The ACK conference has now concluded. It was a great success! Everything flowed smoothly, the presentations were great, the food was fabulous, and everyone seemed to be so grateful for this professional development opportunity. It was the first conference of its kind in Kuwait.
My presentation on mLearning was fun. Participants brainstormed and came up with some excellent ideas: have students record interviews then play them back with partners in class - self-correct and learn from each other's errors. Post the interview on a class wiki or moodle. One participant talked about having students summarize a chapter in their business book by acting out the core messages in a play that they collaborate on to write, act, and video tape. Another participant talked about having engineering students go out and videotape a process while recording themselves talking through the process as they watch - any type of process - at a factory, office, restaurant anyplace. Back in the classroom, students share what they learned, self-correct, and write out the process. And another participant told of an instructor who texts assessment questions to his students. The students love it - they get their individual question at home and are given a few hours to answer it and text back. Each student has their own question. They love being able to take an assessment while lounging at home. Apparently, this instructor is very popular.
Laura Davis is an entrepreneur and educator. Her background covers teaching, school management, and community development work.