Parents as Partners Episode #18 January 19 2009

Post-Show description: 

Kathy Cassidy talked about how she protected her students identity as she blogs with her students. You will really enjoy the practical hands on solutions used by Kathy.

Show hosts Lorna Costantini, Matt Montagne, Cindy Seibel, Cindy Zautcke welcomed Kathy Cassidy from Westmount School in Moose Jaw, SK Canada. Kathy is well known for her work with her Grade 1 class and their classroom blog. When parents asked Kathy about how she protected her students identity she shared her advice and best practices. You will really enjoy the practical hands on solutions used by Kathy.


Chat Log



2009-01-19 20:48:47 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Hailey

2009-01-19 20:48:56 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: Actually, my name is Lilly

2009-01-19 20:49:15 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: When I made my login I didn't realize it would be my login name

2009-01-19 20:49:26 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I guess I should change it

2009-01-19 20:49:34 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: Pina Taraba sent me this link

2009-01-19 20:50:04 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: HI Lilly

2009-01-19 20:50:17 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Thank Pina for the headsup

2009-01-19 20:51:00 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I love these webcasts/chat rooms

2009-01-19 20:51:11 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I always forget when they are going to be on though

2009-01-19 20:51:16 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I need to mark my calendar

2009-01-19 20:51:17 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Where have you been before

2009-01-19 20:51:25 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: in chat rooms

2009-01-19 20:51:48 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I'm with the Down Syndrome Association of Niagara, Ontario and Canada chatrooms

2009-01-19 20:51:55 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: as well as the Leukemia one

2009-01-19 20:52:01 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I host all of the chatrooms

2009-01-19 20:52:02 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: that sounds very interesting

2009-01-19 20:52:28 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I've had an online group with Yahoo Down Syndrome Canadian Parents for 11 years now

2009-01-19 20:52:57 matt montagne -> -EVO 2009 Main Room: there any way to change default chat room to edtechtalk??

2009-01-19 20:59:33 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Peggy! How r u??

2009-01-19 20:59:47 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Matt-just great! How are you?

2009-01-19 20:59:55 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Havppy Inaguration Eve!

2009-01-19 21:00:06 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Sorry I missed the Earthcast planning yesterday. Hope to catch up soon.

2009-01-19 21:00:39 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Yes these are exciting times--for me not only the inauguration but the SuperBowl for the AZ Cardinals :-) Wahoo!!

2009-01-19 21:00:46 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: no prob, Peggy...connect when u r able...that is the beauty of the project

2009-01-19 21:01:06 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: should I be hearing audio yet?

2009-01-19 21:01:16 cindy seibel -> -EdTechTalk: hi we're just getting ready

2009-01-19 21:01:43 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: excellent!

2009-01-19 21:02:35 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I have really been looking forward to tonight's show! Always learn so much from Kathy Cassidy!!! :-)

2009-01-19 21:03:05 kathycassidy -> -EdTechTalk: You are too sweet, Peggy.

2009-01-19 21:03:12 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: do u have audio Peggy??

2009-01-19 21:03:23 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: audio now and it's perfect! thanks

2009-01-19 21:03:43 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: it was 74 degrees here in Phoenix--a beautiful day!

2009-01-19 21:04:51 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: LOL!! I'm just was quite a nice day here! We just relocated from Milwaukee, so I'm quite familiar with the conditions this time of year in snow country!!!

2009-01-19 21:05:11 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: lol :-)

2009-01-19 21:06:59 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: welcome Scott

2009-01-19 21:07:09 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: HI Peggy

2009-01-19 21:07:25 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Hi folks.

2009-01-19 21:07:31 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Lorna-always great to see you (hear you!)

2009-01-19 21:08:00 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: so glad to hear Matt bring up the Earth Day plans! They were awesome last year!

2009-01-19 21:08:45 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: the student voice in the EarthCast last year was incredible--very inspirational and motivating!

2009-01-19 21:09:27 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: welcome TFay

2009-01-19 21:09:45 TFay -> -EdTechTalk: Thanks

2009-01-19 21:09:53 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: yes I noticed the default chat room was EVO-hope no one is logged in there--they will be lonely

2009-01-19 21:10:00 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @Peggy...we're going to try to amplify those student voices even further during Earthcast09...

