Week of Dec. 12- December 18, 2009

Welcome to this week’s EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter!

NOTE: The ETT Newsletter Team is planning to take a short break over the holidays and will resume our weekly newsletters on Saturday, January 9, 2010. That will give all of us a chance to take a breath and get caught up on some of the back webcasts that we haven’t had a chance to listen to yet. Happy Holidays from your Newsletter Gang: (Peggy George, Kim Caise, Lisa Parisi, Lisa Durff)

In spite of a very busy week for everyone, there have been many exciting opportunities for learning and professional growth this week! The Edublogs Awards ceremony held online in Elluminate was a fantastic celebration, and lots of fun for everyone. If you missed the event you can view the recording here: http://tinyurl.com/edublogawards09  Through everyone’s hard work we have a great list of new blogs / sites, cool ideas and resources that are helpful to our teaching. Congratulations to all winners and special thanks to Sue Waters and Steve Hargadon for hosting this exciting event to celebrate so many outstanding people and resources! Winners and links to all nominated and winning sites: http://edublogawards.com/

The K12 Online Conference has just concluded two full weeks of incredible professional development presentations and the great news is that they will be available for free, indefinitely. As we spend the next couple of weeks enjoying the holiday/winter breaks we’ll have a wonderful opportunity to get caught up on viewing all of the presentations we haven’t had time to watch so far. Don’t forget…There will be one more fireside chat with the Week 2 Keynote Presenters in the ETT studio chatroom at https://edtechtalk.net/studio (Note: the chats will not be at the previous link of https://edtechtalk.net/live.) Come and join us as we view excerpts of their presentations together and chat in the chat room with Rachel Boyd and Diego Leal.

January 9, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm GMT (Note: This is 1:30pm EST on Saturday, January 9th.  Live Event Fireside Chat with Week 2 Keynoters Rachel Boyd and Diego Leal

Kicking It Up A Notch Keynote: Diego Leal
BRINGing it OUT a Notch

Week in the Classroom  Keynote: Rachel Boyd
A Peek for a Week – Inside a Kiwi Junior Classroom

The Week in Review

Conversations Episode 57 – The Haves and Have Nots

This week, we focused on the haves and have-nots of education and technology.  We discussed those who have technology vs. those who have very limited technology, as well as those that have supportive administration vs. those without.

Seedlings/2009-12-17 ben N ben Show 4 Maine Principals’ Association Presentation re-cap w/ guests Ali and Danielle from YHS. Blog for Ben N Ben show:

Parents as Partners Episode # 32 December 3, 2009
Cindy Seibel show host shares her masters work with Matt Montagne and Lorna Costantini. Cindy developed a parent portal implementation guide. From the guide, Cindy explains:

There is a significant body of research demonstrating the contribution of parent engagement to student learning. Based on this research, school districts are implementing technology solutions to support and improve relationships with parents with the hope of producing improved student outcomes. This project created an Implementation Guide for one technology solution, a K-12 Parent Portal. The question what is a parent portal surfaced and Cindy responded to the question with the following video.The challenge to all of us is to review the guide and then take it to parents and school boards to embrace and implement.

Dave has a fun conversation with Doug Symington and the chat room about the last five years in education and technology.

This podcast, co-sponsored by the New York City Writing Project and the NWP Technology Liaisons Network, featured:

  • Robert Rivera-Amezola, Philadelphia Writing Project
  • Joe Conroy, NWP at Rutgers University Writing Project 
  • Chuck Jurich, High Desert Writing Project (New Mexico) 
  • Paul Oh, the coordinator of the technology liaison program for the National Writing Project 
  • Seth Mitchell, Maine Writing Project

Conversations #56 
What happens when a homegrown webcaster has too many things going on during the same time period? She thinks that she already posted a show but realizes (finally) that she didn’t. So here it is, the November 22, 2009 show. Sorry folks. Lisa, Maria and Sheila discussed the issue of dealing with a very "chatty" classroom, where the noise level is high but productivity is good. Later in the show, Diana Laufenberg, from the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia joined the conversation and talked a bit about Educon2.2.

Liz Davis on 1 to 1 Teacher Professional Develoment
A conversation with Liz Davis about integrating technology into the curriculum with a 1 on 1 professional development.  Read more about Liz’s ideas on her blog or at the ISENet NING.


SEEDLings 2009-12-9 Snow day!

 Post-show Chat coming  


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