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It's Elementary #20 Live from EduBloggerCon / NECC 2008

20:19 minutes (9.3 MB)

Alice Mercer and Maria Knee, co-hosts of the show, were live from the Bloggers' Cafe at NECC and joined by Derrall Garrison. They interviewed several EduBloggerCon participants about their day and impressions of the event. Despite several connectivity issues they brought several people into the show including Gail Desler, Maggie Tsai, & Jo McLeay. You can find links we talked about in our diigo
The NECC Ning
NECC main site
eduBloggerCon Wiki
Bud Hunt's BackChannel

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It's Elementary Show #19 - Year in Review

38:38 minutes (17.68 MB)

The It's Elementary team shares the successes and challenges of their year.

Points of interest:

  • Technology is not a something separate, but an integral part of our teaching
  • We use it to help kids make connections to the rest of the world
  • Some issues were how to get kids used to writing, and not just playing on computers, how to plan and allocate time on the computers, and how much choice to give kids.
  • How annoying, and brain-dead e-rate filtering programs are to deal with.
Leave us you comments and visit our blog Our next show will be a live report from NECC 2008. Stay tuned for date and time.

It,s Elementary #18, Video Conferencing

53:01 minutes (12.13 MB)

We had a great discussion with James Sigler

1. James Sigler shared his background and how he started video-conferencing, including some pertinent points

  • It involved serendipity and a willingness to try something new, rather than a technology plan...

2. Why do it?

  • Our guest and host shared about the learning connections they've made, and students make using this
  • We discussed the standards, like NETS Communication and Collaboration and looking on how our students are communicating with authentic audiences.

4. The It's Elementary team share their experiences

5. And shared barriers to effective implementation or sustainability, blocking and coordinating schedule/time zones came up as the big issues.

We then threw it open and had the audience join in.

Our Next show will be on Monday June 9th, Year in Review. What were your sucesses and challanges? What are your plans for 2008-09? Visit our Blog at

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EarthCast08 1:00 GMT - 2:00 GMT It's Elementary #17, Earth Groceries Project

61:49 minutes (14.15 MB)

Mark Ahlness joined us to talk about his Earth Groceries Bag Project. Students decorate paper grocery bags to be used in grocery stores with messages about the Earth. To remind shoppers to take care of our environment and Earth. This project is now celebrating it’s 15th year with hundreds and thousands of participating students all over the world. Mark talked about the history and development of the project and plans for future years.You’ll find tons of resources to get you started at the project website at Click on attachment to view Chat Log

It's Elementary #16: What is Ed Tech Talk?

40:20 minutes (18.46 MB)

It was a great show (chat room was rocking) as we shared what made Ed Tech Talk important to us, and where It's Elementary fits into the Edtechtalk Community.

Here was what we covered:

  • Questions to ask:
    • What is Ed Tech Talk? What can it do for you?
    • Why It's Elementary? How does it help you?
  • Reasons to use this place...
  • Challenges -- Is if really for me?
  • Examples - ETT show favorites from the It's Elementary Team

Chat Log Below

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