Parents as Partners Epidsode # 28 October 5, 2009

Post-Show description: 

Penny Lindballe and Joanne McMahon brought show hosts Cindy Seibel and Lorna Costantini up to date on their introduction of web 2.0 tools in their school. Wired Wednesdays are happening with Penny at the local library. Parents are working with Penny learning how to use Google applications like the calendar and setting their Facebook privacy settings. It is exciting to see Penny take a leadership role in educating parents. Joanne is celebrating the addition of 3 other teachers and her principal to the roster of teachers blogging in her school. It certainly shows that good examples bring forth participation. We wish Penny and Joanne another successful school year


Chat Log

20:55:29 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: Hello Peggy
20:55:33 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Hi Lorna
20:55:35 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: out cheering squid!!
20:55:41 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: squad
20:55:43 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: you bet!!
20:55:53 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: waiting for the stream to start :-)
20:56:32 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: can you hear us ok
20:56:41 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: no not yet
20:57:23 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: now I can hear you :-)
20:57:57 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: no problem!! great audio!
20:58:31 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: it's a perfect night for Parents as Partners!!
20:59:59 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: because you were talking about other options
21:00:40 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: it's so stressful to hear about more budget cuts--especially at the start of the year!
21:01:33 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: yes
21:02:41 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: put the camera in the hands of kids :-)
21:03:54 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I'm here for the duration!! I learn lots by watching the setup things too :-)
21:04:07 cgseibel -> -EdTechTalk: Thanks Peggy!
21:04:33 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: hooray!! everythings is working great! sound is wonderful
21:05:05 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: how exciting! we have the whole crew here!! can't wait to hear your updates!
21:06:18 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: feel free to repeat anything you like--even if I've heard it before those listening to the podcast will want to hear it! (Cindy read my mind)
21:07:01 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I'm so glad you're keeping PasP going!!
21:07:47 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: very exciting Joann!
21:08:33 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: yes I remember that podcast!!
21:11:13 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: what kinds of content were you putting on your Ning for parents?
21:11:38 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that is HUGE!! principal has a blog!! Congrats!
21:12:07 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that's a great way to get things started!
21:14:03 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: thanks for sharing that example! that is such a great way to find resources through your PLN!
21:14:37 plind -> -EdTechTalk:
21:15:49 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I subscribe to the updates on your blog and love seeing the new things coming in :-)
21:17:18 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Phoenix AZ is on your blog from edtechtalk :-) that's me!
21:17:32 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: what time does the talk start?
21:17:43 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: on now
21:17:51 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: click one of the media icons
21:17:56 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: upper right corner
21:18:25 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: welcome onepercentyellow! hope you can get the audio
21:19:36 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I love the little AudioPal widget on your site :-)
21:19:50 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: Thank you!
21:21:11 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: excellent point!! once teachers start blogging themselves it's easier to see the value of blogging with their students
21:24:58 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: You have to ask Penny about Wireless Wednesdays!
21:25:19 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: you have to offer a prize from time to time to the first person who responds to a specific email :-) sometimes little gimmicks help to encourage use
21:25:32 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: Oh, Peggy I like that!
21:25:39 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: the nostalgia of putting something on the fridge!
21:27:18 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I used to do that when I was a principal and I would offer to take their recess duty if they were the first one to respond to my email. Helped to get them checking more frequently :-)
21:28:05 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: demonstrating the tools is so powerful!! "a picture is worth a thousand words"
21:28:35 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I agree Lorna!! Penny is a real inspiration!!
21:29:09 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: love that!!!
21:30:25 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: "content is king"!! when you have things there that they really want to see they will come :-)
21:31:01 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: just like parents will always come to school programs when their kids are performing :-)
21:31:43 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: the parents using technology may be on Facebook but the others aren't
21:32:29 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: teach parents how to use RSS or email subscriptions to have the content come to them
21:35:36 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Facebook can definitely be used for learning but most people use it to connect socially with friends
21:36:00 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: reverse psychology :-)
21:41:56 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: administrators need to learn from other administrators about how they deal with these fears
21:42:35 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: there are blogging principals and superintendents who share their experiences--like moderating comments on blogs-great example!
21:43:35 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I heard a podcast recently with a conversation between two superintendents about what they learned about blogging--very interesting!
21:45:41 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: interesting that there are many programs aimed at brining the public into the school (parents, community members, post-secondary students, volunteers etc) but they are not worried about uncle so-and-so showing up with inappropriate commentsor behaviour, but the drunken photos on facebook are worth shutting down the whole system.
21:46:13 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: wow! great point onepercentyello!!!
21:46:24 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: thanks
21:47:21 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: it's not just about "doing blogging" but about having something you want to share with people and it will take off
21:48:08 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: Great point Peggy
21:48:48 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I love that you do those sessions in the library!
21:49:34 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I remember seeing David Warlick doing a video of himself on a walk in the park as part of a keynote presentation and people stopped to ask him what he was doing. :-)
21:50:30 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that is a great point!!! we need to quote her!!
21:51:50 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: time is always an issue whether it's parents or teachers--neither of them need one more thing to add to their busy lives! They need to know how this will make their lives easier or better for doing the things they are already doing
21:53:07 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that's an incredible tool belt!!!
21:53:34 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: An exciting tool belt.
21:55:16 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: hahahaha!!! :-)
21:55:52 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: that would be a great topic for PasP!! student-led conferences!
21:56:11 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: and Maria is a kindergarten teacher!!
21:56:16 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: in a kindergarted class, all you have time for is 140 chars!
21:56:24 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: a fabulous Kindergarten teacher!
21:56:28 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: so true!! :-)
21:56:32 plind -> -EdTechTalk: Thanks Les!
21:56:50 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: thanks to you guys!  nice to hear the progress.
21:56:54 Lorna -> -EdTechTalk: thanks everyone and have a good night
21:57:00 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: wonderful conversation tonight! very eciting to hear your progress and it is significant!! you should be very proud!file:///Users/lornacostantini/Desktop/class20liveitunes_3.psd
21:57:07 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: exciting!!!
21:57:16 jmcmcmahon -> -EdTechTalk: Goodnight all
21:57:23 PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: good night everyone
21:57:25 onepercentyello -> -EdTechTalk: toodles!

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