Teachers Teaching Teachers #251 Pre-ISTE (1 of 2) Suzie Boss (Edutopia) & Christina Cantrill (National Writing Project)- 6.15.11

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Enjoy this podcast, recorded 10 days ago, getting ready for ISTE!

Enjoy this podcast, recorded 10 days ago, getting ready for ISTE. What are you looking for there? What are you bringing?

Click Read more to see Christina Cantrill's personal list of some of the events where National Writing Project (WP) teachers will be participating as well as the chat that was happening during this webcast.

Saturday – There are two events I know about happening in connection to ISTE that WP folks will be attending.
TEDxED: One is the TEDx Ed Philadelphia being sponsored by Wharton at UPenn. Chris Lehmann, the principal of SLA, is the M/C of this event and several PhilWP TCs are going too. It runs all day from 1-7pm.
EduBloggerCon: The second is EduBloggerCon organized by Steve Haragdon, http://www.edubloggercon.com/EduBloggerCon+2011. This is an all-day unconference gathering for those interested in social media / Web 2.0 in education.
Sunday – This is the first official day of ISTE.

NWP Hack-Jam: NWP is also sponsoring a “Hack-Jam” from 1-4pm at SLA. Meenoo Rami from PhilWP, Chad Sansing from Central Virginia WP, along with Paul and myself, are facilitating and several of you are attending.

We currently have 17 people signed up to participate so far and are sending around a last few notes to see if we can get another 5 people or so. Feel free to share that there are a few spaces left if you think you know folks who will be interested — here’s a quick link to the registration form: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dEFQRDJ4MDdDQmF4MVhnckhQRnZSVmc6MQ#gid=0

 There are also events like Media Lab’s Copyright workshop this day — anyone going to that? Anyone else presenting or doing special we should know about this day?

Monday – Several folks are sharing Digital Is published work at ISTE “unplugged” starting on Monday, including Chad, Meenoo, Bud, Paul Allison, myself and Paul Oh. See the schedule here, http://www.isteunplugged.com/.
#engchat: And then, Monday night at 7pm, Meenoo Rami and Bud Hunt will organize a #engchat event that will be organized as a live event from Fergie’s Pub at 1214 Sansom Street! You are welcome to come and participate, http://www.fergies.com/. The chat goes from 7-8:00pm and then we would welcome folks to join for drinks afterwards too.

And, if you can’t come in person, follow online via #engchat.

Anyone else presenting or doing special we should know about this day?
Tuesday – This is a regular ISTE day. I heard from Suzie Boss from Edutopia on TTT last week that there is a EdTech Karaoke Tweetup that night, starting at 7:30 at the Public House, just fyi: http://collaborizeclassroom.com/ISTE-conference/edtech-karaoke-tweetup/

Anyone else presenting or doing special we should know about this day?
Wed – This is the final day for ISTE. Chris Lehmann is the closing keynote and SLA teachers and students will also present this day in an extended session. Check the ISTE schedule for details.
Teachers Teaching Teachers: Then, at 6pm Wednesday night, there will be a special live Teachers Teaching Teachers event from Rembrandts Pub with guests from SLA including Chris Lehmann and teachers from the school. Again you are welcome to come -- Rembrandts is at 741 North 23rd Street, http://www.rembrandts.com/.

And, if you can’t come in person, follow online at EdTechTalk, http://edtechtalk.com/.
Anyone else presenting or doing special we should know about this day?

Thanks all!

