Learning2gether about details of Ali Bostancioglu’s research into Webheads in Action

Learning2gether Episode 302

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On Sunday November 22 Ali Bostancioglu returned as promised to report to us on the full details of his study of Webheads in Action, for which he is soon to be awarded his PdD. As many of you know, Ali interviewed a number of Webheads in the data-collection phase of his study, but was unable at the time to divulge his hypothesis nor the true purpose of the questions in the interviews. In this session, Ali revealed how the study was designed to support his hypotheses.

This event took place in Hangout on Air. As usual with L2g Hangouts, participants could join us in the HoA at the link provided just prior to the event, or follow the stream at its YouTube link and interact with people in the HoA in our Chatwing text chat space.

Where: Google Hangout on Air


Here is Ali’s abstract for his case study:
English as a foreign language teachers’ technology professional development through online communities of practice

An online community of practice (OCoP) is a group of people, who are brought together by a shared interest and with the aim of deepening their understanding of an area of knowledge through regular interactions facilitated by computer mediated communication (CMC) tools.

In response to critiques of current professional development (PD) approaches such as workshops and cascade training which are conducted in short periods of time allowing for only limited follow up and feedback opportunities, OCoPs can be beneficial and a viable alternative for teacher PD. This is because an OCoP potentially provides teachers with those elements of effective PD, cited in the literature, such as collaboration, opportunities for mentoring, and sustainability over time.

However, research on adopting an OCoP approach for teacher PD has been limited. Therefore, conducted within the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) teaching, the present study aimed to 1) investigate EFL teachers’ PD in learning how to integrate technology in their teaching and 2) identify what factors contribute towards creating successful OCoPs.

The Webheads in Action (WiA) community has been chosen as a case for this study since WiA has previously been established to be an OCoP in which EFL teachers from different countries participate. A mixed methods research strategy was adopted which combined questionnaires and interviews. Initially, the questionnaire was administered to 69 members of the community. 24 of those members (4 core, 9 active, and 11 peripheral) participated in follow up interviews. Additionally, members’ interactions in the public group page were collated over a period of nine months in order to triangulate findings.

The results suggested that member participation in the community led to perceived technology professional development (TPD) of EFL teachers and that the more a member participated and collaborated with other members, the higher their reported TPD was; a finding which underlined the importance of co-construction of knowledge in this process.

Two major themes emerged in relation to factors affecting member participation in this long standing OCoP. The first one was identified as dynamism inherent in the community which manifested itself as new topics that kept members interested and participating, a flow of continuous member recruitment to the community and leaders who responded to community needs when necessary. The second was the creation of a sense of belonging to the community which was achieved through various means such as having an initiation process, providing an inclusive community environment, fostering trust through community norms, and meeting other members face-to-face.

In conclusion, this study showed that OCoPs can be a viable alternative form of teacher PD and highlighted the importance of not only the professional but also the socio-affective dimension for designing and sustaining OCoPs.

Ali has met with us twice before to discuss his research



Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 300 Sun Nov 15 1400 UTC Bron Stuckey and Vance Stevens with Marijana and Filip Smolčec on EVO Minecraft MOOC at SLanguages


Learning2gether episode 301 – Tue Nov 17 1400 UTC Vance Stevens explains cMOOCs and xMOOCs to EVO moderators training via GEC online conference



Sat Nov 21 Classroom 2.0 with Katie Ann Wilson on Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Date: Sat., November 21, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (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.If you’ve been curious about augmented reality, what it is and how it can be used to engage learners in your classroom, this is the webinar for you! We are so excited to have Katie Ann Wilson on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our Featured Teacher for the month of November sharing her experience and passion about augmented reality in the classroom! This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the amazing ways Katie Ann is effectively integrating augmented reality in her teaching! We’ll get a chance to play and learn how she creates “triggers” and some of the best tools for creating AR experience along with some of the AR ideas and projects she has created for her students.Katie Ann is presenter and trainer with a passion for educational technology. Her 1st day in her career in education was her son’s 1st day of kindergarten which was over 13 years ago. Throughout her career she has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences. She founded the Augmented Reality for Educators Google+ group as well as the Twitter chat #AR4Learning. She has reached over 100,000+ educators and students with her blog The Diary of the Techie Chick. Feel free to join her growing social media outreach either through her Facebook page or through Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.More information and session 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. All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Open Mic: Productivity Tools for Teachers” session with our facilitator Paula Naugle. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors: 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


These two events on Sun Nov 22 at Moodle MOOC 7

Mbarek Akaddar – What do you know about Trello?

Trello is a powerful management tool with a lot of useful features! You may decide  to use it as a platform to manage your session when you discover it! If you want to learn more about Trello, please join Mbarek Akaddar in a Moodle MOOC Session Sunday at 14:00 GMT at WizIQ

WizIQ Link: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3187868-mm7-introducing-trello-with-mbarek-akaddar

You can view this presentation on YouTube here:


Marijana Smolcec at MM7 – Socrative and Kahoot

WizIQ Link: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3240689-mm7-kahoot-and-secretive-as-online-tools-for-testing-with-marijana-smol%C4%8Dec

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The annual Global Education Conference: Why online teacher trainers should know about cMOOCs

Learning2gether Episode 301

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On Tue Nov 17 1400 UTC Vance Stevens scheduled a presentation at the annual online Global Education Conference to explain why EVO moderators in-training should know about cMOOCs and xMOOCs. Thus the presentation was both a GEC and EVO Moderator Training Week 3 event, as well as episode 301 of Learning2gether. The presentation was entitled:

Why online teacher trainers should know about cMOOCs

GEC Conference Presentation Page

Bb Collaborate Recordings:

EVO 2016 Moderators event page

Vance Stevens will explain how the cMOOC model is relevant to EVO sessions, following on the article by Bates (2014). The talk is directed at EVO moderators but has been scheduled as part of the Global Education Conference being held Nov 16-19. This event takes place in Bb Collaborate (Elluminate) but not in the Webheads one being used by EVO. The GEC BbC room must be vacated before 1500 UTC. Therefore Vance proposes a follow-on discussion in BbC Webheads Virtual Office

Full Session Description:

Electronic Village Online (EVO, http://evosessions.pbworks.com) is a series of “class roots” professional development sessions that have been put on by teachers for other teachers over 5 weeks in January and February each year since 2001. They are organized and implemented by volunteer coordinators and session moderators from countries all over the world, and are offered for free to participants from around the globe as a service to the profession. Thus EVO significantly increases opportunities for building education-related connections worldwide.

Although anyone can propose to give a session, there is a quality control procedure. Proposals are vetted and those with potential are provisionally accepted pending session moderators’ completion of training each November. The training is designed to ensure that each session included in the general call for participation in December meets standards expected of trainers in the profession. This system invites innovation and creativity in how sessions are mounted, as each should not simply train teachers in a skill or expertise, but should model how such training can be applied to learners.

One such model is MOOC, in particular cMOOC. A MOOC is by definition a massive open online course. The term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier and / or Brian Alexander, who were involved in the seminal MOOC that year called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, the first of many of what became known as cMOOC (http://nova.campusguides.com/c.php?g=112312&p=725994). Many people however associate the term MOOC with the xMOOC model initiated by Peter Norvik  and Sebastian Thrun in 2011, the latter of whom went on to start Udacity. Coursera appeared soon after, followed by EdX, whose name Siemens co-opted in making the between cMOOCs (or connectivist MOOCs) and xMOOCs (Siemens, 2012).

Some who have engaged in online training for the past decade or more are considering whether what they have been doing might have fallen under the definition of MOOC all along. EVO, now in its 15th year, could conceivably claim to be a precursor MOOC by virtue of its comprising a set of courses conducted entirely online, leaving behind permanent artifacts on open access, and reaching thousands of participants each year.

As instances of online courses, both xMOOCs and cMOOCs utilize what has become known as flipped learning, an idea that many consider to have been first implemented on a wide scale in Khan Academy courses in 2004 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipped_classroom). However, this common feature of MOOCs belies other significant differences.

In guiding development of future EVO sessions, it’s worth looking at what characterizes and distinguishes cMOOCs from xMOOCs. This presentation lists affordances of the former which resonate with what normally happens in EVO sessions; e.g. use of social media, participant driven content, distributed communication, and no formal assessment, as specified in an article by Bates (2014) which is being used in EVO training this year.

Furthermore, EVO is all about networking and communities of practice. The sessions strongly build content not only from a set syllabus in each course but in most cases from the discussion and creativity brought to each subject by participants from diverse perspectives from all over the globe. Thus EVO can benefit from considering its activities to be informed by elements of the cMOOC framework.

This presentation will suggest that teacher training has much to gain from the cMOOC model of learning through exploring a topic and negotiating social consensus as opposed to the xMOOC model of learning through prescribed and guided training. Online courses (e.g. EVO sessions) should have elements of guidance as well as social networking, but this presentation suggests, as does Cormier (2008), that the community can be instrumental in setting the curriculum, and that learning in a setting where learning outcomes are not clear from the beginning (as in learning languages for example) can draw for success from the cMOOC model. When this model is transposed onto courses that take place in an international arena, further benefits from fertile cross-cultural perspectives accrue from adopting the cMOOC approach.

Post-show: EVO moderators met to discuss cMOOCs and xMOOCs

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BbC Text chat transcript

Tue Nov 17 1500 UTC Vance Stevens had suggested a discussion of MOOCs and badges in Webheads Bb Collaborate. It was envisioned as a discussion among moderators and anyone else interested of how the points made in Vance’s GEC talk might apply to EVO sessions
Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Those in attendance besides Vance were Nina Liakos, Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Elizabeth Anne, and Nellie Deutsch


Mon Nov 16-19 free annual GEC Global Education Conference

The recordings for all the sessions include links to the original Bb Collaborate session recording, the mp3 rendered from the recording, and the mp4 as well. The media files may either be played in the browser or downloaded to your computer:

Vance’s take: The annual Global Education Conference, http://www.globaleducationconference.com/ is a unique and refreshing annual event that brings together teachers from all over the world as presenters and participants, The conference takes place online Nov 16-19, four days around the clock, so SOME presentations will be convenient to attend, AND even if you do miss it, the presentations are recorded, so like the K-12 Online conference, they’re just sitting on a server somewhere waiting for us to get around to checking them out going back through years of archived recordings.

