Teachers Teaching Teachers #140 - Looking to the Future with Sheri Edwards and Matt Montagne - 02.18.09

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Sheri Edwards and Matt Montagne joined Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim on this podcast.

Sheri has been teaching for decades at the Nespelem School, a public school located on the Colville Indian Reservation in Nespelem in the state of Washington, USA. They have 139 students in grades preschool through grade eight.

Sheri is involved in so much that her remarks in this podcast can only be considered an brief introduction to the rich resource that can be found in her work.

We are delighted that some of her students have begun to publish in Youth Voices. For example, west31 writes: "I think wrestling is very competitive and fun because you get to flop people around, show your skills an quickness. Also you don't always use your strength for wrestling, you use smarts against your opponents.

This is why I think wrestling is fun and competitive.  What do like about wrestling?  What techniques do you use?" Wrestling is fun and Competitive.

Listen to the podcast, and consider joining us as we journey together in collaborative, digital publishing.

Matt Montagne also join us to tell us more about Earthcast 09, which will be a 24 hour live webcastahon on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009. Matt told us about other projects as well, check out the chat notes, below, to see links to these project as well, including a student webcast the he has been nurturing: Gator Radio Experience

Both Matt and Sheri left us wanting to know more.


Click Read more to see a transcript of a chat that was happening during the webcast.


