Welcome to this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Newsletter. This was a fantastic week of ETT shows with engaging topics and show guests. ET Weekly left listeners with great resources and tons of laughs along the way. Parents as Parents hosted a season finale with Cindy Seibel sharing her grad work about parental involvement. Seedlings had special guest Cynthia Curry who shared her experiences using the ‘Universal Design for Learning’ curriculum model. Many more conversations occured with other ETT shows through the ETT community, Twitter and Plurk this past week so make sure you are subscribed to these venues so you don’t miss any of the great ETT events!
The following ETT show hosts will be presenting at the conference so if you are attending be sure to mark your conference planners so you don’t miss these fantastic sessions:
- Lisa Parisi will be presenting Leveling the Playing Field Through Project-Based Learning Technologies.
- Sharon Peters will be part of a panel discussion called 1:1 Critical Debates: Laptops, PDAs, Cell Phones.
- Vicki Davis will be part of a panel discussion entitled Engaging the Digital Generation.
- Maria Knee is participating in a panel discussion called Global Connections in the Primary Classroom.
- Lisa Parisi will be part of a panel discussion entitled Teacher, Teach Thyself-Make Your Own PD PLaN.
- Vicki Davis will help run a bring your own laptop (BYOL) session called Digital Citizenship: Tools, Resources, and Best Practices.
- Cheri Toledo is running a BYOL session entitled Power Boost Your Lessons with Wikis.
- Vinnie Vrotny will be working in a BYOL called Using Emerging Technologies to Create Collaborative Learning Environments.
- Vicki Davis will be running two open source labs called Wonderful World of Wikis: Practical Classroom Wikis and Bookmarks and Beyond: Class Bookmarking Groups and Research 2.0.
The Week in Review
We had a fabulous show discussing UDL, Universal Design for Learning. We believe it is going to be the next best practice adopted by schools around the world. Cynthia Curry, an exceptional educator from Maine, led us through the discussion of how and why this is and should be the underpinning of all classrooms. Join us in the podcast and check out the chat. One more SEEDLINGS show for this school season, then SEEDLINGS goes on hiatus for the summer season.
Matt, Cindy and Lorna traced their steps over the past school year. Highlights of the year were discussed and plans for next falls series were suggested by participants in the chat room.
First time host / long time contributor, John Rundag joins John, Jeff, and Jen to discuss the latest news and resources in education and technology.
On this second of a two-part podcast, Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim were joined for a second time by five Writing Project teachers from around the country:
- DeWayne Dickens, Oklahoma State Writing Project
- Suzanne Linebarger, Northern California Writing Project
- Irina McGrath, Louisville Writing Project
- Lynette Herring-Harris, Thinking Partner for Rural Sites Network, Mississippi State University Writing/Thinking Project
- Vanessa Brown, Thinking Partner for the Urban Sites Network, Philadelphia Writing Project
Enjoy their conversation! It is laced with provocative questions, inspiring stories, detailed descriptions, and political urgency. In this second podcast, you will hear DeWayne, Suzanne, Irina, Lynette, and Vanessa discussing how resiliency:
- helps them to understand and to demand the use of technology to give students voice, social comptency, and power
- and provides a important context for the professional development work they do with their colleagues within their own schools in in their Writing Project sites.
We talked about various projects we are doing with our students. Some are in classes during the school day, and some are outside of school hours.
Join Alice, Bob and I as we speak to two different guests. We speak to Doug Taylor from Podcast People one of our favorite podcasting sites. Then we move to Arcademicskillbuilders with Dave Scherrer. We were surprised and joined by many preservice teachers in the chat room.
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