Welcome to SEEDLINGS! It seems like we have been on hiatus, but we are back. Well, mostly. Alice Barr was unable to be with us for good reasons. She is being honored as a finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year! Listen in to our show as we interview Mike Gorman who is new to the blogging scene and how he has transformed his school by using project based learning and something called an Integrated Solutions Block.
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Welcome to SEEDLINGS! It seems like we have been on hiatus, but we are back. Well, mostly. Alice Barr was unable to be with us for good reasons. She is being honored as a finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year! An update will follow! Go Alice.
Tonight we are joined by Mike Gorman , who is a veteran educator and new to the blogosphere. Listen in as we ask him how he made the leap to being a very active blogger and what it has been like. Mike is a middle school educator and a champion of Project Based Learning. He has some great ideas you will want to bring back to your building.
“Geek of the Week” Links for 2010-03-04 
19:19:50 bobsprankle Hi mike!
19:23:00 cheryloakes~seedlings setting up
19:23:01 mjgormans Hi Bob and Cheryl
19:29:44 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello, just getting sound
19:29:51 bobsprankle hi jane
19:29:54 cheryloakes~seedlings we are good
19:30:29 janeg hello
19:32:35 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello, we are getting rolling!
19:33:48 cheryloakes~seedlings good evening lsmith
19:34:17 cheryloakes~seedlings welcome to Jane and lsmith we are with Mike Gorman tonight
19:47:33 cheryloakes~seedlings hello celiac, sorry I was so engrossed with the speaker, I forgot to welcome you.
19:47:49 cheryloakes~seedlings scratch is free from MIT great programming
19:50:00 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello celiac,
19:50:14 celiac Thanks, sorry I lost audio for a moment .
19:51:55 celiac Found you via Twitter (follower of Cheryl) just trying to soak up anything I can - primary teacher in Melbourne Australia
19:52:09 cheryloakes~seedlings great! hope you enjoy
19:53:25 cheryloakes~seedlings we love you Aussies!
19:53:55 cheryloakes~seedlings John Hopkins University, has a technology program linked to ISTE !
19:54:06 cheryloakes~seedlings evening carol4teach!!!
19:54:14 carolteach4 Hi, all.
19:54:41 bobsprankle hi carol!
19:54:43 cheryloakes~seedlings the John Hopkins program is for teachers!
19:57:09 cheryloakes~seedlings BLC is Building Learning Communities, Alan November, July 2010, Boston.
19:57:30 carolteach4 That's why I'm hooked on these webinars. Having time to talk with fellow educators and get inspiration is so important. Often doesn't happen in schools because everyone is sooooo busy.
19:57:32 cheryloakes~seedlings Educon, is the unconference prior to many conferences.
19:57:52 carolteach4 webcasts
19:58:01 cheryloakes~seedlings Carol, what a great point, these are so inspirational
19:58:37 cheryloakes~seedlings TEAC, Texas,
19:58:59 carolteach4 My district tech coordinator is very responsive to us teachers. He just enabled a new filtering system, and it blocked voice thread right in the middle of a project. I called him and it was unblocked in a matter of minutes.
19:59:31 cheryloakes~seedlings carolteach4, that is great
19:59:38 celiac These webinars are really good for teachers in small schools who need inspiration and discussions not available from other staff
20:00:05 cheryloakes~seedlings absolutely! Celiac, that is what makes this sustainable
20:00:25 carolteach4 You Tube was unblocked, but with the new filtering system, it is blocked for the kids but not for the teachers.
20:02:09 celiac digital citizens ? would they have written a letter and signed it soemone elses name?
20:02:35 cheryloakes~seedlings No, Celiac, it is part of the citizenship talk we have with kids.
20:02:40 carolteach4 If we start teaching ethics - and demanding ethical behavior - from kindegarden on, hopefully there would not be such a problem with unethical behavior.
20:03:01 cheryloakes~seedlings Right, that is what Maria Knee says, start this conversation at a really young age.
20:03:57 carolteach4 In Digital Nation from PBS, they showed schools in China teaching digital ethics - it almost looked like indoctrination, however.
20:04:26 cheryloakes~seedlings Hello Maureen.
20:05:03 Maureen Hi Cheryl I'll be in and out, trying to get a bunch of videos edited tonight
20:05:59 cheryloakes~seedlings http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Yg9wjctRw 
20:06:13 cheryloakes~seedlings Brad Paisley video
20:06:25 carolteach4 This is the hardest thing for me. I love learning, and one link leads to another, and sometimes it is really addictive. I've been trying to wrap my head around this whole issue of fair use and copyright, and one link leads to another, and there are many webcasts discussing this issue, and sometimes I just can't stop.
20:07:07 carolteach4 I can hardly wait to watch it.
20:07:09 cheryloakes~seedlings http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/welcome-to-the-future-dr... 
