I read about the Youth Voices project at the Digital Is site, and I think it sounds very interesting, like something I would use with my 9th and 11th grade English classes here in Windsor, CO. So, I visited the site and signed up, but it seems like I do not have access to everything. I can only see three of the guides that you use, and the directions for most of the activities seem limited. I enjoyed the free-writing article by Peter Elbow, and I also like the 10 questions activity. I am wondering if there is a description of how teachers use this site somewhere.
Thanks, Tommy Buteau
That’s not all, a couple of days later Tommy wrote:
We couldn’t wait to welcome Tommy into our community and to learn more about his work. We were also delighted to welcome Chad Sansing back to TTT. You can see the results of the challenge we threw to him on TTT #256 – Cooperative Catalyst.
20:51:30 paulallison: Hi Tommy, you found your way here too. Great.
20:52:02 paulallison: I was looking at the speeches. Are there a couple that you particularly like? We might be able to play them.
20:52:26 paulallison: Hi Juramsay. Do we know you?
20:52:34 paulallison: Welcome!
20:52:42 juramsay: I don’t think so. This is my first time.
20:53:07 paulallison: That’s great. Summer can be slow. Where do you teach/learn?
20:53:11 juramsay: I am here to listen/view the Teachers Teaching Teachers series.
20:53:21 paulallison: Coming up soon.
20:53:24 juramsay: I teach in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
20:53:34 paulallison: Were you at ISTE?
20:53:53 juramsay: No but a colleague of mine attended. I was very jealous
20:54:05 paulallison: Got it.
20:54:23 paulallison: SusanEttenheim will be along soon.
20:54:28 juramsay: Is there something that I will need to do to join the webcast?
20:55:59 SusanEttenheim: hi juramsay welcome!
20:56:11 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
20:56:13 juramsay: Hello, Susan
20:56:40 juramsay: I teach in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and I am a specialist with the Calgary Board of Education
20:57:36 SusanEttenheim: Welcome!
20:57:47 SusanEttenheim: do you skype?
20:57:58 SusanEttenheim: What ages do you teach?
20:58:07 SusanEttenheim: and what kinds of classes?
20:58:20 juramsay: I do skype but it is not available on the laptop that I am using.
20:58:40 juramsay: I work with students who have learning disabilities.
20:59:09 SusanEttenheim: ahh can you hear ok?
20:59:31 juramsay: I can hear now. Am I listening to two gentlemen?
20:59:36 SusanEttenheim: yes
20:59:46 juramsay: Great, I am there.
21:01:28 SusanEttenheim: Paul Allison and Tommy Buteau
21:01:46 juramsay: Yes, I am a “she”. My name is Julie
21:02:00 SusanEttenheim: Well, we won’t be able to call you into the call then but you can certainly share your comments/questions here and I’ll “say” them for you 🙂
21:02:07 SusanEttenheim: hi Julie
21:03:53 SusanEttenheim: Have you joined us before?
21:04:08 SusanEttenheim: Are you on summer break now?
21:04:28 juramsay: This is my first time and yes, I am on summer break.
21:04:41 SusanEttenheim: ah well, welcome!
21:04:59 SusanEttenheim: We usually have more people in the text chat but I think many are away now… for break
21:16:34 juramsay: In my school board, Google sites, doc, etc are not allowed into the classroom because of different regulations. Did you have to get any prior permission to have your students work in Google Sites, etc.?
21:17:42 SusanEttenheim: Thank you for that question/comment Julie!
21:19:48 SusanEttenheim: Julie – has anyone tried to do it for a specific purpose? Sometimes that makes all the difference if it is to complete an instructional goal rather than just get approval to do something just for the sake of it…
21:22:56 juramsay: We have a pilot project that will be beginning in the fall. It was quite the process to gain clearance from our IT department and then from the parents because of the age restriction of Google Sites. It will be interesting to see how this project progresses. It involves a group of fine arts students who are creating their portfolio to showcase their work now and into the future when they start competing for places in dancd companies, etc.
21:23:32 SusanEttenheim: how interesting! How old are they?
21:41:11 juramsay: Just popped over to have a look at youthvoices. What an incredibly rich site! I will have to devote more time to exploring the site.
21:45:05 paulallison: Hi Chad
21:45:13 paulallison: Can we get you in?
21:45:18 csansing: Hi, Paul – sorry to arrive so late – too late?
21:45:37 csansing: I’m ready – call me up.
21:48:41 SusanEttenheim: welcome back Julie – did you get kicked out of the chat room?
21:48:56 juramsay: Nope, hit the wrong button.
21:49:07 SusanEttenheim: glad you’re back 😉
21:49:47 juramsay: Thanks, I am going to keep my fingers on the right keys.:)
21:50:05 SusanEttenheim: 🙂
21:50:47 juramsay: Can’t keep my promises!:D
21:51:07 SusanEttenheim: so in Youth Voices, say you have a student interested in baseball or say – has friend issues… just type friend or friends in the search field and write and communicate with others thinking about the same topics
21:56:51 juramsay: Thank you, Tommy, for the great insights into tech in the classroom. It gives us more information to continue to push for my school board to open up to new tools to enhance teaching and learning.
21:58:05 SusanEttenheim: Julie, we find over and over that when there is a specific purpose, the walls come down much faster than any of use ever expect…
21:58:39 juramsay: I agree. Focus is very important. It gives purpose to what we want to achieve for students.