Learning2gether from Robert Wachman and Deborah Healey talking about Shaping the Way we Teach English


On Sun Apr 13 Learning2gether with arranged to meet with Robert Wachman to talk about his role in helping teachers with Shaping the Way we Teach English, and we were joined by Deborah Healey


Robert is involved in helping teachers in the Philippines with the MOOC Shaping the Way we Teach English, and he gave us a tour around the 5-week MOOC: https://www.coursera.org/course/shaping1landscape

Robert had worked out beforehand how to join the Hangout on Air in an iPad while participating on an iMac where he can screen share and walk us through the program from there while maintaining screen presence on the iPad.

Place: Google Hangout on Air (HoA), available through direct participation in the Hangout or via its live stream, URLs to appear as they come available toward the start of the event

Announcements on various Google+ communities and Facebook groups as well as at:

Earlier this week

Monday, April 7th Teaching Digital Citizenship in an iPad Classroom

If you have iPads, you know that teaching digital citizenship is more important than ever. With the tablet classroom in mind, Common Sense Media, well-renowned for their digital citizenship curriculum and resources, now offers resources for teaching digital citizenship in an iPad classroom. Participants will learn about two resources that teach students to be safe, responsible, and respectful in a digital world: 1) Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum in interactive eBooks, and 2) Digital Passport. Learn more here, and more information about this and other upcoming events at t http://learningrevolution.com/.

Monday, April 7th  TL Virtual Cafe – Libraries and the 1:1 School: Final Nail in the Library Coffin?

Learn about the role of libraries and librarians in a 1:1 school. Hoover High School librarians and administrator(s) will discuss the successes, pitfalls, and follies involved in launching a 1:1 iPad program for our 9-12 grade school of approximately 3000 students with an emphasis on the role of the library and librarians in this process. Join here.
More information about this and other upcoming events at http://learningrevolution.com/.

Philip Rosedale (the founder of Second Life) and his keynote address is on YouTube: http://youtu.be/KyuS3jwrCu0

Sat Apr 12 last day of VWBPE Virtual Word Best Practices in Education on Avalon

Time: April 11, 2014 to April 12, 2014
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VWBPE%20Central%203/248/248/22
Organized By: Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi
VWBPE – Virtual World Best Practise in Education Conference - www.vwbpe.org

From AVALON: http://avalon-project.ning.com/

Here was the schedule for

There was a live feed here http://vwbpe.org/conference/watch-live-now :


Sat Apr 12 Classroom 2.0 special guest Donna Roman – Featured Teacher

Date: Sat., April 12, 2014
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, April 12th, when our special guest will be Donna Roman,”Featured Teacher”. Donna Adams Román is a 5th grade teacher at Mill Creek School in Illinois, blogger, trainer, and presenter committed to providing rich learning opportunities for her learners and professional learning network. She is a recent recipient of ISTE’s first place SIGOL Online Learning Award (2013) and a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator. Donna is active in Professional Development online and in her district, CoSN, ISTE, and iEARN. Educators are pulled in so many constantly changing directions. Donna will discuss how we can address these obligations while providing deep and meaningful learning experiences, not only for our students, but for ourselves as well. Suggestions to work smarter by condensing and combining, that in turn can deepen teaching, learning, and our lives while we engage fully in the process. 21st Century Learning, Project Based Learning, and Technology will be the common languages. Donna’s Blog More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings from our recent ”Featured Teacher” session with our special guest Erin Klein. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

SLMOOC14 sessions scheduled through Apr 30, 2014


Sat Apr 12 SLMOOC14 - Jay Jay Jegathesan - The Freedom Project

Sat Apr 12 SLMOOC14 – Vicki Robinson – Physics Education In Second Life – Virtual Hands On

Sun Apr 13 SLMOOC14 – Nancy Zingrone – Setting up a Learning Center in Second Life and  Display Building Workshop in Second Life





