- ETT21 #137: 2010 Goals Show  September 15, 2010
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
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.
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:
- Dave's Link: http://partners.becta.org.uk/page_documents/research/emerging_technologies07_chapter2.pdf  Learning networks in practice, Stephen Downes, NRC. Dave is going to address the broader topic of learning networks in practice.
- Jen's Link: Jen is going to take the opportunity to get our guest host's perspective on involving students in an externally supported science design challenge, such as http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org/Home.aspx  . Some questions to consider are: How can teacher's work this into their semester / school day planning? What is the benefit to kids? What is the motivation for a teacher / students / professional mentor to participate? Where can teachers find out about similar challenges? Are they worth a teacher's / the kids' time and effort?
- John's Link: Using custom search engines to tailor results ( http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129709336  ). See also SeekFind ( http://seekfind.org/  ), Jewogle ( http://www.jewogle.com/  ), and I'mHalal ( http://www.imhalal.com/beta/  ).
- Diana Laufenberg: Newstrust ( http://newstrust.net/  ). Using the network to verify/validate the claims made in current news stories.
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.
Season 3, SEEDLINGS are back! Listen in and see what Alice, Bob and Cheryl have been up to.We talk about Facebook Seedlings , the ACTEM Leader and Educator of the Year , TEDX Redmond -run by students! Wow, we fit a lot in our show.
Next week we have KarenJan, Karen Janowski joining us to talk about her block, her toolkit and her mission to share UDL with the world.
EdTechWeekly #167 
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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