Learning2gether with Kara Naber and TILL – Developing and implementing an interactive language learning experience

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/learning2gether-and-till-developing-and-implementing-an-interactive-language-learning-experience-t2u2ktpuv1a.mp3?

On Sun Mar 1 starting at 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER joined forces with Kara Naber and TILL (Teachers for Interactive Language Learning) to talk about Developing and implementing an interactive language learning experience

Benjamin Stewart originally set this up as a Google+ Event on the TILL community

Here is Benjamin’s comment there: “Inspired by a post from one of our TILL members (https://plus.google.com/118245459778485541027/posts/LibiknMZZey), we’ll be discussing how to plan and implement an interactive language learning experience.  Join us in the HOA and share your thoughts and experiences!” Ben created a space for the TILL Hangout Notes: http://1drv.ms/1Iwspqd

Here is Kara’s original inspiration (sent to TILL and to the EVO Webheads list)

I’m a relatively new teacher. For the last three years, I’ve been teaching ESL to adults in an ABE program in the US.  Recently I accepted a position teaching EFL at a state university in Oaxaca and am still awaiting my work permit.  In the meantime, I’m trying to prepare myself for my new job.  In addition to teaching face-to-face classes, they want me to develop a curriculum to teach via Interactive TV (ITV).  I’ll try to explain the system.

The university has one building entirely designed as a broadcast center.  It has many small rooms that are set up with video cameras that broadcast classes live to other campuses in the state university system.  One teacher will be teaching up to three classes in different locations simultaneously.  The classes are designed so that the students and teacher can interact in real time.

The broadcast rooms are set up with a desk for the teacher. Beside the desk is an interactive whiteboard that (as you know) can be used for a variety of things.  The cameras are set up so that the teacher can focus on herself talking while sitting at the desk or standing at the whiteboard.

One benefit will be that each remote classroom will have an assistant.  That person can facilitate the class in different ways, for example by distributing materials or dividing the class into small groups for activities.

The university is already using ITV for regular content courses, but they want me to develop a curriculum for teaching EFL. This is a completely new “ball game” for me, since my previous experience included technology no more sophisticated than an ‘old fashioned’ whiteboard with felt markers.  All I know for sure is that it will be different from face to face classes.

I would appreciate hearing from any of you who have had experience with this type of distance learning.  What techniques work well for teaching language using both the ITV and interactive whiteboard?

What happened on the day?

In a nutshell, the event went off as if we’d planned it that way, but what in fact happened was that Benjamin scheduled the Hangout on Air (HoA) for March 1 and created an event for it. However, an hour and a half before show time, which would have been very Sunday early morning for him in Mexico, he sent me word that he wouldn’t be able to make it due to a sudden illness (hopefully passed by now). Presumably he went back to bed to recover.

Meanwhile some had turned up in the online comments spaces created for the event, where I posted my Skype address and the link to our synchronous text Chatwing.

Hi all, +Benjamin L. Stewart is sick today. Here is his message http://screencast.com/t/JvJ01OozzLze. I’ll give him a few minutes and then might post an alternative HoA link. Please stay tuned, Skype me on vancestev, or visit our live-now chat at http://chatwing.com/vancestev

I connected with Robert Wachman and Kara Naber on Skype. When it became clear the scheduled HoA was not starting, I posted, at 14:01 GMT

+Kara Naber  is on Skype and I’m awaiting her response to my message there. +Robert Wachman has some materials lined up for us. Halima is in Chatwing and Morteza is on Skype awaiting a link. I’m posting at this event https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cqh3kljq92gv1bgmeipkb680clo?authkey=CIytwo7QgJfv3AE and ready to start a new HoA. I’ll go ahead and do that and see what happens.
Due to the inevitable tech-ups (hic) in trying to organize on such short notice we were a little late starting but when the HoA came online it had a half dozen participants and eventually filled to ten. Besides Kara and Robert, we had Glenys from France, Halima from Uzbekistan, Jim Buckingham from down the road in Abu Dhabi, Morteza Barin from Iran, Sabrina Wilson from Barcelona, David Weksler from Tenafly NJ, and Elizabeth Anne from Grenoble, not a bad crowd for  what was essentially a flash mob. Had I had time to organize it I would have streamed it at http://webheadsinaction .org/live, so it’s possible we had to turn away some in excess of ten participants allowed in HoA.
Show notes
Robert Wachman posted in Chatwing
I want to share a link to our software +: CPLI Computer Materials: http://cpli.net/list_computerMaterials.html
Robert Wachman
Plus my site of listening, pronunciation and other resources: My LiPro wiki: http://tesol-lipro.wikispaces.com/home
And Sabrina posted links on Graham Stanley’s Ceibal Project, which I passed on in this message



