TTT#373 Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age - NWP Annual Meeting - Young Whan Choi, Jo Paraiso, Paul Oh - 11.21.13

This is a special episode of TTT, edited from a recording of a session at the National Writing Project's Annual Meeting in Boston on November 21, 2013. In addition to the presenters, listed below, we are joined by Johanna's amazing students and the thoughtful participants in this session.

Here's how we described this session:

B7: Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age

1:30pm - 3:00pm Hynes, Level 1, 104

How do we help youth understand the potential for writing to have impact, leveraging authentic purposes and today’s online platforms? How do we prepare youth to be informed, engaged civic actors—community ready, in other words—and not simply college and career ready? The National Writing Project is partnering with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College to undertake a district-wide effort called, "Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age." Join Paul Allison of the New York City Writing Project, and Jo Paraiso and Young Whan Choi of the OUSD, as they discuss—in person and virtually—a working partnership that leverages the Youth Voices platform as a means to support civic engagement in schools.

Presenter(s):
Paul Allison, New York City Writing Project 
Paul Oh, National Writing Project 
Johanna Paraiso, Oakland Unified School District 
Young Whan Choi, Oakland Unified School District 

On March 29, 2013 Paul Oh blogged in dComposing

What’s significant to me about the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age effort, beyond its mission of youth civic engagement, is that OUSD teachers have taken on a great deal of the leadership – so there’s a grassroots, locally informed relevance to the work- and that it joins together in-school and out-of-school educational opportunities. Youth have gotten to work with nearby partners like KQED http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/ and far-flung partners like Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net. Ultimately, the hope is that all HS youth before they graduate will be able to engage in a capstone project that demonstrates the skill of issue analysis, the ability to take action, and a reflective stance. As one of my EDDA colleagues from OUSD, Young-Whan Choi, has said, we want our youth to come away from this educational opportunity – and their entire school career – not just college and career ready, but community ready. http://dcomposing.com/2013/03/29/educating-for-democracy-in-the-digital-age/

 

We are planning a follow-up TTT webcast with Young Whan Choi, Paul Oh, and teachers involved in "Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age" at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Please plan to join us at EdTechTalk/ttt http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

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TTT#364 Youth Voices-Sheri Edwards, Jo Paraiso, Andrew Wyndham, Tricia Clarke, Marina Lombardo, Jake Jacobs, Valerie Burton 9.18

On this episode of TTT, we invite you to meet other teachers who have been using Youth Voices this fall to connect their students.

We shared our plans... dreams... ideas... worries...  as we moved into the fall semester.

We hope you enjoy this informal "meet and greet" -- out of which we hope many new connections might grow.

We will be meeting to talk about Youth Voices and how it is (or isn't) fitting into our curriculum often as 2014 kicks off! We gather at EdTechTallk http://edtechtalk.com/ttt each Wednesday at 9PM Eastern /6PM Pacific.

Please plan to join us when you can.

It has been exciting to see the posts and the comments flying into Youth Voices again this fall!

All that is needed is an hour on Wednesday evening, earbuds, and a Google+ account that you can Hangout on.

Come join us for a conversation that could make all the difference for your students!

Here's who joined us on this episode of TTT:

Sheri Edwards's profile photo Sheri Edwards Johanna Paraiso's profile photo Johanna Paraiso Andrew Wyndham's profile photo Andrew Wyndham Tricia Clarke's profile photo Tricia Clarke
Marina Lombardo's profile photo Marina Lombardo Jake Jacobs's profile photo Jake Jacobs Valerie Burton's profile photo Valerie Burton


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TTT#374 New Youth Voices Connections: Shantanu Saha, Karen Fasimpaur, Jo Paraiso, Jake Jacobs, Paul Allison, Chris Sloan 12.4.13

On this episode of TTT six teachers get together to consider how they might get students more deeply connected on Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net.

Paul Allison http://youthvoices.net/ndss#courses and Chris Sloan http://youthvoices.net/Judge#sloan host:

for this conversation

Here are some of the questions we've been asking recently:

What if students were encouraged to create projects for each other? What's the difference between writing a "Discussion Post" and creating a "Wiki" page on a social network like Youth Voices? How might we consider connecting students more often in spaces like Skype or Hangouts? What would it take to build a "Youth Voices Live" space for young people? How can we engage students in deeper, meaning making in their conversations with each other?

