Learning to Change. Changing to Learn

UPDATE (5/21/08): It seems that this video, certainly a controversial one, has been pulled from publication.  Chris Lehmann wrote a much better post than I did on the subject.  If you haven’t already, you should read it, and dig deep into his comments. If you know why the video’s disappearing around the ‘net, I’d love to know what you know.

Thanks to John Creighton for the link to this video. It’s well worth the six and a half minutes of your time if you haven’t already seen it.

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The Podcast: Thinking about Data and Podcasting

   

This podcast, one of several I recorded today at the Colorado Podcast Summit, is a conversation from the end of the day with several podcasters and other educators, discussing data, action research, and podcasting.  I thought it was an interesting conversation – I hope you do, too.  The discussion was moderated by Brent Wilson, a professor at CU-Denver.  Enjoy.

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The Podcast: 2 Conferences and a Monster

   

Today’s podcast, one of several recorded today, is a reflection about my upcoming session for Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation, recorded on my way home from the Colorado Podcast Summit.  I hope to post more audio from the summit as time allows.  (But, since time won’t ever allow, I’ll try to do so anyway.)

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The Podcast: A Project of Projects

   

Tonight’s short offering is a thought or two about an idea I had today.  Aggregating content is nothing new – but makes sense when you need a "new" project.  We could all use a few more connections to the good work we’re up to.  Would love to hear your thoughts, or anything you’re up to in this vein.  Enjoy.

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Been Listening to . . .

    The runaway podcast of my summer and soon-to-be-fall is WNYC’s Radiolab.  The podcast, a fabulous collection of fun at an editing board mixed in with science and philosophy (or maybe it’s the other way around), has been a must listen whenever it appears in my aggregator.  I love how the show’s producers blend interview with narrative to make an enjoyable listen out of sometimes dry, but fascinating information.  There are digital storytelling lessons here, I think. 
   This week’s show should be downright required listening.  Here’s the description:

Forensics, archeology, genealogy, and genetics are devoted to figuring
out what really happened. In this hour, we hear surprising stories of
playing detective, and find that what really happened in the past is
not always what you’d expect. We start at a trash dump in Egypt, where
we find Jesus, Satan, sissies, and porn. Next, the mystery of how
hundreds of old letters written to the same woman were discovered on
the side of Route 101. And lastly, a blood sampling tour of Asia
reveals a prolific baby-maker and a potential world conqueror.

The old letters story, my favorite this week, involves a teacher, serendipity, and some intriguing creative writing.  What podcasts are you loving that I should know about? 

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The Podcast: Telling Stories with Technology

    This podcast, a follow up from the other day, is about further thoughts on how we plan to teach digital storytelling at my school in the next several weeks.  If you want to listen to my thinking on how and why to teach digital stories, this is the podcast for you.  For links to resources, I’ll refer you back to the notes from the last podcast.

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So Long, Fair Friend

    In November of 2004, I won an iPod at the NCTE conference.  That was a good thing, as I don’t know that I would’ve spent that kind of money on myself, especially for a "gadget."  Within a month or two, I was listening to podcasts.  Within six months, the radio was off and I was listening almost exclusively to podcasts.  Eventually, I was making my own.
    My iPod has been grinding to a slow halt for six weeks.  After a few weeks of rest and vacation at Camp Junk-Drawer-in-My-Kitchen (a place where lots of great tools and other stuff goes to get away from it all) she seemed to be returning to normal. 
    Until this morning.
    I’ve lost a good friend.  And, in lots of ways, my connection to the larger world of podcasting.  I feel a little lost, to tell you the truth.  My small family of iRivers is doing some of the work that my iPod was doing, but not as well, or as easily.   
    Remember her fondly.  I sure will. 

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Listening, Too

    I neglected to mention that I’ve been listening to lots of great podcast content while I’ve been offline.  Thanks to all of you who are producing honest and engaging educational content during these summer months.  You’ve been keeping my head in the game, so to speak.  I’ll be returning to the microphone soon to discuss my plans for the coming school year. 

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