HELP-Need Teachers to have disucssion with my Education Majors!!

This is a request is for teachers, elementary and secondary who would be willing to join class discussions beginning with summer session.

I am just beginning to think about how I can do this, so, I haven't quite figured out how all the nitty-gritty details will work, but this Classroom 2.0 seems like a great place to begin.

My students are soon to be classroom teachers. I'd like them to have real discussions about technology and teaching and learning with real teachers (besides just me). Ones who are using technology with purpose in their classrooms. They need to hear from the trenches.

Sometimes I believe they think I am feeding them a line and teachers out there aren't really doing all this stuff. If you are reading thin then I know you are one of the teachers I am talking about. So I need your help.

Right now I am thinking each week (beginning in June), I will post a discussion about the topic we are learning about and doing in class and everyone can join in the discussion. By the way the class is online. This class is very project based, for example, when we discuss blogs, they create one, when we talk about social bookmarking, they do it, when we talk about classroom websites they make their own, etc. etc. On my syllabus I begin by saying:

"You are encouraged to be a Knowledge Seeker rather than a Knowledge Meeter, i.e., You need to add education to your course rather than add a course to your education."

At the moment some of the Units in my course include:
• The Internet & Educational Websites to support your curriculum
• Integrating the Internet into your classroom curriculum
• Kan-ed & it’s wide variety FREE Resources for Kansas Teachers
• Educational Technology Publications-Free Subscriptions
• WEB 2.O-Blogs, Wiki’s & Podcasts, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking, etc.
• Classroom Enhancements: iPods, PDA’s, SmartBoards
• Open-Source software
• Creating PowerPoint Games
• Using Digital Cameras & Images in your classroom, online photo sharing
• Educational Software (demos, trials, freeware, shareware, purchasing, licensing, open-source)
• Inspiration (concept mapping and organization – thinking maps)
• Using United Streaming in your classroom or other such resources
• Grammar of the Internet and Internet Safety (Alan November)

And a variety of others I can't think of right now. Of course it changes all the time in a effort to keep current. Needless to say, this class is packed full. And summer is in 7 weeks rather than 15.

If you would be interested in joining in our discussion this summer and in the future, let me know. I would appreciate it more than I can say. If you have ideas on other things I should include in the course or ways to accomplish this, let me hear from you.

I suspect I will create a Classroom 2.0 site just for the class and invite all of you as friends? What do you think?

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I think this is a great idea. I would definitely like to participate.
Wow, Cyndi! This sounds great. What a great opportunity for your students and soon to be teachers to have discussions with teachers "in the trenches". I would love to participate!
I'd be happy to help.
I'd be happy to talk about being in the trenches and how it works out in rural farm country! Plus, with such a plethora of participants, I won't feel too on the spot for the week I am away at a conference. Count me in, too!
I'd like to join in as well. I'm most curious about the questions your students wil have.
I would love to be involved! Count me in!
I would love to help!
Rock on! That's a great real life experience for your students. I wish I had this chance when I was in college. Count me in. :)
I'm willing to help. I'm a fifth grade teacher in California. Some of the points you are looking at I'm strong in, others, I am still learning about myself. You can view my class website at: http://nicholasfifth.edublogs.org to see if what I'm doing is something you'd like to share with others. Can I suggest that you put up information on the ning site letting participants know what each part of the network is for, e.g. use blogs to post reflections and thoughts that you'll welcome but don't require a reply to, use forums for things you need answers to (though they could still be thoughts reflections), use chatterwall for chatter, me too's, howdy's, and quick compliments, not to give rules, but so they can more confidently use the site. I would strongly suggest a chat/webcast on a weekly basis such as the one on Ed Tech Weekly. I think that chats really help cement things, because they are synchronized, but text chat alone is just a little to scattered. The audio helps a lot, and using conferencing software gets you all on the same page so to speak.
Thanks, will be in touch when I get things set up and rolling. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions. I can see you will be a wealth of help and information. It is the last week of classes this semester and I can't wait to show my class your site tomorrow in class. WoW!! I agree about the audio chats, I am trying to figure that out, the problem is it is an online class and getting them to participate is sometimes difficult. It is why they take online classes, so there are not time constraints. Plan to try it, will just have to see how it goes. I am hoping!!!
Cyndi
I'd be happy to join in the conversation with a middle school teacher's perspective!

You might want to explore another venue to support what you are doing here in Classroom 2.0 by going to Tapped In. Tapped In will allow you to have an online office, as well as a group room where you can have threaded discussions, upload files, and enjoy interactions with educators from around the world.

Looking forward to meeting your students!
I would love to help out--

Leigh

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