Alex, Vinnie, and arvind catch up after a few weeks off. We talked about our current projects ranging from stragetic plans to accreditation to iPads to schedules. It was more fun than it sounds, so tune in! We'll be back on Wednesday at 1:30p EST (GMT -5).
Teacher voice is our theme on this episode of TTT recorded on 10.16.13 in the middle of Connected Educators Month http://connectededucators.org/. Raising teacher voice is an ongoing theme on TTT, and we welcomed this opportunity to re-join the conversations that we hosted in May and June, 2013:
TTT#353 Teachers Speaking Uphttp://edtechtalk.com/node/5200 A provocative conversation about Teachers Speaking Up w/@AndreaZellner, @KSchulten, @StevenZemelman, @Ochoajen @MsSandersTHS, @meenoorami, and Pat Delaney
On this episode of TTT we are joined by:
Meenoo Rami Kevin Hodgson Karen Fasimpaur Johanna Paraiso Chandler Sansing Maribeth Whitehouse
Click Read more to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast, and to find links to several of the resources shared during this episode of TTT.
We were moved the NY Times articles and the issues they raise. Many of us teach students similar to Dasani, and this Times series gives us a great opportunity to talk about the issues that students like her present in our classrooms.
This is our third conversation about Dasani and students who face similar challenges, and what it's like to be teachers in schools with students facing the challenges of poverty. Also see:
On this episode of TTT, recorded on 10.9.13 as part of our series of Connected Educator Month http://connectededucators.org shows, we explore why open matters when we share curriculum.
We are joined by:
Greg McVerry Christina Cantrill Johanna Paraiso Karen Fasimpaur Joann Boettcher Sheri Edwards
Here's a Digital Is http://digitalis.nwp.org/ resource on this topic, written by one of our frequent (and always welcomed) guests on TTT, Karen Fasimpaur:
Why does "open" matter?
There is a lot of talk about "open" these days. It's the new black. It's cool and hip, and marketeers are calling their products "open," whether they are or not.
But what does "open" really mean? And why should we care?
For the purposes of this discussion, "open" refers to content that can be remixed, modified, and redistributed by anyone.
There's an endless supply of free content on the Internet. How is open different from everything else that is free? In the United States, any content that is not public domain (by virtue of its age or designation as such by the creator) is copyrighted, whether or not it is indicated as such. Subject to certain excpeptions such as fair use, the copyright owner has exclusive rights to reproduce, prepare derivatives, and distribute the copyrighted work (section 107 of the copyright law).*
Open-licensed content, though, can be reused and redistributed without prior permission.
The most common open licenses are those provided by Creative Commons. An attachment below summarizes the various licenses and gives more info about open resources.
As educators, why should we care about open? Some of the reasons include economics, remixability, and promoting a culture of sharing. We'll explore each of these in the chapters that follow.
Changing the education system is difficult, but tangible.
For the past three months I have focused on integrating social media into the education system and, surprisingly, have found countless administrators, teachers, and social media gurus alike that are passionate about assisting me in my mission.
My social media education mission began with a simple Twitter account and blog on WordPress, yet my ultimate goal is to film a DVD to sell to school administrators that will explain why social media is beneficial in the classroom and how it can be incorporated into the curriculum.
Paige also writes (in an email):
I am really interested in students' responsibility on social media and why they should monitor what they share, as college admissions and future employers alike research you on social media before accepting you into their college/university or allow you to represent their business.
I am also advocating for social media usage in the classroom because it exposes students to countless opportunities unavailable to them in their school district. As an example, without the use of social media and networking, I would not have made a presentation to Howard Rheingold's class at Stanford University.
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