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A Model Web 2.0 Collaborative Project for Social Studies! August 30, 2007

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This morning I continue my journey through the wonderful resources in the current issue of Midlink Magazine. One of the projects, On The Trail Of The First People was created by Karen Kliegman, a library media and ed tech specialist from Searingtown School, Albertson, NY (she is also an adjunct professor at Long Island University, NY).   This project really stands out as On The Trail Of The First People is a Web 2.0 project that is aimed for use in a social studies unit in a 4th or 5th grade classroom focused on indigenous people. The project begins in October, 2007 so sign up now! In terms of content, the project is a standards based project that asks students to become geographically and culturally aware of the indigenous people that they are studying. Most importantly, it asks for students to relate how the geographic attributes of the area- its climate, natural resources, and natural habitat have influenced the culture of the tribe.

How does a teacher implement this project in the classroom? Not to worry! Karen has provided a very detailed guide regarding how to sign up and implement the project. It is a model Web 2.0 project as Karen has integrated blogs or wikis into the project as well as social mapping and mind mapping tools. The social mapping tool, Community Walk, is used to create a geographic awareness of the location of the indigenous people of interest. Following brainstorming using a mind mapping tool and research using information literacy skills, the tribe location(s) and important geographic points would be placed on the map using the project Community Walk. Points on the map can be annotated with pictures, photos, and comments. A class wiki would be used for group research, brainstorming, project development, etc. Student blogs could be used to document individual thoughts about the project and their independent contributions. The class wiki would be collaborative in that any other teacher/classroom could contribute to it. Even more outstanding, by signing up for the project, Karen has set up a project wiki for the teachers that are involved!

Integral to the project is its collaborative spirit where students are brainstorming, researching, mapping, and creating final research products such as short movies or a Slideshare (published PowerPoint) for others who are involved in the project to see, learn from, comment on, etc. There is so much potential regarding this project. First, I am hopeful that a teacher with a large number students from indigenous tribe(s) contributes to the project. This would be invaluable to all of the other collaborating teachers/classrooms. I am also hopeful that other teachers will guide their students to use and integrate audio and/or video of the children/people of the indigenous tribe(s) of interest. The power of the human voice is amazing, and culturally, storytelling has played a large role within indigenous people in the Americas and worldwide.

I am hoping to get Karen interviewed/ “podcasted” soon. Meanwhile, shoot her an e-mail if you are a upper elementary teacher who enjoys social studies and wants to embark upon a powerful, highly motivational professional learning experience while guiding her students through a creative, innovative Web 2.0 learning opportunity! Like all of the editors from Midlink, I am sure Karen would help guide you through this project using the materials she has created and the teacher wiki.


A New Issue of Midlink has been Published…Check It Out! August 6, 2007

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That’s right… a new issue of Midlink has been published thanks to our technical editor, Glenn Gurley. This issue, our July-December 2007 issue, contains projects that are loosely tied around the concept of Digital Storytelling.

I’d like to focus on one of the projects in the new issue this morning. Find a Story…Map a Story…Tell a Story was created by our Senior Editor, Brenda Dyck, Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. In this project, Brenda outlines a means to have students develop a storyline around a specific map and places on this this map. This model Web 2.0 project involves the use of first identifying the location of the story focus, development of the map using tools such as Community Walk, Wayfaring or Google Maps, and finally, elaborating on specific places on the map using text and images to develop a story.

This outstanding project requires learning how to use a Web 2.0 online mapping tool, development of a cohesive story around places on a map, and integration of photos and text. Brenda includes a rubric for this project. One of the aspects I love about this project is that it involves using digital means to give life to a location that holds a special memory or meaning. I think that most of us could think of a location that holds special meaning to us. I can imagine that in a classroom, development of a story around a memory would allow students to work on many aspects of literacy in a 21st Century medium making the story more meaningful and relevant.

To fully appreciate the possibilities of this project, check out the example that Brenda gives on her website.

Some other thoughts that I have regarding how this project might be replicated:

– One could use this same model to create a historical narrative using a map to accurately place the story in context.

– Students could create a short bibliographic narrative about a historical figure, once again, using the map as a means to put the narrative in context.

– As a science teacher and scientist by training, I can not resist. How about having students relate the migration or extinction of a species using this same model?

Do you have other ideas? We would love to hear from you. Just comment on this post to share your thoughts.

