Week of March 27 – April 2, 2010

Welcome to this week’s EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! Lots of activity in this week prior to the Spring holidays. Of special note, Dave Cormier introduced a new online course he and George Siemens will be offering during April through June. More about their Future of Education course can be found at http://davecormier.com/edblog/2010/03/09/the-future-of-education-a-course-in-futures-thinking/ and http://edfutures.com/

Earthcast 2010
Also mark your calendars and begin preparing for the Earthcast this month. EarthCast 2010, an incredible project, involves many EdTechTalk community members and is facilitated by Matt Montagne and Doug Symington. Come and join us! Learn about it: http://earthcast.posterous.com/earthcast-2010-a-global-24-hour-webcastathon-0
Blog about it ("borrow freely" from the above blog post)
Check out photos contributed for Earthcast09: http://www.flickr.com/groups/earthcast09
Voicethread: http://voicethread.com/#q.b887765.i4731643
Wallwisher http://wallwisher.com/wall/earthcast10
Posterous – http://earthcast.posterous.com/
Hashtags to post and follow comments about Earthcast10: #earthcast10, #earthday, #earthcast
Earthcast 2010 YouTube video response challenge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfBSqUHvkgU
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/earthcast
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/earthbridges
Preliminary Project Participation Google Form: http://tinyurl.com/earthcast2010
Participate Live on April 22nd, 2010 at http://earthbridges.net/live

The Week in Review 

We were joined by Wes Fryer- Live in Maine the Magical Show! Anne Fraser counted the word magical used 4, 586 times throughout the show. See if you come up with the same number! We had a great conversation in the EdTechTalk studio with Wes Fryer. The conversations were about Race to the Top, Apple’s new product release, Maria Knee, and the upcoming workshop at Wells Junior High School.


Teachers Teaching Teachers #187 The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching New Media w/ William Kist & Mike Slowinski – 02.17.10

Of great interest to Instructional Designers in academic settings are models that promote the engagement of faculty in redesigning their face-to-face courses into powerful online learning experiences for students. In this episode, Michael Power of the University of Laval, Québec discussed a prototype for working with faculty that can make the process manageable while still addressing key instructional design goals such as tying the learning outcomes of the course to the assessments and activities. Michael provided a number of visuals to help illustrate key aspects of this faculty support and instructional design process. If you’re looking for further information on his model, you may wish to refer to A Designer’s Log Blended Online Learning in JOLT


Conversations #69

While Lisa was with visiting relatives, Maria and Sheila co-hosted the show. We discussed school design, classroom design and classroom decorations. We started looking at a middle school that has bright colors and bold slogans from a Fast Company article of March 24, 2010. We also shared photos of classrooms in Belize. The Belizeans created inviting atmospheres in their rooms with very few supplies.

EdTechWeekly #159
John, Dave, and and Jen reviewed this week’s news and resources in education and technology. Join us again on April 11th when we resume our normally scheduled show following a holiday break.

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