Weeks of July 24 - August 6, 2010
Welcome to this week's EdTechTalk (ETT) newsletter! This newsletter includes recent recaps of Instructional Design and Teachers Teaching Teachers podcasts. Many of the regular ETT shows are on hiatus until the school year starts back up so take this time to catch up on the podcasts of the live shows you missed during the school year.
Enjoy the rest of your summer 'vacation' as many schools are gearing up to start again in the next few weeks. Hopefully you have spent the summer relaxing, recharging and participating in the many avenues of professional development in preparation for the upcoming school year. Be sure to read the special celebration mentioned in this newsletter edition about ETT's newest 'addition'!
Teachers Teaching Teachers #209 - Rethinking school with four Gulf Coast teachers - 07.14.10
Our guests on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers are:
- Kyle Meador, the Director of Education at Our School at Blair Grocery, New Orleans. To learn more about Our School at Blair Grocery, check out this video. Then click here to visit their photo slideshow. This is well worth your time! And while you are there, please contribute to their construction efforts. You'll find a donate button on the right side of the site.
- We met Kyle on Edutopia’s “official PBL Camp kickoff” this Monday. This was a webinar led by Suzie Boss, and it was “attended by more than 100 campers. If you missed the live event, you can view an archived recording, and/or download the slide presentation.” Suzie also joins us on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teacher. There was a lot of synergy between Edutopia’s Problem-Based Learning Camp and our webcast this summer. It was great to be a small part of this work. All of of the materials of this camp areopen to everybody and there is PBL wiki.
- On this episode, we also welcome two teachers from the Live Oak Writing Project which is on the coast in Mississippi. High school science teacher, Alicia Blair who had been with us the week before returns with a colleague, Stacey Ferguson who teaches 5th grade.
- Middle-school science and technology teacher, Jeff Mason joins us once again to give us his perspectives from Pensacola, Florida.
Teachers Teaching Teachers #208 - Wondering about fossil fuel and enjoying the power of twitter in the NWP - 07.07.10
Our guests on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers were:
- Alicia Blair, Live Oak Writing Project in Southern Mississippi
- Casey Daugherty @caseydaugherty , Ozarks Writing Project in Missouri- @OzarksWP
- Steve Moore - @SteveJMoore , Greater Kansas City Writing Project - @GKCWP
- April Estep - @MsEstep , Coalfield Writers/Marshall University Writing Project in West Virginia - @MUWP
- Paul Oh - @poh , Program Associate, National Writing Project - @writingproject - @nwpsiteleaders
This week on IDLive, Shanna Smith-Jaggars discusses her response to the US Dept. of Education's report on online learning. Widely cited as proof that online learning is better, the DOE study fails to address some of the broader implications of online learning. Dr. Jaggars addresses these issues and many more--a must listen.
This the fourth week of a summer series in which we have focused Teachers Teaching Teachers on the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Our guests included:
- Matt Montagne, who has been collecting materials, such as: October 28th, 2010 TEDxOILSPILL Talks
- Diana Laufenberg, a history teacher from Science Leadership Academy who joined us on this topic 3 weeks ago will try (from her family’s farm) to join us again.
- Natasha Whitton, one of the three teachers from the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project two weeks ago, hopes to join us again
- Andrea Zellner, a biology and English teachers from the Red Cedar Writing Project in Michigan will be with us again!
- AND NEW to our webcast: Catherine Tibbs, a former high school English teacher who works for the Live Oak Writing Project in Mississippi joined us. (She is also invited colleagues who will be heard on future podcasts. Catherine wrote on Monday of this week:
I don’t know if you know this or not, but oil reached the MS beaches this weekend. We had been fortunate so far to avoid this mess. From what I understand from the media, the manpower was not coordinated in the Gulf to skim the oil that is now reaching us. Isn’t that always the case?
- Also new to the podcast is Jeff Mason from Penscola, Florida, a biology and technology teacher. We met a Twitter, and we look forward to a continuing connection. (Jeff came on the webcast last week as well, so look for more from him on future podcasts.)
We hope you will be able to join us in this ongoing project. Help us know how to respond as teachers—and with our students—to this monster that will continue to reek havoc for weeks? months? to come!
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