Learning2gether with RSCON5 MiniCon and more

Sun Apr 6 – Learning2gether with RSCON5 MiniCon and preview

Learning2gether in the guise of its coordinator Vance Stevens was on holiday April 6, but followers were invited to attend the following significant event, which coincidentally took place during the time that L2g normally meets on Sundays

Sunday, April 6th RSCON5 MiniCon will feature musical guest Jason Levine, keynote speaker Steven Anderson, a technology smackdown event that anyone can sign-up for, and eight mini-presentations that highlight RSCON4 and give you a sneak peek at what to expect at our annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON5), that will take placeJuly 11-13th, 2014 and feature 60+presentations, 2 plenaries, 10 keynotes, student presenters, and much more. Learn more here / or at http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/rscon-2014
More information about this and other upcoming events at t http://learningrevolution.com/

and, as usual …

Earlier this week

Mon Mar 31 – Introducing Mozilla’s BadgeKit

Monday, March 31, 2-3:00 ET: Introducing Mozilla’s BadgeKit – BadgeKit is a new set of open, foundational tools that will make the badging process easy and simple. BadgeKit will be launched by Mozilla’s Open Badges team in March of 2014. This session will provide a general overview of BadgeKit, including: Why BadgeKit? What is BadgeKit? A deeper look at BadgeKit tools, and more
You’ll need to enroll in the MOOC on badges: badges.coursesites.com

Thu Apr 3 – SLMOOC14: David W. Deeds – Using Second Life in the K-12 Classroom


Fri Apr 4 – SLMOOC14: Language Practice on Second Life – Edunation

Presented by Edunation by Victoria University of Wellington


Sat Apr 5 – Classroom 2.0 live weekly show with Erin Klein

Saturday, April 5th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show with Erin Klein, We are so excited to have Erin Klein as our Featured Teacher! Erin is a 2nd grade teacher in the Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI. She will be sharing some of her fantastic classroom projects and teaching ideas in this inspirational, jam-packed show. Besides her amazing student-centered classroom Erin is an education technology expert and a master of project based learning. In her blog, Kleinspiration, Erin shares strategies and tools to help educators create transformational schools of the 21st century. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular “live” web meetings. Details to join the webinar athttp://live.classroom20.com. Follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20.
More information about this and other upcoming events at t http://learningrevolution.com/.

From Apr 5 – more SLMOOC14 sessions scheduled through Apr 30, 2014


Learning2gether from TESOL 2014 Portland March 25-29

2014-04-02_0608integrating Learning2gether traveled to Portland OregonMarch 25-29 2014 and took part in the live stream of portions of the annual international TESOL conference from there in conjunction with CALL-IS (CALL Interest Section) PCI (Preconvention Institute) entitled Integrating CALL with Web 2 0 and Social Media presentation on March 25, 2014 at the TESOL Conference, Portland http://learning2gether.net/2014/03/25/mooc-and-the-flipped-classroom/

Thu Mar 27 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

The Webheads Elluminate room http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ was used for TESOL 2014 CALL-IS webcasts unless otherwise indicated. Details here: http://callis2014.pbworks.com/

Fri Mar 28 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

Sat Mar 29 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

We were told to “watch email” but I have not found where recordings of these plenaries are publicly available

Thu Mar 27 0030 PST Surin Pitsuwan streamed live from TESOL 2014 in Portland

Opening Keynote, Surin Pitsuwan

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 5:30 pm–7 pm in Portland; 04:30 in UAE

English as A Powerful Instrument of Community Building in East Asia

For the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), English has been designated as an official “working language” for the regional organization. In such a diverse group of countries, one common language is not possible. And ASEAN’s success has been instrumental in bringing other larger and more powerful countries of East Asia and the Pacific together under the ASEAN-ledarchitecture of cooperation. The only language that is widely accepted as an instrument of integration for the emerging East Asian community is English. How a “foreign language” can bind and build an emerging community of nations in East Asia is another “Asian Miracle.”