Interested in collaborating with Brenda or simply getting some pointers on how to incorporate this project into your curriculum, please e-mail her. A primary facet of Midlink is to reach out to others with our project ideas.

Finally, as an aside, Brenda was recently interviewed by the NSBA, National School Boards Association, regarding her thoughts about professional development for teachers around the use of 21st Century Tools. Listening to this podcast may give you some insight regarding the depth of her knowledge and passion for educational technology: http://www.nsba. org/t+l/audio/ BrendaDyck. mp3 . Congratulations, Brenda, on this interview. I’m hoping we can shore up our plans for a future podcast on this blog where we can explore your ideas about integration of Web 2.0 into the classroom.

Design of a Web 2.0 Class for Teens…. June 26, 2007

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I am teaching a week long course in Web 2.0 to 12-15 year old girls/boys. This is the third year that I have taught teen camps in the summer as I have taught summer tech courses to teachers for 7 years prior to this.

I have 35 hours to teach these students (all of which that I have never known before) Web 2.0 (or at least as much as I can get out to them). For the design of the class I am using a Wiki. I am doing this so that the students will be able to use the resources and access their work once they finish the class from home or school. I have also decided to design the course using all open source and free online Web 2.0 services. Why? Because these teens do not have the money to buy Microsoft Office 2007. Moreover, they do not have Adobe Photoshop and many other expensive software titles available at home- way too expensive. They surely do not have these resources at their schools- albeit, maybe MS Office 2003. We are using Dell Inspiron laptops that are 4 years old. We are running Win XP Pro on them. The laptops do not have wireless cards so we are using the school’s LAN. We have no filtering software on the network.

What would you teach if you had this eager group of kids for a week? Having taught adults and teens technology, I know that teens learn quicker than adults (no offense intended); but really, what are the most valuable Web 2.0 concepts and skills to teach in a meager 35 hours?

I have decided on wikis, blogging, podcasting, and digital storytelling (converted to a vodcast). The wiki will be the hub and all other aspects will be linked to it such as the blogs, podcasts, and video from the digital stories. We will also touch upon the up and coming 3-D web. We will explore development of 3-D animated avatars and teen Second Life.

I asked the campers to decide on subject that they were passionate about. I told them it should be a hobby or simply something they really enjoyed- nothing academic. Today I had 13 year old girls creating an exciting podcast about endangered wolves and a 11 year old boy collaborating with a 14 year old boy regarding a podcast about the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. The others are just as interesting.

My take home message from our second full day- let a child be creative with something that they are passionate about and judge not… Whether it be the Red Sox rivalry or the endangered grey wolf, kids are amazing when given the tools to explore and pursue their passions.

Oh, we used Wikispaces for the wiki platform. We used Meez to create our avatars. We used Audacity and podfree music resources for the podcasts. And finally, we used Podbean to create our blogs.

My campers asked if they could work tonight on their podcasts. Several are interviewing family members this evening. Their parents PAID for this…. There is NO GRADE INVOLVED. Ownership of one’s creative venture- whether it is the students’ projects or the design of my class…it is our driving force.

Albert Einstein…would he have fallen through the cracks? June 23, 2007

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I’m back… I have been gone on a 6 day adventure to Lake Cumberland, KY on a houseboat trip with family. No Internet. Little cell phone coverage. No T.V. Alot of fishing, board and card games with family, and some wonderful new insights regarding the lives and extraordinary times of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin (recommended reading for the science enthusiasts and history buffs) both by Walter Isaacson.

I’d like to focus on just a couple of points in “Einstein, His Life and Universe” by Isaacson that really got me thinking. (Isaacson does a masterful job of interweaving the story of the man while also keeping fairly true to the science. It is a very readable book although it helps to have an interest in physics.)

A prominent personality trait that Einstein sported was that he rebuked arbitrary authority and questioned many the established theories of the day in theoretical/experimental physics. A second important quality was that Einstein believed in the essential nature of freedom of thought to maximize the potential for creative and intellectual ventures.  As I have been reflecting on these two items, I have been thinking about how Einstein might have faired in our current educational system. These are all just hypothetical questions but I think they are worth putting out there.

Would Einstein have enjoyed technology and if so, what web 2.0 tools would he have used?

Would he have embraced the Internet as a source of information for his thought experiments?

If Einstein had been in a public school, how might have the No Child Left Behind Act affected the development of his scientific genius?

Would he have been labeled as student with aspergers, a mild form of autism?

