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On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, Alicia Blair, a science teacher who lives near the beach in Mississippi, asked us to think of her the next time we pump gasoline into a gas-guzzling automobile. Later in the show her heart went out to an art teacher, April Estep, who lives 20 minutes from the site of Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mining disaster. Casey Daugherty, a co-director of the Ozarks Writing Project, observed, "We'll think of April every time we switch the lights on."
Sandwiched between these ongoing conversations about how to respond to the BP oil spill and similar disasters such as the Big Branch disaster, we talked about how to raise teacher voice and how to push out audio and video on social networks like Twitter.
This summer our guests brought twitter and social networking to and from their local Invitational Summer Institutes of the National Writing Project. Paul Oh leads us in this discussion of how the face-to-face, intense summer work widens when social networks become part of the mix.
Our guests on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers were:
- Alicia Blair, Live Oak Writing Project in Southern Mississippi
- Casey Daugherty @caseydaugherty , Ozarks Writing Project in Missouri- @OzarksWP
- Steve Moore - @SteveJMoore , Greater Kansas City Writing Project - @GKCWP
- April Estep - @MsEstep , Coalfield Writers/Marshall University Writing Project in West Virginia - @MUWP
- Paul Oh - @poh , Program Associate, National Writing Project - @writingproject - @nwpsiteleaders
Learn more from these folks and others on this recent NWP resource page, Tweeting in the Summer Institute and Beyond:
Writing Project teachers have found Twitter to be a serious learning tool. Many sites across the country integrated Twitter into their summer institutes this summer, and teachers have built "personal learning networks"—groups of people who casually join together to communicate and collaborate on common topics—where they discuss serious educational issues.