experiences with student-led class trips, most recently to San Francisco. (See http://bit.ly/cGaImK for more info.)

It would be great to receive some feedback and new ideas for future trips.

2. The Generative Web Event: Our school would like to host an unconference with our students some time, as early as this coming spring. Tim Carmody of Snarkmarket wrote about “The Generative Web Event” last year. The basic premise is that you host an event attended both in person and virtually, and that the event itself produces some product — a blog, a book, a magazine, an app, a website, etc. (Read Tim’s post http://snarkmarket.com/2010/5979 and another by Robin Sloan http://snarkmarket.com/2009/4056 to understand the concept). One of the projects mentioned by Tim is a story that Robin wrote with my class last year. For more information about that see: http://robinsloan.com/normal-heights and http://tcsnmy7.tumblr.com/post/549275281/ and http://snarkmarket.com/2010/5462.

How might we pull something off a generative web event? What would we generate?

3. Open Studios and Personal Learning Projects: One of the features we’ve included in our middle years program is an Open Studio. Rather than having a traditional, quiet study hall, students are given a forty-five minute period each day to use mostly however they want. Think Google’s 20% http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/googles-20-percent-time-in-action.html , but not quite 20%. During Open Studio, students can continue work on the projects that they have designed for their classes, but are also encouraged to work on personal learning projects (PLPs).

PLPs are student-designed projects that don’t necessarily fit into the buckets set by the curriculum. Examples include: animation, computer programming, an online TV show about cars, an exploration into textures, cardboard furniture building, fund raising for malaria nets, filmmaking, etc

It would be great to receive some feedback and new ideas about this program.

4. One-to-one Laptop Programs, Personal Technologies, and/or Social Software in the Classroom: Our middle school has a one-to-one laptop program. Several students also bring and use iPod Touches, iPads, and iPhones to class and are allowed and encouraged to use them to benefit their learning. All students and faculty members have Tumblr blogs, Google accounts (for Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps, etc.), and Vimeo accounts that they use together with their own personalized utility belt of online tools for learning and sharing. More on these topics at “Barbarians with Laptops” http://robertogreco.tumblr.com/post/309355692/ and “Living and Learning with New Media” http://tcsnmy6.tumblr.com/post/60815258/ and “Sociality Is Learning” http://tcsnmy7.tumblr.com/post/265610126/

We would love to share our experience and hear about the tools used and experiences of others.

5. The Struggles of Progressive Educational Philosophies in a Capitalist Economy: What are the struggles of schools that do not give letter grades, follow mandated curriculums, place emphasis on standardized test, etc.? What is the best way to educate and reassure parents who are anxious about high school and college admissions, especially when the program is new and there is not yet an alumni base to point to as examples of fulfilled adults who are making a positive contribution to the world? How can a school manage these concerns when students will most likely plug back into the traditional system for the next step in their academic careers?

Do you have a blog or website?

http://www.grecolaborativo.com

Are you on Twitter?


 

Name: Lisa Michelle Dabbs
Area of Expertise:  K-8 Administration/Leadership/Instruction, Lesson Planning, ELA, ELD,Bi-Lingual Instruction,Classroom Management, Edu Global Connections, Child Development, Instructional Tech Apps., Parent Education BA in Child Development M.Ed in Administration

How are you involved in Education?

Educational Coach and Consultant, Edutopia.org New Teacher Connections Group Facilitator, originator of New Teacher Chat (#ntchat), a weekly chat for new teachers on Twitter, Educators PLN Teacher Mentoring Project, The 30 Goals (on Facebook and soon to be a published book),Connected Principals,Reform Symposium Coordinator, Board Member of a Literacy Non-Profit, Library Board of Trustee.

Served as an elementary school principal for 14 years, a federal programs project director, and English Language Arts consultant for Kaplan Educational Corporation.

Career Presenter at conferences such as: NAESP, ACSA, CABE, ASCD, #140conference, OCReading Association, Reform Symposium E-Conf.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

My ideal school would be an entirely open structure with no walls and multi-age groupings. Fully integrated curriculum with emphasis on Blogging for all, Visual Performing Arts, Foreign Language Instruction beginning in Pre-K, and Technology with 1:1 Classroom Model. Fully collaborative faculty and parents who work as a team in a Professional Learning Community with students.

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

No. Really looking forward to the conversations at EdcampOC!

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

I’m passionate about mentoring and supporting new teachers to reach amazing heights and potential. Would be interested in leading  session on tool box for new teachers, or how to start a PLN (Personal Learning Network). Would also like to team with another EdcampOC attendee to lead a session…Still tossing some ideas around.

Do you have a blog or website?

http://www.teachingwithsoul.com

Are you on Twitter?

http://www.twitter.com/teachingwthsoul


Nikita Ganatra

Name: Nikita Ganatra

Have you ever attended an unconference?  If so, which ones?

No, I have not and I am looking forward to this one!

If you were to lead a session at EdCampOC, what would it be about?

Professional development, using free online technological tools for instructional and engagement purposes, and networking.