For our first show of 2012, we decided to discuss our goals for the New Year. This led to a conversation about what keeps us motivated in our classrooms?
19:40:07 Lisa Parisi : Hello Renee
19:40:54 msreneescience : Hi Lisa Happy New Year
19:44:19 Lisa Parisi : Happy New Year
19:54:02 sheila : Welcome - We will be streaming in a few.
19:55:00 Lisa Parisi : Hello there
19:55:20 sheila : Welcome all to Conversations!
19:56:54 Lisa Parisi : Hello Adina!
19:57:03 adinasullivan : Hey Lisa!
19:57:13 Lisa Parisi : Hello Jeremy
19:58:14 Jeremy M. : Hi Lisa. Saw the tweet. Thought I'd
"watch" the convo for a bit.
19:58:47 Lisa Parisi : Thanks, Jeremy
19:59:19 Jeremy M. : Is there a specific topic tonight?
19:59:39 Lisa Parisi : Tonight's topic is goals for the New Year
and how to we keep motivated
19:59:54 Lisa Parisi : Hello Tammy
20:00:19 Tammy Bush : Hi Lisa - I'm finally in a Canadian time
zone and this is happening when I am awake :)
20:00:43 Lisa Parisi : Conversations is on ustream. Click the play button to hear us.
20:01:08 Lisa Parisi : Hello Amanda
20:01:11 mariak : hi amanda
20:01:15 sheila : Hi all!
20:01:57 Lisa Parisi : Hello Cathy and Peggy
20:02:00 PeggyG : whew!!! was worried I couldn't get in
20:02:02 Lisa Parisi : Hello Jan
20:02:04 marragem : hi everyone!
20:02:08 PeggyG : Chrome didn't work for me tonight
20:02:09 Lisa Parisi : CAn anyone hear us?
20:02:12 PeggyG : hearing you great!
20:02:25 msreneescience : yes
20:02:27 marragem : chrome's not working for me either, Peggy
20:02:34 PeggyG : hi everyone!!! Happy New Year!!!
20:02:41 Cathy E : I'm in with Chrome
20:02:47 adinasullivan : Hear you just fine
20:02:50 @janwells : Hi all.....I'm new to this, I don't hear
20:02:53 Cathy E : Love the chat window
20:02:58 PeggyG : Amanda at the beach :-) That must be quite a
20:03:06 Lisa Parisi : Jan, click on the play button on the
ustream page on the right
20:03:12 marragem : I'm home, now Peggy :(
20:03:12 Tammy Bush : I'm not hearing it either
20:03:21 PeggyG : sounds fabulous!
20:03:30 @janwells : Oh, thanks......got it.
20:03:39 PeggyG : Hi Jan :-)
20:03:50 @janwells : Hi Peggy!!!
20:03:57 Cathy E : Maria, you sound sick - are you ok?
20:04:00 PeggyG : was it a web cam on the Australian beach? :-)
20:04:08 sheila : Yes.
20:04:12 PeggyG : love it!
20:04:31 PeggyG : hahahaha
20:04:37 Lisa Parisi : Hi Jamie
20:04:40 marragem : my chat's lagging behind the audio :(
20:04:43 PeggyG : Hi Jamie
20:04:43 connect2jamie : Hi all! Happy New Year!!
20:04:49 sheila : Welcome all!
20:04:58 connect2jamie : ETT A?
20:04:59 PeggyG : that's not unusual Amanda for the chat to lag
behind the audio
20:05:04 marragem : not a pretty sight!
20:05:07 PeggyG : click play on ustream
20:05:25 connect2jamie : Hooray!
20:05:26 marragem : I was great to have you there - Maria &
20:05:40 Cathy E : Show 115!
Ya'll are web stars!
20:05:43 PeggyG : tell the truth--how many of you are still
writing 2011 on your checks and messages???
20:06:00 sheila : Today is 1-2-12
20:06:10 connect2jamie : I wrote 2010 on a check to my yard guy
the other day!! :\
20:06:28 PeggyG : some people say you shouldn't have new
goals/resolutions just at the beginning of the year but you should renew them
all year long :-)
20:06:29 sheila : Welcome tgilley
20:06:38 PeggyG : funny jamie!
