Teachers Teaching Teachers #212 - A community of teachers building "Voices on the Gulf" - 08.04.10

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As you will hear in this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, we are very excited about the new website, http://voicesonthegulf.org ! On this podcast we are joined by:

As you will hear on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, we are very excited about the new website, http://voicesonthegulf.org ! On this podcast we are joined by:

We are putting together a team to help us to develop this site — and fast. We've set up the following Community Managers:

David Pulling (Louisiana) - Site Manager
Paul Allison (New York) - Site Manager

Catherine Tibbs (Mississippi) - Art and Humanities
Ellen Steigman (Louisiana) - Art and Humanities
Susan Ettenheim (New York) - Art and Humanities

Paige Baggett (Alabama) - Community and Culture
Suzie Boss (Oregon) - Community and Culture

Jeff Mason (Florida) - Health and Wellness
Andrea Zellner (Michigan) - Health and Wellness

Natasha Whitton (Louisiana) - Money and Careers
Chris Sloan (Utah) - Money and Careers

Alicia Blair (Mississippi) - Nature and the Environment
Matt Montagne (California) - Nature and the Environment

Kyle Meador (Louisiana) - Social Issues and Human Rights
Diana Laufenberg (Pennsylvania) - Social Issues and Human Rights

Stacey Ferguson (Mississippi) - Our Space (K-6)
Margaret Simon (Louisiana) - Our Space (K-6)
Gail Desler (California) -  Our Space (K-6)
Kevin Hodgson (Massachusetts) - Our Space (K-6)

Along with this growing group of National Writing Project teachers, teachers from along the Gulf Coast, teachers in Edutopia’s pblcmp, AND/OR teachers involved with the EdTechTalk/WorldBridges community, we have been organizing (and working with Bill Fitzgerald at FunnyMonkey) to build this site that will do the following:

  1. Provide a place where we can collect, amplify, and engage the poems, stories, and essays that students along the Gulf Coast bring to their teachers this month, as schools open.
  2. Layer these stories, poems, and essays with online sources, including news releases and poetry (such as the poems on Poets for Living Waters).
  3. We don’t know yet! Many of us have been working for some time on building a site like Voices on the Gulf, and we have some idea what directions this will take, AND we want to allow the discussions on the site to help us know how to develop.

The most important item, above is #1 - we are working as fast and hard as possible to get the site out to teachers, and for it to be easy to use. If you would like to add a poem, thought, or anything, please sign up, then once you’ve been made into a member, you’ll see the Add Discussion button. Please go in and write a brief reflection, add  photo, a video, or almost anything — just to see how easy it is to do. AGAIN, THANKS!

Students have been coming back the past couple of weeks in many Gulf Coast schools. A lot of our connections with teachers on the Gulf have happened this summer on a live webcast that we do every Wednesday evening. You may have already been on the show. We would love it if you would come back. We’ve been able to make a lot of invaluable connections. You can see what we mean here: http://edtechtalk.com/teachersteachingteachers

We would love to invite you to join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 8:00 p.m. Central / 9:00 p.m. Eastern. If you use Skype, please email Paul Allison or Susan Ettenheim and let us know your Skype name (again)— just helps us to know who to look for! We hope that you will be able to join us soon on a Wednesday evening.

Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.

