MyBlend Stories | MACUL15

MyBlend Stories | MACUL15

The MyBlend team share their stories from this year's conference

Written by Roman Stotland, Jamie DeWitt, Brandon Bautista, Jeff Gerlach on Wednesday, 25 March 2015.

Attending the MACUL conference is one of the biggest highlights of the year for Michigan educators. Over 4500 attendees descended on the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit to soak up sessions put on by teachers throughout the state as well as international thought leaders in the field of EdTech and innovation.

Jamie (@jamiedewitt), Brandon (@B2edu), Roman (@rstotland) and I (@JGer1) attended MACUL, representing MyBlend as presenters and connecting with folks at our booth in the vendor area as well. We enjoyed connecting with lots of #michED friends, making new connections and engaging in deep thoughtful conversations on the whole.

In the days following the conference, we’ve been trying to unpack and share our reflections as so many others do. Personally I was having a bit of writer’s block. Brandon suggested we do a podcast so I booked a meeting room here at the Michigan Virtual University® office and put a mic in the middle of the table. I didn’t have guiding questions but I think the four of us did a pretty good job of improvising. There is a lot of merit to planning and preparation. We are deeply thoughtful people. But sometimes you just need to jump and trust that you’ll do well. Listening to the recording now, I like the rawness and I’m glad that we captured these thoughts for us to do something with them in the future. Ironically that’s the power of reflections, to look forward as you think back.

As a group we've been reading the steady stream of reflections from this year's conference. We've been sending links back and forth. Collectively we feel that they help to enrich our conference perspective in retrospect.

Since we didn’t get to go to as many sessions as we would have liked this year, we appreciated being able to read the reflections from the other attendees. Here are a few:

About the Author

Roman Stotland

Roman Stotland

Roman Stotland is an educational technology specialist at Michigan Virtual University. He provides technical knowledge and support to MyBlend team members and program participants.

Roman holds a masters degree in educational technology from Michigan State University and also has an IT background: this includes web development and design as well as customer support. He is particularly interested in integrating everyday technology into educational environments.
Jamie DeWitt

Jamie DeWitt

Jamie DeWitt is the Senior Blended Learning Specialist for Michigan Virtual University. She works with MyBlend teachers and administrators helping to increase capacity to implement blended learning programs. Jamie holds a Master’s degree in K-12 Educational Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Music Education from Aquinas College. Before joining the MyBlend team, Jamie taught face to face for 5.5 years and spent 2 years as a full-time online instructor for MVU.

Brandon Bautista

Brandon Bautista

Jeff Gerlach

Jeff Gerlach

Jeff Gerlach (@JGer1) is an instructional design coach for Michigan Virtual University. He works with teachers to design blended learning experiences for students through presentations, school partnerships, online courses and 1:1 coaching. He holds a master's degree in educational technology from Michigan State and has experience as a face-to-face teacher in the metro Detroit area where he blended his classroom for six school years.

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