Welcome to this week's edition of the EdTechTalk newsletter. EdTechTalk is a vibrant community with 12 shows that include audio and live participation in the chat room. ETT is part of Worldbridges, which includes the Spanish speaking Puentes Al Mundo, Webcast Academy, WebheadsinAction, Earthbridges, and Koreabridge.
I discovered a new show on Koreabridge named, Women in Korea. To my delight, they are scheduled to have their next show Sunday. Puentas Al Mundo is very active too, although I must claim ignorance as I don't read Spanish.
The Week in Review
Lisa, Sheila and Maria were joined this week by Deven Black and John Fladd. The topic of conversation was teaching boys. As usual, lots of opinions and ideas were expressed. John helped move the conversation by talking about the book that got him thinking about all of this, Boys Adrift.
This week, Mary Engstrom, senior instructional designer at the University of Montana, discusses a framework for implementing authentic tasks and assessments in online courses. The discussion turns to a number of practical suggestions for implementing tasks that provide learners with opportunities to develop skills applicable in real life as well as the ability to monitor their own learning. And ultimately, escape from the experience of high-stakes multiple choics exams→
Join SEEDLINGS in a passionate discussion with the producers of MeMOVES, musical body puzzles for all. This interactive, movement program is just the thing for increasing the learning that happens in your classroom, before a staff meeting and witwh the app, it can happen anywhere, anytime.
Brian Crosby shared his 2008 K12 Online presentation, Video-Conferencing It’s Easy, Free and Powerful. He discussed how videoconferencing has impacted on his students' learning. He shared powerful examples of of why videoconferencing should be part of classroom experience.
John and Dave spent this week's show discussing the role of technology in educaiton. Has it really made a substantial impact on what's happening in the classroom?
Teachers Teaching Teachers was the second hour of Earthcast 2010:
We talked about school/community gardens! Paul Allison’s students at the East-West School of International Studies, Flushing have been tilling the earth this spring. They’ve been inspired by their play in Evoke to change the world, one garden at at time. A couple of student-gardeners join us on this podcast.
Susan Ettenheim also welcomed students from the Green Team at her school, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Manhattan.
We also had a teacher new to TTT, Elizabeth Kee. She teaches at Lower East Side Prep, also in Manhattan. Elizabeth had been teaching Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks to her mainly Chinese and other ELL students. This spring they planted the seeds from this book, and at the time of the Earthday, they were getting ready to move to a community garden.
What a way to start an EARTH DAY!
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