About EdTechtalk

About EdTechTalk

    EdTechTalk is a community of educators interested in discussing and learning about the uses of educational technology. We webcast several live shows each week. During shows, listeners can use any common media player (i.e. Windows Media Player, Real Player, or iTunes) to listen to the discussion and use the chat room to make comments and ask questions.
    After each show, we post a recording of the discussion as an mp3 file, which can be downloaded directly from the site or subscribed to using our RSS feed. We usually post a chat room transcript and a comment forum where people can continue the discussion (in text) after the show.

Because we have listeners all over the world in many different time zones, we usually list times in GMT. Click on the listed time to find what out what time the show airs in your time zone.

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EdTechTalk K-12



Descriptions Our current line-up of shows

Sundays at 7pmEDT/11:00pm GMT

Hosted by John Schinker, Jennifer Maddrell, Dave Cormier, & Jeff Lebow, and features the latest news from the world of edtech and the edublogosphere.

21st Century Learning Webcast
Wednesday's at noon EDT/4:00GMT

Independent School educators, Alex Ragonearvind grover , and Vinny Vrotny host a web radio show that explores the intersection of education and technology. You can contact Alex, arvind, and Vinny at alex.ragone [at] gmail.com.

Watch our video podcast to learn about how we got started with this whole webcasting/blogging effort.


Women of Web 3 - About First and Third Sundays at 8:30pmEDT/0:30am GMT    

Women of Web 3 is for all who are using the tools of the internet whether it be in a classroom setting, leading seminars, authoring books, maintaining blogs or wikis, or just enjoying the tools of the internet in an educational and exciting way. The show is brought to you by Sharon Peters, Cheri Toledo, Peggy George and guest hosts - women who not only love using the tools of the Internet but also love sharing the tools with others.

Teachers Teaching Teachers - About Wednesdays at 9pmEDT/2:00amGMT

Four teachers–Paul Allison, Lee Baber and Susan Ettenheim–are mainly responsible for this blog, podcast, and webcast. Toward the beginning of 2006, a few of us in New York City began to meet via Skype. In the spring of 2006 we began webcasting with the help of Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier of WorldBridges. Every Wednesday evening at 9:00 EST (Americas) we get together and talk about our teaching. These conversations are archived as a podcast on this blog. Together we are searching for the most effective practices in technology, studying research, and improving our knowledge of new media by using it oursleves. We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts and webcasts.


EdTech Brainstorms Thursdays nights(Americas)/Friday (Asia,Oceania) 2amGMT,


Hosted by Doug Symington. Free-form discussions where educators skype in (or call in) to discuss what they're working on and thinking about. Our cyber faculty lounge.


Making Connections Tuesdays at 7pmEDT/11:00pm GMT

Making Connections is a group of educators helping each other understand new ways to integrate technology into the daily lives of teachers and students as well as creating contacts so our classrooms can connect to one another.  The show is hosted by Cathy Evanoff from eastern North Carolina along with interaction from regular visitors.  Join this group on Tuesday nights as they connect, collaborate and create ways to use the multitude of tools available on the web.

Add your info to our MindMeister MapMaking Connections.

       The original EdTechTalk show was hosted by Dave Cormier & Jeff Lebow, but stopped being webcast regulary shortly after we started producing EdTechWeekly.  We still dust off the name occasionally when holding special community discussions and/or events.   We also keep threatening to bring it back as a weekly show, so stay tuned.

   It's Elementary
       Supporting technology in the elementary classroom. Join us as the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Our show is hosted by Lisa Durff, a K12 teacher in Maryland, AND Jose Rodriguez, third grade teacher in Los Angeles CA, AND Alice Mercer, a Elementary computer lab teacher in Sacramento, CA, AND Maria Knee a Kindergarten teacher from Deerfield, NH.


   Parents as Partners
        Monday 9:00 pm EST Supporting students in the 21st Century. Join us on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month to share best practices in engaging parents and teachers in conversations about families and schools. Bring your experiences and expertise in creating effective learning strategies and connecting parents. The hosts for the show are Lorna Costantini, Matt Montagne and Cindy Seibel. Lorna is an Educational Consultant in St. Catharines Ontario. Matt Montagne is the Academic Technology Coordinator, in Paola Alto, Cindy Seibel is a graduate student and a full-time technology director in a K-12 school district.


Sunday 11:30 AM EST: Conversing about various educational topics.  Come join our hosts Lisa Parisi, a fifth grade teacher from Long Island, NY, Maria Knee, a kindergarten teacher from New Hampshire, and Sheila Adams, a seventh grade science teacher from New Hampshire, along with a variety of guests for a rousing discussion each week.


We sometimes webcast other shows that are part of various educational projects and events. EdTechTalk is part of the of the Worldbridges Webcasting Network.

Please post comments or questions directly to the EdTechTalk Forums


EdTechTalk Mission

What is the mission of EdTechTalk?

The mission of EdTechTalk is to provide opportunities for people to connect and collaborate to promote innovative and sustainable uses of technology to support learning.

EdTechTalk Presentations

Below is an archive of  presentations in some way related to EdTechTalk.

Materials are released with a Createive Commons Attribution License unless otherwise indicated. 