Thu Mar 27 1500 GMT David Graddol streamed live from TESOL 2014 in Portland

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 8 am–9 am in Portland; 7 p.m. in UAE

Five Megatrends Shaping the Future of TESOL

English has become a centrepiece of education reform in many countries. I show how this is often in response to developments in economics, demographics, and technology—which are reshaping the nature of teaching and learning English around the world.

David Graddol is director of The English Company (UK) Ltd, which provides consultancy and publishing services in applied linguistics, with a special focus on English language and education policy. In The Future of English? (1997), David set out a new agenda for understanding the growing importance of English as an international language and its role in globalisation. English Next (2006), provided an update on English in global education.  English Next India (2010) explores the changing status of English in India. Profiling English in China: The Pearl River Delta (2013) examines public discourses and the linguistic landscapes of a part of China that is experiencing rapid change. English Next Brazil will be published in March 2014.

More about TESOL Portland feature speakers here

where it says:

Free Live Stream of Keynote Speakers
Not able to attend the convention? The opening keynote speaker Surin Pitsuwan on Wednesday evening, and the James E. Alatis Plenary speaker David Graddol on Thursday morning will be live streamed at no charge for those not able to attend the convention. You can watch live or watch the recording later. Watch your email for information on how to connect.

Earlier this week

Thu Mar 27 2014 School Leadership Summit

The 2014 School Leadership Summit is  online and free. This is the second year of this global, virtual event to help school leaders gather and share thinking and best practices. Keynote speakers this year will include Scott McLeodPam Moran, and Ira Socol; plus we’ll have a special track of sessions from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). This is also a great chance for YOU to present if you are focused on institutional vision, teaching and learning from the leadership perspective, school reform, technology use issues, or more. To submit a proposal, go HERE. To become a conference partner organization, go HERE. To read the great reviews of last year’s event, go HERE. Sign up on the conference site to receive regular updates, including the final schedule.

And we unfortunately coincided with this remarkable event

Fri and Sat Mar 28-29 Virtual Round Table CEFR Web Conference


All times are in CET.
To register, please go to…


Day 1 report …

With more than 600 attendees signed up, the CEFR Web Conference gets off to a great start on Friday at 10am CET with the Open Plenary by Johanna Panthier and Susanna Slivensky of the Council of Europe.

How do I join? The links to the venues are listed below in the programme overview. Just click on the link enter as guest and type your first and last name. If in doubt, the main venue is: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon.

We can not reserve any seats and first comes, first serves. If the maximum number of attendees has been reached, and you can not enter, please use the livestream to listen to the programme. http://www.livestream.com/cefrwebconference (sponsort by RCS Media, Munich)

Here is a programme overview…

CEFR Web Conference


Conference programme

DAY 1 – Friday, 28 March 2014



10am CET(Central European Time, Paris, Rome Vienna) World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

Welcome Address by conference organizers

Geoff Tranter, Germany and Heike Philp, Belgium



10:15am CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

Welcome Address

Johanna Panthier, Council of Europe, France and

Susanna Slivensky,Council of Europe, Austria

Moderator: Marisa Constantinides



11:00am CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

The CEFR 2001 – 2014

Daniel Coste and Brian North and a summary by Joe Sheils

Moderator: Joe Sheils


BREAK 12:30 pm CET World Clock



1:00 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

Open Audience Discussion

Geoff Tranter, Germany and Heike Philp, Belgium


BREAK 2:00 pm CET World Clock (30min)



2:30 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

The CEFR as an Instrument of Quality Management

Frank Heyworth

Moderator: Joel Josephson



3:15 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

The Globalisation of Language Education Policy

Maria Stoicheva, Bulgaria

Moderator: Joel Josephson


BREAK 4:00 pm CET World Clock (30min)



