Teachers Teaching Teachers #139 - Ron + Fred, Paul + Chris, and Susan - 02.11.09

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Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim were joined this week by their colleague of many years, Chris Sloan, who teaches English, media and photography at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City Utah.

Paul, Susan and Chris introduced their work with students and each other to Ron Link, a English and video teacher in the Bronx, who has recently begun to work with the New York City Writing Project, and with Fred Hass, the Technology Liaison for the Boston Writing Project, and teacher of English and screenwriting.

If you're an English teacher or a photography or media teacher, wondering if or when to introduce your students to Youth Voices, this might be the podcast for you.

Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim were joined this week by their colleague of many years, Chris Sloan, who teaches English, media and photography at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City Utah.

Paul, Susan and Chris introduced their work with students and each other to Ron Link, a English and video teacher in the Bronx, who has recently begun to work with the New York City Writing Project, and with Fred Haas, the Technology Liaison for the Boston Writing Project, and teacher of English and screenwriting.

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20:52:44 SusanEttenheim: hi cap hi bill can you hear ? can you please try to click the ustream button?
20:53:33 Bill O'Neal: Clicking...Says "Off Air"
20:55:22 Bill O'Neal: It's still saying "Off Air"
20:56:48 Scott Shelhart: Hello all.  Shoutcast or ustream tonight?
20:59:30 Paul Allison: Bill Can you join us tonight/
20:59:49 SusanEttenheim: hi everyone how is our sound tonight?
21:00:10 Scott Shelhart: Stream is working..sound ok
21:00:21 SusanEttenheim: hi scott thanks
21:00:33 Bill O'Neal: Well. Tom is awake behind me and acting up a bit...
21:00:52 Bill O'Neal: I'll be glad when we move and I have my boy room back!
21:01:07 Bill O'Neal: Hi Chris
21:01:15 chris sloan: hi Bill
21:01:16 Scott Shelhart: Susan, your keyboard sounds are a bit loud.
21:01:55 Scott Shelhart: I vote for ustream. 
21:02:31 Scott Shelhart: male voices are VERRRRY weak
21:02:38 SusanEttenheim: hey chris is your skype on?
21:02:46 Bill O'Neal: Yes. Very low
21:03:35 Scott Shelhart: no change
21:03:39 Bill O'Neal: Still the same
21:03:45 SusanEttenheim: how are the other voices now? ugh ok thanks
21:04:10 Bill O'Neal: Inaudible
21:04:12 Scott Shelhart: we had the same problem on WOW show.
21:04:39 PeggyG: there have been many technical problems with our ETT shows this week
21:05:00 Bill O'Neal: Want to try mine or Chris' voice to see if we can troubleshoot?
21:05:36 SusanEttenheim: ok everyone could you listen to our sound now please?
21:05:43 Scott Shelhart: better.
21:05:46 PeggyG: now there's audio for me :-)
21:05:48 Bill O'Neal: That's loud
21:05:49 Lorna: all good
21:05:50 sheila: better!
21:06:02 Scott Shelhart: susan, say something./
21:06:26 SusanEttenheim: lol can't get a word in ...
21:06:32 Scott Shelhart: cough
21:06:34 SusanEttenheim: how does everyone sound?
21:06:42 PeggyG: is last week's show posted yet? I'm really eager to share it with some people! It was fantastic!
21:06:43 Bill O'Neal: Great
21:06:44 Scott Shelhart: male voices are good now
21:06:52 PeggyG: great audio for all
21:07:03 Scott Shelhart: susan weak now
21:07:06 Bill O'Neal: Susan is weak
21:07:19 PeggyG: Sue's on the back porch :-)
21:07:23 Scott Shelhart: susan inaudible
21:07:32 SusanEttenheim: lol now you can't hear me?
21:07:36 PeggyG: yes background hum
21:07:39 Scott Shelhart: yes
21:08:08 SusanEttenheim: ok so now everyone?
21:08:12 Scott Shelhart: no susan
21:08:18 SusanEttenheim: I think maybe I did find the issue...
21:08:18 Bill O'Neal: Sounds like motor noise from harddrive to me
21:08:24 Scott Shelhart: ok
21:08:38 Scott Shelhart: take 2....
21:08:47 SusanEttenheim: lol can you hear ok?
21:08:53 SusanEttenheim: is paul loud enough?
21:09:00 Scott Shelhart: paul sounds fine
21:09:00 PeggyG: phones on TTT and kitties on WOW2 :-)
21:09:06 Bill O'Neal: Fer SHUre
21:09:08 SusanEttenheim: thank you
21:09:16 SusanEttenheim: hi sr welcome!