Earlier this week

Sun Feb 22 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER about Bb Collaborate Elluminate – hands-on live online sandbox


Mon Feb 23 1700 GMT Joel Mills in conference for participants of Canvas Minecraft MOOC

Joel Mills is holding open tutorials on Friday 13th February at 9.00 – 10.00 am GMT for anyone who wants to get some advice or support on any of their Minecraft projects. He will be using the Canvas conference tool again, but in a way that allows people to join in and ask their questions or get support.

Look out for the conference email on Friday morning and follow the link to join in.

For our participants from further afield we will hold a conference on Monday 23rd February at 5pm GMT so we can make sure they can join in live as well.

Thu Feb 25 1900 GMT IAFEFL YLT SIG Webinar by Nives Torresi on Play, Learn and Grow Together

Nives Torresi will present on Play, Learn and Grow Together: An after school Language Project
The presenter will introduce a project in video format, then  explain how the project evolved over the course of 20 hours.

Class Title: Play, Learn and Grow Together: An after school Language Project
Course: Webinars for IATEFL YLT SIG

About the Presenter
Nives Torresi has been Teaching English at High Schools and Elementary / Middle Schools in Italy for about 15 years. She also does translating, interpreting and training programs for local businesses. She enjoys what she does and tries to make learning a part of life.

Sat 28 Feb 1500 GMT IATEFL Webinar with Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell Get Them Speaking & Learning with Digital IcebreakersTransform your classes into collaborative supportive student communities with digital icebreakers. In this session, Shelly Terrell will share various digital and mobile icebreakers for young learners to adults. Join the fun and learn some quick activities that get students to take better selfies, collaborate on recreating images, and much more!

28 February 2015, 15:00 GMT (to check what time the webinar airs in your location, please click here)

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, teacher, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, and HUPE Croatia. She has been recognized by various entities, such as the ELTon AwardsThe New York Timesthe Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Educationas a leader, innovator, and visionary in the movement of teacher driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as the co-founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/shellyterrell, and google.com/+ShellySanchezTerrell.

See the complete IATEFL webinar schedule here: http://www.iatefl.org/web-events/webinars

Learning2gether about Bb Collaborate Elluminate – hands-on live online sandbox

On Sun Feb 22 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER met CALL-IS TESOL to find out all about Bb Collaborate Elluminate in a hands-on live online sandbox

What was this? 

This was an introduction and refresher to Blackboard Collaborate, formerly known as Elluminate. It’s been set up as a sandbox practice session for CALL-IS volunteers who will be simulcasting sessions using BbC from the TESOL conference  March 26-28 in Toronto. In this practice we’ll make anyone who wants to be one a moderator. Moderators can see the complete tool set for BbC, and we’ll explain, demonstrate, and practice with the tools that moderators will likely use in Toronto.

BbC runs from servers at institutions where someone has bought a license and then allows authorized users to host webcasts from that server. LearningTimes at http://learningtimes.com pay for one such license and have been renewing their grant to the Webheads in Action community of practice for use of a Webheads Virtual Office each year for over a decade now.  Jack Watson’s institution also owns such a license and Jack is authorized to use a UBC room from Toronto as well. It’s worth noting that different versions of BbC might have slightly different interfaces, but the basic functionality will be the same.

The session today will be held in the Webheads Virtual Office. To connect, visit the link below



If you have trouble connecting, or need help outside Bb Collaborate, try this back channel

Don’t forget the Tech Check

Bb Collaborate recently went over to a start file with a different extension (.collab) than the one before (.jnlp). If you haven’t used BbC in a while you must run the Tech Check which will place the correct installation on your computer. Failure to do this could delay your entry to a session if you don’t allow sufficient time in advance.  On a PC, the Tech Check works like magic. I’ll try and check it on Mac and iPad before the session, but we may simply get feedback from others who join us from those devices.

To do a Tech Check simply

(1) click on the Tech Check tab and then

(2) click Check Now and

(3) hold on to your hat :-)

Finally, be sure and have everyone run the Audio Wizard

  • This is essential practice!
  • Lets everyone select the correct speakers and mics, and troubleshoots them for sound and levels.