 20:58:53 Paul Allison: http://earthbridges.net/?q=earthcast09
20:59:05 matt montagne: hi y'all!
20:59:57 Sheri: Hello from the coulee
21:01:16 matt montagne: yeah for the left coast!!!
21:01:21 matt montagne: TTT left coast edition!!
21:01:47 Lorna: Matt is a little loud
21:02:06 matt montagne: Hey Lorna...I'm always a bit loud :-)
21:02:15 Lorna: yes we know that matt
21:02:20 matt montagne: Hey Dave...Hey Cal...
21:03:14 Lorna: what is on the menu for the evening?
21:03:21 matt montagne: hey there tjtech...we're going to get going in a few minutes...
21:03:31 tjtech: no problem
21:04:43 matt montagne: sorry about tech probs
21:04:47 SusanEttenheim: hey everyone - just restarting skype
21:04:50 matt montagne: we'll get going here in a moment...
21:04:57 matt montagne: thanks for sticking with us...
21:05:37 tjtech: Good stuff is always worth waiting for!
21:06:23 kapil: hi this is kapil from india,its 7:30 am here
21:06:28 SusanEttenheim: hi all how is our sound now?
21:06:32 Paul Allison: We'll be right with you.
21:06:35 SusanEttenheim: hi kapil welcome!
21:06:37 kapil: sound is great
21:06:38 tjtech: great
21:06:40 Paul Allison: http://earthbridges.net/?q=earthcast09
21:06:43 Lorna: Hi Kapil  good morning
21:06:47 SusanEttenheim: matt is your skypw restarted?
21:06:51 Paul Allison: http://whatelse.pbwiki.com/
21:07:03 matt montagne: Hey there Kapil
21:07:11 matt montagne: susan...use, my skype is up and running
21:07:13 kapil: hi matt
21:07:13 Lorna: beautiful web site
21:07:53 SusanEttenheim: hi everyone - can you hear us?
21:08:04 tjtech: Sounds good
21:08:15 SusanEttenheim: thanks tjtech
21:08:22 SusanEttenheim: weird skype gremlins
21:09:14 SusanEttenheim: hi jackie welcome back!
21:09:23 SusanEttenheim: kapil - are you a teacher?
21:09:26 SusanEttenheim: welcome!
21:09:44 jackiegerstein: Hi Susan
21:10:04 SusanEttenheim: tjtech and everyone - please introduce yourself! where and what do you teach?
21:10:19 SusanEttenheim: I'm in high school - NYC
21:10:35 tjtech: District tech coordinator - Kansas
21:10:48 kapil: hi Susan, no i am a software developer in my day job and edtech enthusiast as my hobby and passion
21:11:04 SusanEttenheim: welcome!
21:11:10 SusanEttenheim: how did you find us?
21:11:22 tjtech: No such thing as "just a teacher" lol
21:11:26 Paul Allison: http://whatelse.pbwiki.com/
21:11:33 Sheri: Colville
21:11:39 Sheri: Nespelem
21:11:49 Paul Allison: http://msedwards.pbwiki.com/
21:11:50 SusanEttenheim: hi maureen welcome!
21:11:53 kapil: i am a long time listener of edtechtalk ....just want to attend it LIVE
21:11:58 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:12:16 SusanEttenheim: so glad you're here! what part interests you?
21:12:18 matt montagne: @tjtech...I agree with you...definitely no thing as "Just a teacher" at all!
21:12:43 Maureen: Hi Susan-from snowy western Mass- teach science and computer
21:13:06 SusanEttenheim: what ages? welcome! - I'm actually near Springfield tonight
21:13:11 matt montagne: wow, what a wonderful experience and skill set Sherie has!
21:13:49 tjtech: The best way to learn
21:14:00 Maureen: @Susan gr 1-3 science and gr 6-9 computer. It wasn't too bad til I got east of Windsor tonight- nasty road coming home on 9.
21:14:00 matt montagne: Kudos to Sherie for contributing 24 years to her district!
21:14:35 SusanEttenheim: yes I bet Maureen we got home just as it was getting bad... hope it starts raining soon
21:15:20 Maureen: @ Susan- no rain, no ice please.. if it must snow, give me a snow day tomorrow- not yucky driving.
21:15:25 Paul Allison: http://middleschoolblog.blogspot.com/
21:15:28 matt montagne: Small school environments, to me, have some real advatages as far as relationship building
21:15:36 Paul Allison: http://msedwards.pbwiki.com/
21:15:59 Paul Allison: http://whatelse.pbwiki.com/
21:16:25 SusanEttenheim: maureen how big is your school?
21:16:49 SusanEttenheim: kapil - what size town or city are you in?
21:16:50 Maureen: @ Susan < 200 preK-9.
21:16:56 SusanEttenheim: hi tsuther welcome!
