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Week of September 6-12, 2008

Hello EdTechTalkers:

Welcome to the this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Weekly Newsletter. The past week Dave Cormier and Jeff Lebow recorded a presentation as part of ‘eFest 2008’ in New Zealand. The recording can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/700715 and is a fantastic overview of the great offerings here at the EdTechTalk site. If you are a new or familiar face you will want to make time for viewing the recording.

EdTechTalk is a community of people interested in the use of technology to improve teaching and learning at all levels of education throughout the world. As a Worldbridges community, it embraces the values of collaboration and inclusiveness. The primary activity of the community is the production of a number of live, interactive webcasts. These programs cover a wide range of topics relating to educational technology. Shows are typically streamed live, and listeners can interact with one another and the show hosts through a text chat. Recordings of the shows are released as podcasts. Participation in the community is encouraged for anyone who has an interest in educational technology. Participation may take many forms, from simply listening to shows produced by the community to more actively working to produce and distribute content for the network.

A Week in Review of ETT Shows

• CCK08 Weekly Chat
CCK08 Week#1 Dicussion with Stephen Downes & George Siemens, moderated by Dave Cormier

• WOW2 Show #88 with guests Clarence Fisher and Barbara Barreda
A show where Clarence Fisher (Canadian teacher extraordinaire) and Barbara Barreda (California principal extraordinaire) discuss their thin walls projects between their students.

• EdTechWeekly #93
September 7, 2008
This Week’s Del.icio.us Links
Link to Chat Log

• Teachers Teaching Teachers #120 – The National Writing Project and Google Team Up To Give High School Students a Voice -09.03.08
On this podcast we talk with four guesrts about Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future, an exciting collaborative project sponsored by the National Writing Project and Google, Andrew Chang, Product Marketing Manager at Google, Gail Desler, Tech Liaison for the Area 3 Writing Project in Northern California, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, co-director of the National Writing Project, and Paul Oh, the coordinator of the technology liaison program for the National Writing Project.

Interested teachers should read How to Participate and then register at http://nwp.org by September 12.Publishing of student letters and essays occurs through October 30, 2008. Please note, in order to register for this project, you must first have an account on NWPi.

• Seedlings 2008-09-04 with Kern Kelley
Join Alice, Bob and Cheryl as Kern Kelley shares his experiences at Google Educators Academy. He had a blast, and you may too when you listen. Kern is such a visionary educator we promise that just by listening to him you will end up brainstorming new ideas as well. Alice, Bob and Cheryl= SEEDLINGS

• Teachers Teaching Teachers #119 – Kicking the tires on a new Drupal site – 08.27.08
Listen in as we kick the tires on a new Drupal site that we will be using this fall to connect our students. This summer Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim invited Alice Barr, George Mayo, and Chris Sloan to work with Bill Fitzgerald and his colleagues at Funny Monkey to create a Drupal site for Youth Voices. In the weeks to come we will be inviting you to have you join our students as they begin to publish their images, videos, text, and audio at Youth Voices. Please plan to join us.

Special Celebrations

Congratulations to Dave Cormier and his wife, Bonnie, on the birth of their little girl this week! You can view the first pics here and his blog post announcing the BIG news. Dave has included a really cute video on his blog announcing the arrival of Josephine for her big brother. Josephine weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. and is 18 inches long.

If you would like your celebration included in the ETT newsletter please email us at [email protected]

Enjoy your week,
Your enthusiastic ETT Newsletter Gang
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