Welcome to the EdTechTalk this week’s newsletter. Throughout the world, people are commemorating the ninth anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th. While searching for images online in honor of 9/11, I came across this quote and believe it is fitting for commemorating September 11th and other pivotal events in our lives and careers :
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love."
— Washington Irving
While we will never forget what happened on 9/11, we must also not forget the reason we create, write, share and teach others around the world. We all have different talents, skills, and goals and together we are a stronger unified force to shield, teach and inspire our students. With the start of the new school year for many educators in North America, we must always be mindful of our purose and reason for doing what we do. We must never forget.
On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, Steve Muth and Ben Papell, founders and on-going conspirators at VoiceThread join Susan Ettenheim and Chris Sloan to talk about what’s new at VoiceThread AND how they can imagine VoiceThread supporting our efforts with http://voicesonthegulf.org.
In addition, Bell Ferriter, a sixth grade science teacher in North Carolina, joins us. Bill had just published a great book, Teaching the iGeneration. There are a lot of great ideas in this new book, but there’s one that is perfect for a VoiceThread discussion: Collaborative vs. Competitive dialogue. In an email Bill writes:
Collaborative and competitive dialogue is something I talk about in Teaching the iGeneration and something that VoiceThread facilitates nicely. We could talk about how our world emphasizes competitive dialogue – kids are surrounded by marketing messages and celebrities and politicies screaming for attention and unwilling to listen to other viewpoints – but collaborative dialogue is essential for solving the kinds of global, cross-border challenges our world is facing.
Alicia Blair, a colleague and science teacher at an alternative school in Mississippi, and Gail Desler, who works with teachers in Northern California, joins us as well. Alicia and Gail have been helping us to keep it real all summer. Enjoy!
If you would like your celebration included in the ETT newsletter please email us at [email protected].
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.
Anyone can subscribe to the ETT newsletter via email by scrolling down our front page and clicking on the “EdTechTalk Newsletter” subscribe button or via RSS by navigating to the newsletter subscription page at https://edtechtalk.net/subscription_options. Click on the feed to which you would like to subscribe. You may also click on the show names from the front page to listen to podcasts and read show notes right on your computer.
We welcome and value your input. Please feel free to leave comments, use the forums or the audioplayer on https://edtechtalk.net/contact. Thank you for reading our newsletter!
Enjoy your week,
Your enthusiastic ETT Newsletter Gang
ETT Registration Page: https://edtechtalk.net//user/register
ETT Forum: https://edtechtalk.net//forum
ETT Store: http://www.cafepress.com/edtechtalk
Contact us: [email protected]
RSS Feed Link:https://edtechtalk.net/newsletter.xml