21:17:00 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:17:02 matt montagne: Hey there tsuther...welcome to Teachers Teaching Teachers...
21:17:12 tsuther: thanks!
21:17:21 matt montagne: talking to Sherie Edwards, a teacher from a small school in Washington
21:18:01 SusanEttenheim: we're so excited when a new teacher and his/her students start working in Youth Voices - what a nice way to meet a peer!
21:18:17 tsuther: small 6-8 building in MI
21:18:50 kapil: i am in New Delhi, capital of india , with population of  11,954,217
21:19:05 kapil: as of 2007
21:19:07 SusanEttenheim: are you in the city or an outlaying area?
21:19:40 matt montagne: Kapil, I was thinking, perhaps we could get you to somehow join the earthcast live via cell phone if your bandwidth is too wonky
21:19:42 Maureen: @kapil Do you teach at an international school?
21:19:56 SusanEttenheim: kapil just as sheri and her students joined in working in Youth Voices - we would welcome some students in India. Do you know any ways for us to invite them?
21:20:55 kapil: @matt i have upgraded my bandwidth , so skype should work good. or i will use my office internet which is 2 mbps
21:21:08 SusanEttenheim: what kinds of comments/responses would sheri be looking for?
21:21:34 SusanEttenheim: kapil do you know any high schools there?
21:21:39 kapil: @maureen no i am just an enthusiastic edtech guy with my day job as software developer
21:21:54 matt montagne: @Kapil...that would be great...would b quite interesting to hear of the environmental challenges of such a large city
21:22:00 kapil: @susan not much but i would like to find some
21:22:18 SusanEttenheim: kapil how did you get interested in education?
21:23:56 SusanEttenheim: lol I was just trying to do the same thing..
21:24:04 SusanEttenheim: follow their comments
21:24:21 kapil: @susan 20% of schools in india just have one teacher in the entire school and they usually are under-trained with no lesson plans, i want to help them find some supplementary material if they have Internet
21:24:37 SusanEttenheim: how interesting!
21:24:47 SusanEttenheim: where did you go to school?
21:26:04 matt montagne: Wow, that is really cool regarding how Sherie is going to introduce her students to the world of photography....she is doing it by connecting her kids to someone who can help her more than she can...nice!
21:27:08 kapil: it will be great if somebody can share sheri's wiki again in  chat room
21:27:21 Paul Allison: http://whatelse.pbwiki.com/
21:27:21 matt montagne: @Kapil...we'll get that...hold up
21:27:28 Paul Allison: http://msedwards.pbwiki.com/
21:29:54 SusanEttenheim: kapil you could even come in and add some pictures by a school near you
21:30:13 SusanEttenheim: Youth Voices>Digital Photography Group
21:30:35 kapil: i will do that.....
21:31:35 SusanEttenheim: I wonder how we could find a school in New Delhi where students can get online and where they speak English?
21:32:10 SusanEttenheim: hi lorna welcome! please introduce yourself!
21:32:44 Lorna: Hi Susan I am Matt's shadow
21:33:22 Paul Allison: http://earthbridges.net/?q=earthcast09
21:33:27 SusanEttenheim: lol Lorna but for everyone else... where and what do you teach?
21:33:54 Lorna: St Catharines Ontario Canada
21:34:05 SusanEttenheim: what grades lorna?
21:34:09 Lorna: teaching teachers to work with parents
21:34:14 kapil: @susan i think most private schools in delhi have internet and can speak english, i think i will find atleast one
21:34:28 SusanEttenheim: april 22
21:34:43 kapil: let me add that to my task list
21:34:58 SusanEttenheim: I would love my 14-17 yr olds to be able to connect with some similar students in India!
21:35:27 SusanEttenheim: kapil- all you need to do is help us with a few introductions and we'll be pleased to help the teachers there
21:35:33 kapil: http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/  is the wiki for earthcast
21:36:04 SusanEttenheim: hi james welcome!
21:36:12 SusanEttenheim: please introduce yourself!
21:36:13 kapil: @susan - great , let me try my best to find some schools here
21:36:21 SusanEttenheim: hi durff welcome!!
21:36:25 mrsdurff: hi!
21:36:34 mrsdurff: gotta hear matt!