2009-01-19 21:10:10 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: and thanks for the kind words about earthcast08

2009-01-19 21:10:27 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Dane

2009-01-19 21:10:28 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Kim!

2009-01-19 21:10:30 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Dane! Welcome to Parents as Partners

2009-01-19 21:10:39 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: hi there

2009-01-19 21:10:40 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: hi Peggy!

2009-01-19 21:10:42 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: hi everyone

2009-01-19 21:10:55 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: HI Kim

2009-01-19 21:10:58 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy's Blog :

2009-01-19 21:11:15 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Liz and Kim...welcome to Parents as Partners...

2009-01-19 21:11:20 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: hi lorna and matth

2009-01-19 21:11:51 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: we're talking to teacher Kathy Cassisdy...she is going to share her experience about how she involves parents in her classroom in unique ways

2009-01-19 21:12:19 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: are we all teachers or parents or both?

2009-01-19 21:12:26 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: both

2009-01-19 21:12:27 hailey_brianna -> -EdTechTalk: I'm a parent

2009-01-19 21:12:30 Liz -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Matt

2009-01-19 21:12:39 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I use Kathy's classroom blog as an example for all primary teachers who want to try using blogs with their kids. It's a wonderful model!

2009-01-19 21:12:51 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy is located in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan (coolest city name in North America by FAR!!!)

2009-01-19 21:13:19 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Looks like a neat blog.  Added it to my reader.

2009-01-19 21:13:22 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: @dane lowry - one more category here--retired elementary school principal and university teacher education instructor :-)

2009-01-19 21:13:38 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Scott...welcome to PAP!

2009-01-19 21:14:05 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Matt.  I'm a preservice teacher.

2009-01-19 21:14:17 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: it's so wonderful to have a mentor to help you when you want to get started with a class blog!

2009-01-19 21:16:13 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: there is a wonderful listserv to help people troubleshoot things with classblogmeister and David Warlick often jumps in to help--an excellent resource

2009-01-19 21:16:45 Liz -> -EdTechTalk: @Scott LOVE that preservice teachers are networking here!  Tell your preservice friends to join us!

2009-01-19 21:17:11 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hey did u find out about PAP??

2009-01-19 21:17:20 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I've told my instructors, but I dont think it sunk in.

2009-01-19 21:17:38 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I'm in a distance ed real contact with other students.

2009-01-19 21:17:53 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: that is a fantastic strategy Kathy...never matching picture and  names

2009-01-19 21:18:08 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Yes Scott! you are a fantastic example of an "ideal" preservice teacher in my book!! so great to see you here!

2009-01-19 21:18:23 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I'm an EdTechTalk junkie.  All shows are linked to my Goog. cal. 

2009-01-19 21:18:27 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Maureen and Mrs Durff...

2009-01-19 21:18:35 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: hey matt

2009-01-19 21:18:49 Maureen -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Matt

2009-01-19 21:18:54 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: welcome to PAP...talking with Kathy Cassidy, 1st grade teacher in Moose Jaw, Canada

2009-01-19 21:18:58 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Hello MrsDurff

2009-01-19 21:19:03 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I first learned of EdTechTalk by finding it on itunes.  I listen to shows to/from work

2009-01-19 21:19:09 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: me too Scott! but I could never persuade my preservice teachers to participate in any of these shows or listservs :-(

2009-01-19 21:19:19 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: HI Maureen and Jeannine

2009-01-19 21:19:31 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @scott...gotcha...

2009-01-19 21:19:38 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: does the blog contain any info about the school

2009-01-19 21:19:56 Liz -> -EdTechTalk: Good strategy asking "what are you comfortable with..."  I like that

2009-01-19 21:20:02 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Durff!

2009-01-19 21:20:13 jeannine -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Lorna,  been listening, but doing other stuff too...gave up other stuff because I missed the chat room

2009-01-19 21:20:27 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: hey there Jeannine

2009-01-19 21:20:31 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I'm in with both feet.  I've been on LParisi's show on Sundays, I'm on twitter, plurk, classroom 2.0...and started a blog this month.

2009-01-19 21:20:35 jeannine -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Matt

2009-01-19 21:21:10 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @scott...your getting getting sucked into the ETT Vortex like me!!

2009-01-19 21:21:26 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: ahh, I did mean *you're

2009-01-19 21:21:44 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I've been avoiding podcasting.  I know where that will lead!