4:30 pm CET World Clock



Venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/B1

ELP European Language Portfolio

Margaret Nezbeda, Austria

Moderator: Heike Philp

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Venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/B2


Claire Tardieu, France

Moderator: Teresa McKinnon, UK


BREAK 5:30 pm  CET World Clock  (30min)



6:00 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon

The CEFR from the Perspective of the European Language Portfolio

David Little, Ireland

Moderator: Asli Saglam, Turkey


6:45 pm CET World Clock Close Day 1



Conference programme

DAY 2 – Saturday, 29 March 2014



10:00 am CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon


Welcome by conference organizers with a short summary of the previous day

Geoff Tranter, Germany and Heike Philp, Belgium



10:15 am CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon


The Role of the CEFR in Assessment and Testing

José Noijons, The Netherlands

Moderator: Marjorie Rosenberg, Austria



11:00 am CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon


The CEFR – a Personal View of a Committed User

Neus Figueras Casanovas, Catalonia, Spain

Moderator: Asli Saglam, Turkey


BREAK (30min)

11:45 am CET  World Clock




12:15 am CET World Clock


The CEFR level descriptions and empirical learner data, MERLIN, a multi-lingual corpus initiative

Dr. Katrin Wisniewski, Hanoi and Dr. Andrea Abel, Italy

Moderator: Heike Philp

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12:15 am CET World Clock



Teacher Training and Can Do Statements

Marisa Constantinides, Greece

Moderator: Teresa McKinnon, UK

Tech Support: Nigel Russell, Australia


BREAK (30min)

1:15 pm CET   World Clock



1:45 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon


Pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures

Michel Candelier, France

Moderator: Cornelia Kreis-Meyer



2:30 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon


The CEFR 2014+

Johanna Panthier, Council of Europe, France and

Susanna Slivensky,ECML, Austria

Moderation: Cornelia Kreis-Meyer


BREAK (30min)

3:15 pm CET  World Clock



3:45 pm CET World Clock

Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon


“If I had three CEFR wishes, ……. . “

Dr. Monika Jezak, Canada (cancelled)

Angela Hasselgreen, Norway

Petra Daryai Hansen, Denmark

Eli Moe, Norway

Geoff Tranter, Germany

Moderation: Teresa McKinnon, UK



5 pm CET  World Clock



5:15 pm CET  World Clock




CEFR Conference programme


CEFR Conference programme overview


Livestream in case the rooms reach their capacity




FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)




Conference Organizers


Moderators and Volunteers






MOOC and the Flipped Classroom

Vance Stevens: MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom

PCI (Preconvention Institute) entitled Integrating CALL with Web 2 0 and Social Media, presentation on March 25, 2014 at the TESOL Conference, Portland

 vanceTESOLpci8 Workshop Goals

Develop expertise

Develop expertise in a variety of CALL tools and techniques (e.g. flipped classroom and MOOCS)

Survey: What expertise do you have already

Please visit this link:


Or access via this QR code, to do a brief pre-assessment


Dee asked to see the results of the survey so I made them public

(I’ll leave the survey open during the conference in case you want to take it)


Here are the survey results from 5 respondents who took it during the PCI on March 25, 2014




If there are more respondents during the conference I’ll post a second chart below

Example of survey technique used with students

Here’s an example of using this technique with students who worked from a grammar exercise in their textbook


and their responses


SMALL, Social Media Assisted Language Learning or Social Media Assisted Lifelong Learning

Stevens, Vance. Connectivist learning: Reaching students through teacher professional development. Permission to cite from this work in progress denied pending action on submission to APACALL publication. Available for viewing: http://tinyurl.com/small2014

Learn more:

Vance Stevens is presenting on “Learning2gether with EVO MultiMOOC and SMALL” at the EV Classic Fair