If you want to attend, just tune in. The schedule is set to multiple time zones. If you want to present, that too is simple. Follow the instructions, which are essentially to join the presenters’ Ning, create a discussion (this will be your proposal), copy the template, paste it to the discussion, fill in the details, make sure it will be in the pending discussions group (it’s in the instructions) and submit. Someone will approve it or at least look at it quickly and get back to you with advise on how you can make it comply with the mission statement (I was told to include wording on how my proposal promoted international connections with teachers) and you can resubmit and get approval a day or two later. Your proposal will be moved to the accepted group and you’ll be forwarded to a tool that will let you schedule it. It’s brilliant how it works, and how inclusive it is yet high quality, as often happens with crowd-sourced professional endeavors.

Learning2gether interviewed Lucy Gray in September, where she told us more about how they organize these conferences, http://learning2gether.net/2015/09/13/learning2gether-with-lucy-gray-and-peggy-george-about-global-collaboration-day/

There follows Steve Hargadon’s email promotion, well worth a glance.

To say that Lucy and I love this conference would be an understatement (and see the quotes below from a previous year). It’s a very unique and incredible opportunity for educators and students around the world to connect with each other, and whether you’re presenting for the first time or the 100th, we’ve structured this event to allow the maximum personal connecting possible: from submitting proposals into our social networking platform and being able to connect immediately and directly with others; to sticking with the Blackboard Collaborate session platform because it makes conversation among the audience not just easy, but inevitable!

Conference Hash tag #globaled15

OK, now on to volunteering!

Reason number 2 (out of a gazillion) to love this conference is the incredible outpouring of volunteer help during conference sessions. If you haven’t been a “volunteer moderator” for GlobalEdCon before, we’re telling you, seriously, it’s a great experience. Not only might you be the lifeline to someone presenting for the first time and who’s super-nervous, but you get to experience the camaraderie of being in the volunteer lounge with other terrific folk from all over the world–and friendships are most definitely built in the process! There’s already something magical just from helping others, plus add to that the excitement of making sure every room is covered each hour and helping answer questions or troubleshoot together, and you will find this experience builds a special bond with a very special group like-minded and globally-generous souls.

Steve Hargadon
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
Global Education Conference

What others have said about this conference

This is the event of the year where educators worldwide can come together to inspire and be inspired.
-Torsten Otto
Hamburg, Germany
The conference allows educators around the world to become part of the story and fabric of who we are as human beings.
-Lori Zataveski
Delran, New Jersey, USA
It’s a fascinating learning journey; it enables to connect and share experiences that will inspire educators all over the world!
-Ikram Eseghir
Kenitra, Morocco
The conference is one the best things ever to happen to individuals who want to develop their capacity in research, teaching and learning. It saves one the time, money and other resources that would have been spent to travel abroad for a conference of international status.
-David O.
Great piece of work…if we had more teachers taking up such ideas, the world would be a transformed place to live in full of geniuses. Love it all.
-Ibrahim Bahati
Kampala, Uganda
It offers the world’s educators huge opportunities to learn from each other and to improve their daily practices.If two heads are better than one, then how about thousands of heads?
-Abdeljallal Elhariri
Agadir, Morocco
The conference was indeed enriching. The use of this technology to connect with others ourside of our school to inspire them to rise to the challenge of understanding and taking a stand to support indivduals that are homeless is commendable. I am proud of these students and the dedication, preparation and research they have displayed throughout the cycle of the project and beyond.
-Lenora Scott
Riverdale, Maryland, USA
A great opportunity to share outstanding ideas with other online participants and new connections and friends made for future online communication and collaborative problem solving with teachers and students! Invaluable experience! Thanks!
-Mark Wickens
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Just when I thought I heard everything — new doors opened — hundreds of new ideas flooded through, and once again, I probably will not sleep tonight as my mind recalls all that I have learned and replays it over and over as I attempt to drift off to sleep so I will be refreshed for early morning sessions!
-Cookie Schultz
Orlando, Florida, USA
It is an honor to be among these globally connected teachers. I am humbled and incredibly motivated all at the same time!
-Heidi Hutchison
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The conference has broadened my vision as a teacher educator.
-Sebastian Panakal
Cochin, India
Love the Global Education concept and the fact that teachers are sharing with each other around the world.
-Rich Cantrell
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Most impressive, proactive and reflective on the trends and paths of learning that each global teacher must know.
-Ibrahim Bahati
Kampala, Uganda
A very unique way to share experiences and perspectives on education with people from all over the world without barriers.
-Paulina Borja
New York City, USA
The power of networks and community is exemplified here. What a way to spread learning and models among passionate educators around the world.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Amazing experience. Amazed at how much work and how many things can be achieved when we connect.
-Maria Colussa
I am always blown-away by the fact that there are so many of us at this conference from around the globe that share several common goals. This gives me hope for the future! It’s uplifting. Thank you to all that make this conference a reality.
-Lorena Martinez
Brownsville, Texas, USA
This is one of the most valuable virtual conferences I’ve been too, especially learning about emerging technologies and applying ideas to other projects I’m doing.
-Marie-Ella Williams
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Great sharing of innovative learning ideas – and wonderful to connect with educators from around the globe!!
-Dr. Eva Malisius
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Fantastic. I thought I would be going through withdrawal since the Rabini Trust did not sponsor the International Bahai SED Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA this year, but this conference has not only filled my “void” for education and networking, but kindled the flame of learning and teaching in my heart! Can’t wait to tell my friends about this wonderful conference.
-Cookie Schultz
Orlando, Florida, USA
GEC is the most real, vibrant and alive virtual experience.
-Claudia Popescu
Brasov, Romania
Inspiring, motivating, and a great opportunity to learn from teachers all over the world.
-Ana Espinar
Ribarroja, Spain
Love the ability to learn on my time.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
I have found this one of the best conferences I have attended this year.
Bantry, Ireland

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

GEC suggested solutions to problems with Bb Collaborate? 

The conference organizers have a document that’s easy to navigate with a “before starting” section you might look at,
https://tackk.com/gecguide. The guide suggests you follow these steps to troubleshoot BbC

  1. make sure your computer is running a compatible version of Java
  2. See the Collaborate Help FAQ http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336
  3. or join the live Conference Chat, http://www.globaleducationconference.com/chat

The following were other GEC sessions by colleagues appearing regularly on Learning2gether

Thu Nov 19 ( 0200 UTC) Benjamin L. Stewart hosts a Global Education Conference session

Note, this event is at 8 pm (20:00) on Wed Nov 18 where Benjamin is presenting from, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Here is the link to the recording:

Presenter: Benjamin L. Stewart, PhD, English-as-a-foreign language (EFL) educator and researcher

School or Organization Name: Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
Language in Which You Will Present: English (and Spanish if necessary)
Target Audience(s): Anyone interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages and those interested in connecting with others with the same interest, and those learning English as an additional language.
Short Session Description: Making the TESOL educative experience transparent through writing
Full Session Description:  During this session I will share two different writing classes, which were designed for English-as-a-foreign language (EFL) trainers, and will explain how transparency and technology together afford a more educative experience when setting out to improve both skill and pedagogical development.  I will explain situational and instructional considerations when teaching openly online, and will provide opportunities for attendees (both educators and learners alike) to connect with others who have similar interests.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:  Composition | Academic Writing

Tags: 2015EFA, 2015Students, 2015Teachers


Mon Nov 16 2300 UTC Rita Zeinstejer on Fuel Engagement with Humour at GEC conference

Rita Zeinstejer will be presenting on Monday 16th, at 23 hs  GMT, on “Fuel Engagement with Humour “, when she’ll talk about the importance of integrating humour into Language Learning, as much as we have already integrated drama and video ;-), with examples of appropriate tools and activities.

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Minecraft MOOC rocks SLanguages 2015

Learning2gether Episode 300

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On Sunday Nov 15, Learning2gether celebrated its 300th episode on the 2nd day of the SLanguages conference. Under the skillful wizardry of Heike Philp, four co-moderators of the proposed EVO Minecraft MOOC session met in Adobe Connect, where Bron Stuckey and Vance Stevens introduced Minecraft, explained its pedagogical significance and appeal to young learners, and extended that appeal to teachers using Minecraft as a vehicle for understanding gamification in the course of their professional development. Filip and Marijana Smolcec, also with us in Adobe Connect, shared a screen where young Filip proceeded to demolish forests for resources and build a shelter as night set in, which he survived despite giant spiders overhead, and emerged at dawn to watch them burn.

This and in fact all recording links from the SLanguages conference are available in this post, and below you can find a YouTube embedded recording of Shelly Terrell’s presentation on badges given as an EVO Moderators training session just prior to the Slanguages event.

Title of talk: Minecraft as a way to Gamify Learning


Find us on the program here:
and http://slanguages.org/program/

Session description (presenting EVOMC16 in the context of EVO)

Electronic Village Online is an annual 5-week event sponsored by TESOL where teachers share expertise with one another through carefully crafted professional development training sessions. In 2015 one of the new sessions was Minecraft MOOC, which proved so stimulating to its participants that another is planned for 2016 with an expanded panel, including two of the presenters of this SLanguages event.

Dr. Bronwyn Stuckey spoke about teacher use of Minecraft and its popularity with young learners. She explained what Minecraft is and what it looks like in learning, mentioned case studies of teachers using it in learning, and showed how teachers can use Minecraft to gamify their curriculum.

Some of Bron’s projects mentioned during her talk:

Vance Stevens examined what teachers (who, in EVO, are learning about the game through the experience of playing it as learners) are learning about designing worlds within the game that will meet their curriculum objectives and create an engaging and enjoyable experience for learners. The presentation explored how teachers can be made aware of the affordances of Minecraft by creating such spaces for one another and interacting in those spaces with young learners who in effect become their teachers.

Marijana and Filip Smolčec shared a view from in-world Minecraft, Filip at the controls, showing us how to accumulate resources, survive a night, and emerge in the morning to watch the spiders and creepers burn.

Our presentations showed how Minecraft can be adapted to a range of learning contexts including languages, particularly English. The game lends itself to task-based language learning, as all players are by definition builders, and also in that all players can be story-tellers who act out and record narratives set within the game in ways that engage them to develop their language skills.

Vance’s slides:


Click here to find the chat transcript of the Minecraft session from Adobe Connect

The transcript is too long to be pasted here. Scrolling through it on a mobile device is like spinning a roulette wheel with your thumb.