2009-01-19 21:21:58 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: there are wonderful examples of other grade one blogs linked from Kathy's blog--be sure to check them out if you haven't seen them

2009-01-19 21:22:04 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: hi peggy

2009-01-19 21:22:16 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @scott...podcasting will send you down the ETT Vortex and out the black hole!

2009-01-19 21:22:21 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: and anyone i missed

2009-01-19 21:22:42 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: do she moderate each and every comment

2009-01-19 21:22:43 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: there's a black hole?

2009-01-19 21:23:01 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: i do too dane

2009-01-19 21:23:12 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: it sucks all the time out of your day so you cant get your homework done!

2009-01-19 21:23:20 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: nope

2009-01-19 21:23:26 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: those are great questions dane lowry! they are exactly the kinds of things teachers and parents want to know when they are just learning about blogging

2009-01-19 21:23:32 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: it is fast and efficient

2009-01-19 21:23:35 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @mrsburff...yes, there is a Worldbridges black hole!

2009-01-19 21:23:55 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: oh my! save us matt!

2009-01-19 21:23:57 n2teaching -> -EVO 2009 Main Room: Helloo!

2009-01-19 21:24:00 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: hi cathy

2009-01-19 21:24:06 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: Hello All

2009-01-19 21:24:31 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Alecs story was a big eye opener.

2009-01-19 21:24:32 cindy seibel -> -EdTechTalk: http://educationaltechnology.lca/couros

2009-01-19 21:24:48 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that was a valuable learning experience from Alec Couros!

2009-01-19 21:24:48 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: is this an iniative that is taken up by the whole school or have you had to do some convincing of the admin to get this project started.

2009-01-19 21:25:25 cindy seibel -> -EdTechTalk: oops

2009-01-19 21:25:37 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: many people don't know how to handle that kind of situation when they want to live "openly" on the internet

2009-01-19 21:26:20 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: interesting point about twins--never thought of that

2009-01-19 21:26:45 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: it is so important for the kids to learn about what they write about other kids online

2009-01-19 21:27:35 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: "Biggest Threat Online to Kids is Other Kids"

2009-01-19 21:27:45 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 21:28:02 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: that is a link to a summary of the recent Myspace funded study...

2009-01-19 21:28:50 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: @matt wld rather see an independant study but I think other studies have shown the threats are overblown in the media

2009-01-19 21:28:58 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Statistically kids are much more likely to get run over by a bus than they are to be abducted to some dude in arkansas

2009-01-19 21:29:43 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @penny...they hired a 3rd party to do that study...they applied a scholarly appreach..even so, all of the others that I've read concur

2009-01-19 21:30:00 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: the PEW reports lend a lot of support to the statistics and data about online safety

2009-01-19 21:30:05 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: still wonder sometime why it's ok in the newspaper but not on the net

2009-01-19 21:30:30 Maureen -> -EdTechTalk: @ penny- Wired Safety has a good presentation with much the same data. I have it on a blog I used with my 7th graders.

2009-01-19 21:30:41 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: I just think we need to make sure those types of studies and news items are highlighted so we have a realistic view of what is really going on...

2009-01-19 21:30:45 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 21:31:00 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy's blog post about the survey

2009-01-19 21:31:02 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: @Maureen-do you have a link for the Wired Safety presentation?

2009-01-19 21:31:03 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: @matt -- good to hear that it was independent -- always wary of "who funds the study" -- just my background colouring my view

2009-01-19 21:31:38 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @Penny, like u, I'm still a bit wary of it as it was funded by myspace, but they did use 3rd party

2009-01-19 21:31:46 Maureen -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 21:32:01 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @Penny...agreed, definitely

2009-01-19 21:32:02 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: thanks!

2009-01-19 21:32:53 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk:    I think these stickers on the back of your mini van are more dangerous than a blog.

2009-01-19 21:33:05 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: I am really liking my child's kindergarten class blog -- feel more connected than just a newsletter once a month

2009-01-19 21:33:10 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: I was at a Yahoo Digital Citizenship Summitt and all of the "Experts" in this area, including the lies of Larry Magid, concur that the risks are minimal and 99% of the things that students do online are positive

2009-01-19 21:33:24 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: always love the pics and video -- makes for great supper conversation

2009-01-19 21:33:45 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: blogs allow for parents to hear the student voice and not just the teacher voice which tends to happen with class newsletters

2009-01-19 21:34:10 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @scott...agreed! and I would say that riding a bus is more dangeraous than being online...