20:06:54 PeggyG : me too Jamie! that's why I asked...
20:07:05 Jeremy M. : I'm lurking today, but I hope that many of
you have seen digitallearningday.com. We are hoping to motivate more of our
more "reluctant" teachers and keep the rest of us motivated.
20:07:09 connect2jamie : Like that Peggy! I don't do well with New
20:07:11 marragem : I'm so not motivated for the start of my
20:07:24 tgilley : Hello.
What's the topic of conversation?
20:07:37 mariak : hopes and dreams for 2012
20:07:39 PeggyG : what else...new year's goals/resolutions
20:07:55 PeggyG : oh no!!! test prep time begins in January?????
20:08:03 mariak : @marragem - Me too! i don't want to go back.
20:08:03 connect2jamie : yes--we had inservice today and it's
already all about test prep
20:08:19 marragem : or like me, you're coming off a way too short
20:08:39 tgilley : my hope and dream is common core will have us
doing less test prep
20:08:56 sheila : I like that one tgilley!
20:08:58 PeggyG : yes teachers can lose their jobs if they don't
administer the tests
20:09:06 Tammy Bush : Jeremy - is it digitallearningday.org? I just typed in the url and it gave me that
20:09:20 PeggyG : teachers also can't tell kids to tell their
parents to opt them out...
20:09:27 Jeremy M. : Tammy- Oops, yes it is.
20:09:44 Jeremy M. : digitallearningday.org
20:09:50 Lisa Parisi : Sound is on ustream
20:09:53 tgilley : PeggyG maybe we should be telling more parents
to opt out
20:09:55 Tammy Bush : thanks - I'm looking at it now
20:10:30 adinasullivan : Parents can opt-out in California, but
the school is penalized if the percentage taking the test is too low
20:10:48 sheila : @marragem I'm more motivated at the beginning of
a new school year in Sept rather than now in January.
20:10:51 Lisa Parisi : Do you have a lot of kids opting out?
20:11:02 connect2jamie : I guess I don't know what you mean by opt
20:11:13 Jeremy M. : I have to jump ship to make dinner, but
please take a moment to look at digitallearningday.org. You can contact me at
email@example.com or on twitter @MrMacnology. Will be a great day and will
help bring a lot of what we are doing with edtech to the surface. Please
20:11:14 PeggyG : no---that's not allowed either--I had an
experience with that when I was a principal and apparently one of my teachers
told the kids they could have their parents keep them home from the testing and
she got in big trouble with the state.
20:11:19 tgilley : we don't have any opting out in our building
20:11:29 PeggyG : thanks Jeremy-will check it out
20:11:42 mariak :
20:11:49 Jeremy M. : Thanks everyone. Will have to catch the next
20:11:59 PeggyG : right Maria--required to have a certain % of
your students taking the test
20:12:00 tgilley : let's check out this digitallearning.org what's
that all about?
20:12:10 mariak : unitedoptout.com
20:12:14 sheila : Bye Jeremy M! Thanks for stopping by.
20:12:41 connect2jamie : got it.
20:13:17 connect2jamie : I think Steve Hargadon did it for one of
20:13:26 PeggyG : that's true Lisa! parents can keep their kids
home the entire testing week but teachers can't tell them to do that
20:14:05 connect2jamie : LOL--the librarian is testing too, in our
20:14:28 PeggyG : that would make the other teachers mad at you
Lisa--every person in the school gets involved with helping with testing so if
you ask to send your child to another room it imposes on them
20:14:38 PeggyG : exactly Jamie!
20:14:39 mariak : Everyone is involved in testing at our school -
lots of folks are pulled to monitor - art, music , phys ed....
20:15:07 connect2jamie : @maria us too b/c we have sooo many small
group testing situations, etc
20:15:09 PeggyG : Steve actually homeschooled some of his
kids--not sure about all
20:15:12 sheila : Only homeroom teachers are involved in our
20:15:36 PeggyG : so is that your resolution for this year
20:16:05 mariak : Yes, Jamie - it is mostly so we can have small
group testing - more "child friendly" testing - which seems like an
oxymoron for me.