20:07:39 bobsprankle http://wp.me/pBrsB-7w 
20:07:44 bobsprankle that's the worksheet
20:07:59 carolteach4 I found another link:
20:08:05 carolteach4 http://en.wordpress.com/tag/mjgormans/ 
20:08:15 cheryloakes~seedlings thanks carolteach4
20:09:57 carolteach4 @mj - how did you get that presentation fit into the curriculum? Our teachers say they have no time for extras.
20:10:42 cheryloakes~seedlings carolteach4 do you mean how did he show the video to kids
20:11:26 carolteach4 I can absolutely relate to that. I got so used to my iPhone that I was touching the screen on my hubby's old cell phone and was wondering why nothing was responding.
20:12:20 carolteach4 I also went into one of my social studies teachers's classroom and was poking his screen that was projecting an image. He said, "It won't work, Carolyn. That's a dumb board."
20:12:51 cheryloakes~seedlings carolteach4 funny and sad
20:12:55 carolteach4 @cheryl - I asked where he found the time to get the kids together to show it.
20:13:28 cheryloakes~seedlings he has a block called integrated solutions block
20:13:38 cheryloakes~seedlings for 150 students at a time
20:13:50 carolteach4 Wow! that sounds great!
20:14:24 carolteach4 I'll have to mention that to my principal. I don't think it will fly. Our schedule in the middle school is so tight.
20:15:19 carolteach4 I'm going to NYC tomorrow to attend Celebration of Teaching and Learning. I'll give you my take later on whether I find that as fulfilling as I do these webcasts and webinars.
20:15:45 cheryloakes~seedlings carolteach4 that is great. are you going to live blog it?
20:15:55 carolteach4 I do not know how!
20:16:08 cheryloakes~seedlings oh, check it out, you can do it!
20:17:18 carolteach4 I guess I can edit my blog on my iPhone. I can't edit Google docs, but I think I can edit the blog. I am not going to lug my laptop. It's too cumbersome for me.
20:17:37 janeg great idea Bob, as far as inservice.
20:18:22 celiac So true about not spending money on software - PD is so important
20:18:42 celiac Open source is almost all I use
20:19:07 carolteach4 You know, ISTE sponsors webinars at a cost - usually $50.00 for members - or higher. I cannot see paying for those when you can find just as good from Ed Tech Talk, Classroom 2.0, PBS, etc.
20:19:56 cheryloakes~seedlings that is true, or get a group to purchase so many can view for one price
20:20:06 carolteach4 I agree totally. I would never limit my students to just what I can do.
20:20:55 celiac I love that - "if I had to teach them they would never be better than me" So tru with those open ended softwere etc and much more
20:21:05 cheryloakes~seedlings absolutely
20:21:32 carolteach4 I run an open computer lab every Thursday, and the kids have a great time exploring new software and teaching others.
20:21:50 celiac has anyone used Alice for Storytelling - I think it is like scratch
20:22:23 carolteach4 What is a Scratch board again?
20:22:50 carolteach4 Oh, my gosh. This hour has flown.
20:23:08 celiac why would you use Alice and not Scratch
20:23:32 carolteach4 Interesting.
20:23:42 bobsprankle http://www.meetmeatthecorner.org/ 
20:23:56 cheryloakes~seedlings Celiac, scratch is for younger, but not always. Alice is more middle school.
20:24:09 cheryloakes~seedlings But also college students play with both.
20:24:24 celiac Thanks
20:24:50 cheryloakes~seedlings it is a FREE programming software for anyone to play with programming.
20:25:24 cheryloakes~seedlings http://scratch.mit.edu/ 
20:25:40 cheryloakes~seedlings http://www.alice.org/ 
20:26:38 cheryloakes~seedlings http://www.edutecher.net 
20:27:39 cheryloakes~seedlings http://www.triptico.co.uk/resources/wordMagnets/WordMagnets.html 
20:28:25 carolteach4 I'd like to recommend you watch Ditital Nation and see all the user generated videos:
20:28:30 carolteach4 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/ 
20:29:31 bobsprankle http://www.xmleducation.co.uk/ 
20:29:44 celiac I have used Triptico Magnets - easy and fun
20:30:18 cheryloakes~seedlings Thanks to all of you in the chat room.
20:31:04 lsmith This has been very interesting, love the links being thrown up making it easy to access
20:31:09 celiac Thanks everyone - lunch time Friday here - lots of food for thought and I like the share time of sites at the end
20:31:15 carolteach4 Did yo see my link, Cheryl?
20:31:31 cheryloakes~seedlings yes, !
20:31:41 janeg this has been great. Thanks!
20:32:17 lsmith Have to believe as budgets are cut, this is the professional devl of the future. Teachers need to recognize how easy it is to access
20:32:33 carolteach4 Thanks to all of you.
20:33:19 bobsprankle thanks all!
20:33:30 carolteach4 Oh, maybe I can go to that. I'd love to meet some of you face-to-face. Well, at least I've met Bob.