Week of July 11 – 17, 2009

Welcome to this week’s EdTechTalk (ETT) Newsletter! With the summer heat ablaze in the United States, so were the participants in the ETT webcast academy! Class of 4.1 is in session now and the participants are learning so fast they are blazing trails! If you have always wanted to learn how to webcast or stream live on the internet, there is still time to join the webcast academy (more of a rolling admission than in the past). Be sure to visit http://www.webcastacademy.net/book/basic-webcasting-program where you can get more information and find out how to join the academy.

Congrats to ETT show host Jose Rodriguez and ETT community member Maria Knee for being named as one of the four co-conveners for the K12online Conference. The online conference will be held December 7-11 and December 14-17 of 2009, and will include a pre-conference keynote during the week of November 30
with many ETT show hosts and community members participating as presenters and attendees.

The Week in Review

EdTechSomething – Librarian roles, Value of Big Names, & Student Teacher Horror Stori
(streamed in place of EdTechWeekly)
Participants: Cathy Evanoff, Jennifer Wagner, Peggy George, Jamie, Lisa Parisi, Gary McFarlane, & Jeff Lebow
Topics: Role of librarians, NECC reflections, Next week’s EdTechScienceSomething, the ETT newsletter, ‘Big Names’ in EdTech, Compentence of the latest generation of student teachers, and a few student teacher horror stories.

On this podcast, our guest host, Kevin Hodgson helped to wrap up the third episode of a Teachers Teaching Teachers 3-part series that centered on the book Kevin helped to edit (and contributed a chapter to) called Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change and Assessment in the 21st Century Classroom. 

Chapter authors Dawn Reed, high school teacher and teacher-consultant with the Red Cedar Writing Project; Troy Hicks, associate Professor and director of the Chippewa Writing Project; and Bryan Crandall, high school teacher and a teacher-consultant with the Louisville Writing Project, shared examples of their classroom practices to prompt a discussion about audience in writing using digital technology. The topics they discussed included high school students using multimodal ways of writing in a speech class and an example of what happens when you take the senior project “digital.” In addition, Marva Solomon joined us to talk about her work with a small group of struggling elementary school writers. The title of her chapter is “True adventures of Students “Writing Online: Mummies, Vampires and schnauzers, Oh My!”

EFL Teacher Talk #1 w/ Sarah Lilburn and Mike Marzio
From ETT’s cousin site EFLBridges.net, a discussion with Mike Marzio of Real-English.com and Sarah Lilburn of The Daily English Show about their use of video, new media, and social networking in providing materials for learning English as a Foreign Language

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