Would he have been put on medications that might have dulled his amazing drive to pursue answers to the kinds of theories that theoretical and experimental physicists struggle with today?

Could he have ended up in a special education program as he was “difficult” and odd?

We do not and will never know the answers to these hypothetical questions. But these questions have raised my consciousness to the fact that never before have we had the tools and resources to reach out to kids that learn differently, socialize differently , or develop in any capacity differently. Moreover, technology can provide learning opportunities as never before for blind, deaf, and otherwise handicapped children.

But where is this happening? How regularly is it happening? Are we developing teachers that have the ability to know how to use technologies to help these children? Do we even know HOW to best leverage current technologies to educate these same children? Are current national and state education paradigms thwarting or helping bring technologies to the hands of those who are “different” (aren’t we all different, really?) in our educational system? Are the testing programs in so many states helping foster independent thinkers?

Finally, as we live in a world that faces enormous challenges such as global warming, the AIDs crisis in Africa, political strife that has existed for so long in the Middle East, etc., I think we NEED the intellectual and creative “genius” of every child out there. Don’t we NEED a system that questions arbitrary authority (just because we have done things a certain way for the past 100 years, it may very well be time for a change 🙂 )? As well, we need an educational system that provides room for freedom of thought so that children can best develop their intellectual and creative “genius” whether it is artistic, qualitatively inclined, quantitatively inclined, etc.

I will get back to “Emerging Ed Tech” tools in the next couple of blog entries. Meanwhile, I am going to think about how many “Einsteins” (Einsteins- referring to any individual with dignity and worth and with the ability to make positive contributions no matter what their inclinations) are falling through the cracks because their intellectual or creative needs are not being nourished in our current educational system. Moreover, how many of these “Einsteins” can’t hear, can’t see, can’t speak, or don’t socialize in culturally appropriate ways?

In closing, I hate to think of a world that might never have known and benefited from the creative and intellectual genius of Albert Einstein, and I keep thinking of the loss we would have incurred had he never been able to rise to the forefront of theoretical physics. E = MC2, the General Theory of Relativity, and the Photoelectric Effect… A strange man, eccentric, brilliant, often antisocial, extremely focused… Disheveled appearance, no socks, a cotton sweater in nearly every temperature… Thank god for the spectrum of intellect that included Albert Einstein’s mind and mental abilities and his resilience to pursue his interests against all odds. It is sad to think that in this current state of wonderful technological advances that children may not rise to their full intellectual potential. We simply have to rise to the challenge and leverage the technology at our hands to allow the best in each child to flourish.

Professional Development- IT Gurus Unite! June 15, 2007

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I’ve been alternating a bit between providing practical how-to’s for the K-12 classroom versus providing just some more global thoughts about K-12 instructional technology. I think this is OK as I am constantly learning new tools and wanting to share that information while also thinking very seriously about some of the challenges and opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 in K-12 classrooms.

This morning I am going to blog a bit about my feelings regarding ed tech professional development in K-12 environments. There seems to be no consensus among the experts in K-12 ed tech regarding what is the best model for providing PD to K-12 faculty. Given this fact, I feel fairly safe in blogging about this.

First and foremost, I’ve come to the conclusion that effective PD has to be tailored to each individual school’s “situation”. That is, we need knowledgeable and strategic instructional technology gurus (term used loosely) in each school so that a school’s faculty can be provided PD that is relevant to their own ed tech limitations and opportunities. Our IT gurus in a perfect world could speak the language of IT and then be able to translate this effectively in layman’s language. I think that if there is anything that will “turn a teacher off” to tech, it is a guru who speaks of XML, AJAX, firewire ports, etc. while what is really needed is someone who will speak in plain English regarding what time the computer lab could be scheduled for.

Another thought. It is so important that a school has a culture of positive energy regarding risk taking, innovation, and discovery. Why? Because even in the best of situations- teachers that are in 1:1 computing environments with whiteboards, data projectors, wireless Internet, etc., SUPPORT is required most obviously in the way of TIME. Our students are developing logarithmically in their use of technology; meanwhile, most adults are in their linear phase at best. As an IT guru, one would hope to get as many teachers as possible on a steep, linear developmental path that is personally rewarding. Why personally rewarding? Because so many teachers give so much and are stretched to such limits that it has to be personally rewarding to make it worth the extra time and effort to learn technology and how to implement it in the classroom.

