Seedlings Show 98 -2010-11-11
Hello to show 98 with Kelly Tenkley from Colorado, talking with us about how she stays connected with her students now that she is out of the classroom!
Alice, Bob and Cheryl are all involved in the conversations with Kelly. You will be impressed. Oh, the chat room was on fire with some new folks here checking us out.
The Chat: 19:17:27 cheryloakes~seedlings Just getting ready, brb
19:17:43 bobsprankle me2 brb
19:19:30 bobsprankle back
19:27:36 cheryloakes~seedlings Hi di_chamberlain
19:27:55 cheryloakes~seedlings hello connect2jamie
19:27:59 ktenkely Hi di_chamberlain and connect2jamie
19:28:02 di_chamberlain Hello
19:28:06 connect2jamie Good evening every one!
19:28:25 di_chamberlain This is my first time here
19:28:38 connect2jamie Welcome @di!
19:28:47 cheryloakes~seedlings evening Michael!
19:28:51 ktenkely Hi @Michael Richards and @mslaneeus
19:28:52 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello mslaneeus
19:28:59 Michael Richards Hi Everyone
19:28:59 mslaneeus Hello
19:29:43 Michael Richards Cheryl and Bob, FYI at the JHS the principal used WallWisher to engage his staff at yesterday's staff meeting.
19:29:47 bobsprankle hello all!
19:29:56 cheryloakes~seedlings NICE, go chris Chessie, at WJHS
19:29:56 alicebarr (SEEDlings) Hi everyone!
19:30:03 cheryloakes~seedlings Scott
19:30:13 ktenkely Hi Scott!
19:30:14 Scott Shelhart @kd9sr Hello all
19:30:16 Michael Richards Coming through loud and clear audio
19:30:29 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks for the sound check
19:30:47 connect2jamie Is the ustream going to be up tonite?
19:31:03 cheryloakes~seedlings Just the ETTA no ustream,
19:31:06 Scott Shelhart @kd9sr Is there a direct link to the show? I'll send a tweet
19:31:13 connect2jamie OK!
19:31:20 cheryloakes~seedlings our macs don't have enough power to run ustream and etta
19:31:28 cheryloakes~seedlings hello cbrannon!
19:31:37 connect2jamie link is http://edtechtalk.com/live
19:31:41 cbrannon hello all. sound up yet?
19:31:49 cheryloakes~seedlings scott,
19:31:54 connect2jamie The Ed Tech stream is up.
19:32:00 cheryloakes~seedlings edtechtalk.com/live
19:32:04 cheryloakes~seedlings then ETTA
19:32:04 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @cbrannon Yes click on the EDTechA button
19:32:14 mslaneeus No snow here in British Columbia
19:32:36 Michael Richards Yea Dr. Kohn!!!!!
19:32:42 cheryloakes~seedlings Oh British Columbia was beautiful last Feb for the Olympics
19:32:55 mslaneeus Thanks!
19:33:20 cheryloakes~seedlings The Sea to Skyway drive was breath taking and in a few places I held my breath!
19:33:33 mslaneeus :)
19:33:45 connect2jamie eating ribs while chatting tonite....better not chat for awhile or my Mac will be a mess!
19:34:10 cheryloakes~seedlings Oh, barbque sauce on the white keyboard, yum
19:34:17 connect2jamie ;)
19:35:29 cheryloakes~seedlings starfall.com very powerful resource
19:35:29 bobsprankle hi wild
19:35:37 cheryloakes~seedlings hello wildtrut77
19:35:47 wildtrut77 hi
19:35:55 di_chamberlain Cheryloakes- my hubby said you invited him to join in tonight
19:36:06 di_chamberlain but he is cooking dinner
19:36:13 cheryloakes~seedlings Oh, on his blog, right??
