TTT #288 Looking at the embedded literacies: InstaGrok and w/ Lisa Parisi, Steve Cunningham, Kirill Kireyev 3.14.12

We want to introduce you to the founders of and on this episode of +Teachers Teaching Teachers.

The cores of both of these services have theories of action that emphasize literacy as we know it now. Both founders think that your students might find their services useful for learning, reading, doing research, managing information, and knowing the world.

We think you’ll enjoy this conversation with +Kirill Kireyev and +Steve Cunningham.

Learn more about their online services that are being made available for free to schools. See if there might be a place for them in your work with students. Test your theories of literacy in 2012 next to those embedded in these new learning tools What search tools do you think might enable your students to engage in “safe and personalized learning?” (InstaGrok) What tools do you think might help your students to “understand and actually put the big ideas to work?” (

Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.

08:31 guest-3515: testing…

08:41 guest-3516: Hello All

08:44 guest-3374: Hi Lisa!

08:46 guest-3516: Hi Sheila!

08:47 guest-3516: I almost called you tonight but then remembered I had Google Sky Map

08:47 guest-3516: I wanted to know what two planets I was seeing so close together.

08:48 guest-3374: Ahh! you should also check for aurora checks. Number needs to be above 7 for us to see it.

08:48 guest-3516: I didn’t even know we could see auroras.

08:48 guest-3374: This next blast should arrive early in the am.

08:48 guest-3374: Sometimes. There’s a map on the page that helps you see it.

08:48 guest-3516: Is this only because of the solar flares?

08:49 guest-3374: Yes, and CME’s Coronal Mass Ejections.

08:49 guest-3374: I see you!

08:49 guest-3516: OK…that was too complicated for me. LOL

08:49 guest-3439: Hello!

08:50 guest-3374: Possibly

08:50 guest-3374:

08:50 guest-3518: Hello all

08:50 guest-3515: hi!

08:51 Paul Allison: Hi. Getting ready.

08:51 guest-3519: Hello all..listening in

08:51 Paul Allison:

08:51 Paul Allison: Details for tonight’s show:

08:54 guest-3374: Too funny to see you in a webcast!

08:54 guest-3516: Sheila, I say we stick with Skype. LOL

08:55 guest-3518: Hi Carlos. I teach high school English and media in Utah. What do you do?

08:55 guest-3374: Yes I can

08:55 guest-3516: Sheila, can you hear us?

08:56 guest-3519: Professor in Communication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute…just listening in to learn from you all.

09:01 guest-3518:

09:03 guest-3518:

09:26 pgeorge: so sorry I’m late–messed up on the time change

09:28 guest-3516: Hi Peggy

09:29 Paul Allison: Lisa, in settings on a hangout there is a button to cancel echo… maybe that will help?

09:29 Paul Allison: I think your volume is just sooo… powerful, though.

09:30 pgeorge: Hi Lisa

09:35 guest-3518: Hi Peggy. Are you familiar with Instagrok and ReaditForMe?

09:36 pgeorge: no they are both new to me!

09:36 guest-3374: Need to head out! Nice to ‘see’ you all! Thanks!

09:36 pgeorge: I clicked on the links though and saw Paul’s blog post

09:37 pgeorge: video coming through great

09:43 pgeorge: there’s a video on his home page πŸ™‚

09:43 pgeorge: yes

09:44 pgeorge: very cool Lisa!

09:44 pgeorge: is there inappropriate content on the site for kids? new to me

09:45 pgeorge: amazing tool!

09:46 pgeorge: the visualization is very different than Pinterest

09:47 pgeorge: Lisa do you have an example you created with your students that you could share?

09:49 pgeorge: that’s funny! one person working with him–himself πŸ™‚

09:49 guest-3519: amazing it looks great

09:52 pgeorge: I lost the stream. Are you still getting it?

09:52 pgeorge: back now

09:53 guest-3518: Both apps are valuable to me. instagrok helping my students research habits, and ReaditForMe as another way for students to access books

09:54 pgeorge: thanks for sharing that Chris

09:54 pgeorge: seem to serve different purposes

09:55 pgeorge: instagrok helps you to think outside the box πŸ™‚

09:55 pgeorge: can you remove an item if you change your mind?

09:55 guest-3518: With regard to research, students tend to think linearly, for one thing

09:55 pgeorge: so true Chris

09:56 pgeorge: thanks for making that point Lisa!

09:57 guest-3519: very good point Lisa πŸ™‚

10:02 pgeorge: I had college students that had trouble coming up with appropriate keywords for searching!

10:02 pgeorge: I’ll look forward to seeing the full recording of this session

10:03 pgeorge: Lisa’s your gal!! πŸ™‚

10:03 guest-3519: Thank you all. This was a very interesting conversation. πŸ™‚

10:03 guest-3519: bye bye

10:04 pgeorge: good night everyone

10:04 guest-3518: Good stuff. Night all

10:04 guest-3516: bye

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