TESOL Arabia Chapter SIG Conference in Dubai with Jim Buckingham on-site and Vance Stevens at a distance

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On Saturday October 3 at 0730 UTC, 11:30 in UAE, Jim Buckingham had finally found a parking place and was heading up to his presentation room at the TESOL Arabia Chapter SIG Conference, while Vance Stevens was getting the Hangout on Air and Learning2gether spaces properly configured from his home in Al Ain, UAE.

We were planning to converge at a distance on Jim’s on-site presentation at the TESOL Arabia SIG conference in Dubai on professional development opportunities available online via TAEDTech SIG and #learning2gether. Meanwhile Chris Fry in Barcelona was waiting for the stream to start on our Google+ event page, and Halima Ozimova in Tashkent was in Chatwing waiting for me to provide the URL to the live chat. Eventually Glenys Hanson from France joined us in the HoA as well, http://www.glenys-hanson.info/

The event was billed as …

Online PD? TESOL Arabia? Discover such opportunities today 

Jim Buckingham, Zayed University, UAE
Vance Stevens, HCT-CERT, UAE

This TAEdTech SIG session gives an overview of what online professional development opportunities TESOL Arabia already supports and those planned for the future. The presentation will also feature a “live” demonstration of online professional development strategies currently being used by TESOL Arabia’s Education Technology SIG with special attention placed on how these strategies are free, easy to use and available to anyone.

We were on at noon Dubai time (0800 UTC) in this program:

Where were we? Jim was in Dubai, we were all in a Google+ Hangout on Air

We had two back channels going

Jim’s slides:

Vance’s slides:

Here is the Hangout on Air text chat:

Vance Stevens joined group chat.

Halima Ozimova joined group chat.

Halima Ozimova – 12:01 PM

the voice is too low

sorry,must leave,because I do hear nothing

me – 12:09 PM

can you run the setting gear and see if you can configure your sound?

I have two computers in the HoA and sound is coming in fine on the other computer

Halima Ozimova – 12:11 PM

I’d try!

James Buckingham joined group chat.

Halima Ozimova – 12:13 PM


Glenys Hanson joined group chat.

Chris Fry joined group chat.

Halima Ozimova – 12:17 PM

Glenys,hello!nice images of elder generation!

Glenys Hanson – 12:18 PM

Hi Halima. Thanks for kind words.

Halima Ozimova – 12:19 PM

Uzbekistan has announced the year 2015 as the Year for caring of Elder Generation

Chris Fry – 12:19 PM


me – 12:22 PM


Here are Jim’s slides http://www.slideshare.net/buckinsand/online-professional-development-opportunities-with-tesol-arabia-dopps-w-tesol-arabiakey

Halima Ozimova left group chat.

Vance Stevens – 12:28 PM

Today’s Meet URL


Information is being posted here

more info about this presentation here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether

James Buckingham left group chat.

Glenys Hanson – 12:53 PM


Halima Ozimova joined group chat.

Chris Fry – 1:02 PM

Thanks, Vance. Bye

Chris Fry left group chat.

Glenys Hanson – 1:03 PM

Thanks & bye!

Here is the Chatwing text chat for this session copy / pasted below:

Vance Stevens – I’m waiting for the presenter Jim to enter the HoA before posting the direct link, but if you’re looking for it, let me know and I’ll post it here sooner.
Halima Ozimova – Am waiting for a colleague from Russia May be her University could be the sponsor for Your trainings?!!!
Vance Stevens – ok, here I’m waiting for the presenter to enter the HoA, I’ll post the direct link here shortly
he isn’t due to start until 0800 UTC ( in 8 min)

He could be having problems there, it’s complicated to set up a Hangout at a live event

Jim is in mobile phone contact and telling me what to expect

Halima Ozimova – the voice is too low…sorry,must leave,because I do hear nothing
You can find more information about what’s going on now here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether


Learning2gether with Rob Howard on EFL Talks 10 in 10 for 10 – What, why, and how can you participate?

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On Sunday September 27 at the usual time of 1400 UTC Learning2gether met with Rob Howard to talk about the upcoming EFL Talks 10 in 10 for 10 – What, why, and how can you participate? Participating with us in the chat were Rita Zeinstejer from Argentina and Halima Ozimova from Tashkent. Nellie Deutsch was also there; she will be helping Rob mount his event from a single URL at WizIQ.  Maha Abdulmoneim and Art Oglesby were known to be in the stream

Next Sunday Oct 4 Learning2gether will be a part of the EFLTalks program, at http://efltalks.com/

EFLtalks is a non-profit mission to produce an open and free space to share advice, tips and ideas to the next generation of EFL professionals. The project mixes the ideas of a webathon with a Pecha Kucha and TED talks all into one. Real blended teaching.

For the event, celebrating World Teachers’ Day, Rob and his team will kick-off a free 10-hour marathon of mini-webinars. Each speaker will have only 10 minutes using only PowerPoint 10 slides to make their point about their subject. We will open one webinar room lasting all 10 hours so there is only one link to enter the webathon, and viewers may come and go as time permits.

Our chat wth Rob on Sept 27 was in Google+ Hangout on Air

Rob gave a talk on this topic at the Fall Blog Festival Monday Sept 21

We preserved two chat archives from this event

One was from the Hangout on Air, saved to a Google Doc

The other was from http;//chatwing.com/vancestev, reproduced below

Here is the link to our video:
hi viewer, are you in Chatwing (we have 1 viewer)
Chatwing as a Pre-hang out is Great!!!!
Art Oglesby aka ARTiFactor dropped in for a bit
So happy to see the link and the opportunity to see so many presentations.
thanks, welcome to the hoa
I remember Oct 10, 2010 – always do blog posts on numbers like 11-11-11 http://artifactor.org/11-11-11/
I need to be at Free Geek @ 10:10 (lol) Minnesota time so will watch more later. Thanks for always reminding me of these hangouts.


Earlier this week

Mon September 21 Learning2gether with the Blog Festival


Mon Sep 21 1930 EDT Richard Byrne on marketing your teaching materials on TES

Monday night, September 21st, at 7:30pm EDT Richard Byrnewill be presenting a free one-hour Webinar on strategies for using blogs, social media, and email to promote the resources that you can sell through the TES Marketplace.

Register to attend live, or to receive a link to watch the recording, HERE.

This event is sponsored by TES. The TES Marketplace is open to any educator who wants to offers free and or premium resources to other educators. Educators who sell their resources through the TES Marketplace receive 100% for resources purchased in the U.S. There’s no limit to how much you can earn.

In the Webinar Richard will share his best strategies for promoting the materials without feeling like you’re turning yourself into a sales person. A TES representative will also be on the webinar show the unique features of the TES Marketplace.

Thu Sept 24 European Day of Languages 2015 in Hangout

Event page here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ceu8ss68rthrni4bpef8dcj75c0?authkey=CJOOrquzl4K_Vw

Says you have to register to receive the Hangout link; what if you just want to watch the stream?

The event passed before the organizers would provide a solution, but they posted a document detailing how they would meet with others in their circle (see link at end of this post)

Reinhard Marx Shared privately

Welcome to the European Day of Languages 2015 we will celebrate on 24th September 2015. Because the 26th September is a Saturday and our school is closed that day we want to celebrate that event on the 24th September already.

This event is set up every year by the European Council in Brussels for all kind of schools in Europe to raise awareness about one common Europe community on one hand and to express the lingual diversity of all members of the EU on the other hand: “Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes pluralingualism in the whole of Europe.” Fourty-seven member countries belong to this community including the islands outside the European continent which belong to the EC as well.