19:36:17 di_chamberlain right
19:36:33 cheryloakes~seedlings Yes, di, this will be a podcast tomorrow, bobsprankle.com or edtechtalk.com/seedlings
19:37:07 cheryloakes~seedlings I often listen the next day and learn tons that I miss while running the show
19:37:48 cheryloakes~seedlings http://www.bookadventure.com/
19:37:48 di_chamberlain Should I be hearing something? All I've heard is "Welcome"
19:38:04 cheryloakes~seedlings http://ilearntechnology.com/ Kelly's blog
19:38:20 cheryloakes~seedlings http://www.readwritethink.org/
19:38:31 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @di_chamberlain Click on the button that says EdTEchA
19:38:32 cheryloakes~seedlings What great resources already.
19:38:50 alicebarr (SEEDlings) You should hear sound through iTunes
19:39:00 di_chamberlain thanks
19:39:06 di_chamberlain got it
19:39:28 cheryloakes~seedlings Welcome Di, to you and your hubby, please share his blog address it is on my other computer.
19:41:34 ktenkely http://edu20.org
19:42:46 ktenkely http://vyew.com
19:42:55 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello wmchamberlain, welcome
19:43:47 cheryloakes~seedlings evening, elawson, how are you?
19:43:52 connect2jamie Welcome wm and di! This is a great place to learn things! Love Seedlings each week! I look forward to it!
19:43:54 elawson great cheryl how are you?
19:44:09 cheryloakes~seedlings Fine, Eric, loving my inclass experiences.
19:44:13 di_chamberlain [email protected]
19:44:16 elawson That's good to hear
19:44:34 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks Di, for sharing the blog of your husband, great blog post today!!!
19:44:57 di_chamberlain sorry- it's attheteachersdesk.blogspot.com
19:45:10 cheryloakes~seedlings Eric, I heard you rocked the ACTEM conference! I was driving Vicki and Angela to the airport.
19:45:21 elawson Thanks!
19:45:30 elawson I posted everything on my web page from the conference
19:45:45 cheryloakes~seedlings Did you send the link to Gary? If not I will.
19:45:52 elawson Ya, it's up on the ACTEM site
19:46:01 cheryloakes~seedlings Excellent, Eric.
19:46:23 cheryloakes~seedlings Hi Wmchamberlain, loved your blog post.
19:46:33 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @Eric my teachers loved your session! Nice job!
19:46:40 elawson Thanks Alice!
19:46:41 wmchamberlain Hi Cheryl, thanks for leaving the comment :)
19:46:52 ktenkely http://dreamsofeducation.wordpress.com
19:47:00 cheryloakes~seedlings You bet , smchamberlain, this really is a great group for that weekly fix!
19:47:11 cheryloakes~seedlings oops wm not cm
19:47:28 elawson I love the blog and the online education for elementary and middle school kids Kelly
19:47:39 ktenkely Thank you @elawson
19:47:49 wmchamberlain I enjoy the online meetings, but have always had to work around @di_chamberlain :)
19:48:16 cheryloakes~seedlings Yes, we all, have that work around. :-)
19:48:26 wmchamberlain BTW you can call me William or Bill (or even Will)
19:48:41 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks, Will.
19:49:01 di_chamberlain Or I could give you a few more names to call him ;)
19:49:14 connect2jamie @di LOL
19:49:19 Scott Shelhart @kd9sr Lots of cool additions to my RSS reader tonight. :D
19:49:22 cheryloakes~seedlings Sure Di, pretty fun to have both of you here.
19:49:38 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks Scott! this is a good hangout.
19:49:50 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @Scott Boy you said it! Good stuff!
19:50:38 Scott Shelhart @kd9sr I dont aslways make the live show, but Seedlings is always on my podcast feed.
19:50:40 cheryloakes~seedlings Absolutely, it is an explosive time.
19:50:50 connect2jamie Wish I were hearing more conversation in my real life about topics that Waiting for Superman brought up....
19:50:52 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks, Scott, we appreciate that.
19:51:22 connect2jamie My online community is all over the topic. Not so much my community IRL
19:51:22 cheryloakes~seedlings Yes, connect2jamie, it means finding good people to chat and reflect.
