Conversation Starters

Getting the Conversation Started with Your Colleagues

Over the past few years, when delivering PD classes I have used videos to get the conversation started with teahcers. I will highlight a few of those videos on this page along and provide links to additional videos.

1. Opening Videos

A few of my favorite videos
  1. Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us by Michael Wesch (4:30)
    If you don't see the video, here is a direct link:
  2. Shift Happens / Did You Know? by Karl Fisch (8:20)
    If you don't see the video, here is a direct link:
  3. A Vision of Students Today by Michael Wesch and students at Kansas State University (4:45)
    If you don't see the video, here is a direct link:
  4. Digital Students @ Analog Schools - by Marco Torres and students (6:57)
    If you don't see the video, here is a direct link
  5. 100 Free Online Lectures that will make you a better teacher Link

More Videos

In an effort to make the best use of what others have already done, you may also wish to visit this great list of professional development videos compiled by Wesley Fryer.
Alex Couros also posted an excellent collection of 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy.

2. Are you a life long learner?

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Life Linger Learners
Life Long Learners

3. What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0 programs are rapidly becoming tools of choice for a growing body of classroom educators, who are discovering that they provide compelling teaching and learning opportunities. The phrase "Web 2.0" comes from the business world, and while it has the ring of a marketing catch-phrase, actually describes a significant transition in the use of the Internet, or the World Wide Web. Web 1.0, or the Web that most of us have been fairly used to using for some years now, has largely been a one-way medium: this is when we look for information on the web. Web 1.0 was the natural result of our existing mindsets of how information is transferred, and has been a reflection of our industrial culture: experts (or businesses) dispensing identical knowledge (or products) to mass students (or consumers).

Web 2.0 is a two-way medium, representing the next phase of usage of the internet, and a change that (quite reasonably) has people making a comparison to the advent of the printing press--in Web 2.0 almost anyone can become a publisher, or a "content producer." In Web 2.0 the creation of material or information on the Web is as much a part of our experience as the finding or reading of data has been in Web 1.0. And in Web 2.0 the content created by regular users can be much, and sometimes almost all, of the value from a website.

Tim O'Reilly attempts to clarify just what is meant by Web 2.0 What Is **Web 2.0** - O'Reilly Media

More Links

Addtional conversation starters


  1. More Web 2.0 Tools and other Great Wiki Resources
    Book new Exploring Web 2.0: Second Generation Interactive Tools
    Video supporting the book
  2. more coming