Saturday March 29, 2014: 10:00 to 10:50 PST in the Electronic Village

That session is being webcast on Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) from 1800 -1850 GMT


and the recording will be archived at http://learning2gether.net

The first MOOC was conceived in 2008 as a model of connectivist learning theory. Its proponents George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier almost inadvertently seeded a revolution in re-thinking how we conceive learning in a highly networked digital age. Since then, MOOCs have tended to fall between two extremes which have come to be known as cMOOCs and xMOOCs. These are differentiated in part in the way they approach their subject matter; i.e. the degree to which they expose participants to the chaos they are likely to encounter in the real world, and the degree to which they engage learners in resolving that chaos. This part of the workshop examines what MOOCs can teach us about the role of chaos in our own learning, and suggests how we can apply MOOC models to our contexts of facilitating our students’ learning, and in learning from one another in our ongoing professional development.




Develop plans

Develop plans to integrate CALL/digital tools in their educational settings based on information presented in the workshop with guidance and modeling from presenters

From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom from Vance Stevens


Flipping your classroom

According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching
the HISTORY of flipped classroom begins here

  • The classroom flip by j. Wesley baker is in a collection of papers published on ERIC


    “Baker presented “The classroom flip: using web course management tools to become the guide by the side” at the 11th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Baker’s article presents the model of classroom flipping.”

  • It looks like the Kahn Academy might have been the first to have institutionalized flipped classroom: “In 2004, Salman Khan began to record videos at the request of a younger cousin who felt that recorded lessons would let her skip parts she had mastered and replay parts that were troubling her. Khan’s model essentially provides one-to-one tutoring. Khan Academy videos are used as part of some educators’ flipped teaching strategy.”

You can find more details at the Wikipedia article. The idea for the flipped classroom was well entrenched when on Sunday, June 10, 2012 – Laine Marshall came on Learning2gether to present ‘Three reasons to flip your classroom’

Ways to flip your classroom, modeled here

Spontaneous Hangout Recordings

We set up two Hangouts on Air (HoA) during our PCI events

These two hangouts were recorded spontaneously in one of the renditions of my part of the PCI session.  I’m not sure in the video why you can’t see the other hangout windows. At some point we show the iPad which was also in the Hangout, and you can see the other Hangout on Air windows fleetingly on its screen, and at the beginning of the snippet I point on the PC to a window (the iPad) that was there on the screen though you can’t see it in this recording.

More F.U.N. with another group of participants but this time the iPad Hangout app was not offering me the new Hangout I had just started, so it was just the 4 of us, and last round of my part of the PCI in a long day :-)

More examples and sample form triggered by QR Code to appear here shortly


Focus on digital tools

Focus on what digital tools to implement, how to implement them in their individual educational communities, and how to assess the effectiveness of implementation of CALL in their educational settings

Tag Games







Stevens, Vance, Nelba Quintana, Rita Zeinstejer, Saša Sirk, Doris Molero & Carla Arena. (2008). Writingmatrix: Connecting Students with Blogs, Tags, and Social Networking. In Stevens, Vance & Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Co-editors. (2008). Special Feature: Proceedings of the Webheads in Action Online Convergence, 2007. TESL-EJ, Volume 11, Number 4: http://tesl-ej.org/ej44/a7.html


Become part of a community of practice

Become part of a continued CoP by contributing to a wiki containing information and links on CALL and the digital tools discussed in the workshop

How MOOC learning reaches students through TPD from Vance Stevens



You are welcome to join Webheads in Action

WiA was formed in 2014 as an EVO (Electronic Village Online) session http://webheads.info/

Nelba is a long-time Webhead and http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com collaborator. She posted this on FaceBook as I was updating this in Portland March 26, 2014 (reproduced here with her permission). This is one of many such testimonials on Webheads.