19:51:43 cbrannon My delicous links are growing. Love it! We are getting ready for EdCampBham down here...some of this stuff is gold. thanks.
19:52:19 cheryloakes~seedlings cbrannon, check out bobsprankle.com and edtechtalk.com we will post the links to our delicious Geek of the week, tomorrow.
19:52:19 wmchamberlain @cbrannon I enjoyed edcampKC, it is great to get to see online friends face to face
19:53:37 mslaneeus Standardizing education a big concern here too.
19:53:42 cbrannon @Will, will do. Thanks!
19:55:14 cheryloakes~seedlings The National TechPlan has goals for us by 2015!!!http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010
19:55:21 connect2jamie So true--Sir Ken Robinson is amazing--and that RSA piece IS brilliant!
19:55:26 connect2jamie Wow!
19:55:41 alicebarr (SEEDlings) I see smoething new each time I watch it
19:55:46 alicebarr (SEEDlings) something
19:56:02 connect2jamie @alice That's what is amazing about him, isn't it?
19:56:02 Michael Richards Sir Ken Robinson rocks. Here is his blog sirkenrobinson.com/skr
19:57:22 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @connect2jamie Yes I think what is so engaging about his work is that it's different every time
19:57:42 connect2jamie I love his brain! :)
19:58:13 alicebarr (SEEDlings) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=player_embedded
19:58:32 alicebarr (SEEDlings) THE RSA video... Now everyone wait or we will lose you!
19:58:56 cheryloakes~seedlings Oh, alice, they can multi-task. :p
19:59:10 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @connect2jamie Read his book with reading group of students this summer. Very cool
19:59:18 mslaneeus Just watched this video at our last staff meeting. Really makes you think. If only....
19:59:32 alicebarr (SEEDlings) :D
19:59:47 mslaneeus LOVED the part where he compares our current education system to a factory.
19:59:58 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @mslaneeus What did the staff think?
20:00:28 elawson Our 21st century team will watch this video on Monday. I can't wait to see what they think.
20:00:29 connect2jamie @alice interesting reading group. Did his message resonate with the kids?
20:00:30 mslaneeus Lots of discussion. The will to change. Our current provincial govt is in some turmoil but keeps screaming assessment so we have worries.
20:00:52 cheryloakes~seedlings Eric, take notes and let us know.
20:00:59 elawson I'll podcast it for you Cheryl
20:01:08 cheryloakes~seedlings YES! a podcast....
20:01:41 mslaneeus @ Alice They talk 21st century learning but are dragging heels.....it will have to be a groundswell......
20:01:51 wmchamberlain There was rock in the 80's? I don't remember that...
20:01:52 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @connect2jamie Yes it did. They are thinking about some possibilities for "other" kinds of learning at our high school. Not sure what it looks like yet, but it really got them thinking.
20:02:44 connect2jamie @alice I love that students were energized by Sir Ken's message. Gives me hope.
20:02:58 cbrannon Family duty calls. Will have to catch up later. Thanks for the great resources, tips and thought provoking material...
20:03:07 cheryloakes~seedlings thanks for stopping cbrannon
20:03:12 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @mslaneeus Yes, tough to get through the assessment challenge
20:03:12 connect2jamie Good night @cbrannon!
20:03:36 alicebarr (SEEDlings) I like that "VALUE in thinking differently"
20:04:34 mslaneeus I think it also has to be aimed at our individual interests\
20:04:46 mslaneeus Find our interest and you find our passion.
20:04:52 di_chamberlain test test test
20:05:06 cheryloakes~seedlings so many gifts , every child, we should celebrate these gifts
20:05:17 alicebarr (SEEDlings) Students want teachers to know about their passion.
20:05:22 mslaneeus Exactly.
20:05:48 cheryloakes~seedlings Yes, Alice, student passion and engagement.