2009-01-19 21:34:44 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: I do not think that the internet is any more inherently dangerous than other descisions about how we put our children out into the public world, the issues lies in the fear and misunderstanding that surrounds the net. 

2009-01-19 21:34:46 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: @Matt very true. 

2009-01-19 21:35:12 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: the photos and videos are amazing sources of information--Kathy creates some great photo slide shows on her blog--almost like being there for a parent

2009-01-19 21:35:32 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: We still have to teach them right/wrong, then one way let them make their own decisions.

2009-01-19 21:35:46 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: How do you overcome the technical issues that you may encounter with regards to your hardware or your boards technical infastructure

2009-01-19 21:36:55 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: @dane one way is to marry the an IT supervisor!

2009-01-19 21:37:00 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: a day in the life of 1st grade blog...scroll down a bit to see the videos...WAY TOO CUTE!!!

2009-01-19 21:38:33 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: @ Matt One more for the reader.

2009-01-19 21:38:38 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: at least she hassomeone to transfer from and to

2009-01-19 21:38:58 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that example of students being able to continue their blog into the next school year is wonderful!!

2009-01-19 21:39:13 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: who married an IT supervisor?

2009-01-19 21:39:19 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: @Durff.  Are you the 'lone ranger' at your school?

2009-01-19 21:39:19 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: i did

2009-01-19 21:39:28 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: i am

2009-01-19 21:39:51 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: Kim - does he have a brother?

2009-01-19 21:40:09 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: @durff, lol no he doesn't!

2009-01-19 21:40:13 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: That's too bad.  Its very common.  Alomost every school I sub at has one teacher that 'gets it'

2009-01-19 21:40:46 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Got my Badger Red going

2009-01-19 21:40:51 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Everybody else is still  breathing chalk dust.

2009-01-19 21:41:37 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: will get it when everyone else is working in outerspace and we're still arguing over whether or not we should get rid of chalkboards

2009-01-19 21:41:40 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: Badger Red?

2009-01-19 21:42:00 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Wisconsin Badgers!!

2009-01-19 21:42:11 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: ah!

2009-01-19 21:42:34 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: hi maureen

2009-01-19 21:42:51 Maureen -> -EdTechTalk: Hi again

2009-01-19 21:43:35 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: I have used Kathy's blog to inspire many teachers

2009-01-19 21:43:39 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy's 2006 K12 Online Preso, "Using Web 2 tools in 1st Grade"

2009-01-19 21:43:46 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 21:44:00 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: I always enjoy listening to Kathy. I always learn from her.

2009-01-19 21:44:15 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Cathy E...didn't see u sneak in...

2009-01-19 21:44:29 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Same to MariaK as well...welcome to PAP

2009-01-19 21:44:54 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: Hi there - i was trying to slip in under the radar but couldn't keep quiet.

2009-01-19 21:45:02 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: this is the link to subscribe to the classblogmeister support group on Yahoo if you'd like help and suggestions - [email protected]

2009-01-19 21:45:05 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: Maria!

2009-01-19 21:45:10 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Maria

2009-01-19 21:45:27 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: are you at the W? this year

2009-01-19 21:45:30 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: Hey there - everyone. I'm trying to do my homework for Images 4 Education.

2009-01-19 21:45:32 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: hi derrall

2009-01-19 21:45:41 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 21:45:41 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: hi mrsdurff

2009-01-19 21:45:48 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: as an outsider you can watch Kathy's student writing improved by leaps and bounds over the course of the year! It's amazing and wonderful!

2009-01-19 21:45:57 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I'm doing homework as well.....not getting much done.

2009-01-19 21:46:04 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @durff - yes i am - but i plan on visiting your hotel.

2009-01-19 21:46:13 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: link to a n elementary school blog where the teacher live broadcasts his classroom all day long

2009-01-19 21:46:15 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: good

2009-01-19 21:46:21 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: I'm waiting for the snow storm :)

2009-01-19 21:46:22 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 21:46:30 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: with a cab i hope

2009-01-19 21:46:32 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @durff - arriving around 1:00

2009-01-19 21:46:42 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hey there DerallG

2009-01-19 21:46:47 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: the mentoring for the students by the college students is a fantastic model--for both the kids and the university students

2009-01-19 21:46:56 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: bye  DerralG

2009-01-19 21:46:56 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @Cathy E - snow?

