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Teachers Teaching Teachers #165 - 08.26.09 - Meet Lisa Dick and George Haines: Talking about research and diigo


66:12 minutes (20.65 MB)

On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, we had a conversation about Diigo and annotations with Lisa Dick, Computer Education a teacher Northern Louisiana @tidertechie. I had put out a call for teachers who use Diigo with their students, and Lisa answered that call.

We also talked with George Haines @oline73. George teaches 7th Graders out on Long Island. One of his sites, by the way is a Google Site, so there’s more to talk about there, since I’ve been building a prototype of what I want students to do. Anyway… George and I connected on Twitter because I was wondering about how to keep my up-coming curriculum focused on self-initiated, self-interested, self-sustaining inquiries.

At Youth Voices, we do a lot of work around this question. We’ve borrowed James A. Beane’s beginning point in his Curriculum Integration work. It’s from Beane that we got the idea to have students write “10 self and 10 world questions“  There’s been a lot of — “Well, maybe we need to do this or that instead.” — And I’m open to some of this, but I still find this simple beginning place to be incredibly powerful.

Getting back to George Haines, he had some ideas that he said were too long to put into 140 characters, ideas about how to kick off self-directed projects. So we invited him onto TTT.

In short, we talked about research, annotating resources, sharing them in diigo, and we talked about why we do this self-motivated, “I-search” in the first place… and we’ll be meeting two new teachers. That’s the most wonderful part of this story. I had never met Lisa Dick or George Hines or the others that joined us on this webcast. We hope you enjoy meeting them too.

 

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #164 - 08.19.09 - Connect, Comment and Create at Youth Voices - An Update on Our Drupal Site


64:09 minutes (19.59 MB)

On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, we talk about important changes (improvements, we hope) that we’ve been making to our Drupal site for students, Youth Voices.  We invited teachers who are using Youth Voices this year. Listen to find out what how they are planning to use this social networking site with their students this coming year.

Youth Voices is much more than a web site. It is a community of teachers, working together to concoct a collaborative curriculum that supports our students in peer-to-peer online discussion. Chris Sloan, Paul Allison, and Susan Ettenheim started working together on this project in 2003. As we begin the 2009-2010 school year, we are excited to invite you and many more teachers into this work.

We are in the process of making several important changes to Youth Voices. Here are a couple:

  • Collaborative Curriculum: http://youthvoices.net/curriculum — We’re building it now. Join us!
  • The guides http://youthvoices.net/guides have been updated, organized… and there is more work needed here.
  • There are now three main ways for students to add Discussions to the site - See under Add a Discussion.

There is more! But that’s probably enough for now. Please enjoy this podcast. It's one of our "staff meeting" podcasts where we make public the planning that used to be done in private. If you are interested, we would love to work with you and your students this year. Just join the site, and let us know.

 

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #163 - 08.12.09 - Brian Hughes: The Art of Archiving and Video Production at Teachers College


47:17 minutes (14.66 MB)

Out guest on this week’s Teachers Teaching Teachers is Brian Hughes, Director of Social Media, Teachers College, Columbia University and the Head of Publishing & Design, EdLab | A Research, Design and Development unit at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ron Link and Paul Allison have a conversation with with Brian about two projects that he has helped to design at Teachers College: Pocket Knowledge and After Ed.

Q. What is Pocket Knowledge?
A. PocketKnowledge is an on-line digital archive that allows users to store and retrieve their own personally-authored materials. It also allows users to post comments about all materials within the archive. In addition, PocketKnowledge is home to the Teachers College, Columbia University Gottesman Libraries Archive-an archive containing documents written by scholars such as Edward Thorndike, Paul Monroe and Maxine Greene.Q.
What is After Ed?
After Ed TV is a web-based video channel produced by EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University. New content is published weekly, including news, documentary, and editorial segments.
 
After Ed TV is syndicated – you can get code to put our syndicated player on your website – and available for free. EdLab produces weekly content for After Ed TV, supports collaborative production at Teachers College, and invites submissions. We publish content for students and teachers of all ages who want to better understand the education sector and the changing nature of education.
 


Teachers College, with its research and teacher preparation missions, is a resource of diverse and innovative thinking about education and advancements in the understanding of learning. After Ed’s mission is to organize this knowledge production and bring it to the attention of a new audience attuned to the post-industrial era of education.

Enjoy this podcast with Brian Hughes from Teachers College’s EdLab.

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #162 - 08.05.09 - Making New Connections with VoiceThread


53:59 minutes (17.03 MB)

In this podcast we continue to track some of the developments at VoiceThread with co-founders, Steve Muth and Ben Papell. We also talk with:

  • Gail Desler, Tech Liaision with the Area 3 Wrting Project in Northern California
  • Lee Kolbert, a recently-returned to the clssroom teacher in Boca Raton, Florida.

Lee joined us fresh from her presenting at Alan November's Building Learning Communities conference in Boston. One of her presentations was about VoiceThread. Gail reports on a VoiceThread project that she had done with 4th Grade teacher, Halerin Ferrier, "Letters from the Internment Camps."

Steve and Ben tell us why they have set up this VoiceThread Digital Library, and they describe another inspiring example that can be found there, K-12 art, poetry, and music from Erin Berg:

This is a collaborative VT from three different classes across the United States (2nd graders from Utah, 9th grade English students from Colorado, and 5th-6th grade music composition students from Texas). This VT is an example of the power of collaboration using technology. This encompasses art through words, visuals, and music.

Second graders first completed a piece of artwork, depicting a place they love to visit or imagine visiting. Then, 9th graders used a Wiki to divide up the artwork. They worked on their poetry and attached it as a comment on the VT. Then, the link was sent to a classroom in Texas, where boys worked to compose an original piece of music for each picture using GarageBand. Overall, it took about 2 1/2 months to put together.

 

And if that's not enough Ben and Steve use this webcast to unofficially announce (It's official now.) a partnership with the New York Public Library. Joyce Valenza does a great job of describing some of these new VoiceThread connections in her post: "Voicethread gets even cooler! NYPL, Creative Commons, and more."

 

After all of that, we hope you still have time to listen to the podcast!

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Teachers Teaching Teachers #161 - 07.29.09 - Summer Special: Submitting Your Own Docs Templates, Japan, and Digital Storytelling


37:38 minutes (12.28 MB)

"We squeezed three shows into one," Peggy George said in the chat room toward the end of the webcast. It's a summer special!

At the beginning of this podcast [0:44 - 18:52] Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim talk to three Google managers and engineers about a new Docs feature: being able to upload our own templates. We were joined by:

  • Ronald Ho, a Google Docs Product Manager
  • Michael Thomas and Valerie Blechar, Google Docs Templates Engineers

Next up [18:53 - 29:29] are three people from The East-West School of International Studies (EWSIS), Ben Sherman, Principal. Paul Allison teaches English at EWSIS, and he is joined in the second part of this podcast by his colleague and two students who had just returned from a 10-day visit to Japan which was sponsored by Women Welcome Women World Wide:

  • David Bantz, Japanese Language teacher at EWSIS
  • Martha and Kwaku, Juniors at EWSIS

Finally we find some (although not nearly enough) time [29:30 - 36:21] to talk with Larry Newberger, Tech Liaison for the Ozarks Writing Project (OWP). Larry was excited to report on a 5-day OWP Advanced Institute on Digital Storytelling, "Trachers Traversing the Technology Highway," that he had just finished. Don't miss their teachers' Digital Stories and VoiceThreads.


Find more videos like this on OWP Advanced Institute

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