When you are interested in joining this event register for one (or more) certain time slot(s) by this website:

Learning2gether with the Fall Blog Festival

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On Monday September 21 Learning2gether joined forces with the Fall Blog Festival organized by Nellie Deutsch. The annual Fall Blog Festival #fallblogfest is a one day blog festival event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for blogging for reflective practice, work with students, business and other reasons.

Highlights include: Why blog, background to blogging, influential bloggers, getting started, and best practices and challenges involved in blogging. Certificates of Participation will be available to those who attend 60% of the webinars and write a blog post about the event. Submission of the links to the blog posts and attendance area are on Moodle for Teachers website. Click to http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=92 to enrol in the webathon for 2015, though no need to sign up for the class with your name unless you want the certificate.

Here are some links

Rogue’s Gallery of Presenters

Participants are invited to enrol in the FBF15 and get your certificate (free) here:

One of the presentations was
Connecting Learning2gether with events like the Fall Blog Festival from Vance Stevens

On YouTubehttps://youtu.be/LHm-mae_ICk


http://www.slideshare.net/vances/connecting-learning2gether-with-events-like-the-fall-blog-festival; or available via http://tinyurl.com/vance2015fbf 


Here is an excerpt of text chat during this session, copied from WizIQ

Some of the conversation below has to do with the fact that Nellie set up the link to the event on the assumption that anyone could easily join without pre-registration, but when we tried to get in, the system would drop us from the event (because another unregistered person was already using that link). Some of us worked out that the way in was to register through our WizIQ accounts (in my case, in the nick of time for my session!). The chat shows where Nellie and others were dealing with the problem and helping to get people in.

Peggy: Today’s blogging event is right at the top of Vance’s page:
Tiziana: In Italy it is 4 pm and I need to be up till late to follow a lot of events but…
it is worth doing!! It is my CPD on line
Nives: Hi Tiziana :-)
Susan:  Aloha Everyone! Not sure how long I can be here. Bad internet and on a chromebook. Sound not very clear but slides are GREAT.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Nives, ‘m sharing link with you
Peggy: time zones can be so confusing! I rely on timeanddate.com to help me!
Tiziana: Hi NIVES! HI PEGGY!!
Peggy: Hi Tiziana! Great to see you!
Nives: Thank you Dr Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Peggy, I also use timetable links
Nives: Brian is trying now
Peggy: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109504049211076695836
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Nives, the link is for one person
Tiziana: Hi ! PLESED to be on line and learn from so many communities on line which are really engaging!!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Hi Brian
Nives: Ok Dr Nellie no problem
Brian B: Hi Dr Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Let me know if your friends need a unique link to come in
Peggy: I don’t know how Vance keeps up with so many networks but he is amazing!!!!
Peggy: http://webheadsinaction.org/live
Brian B: Thanks for the link Dr Nellie
Nives: Great to see you here Brian … no idea how long this will last but let’s enjoy it while we can :-)
Peggy: http://chatwing.com/vancestev
Tom: Nives, do not leave the session. It’s a continuous class, all day long.
Nives: There are many ways to have BackChannel chats when not all can join a HOA
Nives: Thanks for letting me know TOM :-)
Brian B: Its taken along time to get here so I will not be leaving yet.
Peggy: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej67/int.pdf
Nives: Good Brian let’s hang out here today :-)
Peggy: Chatwing helps you to feel connected with other people in the same event :-)
Rob Howard: Good question
Nives: Dr Nellie – what will happen with people following the Twitter or FB links which are not working ?
Nives: Hi Rob :-)
Rob Howard: Hi Nives!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: good question
Nives: I agree Peggy – chatting during an event in a backchannel keeps (me) motivated and engaged.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Nives, you can tell them to register ﷯
Peggy: love that description! you know it’s working when you’re learning new things is when your practice changes :-)
Nives: Register … I did that and it did not work…!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Maybe the link I shared will work for them if they add their names
Peggy: yes Nives! I find that if there is no way to chat during webinars it’s easy to get up and walk away and get distracted. :-)
Nives: Let’s hope so Dr Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Smore is more ﷯
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: http://tinyurl.com/vance2015fbf
Peggy: Thank you Vance for all you do to bring these amazing professional learning experiences to all of us through Learning2gether!!!!!
Nives: Yes Peggy or do something else on another page and not really ‘pay attention’ just listen passively
Peggy: exactly Nives!
Nives:  :-) @Peggy
Peggy: you can’t get the link with your name unless you register. That’s how I finally got it.
Nives: Will the recording also have the same problem Dr Nellie when trying to access it ?
Rob Howard: I hope we learn!
Peggy: good question Nives :-)
Nives: Peggy I did register twice with 2 diverse emails and still no luck until magically it just happened…
Rob Howard: Very positive!
Nives: I think we always learn as long as we experience something, no?
Nives: Or at least I do …
Peggy: will the recordings for these sessions be separate recordings for each session or one long recording?
Peggy: sorry Nellie. Not prepared to take the microphone today.
Tom: Going to grab a cup of tea! ﷯
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: One long one and my Youtube for each one
Peggy: we did a show yesterday that was a preview of the K12 Online Conference. The recording and Livebinder links are here: http://live.classroom20.com/archive-and-resources/k12-online-conference-preview
Peggy: thanks Nellie
Peggy: what is the url for your youtube channel?
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: I think it will work, Nives
Nives: Oh good idea YouTube one for each Dr Nellie – I will rely on those recordings.
Peggy: Thank you Vance for this great presentation!
Tom: Thanks Vance! ﷯﷯﷯﷯﷯
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxnNx8kpdaBkmTcFEP9shyi9
Peggy: I guess Vance can’t see our chat today
Peggy: thanks Nellie!!

Peggy was right, the text chat was underneath another module in my view of the WizIQ interface and I wasn’t able to see it during the event. However, I see it now, and I certainly appreciate the nice things people said about Learning2gether :-)



Other sessions at this event

Dr. Nellie DeutschOpening Ceremony and What’s Ahead, Introduction to the Fall Blog Festival

Rob HowardEFLtalks talks for teachers, A preview of our upcoming web event “10 in 10 for 10” being held on October 4th

Anita AdnanHow to Start Selling Courses Through Blogs: A guide for Teachers, How to earn money by selling courses and becoming an affiliate to online products, http://www.anita-adnan.webnode.com

Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, How to build your professional network through blogging and research collaboration through blogging, http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/user/351

Anne FoxBlogging for cultural responsiveness, what culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is and why we need to address the issue in our classrooms (from K12 to adult), http://www.absolutely-intercultural.com/?page_id=3140

Sylvia GuinanA teacher for all seasons, The relevance of journalling: mission, values & the bigger picture of your teaching life.

Ed-Links-Morocco, Khalil Zakari, Blog for your own teacher professional identity development, Social capital theory knows  blogging can facilitate access to resources of value to individuals or groups for specific purposes


Earlier this week

Sun Sept 13 1300 UTC Learning2gether with Lucy Gray on Global Collaboration Day


Thu Sept 17 – all day – Global Collaboration Day

GEC members are welcome to participate in Global Collaboration Day onSeptember 17, 2015. Companies, non-profits, and schools will be coming together in a global demonstration of global collaboration. There are activities available for individuals and for classrooms. If you browse our separate site for Global Collaboration Day, you’ll find something for everyone!

  • To get started, we recommend that you take a look at our overview page.
  • We also have new videos that will help you understand this event.
  • Activities are posted in our calendars and event directory. More will be posted soon.
  • It is NOT too late to host a simple collaboration online for participants. Check out our host page for details.
  • We are sending out updates via text and email using the free Remind app. Sign up here.
  • A few GlobalEdCon (our November online conference) keynotes will be announced on Thursday! Stay tuned!