All participants were made moderators and were each issued an imaginary shovel and a virtual bucket full of sand

This image is free to use or share (public domain actually, no attribution required) but for the record, it’s from http://pixabay.com/en/sandbox-toys-beach-play-bucket-295256/

What happened, where is the recording?

During the session we made everyone a moderator and invited them to break the tool if they could. I’m afraid someone did. At the end of the session, no recording came down as it normally would. I have written LearningTimes about it but have not received a reply, which probably means as far as they are concerned everything is working fine and there should have been no problem. In fact I just made a recording there to test that things are working and it came back to us fine.

We had multiple moderators. Some odd things were happening. Breakout sessions were opened and possibly not closed properly, though they should have closed automatically. The recording stopped during the session but we resumed it. It could have been that someone did something else inadvertently that caused the problem. I did everything I usually do, made sure the room was empty, stopped the recording, ended the session with an empty room. The fact that we lost our recording is without explanation at this point.

Meanwhile Robert Wachman has offered what he thinks is a good tutorial on Bb Collaborate http://youtu.be/fXcXDGEeNsg



Earlier this week

Sun Feb 15 EVO2015 Closing Webcast with Nina Liakos, Vance Stevens, and Jeff Lebow



Sun Feb 15 1600 GMT EVO Flipped Learning end of session wrap up



EVO2015 Closing Webcast with Nina Liakos, Vance Stevens, Jeff Lebow, and EVO Moderators and Participants

Where? Bb Collaborate (Elluminate) http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/
and thanks to Jeff Lebow, simulcast on http://webheadsinaction.org/live


What?  Electronic Village Online has just completed its 15th year of free weeks-long (currently 5 weeks long) sessions of quality professional development sponsored by TESOL, http://evosessions.pbworks.com. This is an event where all EVO2015 participants are invited to gather at the end of this year’s #evosessions to reflect on their EVO experience.






With the termination of this broadcast, the Jan 12 – Feb 15
14th annual Electronic Village Online sessions have now ended

Find archives or join the next one at http://evosessions.pbworks.com

Earlier this week

Sun Feb 8 1300 to 1500 GMT – LEARNING2GETHER DOUBLEHEADER Presentations at CO15 and EVO Week 4 events

Sun Feb 8 1300 GMT EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference


Sun Feb 8 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens and ICT4ELT Once a Webhead always a Webhead


Mon Feb 9 1700 GMT YLT SIG Webinar: Learn it through an action song

IATEFL YLTSIG has rescheduled the class on ‘YLT SIG Webinar: Learn it through an action song!’ to Feb_09 2015, 09:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat). You may use the same class link to enter the classroom at its changed date and time.

Message From The Presenter:
We moved the class to Monday instead of Tuesday at the same time 5PM GMT (12PM EST). We hope this will not inconvenience you. Thank you.
Enter the Class

Tue Feb 9 2100 GMT – Action Research Projects Opening Session

Feb_10 2015, 01:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat).

Enter the Class

Tue Feb 10 EVO15 EFL and Young Learners: Week 5 Showcasing and Reflecting

Class Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Class Time: 12:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat)
Class Duration: 60 minutes
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Wed Feb 11 1500-1700 GMT Jeff Kuhn leads Setting up your own Minecraft Server at EVOMC15

This is an EVO Minecraft event about setting up a server using a Skype call; it will be practical practice and not recorded


Use this space to leave messages related to this event

We’ll monitor http://chatwing.com/vancestev and also Skype

If wishing to join at VANCESTEV to your Skype contacts

An excellent resource is  Joel Mills’s YouTube channel on servers, from the Canvas MC MOOC. The first one is pretty informative about basic server terminology and implications of types of servers, server side mods, and so on – find more on this channel: http://youtu.be/T-jTfkF3i7g

Fri Feb 13 0900 GMT Joel Mills in conference for participants of Canvas Minecraft MOOC

Joel Mills is holding open tutorials on Friday 13th February at 9.00 – 10.00 am GMT for anyone who wants to get some advice or support on any of their Minecraft projects. He will be using the Canvas conference tool again, but in a way that allows people to join in and ask their questions or get support.

Look out for the conference email on Friday morning and follow the link to join in.

For our participants from further afield we will hold a conference onMonday 23rd February at 5pm GMT so we can make sure they can join in live as well.