20:16:08 connect2jamie : Every 2-5th gr teacher plus librarian,
counselor, all special ed, etc do testing in our bldg. My library assistant has
even tested before.
20:16:24 tgilley : if all of us are doing so much small group
testing is this really good for kids? Does this make them independent; I
thought our goal as educators were to create independent citizens.
20:16:29 PeggyG : well you can state it postively! :-)
20:16:45 PeggyG : I will engage my students all day every day
except for 45 minutes a day
20:17:07 PeggyG : I'm sure your entire day will be engaging! just
20:17:23 connect2jamie : I'm going to drink more water! That's not
exactly a professional goal, but...
20:17:31 Lisa Parisi :
20:17:59 PeggyG : that's an awesome project Lisa!
20:18:08 Tammy Bush : I would hope that people are starting to
reevaluate the amount of testing we do and decide what is really informing our
teaching/learning for our students - otherwise it is just paper work/ paper
trails fo the sake of testing. Anyway,
I've gotta run but will stop by again ... thanks for welcoming me!
20:18:10 PeggyG : makes me wish I had a class so I could
20:18:23 PeggyG : thanks for coming Tammy
20:18:43 PeggyG : are you going to use the POV videos?
20:18:54 @janwells : Please pass the link to your PLN that might
be interested. Thanks.
20:19:32 PeggyG : definitely Jan! I'll share it in our
Mini-geekfest next week :-)
20:20:15 @janwells : Thanks Peggy......that reminds me I need to
sign up for Sat.
20:20:34 PeggyG : I was wondering about the POV documentary videos
20:20:47 PeggyG : yes please Jan!!! would love to have you share a
20:20:50 Lisa Parisi : I used that site as a resource link, Peggy.
20:21:32 connect2jamie : that's a really motiviating project,
Lisa. I think your kids are going to learn a lot.
20:21:38 PeggyG : that is hugely exciting Sheila!!! I sure wish I
could join you to chat with Dr. Roper!
20:21:58 sheila : http://earthbridges.net/live on Wed Jan 4,
12:30-1pm with Dr. Clyde Roper. Please join us!
20:22:07 tgilley : The POV projects looks good; I'll share with my
20:22:17 PeggyG : I hope you'll be able to record it Sheila!
20:22:34 Lisa Parisi : HEllo Josh
20:22:44 Lisa Parisi : Anyone want to join in the skype call?
20:22:51 sheila : I will be able to record it.
20:23:05 PeggyG : @Maria-you just need a little maple syrup and
dill pickle to get your voice back :-)
20:23:23 PeggyG : that's great Sheila!
20:23:23 connect2jamie : :)
20:23:25 sheila : I have a feeling we will be talking with him
20:24:51 PeggyG : have you seen all of the grade level Pinterest
boards for ideas and materials for your classroom? They have some pretty neat
ideas on them :-)
20:25:25 PeggyG : My kids grew up with Lincoln Logs (and so did I)
20:25:34 @janwells : Participating in Mystery State Skype
project. It's on-going, and students are
excited and movtivated in anticipation of next Mystery call.
20:25:36 marragem : have you got a link for K board, Peggy?
20:25:47 PeggyG : I'll check Amanda
20:25:55 connect2jamie : I LOVED lincoln logs in kindergarten! i
remember the lincoln log center!
20:25:55 Lisa Parisi : I never heard of this, Jan. Sounds like fun.
20:26:00 adinasullivan : they'll pick it up quickly
20:26:07 sheila : We had some but not enough to make much.
20:26:17 @janwells : How do you drop a link in the chat?
20:26:33 marragem : thankyou! I haven't found the grade level
boards, yet...despite living on Pinterest lately
20:26:36 connect2jamie : @maria you have a lot of time to make up
for! You and your kids will have a blast!
