Week of April 18 – April 24, 2009

Week of April 18 – April 24, 2009


Welcome to this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Weekly Newsletter! Hope everyone had a wonderful Earth Day this past week! Schools around the world held special events and learning activities to commemorate Earth day. EdTechTalk was among those celebrating Earth Day with a 24-hour EarthCast09  featuring speakers talking about ways to recycle, focused on aspects of global warming, organic farming and a host of other topics related to preserving and conserving the earth’s resources. EarthCast09 was kicked off with an inspiring keynote by Jason Czarnezki entitled "Everyday Environmentalism". The recording can be found here if you missed the live event. Be sure to visit the EarthCast09 website to listen to the recordings of  of the 24 hour webcastathon at http://www.earthbridges.net/.



A Google map was created to show the locations of the many listeners around the world. Many schools participated in Earthcast09 and a Google map of broadcasters can be found here.

This screenshot was taken during the Earthcast09 featuring a main chat window with Matt Montagne’s students hosting ‘Gator Radio’. One of Matt’s high school students was interviewing two elementary students who asked that instead of giving them presents for their birthdays donations be made to various charities on their behalf. 


The girls are working on a website and listed the address should you wish to contact them to be notified when the website is live at http://earthsaversclubforkids.com/.
The top image shows the girls website, the center image shows the area that was the broadcast channel in Spanish as part of Earthcast09 and the third image on the top far right was the EdTechTalk channel for ETT show hosts.
A very special heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the members of the Earthbridges and Worldbridges communities for the countless hours devoted to making Earthcast09 a memorable learning event for students and educators alike around the world. From all of the ETT listeners, thank you to all who made Earthcast09 possible!


A Week in Review

Our topic for Conversations this week was EarthCast09 which led to a discussion about broadcasting live with students. Sheila shared her experiences in broadcasting with her 7th grade students during EarthCast08. Matt Montagne joined us near the end of the hour to talk more about Earthbridges and EarthCast09 and his students’ work with Gator Radio. The chat room was filled with discussion as usual so be sure to check that out too. Please visit the EarthCast voicethread and leave your comments.


Laurie King, technology coordinator at Dysart Unified School District tells her story about supporting the Dysart community using technology. Grade 3 teacher Lidia Goodman talks about communicating with her students and parents using powerpoint updates.


EdTechWeekly #124

The whole EdTechWeekly gang was back this week to review the latest news and resources in educational technology. If you missed the show, no worries! You can join us next Sunday for the next live show or review the recordings at https://edtechtalk.net/.


Teachers Teaching Teachers #146 – What does Obama’s Online Town Hall Meeting have to do with our classrooms? 04.01.09

Our guest on this Teachers Teaching Teachers podcast is David Colarusso, developer of communityCounts and a moderator of Ask the President.


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