Snow Day Professional Development

We had a snow day on Wednesday, so Cheryl, Bob and I did a Seedlings@BitbyBit podcast. We used the chat room at Webcast Academy. I guess I forgot to log out, because next thing I knew, I had a little IM window saying “Hi Alice!” It was one of the math teachers at my school. He had seen my Twitter for the Seedlings podcast, but was late. However, what followed was about 20 minutes of quick chat and we discussed some tools that he could explore for the day. I also recommended Teachers Teaching Teachers (see show #90) for the evening because Susan and Paul were going to have some math teachers that were using Voicethread. And Boy did he take off! Thursday he was so excited and by this weekend has already been in contact with the Voicethread math teachers. He was ready and the way he took advantage of the anytime learning was amazing. Now what if we could do that all the time?

Chat Transcript: (shoutout to CherylOakes for the chatlog!)

2008-02-13 09:34:45 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Hi Alice! I realy enjoy twitter!

2008-02-13 09:40:05 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> 😀 Happy snow day!

2008-02-13 09:42:24 alicebarr -> Whoops guess I didn’t log out

2008-02-13 09:42:35 alicebarr -> We had a session earlier this morning

2008-02-13 09:42:44 alicebarr -> You must join us next time

2008-02-13 09:42:55 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I will! TY

2008-02-13 09:43:16 alicebarr -> Did you see this via Twitter?

2008-02-13 09:43:32 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> You got me on twitter, jott, and now webcastacademy!

2008-02-13 09:43:48 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Yes, I am one of your followers!

2008-02-13 09:44:24 alicebarr -> Oh good. I tried to follow you last night but now I will get an e-mail so i can be sure to put you in my network

2008-02-13 09:44:56 alicebarr -> If you go to my page you should follow: Kern Kelly, Bob Sprankle, and Cheryl Oakes, all from maine

2008-02-13 09:44:59 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I am looking forward to other sessions at the Webcast Academy!
2008-02-13 09:45:26 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> TY! I am following David, Melissa, and Sarah!
2008-02-13 09:45:27 alicebarr -> Actually Webcast acadely is for classes. There is a class now but I am sure you could choose to jon….
2008-02-13 09:45:38 alicebarr -> Also add Sarah Sutter
2008-02-13 09:45:44 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> ok
2008-02-13 09:45:55 alicebarr -> But there are webcasts at EdTEch Talk.com

2008-02-13 09:46:03 alicebarr -> Almost every night

2008-02-13 09:46:11 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> nice

2008-02-13 09:46:28 alicebarr -> In fact tonight at 9:00 they are doing teacher teaching teachers and it is about math!

2008-02-13 09:46:37 alicebarr -> edtechtalk.com/live

2008-02-13 09:46:46 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> How convinieeent!

2008-02-13 09:46:48 alicebarr -> There is a chat room and you listen through skype

2008-02-13 09:47:02 alicebarr -> No not Skype, sorry iTunes. Very easy to get on

2008-02-13 09:47:10 alicebarr -> very easy…

2008-02-13 09:47:25 alicebarr -> It is the same as here where we are now

2008-02-13 09:47:31 alicebarr -> Some great folks in there

2008-02-13 09:47:39 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Excellent! Is this 9:00 ETs

2008-02-13 09:47:41 alicebarr -> You can participate in the chat o just listen

2008-02-13 09:47:59 alicebarr -> Yes 09:00 tonite EST

2008-02-13 09:48:16 alicebarr -> I should be on if you need help

2008-02-13 09:48:19 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I will be there!

2008-02-13 09:48:26 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Great!

2008-02-13 09:49:09 alicebarr -> Also from my Twitter subscribe to Sharon Peters, Alec Courous,

2008-02-13 09:49:38 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I am setting an alarm in my PDA to remind me about this!

2008-02-13 09:49:59 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Is it possible to archive or copy this chat?

2008-02-13 09:50:09 alicebarr -> OK You can copy paste I think

2008-02-13 09:50:15 alicebarr -> also do wes fryer

2008-02-13 09:50:25 alicebarr -> Sorry so many but theya re all awesome!

2008-02-13 09:50:54 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I will follow your advise!

2008-02-13 09:50:56 alicebarr -> Download the application twhirl and it will be easy to keep up to date with Twitter

2008-02-13 09:51:43 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> twhirl? Is it a widget?

2008-02-13 09:52:30 alicebarr -> Yes keeps a running twitter log that updates on the fly

2008-02-13 09:52:36 alicebarr -> Very easy

2008-02-13 09:52:45 alicebarr -> I still can’t find you on Twitter

2008-02-13 09:53:01 alicebarr -> Did you pick a different user name? It’s TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 right?

2008-02-13 09:53:10 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> TeacherNewtoWeb2.0

2008-02-13 09:54:02 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I have a mandelbrot set picture as my picture!

2008-02-13 09:54:25 alicebarr -> Got it. You are now in my network

2008-02-13 09:54:46 alicebarr -> So now I will introduce you and maybe some more folks will follow you

2008-02-13 09:54:50 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> It will be so incredible if we could get some of the math teacher to try these resources!

2008-02-13 09:55:02 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> TY!

2008-02-13 09:55:07 alicebarr -> Yes sir… VERY SLOOOOOOooooWwwwww

2008-02-13 09:55:27 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Toooooooo much INERTIA!

2008-02-13 09:55:34 alicebarr -> Listen to our podcast this morning. It will be Twittered when it’s ready later today

2008-02-13 09:55:58 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Cool!

2008-02-13 09:56:19 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Who is podcasting?