20:27:19 sheila : short pieces are for windows ;)
20:27:20 PeggyG : if you just do a search for boards on Pinterest
using Kindergarten you'll see a bunch of them
20:27:29 PeggyG :
20:27:35 Lisa Parisi : Jan, you have to make your chat room float
(see window button on the bottom). Then
drag the link to the chat.
20:27:43 marragem : thanks, Peggy.
20:27:50 tgilley : janwells what is the Myster State Skype
project? Can anyone get involved?
20:28:30 PeggyG : sometimes the chat window won't float--tonight
mine did in Firefox :-)
20:28:48 marragem : Gee, Peggy. It will be days before I come up
for air. There are so many boards!!
20:28:56 PeggyG : once you get your chat window to float then you
can drag the URL into the text window
20:29:15 PeggyG : yes there are tons of them Amanda :-) they'll
keep you busy re-pinning for days!
20:30:13 @janwells : http://mysterystate.wikispaces.com/
20:30:32 @janwells : Anyone and everyone can join......
20:30:54 PeggyG : another great search on Pinterest is
Kindergarten Blogs I Love :-) Lots of great blogs to check out. That's where I
posted Maria's blog
20:31:01 @janwells : My class has had two mystery state calls, and
48 to go!!!
20:31:36 tgilley : I love the idea of Myster State; is it to late
to get involved?
20:31:40 PeggyG : not terrible!!!! dying to share :-)
20:31:54 PeggyG : hahaha Maria!
20:31:55 tgilley : sorry Mystery State
20:32:16 PeggyG : don't worry about the followers--just use it to
select things you want to repin
20:32:17 @janwells : No please join......I'd love to be one of
your first CALLS.
20:32:35 tgilley : thanks, Jan I'm going to check it out closer
and sign up
20:32:38 Lisa Parisi : Jan, thank you so much for that link. I am excited to explore it.
20:32:41 marragem : sorry, Maria. I started that!
20:32:48 Lisa Parisi : I am going to sign up for the mystery skype
20:33:13 @janwells : @tgilley
what grade/age do you teach?
20:33:34 PeggyG : http://kinderkidsfun.blogspot.com/ this blog is
fun! one of her "currently doing" things on her list is "stalking
20:34:06 PeggyG : @Jan-can I be a mystery state call even though I
don't have a class?
20:34:55 PeggyG : there is a fantastic blog roll on the
kinderkidsfun blog for other Kindergarten blogs :-)
20:35:07 @janwells : Absolutely.
20:35:26 tgilley : Done! I'm signed up. I can't wait; I've been looking for a project
20:35:56 @janwells : What grade do you teach? @tgilley
20:36:05 tgilley : Jan, I teach 4th grade
20:36:30 @janwells : Perfect.....not that it had to be 4th
grade. It's open to other grades.
20:36:52 PeggyG : do you have anyone from AZ signed up?
20:37:03 tgilley : we cover US regions; so this is perfect for my
20:37:19 PeggyG : I can use a memory jogger too Sheila!
20:38:42 adinasullivan : Have to go for now, but thanks for the
chat. Lisa, will share your new project with teachers when I go back. Have a great night :-)
20:39:05 tgilley : Is anyone intrested in a US travel buddy? I've
got an idea I've been working on, but need different states or classrooms to
send the travel buddy to.
20:39:11 PeggyG : bye adina
20:39:49 @janwells : Peggy, there is one class signed up, Melissa
Englehard. It's not limited to just one
20:40:13 @janwells : I'd be interested in the Travel Buddy.
20:40:18 marragem : It was a cool inquiry!
20:40:21 PeggyG : @tgilley-could you participate in Civil War
Sallies travel buddy project? She started it when she was in the 6th grade and
she may be an 8th grader now.
20:40:45 Lisa Parisi : Come see my state wiki, @tgilley. http://virtualusa.wikispaces.com/
20:40:58 PeggyG : http://www.civilwarsallie.com/
20:40:59 sheila : @tgilley - Not sure what you mean? Receive and
take it around the state and journal?
20:41:00 Lisa Parisi : Perhaps you can do something with your
travel buddy and the site.
