Join in a conversation about connecting our students on http://youthvoices.net this fall. Join us live at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Wed Sep 10 at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt This will be an practical planning session. If you’ve wanted to get your students connected with their peers around interest-based projects that they share, join us tonight! Let us know if you would like to jump into the Hangout with us, or join the chat at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt
Join K12 educators from CA, UT, MO, AL, MI, PA, NY talking #FergusonSyllabus & the new sch yr edtechtalk.com/ttt 9PM ET/6PM PT 8.27 #NWP
This Wednesday at 9PM ET/6PM PT, we are gathering a small group of teachers — most of us using http://youthvoices.net — to continue talking about how we are bringing the Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson protests into our classrooms.
As you may already know, Teachers Teaching Teachers (TTT) http://edtechtalk.com/ttt is an informal webcast where we have been meeting every Wednesday at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific since 2006, most recently on a Google+ Hangout On Air. YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF7D01E81E9C0D94F Please subscribe: http://www.teachersteachingteachers.org/feed/podcast/
Last week Marcia Chatelain joined us to talk about her thinking around #FergusonSyllabus . http://edtechtalk.com/ttt407-welcome-back-after-ferguson-w-marcia-chatelain-karen-fasimpaur-alicia-lobaco-jo-paraiso-and
In a recent post “5 Ways to Teach About Michael Brown and Ferguson in the New School Year” Christopher Emdin wrote just what many of us needed as we return to talk with skeptical colleagues. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-emdin/5-ways-to-teach-about-michael-brown-and-ferguson-in-the-new-school-year_b_5690171.html I know I’ll be using it this week when I return to my small transfer middle-becoming-high school in the Bronx, New Directions Secondary School.
We would love it if you could join us this Wednesday at 9PM Eastern to bring us your perspective and to help guide our conversation. Often we see TTT as a open staff meeting where all are welcomed to join. I embed the broadcast at the top of a Titanpad where people watch and discuss what we are saying.
Let me know if you would like to join us this Wednesday in our Hangout On Air at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific, or listen in and chat with us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt
We’d love to have you!
This Wednesday at 6PM ET/9PM PT we were planning a “Welcome Back” episode for Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtalk.com/ttt, something about how to launch connected learning with Youth Voices in our classrooms and how to be more planful about connecting our curriculum. #connectedlearning
How do we do with that after Michael Brown’s killing and the Ferguson protests? More than ever we need those days, even weeks of trust-building with our students, yet we also can’t pretend that Ferguson isn’t happening. Oddly, I’m reminded of what it has been like figure out how to mark September 11th each school year for the past dozen years, given how quickly that day happens after school begins.
I want to invite you to come to Teachers Teaching Teachers this Wednesday at 9PM ET/6PM PT to talk about how you are going to be launching a connected learning curriculum this year, how you might be interested to join us on Youth Voices http://youtvoices.net and how you are talking about and learning from Michael Brown’s killing, the protests, and the confrontatons in Ferguson. #FergusonSyllabus
Please watch the conversation live and join the chat athttp://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT #stuvoice #michaelbrown #Ferguson #NWP
Please consider joining us directly in the conversation in the Hangout on Air. All you have to do is to let me know so that I can send you an invitation. (A link to join us will also be available at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt)
and her colleagues, Alicia Lobaco
and Ji Lee., plus and more are planning to join us.
Learn more about vialogues and NowComment and other digital annotation tools on Teachers Teaching Teachers on Wed. 7.30 at 9PM ET/6PM PT
Mason Hooton vialogues.com Dan Doernberg nowcomment.com on Wed 9PM ET/6PM PT digital annotation edtechtalk.com/ttt #NWP
will be joining us for a conversation about the affordances of tools like vialogues and NowComment. If you know a lot about online annotating or if these tools are new to you, please plan to join this conversation at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wednesday at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Here are a couple of provocations/invitations to practice with some of the tools we will be talking about on Wednesday:
In NowComment, I put up a short, wonderful article about Dialectical Notebooks by Ann Berthoff, an article from 30 years ago. Add your comments here: http://nowcomment.com/documents/24324
And Terry put up fascinating video on vialogues, and along with Terry, we invite you to “respond to the vialogue as one would in any close reading: response, questions, summing up, snark where appropriate, touchstone ideas.” https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/7800
There’s so much to learn here. We hope you will join us.
How do we bring the excitement of the summer into our classrooms? Join us Wed. 7.23 on TTT 9PM ET/6PM PT
How will your summer work/play impact your work at school? Join http://edtechtalk.com/ttt w/ your answers Wed 7.23 9PM ET/6PM PT #NWP #clmooc
On http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wed. 7.23 at 9PM ET/6PM PT, as part of our conversation about how to bridge between our summer experiences and our lives in school (detailed below) will be letting us know about some of the possibilities of the K12 Online Conference http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=2400
Please plan to join us!
I was in a workshop today at the New York City Writing Project and a young teacher was proudly emailing her work from that workshop to her boyfriend, “because he wants to see what teachers do in the summer!”
I’ll bet a lot of people would like to know what we do in the summer.