Sat-Sun Nov 14-15 8th SLanguages Annual Symposium

Location: EduNation in Second Life
Organized By: Heike Philp
Event Description:
8th SLanguages Annual Symposium
14-15 November 2015
CALL for Papers
All experts in the field of innovating teaching and learning of languages in virtual worlds are invited to contribute their own professional or academic efforts and to present them in a scientific paper and presentation. Submission deadline 15 October 2015.
SLanguages Annual Symposium takes place for the 8th time on EduNation in Second Life and is dedicated to language teaching and learning in virtual worlds. It is free to attend and all of the sessions will be streamed and recorded in Adobe Connect.
One of the highlights of this year’s conference will be a film festival on machinima created by language educators during the CAMELOT project.
We look forward to your submissions.
// Twitter hashtag: #slang15 //

See more details and RSVP on Virtual Round Table Web Conference:

Heike Philp followed up as follows:

This is to announce that the recordings of the 8th SLanguages Annual Symposium are now available on the SLanguages.org website under http://slanguages.org/program-overview-2/.

We enjoyed a breathtaking 28h program jam packed with the latest in virtual reality (VR) and virtual worlds (VWs). Amongst others we explored 7 different worlds: Unity3D, ActiveWorlds, Escape sim in Digiworldz (OpenSim), Edmondo (Opensim), Minecraft, AvayaLive™ Engage (formerly web.alive) and of course our great locations in Second Life.

We managed to livestream all of these different worlds, so that the conference participants were able to see everything through Adobe Connect which in itself premiered the first triplecast ever: a share pod in Adobe Connect screensharing Unity3D on Gord Holden’s desktop, me screensharing Second Life on my desktop and Adobe attendees were able to see both worlds on their screen. The Second Life window showed Gord’s head with his lips move when he was speaking,  like a 3D webcam. Very funny. I am especially proud of this technical masterpiece because at VWBPE conference, they also explored different 3D environments but everyone had to create accounts, wait for approval, download virtual world software,  download and install audio streaming software, cope with new complex interfaces and I wanted to save our participants the disappointment which happened to me, managing only to hear the last 5min of my beloved keynote speaker.

We had a great list of true experts in virtual worlds present their latest developments and their presentation were greatly enriched by a whole long list of machinima showcasing teaching in action, artist work and documentaries. Don’t miss out on watching these machinima (all listed on program) as well as the recordings – a truly stunning multi-media experience.

Next, there will be

  • our annual EVO session in Jan/Feb 2016, this time all about games in virtual environments (EVO ViLLAGE = EVO Virtual Language Learning and Games Environments),
  • 5th DaFWEBKON for teachers of German beginning March
  • and Virtual Round Table will be back again end of April, for the 8th time after a one year break.


Sun Nov 15 Letizia Cinganotto at SLanguages the Italian experience in Edmondo
This was a presentation about the Italian educational Open Sim


Sun Nov 15 Shelly Terrell on Badges and Certificates for EVO moderator training and others interested

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Chatwing and recording in Hangout on Air

Shelly’s slideshttp://ge.tt/2qbYjmR2/v/0  

Session event page: 

Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 299 – Sun Nov 8 David Winet on Virtual Reality Headsets and Robots for Teaching and Learning

and EVO Moderator Training Week 2


Wed Nov 11 1100 UTC Cristina Costa shared a class on Digital Identification

Christina Costa shared a Hangout on Air Event with her Google+ circles called “Brainstorm Session”

The event led to a YouTube stream at this URL https://youtu.be/4ZqjkaxAWcU

From other videos in the sidebar it was possible to infer that the Twitter tag was #TELstrath


It was instructive watching how Cristina lectured from Hangout and took questions from the class in Twitter :-)

At this tag you can find samples now of Cristina’s students’ digital essays, linked from there in attractive display.

What a thoughtful way to showcase your students’ work.

Vance Stevens ‏@VanceS
I learned about something I can use with students today, an animation tool called
https://www.moovly.com/  thanks @cristinacost on #TELstrath

Thu Nov 12 1800 UTC Rita Zeinstejer Globinar on Video Learning and Teaching Revolution


Full poster available here:

Rita is just back from Dublin where she attended Digital Ireland 2015. There she met Russell Stannard and gave a reduced version of the presentation she intends to expand on here. Her slides from Dublin appear below.

Learning2gether with David Winet on Virtual Reality Headsets and Robots

Learning2gether Episode 299

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Dave’s abstract:

The arrival of both virtual reality headsets and of remotely controlled personal robots presents an interesting step forward for teaching and learning.  This talk will touch on some of the possibilities and hurdles along this path. 

On Sunday, Nov 8, 1500 UTC, Learning2gether met David Winet to catch him previewing the presentation he is giving officially on Nov 14 at the CATESOL Conference in Anaheim, California
http://www.catesol.org/2015_annual_conference.aspx. In this presentation, Dave speculated on some strikingly interesting affordances to education of Virtual Reality Headsets and Robots for Teaching and Learning.

We were joined by Vanessa Vaille in the HoA and by Peggy George, Rita Zeinstejer, and Maha Abdelmoneim in the Chatwing text chat, http://chatwing.com/vancestev.

There is mention in our chat logs of Google Cardboard, which David showed us, with a cell phone inside running an app that split the screen in such a way that each split could be seen through Cardboard by one eye, creating a 3D effect, as with the old Viewmaster some of us used to have as kids. This has been exploited by the NY Times, as reported in this article, NYT VR: How to Experience a New Form of Storytelling From The Times:
(thanks to John Hibbs for calling our attention to this link)

Next day, Vanessa pointed us to an interesting take on VR by Brian Alexander, who checked out the NY Times VR project, http://bryanalexander.org/2015/11/09/impressions-of-new-york-times-vr/. Vanessa mentioned our hangout in a comment there. In reply to her comment, i said, “We liked the idea, shown in one of the videos, of a robot whose face is that of a learner as in a Skype call, interacting in the space through which the robot is moving, or instead of building worlds in Second Life for immersive education, sending a robot or drone or tiny camera (as in optical surgery) into the real location where the learner can view the panorama by turning his/her head. The potential would suggest a quantum development for POV (point-of-view) technology in learning, as reality checks noted in this post are worked through.”


This is Vanessa’s ‘excellent link’: https://anticap.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/rage-against-the-machine/

Many of our normal audience were at the EVO moderators’ Week 1 training wrap up below (scroll waaaay down).

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air:

Text chat copy pasted from Chatwing

you’re back
Do you have your Google Glass handy? It would be great to show it along with the other VR/AR novelties.
Good morning from Phoenix AZ. Planning to join you for this session. :-)
Will you be talking about Google Cardboard? I just bought mine. :-)
I lost the HOA.
Hooray :-) Thanks!
Hi George
I bought 3 of them to share at CATESOL next week :)
checked in at the hangout — nothing there but Vance’s blurred face
Hi V – starting a bit late. We’ll get there :)
we’re about to start
figured as much David — these are early for you in CA
Seeing the stream now :-)
great Peggy, thanks for joining us
Hi Vance!
I remember the ViewMaster :-)
Just learned about the new ViewMaster
wish I could afford Google glass
love Google Cardboard!!! can’t wait to start using mine.
I bought one when I was in the USA because I had a US mail drop and a US credit card, both necessary to purchase
this is the one I bought http://eightones.com/vrkit/
does Google Cardboard work with other things or just youtube videos? still learning!
I have two screens open so I can view the stream without scrolling up and down for the chat :-)
me too I have the chatwing in a separate window
thanks for answering my question.
hi, all, listening on YouTube ;-)
love getting this preview! Thanks Dave!
excellent! seeing your notes now!
that’s a great resource! Can’t wait to explore the links. Thank you!
some people say they get really dizzy trying to use the 3D viewmaster. have you found that to be a problem?
Interesting new developments with educational/ESL implications: immersive, dynamic (not stills) headsets, head turning, walking, immersive audio, AR overlay, robots.
yes there were lots of Minecraft sessions at ISTE this year. very popular.
did you try out the occulus rift there?
no I haven’t tried oculus rift. Know very little about it. Can you tell us more?
that’s really amazing! just like being there!
(Oculus Rift gaming)
(Ocuslus Rift virtual rooms)
thanks for the links to the sample videos!
which link?
the one above
great idea! put your mic up to the video
that’s hilarious and very creative!
Right? :)
love it!!
that would be a fun way to learn vocabulary :-)
is this in SL or something else?
yes I can see point D
highlighted in pink :-) thanks
This is the link he’s reading from
that’s really incredible that the game can respond to your answers virtually!
how prohibitive are prices or cost of any of this at the moment?
(Google Expeditions – 3D VR synched with teachers unit for guided tours – go to minute 8:17)
does Google Cardboard work with AR triggers like you find on Aurasma or Quiver?
this is very promising that education is at the forefront this time
the Google Cardboard was very affordable. I think I paid $18. on Amazon. Bought several for grandkids for Christmas :-)
the cardboard is good enough to have an idea until the technology is a bit more established :)
ah yes Vance! That makes sense. The phone inside Cardboard would have to be the reader.
then point it at the trigger :-) great idea!
exactly Vance! perfect entry point! and it’s true you can build your own
sounds like the cardboard may be affordable, but the connections and devices that constitute affordance add up
free google cardboard
for classrooms
which is more expensive in remote rural areas
I watched something about virtually reality world if I am not mistaken
something to do with FB may be?
where you get an avatar and watch movies with others
not to mention often more expensive, especially if you don’t institutional affiliation. I don’t have that or a cell phone but traded off long distance for wi-fi access. That adds up
you have to be a new subscriber to NY Times
to get the Google Cardboard
no this is sincked
it is something that was released a couple of days ago
let me search it
synched that is :)
exactly! incentive to get subscribers
thank you so much for all the information :)
cheaper to buy it–one time purchase :-) subscription to NY Times is expensive over time.
true that!
thank you so much Dave! very informative and I can’t wait to explore your videos and resources on the doc!
I like my young avatar to be she’s the younger me
very funny Vanessa!!!
can you contact me at david.winet@gmail.com for further discussion?
a doll that represents me not how I look
I am Olivetree Lighthouse there :)
Nice Maha! :)
Bron Stuckey is one of my favorite people!
Vance, thanks for hosting such interesting webinars/conversations!
Vance I’ll be at the conference for your 300th but lI’ll watch it on Youtube.
Thank you so much Davis and Vance :)
thanks again everyone, look for the archve in a day or two athttp://learnng2gether.net
will there be an archive for the EVO Training? I’m trying to follow that even if not in the G+ community
Great webinar! My browser crashed right at the end but we can view the recording again. :-)
yes Vanessa! There were some great Makerspace presentations on the K12 Online Conference this year. :-)
here is something


Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 298 – Sun Nov 1 1400 UTC Week 1 EVO moderator training meet and greet – and Curt Bonk at MM7


Sun Nov 8 EVO Moderator Training Week 2

EVO2016 Moderator Training continues with a Week 1 wrap-up chat and a look ahead to Week 2

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This session was originally planned as an introduction to Bb Collaborate. However, It was switched at the last minute to Hangout on Air because the grant from LearningTimes for use of the Webheads Room expired Oct 31. This was discovered Sat night Nov 7 in USA and there seemed little hope of having the grant renewed in time for the Nov 8 event, so we set up the HoA instead. However, 2 hours after Learning Times were contacted, Hope Kandel got back to us that she had renewed the grant for our continued free use of this facility for another year. That was midnight her time, great response from our sponsor company

So we had acted too quickly to get the HoA in place, but having done that, we went with it. For this reason, there were two events scheduled for this session:

Find that HoA and its Chatwing chat space here:



Lead Coordinator Mbarek Akaddar

with members of the EVO Coordination Team;

all EVO moderators are invited to join the HoA

and all interested parties are welcome to follow on the stream and participate in the live chat at


This was the original announcement for the Bb Collaborate event

This event has been set up at the convenience of EVO moderators and has been registered in the Webheads Room calendar here

Events posted in that space are by definition open to all who wish to attend.

