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21st Century Learning #98: Designing an Open Online Teacher Academy -- Part 2

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21st Century Learning #98
Designing an Open Online Teacher Academy  -- Part 2
March 19, 2009

Week 2 of figuring out how to design an online teacher academy. 

We're starting to nail down a goal for this academy: 

The goal of this experience is to:
1. Teach online tools in the context of teaching and learning
2. Creating online community to model and sustain this learning

 *Please not that these are in draft form.

This online teacher academy starts by walking its participants through some basic online tools while building a community, and creates a structure for the participants to create and document new work thus leaving a legacy for the next generation of learners. 

With these goals and constructs, where do you see this going?  Leave us a comment here or over at the isenet.ning.com/forum/topics/call-for-a-conversation-onlineISENet ning.

 

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2009-03-19 13:00:47  arvind ->  hi fred!
2009-03-19 13:00:48  mrsdurff ->  went to put the laundry in................
2009-03-19 13:00:50  arvind ->  hi durff!
2009-03-19 13:01:03  VinnieVrotny ->  Good afternoon Fred and Durff
2009-03-19 13:01:21  fbartels ->  hi guys
2009-03-19 13:02:12  fbartels ->  vinnie, has audio stream started yet?
2009-03-19 13:05:20  VinnieVrotny ->  it should be going. Could you check ustream?
2009-03-19 13:06:29  arvind ->  audio should be started now
2009-03-19 13:06:52  alex.ragone ->  Can everyone hear?
2009-03-19 13:07:07  arvind ->  hi jim, welcome
2009-03-19 13:07:22  VinnieVrotny ->  @jimw, welcom
2009-03-19 13:07:28  fbartels ->  sound is good here
2009-03-19 13:08:25  arvind ->  thanks Fred
2009-03-19 13:08:44  fbartels ->  arvind... happy surfing
2009-03-19 13:09:29  fbartels ->  Laurie and I are having lunch while listening
2009-03-19 13:10:45  fbartels ->  hi!
2009-03-19 13:10:58  alex.ragone ->  Online academy for teachers?
2009-03-19 13:12:54  arvind ->  thanks, Fred, looking forward to catching some waves. Or did you mean surfing the net? :)
2009-03-19 13:13:32  arvind ->  hi alexandra, audio should be on ustream or EdTechTalk A on the right
2009-03-19 13:13:48  arvind ->  we're talking about forming an online academy for teachers to learn about various online tools
2009-03-19 13:14:08  fbartels ->  from Laurie: http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/ by helene blowers
2009-03-19 13:14:37  arvind ->  hi bporter, welcome
2009-03-19 13:14:49  fbartels ->  A... forget the net... get in the water!
2009-03-19 13:15:11  bporter ->  Thanks!
2009-03-19 13:15:25  arvind ->  great link Laurie, thanks!
2009-03-19 13:15:29  arvind ->  sounds right to me, Fred
2009-03-19 13:15:54  fbartels ->  Laurie: welcome - it's a possible model
2009-03-19 13:16:26  arvind ->  I like the language the use: Welcome to Learning 2.0, an online self-discovery program that encourages the exploration of web 2.0 tools and new technologies, specifically 23 Things.
2009-03-19 13:16:48  fbartels ->  what about friendly competition between schools... it worked well when we did the first wiki game?
2009-03-19 13:17:23  fbartels ->  Laurie: I've seen versions of it done in the way that Fred is suggesting :-)
2009-03-19 13:18:13  fbartels ->  Laurie: adding to what Alex is saying, it is crucial that folks have a reason to do this without feeling it is yet one more thing
2009-03-19 13:19:22  arvind ->  hi Carolyn, hi r1944, welcome
2009-03-19 13:19:31  arvind ->  audio on the right at EdTechTalk A or UStream
2009-03-19 13:19:37  Carolyn ->  thanks ... nice to be here
2009-03-19 13:19:55  arvind ->  where are you here from?
