TTT#374 New Youth Voices Connections: Shantanu Saha, Karen Fasimpaur, Jo Paraiso, Jake Jacobs, Paul Allison, Chris Sloan 12.4.13

Post-Show description: 

On this episode of TTT six teachers get together to consider how they might get students more deeply connected on Youth Voices

Paul Allison and Chris Sloan host:

for this conversation

Here are some of the questions we've been asking recently:

What if students were encouraged to create projects for each other? What's the difference between writing a "Discussion Post" and creating a "Wiki" page on a social network like Youth Voices? How might we consider connecting students more often in spaces like Skype or Hangouts? What would it take to build a "Youth Voices Live" space for young people? How can we engage students in deeper, meaning making in their conversations with each other?

Click Read more to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find many links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.

Notes from the Webcast:

Links and notes:
Hour of Code - Dec. 9-15
Dec. 5 Webinar: Themes, Issues & Benefits of Learning To Code -
Shantanu's Literacy tasks Google Doc
Kevin Bolshaw: Suggested reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggars
a great blog post by Gwyneth Jones re wikipedia
leave voice comments on google docs for students:

Chat from December 4, 2013

20:59Peggy George: Hi Paul and Nicole
21:00Paul Allison: Hi Nicole. Please join us in the Hangout ON Air.
21:00Paul Allison: Hi Peggy.
21:00Peggy George: I love the ideas you're discussing tonight!!
21:01Peggy George: Hi Karen!! Great to see you! Hope you're keeping warm!
21:01karen (@kfasimpaur): Greeting, everyone!
21:01Peggy George: audio and video is great! :-)
21:02karen (@kfasimpaur): If you'd like to join the hangout, we're at
21:02karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi, Peggy! Good to see you. (I've missed you since K12 Online wrapped up. :)
21:02Peggy George: that bug is no fun!!!! I've had it for several weeks! Finally stopping my cough!
21:03Peggy George: me too Karen!
21:04Peggy George: Hi monika! Great to see you!
21:04monika: hello
21:05Peggy George: Hi Chris!!
21:06karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi, Monika. Join us in the hangout?
21:06Chris Sloan: Hi all
21:07karen (@kfasimpaur): Thanks, Peggy. Very neat.
21:07Peggy George: Kids just know when their parents are preoccupied on the phone or computer :-) Play time!
21:10Peggy George: are any of you participating in the Hour of Code?
21:11karen (@kfasimpaur): There's a good webinar coming up on the benefits of teaching kids to code w/Mitch Resnick and others...looking for the link
21:11Peggy George: Dec. 9-15
21:11Peggy George: thanks :-)
21:12karen (@kfasimpaur): Dec. 5 Webinar: Themes, Issues & Benefits of Learning To Code -
21:12Peggy George: Wes Fryer just published a free ebook on programming with Hopscotch on the ipad :-)
21:12Chris Sloan: I have a student who wants to do something with the hour of code next week
21:13Chris Sloan: She told me that I should arrange to have kids join her after school next week.
21:13Chris Sloan: So I guess I'm doing it too
21:13karen (@kfasimpaur): :)
21:13Peggy George: cool Karen! That's tomorrow :-)
21:13karen (@kfasimpaur): I can't believe it's Dec.!
21:15Peggy George: That souns terrific! (Shantanu) :-)
21:19Peggy George: Wes's blog post on Hour of Code. He's teaching in a STEM classroom now.
21:20karen (@kfasimpaur): I haven't jumped itno the latest Scratch yet....
21:21Peggy George: link to Wes's ebook about Hopscotch
21:21Peggy George: the new Scratch is fun :-) web based :-)
21:27Peggy George: that looks like a wonderful conversation on that blog post!
21:31Chris Sloan: pretty impressive work being done in "advisory"
21:31karen (@kfasimpaur): no kidding!
21:33Peggy George: are any of you leaving voice comments on google docs for students?
21:36Peggy George: Shantanu is doing some fantastic things with his students! He needs a whole show to share it all with us :-)
21:37Peggy George: I love the idea on the Titanpad of encouraging students to create projects for each other. :-) & then connecting with each other via Skype or GH
21:37Chris Sloan: Agreed Peggy.
21:37Chris Sloan: Right now I've been trying to collaborate with another school in Philly via Popcorn
21:38Peggy George: how is that working?
21:39Peggy George: that would be a powerful experience for the students!
21:40Peggy George: could you focus the hangout on one studen'ts blog post?
21:40Peggy George: and have that student facilitate the conversation?
21:41unnamedUse fishbowl -- kids in front of camera to converse, others behind, and can trade places.
21:41Peggy George: that's a very effective strategy!! fishbowl!
21:41Peggy George: they can learn as much by watching sometimes as they can participating :-)
21:42Sheri Edwards: This is Sheri: I don
21:42Peggy George: love what johanna is describing!!
21:42Peggy George: Hi Sheri :-)
21:42Sheri Edwards: Oh, now my chat is working again.
21:42Sheri Edwards: Hello all.
21:43Peggy George: isn't that frustrating when it freezes up and you're in the middle of typing something!
21:43Peggy George: great to see you!!
21:43Peggy George: I want to be in the virtual fishbowl for that discussion!!! Sounds amazing!
21:45Peggy George: I love hearing these stories/experiences!
21:45Peggy George: sounds like informal is much more successful than formal!
21:47Peggy George: even though it's informal I still think it needs a purpose/focus so they feel like they have something to talk about
21:47unnamedhello, I am lurking, (Kevin)
21:48Peggy George: totally agree Paul!!! we're on the same wavelength
21:48Peggy George: Welcome Kevin! You can add your name at the top of this chat and claim your color :-)
21:48Sheri Edwards: Hi Kevin. I think his name will show up on the second input. That's what mine did.
21:54Peggy George: Thanks for posting the link to Shantanu's Google Doc
21:55Peggy George: lost the connection to chat and had to refresh page
21:56karen (@kfasimpaur): we're back...
21:56Peggy George: I love the idea about connecting with the senior projects! process as well as content :-)
21:56karen (@kfasimpaur): Hi Sheri and Kevin. (belated)
21:56Sheri Edwards: Flash update interrupted my connection :)
21:57Peggy George: weird things happening!
21:58Peggy George: a great blog post by Gwyneth Jones re wikipedia
22:01Peggy George: that sounds like such a powerful experience and creating a video takes it to another level!
22:01karen (@kfasimpaur): truly
22:01Sheri Edwards: That is amazing. What a wonderful project.
22:02Peggy George: incredible!! it's something they will remember forever!
22:02Kevin Bolshaw: Suggested reading: The Circle, by Dave Eggars
22:02Sheri Edwards: Thanks, Kevin
22:04Peggy George: these are great ideas!!!
22:05Peggy George: let's absolutely continue this conversation!! very exciting ideas! you are all so inspiring!
22:05Kevin Bolshaw: possible hook for students: making mini video productions
22:05Kevin Bolshaw: (use for hangouts)
22:05Sheri Edwards: Thanks.
22:05Peggy George: absolutely Kevin!!
22:06karen (@kfasimpaur): Good night, everyone. Thanks for being here. (I agree Kevin.)
22:06karen (@kfasimpaur): See you next time.
22:06Kevin Bolshaw: Sorry to be late and I need to connect, thanks for sharing
22:06Peggy George: thank you all!! see you next week!
22:06Peggy George: come back next week Kevin :-)
22:07Kevin Bolshaw: I just need a little prodding : )
22:07Peggy George: :-)
22:07Peggy George: we all do
22:07Peggy George: I subscribe to the calendar so it's always on my google calendar. Really helps!