Teachers Teaching Teachers #124 - What does the PBS Newshour, YouTube and Youth Voices have in common? - 10.1.08

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Elizabeth (Lizzy) Berryman, Director of the PBS Teacher Center in Virginia and Chris Sloan, a high school teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah joined us to talk about a collaborative project between YouTube and the PBS News Hour called “Video Your Vote." The purpose of this project is to look at the actual voting process. The project involves Flip Cams for high school teachers (especially ones in battle ground states) that want to have interview the voting age kids in the school or have students interviewing adults about the voting process. Lizzy joined us on the first half of this podcast to and answer some questions about the project.

In the second half of the show we help a teacher new to http://youthvoices.net set up a group and register her 7th graders on Youth Voices.

Do you have students in your classes who are voting for the first time?

The NewsHour and PBS are partnering with YouTube on an exciting new project called “Video Your Vote,” which will look at the health of democracy in America by focusing on issues surrounding voting and attitudes towards voting.  Each class will record and upload 10 short videos about the voting experience, contributing to a special YouTube pool of clips on the topic.

There are a variety of ways the videos can be shot. They could be perspectives from students who will be voting in the election for the first time, interviews with parents, teachers and school staff about their past voting experiences, or interviews with election officials about how they are preparing for the election and what they are expecting. Students could visit a retirement community to speak with elderly voters, or if the school will be a voting station they can talk to whoever is in charge. This project is a work in progress so we are certainly open to your ideas.

There is also a voting day component to the project. The good folks who are soponsoring this project would like students to take the cameras to the polls on Nov. 4 if possible.  This can happen in a variety of ways, but a few possibilities are sending the cameras with students voting for the first time, or accompanying a few students to a polling place to interview people after they vote. There will be a special “How To” video from YouTube that will give guidelines for video taping at the polls.

Please email Lizzy if you are interested in getting involved in this program at [email protected].