20:42:08 PeggyG : great wiki Lisa!
20:42:15 Lisa Parisi : Thanks Peggy
20:42:37 PeggyG : wikis can be tricky and can be unintentionally
20:43:01 tgilley : I'm familiar with civilwarsallie.com
20:43:14 PeggyG : that's why google forms is sometimes better when
people are adding to resources and then you can let them see the spreadsheet
without editing permissions
20:43:49 PeggyG : they add their content via google forms and view
it on the spreadsheet
20:43:52 PeggyG : right
20:43:53 tgilley : Okay, Lisa.
I have to look at your site; at a glance it looks great.
20:44:19 tgilley : Wow! What resources folks. I'm glad I joined
the chat tonight.
20:44:23 PeggyG : I've just had many bad experiences with multiple
people editing wikis (and they were adults)
20:44:36 PeggyG : one false click and lots can be deleted
20:44:57 PeggyG : and even though you can restore via history if
anything has been added after that you lose it
20:45:27 PeggyG : I'm not talking about spam but accidental
deletion or changing of columns, etc.
20:45:31 tgilley : sheila, yes I'm thinking it would go to
classrooms to visit and students could tell about their state/region
20:46:01 sheila : @tgilley - Ok, I can do that too! NH.
20:46:17 PeggyG : we have lost the most recent additions to a wiki
when we had to revert back
20:46:55 PeggyG : I agree Lisa--require them to join if they are
going to edit
20:46:57 tgilley : That would be fun, Shelia. I'm from Ks.
20:47:01 connect2jamie : yes that's the way I do permissions on
wikis too, lisa.
20:47:37 PeggyG : but you can still require them to join Sheila
20:47:54 PeggyG : it just depends how much time you want to spend
20:48:18 @janwells : @tgilley
Where in KS. I'm in KS, too, just
north of Topeka!
20:48:36 tgilley : Southcenteral close to Wichita
20:48:48 PeggyG : I love your idea Maria!
20:49:15 @janwells : Are you on Plurk? I've seen your name before. Have you been to Podstock?
20:49:28 PeggyG : could you use a Google map and embed photos and
20:49:43 tgilley : Yes, I'm a plurker and have been to Podstock
the last 2 yrs.
20:49:44 PeggyG : you can embed video too
20:50:02 PeggyG : it's pretty easy if you can copy/paste embed
20:50:05 PeggyG : hahahaha
20:50:18 PeggyG : owls, sparrows, robins :-)
20:50:31 PeggyG : there are short video tutorials to teach them
and you can embed that on a wiki
20:50:38 tgilley : I've presented at MACE and ISTE also, Jan. So you've probably seen my name in many
20:50:48 PeggyG : the roadrunner is the AZ state bird :-)
20:51:17 PeggyG : I think a google map would be awesome!! could
easily show birds around the world
20:51:18 @janwells : MACE, too, for me. :)
20:51:52 tgilley : I'll be at MACE this year too; I'm presenting
20:52:23 PeggyG : I'll be at educon 2.4 virtually :-)
20:53:07 PeggyG : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJU6e-mBhBg Nice
video tutorial on embedding video and photos and posting to class site with
20:53:31 PeggyG : Educon is always incredible and the
conversations are so stimulating and enriching!
20:53:34 sheila : The woman with the links - Thanks PeggyG!
20:53:52 marragem : That's how I'm feeling now
20:53:56 PeggyG : http://educonphilly.org/
20:54:30 PeggyG : I know what you mean Lisa!
20:54:42 sheila : A jumpstart - that's what we need Amanda!
20:55:00 PeggyG : you can be stretched so much further when you
are with people who understand and don't require you to defend why it's
20:55:14 marragem : I'm tired of defending
20:55:16 sheila : So true Peggy!
20:55:20 PeggyG : I have a picture of that Lisa :-) Kevin sitting
on the floor with his iPad and everyone playing along
20:55:43 @janwells : Who's talking about Kevin......I haven't
matched voices and names yet.
20:55:56 @janwells : Thanks.
