Week of October 17-30, 2010

Week of October 17- 30, 2010

Welcome to the EdTechTalk newsletter for October 17 – October 30, 2010! Whew! Two full weeks of 4 video presentations daily for the K12 Online Conference and what amazing presentations! If you haven’t had a chance to check them out you can get links to all of the presentations on the schedule here: http://wiki.k12onlineconference.org/home/for-participants/2010-schedule  EdTechTalk has also had an incredible couple of weeks of outstanding webcasts! There have been fantastic interviews with special guests including students, brainstorming, sharing of links for resources and teaching strategies, and lots of fun conversation! We hope you’ll take some time to download some of these webcasts to your mp3 player, or listen to them on your computer to see what you’ve been missing. You won’t regret it! You will always find the schedule of upcoming shows on the ETT home page with a link to join the live session. We’d love to have you join us in the chat room for any of these sessions.

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Two Weeks in Review:

  • This week, Ginger Lewman gave us our topic by questioning in Plurk what year round school could really look like if we could make sure it wasn’t “same old, same old.”  We also discussed the  Slate challenge to create your own classroom. 

  • October 13, 2010

    arvind recently attended a webinar David Allen and Tony Schwartz webinar, “Creating Energy, Space & Time – designing a life that really works”  In this show we discusse the webinar and Tony Swartz’s book, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance.

  • Vinnie, Alex, and arvind discuss the NAIS Speed Innovation sessions that they are presenting at. Alex and arvind will present the top ed tech trends educators need to know about and Vinnie will present on Google Apps. This was a great planning show and we’re excited to get working on our presentations. If you have any ideas for us, leave us a comment or tweet it out with the hashtag #ett21.

  • More gaming, more environment on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers.

    We invited Andy Rosenbloom (plus a teacher from New Jersey who has used Spill! in his classroom last Spring) and Tim Baker back onto the show to continue our conversations about gaming and the environment that started this summer with A Real Team Challenge: Spill! TTT 211 – 07.28.10.  This summer Andy Rosenbloom, Program Director for the Virtual Team Challenge: Spill!invited us to join Spill!:

    Even though you’re busy this summer with countless poolside BBQs, it’s never too early to plan ahead for Fall semester curriculum.The Virtual Team Challenge is an entirely FREE online, multiplayer business simulation that takes place in the animated 3D world of New City. The team objective in the simulation is to help the mayor stage the most efficient oil spill recovery effort. Top-performing teams are eligible for prizes for themselves, their teachers, and local charities! Virtual Team Challenge will run this Fall from October 12 – November 24. See our 
    article in The New York Times
     to read about one NJ teacher’s success with the program. Virtual Team Challenge comes complete with lesson plans and in-class exercises which form a curriculum that highlights general business acumen, business ethics, negotiation skills, decision-making processes and accounting while placing a special emphasis on important life/career skills such as teamwork, communication, professionalism and research methods.

    We were also joined by Tim Baker, a graduate student who Susan Ettenheim met this summer at a Scratch workshop at MIT. (Listen to: Lots of overlapping pieces: Laura Fay and Tim Baker on using Scratch in middle school – TTT #215 – 08.25.10) Tim Baker came to MIT from Orono, Maine with his project Sim Stream. University of Maine Undergraduate researchers are developing a grades 6-8 virtual, educational system that poses environmental issues for students to explore in their own ecological system, drawing from diverse areas of study. By learning to use scientific observations, analyze data, and draw inferences in formulating decisions and policies, students develop an appreciation and understanding for natural resources, human-non-human inter-dependencies and the need for civic responsibility. 

    We invite you to join this ongoing conversation by listening to this podcast.

  • Ben M is live from the sound booth of his high school while Ben M mans the chat room. They talk about their K12 Online Session and upcoming plans for some new shows. 


  • 2010-10-20 01:46

    Post-Show description:

    Seems like our colleagues at Seedlings, Bob Sprankle, Cheryl Oakes, and Alice  Barr are right in declaring this the year of Student Voice, which they did in their wonderful conversation with Adora Svitak (2010-10-07 Seedlings Show # 94). 

    At Teachers Teaching Teachers we seem to be handing the microphones over to students more and more as well.

    On this episode we are joined by students Martha (12th grade), Maci (6th), Michael (12th), Christian (12th) and Erin (college) in a rich, real discussion about out-of-school creativity!

  • Our LIVE ACTEM GEEK of the WEEK show with the SEEDLINGS on the road. The chat contains all the great links as well as the Delicious site.

  • On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, teachers along the Gulf of Mexico and those of us who have working together for some time on Youth Voices begin to make some plans about for getting our students together via Skype and deepening our work on Voices on the Gulf and Youth Voices.

    It’s not too late to get your students connected on these school-based social networks. We’d love to add their voices! Listen to this podcast, then make plans to join us this at http://EdTechTalk.com/live at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific USA Wednesdays / 01:00 UTC Thursdays World Times.

  • Regular hosts: Dave, Jen, John

    Guest hosts: Lesley Edwards, Teacher/Librarian from North Vancouver, BC.

    This Week’s Menu:

    • Dave’s Link: http://www.masternewmedia.org/learning_educational_technologies/media-literacy/new-media-literacy-critical-thinking-Howard-Rheingold-20071019.html

    • Jen’s Link: http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top100-2010.html As we head into our two-week hiatus, Jen needs a link-dump fix!! No better place than Jane Hart’s latest round-up of top learning resource links. In her fourth attempt to poll the greater edtech community, Jane’s 2010 Top 100 Tools for Learning list includes contributions from over 530 educators and “closed” for new contributions today .. Sunday, October 17th. Let’s take a minute and consider some of our past and current favorites to give Jen her edtech resource fix for the next couple of weeks! [oooh … another resource roundup via a tweet from our guest host … http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/10/best-of-edtech-web-2010.html ]

    Next week: No show on October 24 or October 31. We return November 7 with Connie Sitterley, Teacher / Technology Integration Specialist from Pennsylvania, and Kyli Yerse, school technology consultant.

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