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How to get connected with classroom 2.0 tools and most importantly how to get connected with you students.
Update to the update
March 31, 2008 08:07 PM PDT
I have officially bought the domain turkeycrossing.org and middleschoolsocialstudies.org! Will start working on it over the summer.
Thanks to all the crazies out there still downloading my ecclectic first try at a podcast!
Coming Soon Turkey Crossing 2.0
December 14, 2007 09:54 PM PST
It has been a long time since I posted a new episode. I stopped because I ran out of "free" space and school started and I have been a little busy. This site was my first attempt at podcasting. A good start, kind of eccentric, but I can't believe how many people listen each week! I have been deciding what to do next. I have found what is missing is a podcast that talks about in detail the assignments that can be done with 2.0 tools. So I think that is where I will moving to next. Each podcast will discuss one assignment I have done with my kids utilizing a 2.0 tool with links to the directions, handouts, wiki and blog pages, student work, and all the direction and tips on how to use the 2.0 tool. A ready to go 2.0 lesson plan podcast. Stay tuned! turkeycrossing2.podomatic will start up with the beginning of the 08-09 school year and track my attempt to use wikis, podcasting, blogs, and a brand new Smartboard with 100 students all at once while also worrying about state mandated tests and covering a massive curriculum.Ch-ch-ch-changes....and my lack of power.
September 20, 2007 05:15 PM PDT
I am ready to think about changing the education of children beyond my four walls. What caused this change? Take a listen.My Kid's first days with wiki's and blogs...
September 20, 2007 05:12 PM PDT
This is the first year I started all 100 kids on blogs and wiki's at the same time during the first week of school...how did it go? Take a listen.Convincing the parents that 2.0 is the way to go!
September 20, 2007 04:36 PM PDT
I had a meeting during the first week of school to introduce the parents on our team to blogs, wikis, and podcasts. How did it go? Take a listen.First Day of School
September 18, 2007 03:45 PM PDT
The first day of school is a special day for teachers and students. It sets the tone for the year. How do you set the tone on the first day of school? Do you smile and go out of your way to make the kids comfortable? or do you go out of your way to let them know who is in charge and focus on the class rules? After the first day are you kids excited about coming back for another day? or are they just thinking this is going to be another class like all the others. What do you do that is special on the first day of school? If your answer is nothing, then maybe this podcast will give you an idea or two. Come on, if you love your kids, make sure they love your class. Go out of your way to wow them and capture their imagination when their minds are wide open. Keep them open by filling it with wide open thoughts, not boring classroom rituals and overbearing rules. If you kick butt the first day, the kids won't spend the rest of the year kicking yours : )"Three Questions"
August 29, 2007 05:38 PM PDT
Today I had tears in my eyes. Wallingford, CT's teacher of the year, Karen Ripa, gave a short presentation to all of the teachers on the eve of the 2007-08 school year. Just when I thought I could not listen to another opening day speaker Karen walked up. She gave a short presentation that include a summary of a story that she reads to her kids based on the story "Three Questions" by Leo Tolstoy, and showed a brief slide show with the song "The Children are Our Future" playing in the background. It caught me off guard. My spirit was moved. I was truly touched and inspired today, and indirectly, so too will be the life of each of my students this year.
August 26, 2007 09:02 PM PDT
How do you get a lesson to stick?
August 26, 2007 11:00 AM PDT
My brain froze last week while reading a book. I needed a break. I just could not read anymore. I had been researching and reading about the same topic for weeks and I just could not absorb or learn any more new information. It made me stop and reflect on whether or not I sometimes tend to overwork my kids. This year I’m going to make it a point to work “breaks” into our schedule allowing time for the kids to decompress and recharge.Voice Recognition Software
August 26, 2007 10:57 AM PDT
My fingers are not touching keyboard. I am writing this using the voice recognition software that came with my laptop. I have absolutely no idea how I can use this in my classroom, but I’m sure I will find a way because I think it is pretty darn cool. If you have any ideas, or have used this with your students, please let me know. PBogush@wallingford.k12.ct.usWhy ha-ha leads to Ah-ha
August 07, 2007 08:34 AM PDT
Tell me a joke! If you are reading this I want you to go to the comment section and leave a joke that makes you laugh no matter how many times you hear it.
Also, I am very interested in how other people purposely use humor in their classroom. This podcast went a little long so I left out how I implement the humor tool in my room, but please share how you use it!!
July 31, 2007 07:29 PM PDT
I gave my recorder to two teachers who carpool together and had them answer one question. What I learned from their response had nothing to do with their answer to the question...because, and I might have to listen again, they did not really answer it. The question was "What was the most important lesson you have ever learned from your students?" While they stayed on the question for the first minute or two, they quickly went off into another realm. They made connection after connection until they were no longer on the origional topic. Points off? That's what I would do for my kids. Wouldn't you?
Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!Why does lecturing sometimes work?
July 31, 2007 06:00 PM PDT
Lectures can be very effective...so what do you think about that. At least some can...well at least one or two a year under the right circumstances, or maybe everyday if given by the right person and during the right time and...well...I know that some of my best classes, most memorable classes and teachers, most life changing classes have been lectures. So you can't tell me that lectures don't work. Some do. Why?
Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!Does anyone have the directions for giving directions?
July 25, 2007 05:19 PM PDT
Do we give kids too many directions? Every year I get a class of kids who seemingly cannot operate without very explicit directions. They need to know where to go, when to go, how much, when to stop, quantity, quality, on and on... They are afraid to try something unless they have very detailed instructions which bring them right from the beginning through to the end product. They do not have any faith in themselves...they do not trust themselves enough to take a risk and be creative and innovate with their own imagination. It is a long and purposeful process I use to get kids to trust themselves enough to explore and take a chance to complete something without explicit directions. It is a magical time of the year when it does happen. Go ahead, let go of your preconceptions about how the end product of an assignment should look and give you kids fewer directions this year . Let them try to come to the end on a path that you did not show them. You never know, they might show you a new way of doing something!
Music by Runaway Hudson...check them out!Connecticut's BEST
July 23, 2007 05:34 PM PDT
Second year teachers in Connecticut have to pass in a portfolio of a unit they prepared. These are scored from a 1 to a 4. Get a two or higher and you get your certification...score a one and, well.... For the next two weeks I will be scoring social studies portfolios. I need some help trying to figure out what should be the focus of my podcasts during the next two weeks. Are you from out-of-state and want to learn more about the BEST teacher certification program in the world? What would you like me to focus on? What would interest you? Leave the comment here or email at PBogush@wallingford.k12.ct.us
Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!I need your help!!!
July 20, 2007 03:58 PM PDT
If you had one hour to convince your school district to allow you to use Classroom 2.0 tools what would you do? I have a meeting with the assistant superintendent in two weeks and have one hour to demonstrate to him that I should be allowed to use 2.0 tools. Since I am so new at this I don’t really have many student examples. My audience will have no prior knowledge of what a wiki is, probably has heard of a podcast and blog but never used or listened to one. The perception in my district is that the internet is full of predators that are coming to get us. I need help planning my presentation. How do I first overcome the fears? What would you do first, second, etc…I will be setting up my agenda on www.morecowbell.wikispaces.com . I will be starting to post some ideas there starting July 21, 2007. Please visit and leave me some suggestions, comments, stats to use, examples of student work, etc… I think it would be super if it could turn into a turnkey site for anyone in my shoes who is looking for help on convincing their district to go 2.0. Thank you!
Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!Will more connections outside of the classroom lead to fewer connections inside the classroom?
July 15, 2007 04:29 PM PDT
In my push to utilize all the classroom 2.0 tools everyday and connect with every part of the globe will I forget to connect with my kids? Will I forget to continue to forge the class bonds that I work very hard to create each year? In this push to connect with the rest of the world I wonder if we are forgetting to first focus on getting the kids to connect with the person next to them. How can a classroom that does not have respect, camaraderie, and love have meaningful relationships and collaboration online? I have been hearing a lot of people say that we should not ban things like myspace because the kids need to learn how to use the social network tools. I think this call might be coming from the teachers of the 2.0 movement that have that spirit in their class that would lead to meaningful "myspace" usage. I am afraid of allowing it on all of the classrooms that do not have good relationships in the classroom and with teachers that do not have any understanding of respect for kids, or are classroom 2.0 illiterate. Does collaboration need to first happen in class and then move online, or will collaborating online lead to better face-to-face relationships in the classroom? Someone help me out here....
Music by Runaway Hudson...check em' out!Parent Conferences 2.0 -- Using wikis and Flashmeeting
July 12, 2007 06:24 PM PDT
Do you think it would be be a good idea to offer parents the chance to have a conference with their child's teacher from the comfort of their own home? Is there a way to have parents sign-up for conferences on our class wiki that would not step on the toes of their privacy? What will a parent conference 2.0 look like?
Music by Derek MillerDaddy I peed! or... What words do you not want to hear while teaching?
July 11, 2007 05:20 PM PDT
Daddy I peed! Those were the words that inspired this podcast at 2:00 am in a tent on Cape Cod yesterday. They are words that I probably least like to her while camping. What words do you least like to hear in the classroom? Words that let you know you might have a problem or let you know you might have to pause whatever you were planning and go to plan "B." If you are a student listening to this what are the words you least like to hear come out of your teachers mouth?
