Newsletter for the April 4- 11, 2009

Week of April 4 – April 11, 2009



Welcome to this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Weekly Newsletter! Happy Spring Holidays!  As we gear up for holidays, the big news is still Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.  Please join the EarthCast Webcastathon on EarthBridges.  Matt Montagne and friends will be streaming live for a full 24 hour period to celebrate this day and bring understanding to issues our world is facing. You can go to the wiki to find out more information.
A Week in Review

"A berry good brainstorm": this week we’re joined by @jefflebow, @VanceS, @coordinatortwo and @davecormier as we discuss plans for WIAOC09.




Susan Ettenheim and Paul Allison welcome colleagues Ron Link (NYC Writing Project), Gail Desler (Area 3 Writing Project in California), and Fred Hass (Boston Writing Project) for a conversation about collaboration, publishing, and building a responsive community of students, mainly within our work together on Youth Voices.




In this conversation we focused on the type of student we are creating in our classrooms where we empower them to be in control of their own learning. We discussed what this means when these students leave us and go to another classroom where this does not happen.



21st Century Learning #99

Sarah Hanawald – Designing Games and Activities for Faculty Professional Development

Sarah Hanawald from Greensboro Day School and the Literacy, Technology, and Learning blog joined us this week.  We discussed desiging games and simulations for faculty professional development around using social learning tools.

What are your thoughts about this?  How would you design a game for faculty to learn how to participate in online communities? 


* Photo from: Vizzzual-dot-com




Happy Holiday Weekend, Passover and Easter! We kicked off the weekend with our Seedlings show, ON THE ROAD! Susan Phillips and Melanie Holtsman from Chets Creek Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL. Both Susan and Melanie joined us even though they were already on vacation. Talk about dedicated educators.Plus, you never would have known Susan was in a car with her family and two dogs! We enjoyed the show, hope you do to!




The bad news … you missed our weekly live show on Sunday night at 7:00 pm ET. The good news … just point your browser to and catch the recording. Jeff, Dave, John, and Jen review the week’s roundup of news and resources in education and technology.





On this podcast, Susan Ettenheim and Chris Sloan welcome five educators from northwestern Pennsylvania (and one from Omaha, Nebraska) into our community of teachers who have students working on Youth Voices. We were joined by:

  • Nate Youngblood, a French teacher at Saegertown Junior-Senior High School (SHS), Saegertown, PA
  • Louise Rice, a Business Ed teacher at Maplewood Junior-Senior High School, Guys Mills, PA
  • Stacey Anderton, 11th grade Language Arts and Journalism teacher at SHS, Saegerton, PA
  • Dee Darcangelo, 10th grade Language Arts teacher and Year Book advisor at SHS, Saegerton, PA
  • Kyli Sitterley, Technology Services Supervisor, Penncrest School District, northwestern PA, USA
  • Jenny M. Bahle, 10th and 11th grade English Teacher, Burke High School, Omaha, NE, USA


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