This week we started our conversation with a discussion about what educators can do to connect with Haitians and support efforts in Haiti. This conversation turned into a plan. We created a wiki for educators in wikispaces. Please come see what we’ve created and join in with your class. http://kids4haiti.wikispaces.com/
11:29:56 Maureen : Good morning eveyone
11:33:52 LisaParisi : Audio is on ETTA and Ustream
11:34:19 Scott Shelhart : Ustream sounds OK
11:35:07 LisaParisi : http://712educators.about.com/od/teachereducation/tp/becomingateacher.htm
11:35:13 Cathy Ev : Weather is terrible here
11:35:22 Cathy Ev : connection keeps droping
11:35:32 Cathy Ev : I’ll hang as long as I can 🙂
11:36:05 sheila -> Room 1: We are in the Conversations chat room this week.
11:36:29 sheila_a : http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/
11:36:48 Cathy Ev : Don’t I wish
11:37:31 McTeach : I can answer that!
11:40:07 Cathy E : FYI: http://hundreds4haiti.pbworks.com/
11:40:21 Maureen : Did you show the Allison Miller TED talk? The one where she shows how Americainized our news is?
11:40:36 LisaParisi : No Maureen, I have to check that one out.
11:41:15 Maureen : @Lisa- It’s a few years old, but shows the "bloated" American slant in the news we receive.
11:42:16 Maureen : http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/alisa_miller_shares_the_news_about_the_news.html
11:46:19 LisaParisi : http://www.amazon.com/Material-World-Global-Family-Portrait/dp/0871564300
11:46:50 Maureen : We have 2 teachers at our school who work with kids in Haiti. They started a soccer team for kids down there after a former student (one of their kids) did an internship there. The student flew down as soon as he heard- as a photojournalist and to find his friends, help.
11:47:08 sheila_a : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/worldbalance/material.html
11:48:08 jackiegerstein : I can’t move on – this is too devasting
11:48:18 McTeach : We’ve done penny wars before
11:48:25 Maureen : His communications back with his mom- our French teacher, have been spotty. He is safe, he has found some of the kids, still looking for others.
11:48:59 mariaknee : I’m very disturbed by this crisis. as devastating as war – so much sadness.
11:50:40 Leslie D. -> Room 1: i cannot get into the conversations room??? sorry
11:50:59 jackiegerstein : I am teaching pre-service teachers about learning centers next week. Plan to use Haiti and the earthquake as a theme – collecting lessons – http://gl.am/C4X3o let me know if you have any others
11:51:48 Maureen : Our kids- Middle school, have met about it and are trying to come up with ideas. The younger grades had the option to have the 2 teachers who are directly involved come in and talk.
11:51:59 jackiegerstein : I used to run grief and loss groups in the school – sometimes kids wait until the adults bring it up and then REALLY talk about it
11:52:18 McTeach : It’s not just the size of the earthquake that causes the devastation.
11:52:46 McTeach : It’s also the lack of money for proper engineering
11:53:15 sheila -> Room 1: ok
11:53:20 sheila -> Room 1: will pull you in.
11:53:48 jackiegerstein : Words and language cannot identify the emotions to express this
11:53:51 Maureen : Haiti is basically deforested, so there is a lot of other damage as well. The bulk of the people had nothing- now they are starving, etc… it’s a disaster.
11:53:55 Leslie D. -> Room 1: yes
11:54:21 sheila -> Room 1: Anyone else want to join the chat for the Conversations show?
11:55:03 jackiegerstein : We can’t forgot about them in the weeks and months to come
11:55:19 McTeach : Jackie…I’m collecting everything I find about Haiti in my Diigo links: http://www.diigo.com/user/mcteach/Haiti
11:55:19 Leslie D. : long-term
11:55:28 LisaParisi : Anyone want into the skype call?
11:55:28 jackiegerstein : Thanks McTeach!
11:55:45 McTeach : No problem!
11:56:26 jackiegerstein : We need to practice global stewardship and help them recover days, weeks, months, years from now
11:56:38 jackiegerstein : We should have been doing so all along –
11:56:45 sheila_a : https://disastersafe.redcross.org/
11:57:06 McTeach : Yes, jackie….we need to keep this in front of everyone so they don’t forget that they will need help for YEARS!
11:57:56 jackiegerstein : I am hoping, thinking, planning to visit Haiti this summer – to visit an orphanage or two to offer a type of summer "camp" – maybe help some of the kids regain some of their childhood – at least for a short time
11:59:15 LisaParisi : http://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/future-of-haiti-is-in-our-hands-2017408.html
11:59:15 McTeach : My 7th graders want to raise enough money to build a community center in Haiti. They have big ideas!
