Week of October 5 – 10, 2008

Hello EdTechTalkers:

Welcome to the this week’s edition of the EdTechTalk (ETT) Weekly Newsletter!

Once again, we’d like to give you a friendly reminder about the K12 Online Conference. This FREE…yes, free…conference begins next week, with the preconference keynote on October 13th. It is dedicated, in loving memory, to our own Lee Baber. Her thirst for knowledge and belief in helping others learn and grow are fitting qualities for this unique learning opportunity. The K12 Online conference runs over a two week period but goes on forever, as all the presentations are archived. Come hear Vicki Davis’ and Julie Lindsay’s keynote address which kicks off week two of the conference, on October 27th. Don’t miss Jen Wagner and Kim Cofino present "Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects," which will be posted on October 29th. And be sure to look into the Not K12 Online Conference, which will give us all an even greater opportunity for professional development. You can whet your appetite by viewing some of the teasers for the conference here.

EdTechTalk is a community of people interested in the use of technology to improve teaching and learning at all levels of education throughout the world. As a Worldbridges community, it embraces the values of collaboration and inclusiveness. The primary activity of the community is the production of a number of live, interactive webcasts. These programs cover a wide range of topics relating to educational technology. Shows are typically streamed live, and listeners can interact with one another and the show hosts through a text chat. Recordings of the shows are released as podcasts. Participation in the community is encouraged for anyone who has an interest in educational technology. Participation may take many forms, from simply listening to shows produced by the community to more actively working to produce and distribute content for the network.

**A Week in Review of ETT Shows**

* Teachers Teaching Teachers #123 – What were they thinking? A Virtual Staff Meeting with Youth Voices Teachers – 09.24.08

Youth Voices is growing with new teachers and students every week. If you are interested in finding out what the teachers involved in this project have been thinking about, this podcast might be for you. Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim, both from New York City, were joined by Gail Desler from California and Sarah Sutter from Maine. Listen, then join us at http://YouthVoices.net.

* 21st Century Learning #79
Getting to Know John Schinker
John Schinker from EdTechWeekly fame joined Alex and Vinnie this week. We discussed John’s background, 21st Century Skills, and technology
professional development in his school district.

* Parents as Partners Episode #12 October 6, 2008

Dean Shareski, Digital Learning Consultant from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada shares his presentation ‘Going Global’ with hosts Matt Montagne, Lorna Costantini, Cindy Seibel and resident parent Cindy Zuatcke. What was interesting in the discussions is Dean’s approach the subject. He finds it more relevant to emphasize the positive aspects of digital tools, the need for good examples of digital citizenship.

* It’s Elementary #24 K12Online2008 Conference Preview

We had a great conversation with Dean and Wes about the upcoming K12Online2008 Conference. It was a busy chatroom with past conference participants and presenters, along with educators new to K12Online. Make sure to check out http://k12onlineconference.org/ for more information.

* Conversations Show #11 – 2008 10 05

This week our Conversation topic was parents and their role in the school. Lisa and Maria were joined by Lorna Costantini, co-host of the Parents as Partners webcast. The conversation was informative as well as thought provoking. There was a lively chat in our chat room that shouldn’t be missed.

* EdTechWeekly #97

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Enjoy your week,

Your enthusiastic ETT Newsletter Gang


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