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Week of April 10 - 16, 2010

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Welcome to this week's EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! This was another excellent week of professional development on ETT that you will definitely want to check out the recordings if you weren't able to participate in the live sessions! Sharon Peters summed it up so well at the end of the WOW3 show this week. "The EdTechTalk community is so amazing. You could go anywhere in the world and still get "just-in-time" tech support from these wonderful people. I can't speak highly enough of these folks , and especially Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier for making it all possible." Thank you all for being a part of this valuable online community!

 

Excitement is mounting as we approach the upcoming incredible opportunity to participate with people from around the world in Earthcast 2010 on April 22, Earth Day. Be sure to check the Earthcast wiki for the schedule of all of the exciting events being streamed by students, teachers and others as they share what they are doing to make a difference in protecting and preserving the environment. For a preview of "Coming Attractions" and additional information about how you and your students can get involved, subscribe to the Posterous postings for Earthcast 2010. In preparation for the 24-hour Earthcastathon, we are doing a series of blog posts that highlight the many wonderful sessions that will be taking place throughout this 24 Hour webcastathon. Don't miss the keynote kickoff for the event by Jason Czarneski, professor of environmental law at Vermont Law School, who will be joining us live from Guangzhu, China. (Wed. April 21, 8:00pm EDT) Time Zone Conversion




The Week in Review


2010-03-28 ben N ben Show #6
6th edition of the Ben N Ben show streamed live from the Yarmouth HS school library with all of the webcasters in one room. Theme of the conversation was "Innovation" and the discussion included many innovative things being done in their school. There is a short segment near the beginning that has audio difficulties but continue to listen for an exciting interchange about their experiences with Apple when they won the Apple Distinguished School award, and stories about amazing leadership experiences they have had including the opportunity to create a Student Liaison representative to the School Council and participation in the Student Senate where many important decisions are made on behalf of students. Their enthusiasm is contagious as they describe their role in the recommendation for a new activity period for students that allows students to be involved in club activities during the school day.


Conversations Episode 70 - Keeping the Spark Going to the End of the Year
This week, while Sheila was away, Maria and Lisa talked about ways to keep the energy and excitement going until the end of the school year.



Instructional-Design-Live#14 2010-4-16 Cognitive Presence in a Community of Inquiry
Part II of a discussion of the Community of Inquiry framework. Jennifer Maddrell leads us in a consideration of what it means to create 'cognitive' presence in online courses. Click on the image below to view the Elluminate session.

phases of practical inquiry


 

Commonsensemedia.org, with Emily Hunt, joins the SEEDLINGS group for a discussion about Media, Internet and how savvy our tweens and teens are these days.  Emily shares great data with us and reminds us that it is not about punishment, not about preaching, but rather it is about being informed and knowledgeable about the media we are involved in. Adults need to be involved in conversations with all youth about media, advertising, movies, websites, social networks and gaming. Commonsensemedia.org provides just the framework necessary to stay informed! Join us.



Women
of the Web 3.0 #121 Silvia Tolisano
Sharon Peters, Cheri Toledo and Peggy George had an energizing, delightful conversation with one of our favorite people, Silvia Tolisano (Langwitches) in this webcast. We had a wonderful conversation about Skype in the Classroom and her global projects. Her newest project is "Around the World in 80 Schools" and she has created a Ning network for teachers interested in participating in the project to collaborate and learn from each other. There are some fantastic resources on her blog about using Skype including job descriptions for students managing all of the various Skype tasks, and some excellent classroom posters that can be downloaded and printed explaining all of the literacy skills students are using for podcasting, blogging, wikis and other tools involved with the global projects. Thanks to Sharon's newly developed streaming skills we were able to stream most of the session on ustream so we could view some of Silvia's resources for her student projects. Special thanks to Lorna Costantini for capturing the audio and streaming on Shoutcast for us! The ustream version starts about 15 minutes into the session but is well worth watching! A bonus in the session was Sharon's announcement that she is taking a new position in Mozambique. You'll have to listen to get the details. :-) 


ETT21 #128: David Bill, Curator of TEDxNYED

21st Century Learning #128
April 13, 2010
David Bill, Curator of TEDxNYED joined us to discuss the almost posted videos from TEDxNYED and how he hopes to continue the conversation about change in education.  
 

 

 

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