2012: Access Technology, Build Connections, Create Networks
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The theme for 2012 – Women in Literacy: Access Technology, Build Connections and Create Networks – moved our attention towards using technology for educating, empowering and enriching our lives and communities.Some of the questions posed at this conference included:
- How do women in literacy (learners and educators): Access technology, Build connections, Create networks
- How is technology helping, hindering and/or changing communication?
- How are you using technology in your teaching and learning?
Opening Panel: Access Technology, Build Connections, Create Networks
Plenaries: How Does WE LEARN Matter to You? | Using Technology, Sustaining Connections, Nurturing Networks
Activities:Social Media | Tech Drop In Center | Creating Mandalas | Art-Making | Women's Perspectives Celebration
PANEL Discussion on Conference Theme
Women in Literacy: Access Technology, Build Connections, Create Networks
Featuring: Kathleen P. King, Donna Jones, Kathryn Ssedoga, Karisa Tashijian, and Heather Lash. Moderated by Shellie Walters with Priyanka Sharma
Members of the WE LEARN community and invited guests discussed conference themes. Adult learners, teachers, academics and researchers resented an interesting array of topics.
In this interactive session, developed and presented by the WE LEARN Board of Directors, participants discussed these questions:
- How is it still important to focus on women’s literacy or women’s needs in literacy? Why? What are effective ways to do this?
- What is the role and future of WE LEARN as a participatory membership/ volunteer organization?
- How do we continue to build a community that cares and promotes women’s literacy issues and needs?
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Mev Miller, Founder ... and Facilitated by the WE LEARN Connections Committee
In this interactive session (though small group work and open mic discussion), we demonstrated how to access and add to the treasures of the newly launched WE LEARN website. Participants discussed these questions:
- What works? What needs revision?
- What are new ways you use the website for learning and teaching?
- What content do we need to build? How can WE LEARN members contribute to keeping the website fresh, meaningful, and vibrant?
- How can the website sustain connection and communication among WE LEARN members and nurture networks of people supportive of women’s literacy?
Throughout the conference, we provided space for all conference participants to ask their questions, share ideas, and engage hands-on with computer and Internet places.
- Access to flip cameras to record sessions or make quick videos
- Participation in various social media
- Favorite Apps to Check Out (submitted by WE LEARN Members)
- Guides for Using Resources
- Overview of Technology for Learning
- Resources for Professional Development Regarding Technology
We shared the conference experience with attendees AND with those who could not join us physically. Since our conference is about technology, what better way to explore than through various interactive social media forums? We offered spaces to:
- Ask questions,
- Share experiences,
- Gain new insight, and
- Learn new ideas.
Participants and conference facilitators used the blog to post updates and offer real-time happening during the conference. For those who could not attend, we hope this gives you some connection to the exciting and nourishing events.
On the Saturday (March 10, 2012), participants at the WE LEARN conference had the unusual opportunity to step into a space designated for creativity and silent walking meditation for as short or as long as they wish. Guided by Lenore Balliro (Project Director of the Managing Stress to Improve Learning project at World Education in Boston) conference participants entered the sacred space at various designated intervals and add to the emerging mandala design on a large table, using dried beans, seeds, and rice. To intensify the transformative process of the experience, they worked in silence, communicating with each other in non-verbal ways as they allowed a gradual transition to using the right side of their brains. Mandala, the Sanskrit word for circle, represents wholeness and harmony in Buddhist and Hindu spiritual practice. Traditionally, monks create mandalas using fine grains of colored sand, spending many days in silence as the circular design emerges. For more information about mandala history, design, and use in educational settings, please goes to http://www.mandalaproject.org/
Sympathy Place (Poem - Shared Writing)
THANK YOU -- 2012 Sponsors: University of Rhode Island College of Human Science and Services | Citizens Bank | Calvin Miles Fund for Student Leadership | ProLiteracy | World Education | Rhode Island Adult Professional Development Center