Fri Feb 13 2015 14:00 GMT NNEST-EVO2015 Webinar with Geeta Aneja

Week 5: Feb. 9-15
Invited Speaker: Geeta Aneja
Moderator: Kyung-Hee Bae

  • Possible practices for approaching research NNEST issues, particularly in the classroom
  • Practical ways to raise awareness about NNESTs/NNESTs issues and implement sustainable best practices
  • Reflection and wrap-up

Where? http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/

Sat Feb 14 evening GMT Classroom 2.0 Webinar on Lucid Press

Date: Sat.,February 14, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available athttp://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Following a great webinar on LucidChart with Brad Hanks on Classroom 2.0 LIVE on March 29, 2014. we had many people requesting a follow-up webinar to learn more about LucidPress. We are excited to be able to share this excellent online tool onFebruary 14th with our special guest presenter, Andreas Johansson. Andreas is currently the Director of Technology Integration & Curriculum in Kenston Local Schools, OH and an authorized Google Trainer. His interest lies in creating dynamic events that shape the way we teach, helping teachers effectively and practically integrate technology into their environment, ultimately impacting the young learners we live to serve. He specializes in technology integration, place-based education, experiential learning and teaching, educational technology consulting, professional development, staff development, curriculum adaptation, creative teaching solutions, unique learning experiences. LucidPress is an online publishing tool that is free for students and staff that integrates into Google Drive. It enables anyone to create print and digital documents including newsletters, pamphlets, flyers, brochures, magazines and posters. Please join us to learn how LucidPress can be used in schools/classrooms.

Once upon a Webhead: Learning2gether with Vance Stevens and the EVO session ICT4ELT about Webheads in Action

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On Sun Feb 8 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER held its 2nd part of a doubleheader presentation series with Vance Stevens presenting to participants of the EVO session ICT4ELT a digital story about Webheads in Action, entitled “Once upon a Webhead … ”

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/


Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/once-upon-a-webhead

Meanwhile, at https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0k438kijrc4opf9heg00384mig?authkey=CNb0nOLIzvGegQE …

This presentation will cover the different phases and aspects of the Webheads community of practice since the turn of the century

  1. Title slide
  2. Writing for Webheads 1998 to early this century
  3. Some kind of synchronous meeting almost every Sunday since 1998
  4. Electronic village online 2001 to still going strong
  5. Webheads in Action 2002 to still going strong
  6. Becoming a Webhead 2004 to 2013
  7. WiAOC 2005, 2007, 2009
  8. Learning2gether 2010 to still going strong
  9. Multiliteracies and MultiMOOC
  10. ICT4ELT 2014 to still going strong
  11. EVO Minecraft MOOC, evo2015
  12. and of course, whither?
  13. Conclusion



Earlier this week

Sun Feb 1 1400 GMT Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC: Modifying the game for language learning with Dave Dodgson and Jeff Kuhn, EVOMC15 co-moderators


Sun Feb 1 2100 GMT Nellie Deutsch on Transforming Teaching

Class Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Class Time: 1:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat)
Class Duration: 60 minutes
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Fri Feb 6 Canvas Minecraft MOOC webinar

Canvas Minecraft MOOC held a conference on Friday 6th February

This was quite an interesting session and it should have been recorded.  It was largely about servers but also about Joel Mill’s Minecraft projects. Among the things that Joel showed us:

The recording link is here. I’m not sure if you have to be enrolled in the course to view it


Fri Feb 6 0800 EST through Sun Feb 8 CO15 free online conference


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Sign up to present here


Here is the calendar


Here’s a list of webinars (with their links but without timings)


Sun Feb 8 1300 to 1500 GMT – LEARNING2GETHER DOUBLEHEADER Presentations at CO15 and EVO Week 4 events

Sun Feb 8 1300 GMT EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference


Sun Feb 8 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens and ICT4ELT Once a Webhead always a Webhead



EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference

On Sunday Feb 8 1300 GMT Jeff Kuhn and Vance Stevens presented EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference being held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of that weekend.  This was the first of a LEARNING2GETHER DOUBLEHEADER where Vance presented at consecutive CO15 and EVO Week 4 events

Sunday February 8


Jeff Kuhn, Vance Stevens, and the EVOMC15 team

EVO Minecraft MOOC

EVO Minecraft MOOC is an innovative way to model professional development incorporating elements of gaming. This EVO session is based athttp://tinyurl.com/evomc15 and is ongoing at the present time. This presentation outlines the vision behind EVOMC15 and reports on progress and outcomes so far.