New items for GCD include:

Finally, many, many thanks to our sponsors for making this day possible:

Looking forward to September 17th! Hope you all can join us!

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon

@GlobalEdCon on Twitter

Thu Sep 17 1900 GMT Free webinar on Let them Teach with Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Where? Online here:



Thu Sep 17, 2015 7pm – 8:30pm GMT

Thu Sep 17 2000 GMT Maria Colussa – Let’s talk about collaborating globally


Because this link was shared privately, it requires me to log on to Google to access it

Benjamin Stewart has a comment there that the link to the event is here


And this  points us to the YouTube video here:



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Conversation about Learning2gether starts at 27 minutes into the audio, minute 38, 43 etc.

Sat Sep 19 1400 UTC Anna Uhl Chamot – IATEFL LASIG Learner Autonomy SIG Webinar

The LASIG, Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group of the IATEFL, would like to invite you to take part in its first webinar on Saturday 19th September 2015 at 3pm BST / 2pm UTC /4pm CEST. In this webinar Anna Uhl Chamot is going to explain How language learning strategies can foster Learner Autonomy.

Learning2gether with Lucy Gray and Peggy George about Global Collaboration Day

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On Sunday September 13 1300 UTC Learning2gether met with Lucy Gray and Peggy George to learn about Global Collaboration Day coming up on Sept 17 http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/about.html, a first annual demonstration of global collaboration for educators, encouraging students, teachers, organizations and companies to host virtual events involving technology on September 17, 2015.

The primary goal of this whole-day event is to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, universities, and institutions of informal learning and around the world. Global Collaboration Day will introduce others to the tools, resources, projects and programs that are available to educators today. Tag: 

Follow up mail to GEC Community Members –

Steve Hargadon and I are tremendously pleased with the participation for Global Collaboration Day on September 17th. Approximately 325 schools and organizations and 36 outreach partners from 51 different countries participated in 149 collaborative online events. Many projects were categorized as requiring asynchronous participation, so you may find a few are still running. Save September 15, 2016, as the official date for our next GCD!

In Hangout on Air streamed on http://webheadsinaction.org/live

Archived here: http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-lucy-gray-and-peggy-george-about-global-collaboration-day

How this worked at showtime Sept 13, 2015

  • You can listen to the stream in the video embedded above while chatting with us in real-time in the Chatwing embed below
  • or you can
  • If there is space available (up to 10 people) you are welcome to join us in the Hangout on Air
    • It is a public hangout in the profile of Vance Stevens on Google+
    • Join the conversation and catch the stream on the Google+ event page:
    • You can join us in HoA via its direct link posted here at show time
      and posted to Twitter hash tag #learning2gether
    • If the Hangout is full, listen to the stream and interact with us in the text chat
      • You can let us know if you want to join the Hangout
      • We will let you know via the stream when space comes available
      • When you enter the Hangout
        • Wear a HEADSET to avoid broadcasting speaker sound back into the Hangout
        • Switch OFF the stream as it is on a delay and will create an echo for you
        • Please MUTE YOUR MIC when not actually speaking into it during the HoA


We would like invite you to join Global Collaboration Day, our first annual demonstration of global collaboration for educators. We are encouraging students, teachers, organizations and companies to host virtual events involving technology on September 17, 2015. (And since September 17 takes nearly 48 hours to start and finish across the globe, check out the calendar in your own time zone for all the activities!)

The primary goal of this whole day event is to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, universities, and institutions of informal learning and around the world. Global Collaboration Day will introduce others to the tools, resources, projects and programs that are available to educators today. We currently have over 130 schools and organizations representing about 29 different countries; 25 outreach partners have also committed to joining this worldwide event. Approximately 52 events are listed on our site and this list is growing by the day. There is no cost to participate at any level.

Here is how people and organizations can participate:

Examples of events that are currently scheduled include a Twitter chat on global learning, an asynchronous Twitter poll on chocolate, a survey on sunlight around the world, and a class live streaming using Periscope. Many organizations are hosting webinars and other activities to introduce educators to tools, resources and programs that will help them connect their classroom to the world. We recommend that activities be simple in scope and have low barriers to entry in order to attract participants. Ideas are listed on our host page. Events can be geared towards any audience including students, teachers, parents, and organization leaders.

Our current partner list includes TES, Edmodo, Remind, AFS-USA, iEARN-USA, the Global Campaign for Education – US Chapter, SMART, VIF International Education, and Edutopia. (We would love to add your organization to this list as well.)For further information, please take a look at our website and press release. Also, check out this recent article on us from eSchool News and Lucy’s Edutopia blog post.

Thanks and we hope to hear from you regarding this special day!

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon

Here is Chatwing chat for this event, copied, pasted below

Good morning from Phoenix AZ :-)
2 days ago
I’m here!
2 days ago
Hi GlobalEdCon :-) Assuming that’s you Lucy :-)
So excited to have you here to share with us today about Global Collaboration Day!
2 days ago
Yes, that’s me! Lucy Gray
2 days ago
My other twitter handle is @elemenous.
2 days ago
so many identities! how do you keep track of them all? :-)
2 days ago
hello to ALL from Uzbekistan,Central Asia
2 days ago
Yes! Classroom 2.0 with Steve Hargadon back in 2007 was the beginning for many of us on this wonderful adventure with web 2.0 and connecting with educators from around the world!
2 days ago
Love hearing this story about how Steve and Lucy got everything started with the Global Education Conference!
2 days ago
Yes. Quite interesting.
2 days ago
Thanks Delphine, Robert and Halima for joining us in the Hangout!
2 days ago
The Global Ed Conference in November is always fabulous! Amazing that 10,000-15,000 people participate every year!
2 days ago
Dates? Sometime in November, right?
2 days ago
Thanks, Vance.
2 days ago
2 days ago
you beat me Vance!
2 days ago
Now the other pistol, Global Collaboraton Day http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/about.html :-)
2 days ago
What is the today’s topic on?
2 days ago
Looks like This, right?
2 days ago
you guessed it
2 days ago
love the idea of extending the global events throughout the year and not just during the conference!
2 days ago
Great suggestion, Peggy!
2 days ago
One of the calendars (this one for UTC time) http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/gmt–0.html
2 days ago
Remind is such a great tool for sharing resources, reminders about the event! I love getting my daily remind messages from Lucy!
It’s great that you can choose your own time zone on the schedule so you won’t get confused about the time.
2 days ago
Peggy cannot open Your site!
2 days ago
How is that spelled? Youcanbookme?
2 days ago
be sure to sign up for the Remind daily messages with resources and updates about GCDhttps://www.remind.com/join/gcdchat
2 days ago
How do I use the effemeral chat in the HoA?
Want to say hi to Nellie
2 days ago
grab a mic and say hi
2 days ago
Now, I see. I just didn’t have the Group Chat tool open.
2 days ago
she just said hi to you :-)
2 days ago
Yes, I know; that’s why I was looking for how to say hi back.
2 days ago
which site can’t you open Halima? the main site for Global Collaboration Day? it may be a bandwidth problem since you are also in the Hangout and that takes a lot of bandwidth.
2 days ago
What if I’m not with a school or organization now?
2 days ago
maybe you can try it after the Hangout is over :-)
2 days ago
Is Lucy going to do a screen share, or what?
2 days ago
I hate to interrupt her for that but she might be monitoring this chat
2 days ago
Think I’ll volunteer for the November gig.
2 days ago
Is Global Ed site mobile-friendly?
Can I access on my iPad?
2 days ago
most likely yes
2 days ago
Blackboard Collaborate is available in an app to view sessions
2 days ago
Really glad I was able to join the conversation.
2 days ago
You can subscribe to our Classroom 2.0 LIVE Saturday webinars here: http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html
All of our archived recordings are here: http://live.classroom20.com/archive-and-resources
so many fantastic opportunities for all of us to learn and share together through these free conferences and webinars!!
2 days ago
Thanks for coming everyone. And thanks for having me, Vance!
Invite me to to future events, I’d like to listen to more conversations rather than talk!
2 days ago
our great pleasure, will be blogged soon at http://learning2gether.net
2 days ago
Thanks so much for joining us Robert!
2 days ago
I’m listening to the recording of the hangout now. I joined Classroom20 many years ago and also host a Ning platform.
2 days ago
We try to use Chatwing as much as possible given the nature of herding cats, so as to include people in the stream in a conversation they can participate in. However, those in the chat moved their discussion into the Hangout chat (where on my computer, I can’t copy / paste it). But Nellie Deutsch can do that, and she sent me what appears below:
Peggy George
9:29 AM
Hi Nellie! Great to see you!
youcanbookme is an amazing scheduling tool! it’s really easy to use as a presenter!
and as a volunteer moderator :-)

