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Jan 28 2014

Rhizomatic Learning - The community is the curriculum with Dave Cormier and Terry Elliott on TTT - Wed. 1.29.14 9PM ET/6PM PT

The community is the curriculum #Rhizo14 @davecormier @tellio Jo Paraiso @csloan & YOU! Wed 1.29 - 9PM ET/6PM PT edtechtalk.com/ttt #NWP

In our own Rhizomatic way, we are planning a couple of things.

First, to catch up with Dave Cormier and what he’s up with his P2PU course “Rhizomatic Learning - The community is the curriculum” https://p2pu.org/en/courses/882/rhizomatic-learning-the-community-is-the-curriculum/ Is it a mooc? What’s happens after Week 3?

Second (if there is time left), in a throw-back to EdTechTalk shows where some of the earliest ideas for http://youthvoices.net came up a decade ago, we will be making plans to nurture Youth Voices LIVE! What’s next for us in connecting students? Take a look: http://youthvoices.net/live#topics

Here are a couple of provocations:

In his introduction to Rhizo14, Dave writes:

Let’s get something straight right out of the get go… it is true that I mostly don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve been experimenting with online community style learning (which I have, for reasons that might become apparent, called rhizomatic learning) for about 10 years now. This course is my latest experiment with it. You are all joining in with me, in various ways for various reasons, along a journey that will have different results for different people. I have already learned new things and the course hasn’t even started. I’m looking for new ways to explain the things I have come to believe about learning, the nagging sense of what might be true that I just can’t put into words. I am a nomad, not a knower. I’ll do what i can to help or answer, but this is not a situation where i know things that others don’t. I’m hosting a party, not trying to tell you what or how to think.

Dave’s first paragraph on the P2PU course reads:

Rhizomatic learning is a story of how we can learn in a world of abundance – abundance of perspective, of information and of connection. A paper/location based learning model forces us to make decisions, in advance, about what it is important for students to learn. This was a practical reality – if we were going to have content available for a course, it needed to be prepared in advance. In order to prepare the content in advance, we needed to prepare the objectives in advance. And, given that we know what everyone is supposed to learn, we might as well check and see if they all did and compare them against each other.

And Terry Elliott responds:

Some of the old stories (earth dominion, capitalism, be fruitful and multiply) might be destroying us all with their re-telling and re-enactment. I think the education story that Cormier outlines in the first paragraph is one of those self-destructive stories. Acknowledging that makes us all iconoclasts. I just don’t think we have found our new story yet. I would love to think that ‘rhizomatic learning’ in all its vague glory might be just the ticket.

Come continue the dialogue on Teachers Teaching Teachers on Wednesday at 6PM PT/7PM MT/8PM CT/9PM ET/10PM AT at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

This should be fun! http://youtu.be/tB1gAhSQNvY


Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan

Jan 21 2014

Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age (EDDA) Join Teachers from Oakland on TTT - Wed. 1.22.14

On Wednesday, Jan 22nd, 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern, please join five EDDA teachers and colleagues from Oakland Unified School District in Teachers Teaching Teacher’s webcast conversation about “What do you see as the benefits and challenges of bringing civic engagement into the classroom?”

The conversation will feature these teachers:
Marguerite Sheffer (Castlemont)
Robin Gibson (Skyline)
Jesse Shapiro (Oakland High)
Jessica Tyson (Oakland Tech)
Maryann Wolfe (Oakland Tech)

Also, on the program are:
Steven Moreno (History Specialist)
Paul Oh (National Writing Project)
Young Whan Choi (Civic Engagement Coordinator)

To watch the webcast and participate in the running chat, simply go to:

edtechtalk.com/TTT

You can join and leave the conversation any time from 6-7PM Pacific/9-10PM Eastern on Wed, Jan 22. Hope you all will join us!

Here are the educators who will be joining us on this week’s Teachers Teaching Teachers. We welcome your participation in a chat that is live during the webcast at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt. Come jump in with us at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific.


Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan

Jan 20 2014

On this episode of TTT we offer a conversation about the NY Times articles on Dasani: Invisible Child http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1

We are joined by:

Marina Lombardo Maribeth Whitehouse Stephanie West-Puckett Al Elliott

We were moved the NY Times articles and the issues they raise. Many of us teach students similar to Dasani, and this Times series gives us a great opportunity to talk about the issues that students like her present in our classrooms.

This is our third conversation about Dasani and students who face similar challenges, and what it’s like to be teachers in schools with students facing the challenges of poverty. Also see:

We’d love to know what your perspectives are on the issues raised in the Times series.
 