21:09:56 sr: hi .what is tonight's topic
21:10:03 SusanEttenheim: hi heather welcome
21:10:08 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:10:11 Heather: Hello
21:10:24 Heather: I am a mentor with WGU
21:10:35 Heather: Western Governors University
21:10:39 SusanEttenheim: http://www.edutopia.org/randy-nelson-school-to-career-video Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age: A New Model for the Workplace Pixar University's Randy Nelson explains what schools must do to prepare students for jobs in new media.
21:10:46 PeggyG: Youth Voices seems to be making some great progress this year
21:11:10 Scott Shelhart: Susan just a tiny bit weak compared to Paul, but workable as it is.
21:12:16 PeggyG: will students be blogging about that in Youth Voices or podcasting or what?
21:12:58 Lorna: did susan drop a link?
21:13:11 PeggyG: Yes
21:13:22 PeggyG: http://www.edutopia.org/randy-nelson-school-to-career-video
21:13:37 SusanEttenheim: can you hear us?
21:13:45 PeggyG: yes susan
21:13:56 Scott Shelhart: Yes, but susan's volume lowered again
21:14:12 PeggyG: can hear everyone but Paul right now
21:14:19 Bill O'Neal: Paul is out of Skype list
21:14:21 PeggyG: great Chris
21:14:30 PeggyG: Fred awesome too
21:14:37 Lorna: you can carry the show Fred
21:15:01 PeggyG: I can relate to that!
21:15:06 chris sloan: i can hear you
21:15:10 PeggyG: all audio is good now
21:15:17 SusanEttenheim: ahhh yes the trials and tribulations of webcasting live!!
21:16:18 SusanEttenheim: hi julie welcome!
21:16:19 fred_haas: @Lorna Thanks, I think I'll let Paul do the hosting :D
21:16:24 SusanEttenheim: what and where do you teach?
21:16:47 PeggyG: what does it mean to amp up posts?? more volume?
21:17:00 Julie Lee: thank you, my first call. I teach Bio, AP Chem in Jacksonville Fl
21:17:08 PeggyG: I'm a retired elementary principal and university instructor-Phoenix AZ
21:17:13 SusanEttenheim: lol peggy I think he means good content
21:17:20 Scott Shelhart: I'm a presevice teacher in Indiana
21:17:28 SusanEttenheim: julie...welcome!
21:17:36 SusanEttenheim: welcome scott
21:17:45 Scott Shelhart: Julie, are you on twitter?
21:17:47 PeggyG: Scott is an awesome model of a life-long learner!
21:17:53 SusanEttenheim: scott what age interests you?
21:18:09 Scott Shelhart: FIrst grade or full day kinder.
21:18:15 SusanEttenheim: so glad you found us julie!
21:18:31 SusanEttenheim: wow scott - I'm in high school!
21:18:36 PeggyG: Scott knows that schools need good male role models in the primary grades!
21:19:14 Scott Shelhart: I have 3 job offers for 8th grade, but I think I'm needed in early elem.
21:19:22 PeggyG: I want to hear more about that
21:19:25 Julie Lee: I am on Twitter @julietlee
21:20:23 PeggyG: would the students use Youth Voices if they weren't required to use it by their teachers?
21:20:35 Scott Shelhart: amp up= Emerils "take it up a notch"
21:21:02 Julie Lee: I feel really silly, I can't hear a thing
21:21:22 PeggyG: students seem to be broadening their perceptions of other countries/cultures through their participation
21:21:28 SusanEttenheim: ok julie - let's get that fixed!
21:21:40 SusanEttenheim: are you just in this chat and can't hear?
21:21:49 PeggyG: @Julie-click on EdTechTask-A first icon
21:21:52 SusanEttenheim: hi heather welcome
21:22:00 PeggyG: edtechtalk!
21:22:23 SusanEttenheim: yes julie... we are broadcasting on edtechtalk A and you can listen in any way that works for you
21:22:50 Scott Shelhart: itunes feed is the most reliable for me
21:22:57 Julie Lee: got it!
21:23:02 SusanEttenheim: how is going julie?
21:23:08 PeggyG: the digital photography posts have been very interesting!
21:23:09 SusanEttenheim: oh great@!
21:23:15 Scott Shelhart: Welcome to ETT.
21:23:21 PeggyG: congratulations Julie!
21:23:34 SusanEttenheim: great troubleshooting julie!
21:23:49 PeggyG: I learned how to do some Photoshop editing from one of the student screencasts--she did a great job!
21:24:44 Lorna: pls link
21:24:58 SusanEttenheim: ok- coming up!
21:25:26 PeggyG: Ali created the YouthVoices logo?
