EdTechTalk#57- An Interview with Elana Langer

EdTechTalk#57 – An Interview with Elana Langer

July 30th, 2006

Download mp3 (20.2MB, 44:08)


I ran into a very interesting person on Friday. She started talking about micro-education projects in Brazil, cutting edge education at MIT and how the television was the key technology in breaking down accessibility barriers. I said… “wow, you’ve gotta come on the show and tell us about it.” she said yes. 

Chat Transcript Below

EdTechTalk#57 – An Interview with Elana Langer

July 30th, 2006

Download mp3 (20.2MB, 44:08)


I ran into a very interesting person on Friday. She started talking about micro-education projects in Brazil, cutting edge education at MIT and how the television was the key technology in breaking down accessibility barriers. I said… “wow, you’ve gotta come on the show and tell us about it.” she said yes. 

Chat Transcript Below

18:19:21 ussrover: hi lee

18:41:27 dave: greetings

18:41:29 ussrover: hi Dave

18:41:40 dave: hey there

18:42:11 ussrover: hi JL

18:44:34 JL: Hello Rover… about to reboot. Back in a few minutes

18:46:08 ussrover: hi elanger

18:46:19 elanger: hey.

18:55:00 ussrover: hi Paul

18:55:10 ussrover: wb JL

18:55:20 JL: all systems go…. I think

18:55:42 JL: skypecast at: https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=21894

18:58:33 ussrover: hi susan

18:59:02 Paul_Ellerman: Hi Everyone

18:59:52 Paul_Ellerman: Jeff, I will be starting a support group for the viewers of all of your screencasts

19:00:11 SusanEttenheim: hi all, I’d like to introduce my friend Cortney!

19:00:15 Cortney: Hello…

19:00:19 SusanEttenheim: welcome Cortney!

19:01:09 dave: hello all…

19:01:19 Terry_Freedman: i can’t hear a thing

19:01:31 SusanEttenheim: yup- sounds down

19:01:33 dave: we’ll check terry

19:01:36 JenW: neither can I

19:01:39 Terry_Freedman: wait, i can hear music

19:01:40 dave: check now

19:01:47 SusanEttenheim: JL leaving I suppose is a hint lol

19:02:11 SusanEttenheim: yup sounds back – good job!

19:02:13 Terry_Freedman: who is meant to be talking about what?

19:02:16 SusanEttenheim: quick save!

19:02:19 cwe: I am listening

19:03:19 JL: https://skypecasts.skype.com/skypecasts/skypecast/detailed.html?id_talk=21894

19:08:45 Terry_Freedman: g2g nothing personal, it’s gone 1 am; bye!

19:09:04 JL: Sleep well Terry, stop back soon

19:11:07 Terry_Freedman: thanks, Jeff will do!

19:15:56 JasonR: Greetings

19:16:02 Cortney: hi

19:16:03 Lee: Hi Jason

19:16:04 SusanEttenheim: hi jason

19:16:07 SusanEttenheim: hi lee

19:16:09 Lee: Hey Susan

19:16:29 SusanEttenheim: introducing again my friend cortney who is here tonight and is a brilliant community builder online

19:16:37 SusanEttenheim: i’ve learned so much from her!

19:16:38 Lee: Great…Hello

19:16:40 Cortney: Hello everyone 🙂

19:16:54 ussrover: will be listening

19:16:58 ussrover: later

19:16:58 JL: Hello Cortney

19:17:16 JenW: cortney is talking right now???

19:17:32 SusanEttenheim: no jen, just listening!

19:17:35 Cortney: Oh no – I’m observing…

19:17:38 JL: Elana Langer

19:17:40 JenW: ahhh — thanks, I was a bit confused

19:17:54 SusanEttenheim: just me chatting while listening jen

19:17:57 Cortney: I didn’t do it LOL

19:18:04 JenW: 🙂 no problem

19:18:37 JenW: what kind of projects is she discussing please???

19:19:20 JenW: grins — cuz you know I LOVE projects

19:19:36 JenW: so HIGH SCHOOL and above??

19:19:40 JL: http://learning.media.mit.edu/

19:19:41 JasonR: http://learning.media.mit.edu/ ?

19:19:41 dave: 🙂

19:19:55 SusanEttenheim: http://www.media.mit.edu/ and then where?

19:20:00 JasonR: LEGOS!

19:21:09 JenW: so grade or age level??? middle school and up?

19:21:53 JenW: the projects look quite excellent

19:21:58 dave: http://learning.media.mit.edu/projects.html

19:22:01 dave: ?

