Week of February 21, 2009 – February 28, 2009

Week of February 21, 2009 to February 28, 2009

Welcome to the this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Weekly Newsletter! There was a great deal of technology learning occurring at conferences, classrooms and ETT shows this past week! The Illinois Computing Educators conference (ICE) featured several ETT show hosts as speakers for spotlight sessions including Jen Wagner and Sharon Peters. The theme of the conference was "Connecting to the World of Tomorrow" with several sessions having back chats an d live blogging for virtual attendees. Many ETT listeners and show hosts attended or presented fabulous sessions featuring resources, social networks and conversations about instructional technology. Plurk was filled with comments about Kevin Honeycutt presenting, singing and entertaining the ed tech troops. Sounds like an exciting time was had by all who attended whether in person or virtually!

Monday night was an exciting for the "Parents as Partners" show hosts! Coordinated by Lorna Costantini, a session for introducing and using Facebook with parents was held in Elluminate courtesy of Steve Hargadon and Classroom 2.0.com.  Fabulous suggestions were shared of the many creative ways educators use Facebook with parents to facilitate and enhance collaboration with the school and home. There were over 30 participants in the session and the feedback from the guests was awesome. Much was shared and requested more time and follow up sessions. Looks like a trend was started "Parents as Partners" show hosts as your knowledge and expertise is in great demand!

A Week in Review

  • Alice and Cheryl had a great discussion with Kevin Jarrett from Northfield, NJ. Kevin shared many great ideas about his positions as technology integrator at a K-4 elementary school. He also shared his observations about working in Second Life. The chat contains many great resources too. Thanks for joining in the conversation. Delicious geek of the week: http://delicious.com/seedlingsgeekoftheweek.

  • It’s Elementary #31, Self Directed Learning

    Have a listen to the It’s Elementary Team on this international webcast.  We were joined by Dennis Newsome and Nick Noakes, session facilitators for EVOVWLL 2009, and Vance Stevens, the original webhead as we discussed the nuances of self-directed learning and a bunch of other cool stuff. Enjoy!

Wendy Drexler on the Networked Student

Are your students collecting RSS feeds in Google Reader, bookmarking sites as a group in Delicious, blogging, interviewing content area experts they found through Google Scholar, and teaching the section of the course for which they are responsible?  Wendy Drexler’s students are doing all of this.  This is a must listen for those of us who dream of the day when education is a more active, accountable process for students and teachers.

  • ETBS.2009-02-19
    More virtual staff lounge: this week with a teaser for the Feb 23rd, 2009 edition of "Parents As Partners."

  • Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim were joined this week by their colleague of many years, Chris Sloan, who teaches English, media and photography at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City Utah. Paul, Susan and Chris introduced their work with students and each other to Ron Link, a English and video teacher in the Bronx, who recently began to work with the New York City Writing Project, and with Fred Hass, the Technology Liaison for the Boston Writing Project, and teacher of English and screenwriting.

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