20:50:24 SusanEttenheim: hi all
21:02:27 SusanEttenheim: hi alyssa welcome - can you hear us?
21:02:36 SusanEttenheim: hi shapple16 can you hear us?
21:02:45 alyssa: Yes, I can! :)
21:03:08 shapple16: I can't  :(  Is there a setting I need to change?
21:03:58 SusanEttenheim: shapple16 click on edtechtalk a
21:04:02 SusanEttenheim: do you see that?
21:04:12 SusanEttenheim: don't worry you haven't missed much yet!
21:04:42 shapple16: where is edtechtalk a? sorry...
21:06:06 SusanEttenheim: alyssa - where and what do you teach?
21:06:48 SusanEttenheim: hi shapple16 any luck now?
21:06:53 shapple16: Yes, thank you!
21:07:02 SusanEttenheim: oh great! what did you change?
21:07:24 alyssa: I teacher at Hershey Middle School in Hershey, PA and I teach Computer to 6th and 8th grades.
21:07:30 alyssa: **teach
21:07:36 shapple16: My connection just wasn't great, I clicked on the edtechtalk a as you said.
21:07:48 SusanEttenheim: welcome alyssa - this is very familiar to me -  you've joined us before?
21:08:07 alyssa: I have attenmpted! But I haven't actually sat in on one... so I am very excited!
21:08:21 SusanEttenheim: great and shapple16 where and what do you teach?
21:08:49 shapple16: I teach high school English in York, PA. This is my first time attending a live broadcast.
21:10:41 shapple16: Sorry about the username as well...should have just used my real name, haha! I'm Shanna. I'm excited to be listening!
21:11:42 SusanEttenheim: well hi Shanna and welcome! Are you both going to ISTE in Philadelphia next week?
21:12:22 shapple16: No, I won't be able to. I'll be in South Carolina.
21:13:00 alyssa: I will not either, I will be in Florida.
21:13:04 SusanEttenheim: ohh what's in south carolina?
21:13:12 SusanEttenheim: wow and fla! what's there?
21:13:21 SusanEttenheim: haha I'll be at school in nyc
21:13:37 SusanEttenheim: I did go once to Philadephia - have you ever been to ISTE?
21:13:38 shapple16: My best friend moved there a few years ago, so I go to visit when I can.
21:13:46 shapple16: Nope, never been.
21:13:47 SusanEttenheim: how nice!
21:14:01 shapple16: Have you?
21:14:14 alyssa: My family and I are going to Orlando... Harry Potter World - haha.  I have never been to the ISTE Conference either.
21:14:56 SusanEttenheim: ah sounds like fun!
21:15:03 SusanEttenheim: are you both finished with school now?
21:15:26 alyssa: Yes!  Tomorrow will be one full week into the summer.
21:15:35 shapple16: Yep! Just finished on the 9th.
21:15:43 SusanEttenheim: wow!
21:16:06 SusanEttenheim: we finished teaching this week but now in nyc in high school we have regents, state exams and we go until the 28th
21:16:32 shapple16: Yikes... do you go back later?
21:16:45 alyssa: Two of our Spanish teachers from HMS are presenting at ISTE... Actively Engaged in Language Learning with ActivExpression.  I am excited to hear about how it goes!
21:16:57 alyssa: Wow, that is really late!
21:17:06 Suzie Boss: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/real-world-projects-news-events-suzie-boss
21:17:32 SusanEttenheim: welcome to the chat cmcgilvery
21:17:40 SusanEttenheim: thank you suzie!
21:19:28 Suzie Boss: http://www.isteunplugged.com/
21:19:54 Suzie Boss: I posted ISTE Unplugged link--there are still openings if you have a topic you want to present
21:22:12 Suzie Boss: Here's another example of "hackig for good," Christina: http://www.hackingautism.org/
21:26:03 Christina: Hack-Jam registration here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dEF...
21:26:47 SusanEttenheim: thank you Christina!
21:27:22 Christina: Here's a better link: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/events/555
21:28:05 Christina: www.edutopia.org/blog/real-world-projects-news-events-suzie-boss
21:30:41 SusanEttenheim: shapple16 and alyssa - if you could go to ISTE, what would your burning question be??
21:31:57 alyssa: I would have to agree... I would like to see what type of technologies teachers are incorporating into their classrooms and how it works into their lessons, etc.  There are so many different tools out there but how does it work and is it effective?
21:32:10 alyssa: Ah, I LOVE VoiceThread!
21:32:43 shapple16: I think in my school we get so much exposure to different tools, so I know what's out there, but I don't always know how to use if for my own classroom. I'd like to learn some more practical applications.
21:34:07 alyssa: Exactly.
21:34:41 Christina: We can have conversations here about digitalis.nwp.org
21:35:04 shapple16: Yes, I think it takes time to learn to use a tool effectively. I'd rather have a few technological tools that I can use well rather than have an abundance of tools that I have a basic knowledge of.
21:35:38 SusanEttenheim: so true!
21:36:04 SusanEttenheim: alyssa and shanna - how would it work for you to have people who go bring back the conference?
