Overview and Mission
Edtechtalk is a community of people interested in the use of technology to improve teaching and learning at all levels of education throughout the world. As a Worldbridges community, it embraces the values of collaboration and inclusiveness.
The community fosters the development of networks of educators who come together to collaborate, debate policies and practices, and support one another in their professional and personal use of educational technology.
The primary activity of the community is the production of a number of live, interactive webcasts. These programs cover a wide range of topics relating to educational technology. Shows are typically streamed live, and listeners can interact with one another and the show hosts through a text chat. Recordings of the shows are released as podcasts.
Participation and Membership
As an inclusive community, EdTechTalk does not discourage participation on the basis of age, race, gender, political views, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or nationality. Participation in the community for people with disabilities is encouraged and facilitated to the extent practical.
A "member" of Edtechtalk is a person who contributes to the community in some way. This could include active participation in show chats, contribution to forums on the EdTechTalk web site, or participation in webcasts or other activities. A "show host" is a person who participates in the planning, production, delivery, and promotion of one or more recurring EdTechTalk shows. A "show producer" is the person responsible for the oversight of a recurring show. In most cases, the producer is also a show host. There is one show producer for each show.
Participation in the community is encouraged for anyone who has an interest in educational technology. Students who are under the age of majority in their respective countries should participate under the supervision and direction of their teachers or parents. Participation may take many forms, from simply listening to shows produced by the community to more actively working to produce and distribute content for the network.
Community Participation Standards
To maintain the positive, collaborative, inclusive culture of the community, members are expected to follow certain community standards, which govern their participation:
Use of Shared Resources
Community members are encouraged to make use of community resources for activities that further the mission of the community. Show producers and hosts are eligible to use the web site, streaming tools, and chat room during the scheduled times for their shows.
The use of "push" technologies, such as the newsletter/mailing list, Twitter account, and other technologies that send out information to subscribers should be used only to promote EdTechTalk events. The use of these technologies to promote personal events is inappropriate, even if those events may be of interest to the EdTechTalk community.
While they're all part of the same network, each EdTechTalk show is independently produced. Show producers, in collaboration with show hosts, are responsible for planning the shows, identifying and inviting guests, determining the topics to be addressed, conducting interviews and discussions, streaming the show and managing the chat room, and posting the archived audio along with any related resources.
The producer of the show is ultimately responsible for the production of the show. Unless otherwise agreed, this person holds the rights to the show name and format. The responsibility for the content of each show resides with that show's producer and hosts.
Some EdTechTalk shows are tied so closely to the EdTechTalk community, either in name or inidentity, that they should not be controlled by a single contentproducer. Rather, they are owned by the community and overseen by the producer, in conjunction with the show hosts. These arrangements are made between the EdTechTalk Governing Board and the producer.
People interested in starting new shows must have a solid understanding of the technical aspects of live interactive webcasting. They are strongly encouraged to participate in the Webcast Academy, either as participants or session leaders. They must also be willing to fully participate in the community by helping others and "paying it forward" when appropriate.
Prospective show producers should submit a proposal to the Governing Board  which addresses the "Big Six Questions":
The Governing Board  will make a final determination on whether to accept the proposal. This decision will be based on a number of factors, including the viability of the proposal, the degree to which it helps to further EdTechTalk's mission, the likelihood that the hosts will fit in with the community, and the ability of the community to support the show. The governance board may solicit input from others in the community before making a decision. When approving a new show, the governance board may add conditions to the approval as deemed necessary by the board. The Worldbridges Governing Board shall have veto power on any new show proposal.
Sometimes, shows on EdTechTalk lose their viability. The hosts may move on to pursue other interests. There may be disagreements among show hosts that lead to host changes. The show may not be groundbreaking enough to sustain an audience. There are many reasons why changes may take place in EdTechTalk shows.
In the event that there are multiple hosts on a show, and one or more of those hosts leaves the show, the rights to the show name and format are retained by the designated show producer.
If all of the hosts of a show decide to disband and discontinue producing the show, the producer of the show may offer its name and format to the EdTechTalk community. If the community finds volunteers who are willing to continue the show, a new producer shall be designated, and the show will continue with the new hosts. In the event that no one is willing to continue the show, the rights to the show remain with the original producer.
In the event that a show goes one year without a new episode, it will be considered to be "faded" by the community. The governance board may choose to remove the show from the lineup of EdTechTalk shows, and/or make the show name and format available to others in the community. Reasonable attempts will be made to contact the last known producers of the show after nine months of inactivity to determine whether they plan to continue the show. Ideally, shows will not fade, but will instead be terminated when they can no longer be produced by their hosts. The rights to faded shows remain with EdTechTalk, and may be assigned to different hosts if community members are interested in restarting the show.
Content Use and Copyright
In the spirit of collaboration and openness, all content produced by the EdTechTalk community should be freely available. Individual content creators may wish to reserve some rights to their work, but at the very least, all content should be released with at a Creative Commons attribution, non-commerical, share-alike license. Content producers are strongly encouraged to allow commercial use, because such use may allow some institutions to benefit from the resources who would otherwise be prohibited from using it.
This includes, but is not limited to, chat transcripts, web site content, discussion forums, online comments, and audio and video programs. Participants in the community agree to the EdTechTalk community's non-exclusive use of their contributed content in this way in perpetuity, for which no remuneration shall be provided.
Violation of Terms
EdTechTalk community members are expected to abide by the standards developed and instituted by the community. The Governing Board shall be responsible for enforcement of these standards. Problems with community members' actions or behavior on the network should be referred to the Governing Board, which will take any neccessary action.
These actions may include warnings to the offenders, a suggested "cooling-off period" in which the offender is asked not to participate in the community for a set amount of time, or technological measures to prevent participation in the community and access to its resources. Community members are strongly encouraged to work out their differences long before this point is reached.
Site Design & Functionality
Moodle, Drupal, Elgg
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Agenda for March 16
Agenda for March 1 Meeting (please feel free to add or modify items)
Agenda for Feb. 22 Meeting (please feel free to add or modify items)
Agenda for Feb. 15 Meeting (please feel free to add or modify items)
Copyright / Licensing:
Acceptable / Desired Content
Sample rate: 22 or 44khz (required for audio posted with audio module)
File names: ShowCodeEpisode#-yyyy-mm-dd.mp3 (i.e. EdTechTalk75-2006-12-18.mp3 , Teachers38-2007-01-31.mp3)
ID3 Tags: Include at least Show Title, License, URL
Streaming: If possible stream hi bitrate (64kbs) to EdTechTalk A, and lo bitrate (24kbs) to EdTechTalk B. If bandwidth is limited, only stream to EdTechTalk A.
Posting: Post as audio node.
Tips & Tricks
How does an ETT show become and ETT show.
- CC license
- pay it forward
- pushing boundaries, active learners
Screencasts of Process:
To Do list
- Show application form/process
- participation guide and screencast (see edtechtalk.com/listen  (added by alex)
- Standardize newsletter sending and/or weekly audio announcements
- Consider possibilities for collaborative presentation at Flynn Conf
- Assign Comment Moderation Task