In a positive culture such as this, ideally one would not get hung up on high stakes testing, lack of the best computers, and crowded classrooms (these battles have to be waged on another front, perhaps a different post). We have to focus on the one computer that teachers do have in their classrooms and then guide them regarding how to use it with their students to bring relevant learning to their students’ lives. Let’s get the focus off of what we don’t have and focus on what we do as the prior has not gotten us anywhere in terms of providing relevant learning opportunities for children. (I focus on the word relevant as I can hardly imagine what it must be like for a student to use their wired desktop at home to Skype and IM to friends while simultaneously doing homework and adding items to their MySpace page only to go to school the following day and sit with a 5 year old textbook and a notebook with lined paper. No wonder why we have so many children acting out in the classroom. Again, this is topic for another blog post.)

Administration… We must get our administrators “on board” or off the ship. Yes, radical. Get them blogging instead of spending the school’s money on postage for monthly newsletters. If they will not blog, find someone who will blog at the school and see if you can get administrators to agree on a monthly podcast to the community. IT gurus, ask to meet weekly with administrators in strategic positions and give them private lessons on how to use a wiki, blogs, or even just how to spice up the signature on their e-mails. Maybe help them create a slideshow of pictures taken at a school event. I have faith that those who experience the power of Web 2.0 will not turn back but will instead move forward. I think that eyes opened to a world of tools that make life fun, creative, and in many cases easier will have a new outlook on what they must do to create policy, to find funding, and to hire staff to effectively lead their schools to become 21st Century Learning models. Administrators that are recognized by their colleagues for their own Web 2.0 prowess will be empowered and will be more likely to support ed tech in their schools. Administrators who will not get “on board” regarding moving their schools toward 21st Century Learning models need to be let go. In many ways, these administrators are far worse than incompetent teachers, because in this case, administrators hold the keys to the tools that empower those who are changing lives on a daily basis- teachers.

One last thought…at least for this morning… in this blog post. IT gurus…abandon the after school model of delivering PD to teachers. They are TIRED. They need to go home and take care of themselves and their families and so do you! Teach the staff how to use their iPods as a personal on-demand PD resource. Make it your mission to go to every teacher’s classroom and observe them. Find your risk takers and help them to integrate a Web 2.0 tool into a unit or lesson that they are already teaching. Next, have them present for 10 minutes at a faculty meeting. You have to have lit matches to get a fire burning! State legislatures…find the money to provide incentives to teachers that will attend a week long 21st Century PD summer institute. Get your best IT gurus from around the state to identify key teachers at this institute and have these key teachers act as mentors and social networking hubs for other teachers. Provide them incentives to do so. Create a state social network of teachers that are life long learners committed to supporting each other in a journey to learn new technologies to bring digital literacy and relevant learning to their lives and their students’ lives.

All of this is easier said than done. But WE HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. This morning I reiterate what I feel most passionately about, “Let’s get the focus off of what we don’t have and focus on what we do as the prior has not gotten us anywhere in terms of providing relevant learning opportunities for children.” After all, connecting with kids and changing lives- this really is the bottom line.

What do you think? Do you disagree? Have something to add? Let’s get a conversation going.

Skype me in, Scottie… June 14, 2007

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VoIP, or Voice Over Internet Protocol, is a way to basically place a phone or conference call over the internet. It is not a new type of application but instead one that is becoming mainstream- certainly for teens who wish to chat or talk to their friends. I thought that in today’s blog I might run through the various VoIP applications and discuss how they might be used in the classroom, one’s professional life outside the classroom, and personally. The image below show a graphic of how VoIP works:

“Voice over IP.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 10 Jun 2007, 02:26 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 14 Jun 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Voice_over_IP&oldid=137165018>.

Though there are numerous VoIP apps in the web-o-sphere, three have risen to the top: Skype, Gizmo, and iChat. I initially used Gizmo as it was an open source app (I am an open source fan!), and it was the first app. that allowed me to record my conversations. In fact, the podcast on this bog with Caroline McCullen was recorded using Gizmo. I just called her on the landline in her office and then using my Gizmo app., I recorded the audio and later edited it. Now I use Skype as it is not so arguably the most widely used VoIP application. It is free to download (like Gizmo), now allows video conferencing with one other connection (person), allows one to record the session via a third party application that is built into the platform, and it also allows one to have conference calls with a limited number of connections (people). Skype has become so popular that many people are dropping their landline accounts and purchasing Skype head sets and hand sets from RadioShack and Walmart. The third application, iChat works only on the Mac OS but has many nice features. It does require a mac and a .mac account, but allows audio and video calls like Skype and Gizmo. In the new Mac OS to come out this fall, it will have the added feature that you can actually show/share your desktop with the person you are talking with on iChat. Wow! Take note that with all of these apps. you can only call someone who has the same app. running on their machine for it to be completely FREE. For one to call using a VoIP client to a landline there is usually a very small charge. The key here is to get all of your friends, family, and even students to get the free clients on their computers.