20:07:06 alicebarr (SEEDlings) WE have been having interesting discussions at school becasue college essays are due and they are often about passion
20:07:16 cheryloakes~seedlings how many of your schools have a scripted reading program?
20:07:28 mslaneeus Not ours.
20:07:38 alicebarr (SEEDlings) Too bad kids don't get a chance to express those until senior year sometimes :(
20:07:39 wmchamberlain We have Reading First
20:07:41 connect2jamie Kids' passions--that is what makes my job as a librarian so great! I get a chance to connect my kids with their passions...at least some of the time I do! I try to buy books that feed their passions.
20:07:43 Scott Shelhart @kd9sr curiculum pacing/mapping is mandated in many states :-(
20:08:00 cheryloakes~seedlings thanks for the feedback
20:08:04 connect2jamie And BTW, I'm in an elementary school, so their passions are quite innocent most of the time! LOL!
20:08:10 ktenkely Being a specialist does make it easier to celebrate passions!
20:08:17 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @connect2jamie How wonderful!!!
20:08:40 connect2jamie best job in the building, most days!
20:08:55 cheryloakes~seedlings yes, connect2jamie, how lucky!
20:09:04 alicebarr (SEEDlings) @kelly I agree me too as integrator. We get to talk to kids about "other stuff"
20:09:17 ktenkely It makes such a difference!
20:10:16 connect2jamie Yes--I think "specialized" teachers do have an easier way of working kids' passions into the day. I know it's easier for me now than when I taught Algebra!
20:12:07 mslaneeus Just went to a workshop with Ruth Sutton (from the UK) and she was talking about the subjectivity of standardized tests. Excellent presentation.
20:12:12 di_chamberlain What do you think about students retaking tests they fail?
20:12:39 cheryloakes~seedlings Di, I am in a HS resource room, and we lobby for that and allow for it when we can!!
20:13:39 connect2jamie Our students are allowed a retake on any grade that is below 70%. Very hard for our elem tchrs to fit that into the day. In MS and HS, it's a big problem!
20:14:23 di_chamberlain Mobile County, AL has a new policy saying teachers MUST allow students to retake tests they fail
20:14:31 cheryloakes~seedlings Yes, it is hard to squeeze this into a day, but if a student has a 60, and an F, what purpose do they have to come back again.
20:14:44 cheryloakes~seedlings Wow, Di, that is amazing.
20:14:58 connect2jamie That is SUCH a great analogy! We don't expect every kid to lose their teeth on the same day! I love that! Why are we expecting every kid to learn to read at a standardized level, etc.?
20:15:23 cheryloakes~seedlings Right, connect2jamie. Just like all kids are not born on Sept. 1
20:15:52 mslaneeus @ Jamie Because, as SKR points out, we bunch them according to age. Not individuals.
20:16:16 di_chamberlain http://tinyurl.com/2evzvaf This is the blog
20:16:40 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks, Di, this is the Mobile, AL article, right
20:16:46 di_chamberlain yes
20:16:51 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello Emily!
20:16:53 mslaneeus @ Jamie It's like saying they have an expiration date. You must read by this age or you are not good any longer.
20:17:11 alicebarr (SEEDlings) Wow
20:17:20 alicebarr (SEEDlings) I want to go to this school
20:17:41 cheryloakes~seedlings Twitacad, sounds expansive!
20:18:00 connect2jamie @cheryl Yes--in TX we've had a big uproar about failing grades. Our district, and several n the Houston area lobbied the state gov b/c we have always made the lowest grading period grade possible be a 50%. If a kid got a 30% as avg one rpt card, there's very little way he/she could ever make high enough grades to pass the semester. State didn't like it. We lost the battle this fall. We must put the "true" grade. Little reason for kids to keep trying.
20:18:27 alicebarr (SEEDlings) Oh that is so amazing! So cool
20:18:47 cheryloakes~seedlings Oh, connect2jamie, how sad keep them in a box.:-(
20:18:56 alicebarr (SEEDlings) OOps I was talking about Twitacad
20:19:38 connect2jamie @cheryl Yes, our superintendent really went to bat for kids--along with several others in the Houston area. Very sad that they lost.