As a condition for using the Webheads room, bookings must be made on the calendar, and as it says on that calendar:

“Items on this calendar are assumed to be open (OER) educational events. Posting here implies that other educators are welcome to attend.”

Thanks are due to http://www.learningtimes.com for an ongoing grant to Webheads in Action, and by extension Learning2gether, CALL-IS,and EVO for free and open use for educational purposes of this Bb Collaborate meeting room


Blackboard Collaborate http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/

  • (Before the event, be sure to download Java Webstart (PC) or Open JNLP (Mac) and follow the tech recommendations at the site.)
  • Click CHECK NOW at the Tech Check http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/tech-check/ to be sure
    (Should manage the necessary download for you)

Mon Nov 2 1500 UCT Anita Adnan  on MM7 – How to work from anywhere

Anita Adnan is an ELT and ICT  Consultant

In this presentation, I will illustrate how i have been doing my online work from basically anywhere – at home, from a coffee shop, at the airport and even in a moving bus! Abundant Wifi connections and mobile broadband have made this possible and all busy moms should learn the art of managing this approach to work. I will be sharing some of the tools and applications that i have used – and provide some reviews on them.

More information about my work www.anita-adnan.webnode.com

Mon Nov 2 Developing Online Experiential Learning through Educational Design Research – Thomas C. Reeves

Leaflet: http://www.trainingshare.com/pdfs/Reeves_Abstract_Indiana_November_2_2015.pdf

Invite to talk: If you are interested in task-based experiential learning, authentic tasks, design-based research, online learning, MOOCs, open education, the World Health Organization (WHO), or taking a bus ride in Turkey, you might want to attend the following session: Developing Online Experiential Learning through Educational Design Research Thomas C. Reeves, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology The University of Georgia

Date: Monday November 2, 2015 Time: 2:00-3:00 pm in Indiana, presumably

Livestreaming URLhttp://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=Tom_Reeves_Colloquium

Archive URLhttp://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/launchflash.html?folder=video&filename=Tom_Reeves_Colloquium_20151102.mp4

Optional Web Conferencing Participation: Web browser: https://bridge.iu.edu (Conference ID to dial: 233222878)

Talk Abstract: This presentation will describe how the World Health Organization took an award-winning experiential learning course that takes place on a bus traveling down the “cold chain” for time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products in Turkey, and moved it online as an award-winning authentic tasks-based experiential learning environment. This conversion was driven by the application of educational design research (also known as design-based research). Similarities and differences in the objectives of the two courses as well as of the learning activities, tools, and technologies deployed in two courses will be illustrated. The presentation concludes with examples of design principles that can be applied to the design of other online experiential learning environments.

Sat Nov 7 Digital Assessment Tools on Classroom 2.0

Date: Sat., November 7, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (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.We are so excited to have a group of amazing teachers from the Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ joining us as our special guest presenters on November 7th. They will be sharing their stories and experiences using digital assessment tools focusing on Kahoot, Socrative, Plickers, Google Forms, & Answergarden. The presenters are: Kim Thomas, Rae Dewberry, Julie Leckman, and Jessie McKinley. Kim is the Tech Integration Facilitator for Madison District, Rae teaches language arts and social studies to 5th – 8th grade highly gifted students, Jessie teaches Kindergarten – 4th Grade General Music, and Julie teaches 8th grade Math. It will be a great opportunity for you to learn many ways you can be using formative assessment in your classrooms!More information and session 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. All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent“Marcie Hebert: Featured Teacher” session with our special guest Marcie Hebert. Click on the Archives and Resourcestab.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

Sat Nov 07 1800 UTC Maha Hassan at MM7

JOIN Maha Hassan Saturday Nov 7 for her PRESENTATION on MM7 http://teachingenglishcafe.blogspot.com

MM7: Helping Interns integrate Technology in Teaching and Professional Development Step by Step


Learning2gether with Week 1 EVO moderator training meet and greet – and Curt Bonk at MM7

Learning2gether Episode 298

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Learning2gether Episode 298 – Sun Nov 1 1400 UTC Week 1 EVO moderator training meet and greet

Electronic Village moderators for the EVO 2016 sessions met online in a revolving-door Hangout on Air (HoA) for a meet-and-greet to kick off the new round of EVO moderator training. Mbarek Akaddar provided an overview of the training session, and Nina Liakos talked about why moderator training is important for experienced moderators and new moderators alike. The general public were welcome to attend and share ideas and questions by listening in the stream and interacting with moderators in the hangout and other participants in real-time in our Chatwing chat space

This was billed as a good opportunity to meet next year’s moderators and learn firsthand about what will be on offer when EVO opens for registration on Jan 3, 2016.

The event was organized as follows:

All interested colleagues were welcome to join us in the stream and synchronous text chat


Where: Google Hangout on Air

EVO16 moderators were able to get the direct HoA link at the
EVO 2016 Moderators Google+ Community page here

EVO moderators were able to use that link to join us in the Hangout, ten at a time.
(only ten participants are allowed to join a HoA at a given moment, but we intended to play musical chairs with the seating and show how we can cater to many participants in the HoA itself, and in the stream and real-time text chat)  

(To better understand the process – read, or at least look at  the pictures, here

Recording of the last event like this on Oct 26, 2014 archived here
http://learning2gether.net/2014/10/26/evo-moderator-training-wrap-up-hangout-for-week-1/ )

Text chat archives:

If you’ve come to chatwing from my posting to my email lists, here is where you can catch the stream when it starts,http://webheadsinaction.org/live
We’ll be starting half an hour from now
Good morning EVO moderators! We are here today for the launch of this year’s EVO moderators’ training. I am one of the coordinators.
me too
Hi all! I made it, but cannot stay long and will only follow chat! Hope you all have a great Sunday
Hi Marijana. We start in 15 min, just waiting for Nina to resolve a problem connecting her HoA
Ok, no problem. I see you have disabled comments on youtube, so I don’t need to follow youtube than!?
I’ll post the direct link to the moderators G+C when nina is there
I didn’t disable comments, maybe the stream has to start first
But the text chat should all funnel through Chatwing in any event
OK, I will follow youtube than as well. I suppose you are right! Good to know that! Thx
We’ll know when the stream starts
Hi Marijana, are you feeling better?
Looking forward to today´s chat…
Here to listen and learn…
Hi Nina! A bit better thank you! But, can’t join you live. Will follow chat with the rest!
Hi Benjamin! Do join the EVO team in the hangout on air, the link is posted in the G+Community
there is no video here at all for me
Welcome to the chat!
Vance, you look scary today! :)
NIce to see you to Vance and all! Hi from Croatia
Don´t see an HOA link in G+ Community…
Good morning from Colorado — here to follow video and chat
That´s fine…will just watch and learn…
Hi Vanessa! :)
Hi everyone!
Benjamin, EVO 2016 Moderator G+Community
Hi Marjana — good to “see” (read) you!
and Vance has posted the Live link for HOA
Hi all
To get the live link you need to belong to the moderators google plus community
Hi Heike! Looking good!
Hi, everyone! Good to see you all.
See! Talk :)
@Benjamin are you a member od EVO2016 G+Community!?
Minecraft MOOCers! YAY!
Okay someobody can jump into my space in the hangout!
Hi Bron :) MinecraftMoocer!
No Marijana, is it a public community or private?
Oops, Sue Annan has taken my place.
Hi there Marijana!
Hi everyone
Hi hazel!
@Benjamin it’s a EVO 2016 MOderators Community, it should be public, but are you a moderator of any EVO 2016 sessions
I see Rose Bard here, Heike, Bron, welcome to the chat!
Many people joined us! Good to see that :)))
Yes, indeed
Hello, lovely people from all over the world. I’m Tamas from Hungary, currently destroying the planet in Dubai, UAE.
ok I guess it’s listening on one tab and chatting here on another :)
Hi everyone, delighted to be here with you all today :-)
hahah Heike! Vance aka eveil Haloween avatar
Welcome, Tamas, Maha, and Janet
for some reason the video doesn’t work here
Hello everyone! It is wonderful to be here! Hi Nina, hi Hazel
hello Nina and all :) good to see you here
Maha, try logging out and coming back. Or try a different browser.
Hi Helena
Hi Helena, welcome
Games and game-inspired activities rock learning!
@Maha, try to open it in youtube
Hi everyone! Looking forward to learning more about EVO and the different sessions
Hi Emma, welcome
A big hello from Hong Kong!
Hi everyone
Hello everyone!
thank Marijana.. Ic an open it but not on this same page
Hi, Paul, Sue, Karin
Hi everyone, sorry am a bit late, glad to be here
Hi janet, WB
not the chatwing page I mean
Hello from Gainesville, Florida, USA
Hello John
Hello Nina
Coding is in
Paul I just authorized you to join the wiki
Hello Nina, Vance and everyone
Yes Maha, you need to have two tabs open, one for chat other from video if you cannot open embeded video in the site.
I just wanted to show my enthusiasm for EVO. I’ve been a participant for years and it has always contributed to my development. I look forward to the learning how to contribute to it next year by helping in the moderation of Minecraft EVO with Vance, Marijana, Barbie, Jeff, Tamas and others. I gotta go now. I’ll be watching the recording and catching up.
I took a scripting course for SL building in 2008 at Muvenation with other webheads like Evelyn
Rose, thank you so much for dropping by! We’ll post the recording link ASAP
Hi Nellie
Hi Janet, John, Nellie, Rose and the rest
I am also watching youtube livestream :-0
Yes, me too
Hi everyone
Hi Marijana!!!
I prefer to use google chat but I’m fine here, too :)
and Nellie!!
Hi Janet
happy to use this
Edmodo is very popular social network among many primary teachers in Croatia as well
It’s tricky to have so many places to chat
I went for tons of scripting courses in SL but they were mostly too theoretical for me
welcome sue:)
Hi Nellie
hi Hazel
This chat stays around forever, but the chat in the hangout vanishes when the hangout closes
I think it would be much better if two or 3 work together while experimenting with scripts
good to see you
Hi Hazel :)
hi Maha, appreciate your comment, scripting and building are great skills though
CLIL–content and language integrated learning
Hi Heike, Nellie, NIna, Janet :-)
hugs Sue
I will leave the call and listen in to let someone else in
oh Absolutely Heike it is something that I love to learn and play with
we will focus on creating language games in virtual environments
was just saying that thee are better ways of doing it and it always depends on how individuals like to learn
There seem to be 2 spaces in the hangout
Hi Sue, everyone!!
The hangout URL is in our mods’ google+ community
this group of moderators is a most amazing group
Yes, indeed
Machina sounds awesome! I really want to take this EVO myself.
I’ll repeat. Great to see you, Heike. I missed you.
Hi Janet
I don’t HANGOUT … I am from SECOND LIFE
Hi Heike, lovely to see you here
Hi Nellie. We keep finding each other online :-)
Hi aka Hazel
I found that a course on basic programming liek the one using scratch offered in Coursera or Edx is very useful to jumpstart learning how to script
Lots of places in the HoA now
Hi Karen!
scratch is great, Maha
Hi Karin
This Teachers as Designers team is AWESOME. I am happy to be their mentor
World Wide Moderator Teams
Very globally focussed
Yes, that’s what I love about EVO
I can leave my place so someone else can join the session.
If you are an EVO mod please join the hangout and say hello
Nellie is a super woman!
Learning from each other is the best part :-)
Yay, Nellie!!!
I agree Janet
who can join and how?
Yes, Sue!!
Let’s hear it for Mbarek!!!!! clap clap clap
clap clap
clap, clap for pur Mbarek
clap clap
Thanks a bundle Nellie :)
Clap clap
clapp clappp clapclap
Thanks Marijana and all :)
applause for MBarik
I’m clapping ;-)
Hi Mbarek :-) A very big clap!!
big clap to Shelly
Personalized Learning
there are only 3 in the HoA, moderators please come back
That’s OK Nellie but watch it!
@Tamas, join the hangout
I m joyfulwhohoooooo :)
Shelly was trying to recruit me this year as well but I couldn’t join them this year
Big clap to Nellie for being our mentor this year :-)
clap clap
We are keeping you busy Marijana to say nothing of your 2 other sessions
Shame, Marijana,
Young Learners
good time to grab a place in the HoA
Vera is here, she will be next
LOL Janet, I am so busy this year. You don’t want to know!
Yes, I do, lol!!! You are incredible :-)
I actually thought CLIL is something for non-English teachers, like Math or Science teachers, Geography teachers etc.
@Nina you mean two session I will moderating or the one I am mentring
marijana moderating 2, mentoring 1
too much to consider moderating a 3rd
Wow, very busy people @Nina
yes, am mentoring one of Nellie’s :) LOL
No kidding – I don’t know how they do it
Nellie doesn’t need a whole lot of mentoring
Amazing, really…
can we see the bigger picture ?
of person talking ?
Vance’s note – This was my mistake. I had clicked on the icon of one participant in the chat to mute that person and had inadvertently SELECTED that person’s icon to display until I noticed it much later, and clicked again to release it so that the current speaker would display. I wish I had seen this note at the time, but the chatwing chat was scrolling by much too fast. In any event, well noted, Hazel! Apologies …
Can’t wait to work with MM7 as well Nellie. :)
Not in the youtube stream, Hazel, only in the hangout
Moodle for Teacher is my mentoring session. I am so much looking forward to it as I really want to learn more about Moodle even though I have a Certificate from CRO Moodle Platform
You can go back there though
okay thanks Nina
MM4 T is a super session, I learned so much when I did it twice in the past :-)
I mentored them last year and it was interesting learning about Moodle, which I had never used before
There is lots of room in the hangout, I encourage you to jump in there
Moodle is a great platform to work on
Prof Curt Bonk is incredible, a great speaker!!
Moodle was always a confusing platform for me but I find it very intersting lately
Bravo, Mbarek!
I’m doing one of Nellie’s courses on Moodle. Seems very user friendly
Thanks Paul :)
Paul, why don’t you join the hangout?
You will love it, @Sue
The book is fantastic!!
Thx Nellie


(This link is corrected from what Nina posted originally in the chat)
Daniela and I will be presenting at Nellie’s Moodle Mooc on 28th Nov. as well ;-)
This is our g+community for evo mods
TEC Variety is the book by Curt Bonk and co
Awesome, Letizia
and Letizia will be presenting at SLanguages.org
I am also presenting for Nellie on 22 November about Kahoot and Socrative online testing tools
15 Nov
Yes SLanguages with Andrea on 15th Nov :-)
isnt this amazing to have 16 EVO sessions this year?
I don’t know where you all find so many hours in the day :-)
Yes, a healthy crop of proposals, a nice mix of old and new
it’s the Web now Vance
Sorry @NIna and @Vance, I have to go now, as mentioned before I could only stay for approx 30 mins as other commitments shortly. It’s been great and will catch up with recording later…
Google translates the time for me all the time :)
I don’t know either Sue, I think a day isn’t long enough for all this
Lol @Marijana
Yes, Maha, for me too, esp. for HOA
Thanks so much for this session, and hope to see everyone in the EVO MOderators G+ community later :-)
Tata Janet and thanks for coming
Bye!!!, my pleasure NIna, it’s been great!!
so Mbarek is gong to talk about Trello on MM7
Bye Janet!
so happy to meet all of you here!
Will it be recorded Nellie? have an IATEFL BEsig webinar to host in 20 mins.
I am looking forward to Mbarek’s talk, as Trello still gives me headaches, but I do find it useful
but I think you will make it
by the way if you’re interested in writing or creating anything on the Web or learn about it I’d like to invite you to check Digital Writing Month that starts today
The opening is in 1,28 hours and Curt Bonk is in 2.28 hours
Vance’s note – See the next item in this post for the link to the WizIQ recording and mp3 rendition of Curt’s presentation on the world of MOOCs
I think he was in Dubai around 2000
okay. should just about manage then
cool to have participants certificates
John Graney is waiting to talk, we have lots of places for the next speaker
The problem we had with Trello is that we did not seem to be able to keep the planning there without also interacting there, which made it difficult to go back to conversations. For me, at least
so Mbarek is gong to talk about Trello on MM7
Here are the webinars for MM7 in November
vera is still there, we’ll go to her next if we can (then John)
We had a lot of motivated participants last year at ICT4ELT because we gave badges
It was a bit difficult to follow, but we made it and it was really successful
Aiden Yeh
Dafne Gonzalez
we gave badges in EVO MC MOOC as well :-)
I like having some kind of recognition, personally
Vance, we should mention the error in this year’s Statement of Commitment and correct it for the record. I have already revised it on evo2016proposals
Everybody likes to be recognized
Participants, moderators, and coordinators
Super Mbarek, thx for the mention :)
vera, try again
My pleasure Marijana :)
Hi John Graney of Flipped Learning
we need someone after John, next?
I think maybe all the moderators here have already been in the hangout? Is there anyone who has not been there yet?
Sorry must go now. thanks everybody and see you soon!
Ciao Letizia have a good evening! Thanks for coming
I haven’t, but my internet keeps dropping out, so I don’t want to risk it! I can just about follow the chat, so will watch the recording later on to see what I’ve missed!
my pleasure :-)
see you soon!
That’s too bad, Emma, I am sorry
I haven’t been, but as you know I can’t join and Mbarek has already said something about ICT4ELT :) so don’t need to add anything so far
I’ve been having technical difficulties today as well
@Nina , do you think I should stay on HOA?
I will have to say bye for now, see you soon!
Karin has introduced our session, which is the main thing :-)
Yes Mbarek you should
You are the host (along with Vance)
Bye marijana and thanks
Hvala ljepo
Bye Nina and all! Looking forward to successful training! :)))
@Emma, yep, but we’d love to hear your voice if you can manage it
Nellie please paste the link again and aadd it to evo-training later
Here is the link Nellie mentioned http://mconf.org/
Bye all, will explore the link :)
me 9:40 AM
I found a free virtual class for meetings called Mconfhttp://mconf.org
I will later on.
Great, thanks
@Nina, just got booted off again :-( don’t think my internet likes me today! I’m going to reboot my computer and see if it helps at all
I need to sleep now – goodnight all from Aus!
night night Bron
good night Bron
great to meet everyone. Must go now. Vicky Loras will be speaking at BESIG workshop. Everyone welcome
Bye Sue
By Sue, bye Bron
Thanks for coming Sue:) Bye
Bye Sue and Bron.
I soooooooooooo want to hear Vera
Anne Marie Foerster Luu of DREAM Act is trying to get in and having some difficulties–I suggested she try another browser, which is what helped me
me too, she’ll need to leave the HoA and come back, can you join us Hazel?
I don’t appear in person sorry … it’s the rules
C’est dommage Hazel but it’s your call
Nina, I added Mconf to the list
wiziq doesn’t like my connection. it wouldn’t let me do a session smoothly and when I asked they set it was my connection
Thanks Nellie. While you are there can you add a note about WiZIQ not being free?
Yes, I got into the hangout from Firefox
Maha, you can download the WizIQ desktop or use mobile apps
No not me …. just texting
isn’t strange? their own browser not working so well with the hangout?
Yes, indeed Maha
@Nellie I did .. that’s what I was tryign to use
bless you!
Did Vera just sneeze?
it was super slow and patchy even with only one other person
That’s what it sounded like ;-) LOL
It seems like a lovely group this year (as always)
It’s great to see you all
I’d be happy to come back but can’t monitor the chat very well at the same time.
can I ask the coordinators a question? How many participants did we have last year?
Let me check, Heike–BRB
Link to join Prof Bonk on MOOC and research, lots of fun and giveaways for asking questions in about 2 hourshttp://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3182476-mm7-moocs-and-open-education-around-the-world
Heike: We had 1579 participants in 13 sessions in 2015
This has been awesome. Have to drop out. Looking forward to learning with you all.
Thanks for being here, Tamas!
tamas come back in the HoA, a final word
1579 participants – wonderful!!!
how much of EVO is going to be in Virtual Worlds?
We have VILLAGE in SL and Minecraft
Karina Thorne from teachers as Designers
seems to be working
Thank you Karina, that was great!
I use a proxy
VPNOneclick works to cloak where you are
Nellie perhaps you can create a page for that on evo-training?
good idea
delegate delegate :)
You can use Moodle in China
Webheads in Action is our network
I will create something on the wiki.
I’ve met lots of Chinese people in SL who’ve found ways to connect to SL and Google, Youtube etc regularly
want to tell Karina that she should use her mobile phone for the hangouts. It takes less bandwidth and she can still use the VPN
Yes, next time.Nina Liakos 10:05 AM
Pls remember to use the chatwing chat guysme 10:05 AM
share the link to your blog, please
I am phasing ….. see you all later
bye Hazel
Please tell us a bit more about EVO Minecraft Vance
I’m sure we’ll be able to do something great in Social Media, in terms of letting everyone know about EVO.
See you Hazel. Bye Vance. Thank you all. Great to see you all here
Moodle for Teachers changes with each new Moodle. It’s going to be on Moodle 2.9
how does anyone participate?
I hope mod teams would intensify the use of social media such as twitter, facebook and linkedin to call for participation
Heike you can pop back in if you want
 Wishing the best of luck to everyone
Maha, you will get the link to the sessions in December
@Nellie thank you
Mbarek is right, Spread the word on FB, Twitter, Google + and so on
Thank you Nina, that was great! Very informative. :)
:-) Karin
@Vance any news about Quest Atlantic?
To answer this question, it did not make its target in Kickstart (and my credit card was not charged ;-)
Thank you Heike!
Thanks, Nina. I learned a lot last year from the experienced moderators.
They are a precious resource for all of us, John
Good advice, Nellie!
Sounds like it could be somewhat distracting
to drive and talk to your mobile phone
I want to encourage colleagues to participate in EVO and am prepping information posts for my blogs. Until I know more about 2016 offerings, I’ll refer to past sessions. btw a friend and colleague in Texas has been working with DREAMers and refugees. I’m trying to interest her too, especially since her group is involved in education.
We will post the recording link as well as this link for those who were unable to be here, in the Week 1 page of evo-training.pbworks.com
thanks Vanessa
I’m not a moderator but intend to follow the training and would like to join the community
thanks Nina
Use the Google + Community to communicate with us during the training!
(This link is corrected from what Nina posted originally in the chat)
the CfP deadline is past so still having that on the front page might be confusing to some visitors. A “what to expect” post might be more useful
byeee everyone
Bye Heike and so happy you are back
bye Heike
Thank you everyone!
nice meeting you here :)
Bye everyone and thank you for making this happen
Bye bye. Thank you
Thanks to Vance, Mbarek, and Nellie
Nina , Ayat and myself will be moderating week ONE , welcome
thanks Vance
Thanks Vance, Nina, Mparek, Nelly & Heike
That was awesome!
thank you all it was hearing from you all
have a good one
That URL was incorrect for Google + Community 2016 – should be https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/107830017755934786294?cfem=1
I posted last year’s community by mistake–I apologize!
Thanks for hanging out with us Maha
no worries, I can edit it out of the show notes, I’ll look for it
Thanks, vance, I can’t delete it
Yes thanks Maha, see you next time
no, not from here, but I’ll correct it in the show notes at http://learning2gether.net
Vanessa, I agree about that! I just rejected you from EVO2015 moderators. If you are a 2016 moderator try again at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101466780212825775554/