Here are some publications over the years relating to the Webheads community of practice

  • Proposed book chapter – Stevens, Vance. Connectivist learning: Reaching students through teacher professional development. Permission to cite from this work in progress denied pending action on submission to APACALL publication. Available for viewing: http://tinyurl.com/small2014
  • Yilmaz, B, and Stevens, V. (2012). Webheads in Action: A community of practice scaffolding multiliteracies skills in teacher professional development. Writing & Pedagogy 4,1:135–146. Full text available.
  • Stevens, Vance. (2010). Webheads and Distributed Communities of Practice. Global Neighbors: Newsletter of TESOL’s English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, EFLIS News March 2010 Volume 9 Number 1: http://www.tesol.org//s_tesol/sec_issue.asp?nid=2994&iid=13069&sid=1,
    • The full article is called EFLIS Academic Session 2009. Global and Local Perspectives: Evolving Communities of Practice in EFL, by Suresh Canagarajah, Vance Stevens, Takako Nishino, and Jane Hoelker.
    • The article comes from a paper delivered at the March 2009 TESOL Conference in Denver. It was submitted in October 2009 to the TESOL EFL IS Newsletter, as part of a summary of the EFL Academic Session there, and my draft of that submission is here: http://tinyurl.com/vance2009denver.
  • Stevens, Vance. (2007). Webheads as agents of change in overlapping clouds of distributed learning networks. APACALL Newsletter 11, pp. 3-8. Retrieved December 18, 2007 from: http://www.apacall.org/news/Newsletter11.pdf.
  • Stevens, V. (2004). Webheads communities: Writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and web page development. In Leaver, B. and Willis, J. (Eds.). Task-based instruction in foreign language education: Practices and programes. Georgetown University Press. pp. 204-217.
    • There is a full text of a late draft of my article here, though references are not included: http://vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taskbase_ch10june192003.htm
    • An earlier version has the references, and also images that were intended to illustrate the article: http://vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taskbase_full.htm
    • Here is a Commentary: from the Linguis list, May 2005. AUTHORS: Leaver, Betty Lou; Willis, Jane R. TITLE: Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education SUBTITLE: Practices and Programs PUBLISHER: Georgetown University Press YEAR: 2004 “CHAPTER TEN: Webhead communities: Writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and web page development (Vance Stevens) Another instance of virtual classroom implementing writing tasks is described in this chapter. The author reports activities of groups of learners and teachers involved in online writing practices. The writing tasks were aimed at purposeful interaction and technology was a vehicle of implementing pedagogical principles not the driving force. The author’s initiative for conducting an online writing and grammar course is reported to have been the starting point of this community of online writers called Webheads. The group interactions involved various topics including projects on which teachers interacted and themes and tasks of interest to learners. Cost, ease of use, multicasting capability, and cross platform adaptability were the criteria in selecting the tools for computer mediated communication. Email groups, web pages, and synchronous chat were the major modalities of interaction and implementation of tasks. After a brief discussion on evaluation and in the conclusion section the author mentions lowering affective obstacles and promoting a sense of community as the main message from the project and recommends that the model be applied in other situations. In an appendix some technology related issues are dealt with.
  • Stevens, V. and Altun, A. (2002). The Webheads community of language learners online. In Syed, Z. (Ed.). The process of language learning: An EFL perspective. Abu Dhabi: The Military Language Institute. pp. 285-318. 2001mli_stevens-altun2mb.pdf. There is a pre-publication version of this paper at http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/papers/t2t2001/proceeds.htm
  • Stevens, Vance. 1999. Writing for Webheads: An online writing course utilizing synchronous chat and student web pages. A paper submitted for the 4th Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: Best Practices In Delivering, Supporting & Managing Online Learning, April 7-9, 1999 – http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/hawaii99.html


A list of current and future connectivist MOOCs


and Open Culture have updated this link with dozens of MOOCs on offer for January and February, 2014


More about MOOCs from MultiMOOC




Earlier this week


Thu Mar 20 and Fri Mar 21 Live Stream of Quality Education Conference in Graz, Austria


Pictures below and link above thanks to Isil Boy via Facebook



Sat Mar 22 1600 GMT Classroom 2.0 presents Drew Minock on Apps, Tools and Augmented Reality

Date: Sat., March 22, 2014
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm EThttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Drew+Minock+on+Apps%2C+Tools+and+Augmented+Reality&iso=20140322T09&p1=137&ah=1
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available athttp://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.