20:48:37 Paul Allison: http://paulallison.tumblr.com/post/901074139/we-need-you-to-help-us-brin...
20:52:10 Paul Allison: Hi. Might be a slow night. Few confirmations. Getting coffee.
20:55:02 SusanEttenheim: hi matt
20:58:46 chris sloan: Hello all
20:59:18 Andrea Zellner: Hello Chris!
21:00:52 chris sloan: howdy andrea
21:01:54 matt montagne: hey Andrea!!
21:02:02 Andrea Zellner: Hi matt, glad you're here!
21:02:20 matt montagne: chris, what is your twitter ID??
21:02:35 chris sloan: csloan
21:02:46 matt montagne: I'll add you to the voices on the gulf list on twitter
21:02:48 matt montagne: coolio
21:03:26 chris sloan: thanks
21:04:26 matt montagne: just added you to the list :)
21:04:42 matt montagne: http://twitter.com/mjmontagne/voicesonthegulf
21:05:24 matt montagne: hi Buffy, welcome!!!
21:05:31 Buffy J. Hamilton: Hi!  Thank you! 
21:06:33 matt montagne: are you getting audio OK buffy??
21:06:33 SusanEttenheim: hi buffy welcome!
21:06:42 SusanEttenheim: yes, can you hear?
21:08:28 SusanEttenheim: hi jeff welcome!
21:08:39 jeffmason: hello
21:08:51 SusanEttenheim: buffy  and jeff where and what do you teach?
21:08:59 Buffy J. Hamilton: OK, sorry to drop off there; my laptop is wonky
21:09:07 SusanEttenheim: glad you're back!
21:09:32 jeffmason: Pensacola, FL
21:09:42 Buffy J. Hamilton: I'm a high school librarian (and former HS English teacher); I'm starting a major inquiry project tomorrow with two science teachers and their students on the Gulf Oil Spill, so I'm very interested in this project.
21:09:51 SusanEttenheim: hi jack welcome!
21:10:00 Jack: Hi.
21:10:23 Jack: Just finshed the SI at the Hudson Valley Writing project. So inspiring.
21:10:24 SusanEttenheim: jack where and what do you teach?
21:10:29 SusanEttenheim: can you all hear us?
21:10:37 SusanEttenheim: buffy do you use skype?
21:10:47 Jack: I'm Teach ELA -8 in Dover Plains NY
21:11:15 Buffy J. Hamilton: Yes, I use Skype.  I"m listening to the audio right now via Windows Media Player; the audio is fantastic.
21:11:48 SusanEttenheim: Buffy I usually call people into the call as we go so just let me know when you have a comment or question!
21:11:55 SusanEttenheim: hi dbragg welcome!
21:12:04 SusanEttenheim: please introduce yourself - again :)
21:12:29 SusanEttenheim: Buffy where do you teach? Has school started already there?
21:13:03 Buffy J. Hamilton: I'm at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia.  The students started Monday, and we started classes in the library today . We are booked solid every period until Labor Day (yay! :-) )
21:14:21 matt montagne: sign up at the voices on the gulf site: http://voicesonthegulf.com
21:14:36 matt montagne: hello tracy...welcome
21:14:50 SusanEttenheim: hi Tracy welcome! Please introduce yourself!
21:15:18 matt montagne: The site is simple...create an account and then create a discussion.
21:15:55 Buffy J. Hamilton: Is the project geared for student writing from students who live on the Gulf and from their experiences, or could students like mine submit creative writing to share their interpretation of their research and response to the disaster?
21:16:31 matt montagne: Listen to Kevin Hodgson's poem that he posted today: http://voicesonthegulf.com/discussion/gulf-poem
21:16:43 SusanEttenheim: that's why it's on the gulf not from the gulf!
21:16:55 jeffmason: I'm interpreting "on" the Gulf
21:17:06 matt montagne: Buffy, it is geared toward students from all over the world...it is meant to be a pathway to share their stories, concerns, ideas, solutions, etc.
21:17:56 Buffy J. Hamilton: Matt, that is fantastic---I think I have a couple of classes who would want to participate.
21:19:33 Buffy J. Hamilton: I'm going to show that to the teachers and students.  I'm excited about the possibilities.
21:20:12 chris sloan: got disconnected from Skype and the chat, don't know what happened
21:20:27 SusanEttenheim: chris trying to call you back