19:22:14 SusanEttenheim: http://www.current.tv/ ?

19:24:10 SusanEttenheim: and where will video ipods and cellphone video fall in all of this?

19:24:20 Cortney: right in the middle

19:24:34 SusanEttenheim: will tvs disappear for computers and digital I wonder?

19:24:46 JasonR: Has Elana ever worked with interactive videoconferencing?

19:25:05 Cortney: if casts are programmed accordingly — they’ll be in the middle…..no …I think it’ll evolve into a very different society ruled programming vs FCC regulated programming

19:27:03 JL: Mr. Roger’s speaks to U.S. Congress about importance of Educational TV http://youtube.com/watch?v=pC6SIN0bCvs&search=mr.%20rogers

19:29:50 Paul_Ellerman: I think that they will not necessarily disappear, but rather merge.

19:30:07 Paul_Ellerman: that being computers and tvs

19:30:39 JL: anyone out there in the skypecast have a question or comment?

19:30:47 JL: please feel free to ask for mic?

19:33:57 Lee: ah ha

19:34:01 Lee: bingo

19:34:25 Lee: I love media – student and teacher created media…

19:34:31 JL: http://www.gamesforchange.org/index2.html

19:34:48 Cortney: not just cobnventional radio — but xm too

19:35:01 dave: sure

19:35:04 dave: me likee

19:36:03 Paul_Ellerman: The podcast, Serious Games, is in itunes, look for PRI’s The World: Technology Podcast. Number 109

19:36:23 JenW: games for change link is down???

19:36:43 JL: http://podcasts.theworld.org/pod/tech/tech_063006.mp3

19:36:56 JL: http://www.theworld.org/technology/podcasts.shtml

19:37:09 JenW: ty — will listen after this session

19:37:10 SusanEttenheim: http://www.nyiteez.org/aboutus.htm

19:37:31 SusanEttenheim: this is an organization that deals with that

19:37:38 JasonR: My day job: seatrek.org

19:37:40 SusanEttenheim: the Educational Enterprise Zone

19:39:04 cheryloakes: gotta go

19:39:10 JenW: bye

19:39:42 Cortney: I think it totally depends on the teacher, topic, and the approach

19:40:27 Cortney: yes, kids today have a totally different perspective on interactive tools

19:41:14 JenW: grins — the Senator will always regret that comment

19:41:21 JenW: tubes

19:41:33 JL: did he ever release a follow-up statement?

19:41:39 JenW: not that I have heard

19:42:23 JenW: perhaps Al Gore, the creator of the internet, will enlighten him 🙂

19:43:42 JL: This would be fun… http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20060728_sen_stevens_daily_show_appearance/

19:44:01 JenW: I am stumbling with organically — could she explain more

19:45:47 JenW: yep — no additives — just the basics

19:46:10 JasonR: Regarding online instructions, check this out: collaborative step-by-step instructions: http://www.instructables.com/. Wouldn’t take too much to turn the website into something like this, but interactive: http://www.diynetwork.com/

19:46:38 Cortney: right….and foodnetwork.com does some pretty interesting stuff too sometimes

19:46:41 Lee: I think of it as it develops naturally form the interaction of students to each other , with the data being learned, and the facilitator

19:47:05 JenW: I agree — I think foodnetwork.com has some excellent shows

19:47:21 JenW: and some of the Reality Travel shows are great geography shows as well

19:47:33 Cortney: yes and I think some of what they’re doing and where they’re heading ties directly into this cincept

19:47:36 JenW: like Treasure Hunters — excellent problem solving

19:47:47 Cortney: concept too

19:48:02 JenW: and the extra game they have — is pretty good too.

19:48:08 JenW: online game

19:48:52 JasonR: Thanks Elana!

19:48:58 JasonR: Sorry I missed so much of it.

19:48:59 JenW: Thanks

19:49:01 Cortney: but I think life is the best teacher of all of which we’re all students

19:49:10 Cortney: thanks for the invite Susan

19:49:34 dave: that’s cortney

19:49:39 dave: thanks cortney

19:49:47 JenW: mic button just showed up

19:50:19 Lee: Thanks Elana

19:51:05 SusanEttenheim: http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/shalom/shalom.html

19:52:06 SusanEttenheim: what was the English show again please?

19:52:14 dave: what not to where

19:52:20 dave: wear

19:52:22 SusanEttenheim: I certainly didn’t like high school all that much!