For decades, teachers have met at local sites of the National Writing Project to become writers for a few weeks, and to reflect on how this experience makes them re-think their pedagogy.
The serious, collaborative, infectious play of #clmooc last year and again this year is another example of teachers allowing themselves to do something different in the summer because they know how these experiences impact their work in the fall, winter, and spring back at school.
But does it really? How do you think your work/play/collaborations this summer will impact your teaching when you return to school?
Join us for a conversation with , and other teachers and students from #clmooc , the New York City Writing Project and beyond!
Please plan to join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT on Wednesday, July 23.
On Friday, July 11th at 9AM PT/Noon ET, from Galway, Ireland (where it will be 5PM) and will bring you a special Teachers Teaching Teachers episode, sponsored by the Summer to Make, Play, and Connect http://makesummer.org/.
Join us on Friday at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt and ;et your friends and your networks know so that they can join us too.
This Chris has invited some interesting educators from Ireland and Michighan to come to http://edtechtalk.com/ttt for a conversation about Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager. Please let us know if you would like like to join us in the Hangout on Air as well!
If you have read the book, or are reading it… or would just love to talk about “making, tinkering and engineering in the classroom” please plan to join us at this special time for a TTT show: Friday July 11th 9AM Pacific/10Am Mountain/11AM Central/Noon Eastern/5PM Galway, Ireland. More times: http://goo.gl/ax7eMo
The Summer to Make, Play, and Connect is an effort to make the most of summer using an approach called Connected Learning. Connected Learning leverages the advances of the digital age to make education more relevant and meaningful — connecting academics to interests, learners to inspiring peers and mentors, and educational goals to the higher order skills the new economy demands. As part of the Summer to Make, Play and Connect, the Mozilla Foundation is leading a Maker Party effort and the National Writing Project is engaging educator innovators, in school and out, in learning opportunities featured at Educator Innovator that take place during the summer and beyond.
This Friday July 11th, join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtalk.com/ttt for a conversation about Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager. Please let us know if you would like like to join us in the Hangout on Air.
Happy Summer Vibes!
and I invite you to join us on Teachers Teaching Teachers at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt this Wednesday at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT.
We will be talking about how to connect on Youth Voices more carefully through online units/6-week courses/moocs…
Karen Fasimpaur — who will help to facilitate our Hangout on Air on Wednesday — did an amazing job of summarizing our thinking to this point.
We need you to help us push this through to even more exciting connections this fall — which starts in mid-August for some of us.
*Please go to Karen’s post and write a response: http://www.k12opened.com/blog/archives/1582*
Or respond to this post
Please let us know if you will be able to join us this Wednesday, July 9 at 2PM ET/11AM PT.
We will also be joined by six teachers who are participants in the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program http://youthvoices.net/summer2014
Let us know what you are thinking!
The Eight Elements of a Good Project
Purpose and Relevance. Is the project personally meaningful? Does the project prompt intrigue in the learner enough to have him or her invest time, effort, and creativity in the development of the project?
Time. Sufficient time must be provided for learners to think about, plan, execute, debug, change course, expand, and edit their projects. Class time affords students equal access to expertise and materials; projects may also need sufficient out-of-school time.
Complexity. The best projects combine multiple subject areas and call upon the prior knowledge and expertise of each student. Best of all, serendipitous insights and connections to big ideas lead to the greatest payoff for learners.
Intensity. Children have a remarkable capacity for intensity that is rarely tapped by the sliced-and-diced curriculum. Projects provide an outlet for the exercise of that intensity. Think about how long kids can spend mastering a video game, reading a favorite book series, memorizing the attributes of Pokemon, or building a tree house, and you have a good template for successful project-based learning.
Connection. During great projects students are connected to each other, experts, multiple subject areas, powerful ideas, and the world via the Web. The lessons learned during interpersonal connections that are required by collaborative projects last a lifetime. While there is some merit in organizing student groups to “teach” collaboration, a teacher can hope to create a more natural environment in which students collaborate (or do not) based on their own needs. Collaboration may consist of observing a peer, asking a quick question, or by working with the same teammates for the duration of a project.
Access. Students need access to a wide variety of concrete and digital materials anytime, anyplace. Personal student laptops make this possible, but we also need to think about the quality and quantity of craft materials, books, tools, hardware, software, and Internet access that allows learners to follow paths we may never have anticipated. When non-consumable materials are used, such as LEGO bricks, a sufficient quantity is necessary to ensure that students have everything they need for their projects and can leave the finished products together long enough for others to learn from them. The last thing you want is one student cannibalizing a classmate’s work during project creation.
Shareability. This is the big idea of project-based learning! Students need to make something that is shareable with others. This provides a great deal of motivation, relevance, perspective making, reciprocal learning, and an authentic audience for the project. “A project is something you want to share” is a sufficient definition for learners of all ages.
Novelty. Few project ideas are so profound that every child needs to engage in its development in every class, or year after year. Yes, that means that it may be time to rethink the annual marshmallow adobe project. If one student makes a fantastic discovery during a project, others can learn from it without slavishly repeating the steps of the pioneering student. In a healthy community of practice, learning continues and knowledge is shared naturally without coerced repetition.