21:20:29 Buffy J. Hamilton: Would VoiceThread or other multimedia submissions be a possibility?
21:20:43 matt montagne: Buffy, we're tagging in delicious, diigo "voicesonthegulf"
21:20:43 Buffy J. Hamilton: multimedia forms of writing, I mean
21:20:47 Buffy J. Hamilton: Oh, awesome
21:20:57 matt montagne: those then feed into the site
21:21:00 Buffy J. Hamilton: Logging into Skype; laptop is a little wonky tonight
21:21:00 SusanEttenheim: hi tracy can you hear now?
21:21:20 Tracy Hanson: Nope, I can't hear anything
21:21:57 SusanEttenheim: do you see the participate icon?
21:22:16 jeffmason: push and pull
21:22:17 Tracy Hanson: Not sure where to look
21:22:44 SusanEttenheim: on edtechtalk.com
21:22:52 SusanEttenheim: on the right it says participate
21:23:01 SusanEttenheim: then you should see a volume icon
21:23:04 SusanEttenheim: and click there
21:23:15 Tracy Hanson: Isn't that where I am - if I am in the session?
21:24:39 matt montagne: remember, tag bookmarks using "voicesonthegulf" ... you can even encourage your students to write comments in the "description" field of delcious and diigo....in a way that almost serves as a blog post.
21:24:45 SusanEttenheim: humm well you are here :)
21:25:13 Tracy Hanson: Yes, but I have no sound
21:25:39 matt montagne: Delicious bookmarks go here: http://voicesonthegulf.com/imported-content/480
21:26:00 jeffmason: Teachers start 8/16. Students start 8/23.
21:26:01 SusanEttenheim: ok you're back!
21:26:10 SusanEttenheim: wow jeff
21:26:20 SusanEttenheim: hi diana
21:26:22 SusanEttenheim: welcome
21:26:24 chris sloan: we start 8/23 too
21:26:26 dlaufenberg: hey there all
21:27:11 matt montagne: folks, stick your twitter ID in here so we can add you to the voices on the gulf twitter list...
21:27:16 dlaufenberg: did you guys see this? http://gulf.refresheverything.com/newshourextrastudentreportinglabs
21:27:19 SusanEttenheim: susanettenheim
21:27:27 dlaufenberg: dlaufenberg on twitter
21:27:40 matt montagne: http://twitter.com/mjmontagne/voicesonthegulf
21:28:15 dlaufenberg: woohoo! to inquiry driven!
21:28:34 matt montagne: I think this is the book that Buffy is referenicnghttp://www.amazon.com/Whats-Big-Idea-Question-Driven-Motivate/dp/0325021570
21:28:48 SusanEttenheim: hi dpulling welcome!
21:28:48 matt montagne: http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Big-Idea-Question-Driven-Motivate/dp/0325021570
21:28:54 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:28:59 matt montagne: hello dpulling, welcome
21:29:08 chris sloan: Hello David
21:29:57 dpulling: Hey, everybody.  Bienvenu de la Louisiane.
21:30:09 matt montagne: buffy, do you have that "greener" database
21:30:22 SusanEttenheim: David where and what do you teach?
21:30:35 matt montagne: Benvenu!!
21:31:37 Buffy J. Hamilton: http://theunquietlibrhttp://theunquietlibrary.libguides.com/gulfoilspill...
21:31:45 matt montagne: I think the voices on the gulf site needs a "links" section on the home page
21:31:46 dpulling: I'm the Director of Continuing Ed at LSU Eunice, a rural 2 year campus in southwest La.  I teach one or two comp classes per semester to keep my sanity.
21:31:53 Buffy J. Hamilton: oops, let's try that again
21:31:54 Buffy J. Hamilton: http://theunquietlibrary.libguides.com/gulfoilspill
21:32:01 matt montagne: Please join the site at http://voicesonthegulf.com
21:33:52 SusanEttenheim: hi kathy! welcome
21:33:59 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:34:21 Kathy: HS Media Specialist in Minnesota
21:34:40 SusanEttenheim: wow Kathy where? I used ot live in St. Paul
21:35:04 matt montagne: U of Florida's Gulf Response Website: http://www.urel.ufl.edu/oilSpillResponse/
21:35:11 Kathy: That's where I grew up--in the Midway.  I have been in Albert Lea now for going on 27 years!
21:35:37 SusanEttenheim: wow my first apt was near Lake Como
21:35:52 SusanEttenheim: when does school start there?
