21st Century Learning #92: Liz B Davis
21st Century Learning #92
Liz B. Davis
January 22, 2009
This week, Liz Davis, joined us to discuss her new job as Tech Director at Belmont Hill School, her goals, and the amazing work that she's doing in and out of school.
2009-01-22 13:04:37 arvind -> - hi matt
2009-01-22 13:04:44 arvind -> - hello "guest" :)
2009-01-22 13:04:51 matt m -> - hey arv et all
2009-01-22 13:05:31 arvind -> - we're doing a little preshow discussing election viewing
2009-01-22 13:06:02 arvind -> - scared the "guest" out
2009-01-22 13:07:50 arvind -> - hi maxmacias
2009-01-22 13:07:56 arvind -> - audio on ustream or edtechtalk A on the right
2009-01-22 13:08:01 arvind -> - we just started
2009-01-22 13:08:11 maxmacias -> - Hi--thanks for the twitter invite!
2009-01-22 13:08:15 maxmacias -> - :-)
2009-01-22 13:08:20 arvind -> - of course! glad to have you. where you here from?
2009-01-22 13:08:30 maxmacias -> - Portland Community college Library
2009-01-22 13:08:35 maxmacias -> - Portland Or.
2009-01-22 13:08:50 arvind -> - awesome! we love librarians!
2009-01-22 13:08:58 matt m -> - tom snyder stuff was always awesome...I have 1 of their posters...
2009-01-22 13:09:10 arvind -> - maybe Liz made it :)
2009-01-22 13:09:17 maxmacias -> - Awesome!
2009-01-22 13:09:59 VinnieVrotny -> - Good afternoon maxmacias and matt m
2009-01-22 13:10:22 maxmacias -> - Hi VinnieV!
2009-01-22 13:10:39 arvind -> - hi mdipaola
2009-01-22 13:10:42 mdipaola -> - 'lo
2009-01-22 13:10:47 arvind -> - audio on edtechtalk a and ustream on the right
2009-01-22 13:11:16 mdipaola -> - thanks.
2009-01-22 13:11:37 maxmacias -> - Thanks--got the audio going!
2009-01-22 13:11:43 arvind -> - great!
2009-01-22 13:12:08 alex.ragone -> - Hey Folks.
2009-01-22 13:12:49 arvind -> - find Liz on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/lizbdavis
2009-01-22 13:13:01 matt m -> - that sounds great, Liz!! Gr8 way to integrate yourself within those depts...
2009-01-22 13:13:15 matt m -> - you'll b able to really model possibilities for the teachers that u work with
2009-01-22 13:14:13 VinnieVrotny -> - Antonio Viva blog - http://antonioviva.com/
2009-01-22 13:14:46 maxmacias -> - I have to run, but I will be back--thanks!
2009-01-22 13:15:05 VinnieVrotny -> - Liz Davis blog - http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/
2009-01-22 13:15:06 matt m -> - schedule is BIG
2009-01-22 13:15:14 matt m -> - how long are your blocks liz?
2009-01-22 13:15:23 matt m -> - my old school was 45 mins
2009-01-22 13:15:47 matt m -> - 45 mins supports old instructional delivery techniques...it does not support projects, student inquiry, etc...
2009-01-22 13:15:49 arvind -> - anyone here have dedicated planning time during the school day
2009-01-22 13:16:24 matt m -> - the schedule really is big in determinning classroom instructional methods...
2009-01-22 13:16:37 VinnieVrotny -> - Facilitated inquiry rather than planning time
2009-01-22 13:16:51 VinnieVrotny -> - Great concept - Tools become essential rather than being special
2009-01-22 13:17:12 matt m -> - but at the same time, I would not want to sit on the committee dedicated to making the new schedule tho...I'd rather have root canal
2009-01-22 13:17:34 VinnieVrotny -> - Matt if you want change but are unwilling to participate in the process...
2009-01-22 13:18:08 matt m -> - vinnie...it is b/c the conversations don't go anywhere...we had a scheduling committee meet 3 years ago only to determing that 45 min blocks were best...
2009-01-22 13:18:26 VinnieVrotny -> - Packer School - Tall Tuesdays - teacher lead inquiry
2009-01-22 13:18:32 matt m -> - it isn't that I'm willing, it is just that democratic processes don't work for obvious things like this...
