Weeks of September 11-25

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionSend by emailSend by email Welcome to the EdTechTalk newsletter for September 11 - 25, 2010. The new season of EdTechTalk webcasts is off to a rousing start! Welcome back to Seedlings, ETT21-21st Century Learning, EdTech Weekly, Parents as Partners and Conversations! Teachers Teaching Teachers have maintained a very exciting series of webcasts throughout the summer with projects, information and discussions about the Gulf Oil Spill that you will want to check out and get your students/teachers involved http://voicesonthegulf.org . There have already been some inspiring, stimulating conversations on these shows, so if you missed any of them be sure to listen to the recordings. This is some of the very best professional development "on demand" you will find anywhere! Remember to check the calendar for upcoming shows regularly on the EdTechTalk home page so you can join in the conversation in the chat: http://edtechtalk.com
For our #92nd show, we are joined by Karen Janowski, Assistive Technology consultant, Mom, School Committee member, blogger, presenter and a few I have already forgotten! Alice and Cheryl start off the conversation with Karen and Bob breezes in from his favorite school night, Open House! Our show ends up spilling over the one hour mark, but you will love our links, Geeks, and conversations.Thanks to John Schinker who at the last minute got the Edtechtalk server communicating with the Seedlings Crew! Our conversation was about "Assistive Technology is the great equalizer" and Universal Design for Learning. Enjoy the podcast! 

iPads, GTD, NYASIS Think Tank 2010, NEIT2010, Switch, Professional Development, (TPACK Technology Content and Pedagogy) and more...

This season's opener got off to a wonderful start with a fantastic presentation by Aviva Dunsiger a Grade 1 teacher at Ancaster Meadow school in Ancaster/Hamilton Region Ontario Canada. Aviva has a wealth of ideas for connecting with parents and making them an integral part of their child's learning. Please listen to Aviva's presentation and follow along with the Slideshare posted below. 

We have compiled this  http://gl.am/zx2r6  link to provide you with all the links ( and more) that Aviva mentions during the show. How about replacing the agenda book with Twitter? No more lost in the back pack excuses and no more "did nothing today" answers.  Kid blogs, Today's Meet, audio recordings on Evernote, Twitter, Wallwisher are just a few of the many free applications which she has integrated into classroom instruction. Aviva and her colleagues at Ancaster Meadow School are leading the way.

 This week we continued a conversation that began on Twitter when Alec Couros went to his daughter's Back to School Night.  Along with Will Richardson, Lee Kolbert, and Angela Maiers, we discussed the issues we face as parents when walking into our own children's classrooms.  Alec could not join us but was with us in spirit....we hope.
Dave, John, and Jen welcome guest host Diana Laufenberg to continue the new format for EdTechWeekly that offers a deeper look into a smaller number of topics each week. This week, the discussion focuses on the following topics:
  • On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, Laura Beth Fay, and Tim Baker join Susan Ettenheim and Chris Sloan to talk about Scratch and its uses in junior high.  Susan met Laura and Tim at the 2010 Scratch@MIT conference.  Tim’s interests in environmental educ ation align with our ongoing Voices on the Gulf project; like Susan and Chris, Laura works with her local writing project – in Susan’s words “lots of overlapping pieces.”  Laura Fay is an 8th grade reading teacher at Fish er Middle School in Ewing, New Jersey; her students use Scratch to compose multimedia as part of her journalism curriculum.  Tim is a graduate student in interaction design at the University of Maine, and he’s helped create an environmental simulator for middle school students aid their understandings of ecosystems called Sim Stream.

  • Ending their summer hiatus, Dave, John, and Jen kick off a new format for EdTechWeekly that offers a deeper look into a smaller number of topics each week. This week, the focus is on learning environments. Dave shares links and insight into the new PLENK2010 MOOC (beginning this week) considering personal learning environments and networks. As a postmortem to the demise of most free Ning accounts, Jen asks the group to consider the implications of teachers using free vs controlled online environments. John shares his perspective on using Google Apps in a school setting. Join as next Sunday to meet our first (of several) new guest hosts!

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