This podcast is a recording of the NECC 2008 presentation “The Magic of Digital: Collaborative Interaction in Teacher Professional Development,” shared on July 2, 2008. The offical description of this session in the NECC program was: There is a tangible electricity present when teachers connect with each other, and connect their students to others in safe ways using digital technologies. In this session, we’ll share stories about the different ways teachers have and continue to experience this “magical electricity” through synchronous as well as asynchronous digital connections for professional development as well as classroom instruction. To be effective, teachers need to literally EXPERIENCE the constructive power of digital interactions online rather than simply hear about the possiblities in an “awareness workshop.” Teachers need to “make stuff” with other teachers using digital tools, and meaningfully collaborate with others over digital networks. We’ll explore ways teachers are doing these things today using the technologies present in their classrooms and available read/write web resources.

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Show Notes:

  1. The K-12 Online Conference
  2. Session description from NECC 2008
  3. UStream video archive of this presentation

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