Go to EdTechTalk to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find links to several of the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


Jan 18 2014

On this episode of TTT, recorded on 10.9.13 as part of our series of Connected Educator Month http://connectededucators.org shows, we explore why open matters when we share curriculum.

We are joined by:

Greg Mcverry's profile photo Greg McVerry Christina Cantrill's profile photo Christina Cantrill Johanna Paraiso's profile photo Johanna Paraiso
Karen Fasimpaur's profile photo Karen Fasimpaur Joann Boettcher's profile photo Joann Boettcher Sheri Edwards's profile photo Sheri Edwards

Here’s a Digital Is http://digitalis.nwp.org/ resource on this topic, written by one of our frequent (and always welcomed) guests on TTT, Karen Fasimpaur:

Why does “open” matter?

Creative Commons Licence

There is a lot of talk about “open” these days. It’s the new black. It’s cool and hip, and marketeers are calling their products “open,” whether they are or not.

But what does “open” really mean? And why should we care?

For the purposes of this discussion, “open” refers to content that can be remixed, modified, and redistributed by anyone.

There’s an endless supply of free content on the Internet. How is open different from everything else that is free? In the United States, any content that is not public domain (by virtue of its age or designation as such by the creator) is copyrighted, whether or not it is indicated as such. Subject to certain excpeptions such as fair use, the copyright owner has exclusive rights to reproduce, prepare derivatives, and distribute the copyrighted work (section 107 of the copyright law).*

Open-licensed content, though, can be reused and redistributed without prior permission.

The most common open licenses are those provided by Creative Commons. An attachment below summarizes the various licenses and gives more info about open resources.

As educators, why should we care about open? Some of the reasons include economics, remixability, and promoting a culture of sharing. We’ll explore each of these in the chapters that follow.

BROWSE THIS RESOURCE

- See more at: http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/3837#sthash.ewnNpvyc.dpuf


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Jan 14 2014

The Case for Food Literacy on TTT - Wed. 1.15.13 - 9PM ET/6PM PT

Calling all gardeners, foodies, and critical inquirers! On TTT, Wed. 1.15.13 at 9PM ET/6PM PT meet teachers who have been developing amazing projects around food. We’ll be joined by +Joseph Franzen and +Brent Peters and +Lauren Goldberg and YOU at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

Here are a couple of teasers:

Before becoming an English teacher and Bread Loaf student, Brent Peters worked as a chef at the Mayan Café in Louisville, Kentucky. Joe Franzen has been an urban gardener, sustainability enthusiast, environmental educator, and kitchen magician for years. He has turned Fern Creek Traditional High School into an “edible campus.”

Read more at “The Case For Food Literacy” on the Bread Loaf Teacher Network Journal http://sites.middlebury.edu/bltnmag/2012/10/25/food-literacy/

See how Joe and Brent helped connect their students from Louisville with youths in the Navajo Nation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJoEdHe-p3s

Also take a look at Lauren Goldgerg’s article in the English Journal
“Herbivores, Carnivores, and Literavores: Argument and Appetite in the Classroom” http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/1026-jul2013/EJ1026Herb.pdf

We’d love to hear how your students have used food, gardening, and critical inquiry in their learning.

There’s so much to learn here. Please join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt at 9PM ET/6PM PT 


Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan

Jan 07 2014

TTT in 2014! Join on on Wed. Jan 8 for another conversation about Dasani 9PM ET/6PM PT

Happy New Year! TTT is back on Wed. 1.8.14 at 9PM ET/6PM PT with a conversation about the NY Times articles on Dasani: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1 We be joined by +Marina Lombardo +Maribeth Whitehouse +Stephanie West-Puckett +Al Elliott and we’d love to have you join us in the Hangout On Air — or in the chat room at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

If you were moved the NY Times articles and you would like to talk about the issues they raise, we would like to invite you to join us on this week’s Teachers Teaching Teachers - Wednesday, January 8, 2013 at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific.

Many of us teach students similar to Dasani, and this Times series gives us a great opportunity to talk about the issues she and students like her present in our classrooms.

We will continue our conversations about Dasani and students who face similar challenges… and what it’s like to be teachers in schools with such students… http://edtechtalk.com/node/5220

We’d love to have you and your perspectives on the issues raised in the Times series.

Another place to participate in conversations about Dasani: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/reading-club-invisible-child/

Jan 05 2014

On this episode of TTT we discuss social media in education with several high school students. We are joined by:

Paige is on a mission, and we learn a lot by when Joanna’s students who are working on http://youthvoices.net join her in this conversation.

Here’s what Paige wrote recently on Shane Haggerty’s blog http://publicassemblypr.com/2013/10/31/what-i-learned-one-students-mission/:

Changing the education system is difficult, but tangible.