Join us on Saturday, March 22nd, when our special guest will be Drew Minock on the topic of“Apps, Tools and Augmented Reality”. Erin Klein is not able to be with us today as our Featured Teacher due to a flight complication, but she will be joining us on April 5th. Huge thanks to Drew Minock who agreed to swap dates with Erin and to carry on with a presentation we have been eagerly anticipating. We are so excited to have Drew Minock from the “2Guys and Some iPads team” joining us with his always inspiring ideas and resources. Drew is an enthusiastic elementary teacher, technology trainer, keynote speaker and educator who has set out to change the game.

Drew is a rising star in the world of educational technology and motivational speaking. He is the Co-Founder of the educational blog Two Guys and Some iPads and augmented reality meet up AR Detroit. Minock has launched the popular educational podcast “The Two Guys Show” to inspire educators to reach new heights. Drew is currently serving on the Teacher Advisory Board for edtech startups Remind 101, and Three Ring. He is also currently serving as an educational advisor for Daqri, the world’s leading augmented reality developer who creates educational experiences that allows students to absorb and retain ideas like never before. The Two Guys blog has reached 100,000 visits from over 120 different countries worldwide in just 126 days! Drew was the lunch keynote presenter at the CUE Rockstar Camp on the USS Hornet. He has also presented at the Podstock Conference, Galileo Learning Summit, 21st Century Learning Symposium, MACUL Mobile Conference, K-12 Online Conference,Reform Symposium, and conducted a workshop session at FETC 2014.

More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pmEastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.

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Aiden Yeh – Teaching the Art of Poetic Discourse

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Sun Mar 16 Aiden Yeh – Teaching the Art of Poetic Discourse

Aiden says, “I’ll be talking a little bit about the presentation on  poetic discourse that I presented in a conference in Shanghai last  October. I will share a few effective teaching approaches in teaching  English-major students, the basics of writing modern poetry in a fun and  meaningful way. I’ll show a few examples of students’ poems (and mine,  too) produced as part of the creative writing workshop.In Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/



Earlier this week

Tue Mar 4  OUP/ELT webinar with Diana Bannister and Shaun Wilden

OUP white paper ‘Tablets and Apps in Your School: best practice for implementation’ supports and guides decision-makers with the who, what, why, where, and how of implementing tablets in schools. Download the white paper ahead of the Hangout: https://elt.oup.com/feature/global/mlearning
Join us for a live Google Hangout on Air on Tuesday, 4th March at 12:00 GMT with Diana Bannister, MBE, and Shaun Wilden, authors of the white paper and have your questions answered on:
- how to introduce mobile devices into your school – ideas for best practice in the classroom – how to ensure that 1:1 devices are used effectively’

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Wed-Thu Mar 6-7 Homeschool Conference

Announcing the 2014 Homeschool Conference, Learning Revolution’s second free online Homeschool Conference, which will be March 6th and 7th. Look for updates soon. Traditional educators: there’s a lot to be learned from the homeschooling world about personal education and the pursuit of passionate interests–you might consider attending!

Sun Mar 9 Vance Stevens hosts another session on iPads in language learning


Fri Mar 14 Vance Stevens streams Hangout Happening live from TESOL Arabia Dubai

Archive of the event now posted at: http://learning2gether.net/2014/03/14/extending-google-hangouts-to-way-beyond-10-participants-vance-stevenss-presentation-at-the-tesol-arabia-conference-in-dubai-uae/

Fri Mar 14 Current and future practices in the use of worlds in Higher Education Institutions

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Mar 15 Become a Google Tools Expert


Mar 14-16 Spring Blog Festival



Class Title:   SBF: Creating a WebQuest on a Blog  Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 AM


and more …

Extending Google+ Hangouts to way beyond 10 participants: Vance Stevens’s presentation at the TESOL Arabia conference in Dubai UAE

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Fri Mar 14 1000 GMT Vance Stevens streams Hangout Happening live from TESOL Arabia Dubai, entitled Extending Google+ Hangouts to way beyond 10 participants

At the conference I intend to set up a Hangout live and invite conference participants to join it. Of course anyone in our online PLN is welcome to join us as well.