21:36:15 alyssa: And that's the problem with our school... SO many different teachers use a wide variety of tools that the kids get minimal exposure to it... I would like to find a few tools to integrate school wide.
21:37:37 shapple16: I think it my school it would work fairly well to have a few people go and to come back and share. Our technology coordinator would easily be able to share with us and expose us to what she learned in our weekly collaboration.
21:37:56 SusanEttenheim: what would you like to know more about?
21:38:15 alyssa: I haven't known anyone to go to the conference, so I am interested to see what they bring back from it.  The two teachers who are going from my school are right across the hall from me and pretty good friends so I am hoping that they come back loaded with ideas.  I agree with Shanna, I think that if a few people went and came back with ideas, it would be very informational to the rest of us!
21:38:54 SusanEttenheim: what kind of ideas? - say more?
21:39:32 Christina: youthvoices.net
21:39:33 shapple16: I think I'd like to learn more about digital storytelling. As an English teacher I think it would be very useful, but I've only had minimal exposure to some of the tools, so I'm not comfortable using it in my classroom yet.
21:40:13 alyssa: Anything that we could use.  I feel like our school is pretty good with the cutting edge technologies so if they encounter anything that they feel might be beneficial, then let us know about it! Our teachers are very good with trying new things so if they come back with a new Web 2.0 tool or something like that, they could share with others.
21:40:52 SusanEttenheim: do you both get the chance to understand tools yourself?
21:41:50 alyssa: I have hardly any experience with digital storytelling either.  The other computer teacher teaches moviemaker with her seventh grade students but they don't do it in eighth grade.
21:41:51 shapple16: A little bit in collaboration, but even in those sessions we just brush the surface. If I want to delve further with a tool, I either have to play around with it myself and troubleshoot, or work with my tech coordinator whenever I can meet with her.
21:42:21 alyssa: Same with me.  Everything is experimental by myself.
21:43:25 shapple16: Alyssa, I think you make a good point there. There's not always consistency in what other teachers are using, so the students are often expected to learn so many tools to use in the classroom as well. Sometimes I wonder if we're overwhelming them, even though they're digital natives.
21:44:24 alyssa: Exactly!  I completely agree.
21:50:27 Suzie Boss: I like your attitude, Susan!
21:51:15 shapple16: One note about Google Docs, since we were discussing it-- this past year I was able to use it with four other teachers and guidance counselors, and two parents for the purpose of helping a student with an IEP. Teachers were able to share behavior, classwork, and homework on the Doc, and this was the first time I had used it that way. It worked pretty well.
21:52:56 alyssa: I used GoogleDocs in a similar way with a students who is Emotional Support.  His team of teachers, the principals, guidance counselors all used it to share observations on his behavior, etc.
21:53:14 alyssa: At DTSD, we use GoogleDocs immensely.  It's a great tool although it lacks file management.
21:53:29 shapple16: Very true!
21:55:46 SusanEttenheim: what do you mean about file management?
21:56:38 alyssa: When you open a document or share a document with someone, it is in a long list of all the documents you have ever worked on. There is no way to create folders, essentially, like on your computer desktop or My Documents, etc.
21:56:44 SusanEttenheim: yes shapple16, google docs is great for supporting students - we have "in jeopardy lists" for people to help each other with strategies
21:57:05 SusanEttenheim: yes you can have folders
21:57:19 SusanEttenheim: they are just now called something else... ohhh I forget what..
21:57:27 alyssa: Yeah, collections.
21:57:38 SusanEttenheim: but the good thing is that now you can put something in more than "one folder"
21:57:49 SusanEttenheim: yes yes
21:57:55 alyssa: That's true.
21:59:03 SusanEttenheim: did you get knocked out shapple16?
22:02:07 SusanEttenheim: shapple16 and alyssa - maybe you'd like to "talk" next week!
22:02:30 SusanEttenheim: and put in live your requests for what to "bring back" from ISTE?
22:03:10 alyssa: I would love to but I will be in Florida probably still at Harry Potter World - haha!
22:03:31 SusanEttenheim: ohh that's right of course! well, please pass the word for others to join us!
22:03:36 alyssa: Absolutely!
22:03:59 SusanEttenheim: they can just show up here next wed or skype me- susanettenheim
22:04:05 SusanEttenheim: on skype
22:06:15 alyssa: Thank you so much everyone! :)
22:06:21 SusanEttenheim: night all!