Click Read more, below, to see the chat transcript.
20:56:08 Paul Allison: Ready to boogy sooon.
20:58:03 SusanEttenheim: hi everyone
20:58:34 SusanEttenheim: hi everyone
20:58:43 SusanEttenheim: hi darren hi scott
20:58:50 SusanEttenheim: where are you and what do you teach?
20:58:59 SusanEttenheim: hi peggy
20:59:05 Scott Shelhart: hi...on the phone...brb
20:59:14 darrenmurphy: hi
20:59:15 PeggyG: Hi Susan
20:59:40 SusanEttenheim: darren are you there?
20:59:49 PeggyG: have you started the stream yet?
20:59:58 SusanEttenheim: not yet
21:00:04 SusanEttenheim: in a sec
21:00:07 PeggyG: ok-no problem
21:00:15 SusanEttenheim: glad you're here
21:00:45 PeggyG: I'm so excited with what is happening on Youth Voices! Lot of activity!
21:01:11 darrenmurphy: yep
21:01:37 PeggyG: I've been really interested in the conversation about the photos :-)
21:02:43 PeggyG: just curious-why does the ETT stream always start up with the end of the last webcast?
21:03:00 SusanEttenheim: isn't that strange??
21:03:07 PeggyG: yes-I'm hearing the audio now
21:03:14 SusanEttenheim: yikes I think we overlapped with someone again!
21:03:19 SusanEttenheim: ok thanks peggy
21:03:54 SusanEttenheim: hi pam welcome
21:04:06 PeggyG: no overlap--that was the last show that was broadcasted
21:04:14 SusanEttenheim: ahh
21:04:21 SusanEttenheim: pam where and what do you teach?
21:04:47 PeggyG: Hi Lizzy
21:04:51 SusanEttenheim: ahh sorry pam you're on the call now!
21:05:15 PeggyG: the PBS stuff is great-can't wait to hear what you'll highlight tonight :-)
21:05:18 SusanEttenheim: darren and scott welcome! where are you and what do you teach?
21:05:39 SusanEttenheim: yes it sounds interesting doesn't it peggy?
21:05:57 PeggyG: absolutely!
21:06:06 SusanEttenheim: hi scott welcome please introduce yourself!
21:06:17 lizzy: hi peggy
21:06:27 lizzy: sorry i was in another window and i missed your chat
21:06:48 scott shelhart: I'm Scott, a pre-service teacher from NW Indiana.
21:06:50 SusanEttenheim: can't wait to hear your report chris!
21:06:57 SusanEttenheim: welcome scott!
21:07:32 PeggyG: What was your highlight from Google Teacher Academy, Scott?
21:08:10 SusanEttenheim: scott were you there too - in Chicago?
21:09:31 PeggyG: http://www.pbs.org/vote2008/  is this the right link?
21:10:36 PeggyG: that's an exciting approach to use the FlipCams for video your vote :-)
21:10:41 lizzy: yeah
21:10:44 lizzy: i am into that
21:10:52 scott shelhart: no, I'm still in school and working full-time.  Not ready for google class yet...
21:12:03 PeggyG: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/
21:12:07 lizzy: thanks
21:12:10 lizzy: that is it
21:12:20 PeggyG: LOL
21:12:31 PeggyG: open YouTube for a week ?
21:13:05 PeggyG: guess you could always download the YouTube videos to your desktop to share??
21:13:08 Bill O'Neal: HI Chris
21:13:27 PeggyG: is TeacherTube open in NY?
21:13:42 Paul Allison: Yes.
21:13:49 SusanEttenheim: bill is your skype on? do you want to talk?
21:13:56 PeggyG: could the PBS videos be uploaded to TeacherTube?
21:14:08 lizzy: yes, we are looking into that
21:14:11 SusanEttenheim: interesting thought peggy
21:14:12 lizzy: for our video
21:14:21 Bill O'Neal: Tom's awake, but I can try it. Just plugged in this new headset so let me make sure the mike is set to speak..
21:14:31 PeggyG: teachertube is usually more available in districts than youtube
21:14:32 lizzy: but i am not sure about the connection between the youtube project and teacher tube
21:14:33 SusanEttenheim: hi gail! welcome
21:14:48 Gail Desler: Hi Susan and everyone
21:14:56 PeggyG: don't think they're connected--would have to upload to both
21:15:02 lizzy: [email protected]
21:15:30 Gail Desler: Lizzy, it's you.  I already miss you in the TL Network!
21:16:06 PeggyG: so send requests to your email Lizzy if teachers want to get involved with the project and obtain FlipCams?
21:16:42 lizzy: thanks
21:16:46 PeggyG: that should be easy to get teachers at the polls because many schools are polling sites
21:16:49 SusanEttenheim: yikes paul!
21:16:54 Gail Desler: Let me try this again;-)
21:17:01 lizzy: hi gail
21:17:03 SusanEttenheim: uh oh editing to be done on this show :)
21:17:11 LindaN: We do not even have school that day due to the election and polling at our school.
21:17:26 PeggyG: @LindaN-oh no! too bad!
21:17:32 lizzy: that is great
21:17:36 lizzy: send me an email
21:17:44 SusanEttenheim: Paul I say that about the time they can vote they could also be drafted.. depending on how things go!
21:18:18 PeggyG: you want to focus on the real voting and not KidsVoting, right?
21:18:25 SusanEttenheim: wow Linda - what state are you in?
21:18:44 SusanEttenheim: yes peggy
21:19:11 PeggyG: KidsVote often reflects the votes of their parents :-)
21:19:53 lizzy: if you are interested of the program please email me at [email protected]
21:20:01 lizzy: thanks everyone
21:20:01 LindaN: I'm in Pennsylvania
21:20:07 lizzy: battleground
21:20:18 SusanEttenheim: wow we have school even though there is voting in our school
21:20:26 SusanEttenheim: I think it's cool for them to see it
21:21:23 LindaN: I think we have gone security crazy
21:21:38 PeggyG: are there guidelines for the videos? length? questions to ask?
21:22:48 SusanEttenheim: hi adina welcome!
21:22:48 Gail Desler: Hello Adina - I'm a friend of Alice Mercer
21:22:55 SusanEttenheim: where are you and what do you teach?
21:23:06 PeggyG: The videos could also be embedded on a site so you wouldn't have to go to YouTube directly.
21:23:20 adinasullivan: Hi! 3rd grade from San Marcos/San Diego, CA
21:23:27 SusanEttenheim: welcome!
21:23:46 PeggyG: prompts for questions are good :-)
21:24:43 SusanEttenheim: hi scott welcome!
21:24:46 lizzy: For interviewing parents and teacher:  Do you usually vote? Why or why not?  How have your past voting experiences been?  Have you ever run into a problem when voting, or felt pressure to vote one way or another?  Will your job allow you time to go vote? Are there other complications that make it difficult to get to the polls?     
21:24:49 SusanEttenheim: introduce yourself please?
21:24:52 lizzy: just some ideas