I currently use Skype in my classroom, in my work life outside the classroom, and for personal use. In terms of personal use, I often call my parents using Skype and take them on what I call Skype tours. As I live in North Carolina and they live in Illinois, I cart my laptop (built in webcam and connected via the wireless network in my house) around the house and yard to show them my garden, my pets, me :), etc. They love it as we feel more connected through video.

In the classroom I have used Skype for various purposes. Several weeks ago I “Skyped” in a expert in ed. tech from New York City into my classroom to observe and talk to my students who were working through their robotics unit and building their robotics wikis. It was a valuable experience for all to share their experiences with the expert that we “beamed” in. Again, I just attached a microphone up to my laptop (built in webcam and connected via the wireless network in the school) and our expert was able to see us and the students were able to talk to her. I connected the audio jack on my computer up to my speakers so that the students could easily hear her. As well, my students have used Skype to create podcasts, and in fact, many of the podcast in our Podcasts from the Heart Project were created with Skype.

In my professional life outside of the classroom I have used Skype predominately to record audio for podcasts (as described above with Caroline McCullen). Just yesterday I used it for a different purpose. I am teaching a camp this summer and my camp assistant is a gifted and talented individual with excellent programming skills and teaching skills (hard to believe these have come in the same package!) We conducted a video conference and discussed the camp while editing the wiki we are collaboratively developing for the camp. We also shared files as Skype allows one to transfer files from one computer to another. So while we were talking, we transferred a PowerPoint presentation as well as a image of a plot of land in Second Life 🙂 .

Oral histories, podcasts, audio for vodcasts or video presentations, pen pals as well as Skype pals? The sky is the limit- Skype me in, Scottie. What ideas do you have? What have you tried in the classroom?

Keep Your Eye Out For FedEx :) June 13, 2007

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This morning I was listening to a podcast by Anne Davis from last year’s K-12 Online Conference entitled, “Remixing Obstacles into Opportunities”. It is a great podcast and really reflects Anne’s deep commitment to helping the educational community join forces to make change in what has become an increasingly broken public school education system. You can still access all of the presentations via the 2006 K-12 Online Conference feeds: http://podchains.net/feed.php?id=02a2602d1c701317ed9e85a325257808 and http://podchains.net/feed.php?id=3898426cb783156a42021b79bc79e644 . (Just enter these URLs into iTunes after choosing “Advanced” > “Subscribe to Podcast” in the tool bar. Anne’s keynote is in the second feed.) These two podcast feeds provide wonderful sources of on demand professional development (these are today’s resources for the blog post)!

Anne’s podcast particularly touched me as I was reminded that I am so fortunate to be at a school where their isn’t high stakes testing, where administration understands the importance of digital literacy, where I have colleagues that support me in my crazy ed tech adventures, etc. I am so lucky.

The ability to be intellectually creative in my teaching is what keeps me alive in the classroom- and technology is a big part of this. This is all the more reason that I must take what I am learning regarding ed tech and do what I can to help others see that there are opportunities in obstacles no matter what their situation regarding their efforts to promote technology in their schools. I truly believe that even in the worst of educational conditions that each of us can make a difference- even under the national, state, and local restrictions that make teaching more challenging than ever. As I said to a group of NC State Senators in a presentation last week, “If I could give one piece of technology that would make a world of difference in the lives of NC teachers, it would be to give each of them their OWN personal laptop connected up to their OWN data projector with an Internet connection.” Now if I would just win the lottery 🙂 . Educators unite- choose one obstacle in your own situation and turn it into an opportunity! Meanwhile, keep your eye out for FedEx in case I really do win big!

What is in store for the Department of Education Budget in 2008?- A must see… June 12, 2007

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On the road again…no, I meant on the blog again :). The school term is nearly out, and I will finally have some much needed reflection and professional development time on my hands. So, this morning I start with something different. Something that is going on while so many of us intend to use our summer learning new Web 2.0 tools. It is a VERY interesting look at the proposed 2008 Federal Budget by President Bush. This initial budget will be modified by congress and hopefully ratified in October after much debate. Check this out: http://www.thebudgetgraph.com/poster/.