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and to find many links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


Notes from the Webcast:

Links and notes:
 
 
Hour of Code -http://csedweek.org/ Dec. 9-15
 
 
Dec. 5 Webinar: Themes, Issues & Benefits of Learning To Code - https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cflb5ekh8pg5v10matkuo9kck0g
 
 
Shantanu's Literacy tasks Google Doc
 
Kevin Bolshaw: Suggested reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggars
 
a great blog post by Gwyneth Jones re wikipedia http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2010/11/wikpedia-is-not-wicked.html
 
leave voice comments on google docs for students: http://121writing.com/google/tutorial
 

Chat from December 4, 2013

20:59Peggy George: Hi Paul and Nicole
21:00Paul Allison: Hi Nicole. Please join us in the Hangout ON Air.
21:00Paul Allison: Hi Peggy.
21:00Peggy George: I love the ideas you're discussing tonight!!
21:01Peggy George: Hi Karen!! Great to see you! Hope you're keeping warm!
21:01karen (@kfasimpaur): Greeting, everyone!
21:01Peggy George: audio and video is great! :-)
21:02karen (@kfasimpaur): If you'd like to join the hangout, we're athttps://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/stream/7ecpi0tn2vm1rcaodd2ve6uvo0?authuser=0&hl=en
21:02karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi, Peggy! Good to see you. (I've missed you since K12 Online wrapped up. :)
21:02Peggy George: that bug is no fun!!!! I've had it for several weeks! Finally stopping my cough!
21:03Peggy George: me too Karen!
21:04Peggy George: Hi monika! Great to see you!
21:04monika: hello
21:05Peggy George: Hi Chris!!
21:06karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi, Monika. Join us in the hangout?
21:06Chris Sloan: Hi all
21:07karen (@kfasimpaur): Thanks, Peggy. Very neat.
21:07Peggy George: Kids just know when their parents are preoccupied on the phone or computer :-) Play time!
21:10Peggy George: are any of you participating in the Hour of Code?
21:11karen (@kfasimpaur): There's a good webinar coming up on the benefits of teaching kids to code w/Mitch Resnick and others...looking for the link
21:11Peggy George: http://csedweek.org/ Dec. 9-15
21:11Peggy George: thanks :-)
21:12karen (@kfasimpaur): Dec. 5 Webinar: Themes, Issues & Benefits of Learning To Code -https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cflb5ekh8pg5v10matkuo9kck0g
21:12Peggy George: Wes Fryer just published a free ebook on programming with Hopscotch on the ipad :-)
21:12Chris Sloan: I have a student who wants to do something with the hour of code next week
21:13Chris Sloan: She told me that I should arrange to have kids join her after school next week.
21:13Chris Sloan: So I guess I'm doing it too
21:13karen (@kfasimpaur): :)
21:13Peggy George: cool Karen! That's tomorrow :-)
21:13karen (@kfasimpaur): I can't believe it's Dec.!
21:15Peggy George: That souns terrific! (Shantanu) :-)
21:19Peggy George: Wes's blog post on Hour of Code. He's teaching in a STEM classroom now.http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/12/02/the-hour-of-code/
21:20karen (@kfasimpaur): I haven't jumped itno the latest Scratch yet....
21:21Peggy George: link to Wes's ebook about Hopscotch
21:21Peggy George: the new Scratch is fun :-) web based :-)
21:27Peggy George: that looks like a wonderful conversation on that blog post!
21:31Chris Sloan: pretty impressive work being done in "advisory"
21:31karen (@kfasimpaur): no kidding!
21:33Peggy George: are any of you leaving voice comments on google docs for students?http://121writing.com/google/tutorial
21:36Peggy George: Shantanu is doing some fantastic things with his students! He needs a whole show to share it all with us :-)
21:37Peggy George: I love the idea on the Titanpad of encouraging students to create projects for each other. :-) & then connecting with each other via Skype or GH
21:37Chris Sloan: Agreed Peggy.
21:37Chris Sloan: Right now I've been trying to collaborate with another school in Philly via Popcorn
21:38Peggy George: how is that working?
21:39Peggy George: that would be a powerful experience for the students!
21:40Peggy George: could you focus the hangout on one studen'ts blog post?
21:40Peggy George: and have that student facilitate the conversation?
21:41unnamedUse fishbowl -- kids in front of camera to converse, others behind, and can trade places.
21:41Peggy George: that's a very effective strategy!! fishbowl!
21:41Peggy George: they can learn as much by watching sometimes as they can participating :-)
21:42Sheri Edwards: This is Sheri: I don
21:42Peggy George: love what johanna is describing!!
21:42Peggy George: Hi Sheri :-)
21:42Sheri Edwards: Oh, now my chat is working again.
21:42Sheri Edwards: Hello all.
21:43Peggy George: isn't that frustrating when it freezes up and you're in the middle of typing something!
21:43Peggy George: great to see you!!
21:43Peggy George: I want to be in the virtual fishbowl for that discussion!!! Sounds amazing!
21:45Peggy George: I love hearing these stories/experiences!
21:45Peggy George: sounds like informal is much more successful than formal!
21:47Peggy George: even though it's informal I still think it needs a purpose/focus so they feel like they have something to talk about
21:47unnamedhello, I am lurking, (Kevin)
21:48Peggy George: totally agree Paul!!! we're on the same wavelength
21:48Peggy George: Welcome Kevin! You can add your name at the top of this chat and claim your color :-)
21:48Sheri Edwards: Hi Kevin. I think his name will show up on the second input. That's what mine did.
21:54Peggy George: Thanks for posting the link to Shantanu's Google Doc
21:55Peggy George: lost the connection to chat and had to refresh page
21:56karen (@kfasimpaur): we're back...
21:56Peggy George: I love the idea about connecting with the senior projects! process as well as content :-)
21:56karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi Sheri and Kevin. (belated)
21:56Sheri Edwards: Flash update interrupted my connection :)
21:57Peggy George: weird things happening!
21:58Peggy George: a great blog post by Gwyneth Jones re wikipediahttp://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2010/11/wikpedia-is-not-wicked.html
22:01Peggy George: that sounds like such a powerful experience and creating a video takes it to another level!
22:01karen (@kfasimpaur): truly
22:01Sheri Edwards: That is amazing. What a wonderful project.
22:02Peggy George: incredible!! it's something they will remember forever!
22:02Kevin Bolshaw: Suggested reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggars
22:02Sheri Edwards: Thanks, Kevin
22:04Peggy George: these are great ideas!!!
22:05Peggy George: let's absolutely continue this conversation!! very exciting ideas! you are all so inspiring!
22:05Kevin Bolshaw: possible hook for students: making mini video productions
22:05Kevin Bolshaw: (use for hangouts)
22:05Sheri Edwards: Thanks.
22:05Peggy George: absolutely Kevin!!
22:06karen (@kfasimpaur): Good night, everyone. Thanks for being here. (I agree Kevin.)
22:06karen (@kfasimpaur): See you next time.
22:06Kevin Bolshaw: Sorry to be late and I need to connect, thanks for sharing
22:06Peggy George: thank you all!! see you next week!
22:06Peggy George: come back next week Kevin :-)
22:07Kevin Bolshaw: I just need a little prodding : )
22:07Peggy George: :-)
22:07Peggy George: we all do
22:07Peggy George: I subscribe to the calendar so it's always on my google calendar. Really helps!
 