21:36:17 Kathy: Jogged it many times.  I don't seem to be hearing anything??  I have never used this before but it just came across Twitter so thought I'd check it out.
21:36:29 SusanEttenheim: great! welcome!
21:36:41 SusanEttenheim: do you see the link to participate at edtechtalk.com?
21:36:51 SusanEttenheim: then there is the link to liste
21:36:53 SusanEttenheim: listen
21:37:00 SusanEttenheim: it is a little volume icon
21:37:19 SusanEttenheim: then it opens in itunes or media player or whatever is on your computer
21:37:40 Kathy: hmmm..don't see link? but will keep looking
21:38:13 SusanEttenheim: look at the right and it says Listen
21:38:25 jeffmason: @Buffy This is a science class. Will these be lab-based inquiries?
21:40:46 dlaufenberg: my former student teacher has been on clean up in the gulf... running a boat for the past 6 weeks... his pix and story will become part of my class this year.
21:42:01 dlaufenberg: the issues surrounding the disperants... would be an interesting science inquiry
21:42:25 matt montagne: ooh, sure would diana...I would love to smell that stuff, touch it, test it...
21:42:41 matt montagne: I could we get some Corexit?
21:43:18 matt montagne: Jeff, could you get some corexit??
21:43:22 Buffy J. Hamilton: I'm sorry if I am rambling--I am just so jazzed about this project!
21:43:41 jeffmason: @matt the "smell test" is one of the first test on seafood safety
21:43:47 chris sloan: You're not rambling at all.  Great stuff
21:43:49 SusanEttenheim: we're so glad you found us buffy!
21:44:07 matt montagne: I agree, thanks for sharing your ideas and passion, Buffy.
21:44:56 jeffmason: not sure about the Corexit. I could check with someone at the local DEP.
21:44:57 dlaufenberg: can you guys see this image and the commentary below? http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?id=666901517&pid=6154938&fbid=45340...
21:45:31 matt montagne: checking now diana
21:45:36 matt montagne: no
21:45:38 matt montagne: can't see it
21:45:48 DBragg: no can't see it
21:46:04 jeffmason: Dauphin Island
21:46:41 jeffmason: Dauphin Island AL
21:46:44 chris sloan: Buffy you should have your students should consider entering the contest for Voices on the Gulf iconhttp://www.voicesonthegulf.com/discussion/icon-design-contest-voices-gulf
21:46:56 chris sloan: http://www.voicesonthegulf.com/discussion/icon-design-contest-voices-gulf
21:48:07 matt montagne: BP's shoddy purported photoshop effort: http://www.americablog.com/2010/07/bp-photoshops-fake-photo-of-command.h...
21:48:39 matt montagne: *purported shoddy
21:48:57 Buffy J. Hamilton: Thank you for that link!
21:49:14 Buffy J. Hamilton: Yes, I will throw that contest out to them...I can't wait to show all this to the teachers tomorrow!
21:49:34 matt montagne: anyway, I haven't been able to verify if BP actually did that or not...which could lead to some interesting learning activities
21:50:02 dlaufenberg: I will post this on my FB page and push it out to the SLA students.... to see if they want to participate.
21:50:39 matt montagne: I pushed it out on FB and will send it to our students as well...great idea.
21:51:38 matt montagne: I like the idea, Paul...students teaching students...students who develop background knowledge then share with other youth who are just starting into this
21:52:17 Buffy J. Hamilton: OOOOH!  I love that idea!
21:52:39 SusanEttenheim: so glad you are over awake and not beat from 7 classes1
21:52:43 SusanEttenheim: what do you teach?
21:54:00 dlaufenberg: what my student teacher is saying... and the picture I tried to post is that the legacy of the dispersants is really evident and looming...
21:54:07 Buffy J. Hamilton: Hee hee!  I'm the school librarian---I teach a little bit of everything!  I'm very active in working with our classroom teachers and embedding information literacy, media literacy, digital literacy---really transliteracy---into content area classes.