For the past three months I have focused on integrating social media into the education system and, surprisingly, have found countless administrators, teachers, and social media gurus alike that are passionate about assisting me in my mission.

My social media education mission began with a simple Twitter account and blog on WordPress, yet my ultimate goal is to film a DVD to sell to school administrators that will explain why social media is beneficial in the classroom and how it can be incorporated into the curriculum.

Paige also writes (in an email):

I am really interested in students’ responsibility on social media and why they should monitor what they share, as college admissions and future employers alike research you on social media before accepting you into their college/university or allow you to represent their business.

I am also advocating for social media usage in the classroom because it exposes students to countless opportunities unavailable to them in their school district. As an example, without the use of social media and networking, I would not have made a presentation to Howard Rheingold’s class at Stanford University.

I am happy to brainstorm any other ideas as well.

Want more? Here’s Howard Rheingold’s interview with Paige and and her teacher, Don Wettrick, “Freedom, Autonomy, and Digital Media at an Indiana High School” http://dmlcentral.net/blog/howard-rheingold/freedom-autonomy-and-digital-media-indiana-high-school


Go to EdTechTalk to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast.


Jan 04 2014

CEM 2013 is ON http://connectededucators.org/! This is the first of five special episodes of TTT http://edtechtalk.com/ttt we did as part of Connected Educator Month. We gathered for this episode of TTT on October 2 to talk about what it means for each of us to be “connected” — and how this has changed our work with studnets. Enjoy!

Here’s who join us for this episode:

Christina Cantrill's profile photo Christina Cantrill Sheri Edwards's profile photo Sheri Edwards Valerie Burton's profile photo Valerie Burton
Johanna Paraiso's profile photo Johanna Paraiso Joann Boettcher's profile photo Joann Boettcher Karen Fasimpaur's profile photo Karen Fasimpaur Alan Levine's profile photo Alan Levine


Go to EdTechTalk to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find a couple of links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


Jan 03 2014

On this episode of TTT, along with Paul Oh, representing the National Writing Project’s Educator Innovator project http://blog.nwp.org/educatorinnovator, we consider developments at DIY.org http://diy.org with Andrew Silwinski @thisandagain, Megan Leppla @MeganLeppla from DIY.org and Jim Chandler, Science teacher and DiYer from Auburn, Maine.

DIY.org http://diy.org is a “a community for passion-based learning.” Enjoy!


Go to EdTechTalk to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find a couple of links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


Jan 01 2014

What an exciting group of teachers join us on this episode of TTT, recorded September 25, 2013. We talk about curriculum plans and using http://youthvoices.net together to connect our students and their inquiries. Enjoy this live webcast, and plan to join us soon on a Wednesday at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific.

Before all of that, at the beginning of this episode we take time to check in with a colleague who had been facing flooding in Colorado in the days before this webcast.

Joining us on this episode:

Griffina B.'s profile photo Griffina Blake Haley Sladek's profile photo Haley Sladek Joann Boettcher's profile photo Joann Boettcher Karen Fasimpaur's profile photo Karen Fasimpaur Maria Lam's profile photo Maria Lam
Kiran Chaudhuri's profile photo Kiran Chaudhuri Marina Lombardo's profile photo Marina Lombardo Jake Jacobs's profile photo Jake Jacobs Tommy Buteau's profile photo Tommy Buteau Aliyah Hayes's profile photo Aliyah Hayes


Go to EdTechTalk to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find a couple of links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


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This is a special episode of TTT, edited from a recording of a session at the National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting in Boston on November 21, 2013. In addition to the presenters, listed below, we are joined by Johanna’s amazing students and the thoughtful participants in this session.

Here’s how we described this session:

B7: Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age

1:30pm - 3:00pm Hynes, Level 1, 104

How do we help youth understand the potential for writing to have impact, leveraging authentic purposes and today’s online platforms? How do we prepare youth to be informed, engaged civic actors—community ready, in other words—and not simply college and career ready? The National Writing Project is partnering with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and the Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College to undertake a district-wide effort called, “Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age.” Join Paul Allison of the New York City Writing Project, and Jo Paraiso and Young Whan Choi of the OUSD, as they discuss—in person and virtually—a working partnership that leverages the Youth Voices platform as a means to support civic engagement in schools.