20:20:06 wmchamberlain What about shared experiences/history/curriculum. Isn't it important for society that we have some things in common?
20:20:32 connect2jamie @mslaneeus expiration date--and they're only FIVE!!!
20:20:52 di_chamberlain When did passing a test become more important than learning?
20:21:06 mslaneeus When politicians became involved..
20:21:19 di_chamberlain Can they pass the test?
20:21:22 connect2jamie So sad, but it did, @di. Hopefully it will change before the end of my career!
20:21:34 mslaneeus @ Di.....not a chance!
20:22:10 wmchamberlain Similar curriculum but using universal design principles?
20:22:19 connect2jamie Exactly! When politicians got involved! And sadly, many of thost politicians were Texans......sorry guys! ;)
20:22:37 elawson That would be great!
20:22:59 cheryloakes~seedlings I agree , Eric.
20:22:59 bobsprankle http://wiggio.com/
20:23:01 connect2jamie The dogs have let us down?
20:23:02 di_chamberlain Maybe they should be able to consistantly improve their scores
20:23:16 cheryloakes~seedlings Di, I agree, continuous improvement.
20:23:33 bobsprankle http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/index.htm
20:24:25 bobsprankle http://edupad.com/
20:26:37 connect2jamie Ahh!! The dogs! :D
20:27:13 connect2jamie What is that one?
20:27:22 connect2jamie I'd love an invite!
20:27:26 elawson me three
20:27:33 bobsprankle http://www.qwiki.com/
20:27:50 alicebarr (SEEDlings) http://www.rockmelt.com/
20:28:15 connect2jamie Wow! What a lot of great links tonight! This is why I LOVE seedlings!!
20:28:19 bobsprankle http://www.wordnik.com/
20:28:24 cheryloakes~seedlings Awesome links I agree!!
20:30:54 bobsprankle http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundnote/id364789577?mt=8
20:31:35 ktenkely http://ipadcurriculum.com
20:32:34 alicebarr (SEEDlings) http://www.learner.org/courses/physics/index.html
20:32:57 Michael Richards You are welcome Cheryl
20:33:08 elawson Didn't you win that iPad at ACTEM Michael?
20:33:28 alicebarr (SEEDlings) http://www.globaleducationconference.com/
20:33:30 Michael Richards Yes I did.
20:33:34 elawson Very nice!
20:34:14 wmchamberlain Don't forget about Dragon Dictation for the ipad
20:34:28 wmchamberlain I would put the link, but Firefox is not playing nice
20:34:30 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks Will, yes Dragon Dictation , is it still free?
20:34:48 wmchamberlain Cheryl, yes it is free.
20:34:56 cheryloakes~seedlings Will, you get the URL in a browser, then drag the link from the browser to the chat
20:35:06 connect2jamie Wow!
20:35:31 connect2jamie I will definitely vote for your kids!! :D Leverage the network!
20:35:32 wmchamberlain http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dragon-dictation/id341446764?mt=8 Dragon Dictation
20:35:40 cheryloakes~seedlings Our guest next week!! Larry Ferlazzo,
20:35:41 Michael Richards Will, isn't there a limit to the amount of text you can get out of Dictation?
20:35:44 wmchamberlain Thanks, Cheryl
20:35:47 cheryloakes~seedlings The chat, room rocks.
20:36:01 connect2jamie This has been a great session tonight!!
20:36:04 bobsprankle Thanks all! goodnight!
20:36:08 connect2jamie Thanks all!
20:36:09 mslaneeus Fantastic everyone. Thanks for all the info.
20:36:13 alicebarr (SEEDlings) Thanks!
20:36:13 di_chamberlain I enjoyed listening in.
20:36:15 elawson I agree! Invite Kelly back for round two
20:36:17 Michael Richards Thanks everyone
20:36:21 connect2jamie Night!