Episode 8

"Inspiration to Action"

Duration 00:17:08      Recorded on December 05, 2006

Dan and Susan explore how we move from just hearing of a good idea to trying it ourselves in our own educational practice. For this podcast, we are joined by Lorraine Leo, a Technology Teacher at two small schools in Newton, MA (Jackson School and Walnut Park Montessori). This interview was actually a conference call conducted in Skype and recorded via HotRecorder

Show Notes:

How does someone else's experience change my practice? How much of what you experience in professional development seminars and conferences makes a difference in how you teach? Lorraine uses a lot of technology with her students and has been very open in sharing what she's done and how it has worked. She is especially creative in bringing virtual guests into her classroom and shared how she connected her students with an artist in a webcast a year ago. This inspired Susan to take a similar idea and replicate it recently by inviting a Navajo woman to interact with third graders. The opening of the episode is Susan and Lorraine each sharing their guest exchanges and finding people online.

Lorraine started this guest journey by following skipper Rich Wilson on a trimaran around the world. Her class connected virtually and energized both kids and teacher. Since then the guests have come non-stop! ePALS program is another means of meeting other guests. http://www.epals.com/ "Fun for me" A novelty is usually a safe bet.

What tips the scale to move people from hearing about an idea to trying it? Susan says it has to be simple enough to replicate. Lorraine looks for ideas that make learning more interesting. She shares a couple simple ideas with Skype. Dan looks at how close the problem that they're trying to solve is a problem he also faces (in terms of likelihood of replication). This leads to a problem-solution discussion.

The whole idea comes full circle as Lorraine says Susan gave her an idea!

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The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


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Susan Manning
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