If you're interested in  sharing ideas and/or involving the ETT community  in your presentation, please post in the Projects & Collaboration Forum


Lee Baber

Lee Baber presented a two-hour workshop on Mapping a Course in New Literacy Skills at the VDOE EdTech Leadership Conference  Participants in the workshop were joined by  Dave Cormier, Jeff Lebow, Paul Allison, Alex Ragone, Sharon Peters and Brad Hicks. Students learning new literacy skills using mapping and Elggs to find a Personal Learning Space in an online global community, w
ebcasting, drupals, Google docs, wikis, podcasting, social networking, aggregators, and new media were some topics discussed

Dave Cormier
Somewhere, Sometime, aboiut Something
Emegent EdTechTalkyness

Jennifer Maddrel & Jeff Lebow
Expand the Conversation within Your Networks
SUNY Learning Network SOL Summit
February 28, 2008


Dave Cormier & Jeff Lebow
Connecting Educators as Learners - Efest 08 Presentation
with Dave Cormier & Jeff Lebow

Help for Newbies!

Wanna check out some software... build a server in 30min. (after the software install)

Ok... we'll call this an ongoing document. But, basically, this is how you set up a 'server' on an old desktop so you can try out all the new software at the cost of using an old desktop you weren't using anyway. THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT INTENDED FOR A PRODUCTION (PUBLIC) BOX. Please post questions as comments.

Get the Linux Distribution

  1. First, go to ubuntu.com and download the newest version of Ubuntu.
  2. http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
  4. You want the newest server version. you want the 'standard computer' or x86 thingy.
  5. download from a 'place near you'. Although this is not compellingly important... it is just considered polite.
  6. You should have a file that looks like ubuntu-7.04-server-i386.iso on your desktop (or wherever you SAVED this file for download) It should be in the 700MB range.
  7. You need to get a CD or DVD and 'burn an image' onto your disk.
  8. Burn an ISO windows, Mac, Linux

Install the Server

Once the image is burnt, you just drop it into your old computer, and follow the pretty simple directions. When you come to instructions you don't understand, write them down and guess. You can figure it out later. The big advantage of a test box is that you don't have to answer to anyone else. If something doesn't work, you can just forget about it.

http://www.debianadmin.com/ubuntu-lamp-server-installation-with-screensh... this is a pretty good guide to doing a LAMP isntallation. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, Mysql PHP, which is what you want if you want a drupal installation.

Do a quick fix

  1. go to Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal (trust me on this..Atext window will pop up that looks like this
  2. dave@myserver:~$ ### (from here on I'll just put the $ sign)
  3. $ sudo su ### (it will ask for you password, give it to it)
  4. You are now the 'root' user. In a 'real' server environment people frown on this... but this is your own damn box. You can break whatever you like. next
  5. aptitude install vim php5 apache2 mysql-server-5.0 (Just say Y to any foolish questions) and some more stuff once i think about it)
  6. go to firefox and type in localhost in the address line. if a file that says Index Of/ shows up... your server is running.
  7. We may need a few more config things here... more late.

Install Drupal

  1. Go to drupal.org
  2. Get the link for the newest release http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-5.2.tar.gz right now this is the most current. Highlight it and copy the link.
  3. In ubuntu, go to Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal (trust me on this... once you get used to it, you'll thank me for it. I didn't believe the person who told me, and now I'm still thankful.
  4. a text window will pop up that looks like this
  5. dave@myserver:~$ ### (from here on I'll just put the $ sign)
  6. $ sudo su ### (it will ask for you password, give it to it)
  7. You are now the 'root' user. In a 'real' server environment people frown on this... but this is your own damn box. You can break whatever you like. next
  8. $ cd /var/www ### This will cd (change directory) to the directory where your 'websites' live.
  9. $ wget http://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-5.2.tar.gz ### This will download the new drupal directly to your new server
  10. $ ls -la ### This will list all of the contents of this directory.
  11. $ tar -zxvf drup (once you get this far, press the TAB key on your keyboard, it will fill in the rest of the text for you)
  12. This will unpack your new drupal installation
  13. $ ls -la
  14. Take a look what is there... you should see something like drupal-5.2
  15. $ mv drupal-5.2 drupal
  16. $ ls -la
  17. this is how you rename things in linux. This will just make it easier to find once you go and try to make a website
  18. $ mysqladmin -uroot create drupaldatabase
  19. (note on above, if you have added a mysql password during the installation process you will need to do a mysqladmin -uroot -p create drupaldatabase (and then give it the password)

Check it Out

  1. go to the browser on your server
  2. Applications --> Internet --> Firefox
  3. in the 'address line' (where urls go) type
  4. localhost/drupal/install.php
  5. And see what happens.



Roles & Stuff

From John's comment (with a few modifications)

Board of Trustees

Led by: (not sure about the label for this role) PresdentChairperson , Community Director, ???

Leadership Positions

  • Coordinator of Community Planning -- vision -- what do we want to be if we grow up?
  • Coordinator of Sustainability -- finance, revenue, advertising(?)
  • Coordinator of Community Standards -- policy, standards, etc.
  • Coordinator of Special Projects -- what makes sense to try, in the context of the community and its mission?
  • WB and/or EB Liason

Board of Management

Led by Director of Operations

Leadership Positions

  • Web Site Coordinator -- CMS/Drupal/online presence
  • Coordinator of Operational Support -- HELP!
  • Coordinator of Security -- I know, nobody wants to do it.
  • Coodinator of Future Technologies -- what's next?

Content Producers

Led by Director of Content (Executive Producer?)

Leadership Positions

  • Coordinator of Community Education -- Prof dev, WCA?
  • Coordinator of Communication -- newsletters, email
  • Site Moderator -- forums and stuff
  • Archivist -- tagging / organizing content