2009-03-19 13:19:59  fbartels ->  Laurie: it doesn't matter which network you participate in, as long as it has some meaning to you personally
2009-03-19 13:20:11  Carolyn ->  I'm in Halifax, NS ... very rainy day here
2009-03-19 13:20:45  arvind ->  ah, we've got many Canadian friends/listeners
2009-03-19 13:20:57  alex.ragone ->  Hi -- We love Canadians!
2009-03-19 13:21:01  r1944 ->  Hey folks
2009-03-19 13:21:05  arvind ->  we're discussing forming an online academy for teachers, so feel free to weigh in in the chatroom
2009-03-19 13:21:07  alex.ragone ->  Rainy here in NYC too.
2009-03-19 13:21:12  arvind ->  hey sarah, vinnie just mentioned your name!
2009-03-19 13:21:15  Carolyn ->  come on up ... we love Americans :)
2009-03-19 13:21:18  alex.ragone ->  Sarah -- we're speaking about you now.
2009-03-19 13:21:20  r1944 ->  krichardson here, in Brooklyn
2009-03-19 13:21:24  sarahh ->  uh oh
2009-03-19 13:21:27  arvind ->  ha ha, will do Sarah
2009-03-19 13:21:30  arvind ->  I love it up there!
2009-03-19 13:21:33  arvind ->  hey Kerri!
2009-03-19 13:21:39  arvind ->  glad you're here
2009-03-19 13:21:52  arvind ->  whoop, lost Kerri
2009-03-19 13:21:58  sarahh ->  Hi Kerri
2009-03-19 13:22:08  krichardson ->  Hi Sarah!
2009-03-19 13:22:25  arvind ->  objectives: skills lessons? joining an online professional learning network? learning to use online tools for teaching?
2009-03-19 13:22:31  arvind ->  proposal from alex: unit-based lessons
2009-03-19 13:22:42  krichardson ->  saw Arind's twitter post and came on over, so rare that I can listen live, :)
2009-03-19 13:22:57  arvind ->  objective: forming a "real" community
2009-03-19 13:23:22  arvind ->  always forget to change my font color. Breaks up the black
2009-03-19 13:23:31  arvind ->  hi Mark, welcome
2009-03-19 13:23:37  arvind ->  audio on the right at ustream or ed tech talk A
2009-03-19 13:23:48  sarahh ->  well, I can do that too, in Duke Blue no less!
2009-03-19 13:23:59  marklukach ->  hey guys, this is my first edtechtalk chat!
2009-03-19 13:24:01  arvind ->  we like to call it Michigan blue ;)
2009-03-19 13:24:14  arvind ->  Mark, glad to have you! Did you get here from Twitter?
2009-03-19 13:24:21  marklukach ->  i'd say georgetown blue, but I'm too embarrassed to say that right now
2009-03-19 13:24:28  sarahh ->  you can call it that, but. . . .  Have you guys talked about Chris Bigenho's work?
2009-03-19 13:24:31  VinnieVrotny ->  @sarah looks more like unc blue to me here on my monitor
2009-03-19 13:24:35  marklukach ->  yes i did, i just saw your link
2009-03-19 13:24:48  sarahh ->  Vinnie--I'm feeling ill. . .
2009-03-19 13:25:10  krichardson ->  speaking of learning socially- anyone using the FLOCK browser? I am exploring new social media tools this week- Diigo is up next
2009-03-19 13:25:18  VinnieVrotny ->  @sarah, oh, you fall on that side of the rivalry
2009-03-19 13:25:30  alex.ragone ->  Rainy here in NYC too.
2009-03-19 13:26:05  fbartels ->  Laurie: to answer Arvind's question, once we have this "thing" designed, each of us can be mentors in our own schools
2009-03-19 13:26:14  sarahh ->  @ Kerri--love flock most of the time, some things don't work so well with it. Diigo rocks.
2009-03-19 13:26:15  krichardson ->  How would we share bookmarks between schools-? What tool?
2009-03-19 13:26:25  arvind ->  Kerri, I use Firefox at work for all "work stuff" and Flock for all personal stuff
2009-03-19 13:26:28  arvind ->  Two browsers open
2009-03-19 13:26:41  marklukach ->  could delicious be used to share bookmarks?
2009-03-19 13:26:42  VinnieVrotny ->  @krichardson I love Diigo. So much more functional compared to del.icio.us
2009-03-19 13:26:45  arvind ->  Kerri, we're open to tools, but need a network - del.icio.us, Diigo, does it matter?
