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If you haven't seen it, check out this K12 Online keynote "Ordinary/Amazing Stories of Connection" from +Alan Levine 
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Coding on TTT tonight at 6pm PT/9pm ET at www.edtechtalk.com/ttt
 
We are looking forward to a conversation with +Chad Sansing +Andrea Zellner and +Shantanu Saha  on http://edtechtalk.com/ttt Wed, Feb. 10 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

We're planning a pretty wide open chat with "just-that-Chad-guy" as well as "Chad, a Curriculum Developer for Mozilla," and who better to get him going than Andrea and Shantanu? 

Chad writes:

Some other things we've been up to on the MoFo Ed Hub team (Mozilla Foundation Education Hub) team: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/manifesto

--We sponsored a game design problem at a local hackathon for teens.

--We worked up a #2nextprez template in Thimble and are collaborating on a lesson plan with Hypothes.is

--We're continuing to develop trainings like the one for #nwpam15 .

Happy to talk about code, too.

Please join us at http://edtechtalk.com/ttt on Wed, Feb 10 at 9PM ET/6PM PT

This should be fun!
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Tonight on TTT, the Letters to the Next President project, 9pm ET at www.edtechtalk.com/ttt
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Join @seecantrill @Annelise_KQED @janelle @dawnreed @csloan @kfasimpaur @Mr_McComb on 2/3 at 9PM ET/6PM PT http://edtechtalk.com/ttt to talk about the "Letters to the Next President" project. Let's talk about ways to engage and connect our students around political issues that matter to them in the upcoming presidential election.

Please plan to join us on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers as we check in with +Christina Cantrill, +Annelise Wunderlich+Janelle Bence, +Dawn Reed, +Chris Sloan, +Sean McComb, +Karen Fasimpaur ...and we are expecting more! There's room for you.

Check out Monday's launch of Letters to the Next President 2.0, then join us for a follow-up conversation on TTT http://edtechtalk.com/ttt this Wednesday at 9PM Eastern/6PM Pacific:

Building on the success of the Letters to the Next President initiative in 2008, version 2.0 (L2P 2.0) continues to leverage the excitement of a national election to power civic learning for a new generation of teachers, mentors, and youth. In this hangout, educators described the power of participating in the previous iteration of L2P and highlighted the growing set of opportunities and resources available to educators and mentors in support of youth voice and engagement in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential Election.

http://educatorinnovator.org/webinars/letters-to-the-next-president-2-0/
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We are currently beginning to brainstorm ideas for the 2016 conference and would love your input. We are especially interested in discussing ways to increase participation and views of the conference sessions and are looking at a variety of out-of-the-box ideas, including different formats, timeframes, content focuses, etc.

Here are some ways you can participate:
* Join us for a Google hangout on Thurs. Jan. 21 at 7pm ET. Email us if you would like to participate and/or tune in at that time to k12onlineconference.org
* Chime in on this Google doc with your ideas.
* Add comments here with any ideas or thoughts you have.

Thank you for helping us make this year’s conference a success!
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Brainstorming K12 Online 2016Brainstorming K12 Online 2016 Thurs January 21 Meeting with Education Thought Leaders (4pm PST/ 5pm MST/ 6pm CST/ 7pm EST) We are currently beginning to brainstorm ideas for the 2016 conference and would love your input. We are interested in looking at a variety of out-of-the-box ideas, includ...
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TTT tonight at 6pm PT/9pm ET, we'll be talking about letters to the next president, annotation and more at www.edtechtalk.com/ttt. Join us!
 
Let's organize virtual flash mobs or annotatathons with Jeremy Dean, Director of Education at hypothes.is - Wednesday, Jan 6 - on TTT
Imagine a swarm, a squad, a virtual flash mob of youth from all over the country jumping on their computers and annotating political speeches and debates over the next ten months! Teachers could invite students to participate live or to annotate later that ...
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As we're talking about audio this week, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some of the great open tools and content out there in this area. I use all of these often myself.

Audacity - cross-platform recording, editing and mixing tool (similar to Garageband without all the music pieces) - http://www.audacityteam.org/

ccMixter - amazing open licensed music collection (You can also upload your work work and remix others; see ) - http://ccmixter.org/ and http://dig.ccmixter.org/ for downloads

FreeSound - every non-music sound effect you can imagine - http://freesound.org/

Thanks to everyone who shares great stuff like this freely and openly.
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Yep. Open source tools are out there, and Audacity is one of my favorites for many reasons.
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Theme One: Writing  - 
 
I've been thinking a lot lately about the visceral pleasures of communicated words in various formats.

I love nearly all handwritten letters.

Is it because of the connection to the person because of the handwriting? I think not, because I like typewritten letters nearly as much.

Is it the one-to-one nature of the communications? I don't think so, because I don't find nearly as much pleasure from an email, even if it's one with special words meant just for me.

Is it the fact that it's taken time and special effort to reach me? Yes, I think that's part of it.

Why do I love tweets but hate text messages?

All of this doesn't seem exactly related to digital vs. analog, but there's something in that.

Video and audio aren't really media that my brain cozies up to, but that's a personal thing.

Does any of this resonate with you? Which kinds of communicated words do you love and which not so much?
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Nice, Jenn. You bring up so many of the subtleties that make letters so lovely.
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Reliving great conference moments.... "Maker Ed: The work and the impact" from +Maker Education Initiative
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Now here's a cow remix!
 
Cow sculpture in Finland
by artist Miina Äkkijyrkkä.
Photo by Miina Äkkijyrkkä.
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This one moves - https://youtu.be/R7ezXBEBE6U 
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Life is a wheel.
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Same with me +Karen Fasimpaur I would not have dared put pencil to paper before #ds106 People ask what I get from participation, such support for experimentation without expectation of outcome! True teaching and learning! Compared to my life in the LMS as a lecturer...need I say more? 
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Hey +Charlene Doland look what I got!
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Can you close read a coloring book? I believe you can. Maybe it would be a stream of consciousness audio recording as you color, stopping and starting as thoughts to think out loud occur to you.
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TTT is at a special day and time this week - TOMORROW THURS at 11:30am PT/2:30pm ET. Live from NWPAM and NCTE on #blacklivesmatter   in the classroom.
 
What if we taught as if black lives mattered? Join us at the NWP Annual Meeting - THURSDAY Nov 19 at 2:30 pm ET - 11:30 am PT
SPECIAL TTT  http://edtechtalk.com/ttt  at the NWP's Annual Meeting  #nwpam15   Thursday, Nov 19 at 2:30 PM ET/1:30 PM CT/12:30 PM MT/11:30 AM PT We will be broadcasting a session from the Annual Meeting, inviting you to participate. Join us at: Black Lives...
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My name is Karen. I am a writer (and NaNo enthusiast), educator, open ed evangelist, and carpenter.

I have a keen interest in the area of open educational resources, particularly in elementary and secondary education (K-12).

Currently, I run a small educational technology company that works with mobile technology integration in schools. I also run the K12 Open Ed web site and am co-founder of the Kids Open Dictioanry. I have worked in education, including software and textbook publishing, for over 15 years. I have also lived overseas in Africa.

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