EXAMPLE EMAIL INVITATION--one at the top and one below

Dear Ms. Welch,

We would like to invite you to be on our Lunch Time Leaders Podcast that we do as part of our Social Studies class at Moran Middle School in Wallingford, CT. We interview leaders in our community and beyond to talk about the challenges of being successfully prepared for the 21st Century. (ADD 2 PERSONAL LINES HERE) This interview would be broadcast live and an edited audio version will later be available on our podcast website. We would like to do the interview on October, 26rd or 30th 2009 at 11:30am EST. The interviews are usually approximately 15 minutes long. The interview would require us to have us call you on your phone in order for our system to record it, do it with Skype if you have that capability, or doing it live in our school is also an option. You can view our website and see examples of our other interviews on our podcast website, http://lunchtimeleaders. podbean.com. We have included some possible questions below. If any major changes are made we will send them to you at least a week before the interview
We look forward to hearing from you,
Adam, Melissa, Lindsay, Alex, and Brianna


The Lunch Time Leaders Podcast Team
Moran Middle School
141 Hope Hill Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
203-741-2900


Some possible questions:
  1. What skills/abilities do you feel students need to have to be successful tv journalist?
  2. Looking at the people you currently see entering television, what are their strengths and what are their weaknesses?
  3. What are your thoughts regarding how much we should focus on learning facts versus focusing on students’ ability to learn/adapt/grow?
  4. There is also a lot of discussion in education on the tension between being successful as an individual and being successful as part of a group or team. We’d like to hear more about your thoughts regarding this.
  5. Tell us a little bit about any changes you foresee in jv journalism in the next 5-15 years (and beyond). What do you think this means for students currently in high school and for K-12 education in general?
  6. What types of technologies should our students be proficient at using?
  7. What was the best learning/educational experience you have had? Why?
  8. If you were going to design a 21st century school from the ground up, what are three key features you would include? These features could be physical (building features), pedagogical (teaching techniques/approach), structural (curriculum, schedule, etc.), technological (specific tools/software/experiences), etc.
  9. When we're done today, what's the one most important "take-away" message you'd like our teachers and students to hear?


Dear Mr. Rendeiro,


We would like to invite you to be on our Lunch Time Leaders Podcast that we do as part of our Social Studies class at Moran Middle School in Wallingford, CT. We interview leaders in our community and beyond to talk about the challenges of being successfully prepared for the 21st Century. Being able to talk to about your experiences across the world and your use of social media would be a very interesting interview. We would like to do the interview on Friday June 11, 2010 at 11:30am/EST or 5:30pm/CEST. The interviews are usually approximately 15 minutes long. The interview would require us to have us call you on your phone in order for our system to record it, do it with Skype if you have that capability, or doing it live in our school is also an option. You can view our website and see examples of our other interviews on our podcast website, http://lunchtimeleaders. podbean.com. A list of the questions that would be asked are below. If any major changes are made we will send them to you at least a week before the interview

We look forward to hearing from you,
Kaitlyn, Katie, and Leah


The first five minutes of the interview are usually questions specifically connected to your job--you won't have to study for those!! Then we move into the following questions...
  1. What skills/abilities do you feel students need to have to be successful in the 21st century as employees?
  2. Can you describe some of your jobs to us and what you do daily during those jobs?
  3. What are some of the similarities and differences of people using technology throughout the world and in America?
  4. How do you incorporate technology in your daily jobs and life?
  5. Tell us a little bit about any changes you foresee for the workplace in the next 5-15 years (and beyond).
  6. With your experiences, between the United States and Europe which culture uses technology to it's fullest potential?
  7. What types of technologies should our students be proficient at using?
  8. What was the best learning/educational experience you have had? Why?
  9. Do you feel teachers should incorporate blogging into there daily lesson plans?
  10. When we're done today, what's the one most important "take-away" message you'd like our teachers and students to hear?