9:30 AM
sounds amazing

Halima Ozimova
9:30 AM
Dr Nellie! Good evening!

9:30 AM
Hi Halima
Hi Lucy, Vance, Peggy, and ???
I love the idea

Peggy George
9:31 AM
if you want to host an event :-)

9:31 AM
Yes, Peggy. I know the tool.

Halima Ozimova
9:32 AM
Peggy I tried to participate but registration is not easy

9:32 AM
Hi Robert

Peggy George
9:33 AM
What kinds of problems did you have Halima?
are you talking about the form to participate?

Robert Wachman
9:33 AM
Hi Nellie.

Peggy George
9:33 AM
wow! a nobel prize winner!!! hope that works out!

9:34 AM
Where are you based now, Robert?

Robert Wachman
9:34 AM

Halima Ozimova
9:34 AM
Lucy and Peggy Thank You for informing about all updates of events!

9:34 AM
I’ll be in India on October 16.

Robert Wachman
9:34 AM
I’m n the Philippines. been here for nearly 2 yeears now.
Going to Nepal the end of this month for about a month.

9:35 AM
nice, Robert

Halima Ozimova
9:35 AM
Yes , i’ve got

Robert Wachman
9:35 AM
Yes. we just visited Cambodia and Vietnam last month.

9:35 AM
I filled a form and it was very clear and user frendly

Halima Ozimova
9:36 AM
Dr Nellie!!!! You are in heavens and poor me!!!

9:37 AM
I can help you flll in the form, Haliima
Zoom.us is free these days

Halima Ozimova
9:39 AM
Thank YOU! I’ve waited for Your Dr’s words in discussion:  https://www.facebook.com/messages/conversation-1629668350605426

9:40 AM
I’m not that happy with Facebook, Halima.
Yes, I noticed the changes on the Ning.

Peggy George
9:41 AM
you can also sign up to help as a volunteer moderator during the Global Education Conference to help moderate Blackboard Collaborate sessions. I love doing that rather than being a presenter.

Robert Wachman
9:41 AM
Sounds interesting.

9:41 AM
people find reading challenges

Halima Ozimova
9:42 AM
I REALLY need Help! BCS Trainers do not know about #Tesol #evo Trainings  http://kitoblog.com/

9:42 AM
can mess with google hangout

Peggy George
9:42 AM
the K12 Online Conference is a month before the Global Ed Conference :-) It’s from October 19-30 with the kickoff keynote on Oct. 12. http://k12onlineconference.org/

9:43 AM
I’d love to be part of that, Peggy.

Halima Ozimova
9:44 AM
Peggy cannot open Your site! How to E-mail to You?

Peggy George
9:45 AM
There are many opportunities to volunteer for the K12 Online Conference either as a presenter or helper. There is an Organizer team and a number of different committees.

9:45 AM
Who cannot open what site, Halima

Halima Ozimova
9:45 AM
Dr Nellie! Peggy’s site

Robert Wachman
9:45 AM
Age 12?

Peggy George
9:45 AM
Everything is pretty much in place for this year for K12 Online but watch for the volunteer webinar next year to see how to get involved.

9:46 AM
I’m available this year. I have no idea about next year.

Peggy George
9:46 AM
I don’t know what BCS is
which site are you having trouble getting into Halima?

Robert Wachman
9:47 AM
Thanks, Lucy!

Peggy George
9:48 AM
Nellie is definitely a connected educator leader around the world!!

9:49 AM
It’s bad everywhere, Lucy

Halima Ozimova
9:49 AM
Peggy You mentioned at Your twitter  http://t.co/FjJarQD1s7

9:49 AM
it’s one educator at a time and a very slow process.

Peggy George
9:49 AM
My weekly webinars that I host on Classroom 2.0 LIVE often have 8-10 people each week from other countries!

9:50 AM
but Peggy, how many turn up in total?
Thank you, Peggy :)

Peggy George
9:50 AM
Halima, that is my “About.me” page. Is that the link that won’t open for you?
Nellie, each week we meet on Saturdays and often have between 30-50 people. We record everything so many people also watch recordings if they can’t make it on Saturdays.

9:51 AM
That’s great, Peggy.
less on webinars

Halima Ozimova
9:52 AM
Peggy I am reading Your site

Peggy George
9:52 AM
Is this the link that won’t open for you? It’s working for me so maybe it’s just a bandwidth issue for you. https://about.me/peggy_george
I often go back to watch recordings from previous years!
I also love to be able to invite presenters to come and do their presentations for us on Classroom 2.0 LIVE if I think it is something our participants might really find valuable. :-)
I have found some outstanding presenters in the Global Ed Conference

9:54 AM
Lucy, where are getting funding? I self-fun and it’s getting hard.

Halima Ozimova
9:54 AM

9:55 AM
Steve does that, Vance

Peggy George
9:55 AM
Steve hosts a LOT of virtual conferences each year!!!
there is almost one every month of the year!

Robert Wachman
9:56 AM
Is Global Ed site mobile-friendly? Can I access on my iPad?

Peggy George
9:56 AM
he sends out weekly emails to anyone who signs up for the Learning Revolution (free) to announce upcoming activities
yes it is Robert (website). Are you referring to Blackboard Collaborate or the website?

Robert Wachman
9:57 AM
website…for archived material.
Thinking I’d like to listen to sessions while doing the dishes, etc.

Halima Ozimova
9:58 AM
Peggy PLZ,POST here Your E-mail!

9:58 AM
Peggy, I lost the link to the calendar?
google calendar is a life saver

Peggy George
10:01 AM
Robert, I think you can view the recordings from the archives if they are mp4 video recordings. If they are blackboard collaborate recordings you would need the app to view them
great Nellie! yes the calendar link is on the home page for Learning Revolution

Robert Wachman
10:02 AM
I’ve got a laptop I can use, too. but I usually have my iPad in the kitchen, just easiest.

Peggy George
10:03 AM
you can watch the blackboard collaborate recordings on an ipad using the app :-)

10:03 AM
Where do we add to the calendar?

Peggy George
10:03 AM
fortunately we don’t have to understand how Google Calendar works (behind the scenes) to make it work. It just works!

10:03 AM
I have my calendar called Integrating Technology

Robert Wachman
10:04 AM
Susan Gaer has given online workshops on Google Calendar, Vance.

Vance Stevens
10:04 AM
there’s a suggestion Robert, L2g session lead!
How can I copy the chat here, it isn’t copyable in my browser

Peggy George
10:05 AM
Nellie are you a partner with the Learning Revolution? You could share your calendar with them too.

