Recommendation for Jeff Lebow
I first met Jeff Lebow while listening to an EdTechTalk podcast that was published in the Winter of 2005. EdTechTalk and Worldbridges were foggy to me back then. I was not sure if it was a few or many people. A huge server farm or just a few.
After listening for a while, I realized that it was only Jeff and Dave Cormier supporting the servers, putting in the time, and creating content for EdTechTalk. Then Jeff offered something called Webcast Academy. A way for the average user to learn how to webcast — to participate and use the EdTechTalk servers to enhance the community that Jeff had created. I thought, “I would never be able to get into that class — There must be so many people signed up by now — and plus — I have three young children and can’t participate live.” I signed up anyway and started listening to the podcast recordings of their Webcast Academy sessions. After a few sessions, I actually learned how to webcast, found a co-host and started to do a weekly show with arvind grover, Director of Technology at Hewitt School.
Fourty episodes later, we’re still webcasting with the support of Jeff Lebow. I’ve never given Jeff a dime, and he has happily funded our servers and training by working at his day job over the past two years.
Watching EdTechTalk develop over the past two years has been amazing. We now have over 8 weekly webcasts and an environment that supports teachers integrating technology around the world.
With this type of influence, Jeff Lebow, deserves your award. As the world changes, alternative ways of professional development will become more and more common, and I believe that the professional learning community that Jeff Lebow has created is a powerful example of this new world of professional growth.
Thank you for your time.
Question: I am extremely interested in using Skype in our Global Ed program. Do you give workshops or have good reference materials to pass on to me?
I webcast weekly at http://www.edtechtalk.com and Skype is the program we use to conference the participants together. I am going to give a workshop in the fall in Baltimore, but I think that with skype and a partner school, you can get this going.
I posted some directions on how we video conferenced with china here: http://www.learning-blog.org/2006/12/05/video-skyping-with-china/
There are so many resources out there. I would check out the Webheads in Action: http://webheadsinaction.org/ for a great group of international teacher where you can create these types of connections. Also, check out http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/.
I hope this helps.
There are tons of other resources… What else am I missing?
It’s been a while. I’ve been reading, and writing, and listening, but not here. I’ve been watching the EducationBridges.net Elgg, working on a web site for a friend’s charter school, and Arvind and I have begun webcasting again at EdTechTalk.com.
But what I’ve been working hardest on is the day job. Rolling out 18 new SmartBoard rooms, 30 Tablet PCs, and a new community portal web site. We’ve really pushed the professional development model for faculty, and those Tablet PC ‘Fellows’ are really changing their teaching to create more interesting and effective classrooms. Today I met with two of our Tablet PC fellows, and in both conversations, the fellows were reflecting on their learning, and thus reflecting on the learning of their students. The conversations are so exciting. One fellow said, “I’m really excited to use the Tablet in a way that will speak to some of the students that I don’t teach to during class discussions.” That’s what it’s all about. It’s really not about the technology, but using a tool to enhancing the learning that happens in the classroom. That type of comment is what makes the past four weeks of intense work pay off. I went home with a good feeling today!
Two more things… Tomorrow at 1:00 pm EST, Arvind and I are interviewing Fred Bartels , a most inspirational educator and the creator of the School Computing Wiki. Please join us at http://www.edtechtalk.com/chat.
Lastly, tomorrow afternoon I begin working with our Math Department on Lesson Study. I am very honored and excited to be part of this group of faculty who will be observing a faculty member teach the same lesson multiple times and then work on making it better through conversation. Now that’s collaboration.
Until Next time…
Arvind Grover and I are moving over the EdTechTalk for our first post-graduation webcast this Friday, June 16, 2006 at 12:00pm EST (16:00 GMT). We’re very excited to be speaking with Chris Lehmann who is the Principal of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA — Opening this September. We’ll be discussing what a new school in the 21st Century looks like.
I hope that you can all tune in then. You can ask questions of Chris or us in the chat room at EdTechTalk.com.
If you’ve missed the webcast, check out our wiki for archives of past shows.
Last — but certainly not least, thanks to Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier and the other Webcast Academy Interns for all of their support and amazing work over the past weeks. This has truly been an phenominal year for me, and I owe so much of my growth to this network of learners.
A few weeks ago I signed up to be a Webcast Academy intern. Thanks to Jeff Lebow, Dave Cormier, Doug Symington and Konrad Dwojak, I can now run an Interactive Webcast.
Arvind Grover and I did our first Webcast today. We discussed our backgrounds, and what type of topics we would like to cover in the future. We had some issues with dropping packets, but you can make out most of the audio on the mp3.
We’ll be back next week with a more focused show. I’m thinking about an introduction read/write web applications that have changed our teaching in the past year. Or maybe an interview. What would you like to hear? Any other suggestions?
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On Friday and Saturday, I followed the Podcast Academy at Boston University, via Jeff Lebow from Educational Bridges. Jeff and his partner Doug Symington (in the studio) webcast the conference live. Jeff interviewed participants and attendees via his cell phone live during the breaks. The surprise of folks he was interviewing when he told them he was webcasting live was great. Webcasting at a podcasting conference truly showed the dynamic possibilities of being live as opposed to a produced show.
What’s amazing about this is that anyone can do this. The leveling of the media field is happening, and Jeff Lebow’s dream of people webcasting for all is on its way.
Thanks to Jeff for being a trailblazer, as well as giving me a tour of the Podcast Academy at Boston University – an excellent event that I would have missed if he had not attended.
Two podcasts I listened to this weekend brought up the concept of Googling to find information about someone, especially during job searches. NCQ Talk‘s Kris went as far as to say that Googling your name could be your actual resume. At Weblogs, Wikis, and Feeds — Oh My! they discussed that anyone can put information about you on the Internet. They went on to state that by putting information about yourself online, you create an alternative to just what other people are saying about you.
Both of these conversations mix into our students using MySpace and other social networks that are open and share who you are with the world. How, as we work on the web, we create trails of information about ourselves. How this will effect your job search processes.
I have lots of interesting feelings about this. Blogging, Webcasting, and Podcasting are amazing media and have really allowed me to get to know many folks around the blogosphere. Dave and Jeff at EdTechTalk both shared personal pieces this week that made me feel like I know them better, even though I don’t really ‘know’ them. I guess it’s similar to the way people feel so familiar with their news anchors or other familiar television actors. But with the Read/Write web, you can actually start a two way conversation and share back. So relationships are created between people who have never seen or spoke to the other.
For me, I think this characterizes the digital immigrant vs. digital native conversation. I feel as though some of the immigrant’s that I know don’t understand how you can feel through a digital interaction. They ask, “How can it be real” or “They are just blogging.” — but with the read/write web, I really feel connections here. I think our students really feel connections with each other digitally. I can’t imagine what my 5, 2, and 4 month old with experience as they grow.
So is this new online presence a resume, curriculum vitae, or a new media self-portrait?