11:59:23 Maureen : @jackiegerstein- that’s how friends of mine have become involved- started with a soccer team. Then moved into school connections
11:59:45 Leslie D. : @McTeach That sounds great. Great kids.
11:59:56 McTeach : Leslie, that they are!
12:00:25 McTeach : Could turn in to a wonderful service learning project!
12:00:38 jackiegerstein : Cliched – but think globally, act locally – is a good practice
12:03:09 Maureen : @jackiegerstein If you need a contact check the contact info on my friend’s page http://www.konbitfootballayiti.com/
12:03:12 Leslie D. : Great point.
12:03:36 jackiegerstein : Worked with Navajo students – they laughed at the "white" folks coming in to "save" them. I provided them with some learning tools but they took it upon themselves to direct their own learning based on their own culture – learned more from them
12:03:45 McTeach : We need to keep the plight of Haiti in front of people, realizing that it will be YEARS!
12:03:54 jackiegerstein : thanks Maureen
12:04:27 Leslie D. : Good idea. I actually did that too with the bombing in Madrid. We got a letter back from the hospital administrator.
12:04:50 Leslie D. : I just looked up the addresses of a bunch of hospitals.
12:04:51 McTeach : We need to help people remember that we are all connected.
12:05:10 jackiegerstein : Ask the kids –
12:05:11 McTeach : Jen Wagner knows some missionaries down there…she could help get letters down there, perhaps
12:05:52 jackiegerstein : There will be a lot of Mondays to come – sadly
12:06:01 McTeach : You mean you don’t???
12:06:13 Leslie D. : sure
12:06:14 jackiegerstein : He is in Haiti
12:06:20 Alexis -> puentesalmundo: al fin
12:06:24 McTeach : You’ll never know if you don’t ask!
12:07:15 Maureen : I can ask my friend if her son can help make connections for some of you. He is there and has been working in Haiti fro 3 years.
12:07:24 jackiegerstein : I am really focused on the weeks and months to come – maybe book drives etc. – as they attempt to rebuild
12:07:31 LisaParisi : Maureen, that would be fabulous.
12:07:48 LisaParisi : Yes, Jackie, building up schools again.
12:08:06 jackiegerstein : Yes – my though Lisa – I am thinking about OLPC initiatives
12:08:09 jackiegerstein : thought
12:08:17 McTeach : I’m thinking about having my kids do a continuous timeline with photos of Haiti. We can post it to our blog (or a new wiki). Trying to keep it in front of people visually!
12:08:49 McTeach : We’d start with before pictures
12:08:51 jackiegerstein : Yes – planning for the future
12:09:09 Leslie D. : Maybe keep it going from year to year…
12:09:12 jackiegerstein : Adopt a school
12:09:17 McTeach : But we can do SOMETHING!
12:09:26 jackiegerstein : Love the idea
12:09:32 McTeach : Awesome idea!!
12:09:41 Leslie D. : Where can we get the list?
12:09:47 McTeach : I don’t think Maria liked the idea…:P
12:10:21 Leslie D. : Not sure.
12:10:38 McTeach : I’ll have to check out that Google Earth link that was sent out
12:10:43 sheila_a : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_Haiti
12:10:45 Maureen : I can email my friends who are already involved down there and see if I can get a list of school contacts for you. I’ll let Maria know via email if I can get them. But you have to realize that things are really bad right now and communications are hard
12:10:47 jackiegerstein : The Haiti citizens started coming to the city because of poverty and unemployment – so large population there
12:11:03 Maureen : Most are French
12:11:18 McTeach : That’s a huge list of schools!
12:12:38 Leslie D. : Can you share the list?
12:12:41 Leslie D. : Sure
12:12:59 McTeach : Let’s do it!
12:13:11 Leslie D. : I’ll get my school on board too.
12:13:13 jackiegerstein : NING?
12:13:13 McTeach : Bless you
12:13:49 LisaParisi : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_Haiti
12:13:56 jackiegerstein : Need to contact the schools first to see if they need aid
12:14:19 McTeach : Also if the schools even survived
12:14:58 jackiegerstein : I am going to ask via a Tweet
12:15:15 McTeach : I can contact Catholic Relief Services…they might have info for us
12:15:35 McTeach : Maria’s making me dizzy
12:15:39 Maureen : Right now they are in survival mode. They need doctors, water, etc… When things settle a bit you will have more luck with specific schools
12:16:06 mariak : @mcteach – so sorry
12:16:24 McTeach : 😀
12:17:29 Maureen : @Lisa I emailed the folks who I know have connnections and asked for info. So I will fwd that info on. Doctors without Borders is also a good org
12:17:46 Leslie D. : Our school used the Red Cross.
