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February 17, 2010

How do we best build community in classrooms using edtech? How do we define community?


 2-16-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST  

Thank you to Lisa Michelle Dabbs @Teachingwithsoul for this week’s edchat summary (see her bio at the end of the post).


Edchat - community in action!

This morning’s discussion on how to best build community in classrooms using edtech, was powerful and thought provoking. Exciting to see so many Edu PLN participants and
such a variety of tweets! There was a critical mass of educators very committed to building an edtech community at all levels.
  Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: 

  •  Creating and establishing common language and expectations on use of edtech in classrooms
  • Technology in classrooms is enabling us to collaborate with schools on a global scale
  • Communication is important to have in an edtech community
  • Community building helps promote MANY positives for students
  • Educate parents on the tools of edtech so students can use them efficiently, appropriately, and wisely
 Here is a selection of some of the comments: 

@jasontbedell: Before tech gets involved, we need to help the students learn to be supportive and want to help each other. That takes time+effort.

@spedteacher:@rliberni community is a group of people cooperating.

@ ESLlibrary: Using Blogs is a great way to build up your student community, especially if you’re teaching online!

@ShellTerrell: Why is community building important for students & teachers?

@esolcourses: RT @rliberni RT @UltimateTeacher Gr8 definition! Community is a group of like minded individuals who nurture and support one another

@goralkai: A community allows for students to be wrong and to learn. If they are uncomfortable, students can’t push their boundaries

@colport: We need to be aware of digital exclusion. Those students with no tech at home! It is still evident. How do we include them?

@TheNerdyTeacher:@colport – Schools need to be more accessible before and after school to accomodate students with no tech at home.

@karimderrick: The outside world rewards people who can work together – the education world needs to do the same

@bmontana: @karimderrick I think collaboration enhances the learning experience and doesn’t need to be assessed. It needs to be fostered.

@saraebest: On student collaboration, I like to scaffold with 3 levels: w/in classroom, w/in school, then w/in global communities.

@derrallg: @ShellTerrell Give them real world problems and make them feel that collaboration will empower them to make positive change

@SSNS_Teachers: Set up a revolving door policy between home and school to encourage parents to come in, see, and learn about ICT and edtech.

@bjnichols: Community buidling via tech. involves vision, access, coaching and support.

@suedensmore: Tech enhances community building among stds, but there’s no way to replace the face-to-face part that’s so valuable.

@teachingwthsoul: @hadleyjf My 18 yo thinks we are so off the mark. He says “you need to ask us what we think WE need. not more grown ups deciding”.

@spedteacher: Is building community about getting us admitted to student communities or allowing them into ours?

@jpsteltz: RT @MissCheska: @hadleyjf An example I used for parent/stdt project: family members tell home stories, stdts record, and both work on a digital book

@SSNS_Teachers: We all need to play a collective role in helping teachers and parents become team members and work together

@TheNerdyTeacher: I use a Twitter account for school and encourage parents and students to follow what’s going on in class when class is over

@MissCheska: Very true!! RT @spedteacher @ShellTerrell Students build communities all the time. They just don’t build them for our purposes.

To follow the complete discussion see here 

For the stats on #edchat participation see here 

 As ever, there were some great links shared: so many this week! 

drezac @atwaterd for her blog resources wiki. http://tinyurl.com/yaezm22  She’s worth a follow.

andycinek: I invite you all to view our class wiki at http://blenglish.wikispaces.com/

spx8jkb: My community http://bit.ly/bkihBb using Blogs. Allows peer review and comment from students and teacher.

colport I am finding @twiducate and kidblog.org  great community tools with my 7/8/9 year old pupils

 nlakusta Read http://novemberlearning.com/resources/archive-of-articles/creating-culture/  – good article to discuss w/staff

spedteacher I use a private twitter-like site to help my students build communities http://shoutem.com/

paulbrichardson A way of building community. use @johndavitt ‘s Learning Generator http://bit.ly/zCzU3 e.g. “DO How steel is made AS a blues song”

spx8jkb Wallwisher for ideas here http://bit.ly/9l3kpi

MarjieKnudsen PLN: Efforts in Education using Twitter http://bit.ly/9LSsbb #education #edchat #tcea via @tomwhitby

openstudy @ShellTerrell some great #edtech tools here including collaboration: http://mashable.com/2009/09/07/web-apps-teachers/

dallasm12 Plse RT if you agree or post comment: 3 Obstacles of oppty 4 Education – Social, Mobile, n $$ http://bit.ly/aJUHu4

spx8jkb @colport agree. what about Home Access? http://bit.ly/6Vl3WN

derrallg @k_shelton You could try something like http://tweetgrid.com/search?q=%23edchat

spx8jkb Don’t forget to add your ideas and views here http://bit.ly/9l3kpi

amlusch @angelbrady A colleague’s student group project. FB was the student choice for open-ended assignment. http://tinyurl.com/yzw2z9l

dumacornellucia I think that the Ning networks are the best and very easy to use for students http://bit.ly/8wWnm1

andycinek If you like #edchat you will definitely enjoy The One Comment – #onecom – chat this Thursday and 12 noon and 7 pm EST! http://bit.ly/cXYnl