 
 

On this episode of TTT six teachers get together to consider how they might get students more deeply connected on Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net.

Paul Allison http://youthvoices.net/ndss#courses and Chris Sloan http://youthvoices.net/Judge#sloan host:

for this conversation

Here are some of the questions we've been asking recently:

What if students were encouraged to create projects for each other? What's the difference between writing a "Discussion Post" and creating a "Wiki" page on a social network like Youth Voices? How might we consider connecting students more often in spaces like Skype or Hangouts? What would it take to build a "Youth Voices Live" space for young people? How can we engage students in deeper, meaning making in their conversations with each other?

Click Read more to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find many links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


TTT#363 - Michigan State Master of Arts in Educational Technology 9.11.13

This episode of TTT, recorded on September 11, 2013, is a conversation with teachers in the Michigan State Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program http://edutech.msu.edu/programs/masters/.

The MSU MAET program is offered in three different formats: a hybrid summer cohort on campus in Michigan, fully online, and overseas (this past summer the program was in Galway, Ireland.) On this episode of TTT, teachers from these different cohorts discuss what they learned this summer and how that's impacting their school year ahead.

Chris Sloan hosts these teachers for an informal conversation about their experiences in Galway, Ireland this summer and their plans for this fall: Marcie Lewis, Blair Winters, Jeffrey Fisher, Annie Kim, Ray Stuckey, and Bob Larocque.

Enjoy this conversation with some dynamic teachers who are wisely incorporating technology into their teaching.

 


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TTT#375 Hour of Code and Dasani w/ Nikhil Goyal, Maurya Couvares, Mia Zamora, Kim Douillard, Stephanie West-Puckett 12.11.13

On this episode of TTT, recorded on 12.11.13, join Nikhil Goyal nikhilgoyal.me/about/ , Maurya Couvares @MauryaCouvares , Mia Zamora @MiaZamoraPhD , Kim Douillard @kd0602 , and Stephanie West-Puckett @fieldpeaz as they help us make connections between Hour of Code http://csedweek.org/ and the recent "Dasani: Invisible Child" series in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1

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Pat Delaney wasn't able to join us but he sent along this provocation: http://weedingthecollection.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/ignoring-what-most-schools-dont-teach/

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Monika Hardy exploreed the juxtaposition of Hour of Code with Dasani, when she wrote in an email:

I think the stories of Leo http://redefineschool.com/leo-grand/ and Marc http://redefineschool.com/marc-roth/ fit in nicely as well.

Freire's - how to have liberation without trust.. esp the story behind Leo and Patrick: Did we trust a homeless black man could code? Did we trust a young white tech entrepreneur wasn't just wanting to look good in his offer?

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ScriptEd's co-founder, Maurya Couvares http://www.scripted.org suggested:

You might want to read this article. One of our students wrote it -- I think it might a good talking point for [this episode of TTT]: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-nyarko/learning-to-computer-program_b_4098707.html

ScriptEd teaches computer programming to students in low resource high schools, and places its students in internships with technology firms.


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