21:26:23 SusanEttenheim: http://sites.google.com/site/alliberryonline/home
21:29:07 SusanEttenheim: welcome back julie!
21:29:38 SusanEttenheim: gail! what's going on with you this week?
21:29:43 Scott Shelhart: Julie is stuck in the revolving door
21:30:00 Julie Lee: yes,i am!
21:30:10 SusanEttenheim: happens to everyone
21:30:23 SusanEttenheim: julie what does this conversation do for you?
21:30:36 SusanEttenheim: what kinds of things are you doing in your classes?
21:30:48 SusanEttenheim: especially work that you might enjoy having your students share
21:31:23 Julie Lee: Im just getting started with trying to get school on board with using web2.0 and other technologies.
21:31:42 SusanEttenheim: how might you see this relating to your curriculum julie?
21:31:55 Gail Desler: Hi Susan.  It's snowing here in the Sierra foothills.  Very exciting, very beautiful
21:32:17 Julie Lee: not sure how it relates to the sciences yet, but Im keeping an open mind.
21:32:25 SusanEttenheim: wow gail - although I must say I've seen 40+inches this year in Mass...:)
21:32:43 SusanEttenheim: what draws you to it and to this type of group julie?
21:33:12 PeggyG: http://www.screencast.com/users/Jaderader/folders/Jing/media/8ce6a225-66... this was the photoshop screencast that really helped me :-)
21:33:19 Julie Lee: i have some really advanced students and looking for some more innovative ways to motivate them
21:33:54 Gail Desler: @PeggyG - heading in to screencast
21:34:12 PeggyG: great idea Susan! using a website to begin their digital portfolio
21:34:38 PeggyG: haven't heard of sproutbuilder
21:35:42 Scott Shelhart: http://sproutbuilder.com/
21:36:01 PeggyG: I saw a blog post by Alan Levine this past week where he used Cool Iris/PicLens to create a presentation that included slides, photos and video and voiceover that would make an amazing and creative student portfolio
21:36:39 Scott Shelhart: I only use Piclens as a viewer.  I didn't know it would do all of that
21:37:02 PeggyG: http://cogdogblog.com/stuff/techtools09/ Alan Levine's presentation--really amazing!
21:37:23 PeggyG: http://cogdogblog.com/2009/02/07/cooliris-presentation/ Alan's explanation of how he created it.
21:38:06 SusanEttenheim: yes scott - have you seen it?
21:38:31 PeggyG: incomplete work can be very encouraging to students and keeps them from feeling overwhelmed
21:38:52 Scott Shelhart: Watching on monitor #2 now...
21:39:12 PeggyG: you'll be hooked Scott!
21:39:37 Scott Shelhart: bookmarked in diigo for later.  Thanks Peggy!
21:39:38 Gail Desler: @PeggyG I love his 50 Ways to Tell a Story wiki
21:39:39 SusanEttenheim: thanks for the links peggy..
21:39:52 SusanEttenheim: gail more about that?
21:40:00 PeggyG: yes Alan is an expert on using the tools for digital storytelling
21:40:10 Gail Desler: Let me find the link
21:40:27 PeggyG: are teachers using the posted work for grades?
21:40:53 SusanEttenheim: not positive what you mean peggy but for me all "turning in" has now become publishing
21:40:56 PeggyG: you're such a fast learner Scott! good for you to use the Diigo read later bookmark
21:40:58 SusanEttenheim: so yes
21:41:23 PeggyG: just thinking about the unfinished work being posted and how that might be factored into grading
21:41:31 SusanEttenheim: ahhh
21:41:50 Scott Shelhart: Diigo is linked to delicious...and friendfeed...and my blog.... Yep, I'm hooked
21:42:12 PeggyG: absolutely Scott! :-)
21:42:18 SusanEttenheim: scott i'm a delicious fanatic but have not been able to really want diigo.. what makes you love both?
21:42:42 PeggyG: so many more features on Diigo and they automatically also post to delicious--so I use both
21:42:59 SusanEttenheim: so you use diigo first peggy?
21:43:14 Scott Shelhart: I like the social groups in Diigo, but enjoy the simplicity of delicious (especially on my phone).  I use both depending on the situation
21:43:14 PeggyG: yes diigo first
21:43:39 SusanEttenheim: scott when would you not use deliciious?
21:43:39 PeggyG: I can highlight, describe, annotate and share with specific groups and highlights and notes show up for them
21:43:45 Scott Shelhart: If I bookmark in diigo, it bookmarks in delicious automatically
21:43:54 Gail Desler: @ Susan - here's the 50 ways link http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools
21:43:56 SusanEttenheim: humm
21:44:00 PeggyG: I only post to delicious because many of my friends still only use delicious
21:44:08 SusanEttenheim: thanks gail!
