Week of February 6 – 12, 2010

Welcome to this week’s EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! There were some fantastc shows this past week including another K12Online Conference Echo hosted by Susan Van Gelder. Susan interviewed Chris Walsh and led an exciting and informative discussion in the ETT studio. If you missed that session you will definitely want to listen to the podcast or watch the recording of the session.

The start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada began Friday with an awesome celebration of athletes from around the world. Inspiring stories of the athletes and their journey to the 2010 Winter Olympics competitions were shared by the co-hosts providing commentary for the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was also broadcast simultaneously on several uStream and youtube channels. It will be interesting to watch the Olympics coverage to see what technological advancements will be used to share coverage of the events around the world!

Matt Montagne, along with several ETT community members and show hosts, has led planning sessions to prepare for the upcoming 2010 Earthcast webcast. It is not too late to join forces to help out this worthy cause to promote awareness of Earth day and conservation efforts. Stay tuned to the ETT calendar for future planning sessions.

The ETT newsletter committee would like to extend a special thanks to Lisa Parisi for her dedication and participation in sending out the weely newsletter. She is moving on and Jackie Gerstein will take her place on the committee. Welcome Jackie!

The Week in Review

This week we interviewed Ana Donaldson, author of Engaging the Online Learner and candidate for AECT president. (Read more about Ana’s work). It was a great fun!

Ana offered the following information on upcoming events and opportunities for those in the field of educational technology:

  • PIDT (Professors of Instructional Design and Technology) 2010 – May 21-24, 2010 • YMCA of the Rockies • Estes Park, Colorado PacifiCorp Design & Development Competition – http://www.aect.org/Pacificorp/ Phase 1 is due May 1st 2010 AECT International Convention ‘Cyber Change: Learning In Our Connected World’
  • October 26-30, 2010 Hyatt Regency Orange County Anaheim, California – http://www.aect.org/events/call/ AECT 2010 Research Symposia. The symposia will begin July 20, 2010 with a dinner and end on July 23, 2010 before noon. It will be held at the Memorial Union Hotel of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Conference fee (with included meals) is expected to run around $250.
  • International Student Media Festival – http://www.ismf.net/
  • Walden University – Educational Design: PhD program description: http://www.waldenu.edu/Degree-Programs/Doctorate/18220.htm

Additional links relevant to the interview include:

AECT definiton of the field of ‘Educational Technology’: http://www.springerlink.com/content/56h253l12l32p649/

Critique of AECT definition of field: http://patricklowenthal.com/publications/LabelsDoMatter–CritiqueAECTsRedefinitionOfTheField.pdf

2010-02-11 SEEDlings with Christian Long

http://aliceproject.wordpress.com/ (Alice Project) 
Geek of the Week

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