The above event was follows a few hours later by …

Sun Nov 1 1700 UTC MM7: MOOCs and Open Education Around the World with Dr. Curt Bonk

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/2015nov01curtbonk_mm7.mp3?

Sunday, November 01 2015 | 1:00 PM (EST)
Presented by: Dr. Nellie Deutsch @ Integrating Technology

Curt bonk astounded his audience with a litany facts and data as he went on for almost two hours on the fascinating and ellusive subject of MOOCs. In the process he reviewed his new book and special journal issue on “MOOCs and Open Education,” discussed what is happening around the world in terms of MOOCs and open education, as well as the co-editing process, how to coordinate projects, the steps in editing a book and special issues, and whatnot, for a mind boggling hour and 50 minutes.


Curt had everyone jumping as usual, and he shared his slides at his TrainingShare site at

Bonk, C. J. (2015, November 1). Moodle MOOC #7 Presentation Slides for MOOCs and Open Education: Recent News and Research Clues

Nellie’s Intro:

Curt Bonk (Ph.D) is Professor at Indiana University teaching psychology and technology courses and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. He received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana, and, in 2014, the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009),Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators(1998). His recent book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available to download as an eBook at http://tec-variety.com/ in Chinese as well as English. And his latest book with Routledge, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, as well as a special issue of the International Journal on E-Learning on the same topic both came out in July 2015 (see http://www.moocsbook.com/). See Bonk’s homepage for his archived talks and Web resources at: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/. Curt can be contacted at: cjbonk@indiana.edu orcurt@worldisopen.com.

The above event was a part of …

Moodle MOOC 7 Sun Nov 1-Nov 30

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Schedule here:


Anyone is welcome to enrol in the free bi-annual Moodle MOOC in November 2015.

Syllabus | WebinarsMM7 Moodle CourseYouTube PlaylistGet your CertificateMoodle Training

Moodle MOOC 7 (MM7) is scheduled to take place from November 1 – 30,  2015 on Moodle for Teachers. The purpose of the MOOC is to connect for instruction and learning, reflective practice, social and collaborative learning, cultural exchange and peace, personal and professional development, community building, best practices and challenges involved in teaching with technology, student engagement with the content, peers, and the facilitator, and learning to teach online with Moodle course and learning management system.

MM7 includes webinars and Moodle training. The presenters of the webinars will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching with technology, education technology, professional development, and topics that pertain to teaching and learning online and/or on mobile devices/smartphones.

The Moodle training will take place on Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website and will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants, who wish to receive a certificate of participation, will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions and/or recordings.

The Moodle training will include Moodle, Google Drive Docs, blogs, Google Apps, Mobile Devices, Virtual Classes, and other online learning environments for face-to-face, blended, and fully online learning. In addition, participants will learn to use Movenote, Screencast-o-matic, PresentMe, SlideSpeech, Plotagon, Smore, Quizlet, eMaze, Slideshare, Evernote, Movenote, and other technologies for effective and engaging student-based activities. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Meanwhile …

Nellie Deutsch‎ has created Moodle MOOC 7 on Facebook

Instead of having a Moodle MOOC group or face for each Moodle MOOC, I thought it may be more practical to have one group for all the Moodle MOOCs around the world. So spread the word and join educators, technology developers, and Moodlers for the next Moodle MOOC in the month of November on Moodle for Teachers for free teacher development and training on how to teach and learn online using Moodle and other technologies. Here’s the link

Earlier this past two weeks

Episode 304: Sun Oct 18 LEARNING2GETHER with Jeff Magoto about the new ANVILL-LTI


Tue Oct 20 Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Tools, Skills & Competencies

This comprehensive mail is copy / pasted from Steve Hargadon

Library 2.015 is all day on Tuesday, October 20th. Anyone from anywhere in the world can participate for free (as long as they have an Internet connection)! Links for the conference are below. There are 50 sessions and 3 keynotes, and the schedule with connecting information is listed for time zones throughout the world.

We’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of our conference! Huge thanks and a shout-out to founding partner The School of Information at San José State University and its director (and conference co-chair), Dr. Sandra Hirsh, for the vision and support that has made this unique event a reality. With their help the conference community has grown to over 21,000 members, and we encourage you to learn more, make connections, and get future announcements by joining Library 2.0.

For our pre-conference event this year, we’re excited to announce Teacher Librarian Day on Monday, October 19th, a five-hour special (and also free) series of online sessions around the topic of “Teacher Librarians and School Culture” – organized by Joyce Valenza, with lots of special guests, and supported byCiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers. The conference has inherited the Global Teacher Librarian Ning network, with over 7,000 members–learn more and connect with others at http://www.teacherlibrarian.org.

We sincerely hope you will join us. Below are event links, plus some sample posts and tweets you can use if you’re able to help us promote either or both of these events. You can also forward this post/email. Please do let your networks know–it’s all free!


Sample Posts + Tweets:
The conference hashtag is “#lib2015” | The Teacher Librarian Day hashtag is “#tlday15

  • Sample post (conference): “The fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference will be held on October 20th, 2015 from 7am – 8pm US Pacific / 10am – 11pm US Eastern (International Times available on the site). Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Register for free as a member of the Library 2.0 network to attend and to be kept informed of future events! http://www.library20.com
  • Sample post (pre-conference): “Teacher Librarian Day is Monday, October 19th, five great hours of free online sessions on ‘Teacher Librarians and School Culture.’ This pre-conference bonus to the annual Library 2.0 conference features Joyce Valenza, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, Ross Todd, Naomi Bates, Karen Bonano, and Craig Seasholes leading a panel on ‘Social Justice @Library.’ All welcome, more information athttp://www.teacherlibrarian.org.”
  • Sample tweet (conference): “Join us Oct 20 for the 5th annual Library 2.0 conference 50 presentations + keynotes all free and online #lib2015http://www.library20.com
  • Sample tweet (pre-conference): “Join us Oct 19 for Teacher Librarian Day all free and online – awesome lineup #tlday15 http://www.teacherlibrarian.org

Mon Oct 19-25 International Facilitation Week Unconference

International Facilitation Week takes place next week, October 19-25. And for the third year in a row, we’re putting together a little online unconference to share and learn about facilitation in virtual environments:


We’re changing the funding model a little bit this year, charging participants a small amount.


However, we know that a good number of original innovators, super early adopters and veterans of this work can still be found on this very Yahoo group, and we would really love to have you join us. Please use discount code “Oldschool” for $15 off the regular price.  ;-)

Normally L2g does not post announcements of commercial events here, but because of the nature of this “unconference” I posted a request for more information on the Yahoo Group that sent the announcement


Fri and Sat Oct 23-24 IATEFL Web Conference ‘Making connections across borders in ELT

Note, to attend this conference you have to register separately for Day 1 and Day 2

Also, it’s free for anyone to participate. Archived recordings may be available only to IATEFL members.

IATEFL Web Conference ‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ – Day 1

After a successful inaugural Web Conference held in October 2014, IATEFL have decided to hold a second Web Conference in October 2015. ‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ will be held over two days:

Friday 23 October 2015 at 14.00-20.45 BST (13.00-19.45 GMT)
Saturday 24 October 2015 8.30-15.30 BST (7.30-14.30 GMT).

