Sheila Adams visits and tells us about her recent trip to Belize. We're also joined by Matt Montagne who gives us an update on preparations for earthcast09, and tells us about an upcoming professional development day he is co-facilitating.
20:58:56 ds : hey Sheila
20:59:08 ds : welcome back
20:59:11 sheila : Hi ds!
20:59:23 sheila : Thanks! Uploading photos now . . .
20:59:44 cheryloakes~ listener : hi ho!
21:00:16 sheila : Hi Cheryl! Looking forward to finishing Seedlings later! Good show!
21:00:29 cheryloakes~ listener : Hi Shelia, I am going to try and get the show posted tonight!
21:00:43 cheryloakes~ listener : thanks for stopping by!
21:01:09 ds : hi Cheryl
21:01:10 sheila : Had a call with my brother . . .
21:01:14 ds : sorry I missed the show, again
21:01:26 cheryloakes~ listener : Hi Doug! glad you are on the air, posting the show right now.
21:01:27 ds : hopping these days
21:01:46 ds : better than hoping, I guess :)
21:01:46 cheryloakes~ listener : that is fine, I barely get to your shows but home alone tonight.
21:03:09 ds : hi Peggy and Lorna
21:03:16 cheryloakes~ listener : is there a new webcast academy happening soon?
21:03:17 PeggyG : Hi everyone! Busy but excellent tech learning night!
21:03:29 Lorna : new music?
21:03:35 Lorna : hi all
21:03:42 ds : hey Lorna
21:03:43 cheryloakes~ listener : hello Lorna,
21:03:43 PeggyG : Hi Lorna
21:03:47 ds : same small playlists
21:03:59 ds : boring, but license-free :)
21:04:02 ds : need to get more
21:04:14 Lorna : I have come to get caught up
21:04:21 ds : actually, it's a CC license
21:04:26 ds : hey Matt
21:04:28 Lorna : lots of exciting things and I have missed them all
21:04:30 cheryloakes~ listener : hi Matt
21:05:04 matt montagne : hey DS, Cheryl and Co
21:05:13 PeggyG : @Lorna-The wonderful thing is that all of it gets recorded so you can catch up later (when you're not sick)!
21:05:19 matt montagne : hey there lorna
21:05:25 Lorna : HI MAttie
21:05:32 PeggyG : Yes Sheila!!
21:05:46 cheryloakes~ listener : Shelia, can't wait to hear Belize.
21:05:52 PeggyG : Seedlings had a great show tonight with Michael Horne!
21:05:56 matt montagne : hey sheila
21:06:07 matt montagne : looking forward to hearing about your trip
21:06:11 cheryloakes~ listener : Thanks Doug you are so kind, right 7:30 to 8:30, great folks in the chat!!
21:06:42 ds : http://www.flickr.com/photos/sadamsrjh/sets/72157614653574083/
21:06:44 matt montagne : that wired CD was awesome
21:08:44 PeggyG : Firefox isn't letting me open any more tabs. Wonder if it's because I have at least 70 open??
21:09:07 cheryloakes~ listener : Oh, Peggy, you need to close some down at least once a week! :-)
21:09:28 cheryloakes~ listener : How many went to Belize, Shelia?
21:09:31 PeggyG : but no problem!--just cutting and pasting into Safari :-) These tabs are all from yesterday and today!
21:09:39 cheryloakes~ listener : wow, 2 groups!
21:10:01 PeggyG : fantastic photos Sheila!
21:10:42 PeggyG : royal rat :-) very funny! not sure I would want to eat one!
21:11:00 cheryloakes~ listener : I like that royal rat, Shelia does it taste like chicken?
21:11:23 matt montagne : the photos are beautiful
21:11:37 PeggyG : looks like lots of water/wet conditions
21:11:50 cheryloakes~ listener : awesome photos! it looks like washouts
21:12:16 PeggyG : were you in one of the pictures Sheila?
21:12:35 matt montagne : hey there peggy
21:12:41 PeggyG : Hi Matt
21:13:03 PeggyG : I remember all of those snow days when I was a principal in MA! we went to school until the end of June!
21:13:29 cheryloakes~ listener : Shelia, many of us will be making up days.
21:13:32 cheryloakes~ listener : Hey JL
21:13:54 cheryloakes~ listener : when is eartheast happening?
21:13:57 JL : Howdy all
21:14:02 PeggyG : Sheila you have so many fantastic projects going on with your kids!
21:14:53 sheila : @Peggy Yes I'm in some of the photos.