Peggy George
10:06 AM
yes! this hour just flew by!!! time to wrap it up :-)

Halima Ozimova left group chat.

10:07 AM
Not sure, Peggy. I know Steve asked me to be a sponsor, but I self fund what `I do

Halima Ozimova joined group chat.

Peggy George
10:07 AM
it’s really easy to pick sessions to moderate for the Global Ed Conference
everyone helps each other out!
there is no charge to be a partner Nellie. Sponsors provide financial support.

Robert Wachman
10:08 AM
What’s the timeline for volunteer/moderators?
When do people need to start getting involved? Orientation?

Peggy George
10:08 AM
it’s throughout the entire conference Robert

Delphine Chiao
10:08 AM
thank you, Nellie. I got it into my calendar.

Peggy George
10:09 AM
they even provide training on a recording on how to moderate blackboard collaborate :-)

10:09 AM
Thank you, Delphine.

Robert Wachman
10:09 AM
I’ll be in Nepal in Oct.

Vance Stevens
10:09 AM

Peggy George
10:09 AM
Nikki is a huge help for people who want to learn how to moderate and she’ll meet you in a room to provide individualized help

10:09 AM
I know do webinars on BB, Adobe Connect, Zoom and WizIQ

Robert Wachman
10:09 AM
I’ll be back home about Nov. 7.

10:10 AM
know = now
have a great time, Robert
thank you, Lucy

Robert Wachman
10:10 AM
Thanks, Nellie.

Peggy George
10:11 AM
It has been really great to hear you describe the Global Collaborate Day and the conference Lucy!!! Really informative and now we’ll be able to share the recording link with other people who couldn’t join us.

10:11 AM
I’ll see you in Baltimore, Robert

Peggy George
10:11 AM
seeing and hearing you great Robert!

Delphine Chiao
10:12 AM
a wonderful time to listen your sharing. thank you for all sharing.

10:12 AM
wow, that’s great, Robert

Vance Stevens
10:12 AM
thanks for joining us

Halima Ozimova
10:12 AM
Peggy Thank You for an useful info

10:13 AM
thank you, Vance

Delphine Chiao
10:13 AM
early to leave it for something to be done. bye!

Vance Stevens
10:13 AM
bye, come back :-)

10:13 AM
I know him

Peggy George
10:14 AM
you can subscribe to our Classroom 2.0 LIVE Saturday webinars here: http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html
All of our archived recordings are here:  http://live.classroom20.com/archive-and-resources

Vance Stevens
10:14 AM
would you put that in Chatwing? I can’t copy from here :-)

Delphine Chiao left group chat.

Peggy George
10:15 AM
so many fantastic opportunities for us to connect with each other for professional learning!
thank you Robert!!!

10:15 AM
thank you
great chat

Lucy Gray
10:15 AM
Thanks everyone!
See you online next week and in November!

Peggy George
10:15 AM
Thanks everyone for joining us! Have a great weekend! (what’s left of it) :-)

Halima Ozimova
10:15 AM
Thank YOU!

Peggy George
10:16 AM
I get some of my best geography lessons from Vance!
I’ve been going to ISTE every year since 2005!

Robert Wachman
10:16 AM
Thanks, Everyone. I’ll definitely check out events o the 17th and sign up to be a volunteer in Nov.

Peggy George
10:16 AM
Bye everyone!

Robert Wachman
10:17 AM
Will keep a journal and take lots of photos to share in Nepal.

Peggy George
10:17 AM
thanks for your willingness to volunteer Robert!!

Robert Wachman
10:17 AM
Glad to help out; sounds like a great way for a mostly retired educator to be involved.

Lucy Gray
10:18 AM

10:18 AM
you get invited to visit places

Halima Ozimova
10:18 AM
DESPITE FEELING MYSELF LIKE among GURUS i nevertheless try too!

Robert Wachman
10:19 AM
Thanks. I
I”m going to say good night (10 p.m. here) and see if I can listen to a Global Ed session while doing the dishes!

Halima Ozimova
10:19 AM
May I say THANK you!!!

10:20 AM
smart phone make things easier
Great to see you, Halima

Peggy George
10:20 AM
the video part of virtual conferences is so valuable because we can see places and people we would never be able to meet face to face!

10:20 AM
so true, Peggy

Peggy George
10:20 AM
love being able to see classrooms around the world in these virtual conferences!

10:20 AM
have you tried Zoom.us?

Lucy Gray
10:21 AM
Also WhatsApp
Peggy has a new favorite tool

Peggy George
10:22 AM
yes my new favorite tool is Blab!!! :-) awesome for interviews and conversations! much easier to use than hangouts and better quality. Many people can come in and out of the conversations

Robert Wachman left group chat.

Peggy George
10:23 AM
Diving into the archives of sites like Classroom2.0, Webheads, and my own sites offers great value, but we’ve not figured effective ways to encourage and facilitate that.
2 days ago


Earlier this week

Sun Sept 6 1400 UTC Learning2gether with ELTLive and TILL – Office 365


Thu Sep 10 1900 CET Globinar

E4.123-0156: Flipped lit projects. Engaging literature students!

I think this is the correct time. It is correct for 1900 Berlin



Below find the link to Juergen’s post-conference document

Learning2gether with ELTLive and TILL – Benjamin Stewart and Piry Herrera on Office 365

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/learning2gether-with-elt-live-and-till-office-365-zdtrwanoglw.mp3?

On Sunday, September 6, 1400 UTC, Learning2gether joined forces with ELTLive (#eltlive http://eltlive.com), and TILL, Teachers for Interactive Language Learning, a Google+ Community with well over 3000 members, at  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106289715383230353120.

The topic was Office 365, a Microsoft ecosystem that provides a suite of apps for sharing Office documents online and for working on them collaboratively. There are a number of other features that facilitate the interaction between student and teachers in the online or blended environment.

We were joined by Benjamin Stewart and Piry Herrera, both colleagues and teacher-trainers at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico, where both use Office 365 in innovative ways. We were particularly impressed by the ideas the presenters shared for exploring the affordances of the environment with their future-teacher students in ways that were clearly modeling to them a very humanistic and engaging pedagogical approach to leveraging technology as an enabler of learning.

We noted that the university in Aguascalientes has a licence that makes possible all teachers and students to use this tool and to maintain ePortfolios for the duration of their stay at the university, but we naturally discussed what the students could do with these ePortfolios (i.e. how they could retrieve their content) when they left the Office 365 environment, and also how they could port what they were learning about Office 365 into a free web 2.0 ecosystem they might design for their own students when they go to work in less well-endowed workplaces after graduation.

Benjamin and Piry proved themselves knowledgeable presenters whom the participants in Hangout and in-stream engaged in lively dialog (via text chat in the latter case). The result was a discussion lasting around 1.5 hours, but well worth reviewing, and we hope you enjoy it.