2009-01-19 21:46:58 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: i'm aiming for by lunchtime

2009-01-19 21:47:21 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: @MariaK - can you believe it- we are expecting 3"

2009-01-19 21:47:33 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: welcome back derrall

2009-01-19 21:47:43 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: are there any programs that use older kids in the same school as blogging buddies

2009-01-19 21:47:44 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: I've been thinking aobut skype buddy concept for language instruction in high would be cool to facitiate skype conversations b/t language learners from diff countries

2009-01-19 21:47:49 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @cathy e - no kidding - snow day perhaps?

2009-01-19 21:47:50 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: we had 2" today

2009-01-19 21:48:02 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: Hey DerralG

2009-01-19 21:48:13 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: @mrsdurff think I'm going to give up on FF 3 and this chat w/clicking out

2009-01-19 21:48:16 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: hey matt

2009-01-19 21:48:16 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: We had 12'' yesterday.

2009-01-19 21:48:34 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: have you helped parents get an RSS reader?

2009-01-19 21:48:40 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @derralg...this chat tool if very "heavy" on the mac side...

2009-01-19 21:48:47 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: derrall i have FF3

2009-01-19 21:49:03 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: real life examples always helps parents to understand the benefit of blogging :-)

2009-01-19 21:49:15 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: i played with the popup blocker

2009-01-19 21:49:18 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: @mrsdurff it keeps crashing on me when I click on links

2009-01-19 21:49:32 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: @peggyg that is so true -- would be useful to get parents interested in blogs for their own purposes first

2009-01-19 21:49:33 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I found that bu bluetooth headset for my cellphone works well for skype.

2009-01-19 21:49:34 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: dave says that too

2009-01-19 21:49:45 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy-tell us about YackPack and how you use that on your blog :-)

2009-01-19 21:49:47 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: @peggyg then the utility for the kids is easier to see

2009-01-19 21:49:50 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: We'll be leaving comments for kathy's students this week. They've been commenting with my kiddos.

2009-01-19 21:50:42 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy's lucky to have Dean as her tech person!

2009-01-19 21:50:55 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that's so great Maria! the class to class student blogging is so motivating to them!!!

2009-01-19 21:51:31 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: I have a 1st grade teacher who is just getting started - leave her a comment:

2009-01-19 21:51:54 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: that is kind of how Chrissy Helyer used skype...she just left it on and people skyped into her classroom randomly

2009-01-19 21:51:55 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I also think if you can show the parents other class examples of blogs so they know you aren't the ONLY one doing it helps them to feel reassured

2009-01-19 21:52:02 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: easier to ask for forgiveness than permission ;-)

2009-01-19 21:52:25 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: haha Penny - that is what I think

2009-01-19 21:52:39 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I think YackPack is such a creative way to help the students feel connected to "outsiders" :-)

2009-01-19 21:53:02 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: talk about teachable moments with YackPack :-)

2009-01-19 21:53:10 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: such a great example!

2009-01-19 21:53:19 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: that's a good point -- they are so excited about this now -- how will the excitement keep up through to grade 12?

2009-01-19 21:53:53 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: 20 uses

2009-01-19 21:53:59 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: We need to focus on what can be accomplished - then people will  know the good things.

2009-01-19 21:54:12 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I tried leaving skype on today....I got random hits that made me blush. 

2009-01-19 21:54:20 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: So much learning happens.

2009-01-19 21:54:21 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: those "can't" comments always remind me of the Shel Silverstein poem about listen to the can'ts, shouldn'ts and won's--anything can happen, anything can be! :-)

2009-01-19 21:54:26 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: I'd be afraid in the classroom

2009-01-19 21:55:36 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: @Scott--Skype would be a little different than a classroom yackpack though--different audience :-)

2009-01-19 21:55:49 Cathy E -> -EdTechTalk: @Scott - those are teachable moments too

2009-01-19 21:56:09 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @Cathy E - Still want to connect the kindergarten classrooms soon through skype?

2009-01-19 21:56:11 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: @scott I leave mirroring off on my computer and the students don't see any of the s or growl updates

2009-01-19 21:56:45 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: someone needs to change their permissions in Skype

2009-01-19 21:56:48 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy is such a great model of a life-long learner! always thinking and exploring new things, reflecting on them

2009-01-19 21:57:05 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: Never had any bad experiences either.