21:15:03 JL : teaching now - only listening with one ear - students just settling in now and watching the Day#2 video
21:15:19 PeggyG : Great Sheila! I thought I recognized you even though we've never met in person :-)
21:15:24 ds : great to hear JL
21:15:40 PeggyG : what dedication JL!!
21:16:23 cheryloakes~ listener : JL, you are too much.
21:16:39 JL : A distracted 21st century educator
21:16:42 sheila : @Peggy - Maybe sometime soon
21:16:59 PeggyG : never thought about phone companies blocking Skype!
21:17:38 PeggyG : @JL--think we may all fit that description!
21:20:29 PeggyG : so you've been there many times Sheila?
21:22:04 sheila : 19 years
21:22:15 PeggyG : yes Sharon provided some great food for thought based on her TWB experiences
21:22:16 sheila : 19 times
21:22:57 PeggyG : Wow! amazing Sheila! I have never left the US (except to cross the border at Mexico or Canada--barely)
21:23:39 PeggyG : If you take a computer (like an XO) to someplace like Ecuador do you have to pay extra fees?
21:23:59 PeggyG : My daughter is going there next week and wants to take a couple of laptops to donate.
21:24:40 sheila : Not if you claim it is yours.
21:25:31 PeggyG : Would they question it if you had a couple laptops??
21:26:14 matt montagne : Linux LTSP demonstration project at my school: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjmonty/3306560031/
21:26:26 matt montagne : all free software and 6 year old compjters
21:26:45 matt montagne : hey there durff
21:26:48 ds : hey @mrsdurff
21:26:50 ds : welcome
21:26:50 mrsdurff : hey
21:27:01 PeggyG : that is really helpful! I've been trying to find out that information. She's packing all of her suitcases with clothes, books, etc. to donate.
21:27:05 matt montagne : talking to sheila about her trip to Belize...her 19th trip that is
21:27:56 PeggyG : pay phone? did it use coins?
21:28:12 cheryloakes~ listener : gotta go and post our sow, great evening!!!
21:28:21 cheryloakes~ listener : show
21:28:24 mrsdurff : nite
21:28:25 PeggyG : bye Cheryl!
21:28:32 cheryloakes~ listener : bye
21:28:45 PeggyG : Why did you first start going to Belize Sheila?
21:29:13 mrsdurff : we still have a payphone hanging on the wall in our school - no one knows why
21:30:51 PeggyG : What a great learning experience for teachers! That's authentic!!
21:31:45 mrsdurff : I have a friend going to Guayaquil Ecuador this summer for Spanish immersion for 4 weeks
21:31:58 PeggyG : Have any of you done/created digital stories about your experiences there?
21:32:08 mrsdurff : I know not a word, probably worse off than Sheila
21:32:57 PeggyG : immersion is a great way to learn it! That's how my daughter learned Spanish--living with a family in Ecuador for 6 weeks.
21:33:28 mrsdurff : did Maria take a cab?
21:34:10 sheila : @Durff - Probably! :)
21:34:12 mrsdurff : cool Peggy! I think she knows enough now, but the college doesn't
21:34:35 PeggyG : I think there are a lot of "cold" people who are happy to be at CUE this week :-)
21:34:39 sheila : @no digital stories yet!
21:35:10 PeggyG : That would be so wonderful to see Sheila. But I know it takes time!!
21:35:19 sheila : Would like to get the participants to share stories too. May be able to get some Belizeans to do it too.
21:35:20 mrsdurff : snow days all around us last storm - but we where not even dusted - big disappointment
21:36:06 sheila : @Mrsdurff - I'm really surprised about that! Usually I watch your weather and we get it.
21:36:20 sheila : after you.
21:37:25 Lorna : We saw the sun today
21:37:33 PeggyG : I hope you are able to get the participants to do that (as well as Belizeans!)
21:37:41 mrsdurff : I listened to Twitter as I drove to work
21:37:57 PeggyG : how do you "listen" to twitter?
21:38:07 Lorna : so dureff pls tell how do u listent to twitter
21:38:09 mrsdurff : everyone - PA, NY, MD below us, VA - they all got it
21:38:18 mrsdurff : it was totally unfair
21:38:23 Lorna : ah peggy thinking the same thing
21:38:35 mrsdurff : Peggy - Dial2Do
21:39:13 mrsdurff : I dial it and set on seat on loudspeaker while I drive
21:39:35 PeggyG : really? That's great! I never thought of doing that.
21:39:52 Lorna : Dial2Do?