21:36:46 SusanEttenheim: matt is talking about the earhcast project april 22
21:36:55 mrsdurff: ich meiss
21:37:01 mrsdurff: wiess
21:37:06 mrsdurff: mein ich
21:37:19 SusanEttenheim: durff you on vacation this week?
21:37:26 mrsdurff: no hablo espanol
21:37:32 mrsdurff: nope
21:37:41 SusanEttenheim: ohh sorry
21:37:46 SusanEttenheim: ;)
21:37:57 SusanEttenheim: welcome back tjtech
21:38:13 tjtech: Sorry :-(
21:38:28 SusanEttenheim: what happened? glad you're back!
21:38:29 tjtech: Click the wrong tab
21:38:39 SusanEttenheim: :(
21:38:52 mrsdurff: then paul - take an hour!
21:38:54 SusanEttenheim: glad you're back :()
21:39:04 SusanEttenheim: yes yes!
21:39:04 mrsdurff: it's elementary is
21:39:13 SusanEttenheim: when durff?
21:39:14 mrsdurff: dare you
21:39:28 mrsdurff: beats me jose put us on the calendar
21:39:35 SusanEttenheim: no need ... hey anything matt does will be great!
21:40:17 SusanEttenheim: ugh this is tooo late to be awake on a vacation night... lol
21:40:43 James Sigler: Hi everybody.  hi kapil
21:40:47 SusanEttenheim: ok we're going to get involved.. we do a big earth day thing at our school
21:40:57 kapil: hi James
21:40:58 SusanEttenheim: but at our school - need to get outside of school!
21:41:03 SusanEttenheim: hi nancy welcome!
21:41:11 SusanEttenheim: where and what do you teach?
21:41:28 SusanEttenheim: hooory for Jason!
21:41:37 mrsdurff: this one? http://earthbridges.net/
21:41:41 kapil: http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Ways+to+Participate
21:41:51 SusanEttenheim: thank you kapil!
21:41:55 Nancy: Tech and communications, grad level
21:41:58 James Sigler: I'm going to try to have my 3rd graders do something for Earthcast.
21:42:24 mrsdurff: sign up here for times http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day+2009
21:42:30 James Sigler: It's difficult since it is during testing week
21:42:31 SusanEttenheim: how did you find us nancy?
21:42:55 James Sigler: video was great
21:42:58 mrsdurff: ah yes kapil is here - excellent
21:43:29 SusanEttenheim: who listens matt? from where is it broadcast?
21:44:45 Paul Allison: http://gatorradio.blogspot.com/
21:45:22 mrsdurff: i'm going for coffee
21:45:44 SusanEttenheim: and a little "something" to go with it?
21:45:47 Lorna: Matt does a great job with his students
21:45:53 Lorna: they have a wonderful show
21:46:06 SusanEttenheim: I have so many questions for Matt-- who listens and when?
21:46:17 SusanEttenheim: do they take live calls?
21:48:22 matt montagne: Hey susan...we do take live calls...we use "hidef conferecing" and we open the lines up near the end of the show for listerners to call in
21:48:33 mrsdurff: yes susan
21:48:38 matt montagne: we use ustream as our broadcast space and lightly password protect it...
21:48:49 SusanEttenheim: ahh ustream...
21:48:55 mrsdurff: the students on gator radio do
21:48:58 SusanEttenheim: what kind of audience do you get?
21:49:01 matt montagne: I give out the password to anyne in our network woh wants it...
21:49:09 matt montagne: mrsdurff was on it too!
21:49:13 SusanEttenheim: you need the password for what?
21:49:21 mrsdurff: they get weirdos like me
21:49:43 matt montagne: @susan...you need the password to listen live to the gator radio broadcast...
21:49:51 SusanEttenheim: ahh
21:49:56 matt montagne: @durff...not really...that was fun having you on the show...
21:50:06 SusanEttenheim: ok we'll go to the schedule and see if we can make a match!
21:50:10 mrsdurff: i like being different
21:50:17 James Sigler: Gator radio?
21:50:22 matt montagne: @susan...your students can join in via cell phone as well...
21:50:25 SusanEttenheim: matt do you have them listen to npr pieces?
21:50:56 SusanEttenheim: matt please summarize for james?
21:50:59 James Sigler: I love to listen to NPR
21:51:03 matt montagne: @susan...I would like them to do more of that, but it has been hard to keep them on track as they are quite busy...
21:51:21 mrsdurff: yes sign up! http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day+2009
21:51:26 SusanEttenheim: what inspires and directs them?