21:54:20 matt montagne: How the gulf became america's toilet bowl: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/07/27/gulf.history.environment.toilet/index.html
21:55:03 matt montagne: The BP Spill is a small part of the story of a troubled, margenilized region of the country
21:55:27 jeffmason: It's been over 30 years since Cousteau called the Gulf of Mexico a toilet
21:55:44 matt montagne: wow, didn't know that jeff...great history there
21:55:44 Buffy J. Hamilton: I'm loving the TedTalks idea....how cool would it be to host a virtual TEDx event with our students as the experts?
21:56:00 matt montagne: yes Buffy!!!
21:56:04 jeffmason: almost 75% of the US population lives within 50 miles of the coast
21:56:49 matt montagne: I would actually like to convene a TEDxOilspill Youth type of thing...but the virtual idea makes it seem more attainable
21:57:39 dpulling: CNN has covered this event  better than anyone, even the local media.  I give them an A++.  Anderson Cooper was a phenom, broadcasting from the levee in New Orleans every night for the better part of a month.
21:57:55 matt montagne: "Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been Dumping Site" http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/30gulf.html?_r=1
21:58:22 matt montagne: dpulling...did you write the article on voices on the gulf about seeing Anderson Cooper??
21:58:26 Buffy J. Hamilton: Matt, I would be interested in a f2f or virtual version of that.
21:58:31 dpulling: Yep.
21:58:40 matt montagne: @dpulling-great piece...enjoyed that
21:59:04 dpulling: Thanks--I enjoyed writing it, but mostly I enjoyed watching AC LIVE, like 20 feet away from him as he did the show.
22:01:21 matt montagne: Let's talk more about that, Buffy...perhaps we could do a TEDx Virtual summit in October...a platform for students to share their voice live
22:01:35 Buffy J. Hamilton: Matt, yes, let's do---I think this has real possibilities!
22:01:51 matt montagne: Paul, I think the Voices on the Gulf needs to be a bit more "social"
22:01:53 Buffy J. Hamilton: I'm buffyjhamiton on Twitter; you can also catch me at http://theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com
22:02:19 matt montagne: I think we should configure the site so we can leave comments on other member profiles
22:03:28 SusanEttenheim: welcome back kathy
22:04:38 Kathy: I had to install real player, so had to re-boot my browser. I can now hear the talking.  Thanks. 
22:05:09 SusanEttenheim: great
22:06:06 Cathy E: I will share your project with my teachers
22:06:09 Buffy J. Hamilton: Ooooh!  How cool!
22:06:15 jeffmason: librarians rule
22:06:23 SusanEttenheim: great Cathy! I'm sure we will have some overlaps with your area too
22:06:29 Cathy E: Our kids begin 8/25
22:06:47 dlaufenberg: we don't start up until Spet. 7th
22:06:53 Kathy: We start post-Labor Day in Minnesota.
22:07:02 matt montagne: gotta get crackin', folks
22:07:05 SusanEttenheim: oh dear cathy - was it north or south carolina?
22:07:14 Cathy E: NC
22:07:19 dlaufenberg: @kathy I'll be driving thru your neck of the woods very soon... en route to my parents in WI
22:07:23 matt montagne: keep up the good deeds, all...catch you on Voices on the Gulf at http://voicesonthegulf.com
22:07:27 Cathy E: barrier islands of NC
22:07:35 SusanEttenheim: oh of course!
22:07:39 matt montagne: hey Cathy E! Didn't see you there.
22:07:59 Kathy: Hope you have a good ride. 
22:08:14 Buffy J. Hamilton: Thank you everyone!
22:08:27 dlaufenberg: off for some sunset paddling in canada!
22:08:34 dlaufenberg: thanks and good night
22:08:40 SusanEttenheim: night all - thanks for joining us!
22:08:51 Kathy: Thanks..this was very cool. Thanks to Buffy for RT'ing it!
22:08:51 Buffy J. Hamilton: Thank you all for hosting!  Totally inspired!
22:08:55 dpulling: Bonsoir, tous le monde!
22:08:59 Buffy J. Hamilton: You are welcome--fabulous session!
22:09:01 Buffy J. Hamilton: Goodnight everyone!