When we started making public our private conversations in the early months of 2006, Paul Allison, Lee Baber, and Susan Ettenheim intended to crowdsource our planning, to fast track other teachers into some timely PD, and to and build community.
We still broadcast every Wednesday evening, and we hope that Teachers Teaching Teachers has become a valuable source for a growing number of teachers. We like to think that it’s our perspectives as regular classroom teachers that makes our webcast special. The main participants on the webcast are kindergarten though college teachers who enjoy telling “new stories” about their classrooms. Our favorite question: “Can you tell us a story about that? Something that happened recently in your classroom?” Our motto: “Keep it real!”
Currently, three teachers, Paul Allison, Monika Hardy, and Chris Sloan are mainly responsible for hosting the conversations each Wednesday evening. Toward the beginning of 2006, a few of us in the New York City Writing Project began to meet via Skype. In the spring of 2006 we began webcasting with the help of Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier of WorldBridges. Every Wednesday evening at 9:00 EST (Americas) we get together and talk about our teaching. In the summer of 2011, we moved to being a video podcast. We meet on Google+ Hangouts On Air. These shows are embedded and broadcast live with a titanpad chat at EdTechTalk. These conversations are then posted on YoutTube and they are archived as a podcast on this blog and at EdTechTalk.
Together we are searching for the most effective practices in technology, studying research, and improving our knowledge of new media by using it ourselves. We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of social networks, blogs, wikis, podcasts, webcasts, games and more!