Recording: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476847-co15-evo-minecraft-mooc


Leave comments on our EVO Minecraft mOOC event link:


Fri Feb 6 0800 EST through Sun Feb 8 CO15 free online conference


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Once upon a time you could just sign up to present here

Here is the calendar

Here’s a list of webinars (with their links but without timings)

Fri Feb 6 Day 1 of Connecting Online 2015

Here are the recording links

Opening Ceremony http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2478489-co15-opening-ceremony-and-introductions
Collaborative Teamwork in an Online Learning Environment- Possibilities and Challenges https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475156-co15-designing-and-evaluating-online-collaborative-projects-collaborative-teamwork-in-an-online-learning-environment-possib
The EVOlution of Jan and Electronic Village Online https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475174-co15-the-evolution-of-jan-and-electronic-village-online
Copyrighting Cyberspace: Teaching Old Dogs New Clicks https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475183-co15-copyrighting-cyberspace-teaching-old-dogs-new-clicks
Music, performance and creativity in language learning. Use the internet to run your own edutainment business! https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2500266-co15-charles-goodger-and-action-songs
Meeting in the Middle: Avoiding the Exploitative Pitfalls of Global Learning https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2478519-co15-meeting-in-the-middle-avoiding-the-exploitative-pitfalls
How digital Marking and Flashcards Can Engage and Motivate Students https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475802-co15-how-digital-marking-and-flashcards-engage-and-motivate
Out of Time: Can Story Inspire Deeper Learning? https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475813-co15-out-of-time-can-story-inspire-deeper-learning
From tech crappy to tech savvy https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475950-co15-from-tech-crappy-to-tech-savvy
Learning Facilitation and hands on use of Internet applications for Virtual Education for Teachers https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476165-co15-learning-facilitation-and-hands-on-use-of-internet-applications
Susan Hillyard on PLCs Forever http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476175-co15-susan-hillyard-on-plcs-forever

Sat Feb 7 from 1300 to midnight GMT Day 2 of Connecting Online 2015

Go to https://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/899705-co15-calendar-of-events and click on a session to get its WizIQ URL

Here are the links from Nellie’s announcement on the second day of CO15 as we partner for learning:

1. PoodLL on Moodle: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476712-co15-poodll-on-moodle

2. Organizational aspects in e-learning: the issue of knowledge management: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476713-co15-organizational-aspects-of-e-learning

3. Connecting Online to Improve Instructional Learning©: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476724-co15-connecting-online-to-improve-instructional-learning

4. Books on E-learning: Technology That Tutors:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476735-co15-books-on-elearning-technology-that-tutors

5. Collaborative Online Learning: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476747-co15-collaborative-online-learning

6. Using Student Feedback for Continual Improvement of Your Online Course:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476753-co15-student-feedback-for-continual-improvement-of-online-courses

7. Understanding Pair Work in Micro Teaching Online:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476773-co15-understanding-pair-work-in-micro-teaching-online

8. The End of Online Learning – the Beginning of Mobile Acquiring Language Skills:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2480120-co15-end-of-e-learning-and-into-mobile-acquisition-of-language-skills

9. Learning Based on Location- thewandering: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476808-co15-learning-based-on-location-thewandering

10. Setting Up and Running a MOOC on WizIQ: Lessons Learned and in Progress: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476812-co15-setting-up-and-running-a-mooc-on-wiziq

11. Dealing with difficult students in the online classroom: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476836-co15-dealing-with-difficult-students-in-the-online-classroom

Sun Feb 8 from 1200 noon to midnight GMT Day 3 of Connecting Online 2015

Go to https://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/899705-co15-calendar-of-events and click on a session to get its WizIQ URL

Here are the links to all the events on this day and their recordings

Digital Literacy and Higher Education http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476838-co15-digital-literacy-and-higher-education
EVO Minecraft MOOC http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476847-co15-evo-minecraft-mooc
Our Peer-Reviewed World: where Evaluation by Peers Becomes the World of Social Media Overnight http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2478446-co15-peer-reviewed-world-where-evaluation-by-peers-becomes-the-world
Too many tools, too little time http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476903-co15-too-many-tools-too-little-time
Professional Learning Networks for Longlife Learners http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476935-co15-professional-learning-networks-for-longlife-learners
Collaboration through International Events for Knowledge Books http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476864-co15-english-teacher-s-technology-toolbox
Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476913-co15-reaching-all-learners-in-the-digital-age
Byte Sized Possibilities That Transform Our Teaching http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476794-co15-byte-sized-possibilities-that-transform-our-teaching
Designing and Evaluating Online Collaborative Projects http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2474653-co15-designing-and-evaluating-online-collaborative-projects
Teaching Technology Tools for Collaboration in K-20 http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476784-co15-teaching-technology-tools-for-collaboration-in-k-20
Listening to Learners in Social Media http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475604-co15-listening-to-learners-in-social-media
Closing Ceremony http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476788-co15-closing-ceremony


