Dr. Janet Swenson shared the keynote address on March 21st, 2006 at the SITE conference in Orlando on the topic, “Can you hear me now? Composing Connections between Classrooms and
Communities.” Dr. Swenson passionately challenged educators at all levels to engage in advocacy for children in an era where high stakes testing and federally mandated accountability measures are encouraging people to view students as data in testing graphs rather than human beings with unique needs and desires. She challenged educators to get mad and take action: to engage a variety of educational stakeholders not only with ideas about educational reform that appeal to logos (reason) but also those which appeal to pathos (emotion.) According to Dr. Swenson, we cannot look the other way, we must speak out and take action for the sake of our children, their educational present and future. Dr. Swenson also modeled innovative uses of live web streaming and keynote session blogging during her session as well.

Program Length: 57 min, 34 sec
File size: 13.8 MB

Podcast 21a Mar 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

  1. If you have feedback for Janet on her ideas, you can contact her directly by emailing jswenson at msu dot edu.
  2. SITE 2006 conference blog
  3. Blog for Dr. Swenson’s SITE 2006 Keynote
  4. “The Wisdom of Crowds” by James Surowiecki
  5. SITE Early Career Mentoring Network
  6. SITE Digital Storytelling
  7. SITE Blog posts and Flickr posts

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