Making Connections #7 - 5/22/07

62:09 minutes (28.45 MB)

Tonight we learned the power of the new web 2.0 tool, Diigo.   Thanks to Maggie Tsai, co-founder of Diigo, we were able to have a personal guided tour.  Maggie explained how to customize the toolbar, highlight and clip, how to forward selected information to email addresses, and how to simultaneous bookmark to  But the coolest feature of all was extracting information from a website and creating a whole new page.  That was awesome!  Thanks again Maggie!  We want you to come back soon so we can learn more.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #54 - 05.23.07 How do we keep it real in school blogs?

63:48 minutes (29.21 MB) We invite you to listen in as eight Writing Project and WorldBridges teachers from five different (U.S.) states reflect on our students work in Youth Voices.
  • Alice Barr, Yarmouth HS, Yarmouth, Maine
  • Barbara Mehlman, Humanities and the Arts High School HUM, NY. New York
  • Bill Oneal, Trenton Central High School, West, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Ken Stein, Satellite High School, Midtown, NY, New York
  • Lee Baber, F. Hillyard Middle School, Broadway, Virginia
  • Matt Makowetski, MHS, Lompoc, California
  • Paul Allison, East Side Community HS, NY, New York
  • Susan Ettenheim, Eleanor Roosevelt HS, NY, New York
After welcoming our newest members of the community, we spent some time celebrating what is going well in this school-based community of about 1000 student writers/bloggers. We discussed ways we might collaborate more over the summer and into next fall. And we began to make plans for next year. We are a community of teachers, focused on fostering a social network where students can become compelling bloggers. Some of our questions include:
  • How can we cover all of the required skills and topics of our various curricula (technology, global studies, art, English...) and still allow students to blog about topics of their own choosing?
  • Could we select a group of books and invite students to form communities (reading groups) around each of these? How could we have a common text or common texts available as an option for students to blog about... without loosing our environment of student choice?
  • How do we continue to nurture our ethic of student peer response. Do the sentence starters we've been using work? Can they be more open?
  • Can we use the elgg to share multimedia work, art, or visual work more? How do we sponsor peer response to this work? Can we all learn to use the wiki more, following Susan Ettenheim's lead on Gallery pages like Flash Creations Page 2? Will an update to the new elgg profile pages (see Paul Allison's example) be part of the solution?
  • How do we remain a community of teachers that is open to new teachers jumping in with their students, yet maintain a transparent support structure where we can share tips and community standards (e.g. "only Creative Commons images, please, and no pictures of the students themselves... and... and...)?
  • What role might our wiki play: How might we organize this site better? How do we get everybody to contribute to and use this site?
  • Could we use our new Gcast to stay in touch on a regular basis? (Email Susan Ettenheim -- -- to learn more.)
  • What can we do this summer to build this community? (Step one. All of us should register at the elgg: - We'll form a community or communities there.)
Come hear us talk about these and other questions. Hear what teachers talk about when they talk about their students blogging in an elgg. Join the conversation! Leave a comment if you would like to join Youth Voices, and start blogging in your classroom.

21st Century Learning #43: One Year Anniversary and Jeff Lebow from Worldbridges

38:36 minutes (17.68 MB)

EdTechTalk: 21st Century Learning #43
One Year Anniversary and Jeff Lebow from Worldbridges
May 15, 2007

This week we celebrated our one year anniversary, woot! We have managed to get to our 43rd episode, only taking a few weeks off for vacation last summer. We reflect on what it has been like, and bring in our mentor Jeff Lebow, founder of Worldbridges to discuss 21st Century Learning and

We also discussed the recent NY Times article about schools getting rid of their laptop programs. We gave some of our own critiques and discussed how schools could be more successful with 1:1 initiatives. 

Next week, we'll be discussing faculty professional development with Jeff Ritter, from St. John's School in Houston Texas. See you all then.

To contact us, please submit a comment on this post or send us e-mail at 21 [at]

EdTechWeekly#32 - OpenID, Zoho, SLTV, Meez, Sorenson VRS, Fairy Use, Flickrvision, & 500 years of art

37:32 minutes (17.19 MB)
May 27, 2007
OpenID, Zoho, SLTV,  Meez, Sorenson VRS, Fairy Use, Flickrvision, & 500 years of art

21st Century Learning #44: Jeff Ritter on Faculty Professional Development

47:16 minutes (21.67 MB)

EdTechTalk: 21st Century Learning #44
­Jeff Ritter on Faculty Professional Development
May 22, 2007

This week, we discussed faculty professional development with Jeff Ritter, from St. John's School in Houston Texas. Jeff has implemented a wonderful technology professional development program and we can all learn from his experiences.  

To contact us, please submit a comment on this post or send us e-mail at 21 [at]

­Click here for the show notes


Show # 29, Women of Web 2.0, Pamela Shoemaker and Staff Development

62:13 minutes (14.24 MB)

Join Jen, Sharon, Vicki and Cheryl as we chat with Pamela and her staff development successes in her district at Walled Lake in MI.

Pam Shoemaker ( Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Teacher. Pam shared some great ideas and talked about their moodle.


Check out the chat below.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #55 - 05.30.07 Re-mediating Speech Class

55:02 minutes (37.79 MB)­

Our guest hosts on this podcast were Troy Hicks and Dawn Reed from the Red Cedar Writing Project! Here’s how they describe their work:

As podcasting has become a part of our language arts classes, weave seen first hand the ways in which it gives students an audience for their work. By its very nature, podcasting is an oral phenomenon and while it involves the writing process, examining the production rebroadcasts as a speech act also merits our attention. We, Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks, have been interested in how podcasting — because of its ability to record, edit, and revise oral language as well as to time-shift content — can be used as an extension of speech class in high school.

Our project this spring attempted to engaging students in responsible, ethical,and productive composing activities thorough blogging and podcasting. We set out to study how creating and publishing a podcast modeled on NPR’s This I Believe essays could change the composing process for students. In so doing, Dawn’s students created and published their own podcasts, and the two of us discovered a few things about our own technology skills, the school infrastructure, and students’ ability to rise to the occasion that we would like to share with you.

Also, we would like to discuss three ideas that we began our project with and think about how these were actualized:

  1. To understand how blogging and podcasting can be considered a part of Michigan’s new “online experience” for high school students and, rather than take a class fully online, teachers might incorporate elements of digital writing into the irregular classroom work.
  2. To consider themes that emerge from a project like this and how a K-12/university research team can better understand those themes through collaboration.
  3. To reconsider how teaching “speech,” a curricular partner to composition, changes when the media for production includes podcasting.In that sense, we will discuss how purposes and genres change, as well as the affordances and constraints of podcasting, both from technical and pedagogical perspectives.

Join us in the conversation! Add a comment here.

Making Connections #8 5/29/07

57:08 minutes (26.15 MB)

We had a great time experimenting with

It was very rewarding for teachers to have time to "play" with the new web 2.0 tools.  Thank you EdTedhTalk for giving us that space.



EdTechWeekly#33 - Now with Video!

28:04 minutes (12.85 MB)
June 3, 2007

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EdTechTalk Development Meeting - June 4, 2007

78:58 minutes (36.15 MB)

EdTechTalk Development Meeting
June 4, 2007

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