Presenter(s):
Paul Allison, New York City Writing Project 
Paul Oh, National Writing Project 
Johanna Paraiso, Oakland Unified School District 
Young Whan Choi, Oakland Unified School District 

On March 29, 2013 Paul Oh blogged in dComposing

What’s significant to me about the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age effort, beyond its mission of youth civic engagement, is that OUSD teachers have taken on a great deal of the leadership – so there’s a grassroots, locally informed relevance to the work- and that it joins together in-school and out-of-school educational opportunities. Youth have gotten to work with nearby partners like KQED http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/ and far-flung partners like Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net. Ultimately, the hope is that all HS youth before they graduate will be able to engage in a capstone project that demonstrates the skill of issue analysis, the ability to take action, and a reflective stance. As one of my EDDA colleagues from OUSD, Young-Whan Choi, has said, we want our youth to come away from this educational opportunity – and their entire school career – not just college and career ready, but community ready. http://dcomposing.com/2013/03/29/educating-for-democracy-in-the-digital-age/

We are planning a follow-up TTT webcast with Young Whan Choi, Paul Oh, and teachers involved in “Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age” at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Please plan to join us at EdTechTalk/ttt http://edtechtalk.com/ttt

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This webcast is also available at EdTechTalk.

Dec 30 2013

On this episode of TTT, we invite you to meet other teachers who have been using Youth Voices this fall to connect their students.

We shared our plans… dreams… ideas… worries…  as we moved into the fall semester.

We hope you enjoy this informal “meet and greet” — out of which we hope many new connections might grow.

We will be meeting to talk about Youth Voices and how it is (or isn’t) fitting into our curriculum often as 2014 kicks off! We gather at EdTechTallk http://edtechtalk.com/ttt each Wednesday at 9PM Eastern /6PM Pacific.

Please plan to join us when you can.

It has been exciting to see the posts and the comments flying into Youth Voices again this fall!

All that is needed is an hour on Wednesday evening, earbuds, and a Google+ account that you can Hangout on.

Come join us for a conversation that could make all the difference for your students!

Here’s who joined us on this episode of TTT:

Sheri Edwards's profile photo Sheri Edwards Johanna Paraiso's profile photo Johanna Paraiso Andrew Wyndham's profile photo Andrew Wyndham Tricia Clarke's profile photo Tricia Clarke
Marina Lombardo's profile photo Marina Lombardo Jake Jacobs's profile photo Jake Jacobs Valerie Burton's profile photo Valerie Burton


Go to EdTechTalk to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast,
and to find a couple of links to the resources shared during this episode of TTT.


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On this episode of TTT six teachers get together to consider how they might get students more deeply connected on Youth Voices http://youthvoices.net.

Paul Allison http://youthvoices.net/ndss#courses and Chris Sloan http://youthvoices.net/Judge#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?

Go to EdTechTalk 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.


Dec 29 2013

This episode of TTT, recorded on September 11, 2013, is a conversation with teachers in the Michigan State Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program http://edutech.msu.edu/programs/masters/.

The MSU MAET program is offered in three different formats: a hybrid summer cohort on campus in Michigan, fully online, and overseas (this past summer the program was in Galway, Ireland.) On this episode of TTT, teachers from these different cohorts discuss what they learned this summer and how that’s impacting their school year ahead.

Chris Sloan hosts these teachers for an informal conversation about their experiences in Galway, Ireland this summer and their plans for this fall: Marcie Lewis, Blair Winters, Jeffrey Fisher, Annie Kim, Ray Stuckey, and Bob Larocque.

Enjoy this conversation with some dynamic teachers who are wisely incorporating technology into their teaching.


Click Read more to see the chat that was happening during this live webcast.


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On this episode of TTT, recorded on 12.11.13, join Nikhil Goyal nikhilgoyal.me/about/ , Maurya Couvares @MauryaCouvares , Mia Zamora @MiaZamoraPhD , Kim Douillard @kd0602 , and Stephanie West-Puckett @fieldpeaz as they help us make connections between Hour of Code http://csedweek.org/ and the recent “Dasani: Invisible Child” series in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1

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Pat Delaney wasn’t able to join us but he sent along this provocation: http://weedingthecollection.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/ignoring-what-most-schools-dont-teach/

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Monika Hardy exploreed the juxtaposition of Hour of Code with Dasani, when she wrote in an email:

I think the stories of Leo http://redefineschool.com/leo-grand/ and Marc http://redefineschool.com/marc-roth/ fit in nicely as well.

Freire’s - how to have liberation without trust.. esp the story behind Leo and Patrick: Did we trust a homeless black man could code? Did we trust a young white tech entrepreneur wasn’t just wanting to look good in his offer?

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ScriptEd’s co-founder, Maurya Couvares http://www.scripted.org suggested:

You might want to read this article. One of our students wrote it — I think it might a good talking point for [this episode of TTT]: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-nyarko/learning-to-computer-program_b_4098707.html

ScriptEd teaches computer programming to students in low resource high schools, and places its students in internships with technology firms.


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