21:44:49 PeggyG: Diigo is an amazing research tool when you want students to collaborate on their research
21:45:05 PeggyG: it's much more than sharing bookmarks
21:45:35 Gail Desler: @PeggyG I'm still trying to get my brain wrapped around Diigo
21:45:55 PeggyG: oh key words :-) that would make a great Wordle!
21:46:25 PeggyG: we had a great diigo conversation with lots of followup links on the Classroom 2.0 LIVE show last Saturday
21:46:46 PeggyG: Jennifer Dorman was our special guest and she is an expert Diigo user with students
21:47:38 PeggyG: http://live.classroom20.com/1/post/2009/02/using-tags-and-saving-resourc...
21:49:07 PeggyG: are people using the What's Up section?
21:50:43 PeggyG: What are you working on? What are you thinking now? What's up questions to guide them.
21:51:52 PeggyG: there are some real glimpses into what is important in the students' lives :-)
21:52:00 SusanEttenheim: hey gail...
21:52:12 Gail Desler: Having connectivity issues.
21:52:33 PeggyG: you have to read between the lines a lot because their posts are very brief sometimes...
21:53:14 PeggyG: gallery walk--very creative idea!
21:53:35 PeggyG: they could create a Jing project to show it
21:53:47 Gail Desler: Thanks @PeggyG for all the great resources. I'll try to join next Classroom 2.0 LIVE.  Heard Jennifer Dorman do Diiigo session at NECC
21:54:17 SusanEttenheim: excuse the interruption... but how are the voices balanced now? Is everyone equally loud now?
21:54:25 PeggyG: would love to have you join us--we're having some great conversations! This Saturday we'll focus on Skype in the classroom
21:54:32 PeggyG: voices are great now
21:54:40 SusanEttenheim: are they more even?
21:54:51 PeggyG: everyone is--can't hear Susan much
21:54:58 Gail Desler: LIghts are flickering now and power is in and out - so night all
21:54:58 PeggyG: just not talking
21:55:04 SusanEttenheim: ok thanks
21:55:06 PeggyG: good night Gail
21:55:13 SusanEttenheim: night gail
21:55:35 Scott Shelhart: I have to go also.  3AM comes way too early!  G'nite all.
21:55:39 PeggyG: passage paper?
21:55:48 SusanEttenheim: scott- why 3am?
21:55:51 PeggyG: Good night Scott--always great to see you
21:56:13 Scott Shelhart: Thanks Peggy.  See you soon
21:56:49 PeggyG: if they had other alternatives besides the written essay/passage that could be very motivating
21:57:56 PeggyG: kids like to talk about how the books might be relevant today in their lives
21:59:03 PeggyG: the student posts that use the leading questions/sentence starters seem to be more substantive than the one who say I'm reading... and I'm on page... and so far it's boring.
21:59:13 fred_haas: @PeggyG - My thoughts were to have them adapt their work into somehting that was far more personal; what the book meant to them.
21:59:28 PeggyG: I love that idea Fred!! Makes so much sense!
22:01:23 PeggyG: very well articulated! kids have problems taking what they know and structure it into an essay--that's exactly what they need to learn to be successful on those tests :-)
22:02:12 fred_haas: These hours really go quickly.
22:02:58 PeggyG: the skills are very similar whether they are organizing their ideas for a video or for an essay--they need to learn how to do that so why not do it with content that is very nmotivating to them
22:03:53 PeggyG: the roleplaying ideas for writing last week were fantastic!
22:05:09 PeggyG: they want to bring their personal lives and experiences into what they are reading
22:05:23 SusanEttenheim: so true
22:05:34 PeggyG: they could even quote their teacher :-)
22:06:37 PeggyG: I hope you'll keep talking on TTT :-) these are great conversations!
22:07:34 PeggyG: is it challenging with Youth Voices to have the students change mid-year when the semester changes?
22:08:16 PeggyG: how does it affect the continuity? do you repeat assignments and start over with the new group?
22:09:04 PeggyG: thinking out loud is a great thing!! :-) keep doing it!
22:09:33 PeggyG: is there a link for the screenwriting class that we could access?
22:10:35 fred_haas: @Peggy G - Unfortunately no. It is all wrapped up in Blackboard.
22:10:55 PeggyG: I thought that might be the case. So sorry :-(
22:11:03 SusanEttenheim: night everyone!
22:11:20 PeggyG: Thank you all for sharing your experiences and thinking! Very interesting!
22:11:31 PeggyG: all of the sound is good!
22:11:44 PeggyG: good night all
22:11:51 fred_haas: good night