Teachers Teaching Teachers #38: Teaching Blogging

EdTechTalk: Teachers Teaching Teachers #38

Teaching Blogging

January 31, 2007

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The night before she started her Spring Semester classes at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York City, Susan Ettenheim participated in a dialogue via skype with teachers from four different Writing Projects: Paul Allison (NYC), Matt Makowetski (South Coast, CA), Bill O’Neal (Trenton, NJ), and Bob LeVin (Area 3 in CA). This is a podcast of that conversation.

Along with Chris Sloan in Salt Lake City (Utah WP), the six of us are beginning a complex, exciting collaboration with our students in an elgg, YouthVoices.net. Listen as we plan, take a look at Susan’s introduction to her students, and consider joining us. You might leave a comment here, then go over to YouthVoices and see what all the excitement is about.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #37: Rethinking Journalism with Chris Sloan

EdTechTalk: Teachers Teaching Teachers #37

Rethinking Journalism with Chris Sloan

January 24, 2007

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Writing like the post that we’ve copied here makes it easy to listen to what our students think about our work with them. Here’s what a 9th grader in Chris Sloan’s class thinks about blogging at YouthVoices.net:

What makes a good blog post, by Parker at Judge Memorial High School, Salt Lake City

To create a really good blog post, I really think that people need to open up to the readers. Honesty is most effective, because the actual emotion that others put down is probably something that others have experienced, or can relate to. For example, i just read a letter a girl wrote to her father, but he passed away four years ago. It was the most personal, morose, true example of sadness that i have ever read, let alone on youthvoices. I don’t know anything like that personally, but the raw openness made it something that i felt, not just read. I’ve also published some poems on the site, and i’ve gotten some varied, but positive, responses to those, and that’s encouraging.   more below

Teachers Teaching Teachers #35 – Midyear Reorientation

 Teachers Teaching Teachers #35

January 10, 2007

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This was the kind of conversation that needed more time. Listen as nine teachers from six states — Paul Allison, NY, Lee Baber, VA , Glen Bledsoe, OR, Susan Ettenheim, NY, Kevin Hodgson, MA, Eric Hoefler, VA, Matt Makowetski, CA, Chris Sloan, UT, and Ken Stein, NY (plus a father from China) — who use blogs, discussion boards, and other Web-based communication tools in their classrooms tell stories about the first half of the academic year. We report on what we have been learning about blogging (and using wikis) with students. We also begin to talk about what our plans are for the remainder of the year.

Take a look at our ever expanding Google Notebook for this show: Teachers Teaching Teachers 01.10.07

In the comments at the bottom of this post, please join us with your thoughts about what you’ve learned teaching students to communicate online. What are your stories? Let’s see how many more states — and countries — we can add to the list as we check in with colleagues from all over the globe.

We also want to talk about how to help students who will be ending their classes with us in January can find some closure with their blogs without closing off the possiblities of keeping an ongoing blog.

And please join us next week — and every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern — in the text chat room at EdTechTalk.com.

The 2006 Edublog Awards Show – EdTechTalk # 75

Edublog Awards 2006

(EdTechTalk#75)

December 17, 2006

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EdTechTalk once again webcast the Annual Edublog Awards Ceremony. Josie Frasier guided  us through the ceremony and Dave presented his ‘Top 10 News Events of the Edublog Year‘ .   More info about the Edublog Awards and a list of 2006 Winners is at http://incsub.org/awards/

Last year’s Awards Ceremony and Top 10 list

2006 Edublogs Award Winners

Best Audio and/or Visual Blog:

absolutely intercultural!