12:17:59 jackiegerstein : Just treated it
12:18:06 jackiegerstein : tweeted – oops
12:18:16 jackiegerstein : It is now Education without Borders
12:18:43 LisaParisi : Not quite, Jackie…Education Beyond Borders.
12:18:56 LisaParisi : Jackie I don’t think I follow you…who are you in twitter?
12:19:24 Scott Shelhart : I’ve seen lots of scams trying to collect $ for Haiti…. text messages, facebook messages, etc. We should make an effort to teach our students about recognizing scams.
12:19:33 LisaParisi : YEs, Scott.
12:19:35 jackiegerstein : oops
12:19:53 jackiegerstein : Twitter @jackiegerstein
12:20:03 jackiegerstein : You don’t ; )
12:20:03 Maureen : That’s a good idea Maria- good way to disseminate info at educon
12:20:08 jackiegerstein : LOL
12:20:19 McTeach : Everyone should be following jackie!!!!
12:20:32 jackiegerstein : This can turn into a great initiative – I am excited
12:20:43 jackiegerstein : Thx McTeach – I say blushing
12:21:11 jackiegerstein : Not just educators – kids too
12:21:12 McTeach : No blushing needed! You always have amazing resources!
12:21:20 Maureen : Haiti Connections
12:21:31 jackiegerstein : Haiti Education Connections
12:21:39 jackiegerstein : KISS
12:21:43 Leslie D. : Kids for Haiti
12:21:50 mariak : kids4haiti
12:21:51 jackiegerstein : Keep it simple LOL
12:22:00 McTeach : Schools for Haiti
12:22:06 jackiegerstein : Yes McTeach
12:22:15 jackiegerstein : Need to Education aspect
12:22:22 Scott Shelhart : Helping hands 4 Haiti
12:22:24 LisaParisi : http://kids4haiti.wikispaces.com/
12:22:28 jackiegerstein : k
12:22:28 McTeach : Yay!
12:22:44 McTeach : You’re quick!
12:23:00 Leslie D. : Thanks!
12:23:15 jackiegerstein : Need to do something – feels good to get something started
12:23:36 Leslie D. : Could we share on that site what kids are already doing?
12:25:30 jackiegerstein : Yes – monitor – have to ask to join
12:26:14 Scott Shelhart : yep.. that’s me
12:26:54 jackiegerstein : I can still edit once I sign in
12:27:22 McTeach : Wow! That went by fast!
12:27:33 jackiegerstein : Oops – overprotected – now I can’t edit
12:27:39 jackiegerstein : Too late – put it out
12:27:58 Maureen : Or they can put up what they are doing already
12:28:35 Leslie D. : @Maureen I think I’ll put up few pics of the bake sale we had on Friday.
12:28:50 jackiegerstein : both connect and rebuild – it really is about rebuilding education
12:29:04 McTeach : Should we have a teachers’ page?
12:29:13 jackiegerstein : good idea McTeach
12:29:28 Leslie D. : Both. Teacher resource AND a place for kids to help kids
12:29:31 McTeach : I was thinking you could add your gl.am link, Jackie
12:29:47 jackiegerstein : You better hurry – it is already being retweeted 🙂 🙂
12:30:14 jackiegerstein : Another good idea McTeach – then my pre-service teachers will see it
12:30:20 jackiegerstein : Want it to go Viral!
12:30:26 jackiegerstein : This was great
12:30:37 McTeach : But we haven’t finished changing the world yet!
12:30:46 jackiegerstein : We will McTeach
12:30:55 Leslie D. : One show at a time
12:31:03 McTeach : That could be our motto!!
12:31:13 McTeach : Changing the world, one wiki at a time!
12:31:21 sheila_a : I like that motto!
12:31:28 Scott Shelhart : Where can I get that on a bumber sticker?
12:31:28 LisaParisi : http://ettconversations.blogspot.com/
12:31:33 Scott Shelhart : bumper…
12:31:49 McTeach : We’ll have to create them, Scott!
12:31:57 william vegazo muro -> puentesalmundo: aprendizajes on line
12:31:59 McTeach : We could sell them and donate the money to Haiti
12:32:00 Scott Shelhart : coffee cups, tote bags….
12:32:01 jackiegerstein : Bye – thanks
12:32:13 Leslie D. : Thanks!
12:32:16 McTeach : Thanks!!
12:32:17 LisaParisi : Bye Everyone!