Music by Derek Miller -- check him out!Do you listen to your kids?
July 02, 2007 02:57 PM PDT
Students evaluating teachers...sounds scary doesn't it. It can be for many teachers. What if we actually asked kids how we are doing? Why don't all teachers do this? I know that the evaluations I give my kids half-way through the year and again at the end have been some of my most cherished pieces of paper, and well...some of the most eye opening. I have changed and grown an incredible amount based on my students' evaluations. It really does not matter how we felt the year went, what matters most is how it went in the minds of the students. In this podcast I was going to reflect on how I have grown over the years by listening to my kids, but I think I got stuck on those few evaluations from students that thought I was just fair, and the couple of kids evaluations that thought I was m m m m m....miserable.What would be the one thing you would not change about schools? Student Responses.
June 26, 2007 04:09 PM PDT
Ahhhh...it's over. One more school year ended today. After baking in the 95 degree heat up in the third floor, I think we all left very tired. This is the last podcast in a trilogy inspired by Kevin Honeycutt. If I could do it over again, I would not have tried to record student responses in the ovens we call our classrooms on the last day, but here ya' go....
Opening music from State of FateIf you could change one thing about schools....student responses.
June 23, 2007 06:01 AM PDT
Recently I responded to one of Kevin Honneycutt's Driving Questions podcast questions "What is one thing you would change about schools?" I then wondered what would the kids say? So I handed over the microphone and recorder to eight students and sent them up to lunch. Here is what they came back with. Your thoughts?What is one thing you'd change?
June 19, 2007 04:23 AM PDT
Kevin Honeycutt posed a classic question on his podcast "Driving Questions." He asked, "What is one thing you would change about schools?" Here is my response...it might sound crazy, but it would work.Students as Teachers...Teachers as students
June 14, 2007 08:14 AM PDT
What can you learn from your students? Watch them carefully and they will tell you what they need and when they need it. Let them teach, and they will show you how they learn and what will engage them. This podcast was sparked by watching a group of students take over class for a day, and then having a group of "career day" speakers take over class the following day. If we open our eyes, our hearts, and relinquish our "power" in the classroom to our kids, we might learn some very valuable lessons about how we should be teaching. We should all treat our students as teachers.Rhythm
June 12, 2007 06:52 AM PDT
Rhythm...important to music, important to teaching. Listen while I try to establish some rhythm.Grade this Podcast
June 08, 2007 06:21 AM PDT
Grade this podcast -- go ahead...I double dog dare you.
June 05, 2007 11:33 AM PDT
Wow! This podcasting thing is much harder than I thought. It's funny how I have all these thoughts flying around in my head but the second I try to get them to come out of my mouth they become garbled and unfocused. I guess I have never really had the opportunity to vocalize or write down my "educational" thoughts and now that I try...yikes. My podcasts end up being more like a dysfunctional therapy session rather than a well thought out podcast on a focused topic. I keep thinking at the end of each one that I should start over and throw it out. But I think I am going to keep going and maybe there is a lesson in here somewhere -- especially for my kids next year when we start the class podcasts. So today I leave you with a short podcast on connecting with kids. I think if we all started thinking about how we can better connect with our kids and then talk about curriculum, technology, school design, etc...the world would be simply a much better place : ) Hey...if you read this far, leave me a comment would ya...let me know someone besides myself has seen this page. Thanks!
Trust Your Students
June 01, 2007 05:07 AM PDT
I trust my kids. Every opinion they give is true and honest. Why don't we use the opinions of our children to improve our teaching? Are we afraid of what we might hear if we ask and listen? A podcast inspired by K.
...opps....after listening to it I realize that I must have started pedaling faster and the recorder started to pick up a lot of wind noise half way through -- sorry! I'll drive slower next time : )You have to start somewhere...
May 31, 2007 04:51 AM PDT
My first podcast. Just an experiment to test the recorder -- next time I will actually try to have a focus : )
This is a podcast about education and my attempt to use classroom 2.0 tools in my classroom. I examine topics that often go unmentioned in education classes, professional development, and journals. In this crazy world of NCLB and amazing technologies entering the classroom, this podcast is a reminder that we need to first give children our love, not our thoughts. If you are focused on getting your kids to get higher test scores and learn facts, this is not the podcast for you. If you are focused on building relationships with your students and letting them develop the skills needed to survive in the 21st Century, then take a listen.
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The following story captures the spirit of my podcast.
I awoke early, as I often did, just before sunrise to walk by the ocean's edge and greet the new day. As I moved through the misty dawn, I focused on a faint, far away motion. I saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin.
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