The event had been planned with Jeff Lebow and ELTLive, but Jeff had to bow out at the last moment, rare for Jeff. However he had set up two notices at his ELTLive community spaces

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air (HoA)

  • You could have listened to the stream in a video embed while chatting with us in real-time in the Chatwing window embedded in the location of your choice (both pointing to the same stream and Chatwing live text chat)
  • or you can
  • When there is space available (up to 10 people) you are welcome to join us in the Hangout on Air
    • It is a public hangout in the profile of Vance Stevens on Google+
    • Join the conversation and catch the stream on the Google+ event page, this one at:
    • You can join us in HoA via its direct link posted here at show time
      and posted to Twitter hash tag #learning2gether and #eltlive
    • If the Hangout is full, listen to the stream and interact with us in the text chat
      • You can let us know if you want to join the Hangout
      • We will let you know via the stream when space comes available
      • When you enter the Hangout
        • Wear a HEADSET to avoid broadcasting speaker sound back into the Hangout
        • Switch OFF the stream as it is on a delay and will create an echo for you
        • Please MUTE YOUR MIC when not actually speaking into it during the HoA


The following is copy / pasted from the Chatwing chat from this session

Good morning! Set my alarm so I could tune in although I’m not an Office 365 user. Always love to learn from Jeff and Vance! Greetings from Phoenix AZ.
I’m starting the hoa now, welcome
stream ok?
So sorry Jeff isn’t able to be with us today! But I’ll enjoy meeting Benjamin Stewart and the other people in the hangout. :-)
Hello! Greetings from sunny Argentina!
I know but I don´t know anything about this, so I prefer to lurk
welcome if you want to comment
you know about educational philosophy :-)
audio and video is coming through great for me! watching on youtube :-)
always great to see you Peggy, you inspire us with your interest
Hi Peggy, ok Vance I will prob jump in later I´m taking notes like crazy right now ;))
Hi Maria! Great to see you! :-)
so happy to see the emphasis on reflection in lesson planning for those future teachers! so important!
I noted that as well Peggy, so important!
also teacher trainers as models is critical
by using Office 365 does that make it possible for all of the students to see each other’s work so it’s not just going to the professors?
thanks for asking my question Vance! You are an excellent facilitator!
great response! once they get going further along in their training it will be a great way for them to help each other with peer feedback/suggestions realizing that is a great way to learn together. :-)
I’m sure the students really appreciate knowing exactly when they will be observed and what the tutor will be looking for via the calendar. Great idea!
seeing the screensharing great!
Hi all. Trying to watch on my cell. Laptop is acting up these days
do the students get automatic notification of the calendar events via email?
Hi Maha!
it must give them alerts on their mobile devices, but I’ll ask
I’m really enjoying hearing about this teacher education program because I was a teacher education professor for Arizona State University for many years before I retired. :-)
great :-)
thanks! so exciting to see the use of mobile devices with the students! very accommodating to match them up for notifications via these devices!
seeing the screensharing now on youtube :-)
it works well
do the students have to pay for Office 365 or is it provided by the university?
they are fortunate they have a license
it’s similar to Google Docs with office apps
lots of similarities between OneDrive and Google Drive :-)
what is one drive?
I’m guessing office equivalent to dropbox etc?
Hi – I’m wondering if everyone can use the email from any provider – I guess they just have to use Outlook – but can it be used with a gmail fro example
you can ask that …
that is what he is showing us now
One drive is the MS online space – yep like dropbox or icloud
woops :-)
Microsoft One Drive and One Note
I just signed up for One Note this week because Angela Maiers used it to distribute her free ebook called Liberating Genius. :-)
I’m glad you guys are backing me up, I guess I missed it when I got up a moment to turn on the lights here
no problem!!! :-)
How can we get Angela’s book?
One Drive seems to really help them to personalize/individualize the instruction and support for the students!
can you do about the same in Google ecosystem or are there clear affordances with Microsoft?
Last year my teacher trainers used onedrive for exchanging files – i.e. they were uploading and downloading rather than collaborating live in a Google doc!
I’m not completely clear about what the students are recording. Is it their reflection/synthesis of the lesson or is it the actual lesson being delivered in the classroom with students?
Hi Elizabeth! Welcome to the merry chat!
thanks! they are recording their sessions together to review later. Great idea!!
by having the students capture all of this documentation in One Drive throughout the program it will make it really easy for them to create a digital portfolio to use for many purposes including job searching :-)
great question Vance!
excellent point! it’s good for students to learn multiple platforms/tools so they can move easily between them for use later when they are no longer in the program.
haha Vance! not renting this auditorium :-) Definitely keep going! Very informative!
yes, and be exposed to them by use them then it´s up to them to decide eventually, as usual it all depends on the teacher, right?
great use of video tutorials and announcements!
flipped learning
are we able to see his blog (Piry) or is it only for his students?
yes, we would like to have the link to Piry´s blog
I’ve asked in HoA chat, chatwing crashed Piry’s connection
thanks :-) I’m sure it was too much bandwidth for him along with hangout and desktop sharing :-)
we’ve been muting our web cams to help Piry’s bandwidth
the popup is showing great for me. I changed by resolution in youtube to the highest level (720HD) in Theater Mode :-)
would love to have his OneNote link (Benjamin) that he offered
love that transparency of sharing work and comments!
But surely the students need their own subscription? – I just checked it’s $70 / year for an individual (that’s if they want to collaborate on a document rather than just view)
can you ask, Anne?
yes @eannegrenoble I was wondering that too.
great point about the format similarities with Word online and their desktop versions of Word. Interesting to hear this comparison between Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive.
so students can work on their documents off line and it will automatically save to their Word Online? did I understand that correctly?
I understood that it synchs in the cloud
but they open the doc in Word, so not sure, do they have to upload the new doc?
3 days ago
do you know if the students have actually seen the conversations in the forum?
love it! Benjamin takes pictures of things on the board to post online later to help the students :-) great idea!
this is such a great model and shows what close personal relationships are possible with instructors like Benjamin and Piry! Such great communication!
it’s great that students can help each other in the class conversations by being so transparent!
what happens with all of the student work/forums etc. after they leave the university? will they still be able to access everything they saved in One Drive or would they have to pay to subscribe to continue to access documents?
I also loved that Benjaming takes pics of boardnotes
aha! they can choose whether they want to edit in Word or Word Online
great job explaining this Benjamin!!!
Pity – I’m going to have to drop out – thought I would have liked to see what Benjamin can share with us (we who are outside the system)
It will be in the recording and we’ll post links here. So far all links posted in this chat have remained here forever
I’ll check back here later …. please say thanks for me …. bye all
I need to work on getting presenters in chatwing, set up and ready to go, prior to the show :-) (note to self_
very similar to Google Drive! Excellent demo of this!
I’m sure that’s a challenge, Vance because of the required bandwidth.
would the students have to personally pay for Office 365 after they leave the university to be able to continue to access those documents?
this has been REALLY informative! I’ve learned a lot! Thank you so much for providing this webinar!!
I say the same guys inspired and happy to hear about all of this! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you Benjamin, Piry and Vance! :-)
so impressed with the very thoughtful way your university is approaching the adoption of these tools!
great points about the portfolios!
Once they leave university they´ve already got a backpack of evidence of work they´ve done, a live cv
I was also a teacher education professor after I was a principal :-) So great to be here with all of you!
Would be good if portfolios can imported for students to take away
Time flew!
Thank you so much for another interesting session
Thanks for checking on the availability of the blog :-) Will look forward to seeing it if that becomes possible!
Very nice to meet you Peggy and Piry
thanks very much for joining us
Excellent webinar!
you were all a very present part of our conversation
thanks again for coming

Earlier this week

Sun Aug 30 1900 UTC Jim Bronwyn Stuckey – Reboot Quest Atlantis


Learning2gether with Bronwyn Stuckey – Reboot Quest Atlantis

Download mp3:

Bron Stuckey is supporting a campaign to reboot Quest Atlantis, a project derived from Active Worlds which she has been intensively involved in. She will join us on Learning2gether to tell us about the importance to learners of Quest Atlantis and the Kickstarter campaign she is promoting to help raise funds to revive the initiative, as it says on these websites

Joining Bron was joined by

  • Rick Noll Owner and one of the developers of ActiveWorlds, Inc.
  • and Ellen Jameson of Reboot Quest Atlantis

For the past decade there was a vast educational research project taking place in classrooms on 6 continents. It was Quest Atlantis, a massively multiplayer online game integrating strong support for 21st century skills into each subject. Teachers, students, and researchers alike hoped that Quest Atlantis could grow, and other students could share the experiences they loved. Some parts of the project moved forward, but as grant funding for the multiplayer platform drew to a close, the team couldn’t keep the game ready for today’s classrooms. As the developers of the engine that ran Quest Atlantis, we’ve always been excited to see what students were able to do, inside the game and out, and we listened when teachers told us they didn’t want to see it go. We’re working hard to bring it back for a new generation, in collaboration with members of the original Quest Atlantis team. If you brought your students in to Quest Atlantis – or if you were a student there – you know that the community formed around reading, writing, building, sharing, and saving the world together was special. You know there was potential for much more to unfold – more for students and teachers to create, more features to make the right tools available. Make your pledge and help us bring a new Quest Atlantis to a new generation!

