Seedlings Season 2 Show #15

Melinda Miller, the podcasting principal and Google Certified Administrator joins us.

Geek of theWeek Links

Chat: Coming soon!

Melinda you are amazing! I am so glad you talked about the reality of balancing your life with kids and your job. This was a really fun show!



I wanted to let you know about TEDxNYED, a conference I will be attending on Saturday, March 6 examining the role of new media and technology in shaping the future of education. There is an incredible line-up of speakers, and you can watch the conference live on Saturday from 10am-6pm at

Learn About Google Earth Part V

Session Topics: images, videos, audio files, documents, charts and graphs, VoiceThreads and glogs, and also some discussion of the HTML in the embed code.
Presenters – Thomas Cooper, Alice Barr
Elluminate Session Recording Link – 

Thomas has put together a set of tutorials and webcasts on how to use Google Earth in the Classroom. The archived Elluminate sessions are also here.

Changing Practice

Seeing Progress in Reluctant Classrooms

Presenters: Sarah Sutter and Alice Barr
Wiscasset High School and Yarmouth High School, Maine
Google certified teachers
Conversational Focus/Audience: High School
Conversation Description: Our two schools have been 1:1 for several years, but as is the case anywhere, there has been recurring reluctance by some teachers to employ the practices that are central to students collaborating or publishing their work to a global audience. Although there are always a few early adopters, one of the repeated complaints is the difficulty with multiple accounts and the classtime it takes for students to get up and running on any given tool. Where are we seeing progress? What is working to change practice in the classroom on a school-wide basis? One of the recent additions to our schools’ toolbox for students and teachers is Google Apps for Ed. The inclusion of this set of tools addresses many administration concerns, makes it seamless for all teachers and students to use from day 1, and has helped change the culture across our schools when it comes to sharing and publishing student work. We’ll share our experiences in implementing Google Apps for Ed, with a focus on the changes in formerly reluctant teachers and administrators who have rapidly seen the potential and climbed aboard. We’ll share administrative uses that set the stage, emerging teacher practices, resulting student work, and speak to the bigger picture of changing pedagogy. The conversation will continue as participants share what’s working in their schools, and how we are collectively moving forward toward more constructivist, collaborative, and open educational practices.

Conversational Practice:

1. Introductions, poll the group, show online resources, etc
2. Present what’s working in our schools, some background information
3. Small groups discuss what’s working for them, input successes to Google form and we’ll use results to spark continuing conversation
4. How are we sustaining the results/efforts?
5. Groups share how they are creating sustainable models.
6. Share out, finish with Q&A