Welcome to this week’s EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! We had a special treat this week in ETT land – ben N ben broadcast live from the 7th Annual MLTI Student Conference. Their guests were Former Maine Governor Angus King, Ronald Ho from Google in New York, and Matt Montagne, from Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California. You can listen to this talk at 2010-5-27 Ben N Ben Live from the MLTI Student Tech Conference .
The Week in Review
We asked two of our favorite software developers/consultants/activists/dreamers, Bill Fitzgerald and David Niguidula to talk to us about digital portfolios on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers.
Bill Fitzgerald and FunnyMonkey
At an Educon 2.1 session in January, Bill Fitzgerald showed us a Durpal-based digital portfolio system that he and his colleagues at FunnyMonkey had been developing. As always with Bill, it was more than a software demonstration. With this project, he is leading us in a process of “Rethinking Portfolios.” We were happy the opportunity in this podcast to learn more about FunnyMonkey’s Digital Portfolio project.
David Niguidula and Richer Picture
Fifteen years ago, Paul Allison and Shantanu Saha were working at University Heights Secondary School in the Bronx when we had the opportunity to begin building a digital portfolio for our school. David Niguidula was the leader of this project with the Coalition of Essential Schools. That project was a life changer for both Paul and Shantanu. It was the experience with technology that would put each of us on our own journeys into educational technology that continue today. Occasionally our paths meet up. Both Shantanu’s and Paul’s students work on Youth Voices, a Drupal site developed by Bill Fitzgerald.
We were excited to have this opportunity to catch up with David Niguidula! We wondered if these two guys had ever met before. Well, they didl meet, on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers. Enjoy!
The Buddha’s Birthday edition of ETBS in which we catch-up with Jeff Lebow, Sheila Adams and Lisa Durff for a good old-fashioned brainstorm/virtual staff lounge get-together with some tunes from Penmachine and # Psy Brazil # thrown in for good measure.
Dave and John were joined by Ryan Collins to discuss The Death of the Open Web, starting with the recent New York Times article and moving into a discussion of closed distribution systems like Apple’s and whether the limitations of closed systems are outweighed by the reliability gained from a system where the variables are controlled.
Conversations Episode 74 – The Discovery Education Network
Right off the heels of a great DEN Day of Discovery, Sheila, Lisa and Maria talked about the Discovery Education Network. Lee Kolbert and DENnis Grice joined the show.
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