Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Podcast 40: Defining and Telling the New Story

Over the Pond and Through the Fiber #2: This international skypecast features educators from Canada, Scotland, and the United States defining and discussing the new story David Warlick has challenged us to help tell with our students. We probably raised more questions than we answered, but again it was exciting as well as empowering to engage in dialog with other educators passionate about teaching and learning in the 21st century. Some of the questions we raised and answered include: How can we get a critical mass of educators convinced of the efficacy of using web 2.0 tools? What is the new story? What is the impact of flat world technology on education? Why has the impact of flat world tech not been felt much in classrooms, and why isn’t it spreading faster? Is the real question more about teaching, learning, and assessment rather than technology? Why should teachers change the way they teach students using new technologies? How can we share our successes as well as failures with others? What technologies can serve as constructive amplifiers to support effective teaching and learning practices? Why is blogging transformative? How can teachers help students experience similar excitement and engagement through their use of read/write web tools to that described by many of us in this skypecast?

Program Length: 58 min, 09 sec
File size: 14.0 MB

Podcast-c 16 Mar 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

    1. Telling the New Story by David Warlick
    2. Darren Kuropatwa’s blog: A Difference
    3. Darren’s classroom blog feed river (suprglu site)
    4. Ewan McIntosh’s blog: edublog
    5. Communicate.06 – Scottish CILT’s national conference
    6. Naked Conversations Blog
    7. Miguel Guhlin’s blog: Mousing Around
    8. Miguel’s pre-skype conference notes
    9. Mark Ahlness’ EdTech Blog
    10. Mighty Writers: Mark’s 3rd grade classroom blog
    11. Jeff Allen’s Olympic ESD 114 Ed Tech Blog
    12. The Big Picture Company
    13. Wesley Fryer’s blog: Moving at the Speed of Creativity
    14. Our skypecast planning and idea wiki
    15. Pre-skypecast survey results and input
    16. Worldbridges
    17. Clarence Fisher’s Class, “Excellence and Imagination”
    18. Bob Sprankle’s Class, Room 208
    19. Tony Vincent
    20. “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century” (Thomas Friedman’s Book)
    21. Bebo
    22. MySpace
    23. MSN Spaces
    24. Queensbury High School in West Yorkshire, Scotland
    25. Class Blogmeister


  1. The MET School in Rhode Island
  2. Curriculum as Mashup (an article by David Warlick)
  3. I Love This Blog by Anne Davis (actually the post title is “A Math Weblog to Note!”)
  4. Pull vs. Push Education by Will Richardson
  5. Our first international skypecast: Thinking Critically About Web 2.0
  6. Software used for this Skypecast: Skype, Audio Hijack Pro and Audacity

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9 responses to “Podcast 40: Defining and Telling the New Story”

  1. Glenn E. Malone Avatar

    I listened last night, Jeff and Mark did a great job of representing Washington!

    I am still frustrated that this is not catching on as quickly as I’d like.

    Here’s the progression that I advocate and I heard mentioned in this discussion:

    Step 1) Read Blogs

    Step 2) Blog for personal/family use

    Step 3) Blog for administrative/communication purpose

    Step 4) Blog for educational purposes with kids.

    I have focused on our administrators first. Using this approach, we now have 5 principals that use Blogspot as their primary means of weekly communication with their staff.

    My problem is that I’m not being patient enough. I also need to provide the leadership to put security procedures in place.

    Thanks for contributing to the discussion yesterday.

  2. mattandi Avatar

    I just listened to the podcast. First of all, everyone involved is obviously quite knowledgeable and passionate about technology in education. It was interesting to hear differing perspectives. But . . .

    I think you all missed the boat. In fact, I think you were all left on the dock trying to figure out how to get on the boat. Ewan and Jeff caught a glimpse of the gangway just before the boat pulled away. Granted, David Warlick was a little vague, and his challenge was not as well defined as it could have been. Perhaps the abiguity was intentional. I got the sense that what you were trying to do was figure out what the new story is. It sounded like “what new story needs to be told in order to get educators fired up about blogging or, in a larger sense Web 2.0?” In the end there appeared to be some consensus that the story had to be about teaching and learning and how newer technologies fit in. I would never presume to speak for Mr. Warlick, but I don’t think this is what he was getting at.

    Teaching and learning is a very old story. I don’t know if it does us any good to simply find a new way to tell it. To be sure, there may be some benefit to that, but there’s more at play here.

    There is no new story. No, not just one. There are lots of new stories! And they are as varied as snowflakes. Every person has a story to tell. There are lots of good old stories, but there and new and exciting ones born everyday. Our challenge as educators, parents, pastors, etc. is helping students find the story they have to tell. That is where they will find their passion. Their passion will then infleunce what they learn and how they learn it and how and with whom they share it. Their story and how they learn it and how they tell it may or may not have anything to do with technology. I think this is what Ewan and Jeff were starting to get at.

    Please, I don’t want to appear too negative. Everyone had good points that they made. I was just a bit off base to me. David’s challenge and this comment are a little “out there” and “fluffy around the edges.” This stuff can be a bit difficult to get a good hold on. But, it’s the kind of thing we must try to grab sometimes.


  3. astephens Avatar

    I am a little behind the times, and just got around to listening to the podcast today. I think it was very insightful, and it was interesting to hear everyone’s positions.

    I especially enjoyed the comments regarding focusing on technology as a tool to teach the subject-matter. This is a discussion we have been having in my school district in regards to professional development. All teachers and students have laptops, so technology training is certainly imperative, but I think we have been approaching it the wrong way. We have been teaching classes like “Blogs – What They are and How to Use Them” instead of classes like “Using Formative Assessment to Improve Student Writing” (and then discussing blogs as an option). We tell our teachers that technology use should be “seamless” yet I don’t think we have been modeling this in our staff development sessions. We are making this paradigm shift with our summer training, so I hope it will make a difference. Hopefully, by placing the emphasis on the curriculum and illustrating how technology can enhance student learning, we will have a larger buy-in from our teachers.

    So many of our teachers do not use the technology effectively because they don’t see how it will help them teach what they know (their content). They feel comfortable with their content and how to teach it and many of them are not willing to make the stretch to implement technology because they are scared to give up control, scared of how to use it or they just don’t see why it is necessary… or they are afraid it won’t help prepare students for the TAKS. I am hoping by switching the focus from technology to curriculum teachers will feel more at ease and make the connections… wish me luck. 🙂

    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.