Where? Hangout on Air

  • You could watch and listen to the stream in the video embedded at http://webheadsinaction.org/live
    while chatting with us in real-time in the Chatwing embed below the video
  • or you could
  • If there is space available (up to 10 people) you are welcome to join us in the Hangout on Air
    • It is a public hangout in the profile of Vance Stevens on Google+
    • You can join us in HoA via its direct link posted here at show time
      and posted to Twitter hash tag #learning2gether
    • If the Hangout is full, you can listen to the stream and interact with us in the text chat
      • You can let us know if you want to join the Hangout
      • We will let you know via the stream when space comes available
      • When you enter the Hangout
        • Wear a HEADSET to avoid broadcasting speaker sound back into the Hangout
        • Switch OFF the stream as it is on a delay and will create an echo for you
        • Please MUTE YOUR MIC when not actually speaking into it during the HoA


As of Aug 30, $673, 28 days to go

Update, Sept 26,$758, 33 hours to go :-( sadly, not sure what happens now


The Chatwing text chat from this event is worth checking out

Here is the chat for this event copy / pasted from Chatwing

Vance Stevens – Greetings on Aug 30, 2015, to Learning2gether with Bron Stuckey
starting in 40 min at 1900 UTC
When Bron is in the HoA we’ll give its link out
Daniel F. Bassill – I’m listening in from Chicago. Is this the best place to ask questions or comment?
Vance Stevens – yes dan
do you want to join us here? can you see the direct link?
Daniel F. Bassill – I can listen in. The video works fine.
Vance Stevens – the video? we’ve not started :-)
Daniel F. Bassill – I’m on the webheads page and listening to speaker. Is this the Quest Atlantis project?
Vance Stevens – this is our tpic tonight http://www.questatlantisreboot.org/
we’re about ready to go
Daniel F. Bassill – Who is the person talking now? In the description you talked about a “she”
Ellen Jameson – Hi Dan! I’m Ellen Jameson, I was on the original Quest Atlantis team
Daniel F. Bassill – Ok. I’m on the Google hangout now.
Vance Stevens – cool
you’re back
Daniel F. Bassill –  I logged out and in. Still don’t see my icon, but that’s ok. I was intending to listen and offer comment via chat anyway.
Vance Stevens – are you sharing your screen inadvertently perhaps?
Daniel F. Bassill – I don’t know. Don’t know how to check that.
Vance Stevens – I see an icon with your name on it … move your mouse to the left edge of the HoA window and find the green screenshare icon with the white arrow, try and toggle it off ?
but if you’re happy, no problem
Daniel F. Bassill – I clicked on the green icon and it was inviting me to share my screen. I can see that in my icon space my screen is being shared. It’s not a problem to me.
Vance Stevens – ok, don’t worry
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Found the chat on google search engine
Vance Stevens – hi nellie, have you found he hangout link?
Daniel F. Bassill – What’s the web site for Alphaworld?
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – No, Vance. I didn’t see the chat anymore.
Bron Stuckey – Rick Noll is explaining the history of Active Worlds and its plans to Reboot Quest Atlantis
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I ‘m listening via the hangout, but didn’t see a link to the chat.
Vance Stevens – you’re right, I never posted it (doh!). I pasted it above
Bron Stuckey – Chris Dede used #ActiveWorlds to build River City just before Quest Atlantis & @sashabarab came along
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I can’t listen in real time unless I can chat :)
Haven’t heard from Chris for some time. I hope he’s ok.
I remember Quest Atlantis from way back.
Vance Stevens – me too
Bron Stuckey – The #QuestAtlantis Global Game over 12 years had 100,000 kids 300,000 quest completed in countries around the world
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – You mean, me, neither 
or me, either 
I just had a conversation about funding and the fact that things stop, when the money goes
Ellen Jameson – Saw Chris at SXSWedu, he and EcoMUVE are doing well!
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Hi Ellen
Ellen Jameson – Hi Nellie!
Bron Stuckey – #ActiveWorlds has redeveloped the Rhino World but it needs #QuestAtlantis framework to give it curriculum value.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – again, what age group are we talking about?
Daniel F. Bassill – This issue of funding continuation is something I’ve focused on for nearly 20 years. I faced it in the programs I was leading and recognize that everyone else faces same challenge. Thus my on-line connections seek people working to fix this problem for all of us, not just for themself. Hard to find such people.
Vance Stevens – I think this is for K-12, am I right?
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – how about happiness, doesn’t that rule?
Bron Stuckey – #ActiveWorlds has the rights to #QuestAtlantis – new worlds, now tools, new interfaces & build your own quests
Ellen Jameson – Sorry – middle school at the core, but teachers have used it with 4th-10th
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – is it for 18 year olds?
Bron Stuckey – Yes #QuestAtlantis is K-12 but we always had groups outside that
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – is it on a wiki, too?
Vance Stevens – I believe it’s in its own client software like SL or Minecraft
Ellen Jameson – We have a page I’m going to introduce in a moment –
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – That’s good to hear, Daniel.
I’m looking for professional grant writers who are willing to barter
Ellen, I’m chatting, but can’t see the video as I do
Bron Stuckey – Rebooted #QuestAtlantis will allow you to author and create your own Quests – kids and teachers
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – wish we could bring the chat into the hangout
Rick Noll – and for more information…
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Thank you, Vance. I’m also watching TV so it’s kind of noisy here.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Thank you, Rick
Vance Stevens – we’re trying to bring the hangout chat HERE. We’re copying anything relevent there to this space
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – where is the hangout chat? I couldn’t find it
Vance Stevens – the Hangout chat is in the Hangout. But we’re trying to chat here so people in the stream will be included
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Vance, I suggest trying zoom.us
Vance Stevens – ah but there is probably a google chat somewhere
Vance Stevens – what is its advantage?
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I was there, too, Vance
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Zoom is free for 25 for 45 min and you can have 25 webcams running. Its very open.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Thank you Rick
wow, that’s beautiful
Daniel F. Bassill – Minecraft seems to be well-supported, and promoted, by YouTube videos that show “how to” build things. My son has watched these for a few years. Building something that has the same appeal, and the same level of YouTube activity, would be key to making this widely used.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Ok, I’m inspired. How do I get involved?
Bron Stuckey – Rick has lots of videos to share that demonstrate the new capacity of #QuestAtlantis URLS will be posted in this chat
Vance Stevens – minecraft is catchy :-)
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I am giving a teacher training course starting October for K-12 EFL teachers,
It would be great for EFL students
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Minecraft is for young learners
Vance Stevens – my 18 year old pilot cadets are into Minecraft
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I like Minecraft, too, but I think it’s for young learners
Vance Stevens – I like Minecraft and I’m an over 60 learner :-)
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Vance, I guess you and I are young learners
Teachers don’t have money
is’t kickstrarter about money?
Vance Stevens – kickstarter is for raising money for people without money
Daniel F. Bassill – Is there a Google community for this? A Facebook community?
Ellen Jameson – For now, we’re hoping there can be discussion on the kickstarter page
Daniel F. Bassill – On Kickstarter, do you need to reach your $25k goal or can you keep whatever you raise?
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – for people, Vance, but not by people who have no money like teachers
Bron Stuckey – If you have ideas for how you might use #QuestAtlantis you can float them in the Kickstarter discussion
Ellen Jameson – But we will be phasing in Facebook and Google+
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – $25,000 is not a lot of money
Ellen Jameson – That’s the nice thing about the investment that’s gone into the platform already – maintenance is not out of reach
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – is Quest Atlantis free to use
Bron Stuckey – No #ActiveWorlds set a low goal but hope to massively exceed it. It’s more about community ownership!
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – everyone needs to be paid for the work they do
Daniel F. Bassill – People need to get paid in order to stay involved and give their time and talent. Is there a business plan that shows how fees for use might generate enough revenue for future development, training, marketing, etc.
Ellen Jameson – Yes, we can discuss that
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – have you considered organizing a MOOC? I can help with that.
Bron Stuckey – Great idea Nellie!
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – We can get the word out that way.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Train current and future teachers on how to use it.
Ellen Jameson – Yes! Would love to talk more about that
Daniel F. Bassill – I’ve been part of some cMOOCs over past few years, such as Deeper Learning, Education Technology & Media. Format is good and can be on-going.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I’m thinking of the old fashioned MOOCs, Daniel.
MOOCs in the style of 2007/2008
I’m an educator and I know a lot of teachers from around the world.
Vance Stevens – cMOOCs (invented in 2008)
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – 2007, Vance with Leigh Blackwall on Wkieducator
Vance Stevens – ahh, well, who’s the guy who created Alison? He claims to be the first MOOC, but you’re right …
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – the visuals are quite different
Vance Stevens – however, Siemens, Downes, Cormier who coined the term (with Brian Alexander??)
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I need clean visuals and Quest Atlantis is very beautiful. Mindcraft is less
I was there, Vance. Here’s proof http://wikieducator.org/NellieDeutsch/EduMOOC/Posts
Rick Noll – here is a video of the Rhino “Poachers” mission
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – QA would be great for EFL learning.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I asked if there is a wiki?
Rick Noll – to QA?
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Quest Atlantis
Rick Noll – I am not sure…
if not we had better start one
Daniel F. Bassill – Minecraft has millions of users who have become self motivated to spen countless hours playing the game. If educators had resources that motivated as much student use, and could show measurable learning outcomes, this would be a home run. It’s possible that the more this appeals to educators the less it will appeal to learners.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – Wikis are becoming less popular, but they are great.
Why, Daniel?
Ellen Jameson – That’s one reason I’m very excited about the story/game authoring tools. The thing that really drove the continuing core of voluntary student participation was building
even the peer review activity system was tied to building
And authoring is highly enriched building – as Bron described with World Congress
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – You need to market QA. I forgot about it until now. Need to bring it out to the public not just teachers, but maybe parents and kids
Rick Noll – you are right nellie
Daniel F. Bassill – I encourage you to move quickly into social media and/or a MOOC and try to attract those 25k past users into participation. Just building those numbers can help you demonstrate value to potential donors/investors while offering loads of talent to help you.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I’d like to get involved. I’m freer these days so try me.
Ellen Jameson – We will (to both)
Bron Stuckey – There is a #QuestAtlantis Facebook page Quest Altantis Teachers for anyone who has used or wants to use it.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – thank you
Bron, maybe it’s time to reconnect
Daniel F. Bassill – Thank you. I’m @tutormentorteam on Twitter. Let’s connect.
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – I’ll connect on Twitter, Daniel. Nice seeing you everyone.
ICQ???? wow
Rick Noll – powow
Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D – yes, use me 
Rick Noll – thanks
Vance Stevens – bye nellie, bye all, must go (sleep)
Bron Stuckey – Thanks everyone for listening in