We would love you to come along and join in. This will be a fantastic opportunity both for members and non-members of IATEFL to network, learn and share information with colleagues all over the world.

This registration is just for Friday 23 October. You need to register for Saturday 24 October separately. Registration ensures that you receive all the latest updates and information and logging into the event using the unique URL that you will be sent enables you to purchase an attendance certificate after the event should you require it.

Talks will include the development of creativity and team skills in the classroom, English for social justice, teacher research, psychology, teaching in challenging and low resource contexts, inclusive education, and the impact of technology. Confirmed speakers for the two days include Christina Broadus-Rebuffet, Nathan Arthur, Judy Boyle, Juup Stelma, Stephen Ryan, Laxman Gnawali, Thais Borges, Mercedes Viola, Susan Hillyard and Paul Driver.

A full programme will be published shortly.

To know more, click https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/webconferenceday1/event/speaker_info.html?campaign-id=Webcon1

Event: ‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ – Day 1
When: Friday 23 October 2015, 02:00 PM – 08:45 PM
Time Zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Audio Conference Details: VOIP

To register now, please visit the following link:


To know more about the event, please visit our website:


Web Conference “‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ – Day 2”

The following information appeared in an “update” for Day 2, but contains some information about Day 1. The update was distributed in email by the IATEFL Web Conference committee

This message is to give you a sneak preview into the talks that you can enjoy over Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October.

Christina Broadus-Rebuffet ‘Improvisation, confidence, and making the passive active’

Judy Boyle ‘Education for Social Justice: human trafficking and the next generation’

Juup Stelma ‘Language Teachers doing Research: What, How and Why’

Nathan Arthur ‘Bring out the team-player in your trainees: Using project management principles in the classroom’

Paul Driver ‘EdTech and Creative Media Practice in ELT’

Stephen Ryan ‘Psychology in language learning: What’s in it for teachers?’

Thais Borges ‘I speak Brazilian English: A non-native perspective of EFL teaching and learning in Brazil’

In addition to this we will also be holding three interactive panel discussions over the two days, offering you, the participant, the chance to get involved and share your experiences.

  • IATEFL President, Marjorie Rosenberg will be focusing on ‘Creativity in the classroom’
  • Mercedes Viola Deambrosis and Susan Hillyard will be leading discussions on ‘Diverse students and how different teachers are supporting them’ and 
  • Kenan Dikilitaş, Richard Smith and Dr. Judith Hanks will be investigating‘Teacher research in action’.

Don’t forget to tell your colleagues to register so that they can ensure they receive all the latest updates and reminders from us over the next few days.

You can attend ‘Making connections across borders in ELT by clicking on the unique URL sent to you in the confirmation email when you registered for the Web Conference. You can also find this URL below. You will then need to enter the email address you used to register.

When: Saturday 24 October 2015, 08:30 AM – 03:30 PM

Time Zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)

URL: https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/webconferenceday2/event/login.html?campaign-id=Webcon2&login=vancestev%40gmail.com

To know more about the event, the speakers for the event and to stay updated, please visit:


Mon Oct 19 thru Oct 30 –  Virtually Unstoppable – K12 Online Conference presentations released

The K12 Online conference is an asynchronous event where the presentations are set-piece artifacts created by some of the world’s greatest teachers on topics they are passionate about. Quality is quite high and they generally model best practices not only in pedagogy but in presentation and innovative use of ed-tech tools. The presentations are released according to the schedule here,

http://k12onlineconference.org/2015-schedule/ starting with the keynote, Don Wettrick and Innovation class students

The conference goes full swing the following week, same time on Oct 19 with the release of three to five presentations a day for the next two weeks, winding up with the release of the last batch at 8:00 AM EDT, Fri., Oct. 30

To find out how you can participate, visit the K-12 Online blog at http://k12onlineconference.org/

You’ll find information in the sidebar there on how to participate; e.g. the helpful FAQ athttp://k12onlineconference.org/first-timers/

Vance’s “take”

I recently attended the ISTE conference in Philadelphia, which is a huge showcase of best practices and most appropriate technologies for enabling those practices displayed in a massive physical space. K12 Online is the free annual conference that many of those in and around ISTE participate in each year, also to showcase best practices leveraged by technology, but in a virtual space. And it is happening now.

The first K12 Online Conference took place in 2006 so this would be the tenth, which is one reason it’s theme this year is “Virtually Unstoppable.”  There are several very unique aspects to K12 Online, and one of these is that it is totally asynchronous. This means that you don’t have to show up at a particular time for it, but that its presentations are simply made available at a certain time. This is another unique aspect of the conference, the presentations are released bit by bit, day by day. For example, this is the third day of the conference, and three presentations were released today (for a total of 9 so far, plus a keynote, which was posted online a week ago.

Another unique aspect of this conference has to do with the fact that its presenters have to produce attractive and inspiring artifacts designed to play out online, much as we might ideally ask our students to do. The presentations are not long, 10-20 minutes, but tend to model the most creative techniques the presenters can muster.  As such each presentation is a digital story with a message designed as an incubator of ideas that will appeal to teachers, and in turn, their students.

The presentations introduce how cutting edge technologies might relate to our classrooms. And you can have a look now or later, as you wish, even years later. All such artifacts produced over the past ten years are archived at the conference website. There are many gems in that archive, and because they bring technology to bear on perennial issues in teaching, how to engage and motivate and make students and teachers want to learn, they tend to be eternally relevant today.

Here is how you can participate: The website is here: http://k12onlineconference.org/

And you can overview the presentations and topics here: http://k12onlineconference.org/2015-schedule/

Here are two ways you can participate:

This is one of my favorite recurring online conferences, and a good opportunity for teachers with iPads and mobile devices to network and boost their mastery of those devices as pertains to practice and pedagogy.

Sat. Oct 31 on Classroom 2.0 – Marcie Hebert shares how she has implemented Makerspaces in her school

Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (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, October 31st, when our special guest will be Marcie Hebert. We are so excited to have Marcie on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our Featured Teacher for the month of October! This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the amazing ways Marcie is effectively integrating technology in her teaching! We are looking forward to having Marcie share how she has implemented Makerspaces in her school and some of the projects her students are creating in the computer lab including 3D printing, coding, robotics and Google Apps for Education.

Marcie is the Technology Director and Computer Lab Teacher for grades 4-8 in a Catholic School, St. Joan of Arc School, in Louisiana. She is a tech lover, Maker, Google for Education Certified Trainer, an organizer/leader for the Google Educator Group Louisiana and EdCamp NOLA, and is the co-founder of #LAedchat. Follow her on @mrsmhebert

More information and session 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. All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Green Screens + iPads = iMagic!”session with our special guest Jennifer Garcia. 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!

Learning2gether with Jeff Magoto about the new ANVILL-LTI

Learning2gether Episode 297

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On Sunday Oct 18 Learning2gether were treated to a nearly-two hour tour of ANVILL-LTI by its managing developer Jeff Magoto, who talked to us about

Interactions in ANVILL from the Formulaic to the Pragmatically Pleasing

ANVILL-LTI is web-based software that has three aims: 1) to provide language teachers with a set of speech and lesson creation tools that make it easy to practice and assess spoken language, 2) to build a community of teachers who are willing to share their lessons and ideas around listening and speaking, and 3) to understand (from a CALL developer’s perspective) what kinds of computer-based interactions teachers and students find most beneficial and interesting. We explored these by looking at some of the most popular tasks teachers assign in ANVILL—from telecollaborations to listen n’ repeat, and the results those tasks yield.

ANVILL is a free and versatile LMS that focuses on allowing learners to interact in voice with teachers and each other in a tastefully designed flipped learning environment. That environment is succinctly defined in a 10-page manual available here, http://babel-old.uoregon.edu/ylc/downloads/anvill-LTI%20overview-v.3.pdf;  with a page each devoted to ANVILL’s main features (voiceboards, portfolios, chat, and integration with other LMS’s such as MOODLE).

This screen shot was made at a point where most participants who attended the Bb Collaborate event online were present. They are shown in the detachable participants list, above)

Where? The event will be held in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Elluminate Recordng

If you need help with BbC Elluminate,


Earlier this week

Mon Oct 12 LEARNING2GETHER with Christel Broady about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20


Mon Oct 12 Globinar with Imelda Elliott – Formative assessment, collaborative learning, gamification

E4.111-1545: Formative assessment and collaborative learning – interactive quizzes, exercises and gamification

Juergen’s email, copy-pasted ‘as-is’:

free webinar with Imelda ELLIOTT: Formative assessment and collaborative learning – interactive quizzes, exercices and gamification

Sat Oct 17 0900 Pacific Time Classroom 2.0 – Jennifer Garcia –Green Screens + iPads = iMagic!

Date: Sat., October 17, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (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.

We are very excited to have Jennifer Garcia joining us as our special guest presenter on Saturday, October 17, for her presentation: “Green Screens + iPads = iMagic!” She will be sharing projects her students have done using green screens on the iPads with DoInk’s Green Screen App. We’ll get a guided tour of the entire process including setup, equipment, apps, workflow, assessment strategies and possible issues to be aware of. We’ll also get to see a few examples of her student work and have access to the online lessonsshe created to help you as you build your own projects. We’ll also get to see some examples from other teachers along with their resources. This will be most beneficial to teachers who have access to iPads in their classrooms, but it’s always exciting to learn about tools, apps and the possibilities for enhancing digital story telling with any tools you may have access to and we would welcome participants willing to share the tools and project examples for digital storytelling projects you are using in your classrooms.

More information and session 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. All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “MineCraftEDU” session with our special guests Laura Briggs, Kim Harrison and Trish Cloud. 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!

Sun Oct 18 noon GMT Jeff Lebow proposed a Hangout on Air

This is a follow-up discussion in the ELT Live G+ Community to a pre-conference workshop Jeff did last weekend at KOTESOL2015, http://jefflebow.net/node/339. Not sure if anyone from that will show up, but I will be hanging out and delighted to connect with any ELTLivers out there. Regular tune-in spot at http://eltlive.com/live

Two hours later (at 1400UTC) +Vance Stevens  will be back with another Learning2gether. Info at: https://plus.google.com/events/c19ep347c5milv6e0l0p9svmn5s?authkey=CPP7pJTMs7m3xgE

I got there about when Jeff decided it was bedtime …

Track the conversation at


Learning2gether with Christel Broady about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-2

Learning2gether Episode 296

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On Monday October 12 Christel Broady presented to Learning2gether about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20

Dr. Christel @BroadyESL  discussed with us Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20. Participants were able to visit http://webheadsinaction.org/live to watch the event stream live and interact with folks in the Hangout on Air via http://chatwing.com/vancestev. At showtime Monday we posted the direct link to the HoA live for all those who wanted to join us there. Several did, we were near our maximum capacity with other viewers in the stream/

Event description: An overview on how free tools can assist ELT professionals and learners in all everyday professional activities. Practical ideas that can be implemented immediately as well as training sources to deepen the understanding how the tools work.