20:56:08 msreneescience : being with and sharing with like minds
motivate me like ISTE and EDUCON I agree with you Lisa
20:56:16 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : Sounds like your "Zone of
20:57:18 connect2jamie : @lisa that's why I need to participate
with my online PLN--I don't have a lot of ppl in my RL that are interested in
this sort of stuff--like all of you are! :) You're my peeps!
20:57:21 PeggyG : we actually used that image in our Classroom 2.0
LIVE show this past summer called Blast from the Past. It's in our Animoto for
our upcoming Reflection Smackdown next Saturday (Jan. 7)
20:57:40 PeggyG : so true Jamie!!!
20:57:54 Lisa Parisi : I love my peeps, too Jamie!!! We need each other. :D
20:58:20 tgilley : I too am greatful for my PLN
20:58:40 connect2jamie : my PLN has changed my brain--again and
20:58:45 PeggyG : conferences like educon aren't rewarding for
people who expect to go and sit and listen to presentations. It's all about
20:59:12 marragem : I'm so glad I have you all!
20:59:26 connect2jamie : me too! New Years hugs all around!
20:59:33 PeggyG : I have been co-hosting Classroom 2.0 LIVE with
Lorna Costantini from Canada for almost 3 years and we have never met in
person. But we chat in Skype every day!
20:59:43 msreneescience : The sharing makes the difference
20:59:56 @janwells : Can you put your Twitter names in the chat
21:00:09 msreneescience : msreneescience
21:00:10 PeggyG : I totally agree! My PLN (all of you) is what
keeps me young :-)
21:00:12 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : ok
21:00:13 PeggyG : @pgeorge
21:00:13 Lisa Parisi : @lparisi
21:00:14 mariak : @mariak
21:00:17 marragem : @marragem
21:00:18 PeggyG : Hi Scott :-)
21:00:22 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : Hi Peggy
21:00:22 connect2jamie : I've worked with Keisa Williams and
REgina Hartley for 2 years too, and I've never met them.
21:00:22 sheila : @sheila_a
21:00:29 msreneescience : @msreneescience
21:00:31 connect2jamie : I'm @connect2jamie
21:00:33 tgilley : That's wonderful, Peggy and Jamie
21:00:35 PeggyG : woo hoo Scoctt!!!!!
21:00:37 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : Yes, just a few papers to
finish. Student teaching done
21:00:46 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : ...and a CPR class
21:00:50 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : I
21:00:51 connect2jamie : Hooray Scott!!
21:00:59 PeggyG : Scott, it was 79 degrees in Phoenix today :-)
come to Phoenix!
21:01:04 marragem : I sacred out of my wits!
21:01:09 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : I'm trying to figure out how to
attend job fairs not associated with my college
21:01:13 marragem : scared, I mean!
21:01:23 @janwells : Thanks to you all! Oh, join us....its great
21:01:26 @janwells : YeS
21:01:45 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : crazy=creative
21:01:58 @janwells : There's a 5th chat, 3rd chat, 6th
chat......we overlap a bit.
21:02:11 PeggyG : I hope you get to do that Lisa!
21:02:24 connect2jamie : It was a good chat tonight all! Get
21:02:26 @janwells : LOL....
21:02:27 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : Good to see you all. Sorry I was late
21:02:35 connect2jamie : Congrats Scott!
21:02:37 PeggyG : what a fun session!! so great to have you all
21:02:42 marragem : that's the day before I start back
21:02:59 Lisa Parisi : Next show is January 16th.
21:03:00 PeggyG : watch out! those acronyms will get you every
21:03:13 Scott Shelhart (@kd9sr) : Thanks, Jamie. I'm starting to search for jobs... should be
all set by fall
21:03:22 PeggyG : conversations can be about anything...
21:03:27 connect2jamie : Hope so! Kids need you!
21:03:41 connect2jamie : Thanks all!
21:03:53 PeggyG : good night everyone! see you on Jan. 16th
21:03:56 marragem : bye everyone. Enjoy the rest of your evening
21:03:59 Lisa Parisi : Bye all.