Time: December 12, 2009 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm GMT (NOTE: This is 1:30pm EST on Saturday, December 12th. Please click the link to see your local time.)

Skype Names:

Joyce Valenza (joycevalenza)
Konrad Glogowski (teachandlearn)
Susan van Gelder (susanvg)
Kim Caise: (koolkat051)
Wes Fryer: (wfryer)
Jose Rodriguez: (coordinatortwo)
Lisa Durff: (mrsdurff)
Peggy George: (pgeorge1)
Sheila Adams: (kmno4s) (backup streamer if needed)
Elizabeth Helfant: (ehelfant)

Streamer: Jose Rodriguez
Interview facilitator: Susan
Skype call initiator: Peggy
Google Jockey/Chat Saver: Peggy (Note: with the ETT chat we'll be using today (old format returns!) the streamer, Jose, will have to get the chat from the recording)
Twitter/Plurk/Ping.fm announcer:
Email confirmation to invited speakers (Joyce, Konrad, Elizabeth, Wes) Susan

The week 1 keynote speakers, Joyce Kasman Valenza and Konrad Glogowski, will present and engage in Q&A with participants via EdTechTalk's Ustream channel and backchannel chat.

Saturday, Dec. 12 1:30-3:00pm EST (Joyce Valenza-1:30-2:15 and Konrad Glogowski-2:15-3:00)

Format for Fireside Chats with keynotes: (Keynotes will be Skyped into the session about 5-10 minutes before the show goes live on ustream.tv/edtechtalk. Play excerpt of presentation-approx. 20 min. [excerpt chosen by keynote], use essential questions for discussion provided by keynotes as well as questions from facilitators and chat room, there will be a streamer and host/facilitator for the conversation from the LIVE Events Committee) Keynote will let us know if they have additional guests they want included in the Skype call for the event. Streaming of event will take place on EdTechTalk ustream channel. Each keynote segment will be approximately 45 minutes. We will also invite the Conference Strand conveners for weeks 1 and 2 to ask if they would like to participate in the Skype call with the keynote presenters.)

Strand Conveners for Week 1: Getting Started and Leading the Change

Elizabeth convenes our 2009 “Leading the Change” strand.
Wesley convenes the 2009 “Getting Started” strand.

Joyce's Keynote Event Announcement:


By Joyce Valenza December 7, 2009

Blip.tv video: http://blip.tv/file/2892459/

Presenter: Joyce Kasman Valenza
Location: Rydal, PA, USA
Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page
Presentation Title: The Wizard of Apps or Will they have an app for that? or What we are learning and loading along the road
Presentation Description: In this student-produced keynote, Joyce and the students of Springfield Township High School’s Theatre II class consider which apps are the most critical as they walk the road together.

Song parodies inspired by:
Arlen, Harold, and E.Y. Harburg. The Wizard of Oz. Victor Fleming. MGM, 1939. Film.
Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
Additional Information:
Virtual Library: springfieldlibrary.wikispaces.com
New Tools Workshop: newtoolsworkshop.wikispaces.com
Slides available: www.slideshare.net/joycevalenza/wizard-of-apps

Joyce's Essential Questions:
I hope you enjoyed the keynote. Here are essential questions we might consider in our discussion:
1. How do we define information/media fluency for the 2009/2010 school year? What does it look like?
2. Introducing new tools is one thing, making powerful connections beyond the walls of our schools is another. How can we scale meaningful collaboration? What strategies work? Are sustainable?
3. How do we ensure equity? How can we narrow the access gap?
4. What should we expect a student’s academic digital footprint to look like?
Other Questions:
  1. This is probably the only student-produced keynote I have ever seen. Why did you have students involved in your keynote?

Konrad's Keynote Event Announcement:

Self-driven and Classroom-based: Professional Development in the 21st Century

Blip.tv video: http://blip.tv/file/2938844/

Presenter: Konrad Glogowski
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page
Presentation Title: Self-driven and Classroom-based: Professional Development in the 21st Century
Presentation Description: Based on Guy Claxton’s statement that “schools should become communities of practice where … the ‘elders’ of the community are themselves exemplary learners” (Claxton, 2002), this presentation explores the importance of Classroom-Based Teacher Development and Reflective Practice as essential professional development practices for the 21st century. It suggests that if students today are to benefit from schools where they can acquire the learning dispositions that will allow them to build and transform future societies and address global challenges, teacher professional development must be reconfigured to allow teachers to focus on examining and learning from their own professional contexts. The 21st century demands that teachers investigate their practices on a regular basis, learn to design new approaches, and quickly and effectively respond to the demands of the ever-changing knowledge society. Classrooms must therefore become sites of inquiry where teachers engage in practice that is perpetually experimental.
Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
Additional Information:
Blog: www.teachandlearn.ca/blog
Twitter: teachandlearn

Discussion Questions:
1. What are some of the most difficult challenges that may prevent teachers from seeing themselves as inquirers and engaging as researchers of their own classroom practice?

2. Can you think of any examples, from your own practice, of learning with and learning from? How did they contribute to your professional development? Do you prefer one over the other?

3. What, in your opinion, are the three most important characteristics we must possess or acquire if we want to become reflective practitioners?

4. Classroom-based teacher development can take three forms: a) Teachers learning on their own, b) teachers learning with their colleagues, and c) teachers learning with their students. Should teachers focus on one of these approaches or try to embrace all three?

Reflection Questions:

1. What artefacts (objects you created or objects you use in your classroom practice) best represent you as a teacher?

2. Have you ever felt burned out as a teacher? If so, how did you overcome this feeling?

3. What does the word "teacher" mean to you?

4. What do you think your students would identify as your biggest strength as a teacher and your biggest shortcoming? Explain.

5. When was the last time you stopped for a moment and questioned any aspect of your classroom practice (methods, materials, assessment, for example)? Please share the situation and its outcome.
- Konrad
  1. If teachers aren't required to attend free online PD, is it reasonable to expect them to do so?
  2. Is it reasonable to hope teachers will do any learning which they are not specifically required?
  3. Isn't this why all day PD workshops (which we all 'love') persist?