Meet Alison Grace and Joanna Edwards. Alison and Joanna are both Loyola Educational Technology Program ’21 alumni and now serve on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Educational Technology Association (MSET). They are also co-editors of the MSET blog.
Here, we join Alison and Joanna to learn about their board service and learn how to submit content to MSET’s blog “Innovative Minds”, which finds work that inspires innovative teaching, leadership and learning.
Why did you join the MSET Executive Committee?
Alison: I recently graduated from Loyola University and I think serving on the MSET Executive Committee will be a great experience for further professional development and networking.
Joanna: I joined MSET’s executive committee as a blog co-editor, working with other technology leaders in the state to promote best practices in the use of technology in K-16 classrooms.
What have you learned since joining the MSET Executive Committee?
Alison: Participating in MSET has exposed me to many professional development experiences. MSET is a great place to experience webinars on educational technology-related topics and develop PLNs with like-minded educators. You don’t need to be on the executive committee to benefit from all that MSET has to offer, but being on the board helps keep me involved.
Joanna: Since joining MSET’s Executive Committee, I’ve learned that it takes a group of like-minded individuals to promote educational technology to Maryland educators. Everyone on the board has a specific role, a cog in the wheel. Recruiting new members and promoting the importance of being an MSET member is a major goal. This is our first year of monthly professional development for anyone interested in participating.
How did you use your Loyola degree for this position?
Alison: Being the Editor-in-Chief of the MSET Blog means staying up-to-date on best practices in teaching, pedagogy and instructional technology. I believe my recent Ed Tech master’s program at Loyola set me up for success in this role.
Joanna: Earning a degree from Loyola prepared me for leadership positions in Ed Tech. The comprehensive program provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership positions with experienced education technology professionals.
What is your role on the MSET Executive Committee?
Alison: In addition to attending the monthly executive meeting, Joanna and I coordinate the collection, review process, and posting of blog submissions.
Joanna: Alison Glace and I are co-editors of the MSET blog. At monthly executive committee meetings, I report on the status of blog entries and discuss current plans and initiatives. Various members report on their activities including: Sponsorships, Awards, Blogs, Higher Education PLN, MSDE, Financial Reporting, Professional Learning, Social Media and Summer PL Planning.
How do people submit to the MSET blog?
Alison: Those interested in writing for the MSET blog should check out these editorial guidelines first. Once complete, blog posts can be submitted via Google Forms, which can be found on the MSET website as a link in the Editorial Guidelines.
What is the review process for blog submissions?
Alison and Joanna: Once a blog post is submitted, they use a standard for blind review. One of our top priorities is to form an editorial review committee that includes:
- PhD. Marie Heath, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, Loyola University, Maryland
- Julia Goffredi, Educational Technology Coordinator, Notre Dame Preparatory School, M.Ed. 2021 from the Loyola Educational Technology Program
- Sabrina Bowman, 2nd Grade Teacher, AACPS
- Alison Grace, 2nd Grade Teacher, St.James College, M.Ed 2021 from Loyola Educational Technology Program
- Joanna Edwards, Technology Teacher, Elizabeth Seton High School, M.Ed. 2021 from the Loyola Educational Technology Program
Accepted posts may need to be revised before publication. Committee members will make minor edits, including comma, period, or single-sentence edits, and the edited blog post will be sent back to the submitter for approval. Posts should be between 300 – 1000 words. If the author feels that the author has written too much or not enough, suggestions for shortening or expansion will be given. At this time, we may request photos to support the blog post. Immediately after a post is published, we send the author a link and suggest a social media post to share with the world.
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