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Teachers Teaching Teachers #162 - 08.05.09 - Making New Connections with VoiceThread


53:59 minutes (17.03 MB)

In this podcast we continue to track some of the developments at VoiceThread with co-founders, Steve Muth and Ben Papell. We also talk with:

  • Gail Desler, Tech Liaision with the Area 3 Wrting Project in Northern California
  • Lee Kolbert, a recently-returned to the clssroom teacher in Boca Raton, Florida.

Lee joined us fresh from her presenting at Alan November's Building Learning Communities conference in Boston. One of her presentations was about VoiceThread. Gail reports on a VoiceThread project that she had done with 4th Grade teacher, Halerin Ferrier, "Letters from the Internment Camps."

Steve and Ben tell us why they have set up this VoiceThread Digital Library, and they describe another inspiring example that can be found there, K-12 art, poetry, and music from Erin Berg:

This is a collaborative VT from three different classes across the United States (2nd graders from Utah, 9th grade English students from Colorado, and 5th-6th grade music composition students from Texas). This VT is an example of the power of collaboration using technology. This encompasses art through words, visuals, and music.

Second graders first completed a piece of artwork, depicting a place they love to visit or imagine visiting. Then, 9th graders used a Wiki to divide up the artwork. They worked on their poetry and attached it as a comment on the VT. Then, the link was sent to a classroom in Texas, where boys worked to compose an original piece of music for each picture using GarageBand. Overall, it took about 2 1/2 months to put together.

 

And if that's not enough Ben and Steve use this webcast to unofficially announce (It's official now.) a partnership with the New York Public Library. Joyce Valenza does a great job of describing some of these new VoiceThread connections in her post: "Voicethread gets even cooler! NYPL, Creative Commons, and more."

 

After all of that, we hope you still have time to listen to the podcast!

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #145 - Discussing Fundamentals and Building Plans Together - 03.25.09


64:10 minutes (20.62 MB)

Susan Ettenheim and Paul Allison welcome colleagues Ron Link (NYC Writing Project), Gail Desler (Area 3 Writing Project in California), and Fred Hass (Boston Writing Project) for a conversation about collaboration, publishing, and building a responsive community of students, mainly within our work together on Youth Voices.

Please listen to how we talk to each other, then plan to join us in the future.

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #133 - Holocaust Educators Network: Teachers on a Journey - 12.17.08


60:00 minutes (18.44 MB)

On a snowy, windy night last week, Dr. Sondra Perl, Lehman College and Gradate Center, CUNY, NY and five National Writing Project  teachers from the Rural Sites Network joined us to describe their journeys as teachers of Holocaust studies.  These are the teachers who you'll hear on this podcast:

  • Danielle Bethune, McCool Junction Schools, Nebraska
  • Kristi Bancroft Boucher, Oxford Hills High School, Maine
  • Gail Desler, Elk Grove School District, California
  • Ilka Hanselmann, Wind Gap Middle School, Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
  • Susan Hodgin, Moscow Senior High School, Idaho
  • Larry Neuberger, Miller High School, Springfield, Missouri

We took a look at their experiences in 10-day semHolocaust Survivor, Irving Rothinars that Dr. Perl led this summer and last summer. We learned more about how these teachers have integrated teaching about the Holocaust into their work with students. Perhaps you will be inspired by these teachers to begin your own journey into studying and teaching about the Holocaust.

The purpose of the Holocaust Educators Network (HEN) is:

...to provide a forum for faculty interested in studying and teaching the Holocaust. The Network extends the work of the summer seminars sponsored by the Memorial Library. Located at Lehman College of the City University of New York, HEN uses an inquiry-based approach to focus on how educators can engage students with difficult material and how writing and dialogue can help move students from shock and denial to empathy and action. We look to support educators from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities in the following ways:
  • By examining teaching practices both critically and generously;
  • By sharing resources and devising new approaches in workshops and in online forums;
  • By inviting noted scholars and researchers to present new work to the group; and
  • By developing and conducting workshops in teachers' own schools and communities.
(Image: Holocaust survivor, Irving Roth)

This summer the Holocaust Educators Network will once again offer a ten-day summer seminar led by Dr. Sondra Perl to middle school, high school, and college teachers from rural sites within the National Writing Project. To find out more or to apply for this summer's seminar, please send an e-mail to Holocaust.educators@gmail.com

Don't delay! Applications for this summer need to be in by mid-January.

For the 2009 summer seminar, we invite applications in two formats: 1) applications by individual teachers who are already members of the National Writing Project (NWP) and 2) applications by teams of two teachers from different subject areas in which at least one is a member of the NWP. Click here to download an individual application form; Click here to download a team application form. Please note: applications for the 2009 summer seminar must be postmarked no later than January 16, 2009. Applicants will be notified of all decisions by March 2009.
This year, rural teachers outside of the National Writing Project may also apply. Click here for a flier with more information about the program; click here to download an application form.
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Teachers Teaching Teachers #123 - What were they thinking? A Virtual Staff Meeting with Youth Voices Teachers - 09.24.08


59:10 minutes (13.57 MB)

Youth Voices is growing with new teachers and students every week. If you are interested in finding out what the teachers involved in this project have been thinking about, this podcast might be for you.

Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim, both from New York City were joined by Gail Desler from California and Sarah Sutter from Maine.

Listen, then join us at http://YouthVoices.net

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #110 - Joyca Valenza on PowerPoint Reform and Gail Desler & Sue Waters on Edublogs


65:40 minutes (15.02 MB)
In the second half of the show Gail Desler and Sue Waters decsribed the teaching community around Edublogs.
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