21:25:01 PeggyG: there seem to be record numbers of voters who are voting by mail-does this provide an option for that?
21:25:07 scott shelhart: hello again...had to reboot
21:25:17 lizzy: sure interviewing about that would be great!!!!
21:26:03 PeggyG: the interesting thing about voting by mail is that people have decided weeks in advance of voting day about their choices
21:26:33 Gail Desler: Go Pam!
21:26:40 PeggyG: get hip :-) very funny! way to go Pam!
21:27:25 Gail Desler: Intranet - kind of limiting for a website
21:27:47 PeggyG: how are the student posts on Youth Voices being monitored?
21:30:39 SusanEttenheim: by their teachers
21:31:23 PeggyG: do the posts get monitored before posting or after posting?
21:31:37 SusanEttenheim: usually after peggy.. on purpose
21:31:49 SusanEttenheim: we have had virtually no problems
21:32:52 LindaN: I just happened to be looking at Youth Voices this evening (before your tweets about edtechtalk) and was interested in involving my elementary students.
21:33:14 LindaN: \What is the youngest age of students yo have involved?
21:33:17 SusanEttenheim: great! where are you again Lindsa?
21:33:23 SusanEttenheim: sorry Linda
21:33:35 LindaN: Spring City, Pennsylvania
21:33:38 SusanEttenheim: what ages are your students?
21:34:27 LindaN: They are elementary age- i actually work with grades K-6
21:37:04 Bill O'Neal: Okay, Sue. Skype 3.8 is okay . It looks like 4.0 beta is no good for Vista, if anyone asks.
21:37:46 Bill O'Neal: OKay I'm on SUe
21:39:09 Gail Desler: Hi Bill
21:39:24 SusanEttenheim: gail want to add anything to this?
21:39:48 Gail Desler: Not yet.  
21:39:54 SusanEttenheim: :)
21:40:22 Gail Desler: Bob and I are only a few steps ahead of Linda;-)
21:41:23 PeggyG: yes the icon would be important to mention
21:42:30 PeggyG: www.youthplans.wikispaces.com
21:43:19 SusanEttenheim: thanks peggy
21:44:33 LindaN: My students will be working on creating their online presence with avatars next week.
21:44:51 SusanEttenheim: have you registered them linda?
21:44:54 PeggyG: http://youthplans.wikispaces.com/avatars  information about creating avatars/icons
21:45:41 PeggyG: is she logged in?
21:45:42 SusanEttenheim: hi sheila welcome!
21:45:55 sheila: Hi all!
21:46:06 PeggyG: Hi Sheila
21:46:14 sheila: Hey PeggyG!
21:47:34 PeggyG: @LindaN-that's such a great starting place
21:49:14 PeggyG: interesting thought-have a 7th grade group which could expand the student opportunity to communicate with students from other places
21:49:45 SusanEttenheim: it's so great that we can offer this - the new drupal site is very exciting
21:50:26 PeggyG: Yes! this is a great way to get students communicating in safe ways!
21:50:29 LindaN: So, that would be similar to what my students have experienced in a private group with a NING network.
21:50:56 LindaN: They chatted with each other and then we added students from other schools.
21:50:59 PeggyG: Yes LindaN-very similar!
21:51:42 SusanEttenheim: and what happened with that linda?
21:51:43 PeggyG: Do a Jing Paul :-) great visual tutorial
21:51:56 SusanEttenheim: good idea peggy!
21:52:08 SusanEttenheim: peggy - we should give that job to you!!
21:52:16 SusanEttenheim: or some of your students?
21:52:26 PeggyG: I just have a lot of ideas--not a lot of technical skills :-)
21:52:39 LindaN: The Ning was focued on book discussions. The students were able to create and respond to forums in addition to creating their own pages with blogs.
21:52:48 SusanEttenheim: awww you could do it! but don't you have students too?
21:53:04 PeggyG: sorry-no students :-( retired...
21:53:04 LindaN: Many of they found it very engaging and were hopeful to try this again.
21:53:17 SusanEttenheim: great linda!
21:53:49 PeggyG: Yes, Pam, you are off to a great start! Don't give up!
21:55:06 PeggyG: that is such an important point Linda is making about the value of a broader audience for engagement
21:56:09 PeggyG: the student contributions on the photos has been very interesting
21:57:16 PeggyG: the assignments seem to be guiding their photo responses-very helpful
21:58:21 PeggyG: I really liked the assignment that asked them to create a VoiceThread for their photos
21:59:06 Gail Desler: Where are the galleries for photos?
21:59:14 LindaN: So do I just need to send an email to register myself and then I will be able to register my students?
22:00:12 Gail Desler: Oh, I see the Photo Gallery link
22:00:14 PeggyG: pull down menu under Add Content (add assignment)
22:03:09 PeggyG: and I noticed some students asking about posting photos to more than one place--can you talk about that?
22:05:04 PeggyG: photo tips would be really valuable as "information"
22:05:59 PeggyG: great question-can we have folders within the bookmarks?  tags would probably help with that if they know to use a common tag
22:07:22 Gail Desler: I've been cruising through the Photo Gallery - some great images!
22:07:39 PeggyG: I think your VoiceThread assignment sounds great!!
22:07:49 SusanEttenheim: gail please come in and post ! Our students love to get comments from people they don't know!
22:08:28 Gail Desler: I just posted to the sunflower image - I love this image for many reasons
22:08:49 SusanEttenheim: join in - please!
22:09:13 PeggyG: when we participate as an "outsider" do we need to follow the guiding questions or can we just respond to comments by students?
22:09:15 Gail Desler: Taking the photos to VoiceThread should really invite conversations
22:09:41 Pam A: oh, I just figured out how to converse here...duh...that's the perfect word for my feelings right now...I will learn this..
22:10:27 chris sloan: the photographer will be thankful Gail.  She's serious about her work
22:12:23 LindaN: That sounds great!
22:13:30 PeggyG: I like these working sessions! very helpful!
22:13:34 Gail Desler: I'm looking forward to seeing more of her work, Chris.  Please let her know that.
22:13:38 LindaN: Thank you Paul, Susan and all!
22:13:50 Gail Desler: Night all
22:14:24 Pam A: Chris, my classes used Publisher to create web pages...thank you for your help.
22:14:27 PeggyG: very interesting show and projects! Thanks! See you in 2 weeks.
22:14:51 SusanEttenheim: night all see you in two weeks!