2008-02-13 09:57:53 alicebarr -> Bob Sprankle, Cheryl Oakes, and I have been doing a bi-weekly podcast for about a year. You can subscribe in iTunes or go to

2008-02-13 09:57:53 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> What is the name of your podcast?

2008-02-13 09:58:14 alicebarr -> Seedlings@BitbyBit left over from when we were with SEED

2008-02-13 09:58:22 alicebarr -> Hang on I will get the URL

2008-02-13 09:58:30 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> ok

2008-02-13 09:59:07 alicebarr -> http://bobsprankle.com/bitbybit_wordpress/

2008-02-13 09:59:08 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> This so cool! Nothing like a snowday with lots of fun online!

2008-02-13 09:59:15 alicebarr -> It will be up later today

2008-02-13 09:59:25 alicebarr -> Professional Dev 24/7!

2008-02-13 09:59:28 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Got it!

2008-02-13 09:59:44 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> No kidding! It is soooo easy!

2008-02-13 09:59:57 alicebarr -> Do you have an RSS reader set up?

2008-02-13 10:00:19 alicebarr -> Becasue both Bob sprankle and Kern Kelly who are here in Maine are doing amazing stuff

2008-02-13 10:00:27 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Do I need one in Firefox?

2008-02-13 10:00:42 alicebarr -> Do you have a google account?

2008-02-13 10:01:02 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> No, I do not have one!

2008-02-13 10:01:15 alicebarr -> http://thetechcurve.blogspot.com/

2008-02-13 10:01:18 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I will get one!

2008-02-13 10:01:30 alicebarr -> Um Ok are you using live bookmarks in Firefox?

2008-02-13 10:01:41 alicebarr -> Oh OK googl account is better

2008-02-13 10:01:50 alicebarr -> you get G-mail and all the tools

2008-02-13 10:01:54 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Yes

2008-02-13 10:02:22 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I have a G-mail account, but I have not use it in ages!

2008-02-13 10:03:00 alicebarr -> http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/index.html

2008-02-13 10:03:28 alicebarr -> Here are all the goodies. Use Google reader to subscribe to blogs. Start reading!!! You will learn SO MUCH!

2008-02-13 10:03:47 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Alice in less than 20 minutes you have provided me with so many resources! I am learning tons!

2008-02-13 10:03:58 alicebarr -> Two people I like who write about math are Darren Kuropatwa and Chris Harbeck

2008-02-13 10:04:05 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> You rock!

2008-02-13 10:04:13 alicebarr -> See no one knows how much I have learned in the last year

2008-02-13 10:04:20 alicebarr -> It’s amazing!

2008-02-13 10:04:36 alicebarr -> Stick witht this network and you will be so empowered

2008-02-13 10:04:46 alicebarr -> Forget your team for the moment

2008-02-13 10:04:56 alicebarr -> This is about great teaching and learning

2008-02-13 10:05:07 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> It is! Could you imagine if we could set a few more teachers on fire on technology!

2008-02-13 10:05:24 alicebarr -> Thanks! Just hard to convey all this to others as I have really seen the power of an online network!

2008-02-13 10:05:37 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I am already out of the tiny box of my department!

2008-02-13 10:05:53 alicebarr -> It’s starting… All the folks I told you to subscribe to are in Maine. David, Melissa and Sarah have started

2008-02-13 10:06:16 alicebarr -> Seems we have period 4 as a common time, we should start meeting

2008-02-13 10:06:31 alicebarr -> You and Melissa are already in the lab

2008-02-13 10:06:41 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> TY for empowering me with this networks and your great ideas!

2008-02-13 10:06:46 alicebarr -> It would be cool to show the kids hoe we are learning

2008-02-13 10:06:56 alicebarr -> No prob! Thanks for sharing!

2008-02-13 10:07:02 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> You are a great mentor!

2008-02-13 10:07:18 alicebarr -> Acks! Looks like you can only copy part of the chat

2008-02-13 10:07:33 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Yes, it would be great to show the kids that the learning never ends!

2008-02-13 10:07:40 alicebarr -> lol Thanks

2008-02-13 10:08:09 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Is there similar mediums like this where we could invite our students?

2008-02-13 10:08:25 alicebarr -> Yup

2008-02-13 10:08:54 alicebarr -> There are some private chat rooms we can set up. David and I are going to talk about that right after break

2008-02-13 10:09:06 alicebarr -> Have you heard of Back channeling

2008-02-13 10:09:12 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Very cool!

2008-02-13 10:09:37 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I am sorry to say that I lost my history of this chat!

2008-02-13 10:09:59 alicebarr -> Ergh I know

2008-02-13 10:10:15 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I was trying the buttons and clear my chat!

2008-02-13 10:10:49 alicebarr -> I can’t copy and paste it… I wanted it to becasue you gaveme an idea

2008-02-13 10:10:53 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> But I remember a few of the items that you mentioned erly on

2008-02-13 10:11:04 alicebarr -> I will e-mail them to you

2008-02-13 10:11:15 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> TY!

2008-02-13 10:12:03 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> I am looking forward to break, so I can have time to explore all these new tools!

2008-02-13 10:12:05 alicebarr -> OK I must go

2008-02-13 10:12:12 alicebarr -> ME too!

2008-02-13 10:12:17 TeacherNewtoWeb2.0 -> Bye!

2008-02-13 10:12:45 alicebarr -> I am going to ask Cheryl if we can get the chat archive of this…. If I do I’ll e-mail it to you

2008-02-13 10:12:49 alicebarr -> Bye

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