19:52:27 lee: nor did i

19:52:31 JasonR: http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/whatnottowear/whatnottowear.html

19:52:40 lee: heehee

19:52:47 lee: i loved it but my own way

19:53:00 JasonR: Did not like being a high schooler or teaching in HS?

19:53:48 lee: no one really taught me how to learn..till i was an older student ..then i figured out how to learn well ..then i loved it

19:54:05 lee: being

19:54:44 Paul_Ellerman: I agree highschool was boring…

19:54:56 lee: I can not hear Cortney

19:55:04 JL: her audio was very low

19:55:28 JenW: she talked about our kids and who they will interact with (world wide) in the future

19:55:40 lee: thanks

19:56:16 JenW: welcome

19:56:24 lee: ooh

19:56:27 SusanEttenheim: http://www.bbc.co.uk/lifestyle/tv_and_radio/what_not_to_wear/whattowear_index.shtml

19:58:58 SusanEttenheim: so do teachers need to start watching tv?

19:59:53 JasonR: Talking about worldwide student interaction, here’s another interactive videoconferencing link: http://www.megaconferencejr.org/

19:59:54 lee: Elana, what is your most current and favorite project right now?

20:00:16 Cortney: Thanks everyone — this has been fantastic and I shall return sometime…

20:00:22 lee: Or one coming up soon.

20:00:31 JenW: good thoughts Cortney – I enjoyed your comments

20:00:32 JL: good to meet you Cortney

20:00:35 JL: Good luck packing

20:00:40 Cortney: thanks!

20:00:43 dave: bye cortney

20:00:43 JenW: safety to you

20:00:45 Cortney: well one last comment

20:00:51 lee: Nice to meet you

20:00:57 dave: elgg.educationbridges.net

20:01:16 Cortney: I think that the more you connect with kids in their interests (tv, radio, web) — the better relationship you’ll have and the more of an impact you’ll have

20:01:56 Cortney: ok…gotta go bye everyone and it’s been a pleasure.

20:02:02 JenW: good night

20:02:03 SusanEttenheim: bye cortney

20:02:09 lee: Bye

20:02:25 cwe: I am waiting for you guys to develop the Elgg book- I saw the Community 🙂

20:02:40 JasonR: Has anyone seen the BBC series, Look Around You. It’s a parody of educational films: http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/lookaroundyou/

20:02:52 dave: http://mirrors.creativecommons.org/

20:03:02 JenW: I don’t think the problem is with the video

20:03:18 JenW: I think it is with the teachers using the video and how they prsent and use it

20:03:35 JenW: I mean — if there is no preparation — then you shouldn’t show the video

20:03:42 JenW: but YES, there are some bad videos — 🙂

20:04:06 JasonR: My favorite hotdog food modifier: http://www.octodog.net/

20:04:53 JasonR: Does Elana have contact info for follow up?

20:04:56 dave: http://tutorcasts.org/?q=node/3

20:05:03 JenW: and links on the projects???

20:05:12 lee: Hi Bill

20:05:21 SusanEttenheim: yes please!

20:05:22 JasonR: Yeah…that kind of stuff

20:05:23 SusanEttenheim: http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses

20:05:32 SusanEttenheim: this isn’t exactlly the video but it’s close

20:06:24 SusanEttenheim: dave’s url was the one i meant!

20:06:28 dave: 🙂

20:06:34 dave: dave wins!

20:06:51 JasonR: Really, check out Look Around You. It’s a hoot.

20:07:24 SusanEttenheim: ugh jason! that was ridiculous!

20:07:49 elanger: elana.langer@gmail.com

20:07:49 JasonR: The Octodog or Look Around You?

20:08:01 elanger: praxistv.com

20:08:03 JasonR: Both.

20:09:18 SusanEttenheim: thank you elana!

20:09:37 JenW: prince edwards??

20:09:45 SusanEttenheim: what is the url for elana’s work?

20:09:47 JenW: thank you again

20:09:58 elanger: www.praxistv.com

20:10:27 JenW: the link you gave comes up in german??

20:10:30 cwe: Thanks -great as usual

20:10:39 SusanEttenheim: that’s a site in german?

20:10:43 JenW: yes, as always — so fun

20:10:55 JenW: the praxistv site came up in german for me

20:11:07 SusanEttenheim: yes it’s defaulting to something else

20:11:13 JenW: and bounces to another site

20:13:09 lee: Great interview…

20:13:14 lee: Thanks guys

20:13:36 elanger: thanks everyone.

20:13:40 JenW: good night

20:13:52 dave: goodnight everyone

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