Welcome to the this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Weekly Newsletter!
As we prepare, in parts of the United States, to turn our clocks back, we watched the K12Online Conference wind down with When Night Falls. We were lucky to have some of our very own ETT webcasters and regular listeners take part in this exciting round-the-clock wrap up of the conference. Jen Wagner, Dave Chamberlain, Susan van Gelder, Kim Caise, Vinnie Vrotney, Dennis Richards, and Linda Nitsche all volunteered to lead discussions. If you didn’t get a chance to watch all the presentations or join the live sessions, you can still listen in on the archives. http://k12onlineconference.org/docs/k12online2008schedule.html
Sometimes it takes a converation like this one to let you know that we need to share our successes and trials with our bigger network. We all have good ideas, good solutions and when we talk together we offer better solutions for problems that we are all experiencing. I hope you find the nuggets in this conversation. Seedlings.
This week our guests were Kathy Cassidy from Moose Jaw SK , a grade 1 teacher, Leah Welch from Hamden Maine, a grade 1 teacher and formerly a kindergarten teacher, and Amanda Marrinan from Brisbane Australia who teaches 6 and 7 year olds. These teachers do amazing things with their students – blogging, video, moodle, google docs, and more. Kathy, Leah and Amanda shared their practice and talked about the details in how they make things work. The time flew as we all listened to the stories of their work with young children.
Kathy’ classroom blog
Leah’s class moodle
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Amanda’s classroom blog
The EdTechWeekly Crew reviews the Top 100 Links from our first 100 shows.
Passions were discussed this week. Maria Knee and Lisa Parisi discussed passions other than teaching with Alice Mercer, Scott Shelhart, and Pat Hensley. Since our passion is talking, we didn’t always stay on topic but the conversation was rockin’.
This week Alec Couros joined us to discuss teacher education and creating an open course for pre and in-service K-12
teachers. This course would be similar to his Open, Social, Connected course.
Aurelio Montemayor from the Intercultural Development Research Association joined the show. Aurelio described a definition of a valued parent leadership, Interent for poor folks without computers and which social media to surf. The chat room was actively engaged in responding to Aurelio’s thought provoking approach to parent involvement.
Three amazing young women joined us on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers:
- Farisa, 10th Grader at East-West School of International Studies, Flushing, NY, NY
- Hannah, 11th Grader at Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Lindsea, 12th Grader at Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
Paul Allison, Alice Barr, and Gail Desler stayed out of the way as much as possible.
Homework was the topic of Conversation this week. Maria and Lisa were joined by Linda Nitsche and Lee Kolbert and lots of folks in the chatroom. Many opinions were expressed about the purpose and reasons for giving homework. We looked at this topic from a teacher’s and as well as a parent’s point of view. The chat room was rockin’ so don’t forget to check out the chat log from today’s show.
Join the SEEDLINGS and about 70 other folks in the audience for GEEK of the WEEK. We broadcast in front of a great audience and shared about Worldbridges.net and Edtechtalk.com as well as our great Geek of the Week!
Alice Barr, Bob Sprankle and Cheryl Oakes hosted the group with their Geeks. It was awesome. Listen in, then listen in on Thursday evening at 19:30 GMT.
Teachers Teaching Teachers #124 – What does the PBS Newshour, YouTube and Youth Voices have in common? – 10.1.08Elizabeth (Lizzy) Berryman, Director of the PBS Teacher Center in Virginia and Chris Sloan, a high school teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah joined us to talk about a collaborative project between YouTube and the PBS News Hour called “Video Your Vote."
Please email Lizzy if you are interested in getting involved in this program at [email protected].
In the second half of the show we help a teacher new to http://youthvoices.net set up a group and register her 7th graders on Youth Voices.
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