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Extend the Conversation

On August 18, there was a great webinar with Sheri Edwards and Denise Krebs.

Extend the Conversation -- Jump In! Add your own bytes!

Denise and Sheri, middle school teachers  (in Iowa and Washington State, respectively) invite you to dip your toes into the digital media flow. Each explains her struggle to join in the influx of information flooding the web, beginning with the risk to jump in and participate in various online platforms. By joining the conversation, Sheri and Denise have developed amazing friendships personally and collaborative projects professionally. Both teachers and students benefitted. Step by step, their paths met, their journey continued, and this webinar resulted. How did they start and why? Watch the archived webinar or peruse the information here. But do join the conversation -- by either contacting Denise Krebs or Sheri Edwards, or respond to the prompt below.  Welcome to your journey!

View the slides, video trailers, and a weatth of resources on their Extend the Conversation Website.  The slides include live links to many of the resources mentioned in the webinar. The resources include many how-tos.

Would you like to follow the accompanying chat: Click the links: Here is the chat log in an RTF or a PDF. Many of the links and twitter handles entered in the chat are listed below.

There is also a list of most the links mentioned and the Twitter handles of participants below.

And, for those who missed the webinar, here is the archive:

Links Mentioned

Communities to Join

Twitter Helps


Blogs to Read


Blogging How Tos




Participant Twitter handles


Twitter Suggestions


Hashtag list Twitter ChatsWhat are they?

Enter these as search terms to see what these topics have generated as tweets:

Task Discussion

  • Tellio   Aug. 31, 2012, 6:43 a.m.

    This is by way of request/plea.  I really have had an interesting connected educator month.  Its tempo has oscillated between neglectful and awe-inspired.  What I need now are strategies for taking these connections on into the next month and the next and so on.  The question I want help with is this:  How do you stay connected?  I want to know how all of you work every day to stay connected?  What tools and strategies and protocols do you use to make sure the shared effort builds on itself instead of collapsing under the weight of day-to-day routine?  I think this might be the most important goal for me arising out of connected educator month.

    Here are a few ways to stay connected I have learned here:

    1.  Create some resources on Digital Is for NWP.  I am working on one (just barely started) called "Annotating the World"

    2.  Organize a webinar and ask others to join.

    3.  Use twitter in a regular fashion and join in a regular hashtag chat.

    4.  Share tools and techniques and ways of doing via an organized social tool like P2PU.

    Paraphrasing what Paul said in Romans (I do remember a few stray bits from Sunday school), I don't do the good I ought, but the wrong I oughtn't.  Now is my time to step up and stay connected. Help me by adding to this and keeping me honest in this practice.  Thanks so much for sharing, reciprocating, tolerating, and carrying it forward.  Terry.


  • karen   Sept. 3, 2012, 9:06 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Tellio   Aug. 31, 2012, 6:43 a.m.

    Thanks for the thoughts, Terry, and especially for your participation in this group and others on P2PU.

    In answer to some of your questions, my "connectedness" revolves mostly around Twitter or perhaps more importantly, the people I connect with on Twitter. (For me, an iGoogle gadget that is always on my home page helps keep this manageable and always on my mind.) Most of the other regular connections I maintain (P2PU, DS106, TTT, G+, etc.) have tennacles into Twitter, which helps for me.

    A couple other thoughts:

    - There is a P2PU challenge that Christina put together about creating resources for Digital Is here if you haven't already seen it.

    - I'd like to invite you (and others) to create or co-create or co-facilitate future group(s) on this topic on P2PU.

    - I'm wondering what happened to our discussion with Paul about having a follow-up hangout for the curation group.

    I have really enjoyed getting to know you through this group and others here and have learned so much from you. I hope we will continue the dialogue on Twitter and other channels!



  • Tellio   Aug. 22, 2012, 6:50 a.m.

    I think your revisions make the post more of an invitation and, hence, has a much friendlier voice.  You don't tell people what to do yet you suggest through the order of your description something more subtle that the reader might want to walk down this path.  Very nice balance there.  I think that humane curation has that as its true aim.  Thanks to our 'Beatrices'--Sheri and Denise and Karen.