2009-03-19 13:26:46  bporter ->  I just installed Flock, pretty helpful to follow media streams on YouTube.
2009-03-19 13:27:32  krichardson ->  @Sarah, coolio- I'm running Firefox and FLOCK head to head right now, still setting up and learning the FLOCK interface wanted to try it. Do you have a lot of pppl in your community sing Diigo? Do you use Delicious, too?
2009-03-19 13:28:00  arvind ->  bporter: Flock is great also for Twitter, del.icio.us, blogging, photo uploading, Facebook tracking - they all work in there automatically
2009-03-19 13:28:03  Carolyn ->  vanilla forums?
2009-03-19 13:28:21  krichardson ->  @Arvind- I dunno if the tool matters but I think there needs to be a way to let ppl know where to look, each tool creates its own network
2009-03-19 13:28:23  sarahh ->  You know, I am wondering if connecting to folks in other schools would act as a catalyst to get people in my school to try stuff, then ask me for support.
2009-03-19 13:28:24  arvind ->  Vanilla forums, my favorite: http://plcmclearning.blogspot.com/
2009-03-19 13:28:29  arvind ->  whoops, wrong link
2009-03-19 13:28:30  bporter ->  arvind: I agree.
2009-03-19 13:28:39  arvind ->  Vanilla forums, my favorite: http://getvanilla.com/
2009-03-19 13:29:06  arvind ->  Example of Vanilla forums: http://lussumo.com/community/
2009-03-19 13:29:29  marklukach ->  @sarahh I think you make a great point. I think teachers get most excited to try technology when they hav success stories for inspiration
2009-03-19 13:29:34  VinnieVrotny ->  @sarah hence the reason we are having the conversation. I believe for myfaculty that it would, which is why we are having this conversation
2009-03-19 13:29:50  fbartels ->  Fred here... really this time.... not the redhead ... I think the ning is working really well! One of the thing that makes a social network valuable is that the people you want to talk with are  on the network.  the ning numbers are getting pretty impressive
2009-03-19 13:30:03  Carolyn ->  @arvind thanks!
2009-03-19 13:30:43  fbartels ->  Laurie: bye vinnie
2009-03-19 13:31:02  sarahh ->  @arvind Vanilla looks like a good tool
2009-03-19 13:31:10  krichardson ->  Anyone else battling social networking overload? I'm in 4+NINGs, FB, Linkedin, Twitter, I know I'm forgetting something-
2009-03-19 13:31:41  marklukach ->  @krichardson I'm just on twitter, FB and in one NING and actually already feel it's a bit hard to stay updated on them
2009-03-19 13:32:12  arvind ->  Man, I am in a million social things!
2009-03-19 13:32:21  arvind ->  We do need to figure this out. Kerri, please do that ;)
2009-03-19 13:32:39  fbartels ->  Laurie: yes, end of June is good for us and we'd love to join in!
2009-03-19 13:32:40  marklukach ->  @krichardson I'd actually argue for focusing in on the one that would maximize usability. As I say with the students: depth over breadth
2009-03-19 13:32:46  krichardson ->  @arvind-, :)- I'm on it
2009-03-19 13:32:52  bporter ->  What does NING stand for? :/
2009-03-19 13:33:12  sarahh ->  I think the structure concept, which totally doesn't appeal to me as a learner, would work for the teachers we're trying to draw in.
2009-03-19 13:33:30  alex.ragone ->  Thinking about June 29 - July 3 for organizing.
2009-03-19 13:33:40  sarahh ->  @Kerri--is linked in any use to you? 
2009-03-19 13:33:41  alex.ragone ->  Call for conversations.  Town hall isenet.
2009-03-19 13:33:44  krichardson ->  town hall idea sounds great
2009-03-19 13:33:46  fbartels ->  Laurie: dates are good!
2009-03-19 13:33:48  alex.ragone ->  What does everyone think?
2009-03-19 13:33:52  sarahh ->  like town hall
2009-03-19 13:34:12  arvind ->  we're talking about http://isenet.ning.com
2009-03-19 13:34:52  krichardson ->  @bporter NING is a build your own community social networking web app