Janshs something to watch later http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm1sCsl2MQY

motyar @Birdfish1 I think web platforms like Elluminate are really gr8 as well! #edchat http://url4.eu/1Q6ST

amlusch A colleague’s student group project. FB was the student choice for open-ended assignment. http://tinyurl.com/yzw2z9l

CHuckeba good video for internet safety: http://www.commoncraft.com/protecting-reputations-video

k_shelton see my blog posting http://malbell.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/the-safe-use-of-new-technologies/ 

mohax Here’s the chapter on tech in the classroom from @dig_nat http://bit.ly/cyRqFc

cybraryman1  Cyber Safety sites http://bit.ly/5fDZ4f

mohax And here’s the chapter from @dig_nat about South Korea overcoming public health crisis of internet addiction http://bit.ly/dAkzFq

MissCheska Before you log off #edchat in 10 mins, please help fill out a social networking questionnaire for educators! http://bit.ly/9hmdZM

cybraryman1 Skype Other Classrooms around the world: http://bit.ly/5y4BC1

Mrkeenan A new post at mrkeenan.com: Quick Thought: Quick Praise {Professional Learning} http://www.mrkeenan.com/?p=325

ShellTerrell Gr8 #edchat today! Talking about community, you can join a gr8 one at Edu PLN ning http://bit.ly/1RSL2n

@edutek: It might be a good idea for educators to read Tribes by Seth Godin to learn about online communities

Join other educators in Second Life on ISTE and on http://edtechretreat.com  where look forward to meeting you.

rpetersmauri In Praise of Online Obscurity (the scaling of socializing) http://bit.ly/56J28y

 2footgiraffe how 2 use slideshare.net pt1 http://ow.ly/17W90  Pt2 http://ow.ly/17W91 Pt3 http://ow.ly/17W92 give me feed back if u will

DeronDurflinger KC considering closing 1/2 of its schools http://bit.ly/cK83xl

joe_bower @mrallen5 Replacing Grading http://tinyurl.com/yznhrey via www.joebower.org – Tired of grading and marking? Skeptical of rubrics?

DeronDurflinger PBS looking for innovative educators http://bit.ly/anc9i8 Are you innovative?

PaulWHankins I’d like to hear some more of your dreams. All of your dreams are important. http://www.dreamwithme.org/ Oh, man. Community

Brian_ThomasTCI http://twitpic.com/13m735 – A flash presentation that is IWB-friendly and does Geography.

DeronDurflinger It’s never to early to learn to lead http://bit.ly/btkP6Q George Washington

NSNS Colorado may stop funding higher education: http://ow.ly/17StATheNerdyTeacher

 TheNerdyTeacher Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas everyone. Stop and leave a comment. http://bit.ly/8FvVXc

LATWF2010: #LATWF YouTube channel is proving very popular, over a 1,000 views http://tinyurl.com/y9gv327



 Lisa Michelle Dabbs: I have a B.A. in Child Development and a Master of Education in Educational Administration. I started my career as an elementary school teacher and taught for 10 years. I then spent 5 years as a Title VII Project Director of a federally funded K-2 Language and Literacy program. During this time I coordinated this program at 3 school sites, as well as presenting professional development to teachers and parents. Then I was called to serve as an elementary school principal, and did that for 14 years. It was a challenge, but I loved it! Recently I worked for Kaplan K-12 Educational Services as a Middle School Consultant/Literacy Coach. I have also taught Graduate Level Courses as an Adjunct Professor for Concordia University. Currently, I’m seeking the next career opportunity and spend much of my time serving on the Board of two local, Educational Non-Profit organizations.I’m also mentoring aspiring teachers and administrators. I’m a wife and the mom of two wonderful sons. I love to sing, dance, read and listen to classical music. I’m new to blogging and am doing so as “Teaching With Soul”. You can find me at http://teachingwithsoul.com My blog was started in an effort to begin to fulfill my true passion in education which is to inspire, mentor & equip teachers to “teach with soul”. 


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  1. Thanks so much for providing this valuable resource. I find #edchat and PLN to be such valuable resources!

    Comment by jsteltz — February 17, 2010 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

    • Thank you jstelz for your comment. It’s a wonderful fund of knowledge and resources and all provided by the active community that is #edchat – so thank you to you too for your valuable contribution!

      Comment by rliberni — February 17, 2010 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  2. Very interesting report as always, Berni and Lisa.

    Coincidentally I am running a series of blog posts on community based learning and teaching, Crowd Wise, this posts certainly provides a lot of useful fodder to think on and information which feeds into some of my questions there.


    Comment by Karenne Sylvester — February 17, 2010 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  3. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by rliberni: #Edchat summary – How do we best build community in classrooms using edtech? How do we define community?: http://wp.me/ptGdh-kU #education,…

    Trackback by uberVU - social comments — February 17, 2010 @ 11:42 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Karenne, thanks for your comment and also for sharing this with us. Judging by all the tweets and shared resources it’s something that is very topical in edu at the moment and the more we can learn the better!

    Comment by rliberni — February 17, 2010 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

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