Where? In Hangout on Air



Chat logs from the Hangout on Air:


Chat logs from Chatwing

Vance, You’ve messaged that today we have more chats,
are they before or after?
Hi, sorry I didn’t check here yesterday. There was an IATEFL YLSIG event on Sunday, and today Monday we are meeting with Dr. Christel Broady in Hangout, more information here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether or athttp://webheadsinaction.org/live
That starts in about half an hour
Christel is in the Hangout now. You are welcome to join us there, we start in ten minutes:https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYf56YrJcTErVcePnTocXFvC5PtGqArFetAP5iFM4WG6gOj9iw?hl=en&authuser=0
Hello all!
Seems OK for me here …ouf
(in chrome)
Looks good in Chromium (linux)…
I find there’s quite a few things that don’t work in Chrome …. I daren’t go linux :-(
Removing barriers for me means making learning more equitable…
hi everyone
Hi Maha, nice to see you
I tried to join but it takes me to an empty hangout where I am on my own :) .. I will watch and comment here :)
thanks Vance I am happy I could join
We saw you in the Hangout
Love forms in Google Drive!
…for polls, instant feedback in class, etc.
I love forms for the students to write comprehension questions … they love it
:-) me too
The links are ab fab – I’ve made my own copy to be sure I don’t loose them …. big thanks
Are MGuhlin and CloudHQ free?
I think MGuhlin is a blog
Miguel Guhlin, a K-12 blogger
Google drive integrates well with gmail as well…
the hangout is a bit slow for me I think . I couldn’t even hear anything. But I am good here .. good place to participate with you :)
HOA is fine at this end…
great, ahlan
I like spanning my google drive: https://freetools.spanning.com/stats/
we’ll get you to explain that in a moment in the Hangout
Yes Dr Christel, I have had many Teachers say that to me too! I use Google drive sharing documents or folders with my students.
Using Google drive to flip the classroom…
People who are afraid of these tools often do their banking on line (and belong FB)
Sharing documents as long as they are CC or one has rights to do so.
Google Drive also integrates well with Google Sites…
Sharing documents and videos is what I do too!
Hi Vance :-)
Hi Nives, glad you could join us
Sometimes it’s easier to share videos in Google drive rather than Youtube which is not accessible to all students. Plus I love creating Lesson slides directly in the drive and adding it to the class materials folder for students to access whenever.
Google docs are good for student collaborative projects…
lol yes but how big of a loss .. That must’ve been really awful to loose years worth of work
I am disappointed that Google Classroom is not available for Private Tutoring or Teacher Training :-(
Me too Nives!
I usually backup what I really care about and I don’t usually trust the cloud alone
It’s such a great tool (Google Classroom) that it’s a dying shame that Google have such strict access to it.
yes me too Nives :(
@Benjamin and @Maha :-)
Interesting about videos … I wonder if that’s only with Classroom, because I did try once unsuccessfully
Also, Google Sites!
another one to tell us about, feel free to grab the mic, speak up when you hear ‘next
Social apps in schools is a bit touchy here in Italy, but using sites like Twiducate is safe and private offering social interaction without the public interaction. I’m looking at EdMettle too for the same, has anyone tried it?
feel free to comment on this, or ask in the live h/a
OMG – I’ve lost the sound altogether now (on my super duper brand new machine ) so I’m giving up all together – please say a BIG thanks for all the great links …. very useful indeed.
oooh this is great.. I’ve been trying to do this but couldn’t see how.. thank you
I agree…all teachers should have a YouTube channel.
thanks Elizabeth, your thanks will be in the show notes
I like Google Maps too for a class on ‘directions’ in English language. I get the students to create their own location and give directions in a dialogue.
what do you use to leave comments on a non apple computer?
Great idea a ‘photo story’ with photos, thank you Dr Christel :-)
in what application, Maha?
Maha, are you asking about Google Docs?
What system are you running Maha?
windows 7
I insert comments into Google Docs from PC, Ctrl-alt-m
As far as I know Maha, leaving comments in Google Docs is the same for all operating systems…
ok thank you both I will try them later :)
I select the text, then right-click…
Or click “Insert”, then “comment”…
Hm this looks interesting for Reading Comprehension must give it a try … thanks :-)
voice comments Benjamin?
I agree using images to express or expand their vocab is a great tool even with adult learners not just kids
Great Idea picture dictionaries for beginners
Vance is the expert on voice comments…I think there is an addon or extension, right?
You can enter comments by voice using android and tablet devices
Thanks for the link to the slides Vance :-)
What slide are we on Vance??
ah android ok thanks
Hi Brian :-) nice to see you here
slide 26
Brian it’s slide 29
Got it now
Hi Brian
I have installed that Ben but for some reason couldn’t do voice in my doc. will try again
Hi Nives
Hi Vance
IATEFL SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars 2015-2016
Waiting for explanation on how to create schedules for webathones alco chains of events
U r welcome Brian :-)
uh oh, connection lost and call ended
Google Docs addons I use: Consistency Checker, EasyBib, Kaizena, and Thesaurus…
Yes hear you Christel :-)
I’m looking at slides on my google docs
Brian move to slide 31
Google Drive = transparent education
@Benjamin I agree
But they want to learn free
Thanks all for a great chat! Off to class!
ciao @Benjamin enjoy your class
have a great day Benjamin
I like the reference of the Backchannel chat to ‘digital brother’ Dr Christel
I keep dropping out
I think it may still be recording
yes I hear you
it’s trying to reconnect
great idea :-) Christel
the voice is lost
can you hear now Halima?
Thank you Dr Christel, your slides are powerful as always you have so much to share it’s wonderful learning from you, thank you :-)
Dr Christel is that Native Speaking tool only available in Classroom?
Looks like we’re back online here
is Exit ticket a written reflection?
Bravo Vance :-) I live with technology hassles everyday living in the Italian countryside so am glad today is going ‘great’ so far :-)
the voice lag is back, not a good sign
yes you are online just heard you Vance
we are doing fine so far .. It may be only on your side Vance
I think it is on my side
HoA is a great tool for Teaching online, I have used it but what I really look for is an interactive whiteboard to use when tutoring students online live
I recently have used EZTalks which has a great screen sharing tool and interactive whiteboard plus it’s free for up to 3 in a session
wish you could talk with us in Hangout but your comments will appear in the show notes at http://learning2gether.net
or a quick journal or something .
Nice cat Vance
thank you I like the idea
Nives, have you tried WizIq?
Hi Glenys, yes I am currently using WizIQ as a Teacher also with Dr Nellie’s moodle team
@Glenys my problem is that sometimes WizIQ is too heavy to run on a low internet connection
I tried Wisiq and also some separate boards but for some reason they are usually buggy . even Wiziq staff told me that my bandwidth was not good enough so I usually use hangouts
@Maha I understand exactly what you mean :-) even if I have used WizIQ for nearly 3 years
A BIG THANK YOU DR CHRISTEL for a great presentation and magnificent very informative slides :-)
thank you so much for all the information and resources Dr. Christel
Thank you Dr Christel for a very interesting talk
Ciao Vance, Brian, Dr Christel great to connect again online :-)
Thank You Dr.Christel!!!
I think she is talking about the webenthons
how to design something for her university
I agree it is wonderful to connect across the globe :)
you’re breaking up a bit Vance
anyone can join us for the NileTESSOL ? :)
yes thank you all again thanks a lot Vance for organizing it
have a good day/evening
Christel asked me to share links on how to set up these hangouts. Here is one I archived when streaming from a conference where I was presenting on the topic 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/
There is a link there to an article I published explaining more concisely: Stevens, V. (2013) Tweaking Technology: How Communities Meet Online Using Google+ Hangouts On Air with Unlimited Participants. TESL-EJ, November 2013–Volume 17, Number 3. Available http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume17/ej67/ej67int/


Earlier this week

Sun Oct 4 0900-0400 UTC – EFLTalks 10 in 10 for 10 hosted by Rob Howard & Stephen Greene


Fri Oct 9 1100 UK time – Kieran Donaghy – Using short films in language teaching

Carol Rainbow announced

Webinar: Using short films in language teaching

Kieran Donaghy, ELT Writer and Teacher Trainer

Fri, 9th October at 11am UK time

To attend log into http://breeze01.uclan.ac.uk/kierandonaghy/ with your chosen name and country.

Sat Oct 10 1600 UTC Classroom 2.0 – Engaging students with MinecraftEDU

Date: Sat., October 10, 2015 in Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)
Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore hosted 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.You can replay the recording and explore the comprehensive archive here:

This is an archive of a Classroom 2.0 presentation on MinecraftEDU with Laura Briggs (@LauraBTRT), Kim Harrison (@k4sons) and Trish Cloud (@trishcloud) sharing their experiences and stories about how they are engaging their students with MinecraftEDU both during the school day and in an after school club and summer camp. MinecraftEDU is a special version of Minecraft designed specifically for classroom use. It has been used to teach a wide range of subjects and is designed to be open-ended which allows content to be built around any subject area. Teachers have used the game to teach history, math, art, programming, creative writing, science, music, digital citizenship and more! It hosts a library of lessons and activities that are available for free and there is an active teacher community exploring and sharing uses of Minecraft in the classroom.
On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinders on the Archives and Resources tab.

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. All webinars are closed captioned.

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

Sun Oct 11 YLTSIG webinar with Jamie Keddie

Nellie Deutsh has arranged an IATEFL YLTSIG webinar on October 11


Where? Adobe Connect


Jamie Keddie is a teacher, trainer and international conference speaker. He is the founder of the recently-relaunched Lessonstream. Jamie’s areas of interest include the use of visual materials, storytelling and video technologies in the classroom. His publications include ‘Images’ (OUP 2009) and ‘Bringing online video into the classroom’ (OUP 2014).

In the last few years, online video has been embraced and reinvented by young people. In this webinar, I would like to examine a number of recent case studies which serve to introduce YouTube youth cultures to teachers. Be warned – you may be shocked! I will also talk about why understanding this can be useful to those of us who work with teenagers.