21:51:49 matt montagne: Hey James...we were just talking a bit about the Earthcast...and I got into talking a bit about a live student centered radio show project that I help out with called "Gator Radio"
21:52:06 mrsdurff: two periods of 8th grade? oi  veh!
21:52:42 SusanEttenheim: matt what do you need?
21:53:03 SusanEttenheim: what can we look for to support the event.. and what do you not need more of??
21:53:19 James Sigler: @Matt radio or stream?
21:53:29 SusanEttenheim: eath event
21:53:35 SusanEttenheim: earth
21:53:52 mrsdurff: Lindsea http://lindseak.wordpress.com/
21:56:29 James Sigler: It would be nice to grow a collaborative student project around earthbridges so students particpate more actively
21:57:01 mrsdurff: kids in our school heard last year's broadcast and have most parents using cloth bags at the grocery store - small but it is something
21:57:01 Sheri: Conversation with kids puts in their mind to keep it serious and active for them as they take charge of the world
21:57:04 tjtech: How does it lead to change with no voices?
21:57:43 mrsdurff: this sun
21:58:04 SusanEttenheim: what time durff?
21:58:12 mrsdurff: 10am
21:58:18 James Sigler: "Think globally.  Act Locally."  Is becoming cliche, but there is still truth in it.
21:58:19 SusanEttenheim: tnx
21:58:27 Paul Allison: http://earthbridges.net/?q=earthcast09
21:58:40 tjtech: Small seeds have created changes we don't even know.
21:58:48 mrsdurff: http://lindseak.wordpress.com/
21:58:51 mrsdurff: oops
21:58:52 kapil: sunday 1800 GMT
21:58:56 Sheri: tjtech yes
21:59:02 mrsdurff: http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day+2009
21:59:13 James Sigler: moew
21:59:17 James Sigler: meow
21:59:27 kapil: earthbridges at gmail dot com
21:59:31 mrsdurff: on this page http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day+2009
21:59:38 tjtech: I think we believe that or we wouldn't teach.
22:00:07 mrsdurff: there are rules?
22:00:12 mrsdurff: who knew?
22:01:21 matt montagne: @tjtech...I agree with your small seeds statement...I hope the earthcast project helps with small seeds a bit...
22:01:21 tjtech: Thank you Matt and Sherri
22:01:59 James Sigler: That make it so edtechtalky...home grown wecasty
22:02:05 mrsdurff: if anyone wants included in this sunday's planning mtg, please contact me (if you are not part of our community that is) [email protected]
22:02:06 matt montagne: @tj...thanks for listening in and contributing to the conversation.
22:02:06 tjtech: @Matt I believe it will
22:02:57 matt montagne: wow, that is great Sherie...very powerful...
22:03:09 matt montagne: @James...exactly!
22:03:18 James Sigler: I won't be in town Sunday morning.  We will be Guthrie, OK at a fiddle competion
22:03:29 kapil: sheri , its privilege to listen to you
22:03:36 mrsdurff: do you fiddle?
22:03:38 SusanEttenheim: wow james do you play?
22:03:50 SusanEttenheim: yes, thanks matt- I hope we can join in!
22:03:55 James Sigler: No, but my kids do
22:04:14 mrsdurff: :D
22:04:30 mrsdurff: i want to know where the cats came in
22:04:32 James Sigler: Edith is the Oklahoma state Jr Jr fiddling champ 2 years in a row
22:04:40 matt montagne: w00t to Susan and Paul on their work with TTT!
22:04:43 mrsdurff: YAY!
22:04:58 mrsdurff: and fiddling Edith
22:05:01 SusanEttenheim: thanks everyone for joining us!
22:05:15 tjtech: Thank you Paul and Susan!
22:05:19 James Sigler: Glenn took 5th in a national fiddle comptetion against 15 and 16 year olds
22:05:19 matt montagne: looking forward to the VT gurus next week!
22:05:51 James Sigler: Good job Matt and Sherri
22:06:21 matt montagne: thanks James...nite y'all
22:06:27 SusanEttenheim: night everyoen
22:06:39 mrsdurff: night
22:06:44 kapil: just blogged some key learning from 18 feb teachers teaching teachers - its little rough right now, i hope i can add that to show comments once it gets published  http://www.kapilbhatia.com/2009/02/18/teachers-teaching-teachers-18-feb-...
22:07:08 James Sigler: Great show.  Nite all.
22:07:08 kapil: thanks everyone for another great episode
22:14:39 Paul Allison: http://youthvoices.net/node/8696