2009-03-19 13:34:57  fbartels ->  Laurie: I liked arvind's spider-web idea of small groups of faculty and then mixing them up to add others.
2009-03-19 13:35:14  fbartels ->  happy vacation to you all! we're in week 1 and next week is week 2 :-)
2009-03-19 13:35:27  bporter ->  Thanks!
2009-03-19 13:35:31  fbartels ->  great to have lunch with you guys!
2009-03-19 13:35:38  sarahh ->  spider web is good.  Have to have the right spiders!
2009-03-19 13:35:41  krichardson ->  Ciao folks, happy break folks- :).
2009-03-19 13:35:43  arvind ->  Fred, you too! Next time share some grub! You too, Laurie
2009-03-19 13:35:50  arvind ->  Mark, welcome to ETT
2009-03-19 13:35:54  arvind ->  Kerri, glad you made it live
2009-03-19 13:36:01  krichardson ->  @arvind, me too-
2009-03-19 13:36:03  arvind ->  bporter, see you again soon.
2009-03-19 13:36:05  arvind ->  Sarah, thanks!
2009-03-19 13:36:08  fbartels ->  home made banana bread
2009-03-19 13:36:10  sarahh ->  thanks guys
2009-03-19 13:36:22  bporter ->  Thanks arvind!
2009-03-19 13:36:26  krichardson ->  :( virtual BB- lol
2009-03-19 13:36:41  fbartels ->  we'll bring some in june, along with fred' strawberry rhubarb pie :-)
2009-03-19 13:37:13  fbartels ->  that's junk food
2009-03-19 13:37:17  fbartels ->  not good food
2009-03-19 13:37:30  fbartels ->  laurie's bread, fred's pie :-)
2009-03-19 13:37:52  bporter ->  bye...
2009-03-19 13:39:10  bporter ->  Can anyone send me a link of a good NING?
2009-03-19 13:39:54  alex.ragone ->  Try classroom 2.0
2009-03-19 13:40:06  alex.ragone ->  @bporter -- where do you work? 
2009-03-19 13:40:08  alex.ragone ->  What do you do?
2009-03-19 13:40:33  alex.ragone ->  http://www.classroom20.com/
2009-03-19 13:40:37  marklukach ->  here's a great one that I am in http://workingtogether2makeadifference.ning.com
2009-03-19 13:40:49  bporter ->  I'm in Austin, just finished a Masters in Educational and Community Renewal.
2009-03-19 13:41:26  alex.ragone ->  OK.  You might want to do some blog searching too -- http://blogsearch.google.com for topics that interest you.
2009-03-19 13:41:28  bporter ->  I'm not working right now, but thinking about going into Ed Tech.
2009-03-19 13:41:36  alex.ragone ->  Got, ya. 
2009-03-19 13:41:49  alex.ragone ->  It's a good field, as long as it's not cut out of everything.
2009-03-19 13:41:50  VinnieVrotny ->  Just checking the chat during my meeting
2009-03-19 13:41:52  bporter ->  Thanks for the links!
2009-03-19 13:41:56  alex.ragone ->  No problem.
2009-03-19 13:41:58  alex.ragone ->  Thanks.
2009-03-19 13:42:08  alex.ragone ->  @vinnie -- glad you're not meeting with me;-)
2009-03-19 13:42:31  VinnieVrotny ->  why not, i am a nice guy!
2009-03-19 13:42:44  alex.ragone ->  Chatting and meeting.
2009-03-19 13:42:48  elfin316 ->  new to here... is here a live broadcast of 21st Century Learning?
2009-03-19 13:42:59  alex.ragone ->  Yep, but we just finished up.
2009-03-19 13:43:05  alex.ragone ->  @elfin316.  Thanks for coming.
2009-03-19 13:43:11  elfin316 ->  oh...
2009-03-19 13:43:17  elfin316 ->  just missed it
2009-03-19 13:43:21  alex.ragone ->  Will post the audio podcast up at http://edtechtalk.com/21cl in the next couple of days.
2009-03-19 13:43:30  alex.ragone ->  We'll be live again on 4/2 at 1:00pm EST.
2009-03-19 13:43:33  alex.ragone ->  Where are you?
2009-03-19 13:43:37  elfin316 ->  thanks. that's great and I will listen to it again
2009-03-19 13:43:45  elfin316 ->  UK
2009-03-19 13:43:50  marklukach ->  alright folks i gotta run to class. nice chatting with you, hope to see some of you on twitter I'm @marklukach
2009-03-19 13:43:51  alex.ragone ->  Excellent. 
2009-03-19 13:44:00  alex.ragone ->  Thanks everyone.  Have  a great day.
2009-03-19 13:44:08  elfin316 ->  THANKS

 



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