Telling the new story Part 2 Podcast 17

This is part 2 in my series of podcasts on telling the new story. The first of these was with Darren Kuropatwa who teaches high school math in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

podcastimage2.jpgThis podcast is with Kathy Cassidy who teaches grade one in Moose Jaw, SK. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kathy on a number of projects and have observed how she has worked towards making technology a seamless part of her students day.

Show notes:

I also took some video of her classroom and this interview and will post that as a vidcast soon.

11:20 7.8MB

*Update: itunes was having trouble with the mp3 naming conventions I used so this file has been renamed. Same file different name.

Telling the new story Part 1 Podcast 16

I’m beginning a series of 4 podcasts with 3 outstanding teachers. The theme of these podcasts is telling the new story based on the original concept as laid out by David Warlick.
The first is Darren Kuropatwa from Winnipeg. Darren talks about his journey as a teacher and the experience he and his students have taken in understanding the power blogging and sharing their learning with a global audience.

Show notes: (courtesy of Darren)

Alan Levine’s BlogshopPre-Cal 40S

Dean’s workshops blog

Pre-Cal 30S (Pop Goes The Weasle)

Pre-Cal 40S (Winter ’06)

The Scribe Post Hall Of Fame

How To Be An Expert (Kathy Sierra)

David Warlick’s posts on Educational Gaming: here and here

Chris Harbeck’s Class Blogs Hub

Van’s Comment

Michael’s Scribe

The Desire to be Emperor

About Dean’s Digital Cameras Post

Karl Fisch’s Comment

Learn More About Scribe Posts

A idea (reprise)

Resonance and Disonance (my post about kids who dislike blogging and learning styles)

Blogging on Blogging (sample instructional post)

Coming of Age (Terry Freedman’s book)

Maybe there would be other questions you wished I would have asked Darren. Leave them as a comment and I’m sure Darren or I will answer.

I’ll reveal the other 2 teachers as I post the podcasts. Stay tuned. The final podcast will be a conference chat with all 3 teachers.

35:50 15MB

I wish I never wrote about digital cameras and why stats matter

In October of 2005, I wrote a post about buying digital cameras for less than $100. (Notice I didn’t even link to it here). A good number of my readers find my blog by doing this type of search. It’s not exactly what I’d like to be known for and I know I’ve written much more thoughtful, insightful posts than that but nevertheless, it is a popular post.

I just finished a great conversation with Darren (a podcast I’ll post shortly) and he talked about how others have found his class blogs. He talked to his students about what they were writing about and how others really want to learn from him and his students.


Statistics for your blog is more than an ego boost. It helps you understand what people think is important and what they want to read about. So for now I’ll think about my digital camera post in the same way that car dealerships entice you with free golf clubs or fishing equipment (I actually got one of these in the mail today). They really don’t care why you came, as long as you spend money. So come to my blog and hopefully you’ll learn I’m more than your digital camera expert…which I never was!

Feedburner feed going nuts

I was hoping the move to this new location to be a smooth one. Everything appeared to be going well but a couple of things have come up.

My feed won’t validate. I’m not bright enough to figure out how to fix this? Any feedgeeks willing to help?

feed validity

My subscribers went from 156 to 349 in one day. Now it would be nice to think that my brilliant posts could potentially increase readership by over 100% but I’m suspect. Not sure what’s happening but something seems fishy. Now it would be nice to think that my brilliant posts could potentially increase readership by over 100% but I’m suspect. Not sure what’s happening but something seems fishy.


So if anyone cares to comment or offer advice on this one, please do so.