Anne Fox (Denmark), Laurent Borgmann (Germany)

Best Group Blog:

Polar Science 2006


YES I Can! Science team, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Diane Hammond, Susan Stiff, and Dr. Tom Stiff (Canada)

Best Individual Blog:

Christopher D. Sessums :: Blog


Christopher D. Sessums (USA)

Most Influential Post, Resource or Presentation:

K12 Online Conference 2006


Darren Kuropatwa (Canada), Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (USA), Wes Fryer (USA)

Best Research Paper:

Nancy White: Blogs and Community

Nancy White (USA)

Best Teacher Blog:

Have Fun with English! 2

Teresa Almeida d’Eça (Portugal)

Best Library/ Librarian Blog:

Hey Jude

Judy O’Connell (Australia)

Best Newcomer: (joint winners)

Ed Tech Journeys

Pete Reilly (USA)

tilt!

Paz Peña (Chile)

Best Wiki

Flat Classroom Project


The Flat Classroom project is a genuine assessment project between Julie Lindsay’sgrade 11 ITGS class at International School Dhaka(ISD) in Bangladesh and Vicki Davis’ 10th grade Computer Science class at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia

Best Undergraduate Blog:

CILASS Student Blog

University of Sheffield Student Ambassadors of the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning In the Arts and Social Sciences (England)

Edublog Star Award (Convenors choice):

Duck Diaries

Barbara Cohen (USA)



 

Teachers Teaching Teachers 32 – Updates from Eric Hoefler and Richard Stohlman

Teachers Teaching Teachers 32

December 13, 2006

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Please check this shows Google Notebook for links and additional materials: TTT32. Erick Hoefler and Richard Stohlman joined us to give us updates on their work with blogging and discussion forums in the high schools where they work.

Richard’s work with WordPress and WordPress MU is progressing, and he is looking for other high schools who would like to the students on his student’s blogs, especially Charlie’s Advisory’s New York Experience – 2006/2007.

Eric seems to be in the middle of adding to his technology repertoire. In addition to the committed, rich writing that he is having his students do on forums on a Joomla site, he is moving toward the use of an an elggspaces account in his creative writing classes.

Listen in as we discuss how blogs and discussion forums are folding into other cirricula. Some of the questions have to do with how to get other teachers in our buildings to buy in to these new technologies… and in particular, how to think about the process, less finished nature of blog posts when teachers are feel the need for finished products and projects. We talked about how much time blogging takes to develop. Many other issues came up as well, including how to bridge the gap between MySpace problems (although a student joined us to say that we exaggerate these) and the formal writing instruction found in many of our classrooms. Oh… and research. We plan to talk more about that soon.

Please add your voice!

Teachers Teaching Teachers #29

Teachers Teaching Teachers #29

November 15, 2006

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Paul Allison calls in from the airport in Atlanta on the way to Nashville for the annual meeting of The National Writing Project and Susan Ettenheim, Teb Locke, Madeline Brownstone and Lee Baber host a conversation about this week’s challenges with students and online communication and collaboration. Sharon Peters shares her first adventures as her students join in the online conversation. Teb shares a very exciting discovery about introducing the mapping projects into the wiki. Here is an example of wiki with an embedded media player: http://theneighborhoodschool.org/wiki/index.php?title=Madison%2C_CT

Teachers Teaching Teachers #27 – Blogging as Swarming

Teachers Teaching Teachers #27

November 1, 2006

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How can we sponsor and deepen the natural swarming that happens in student blogs on a social network? This complex question is where several teachers — Paul Allison, Lee Baber, Madeline Brownstone, Susan Ettenheim, Teb Locke, and Chris Sloan — seemed to be at the end of their conversation here. Teb talked about the kinds of committed writing he is seeing in his 3rd – 5th graders blog, their social network, and their wiki. We also talked about the differences from typical school writing that we are seeingthe personal, digital writing students are doing for their peers on blogs in The Personal Learning Space and Youth Voices.

Teachers Teaching Teachers #26 – Is blogging bigger than the sum of its parts?

Teachers Teaching Teachers#26

October 25, 2006

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Has writing really changed? What’s the difference — really — between writing an essay and writing a blog post? Has the use of images really changed the writing process? Digital technologies are great, but don’t we still have to teach kids how to write the way we always did? What’s the difference?

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