Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Welcome from the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum

Around 80 teachers from over 20 countries around the world meeting to share ideas at the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum in Redmond, Washington. Stay tuned for podcasts about the forum. It is almost like a mini United Nations on education.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Podcast #3 - Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum - Exploring Redmond - Podcast #3

Hello from Redmond, Washington - the home of Microsoft. I am writing this blog entry from my hotel room at the Marriott as I get ready to attend the Microsoft Innovative Teachers World Forum. I left Kansas City this morning at 7:00 AM and reached Seattle this afternoon after a short stop in Denver. The forum doesn't start until tomorrow morning so after I checked in to the hotel I explored the area. I attempted to catch a bus to go into Seattle and check out the fish market but the bus wasn't running from Redmond into the city so I walked around the Redmond Town Center. Great shops and eating establishments. I plan to go out a little later tonight for a nice sit down meal. I'm very excited about the forum starting tomorrow and I discuss it in tonight's podcast.

I do want to mention that yesterday morning I was very excited to discover that the "Speaking of History" podcast is now listed on the i-Tunes podcast directory. I filled out all the necessary forms about a week ago and wasn't sure if I had filled them out correctly but it is now listed. I also was happy to see that two of my podcasting heroes - Steve Dembo of Teach 42 and Bud the Teacher - had commented on my first podcast. What a great feeling for me. You have to realize that I listen to both of them in my car, while mowing my lawn, watering my flowers, etc. I'm not really sure who will listen to my podcasts but to know that these two listened to at least one of my ramblings makes me feel as if I have accomplished something.

Direct Link to Speaking of History Podcast #3

Show Notes:

  • Leaving for Seattle - early
  • Exploring Redmond, Washington
  • Thoughts about the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum tomorrow
  • Huskers from Space lesson plan to teach geography
  • Podcast is listed in i-Tunes podcast directory

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Podcast #2 - On the Road

The first podcast is up and running so I thought I would go ahead and give it another try. This podcast was recorded as I drove along Interstate 29 in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska on route to a graduate class I was helping to teach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Direct Link to Speaking of History Podcast #2

Show Notes:

  • Online / Face to Face Graduate Class
  • The Virtual Institute
  • My studio - i-River IFP-895

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Podcast #1- Just Getting My Feet Wet

This is the first Speaking of History podcast. Fairly short (about 5 minutes) - but hey, everyone has to start somewhere. Special thanks to Steve Dembo of Teach 42 for helping me by answering my e-mail questions about getting an RSS feed.

Direct link to Speaking of History Podcast #1

Show #1 Notes:

  • Introduction
  • Which podcasts do I listen to?
  • Why a podcast?
  • Intended audience