Earlier this week

Sun Aug 23 1500 UTC Jim Buckingham on the Online PD Tutorials Project


Tue Aug 25 Matt Farber and Game Jams

Game Jams: Excite Your Students While Teaching 21st Century Skills.


Wed Aug 26 1300 UTC Jeff Lebow – ELT Live, New Semester Ahoy

Download mp3:

Google Hangout event page

The ELT cyber faculty lounge returns as many teachers and students around the world get ready to head back to the classroom.  All are welcome to join in and share ideas, questions, and collaboration thoughts for the coming semester.
Wed. Aug. 26 1300 UTC
Tune in at http://eltlive.com/live

Archive and shownoteshttp://eltlive.com/new-semester-ahoy/

Learning2gether with Jim Buckingham about the Online PD Tutorials Project

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/learning2gether-with-jim-buckingham-about-the-online-pd-tutorials-project-tr-gkylyx7e.mp3?

On Sunday August 23 Learning2gether met online with Jim Buckingham and Tony Waterman, teachers at Zayed University in UAE and at a defense academy in Muscat, Oman, respectively, to talk about innovation and mindset in teacher professional development and about Jim’s proposal that TESOL Arabia take on board his proposal for an online PD tutorials project.

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air – You could

Here are Jim’s notes on his proposal for the TESOL Arabia Online PD Tutorials Project

Pursuing ISTE Seal of Alignment 

Jim has made contact with ISTE Standards – Senior Project Manager  Mindy Frisbee to learn more about how any online programs or resources that we might realize could be awarded an ISTE Seal of Alignment. The idea of pursuing this is driven by a desire to have our work “internationally recognized” so that it has greater credibility in the eyes of both TESOL Arabia members AND those of us who will help realize these. By addressing such standards, we should gain some much valued and highly relevant PD.

An online, asynchronous “co-development consultancy” workshop is proposed to help realize this.  Details on all of this can be found in this Google folder – https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8r1jrc3n6aifmZ5dF9jQjBTc1JMcXVnbGtSMUhOMTVEMTdKSWp5cnhrdkdLSzRwTXNBN2s&usp=sharing

Documents include

  • ISTE Seal of Alignment – Program Benefits
  • ISTE Seal of Alignment – flyer
  • ISTE Co-Development – Consultancy – done online
  • ISTE Co-Development – Workshop – done online **

Identifying / Contacting those involved in a Similar Project 

There is also an Edtech Project (led by Carolyn Sykora) that is currently being supported by various Ministries of Education in the Gulf. The project – better known as ABEGS – is designed to provide sustainable support and training for up to 1.3 million classroom teachers on the effective use of technology and digital resources for learning across the whole of the GCC.


Earlier this week

Sun Aug 16 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Phil Hubbard and Vance Stevens on Interactive Participatory Drama and Traci Talk


Tue Aug 18 NMC Horizon Report Library Edition Rollout


August 18th @ 9am Central US Time

Ready or not, here they come! We reveal the key trends, challenges, and developments in technology that are poised to disrupt academic and research libraries worldwide in this free, virtual event.

Register Now

You’re invited to the official release of the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition — a collaboration between the NMC, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. Enjoy a front row seat to this “talk show” style event as the co-principal investigators of the project explore the findings from the report. Topics will include improving the user experience of libraries’ offerings, the evolving nature of the scholarly record, and makerspaces — among many others. Library professionals, join us to learn insights to continue advancing applications of technology at your institution.

The full list of topics selected by the expert panel for this year’s report can be viewed here.