21:39:54 mrsdurff : also does email, txts, rss, weather
21:40:04 mrsdurff : yes unfair
21:40:12 mrsdurff : i think it is too late
21:40:28 mrsdurff : oh DC got snow
21:40:31 mrsdurff : we did not
21:40:47 mrsdurff : ty matt
21:40:50 PeggyG : I really enjoyed the show last night with Taking IT Global. Their students have some excellent projects going on related to the environment.
21:41:23 matt montagne : np durff :-)
21:41:25 PeggyG : funny Sheila! Live Free or Die!
21:42:22 mrsdurff : hi Sam
21:43:22 PeggyG : we were encouraging the TIG group to get their students involved in Earth castathon and I gave them the link.
21:43:29 ds : hey @mrsdurff (from Sam)
21:44:33 mrsdurff : lol
21:45:12 PeggyG : How neat!
21:45:48 PeggyG : Yes it was Paul and Susan on the show last night with the TIG group exchanging ideas about how they might get involved
21:46:11 ds : [email protected]
21:46:20 ds : earthbridges.wikispaces.com
21:46:27 ds : earthbridges.net
21:46:32 PeggyG : that's a good alternative to have some backup recordings just in case there are some gaps.
21:47:32 PeggyG : that is so helpful to have the links to the time zone conversions!
21:48:26 PeggyG : is it audio only on the webcast for Earth Day?
21:49:23 sheila : I may do ustream.
21:49:25 PeggyG : http://earthbridges.wikispaces.com/Earth+Day+2009 schedule link that could use some slots filled in :-)
21:50:59 mrsdurff : i never have the wrong time
21:51:06 mrsdurff : oh wait
21:51:15 PeggyG : I always get nervous about the correct times when they change because AZ doesn't change
21:51:19 mrsdurff : i meant i always have the wrong time
21:52:39 PeggyG : funny! I am rarely an hour early :-)
21:52:54 mrsdurff : then i will follow you
21:53:26 PeggyG : yes fun catching up with all of you! Now I need to do some research on Belize!
21:54:07 PeggyG : I think you just need to step on them Sheila!
21:54:23 matt montagne : nite y'all
21:54:40 PeggyG : all of your guests should have been paid--you all deserve it!
21:54:46 mrsdurff : yes, he said Starbucks
21:54:50 PeggyG : Night all!
21:54:57 mrsdurff : nite
21:55:26 sheila : Oh I did step on them down there and then attracted the ants! Insect world!
21:55:28 PeggyG : You do that so smoothly Doug!
21:56:39 ds : thanks Peggy, yoo kind :)
21:56:44 ds : too
21:56:57 PeggyG : Matt was using hidef with his radio show this week for call ins-- :-) Matt was reading my mind!
21:57:58 PeggyG : I don't know how I lived without Skype before!
21:58:41 JL : wound up getting it for $40 +tax /month for a 25 seater
21:58:58 JL : had to please educational cyber-hippyness to get the discount
21:59:07 JL : gotta do what we gotta do :)
21:59:18 PeggyG : that would be fun to take a photo at the same time around the world!
21:59:21 JL : please > plead
22:00:36 PeggyG : are you seeking donations JL??
22:00:53 JL : they showed up , but they needed to hang up on me for a while to try and make sense of the chaos
22:01:04 JL : not yet, thanks Peggy
22:01:20 PeggyG : What does a PD day look like for you Matt?
22:02:07 PeggyG : I think everyone in the ETT community would be willing/able to contribute something to the cause!
22:02:13 matt montagne : http://castiprofessionaldevelopment.wikispaces.com/
22:02:19 matt montagne : that is the link to our conference page
22:02:49 PeggyG : thanks for the link Matt-I'll check it out :-)
22:03:28 PeggyG : where are the panelists from? local?
22:05:11 PeggyG : didn't mean to log out--FF crashed
22:06:22 PeggyG : That sounds like a great PD day!
22:06:58 PeggyG : are you going to have twitter running on the screen during the panel?
22:07:32 PeggyG : I hope you will be able to ustream the keynote and some of the sessions. I would love to tune in!
22:07:53 sheila : Night peggy!
22:07:58 matt montagne : we will definitely do the keynote and perhaps a couple others as well
22:08:05 PeggyG : Night all! Great chatting with you!
22:08:15 sheila : Talk to you on sunday!
22:08:15 PeggyG : Thanks Matt!
22:08:16 matt montagne : nite y'all
22:08:32 ds : thanks all, take care
22:08:36 sheila : Thanks DS for inquiring about my trip!
22:08:49 ds : pleasure Sheila, thank you
22:09:08 sheila : It was nice to talk about it. Realized I haven't done that yet.