The live stream was set up shortly before the presentation and remained reasonably robust throughout the event. This was proposed as a workshop to be held in a computer lab setting, starting at 1000 GMT (2pm in Dubai), but most attendees had mobile devices, so biggest challenge was getting them to mute and use earphones, to keep down echo.

As it turned out, we had one participant from online (thanks to Marijana from Croatia!!, who started in the Etherpad chat and then joined us in the hangout). We also had one participant make it into the Hangout from the live audience. However, although many were able to reach the pages where the event was being streamed, the Etherpad chat was too tiny for some smartphone screens, and YouTube was possibly blocked, as at least one user explained that he received a message denying access.

Still, enough happened that we were able demonstrate the process and I think in the end, people seemed to be understanding how the pieces fit together and why, and another was found exploring my slide show and said it seemed quite clear.  So I am happy with the outcome from my expenditure of effort.


You could set this up by TELLING people

Or you can set up an online space where you provide the above information plus

  • The embed to the live stream

The embed of the Etherpad chat below that

For example,

Once the hangout is in session, the slides will be shown via screen share to the virtual and online audiences.

The slides for this presentation are online at http://slideshare.net/vances

An earlier version of the SLIDES was presented at the 4th annual Global Education Conference, GEC2013 Online, November 19, 2913

A published version of the presentation appears here:


Vance Stevens hosts another session on iPads in language learning

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On Sun Mar 9 Vance Stevens hosted another session on iPads in language learning

Here is its Google+ event page:

The event was streamed with a Chatwing text chat available to listeners in real time at http://webheadsinaction.org/live
Where participants were able to watch through the streaming / recording embed on YouTube: http://youtu.be/udIOhgVD0Bg

What did we talk about?

Following on our conversation last Sunday

This Sunday, we gave iPads a little more thought.  Where I work we’re just now in a position of giving out iPads and having to manage their use into something productive to learning at some point in the very near future.  That is, we’ll give the iPads out, have the students set them up and download a set of apps, and then get them producing something relating to the curriculum (geared to having them succeed in IELTS listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar).

Last week we found that the topic was of interest to several colleagues so this week I tried to bring a little more research to the table than what I had on hand at our last meeting. I prepared by compiling what I have learned about iPads into something practical and useful. I’m blogging what I’m coming up with here, please add your comments: http://toolkit4learning.blogspot.ae/2014/03/the-ipads-are-coming-preparation.html

This post is written from the point of view of an educator preparing to enter the realm of iPads with students for the first time.  This is basically a list of apps we have identified as being useful and a catalog of articles written by educators who have been through the experience.  The amount of such material is exhaustive, so the pearls that can be used when needed in class are difficult to find. Ahmed asked at the end of our chat if we had anything on how the apps we had mentioned could be used in class contexts. He was aware of initiatives in the UAE, both with HCT, under whose umbrella I work and UAE University in Al Ain where I live, where iPads are conceived as replacing use of paper.  In my particular context we have been working just outside these initiatives (our students have had laptops so far) and discovering what Ahmed asked about is exactly the point of our discussions.  In holding them, we are finding others in similar positions. We are hoping to share with others at our stage in using iPads, both to learn from them, and soon to help by opening to them what we learn from our experience.

Here are some show notes gleaned from today’s discussion:

I forget to capture the text chat with its links but Rita was able to recall what she had placed there while it was fresh on her mind: