I try to keep Wednesday evenings free (6:00-7:00 pm) so I can spend an hour with the always amazing group of educators joining EdTechTalk’s Teachers Teaching Teachers session. With Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim at the helm, the TTT hour is an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and question innovative tools, strategies, and programs for energizing classroom practice.
Last night’s session was no exception. I had my first encounter with Google+ Hangout – and was impressed. Unlike our Skype audio sessions, 10 of us were able to participate via microphones and webcams – and I don’t think anyone lost their connection (as so often happens with Skype).
The main topic was Youth Voices, “a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers…for the purpose of bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class.” A goal for the new school year is to bring more K-12 classrooms into the community. We also talked about building on “collaborative issues that tend to connect everyone” (such as last year’s Voices on the Gulf).
Looks as though gardening will be the opening collaborative issue, with multiple themes and possibilities:
- Aquaponics: Adam Cohen shared his website and passion for aquaponics and urban farming.
- Window farms: It was about a year ago that Teachers Teaching Teachers included a discussion on Woolly Gardens. I am equally excited to start conversations with colleagues on creating window farms!
- Horn of Africa: Paul Allison will be bringing his students on board this year with Peter Little’s work.
Once again, following a Teachers Teaching Teacher session, my head is spinning and I am in awe of the amount of thought-provoking content shared in a single hour.