EarthCast08 1:00 GMT – 2:00 GMT It’s Elementary #17, Earth Groceries Project

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Mark Ahlness joined us to talk about his Earth Groceries Bag Project.  Students decorate paper grocery bags to be used in grocery stores with messages about the Earth.  To remind shoppers to take care of our environment and Earth.  This project is now celebrating it’s 15th year with hundreds and thousands of participating students all over the world. Mark talked about the history and development of the project and plans for future years.You’ll find tons of resources to get you started at the project website at

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It’s Elementary Show #14 – Conferences 2.0, Style!

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Have a listen as we discuss Conferences and what makes them 2.0. What makes a face-to-face conference 2.0? Is it the conversations, how they are organized (what are the topics, and how decided), lecture vs. hands on.

Listen as we give our experiences with recent conferences and our expectations as teachers using Web 2.0 tools. We gave examples and how the bar is moving up with Web 2.0 tools like wikis, Skype, twitter and Ustream and the like. We also spoke about the unconference format as seen at educon at NECC and recently at SLA.

What can the presenter do to make it more 2.0?
Have a wiki for the presentation. Tags set up. Allow for and encourage backchannel conversation. Reach out to virtual attendees and others out on the web live with tools like Skype and Ustream.

What can the participants do to make it 2.0?
Adding notes to wiki presenter page. Live Blogging.
Blog and use session tag. Record and post as podcasts like David Warlick, Bob Sprankle and Wes Fryer.
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Join us the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month. 4pm pacific, 7pm eastern at Our next show will be on Monday March 10th, 2008. We will be discussing Video in the Classroom with our guest Mathew Needleman.

Preview of Show #14

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Our next show will be about Conferences: Web 2.0 Style! on Monday, February 25, 2008  at 7:00 EST (or 0 hour GMT) , where we’ll discuss education and other conferences, live ones, online ones, asynchronous ones, and what makes a conference 2.0. The show will stream on Ed Tech Talk Channel A . New teachers to Webcasting can get help here, help for newbies.

Here are some links for our show:

Educon 2.0
Classroom 2.0 Live
Bulding Learning Communities

Our planning wiki for the show is here.

It’s Elementary Show #13 – EduCon 2.0 Reflections

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Listen in as we debrief Educon 2.0 that took place on January 25-27, 2008 at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. The It’s Elementary crew Lisa Durff and Maria Knee was on site.

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