    And thanks for carrying on further with the Vialogue.  Neat.  Thanks for sharing and re-sharing.  It goes well beyond the normal bounds and it gives me the courage to want to share more in all areas of my life.  That is a rich gift indeed.

  • Denise   Aug. 22, 2012, 1:25 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Tellio   Aug. 22, 2012, 6:50 a.m.

    Well, Terry, thank you so much for the awesome suggestions. My colleague Sheri has made a lot of helpful changes, and I see you have found those too. I love the curation suggestions, which I know is such a huge part of our world now, for all of us--not just the librarians and museum directors. "We are all Deweys," I heard someone say recently. So, thank you for the challenge, and thanks to Sheri for jumping right on the suggestions!

    Regarding your question about skimming videos, I agree. It is not easy. One thing I've learned from others and try to do (as I did with Steve Hargadon's keynote in our presentation), is to direct viewers to a certain minute that I suggest they watch. Of course, the whole video is there for them if they want, but they can also cut right to the part I cited.

    I also want to say a public thank you to Karen for automatically making Sheri and I editors of this page. That actually surprised me. I guess it shouldn't have, but you obviously understand curation in a rich way--that the people most invested will continue to invest in this page and make the resource more valuable.  (True story--the first thing I noticed when I came to this page was my name was misspelled, so I was able to go in and fix it myself.) So again, thanks, Karen, for great modeling and teaching me more about curation.

    Thanks, Terry, Sheri, and Karen! You guys rock! I feel more connected before August started!


    P.S. I'm honored to be called a Beatrice!

  • karen   Aug. 22, 2012, 2:02 p.m.
    In Reply To:   Denise   Aug. 22, 2012, 1:25 p.m.

    Thank you, Denise! I appreciate how yu and Sheri stepped right up and volunteered to do this and then followed through and did a first-rate job.

    Re: page edits, in P2PU groups (which this is), all participants can edit pages.  (In "courses," only organizers can edit.) I really like giving everyone permission to's empowering and what peer learning is all about. I've never had a problem with this, but if there was one, there's a revision history and restore functionality. :)

    And yikes, sorry about the name misspelling and thanks for fixing it!


  • Denise   Aug. 22, 2012, 5:01 p.m.
    In Reply To:   karen   Aug. 22, 2012, 2:02 p.m.

    Wow, that's awesome! I didn't realize everyone has permission to edit! Just another example of how mind-blowing this new way of doing things really is! I love it. Thanks, Karen! And no worries about the name. I do it all the time when I'm signing my name in emails or comments. When I do, I always hope to catch it so people don't really think I'm dense!

    Thanks again for a great experience,


  • Tellio   Aug. 21, 2012, 2:41 p.m.

    I have begun to explore the fabulous curated stack of information--the extension of the conversation.  I have responded to this first in a screencast.  It is very rough, but it is by way of trying to figure out which way to go as I look at all the stuff here.  I think this is a fundamentally 'teacherly' task for 21st century teachers.  We are increasingly called upon to not only create these curated nets of learning, but also we must help our learners find ways to approach them so that they are manageable. 

    I will try to comment again here as I work my way through, but watch this video and maybe you can address some of the issues I have...or not.  This is my way of reciprocating to Denise, Sherri and Karen (and everyone who helped) for the 'gift' that this represents.  Thanks.  Here is my video response.  If you prefer to respond to the video with Vialogue , you can do so here:

  • Sheri Edwards   Aug. 22, 2012, 1:49 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Tellio   Aug. 21, 2012, 2:41 p.m.

    Hi Terry, Thanks for the tip on curation. I hope the above changes help readers make choices in their investigations into "Extend the Conversation." I responded to the vialogue also.

    I appreciate the suggestions, and your extension of the conversation: adding a bit about curation.



  • Sheri Edwards   Aug. 20, 2012, 11:36 a.m.

    Join in and watch the archives of the session which tells our journey to become "Connected Educators." Let us know if you have any questions.

    Let's share:

    If you are already connected, what was your first step? What do you recommend?


    If you are just beginning to connect, what was your first step? What is your next step?


    Thanks for your conversation!


    Sheri Edwards  or Twitter: @grammasheri

    Denise Krebs on Twitter: @mrsdkrebs