This is a very clever visual representation. I think that the overused cliche “a picture says a thousand words” really does apply here. Shift/control to zoom in to take a look at what that big blue circle on the left is. Next pan over to the upper right and take a look at the Department of Education breakout. Finally, peruse down to the lower right where the poster says “Total Budget”. This breakout suggests that President Bush is asking for 717 billion dollars for the Military and National Security in 2008. Meanwhile, this initial budget provides all of the other departments of the government 358 billion dollars (the US Dept. of Education falls here with 56 billion dollars). Overall this translates in percentages to a 11% increase in spending for Defense and a 1% decrease in spending on everything else. Meanwhile, we will spend 261 billion dollars on national debt interest, and the federal deficit will grow another 239 billion dollars. I guess on the brighter side of things, K-12 Education will receive a 7% increase in funding. Unfortunately, Higher Ed. will lose 6% under the proposed budget.

This poster would make an excellent talking point in a civics or US government class. It could also be incorporated into a math class. If you are a teacher who is out of school for summer break, this might be a great page to bookmark for the fall. Maybe you could have your students create a multimedia wiki describing the functions of the different departments of the federal government or even create podcasts describing departments of the federal government and then ask listeners to guess which department is being described. Math teachers- ask your students to create a National Budget digital story that incorporates pie chart or bar graphs to describe this poster. The possibilities are nearly endless.  Have some ideas?  Comment on this blog entry. Let the summer begin…

Note that any opinions explicitly expressed or implied in this blog entry are only the opinions of the author of this blog- not those of MidLink or any other MidLink editor.

Bachman, Jess. “Death and Taxes: 2008.” http://www.thebudgetgraph.com. 17 April 2007. 12 Jun 2007 <http://www.thebudgetgraph.com/poster/&gt;.

Podcasting for the Ed “Techie” in You! May 8, 2007

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On my last blog entry I posted a number of podcasts that I enjoy. My iPod, my friend, my personal professional development coach…

Here are a few podcast that I listen to that are more “tech” oriented. Again, I am sure that there are some other great ones out there. Please feel free to post a comment and let me know of some other “techie” podcasts that you enjoy.

CNET News.com Daily Tech Podcast: http://news.com.com/2547-1023_3-0-5.xml

Geek News Podcast: http://www.geeknewscentral.com/podcast.xml

Mike Tech Show Podcast: http://miketechshow.com/miketechshow.xml

MacCast- For Mac Geeks by Mac Geeks: http://feeds.feedburner.com/maccast

Some of my techie friends love TWIT- This Week In Tech: http://www.twit.tv/ You will need to go to this website and obtain subscriptions to the individual shows there!

A new strictly ed tech podcasts- suggested by a fellow ed tech friend (thank you, Laura)…

Moving at the Speed of Creativity (Wes Fryer): http://feeds.feedburner.com/speedofcreativity/podcasts

Do you have others? Suggest one! Enjoy. Subscribe and download a few of these into your iTunes, tranfer the podcasts from iTunes to your iPod, and head out for a professional development walk!

Podcasting…Coming of Age…Check Out These Podcasts May 2, 2007

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Podcasting is no longer a “new” Web 2.0 technology, but it is definitely coming of age. I thought that today I might pass along to you some ed tech podcasts that I often listen to while walking my dogs, gardening, etc. I call my iPod my personal professional development coach. These podcasts can be subscribed to using iTunes. In iTunes simply go to “advanced” in the menu bar and choose “subscribe to podcast”. Paste the RSS feed address provided below into the dialogue box.  If you need help with this process I have a webpage that describes the process.

I used the screening criteria that the RSS feeds are currently being maintained and new podcasts are being added regularly. The listing is not inclusive and if you have a ed tech podcast that you enjoy, please feel free to comment to this post and pass it along… These are strictly ed tech podcasts, and I will post some of my purely tech podcasts tomorrow.  Enjoy!

Connect Learning– David Warlick


Ed Tech Talkwww.edtechtalk.com


Podcast For Teachers– Dr. Kathy King and Mark Gura, Fordham University


Teachers Teaching Teachers– Paul Allison, Lee Baber, Susan Ettenheim, and Thomas Locke


Women of Web 2.0– Vicki Davis, Cheryl Oakes, Sharon Peters, and Jennifer Wagner