Week of April 17 - 23, 2010

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Welcome to this week's EdTechTalk (ETT) Newsletter! This week was Earthweek which included an Earthcast on EarthDay to celebrate. This annual event is a twenty-four hour webcast that originated in 2008 and now includes people from around the globe who come together in the Earthbridges community to produce this annual webcastathon. The highlights for me included hearing student perspectives from The Petroleum Institute Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and kindergarten students from Fremont, New Hampshire, United States. The archives of this webcast are housed at Earthbridges [http://earthbridges.net/], a Worldbridges community.


The Week in Review

Instructional-Design-Live#15 2010-4-23 Teaching Presence in a Community of Inquiry

This week is the final part in a series exploring the Community of Inquiry Framework. Jennifer Maddrell begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting leads us in an exploration of the practical dimensions of establishing teaching presence in online courses.

Teaching Presence


We address issues in the design and administration of the course, how to facilitate critical discourse with groups and among individuals.


EdTechWeekly #161
  •  The whole EdTechWeekly gang is back together (at least for one round), as Jeff joins John, Dave, and Jen to review the latest news and resources influencing education and technology.


What does working in a school-based social network like http://youthvoices.net have to do with getting ready for college? Chris Sloan had a great idea. “Why don’t we invite former students who used Youth Voices and who are now in college to Skype in with their thoughts about what college is like these days … and if Youth Voices maybe does or doesn’t fit with what they are doing now?”

Two of Chris’s former students joined us on this episode of

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