2009-01-19 21:57:11 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: i never had such calls in Skype or problems with yackpack

2009-01-19 21:57:24 czautcke -> -EdTechTalk: Listening to Kathy tonight reminds me that I really miss the classroom blogs my son had last year.  I feel much less connected to his learning this year.

2009-01-19 21:57:35 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Do youe leave it on "Skype Me" or just "online"

2009-01-19 21:57:39 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: I'm sure someone said the telephone was evil when the first prank calls started!

2009-01-19 21:57:49 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: online obviously

2009-01-19 21:58:47 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: You can always keep it on "away" and your good friends know you're probably online even if it doesn't show "online"

2009-01-19 21:58:59 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @kathy Cassidy - You were wonderful - as always. Talk to you soon!

2009-01-19 21:59:35 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: @czautcke I agree -- I like how current the blog is -- keeps me connected but not hovering

2009-01-19 21:59:42 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: kids often can't provide the detail of the day's activities when they get home--the blog really helps parents to know what to ask and talk about

2009-01-19 21:59:44 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: if podcasting with primary i try to remember to put on do not disturb in case the wifi reaches that day

2009-01-19 21:59:56 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: @PeggyG.  Good idea.  I would be more comfortable with that method.  Skype me mode seems to draw out the trolls.

2009-01-19 22:00:11 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I never use "skype me"

2009-01-19 22:00:18 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: @ cindy thanks for inviting me into this chat, it has been very enlighttening.  COngrats to Kathy for continuing to push the bounds of literacy and how we can include parents into our classrooms

2009-01-19 22:00:34 cindy seibel -> -EdTechTalk:

2009-01-19 22:00:38 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: I've never used the Skype Me thing

2009-01-19 22:00:55 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: thanks cindy...I was just trying to get that

2009-01-19 22:00:56 jeannine -> -EdTechTalk: The connections are missed when they are gone for sure.

2009-01-19 22:01:26 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: this is such a great way to encourage parent involvement! thank you so much Kathy! I always leave so inspired after listening to you!

2009-01-19 22:01:36 Penny -> -EdTechTalk: thanks guys -- night

2009-01-19 22:01:39 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: @mrsdurff...we had such a cool connection last year with our 5th graders connecting with Chrissy in New Zealand...that would never have happened if Chrissy wasn't willing to use skype in theway she used it

2009-01-19 22:01:56 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: nite y'all...

2009-01-19 22:01:59 jeannine -> -EdTechTalk: Looking forward to @HHG - I've shown her video a few times in NB, many have been touched.

2009-01-19 22:02:10 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: thanks much for participating on PAP 2nite!

2009-01-19 22:02:12 Scott Shelhart -> -EdTechTalk: Goodnight Matt.  Good show tonite

2009-01-19 22:02:20 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: w00t for Kathy C!

2009-01-19 22:02:35 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy's K12online preentations continue to reach people way beyond the conference-I know a district that is using it for online PD this year :-)

2009-01-19 22:02:56 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: have to listen to the podcast later to hear the whole thing, forgot today was Monday

2009-01-19 22:03:07 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Kathy always keeps the focus on her kids which is a really important point!

2009-01-19 22:03:37 celeste -> -EdTechTalk: thank you!

2009-01-19 22:03:40 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Thank you all! I love the Parents as Partners show! Outstanding guests and show hosts!

2009-01-19 22:03:46 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Night all!

2009-01-19 22:03:47 jeannine -> -EdTechTalk: Good night

2009-01-19 22:03:49 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: Great show all.

2009-01-19 22:03:50 mrsdurff -> -EdTechTalk: night

2009-01-19 22:03:52 dane lowry -> -EdTechTalk: good nnight everyone, always looking to increase my pln bbcrfc on twitter

2009-01-19 22:03:52 derrallg -> -EdTechTalk: night

2009-01-19 22:04:01 kcaise -> -EdTechTalk: thank you all and have a great night!

2009-01-19 22:04:20 MariaK -> -EdTechTalk: @Kathy Cassidy - talk to yousoon.

2009-01-19 22:04:25 matt montagne -> -EdTechTalk: thanks everyone!

2009-01-19 22:04:31 kathycassidy -> -EdTechTalk: You bet, Maria



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