2009-01-22 13:18:52 arvind -> - and a lot of times the process for review is totally introspective, and no one goes outside to see who's doing it better - particularly INDEPENDENT schools, who value their own ideas over others (generalzing, here)
2009-01-22 13:19:01 VinnieVrotny -> - Be the change you want to see, Matt :)
2009-01-22 13:19:07 arvind -> - hi plennig! audion on edtechtalk A and ustream on teh right
2009-01-22 13:19:19 mdipaola -> - it might need to be self-initiated
2009-01-22 13:19:32 mdipaola -> - but sometimes you gotta force people to try the green eggs and ham
2009-01-22 13:19:48 matt m -> - @vinnie...I don't have to worry about it now with 60 minute blocks and periodic 75 minute stretch blocks...
2009-01-22 13:20:21 arvind -> - National School Reform Faculty http://www.nsrfharmony.org/
2009-01-22 13:20:29 alex.ragone -> - http://www.nsrfharmony.org/faq.html
2009-01-22 13:20:34 plennig -> - got the audio - thanks - multi tasking as usual
2009-01-22 13:21:13 alex.ragone -> - Antonio Viva blog's about social media here: http://antonioviva.com/
2009-01-22 13:21:18 arvind -> - The Myth of Multitasking :) http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/08/21/the-myth-of-multitasking-ho...
2009-01-22 13:21:35 plennig -> - we went from long blocks (60-70 minutes) back to 45! people (mostly language and math teachers) didn't like long blocks
2009-01-22 13:22:26 arvind -> - i don't think it's the blocking so much, as much as not being able to be flexible when needed. Sometimes students don't need the time, sometimes they do. No chance at this possiblity!
2009-01-22 13:22:28 matt m -> - @paige...that was exactly my observation...it usually was math and language that liked the short, 45 minute schedule...
2009-01-22 13:22:57 arvind -> - math projects always take more than 45, but there are so few projects. Many lectures, many exercises done in class
2009-01-22 13:23:05 plennig -> - @matt yes - they wanted more classes in the week for less time per class
2009-01-22 13:23:24 matt m -> - well, gtg
2009-01-22 13:23:32 arvind -> - Liz's blog: http://www.edtechpower.blogspot.com
2009-01-22 13:23:42 arvind -> - see ya matt, thanks for coming
2009-01-22 13:23:45 matt m -> - great show...keep up the good workk and thanks for sharing stuff via your blog, twitter, etc Liz!
2009-01-22 13:23:57 plennig -> - bye matt
2009-01-22 13:24:26 matt m -> - Liz...gotta talk to you about FC->GMAIL...we're in same boat...want to talk migrations strategies when u get chance
2009-01-22 13:25:45 arvind -> - hi briodegaard! audio on edtechtalk a and ustream on the right
2009-01-22 13:26:17 briodegaard -> - Thanks!
2009-01-22 13:27:08 alex.ragone -> - Hmmm. Gaming as a disruption?
2009-01-22 13:27:13 alex.ragone -> - What do you all think?
2009-01-22 13:27:21 VinnieVrotny -> - Gaming more disruptive than virtual classrooms
2009-01-22 13:29:23 arvind -> - Google "Can Wii Learn" for more! http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen...
2009-01-22 13:29:52 arvind -> - Edutopia on using the Wii to learn: http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-wii-gaming-technology-classroom
2009-01-22 13:32:38 arvind -> - hi lori, audio on edtechtalk a or ustream on the right
2009-01-22 13:32:55 lori -> - Thanks. I've been listening.
2009-01-22 13:33:29 VinnieVrotny -> - Equity in the EduBlog-o-sphere
2009-01-22 13:33:36 arvind -> - Liz will be using the World Cafe model: http://www.theworldcafe.com/
2009-01-22 13:35:36 arvind -> - We're discussing Liz's presentation at Educon 2.1: http://educon21.wikispaces.com/
2009-01-22 13:36:43 arvind -> - Building Learning Communities: http://novemberlearning.com/blc/
2009-01-22 13:38:41 plennig -> - oh well gtg - sick kids need me
2009-01-22 13:38:43 arvind -> - thanks for being here everyone!
2009-01-22 13:38:46 alex.ragone -> - Thanks everyone!
2009-01-22 13:38:58 lizbdavis -> - Page are you going to be at Educon?