Learning2gether with Dave Dodgson and Jeff Kuhn – EVO Minecraft MOOC: Modifying the game for language learning

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On Sun Feb 1 at 1400 GMT Learning2gether hosted an EVO Minecraft MOOC Hangout on Modifying the game for language learning. With us we had EVOMC15 co-moderators David Dodgson, Jeff Kuhn, and Vance Stevens

Dave Dodgson  planned to outline what his students at his former school were doing with Minecraft and what he’s been doing at his current school. He has two videos his former students made on Youtube which he has shared.

Now that the EVOMC15 particpants have tested the Minecraft waters Jeff wanted to talk about  modifications for the game (nothing too technical) so folks can get a glimpse into how Minecraft can really be tweaked for specific learning content.

We met in Hangout on Air, streamed on
http://webheadsinaction.org/live, archived here http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-evo-minecraft-mooc-modifying-game-language-learning

It was interesting to hear Jeff’s and David’s perspectives on using Minecraft with students and on the benefits of gaming and advantages of Minecraft in supporting those benefits. It was especially interesting to hear how easily one could set up a Minecraft server for classroom use (David was running one on the teacher computer in his classroom, and Jeff thought I could run one from my laptop.

Meanwhile the agenda on Canvas Minecraft MOOC for this week is servers. You can join that MOOC here

“Week 2 is all about servers; what they are, how to download them, install them and some things to watch out for along the way.” Here is the schedule:

  • Monday 2nd Feb: An introduction to servers – What they are and the different kinds that are out there.
  • Tuesday 3rd Feb: To host or not to host? LAN maybe your answer
  • Wednesday 4th Feb: Installing a Vanilla 1.8 Server
  • Thursday 5th Feb: Working with Bukkit
  • Friday 6th Feb: The world of Forge and MinecraftEDU

Technical footnote: There were connectivity problems with HoA in UAE. Dave was having them in Gabon. He dropped out of the call at least once. In Dubai, Tomas Lorincz struggled to get in and never quite stuck (he ended up listening to the stream). I got my first disconnects in Al Ain when I was setting up for the event. This prompted me to log onto another computer, which also started disconnecting, but at least I had two in the fray. I restarted both and got one to connect, and the other appeared to connect but did not show up on the first computer. Once we were under way the first HoA froze in my browser. I could hear and people told me they could hear and see me, but that browser had no functionality (for me to mute for example). The second computer kept dropping out, I kept refreshing it, but it never joined the HoA, except that when it came time to close the recording and there was no functionality on my frozen computer, the stop recording button worked on the one that wouldn’t actually let me in the HoA.

I think things went well as far as the other participants were concerned, Tilly and Sara joined us in the HoA, and Maha and Gil Mattos were present in the stream and said all was fine, and I think the recording is ok. But it was very strange and challenging to keep things going from where I was pushing plans B and C.



Earlier this week

Sun Jan 25 1400 GMT Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming

Spotlighting Filip and Marijana Smolčec


Sun Jan 25 at 1600 GMT there were several EVO sessions happening same time in different spaces

ICT4ELT in Webheads Bb Collaborate – guest speaker Vicki Hollett on Making videos

in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

The EVOlution of Jan


EVO Flipped Learning webcast on Screencasting and more


Mon Jan 26 1330 GMT Maha Abdulmoneim on Becoming a Connected Educator live from Nile TESOL


This is a Google doc  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RBQCrtRs48d9luMrnYzzxhnrPBVnaNI-v2YDcnPVXFg/edit?usp=sharing that was created to share the different resources shared during the hangout, things the participants asked about and resources that +Maha Bali and Maha Abdelmoneim found and thought would be useful. Please feel free to add or correct etc :)

Kevin Hodgson”s Blog about the hangout http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2015/01/27/when-connected/comment-page-1/#comment-10562

Thu Jan 29 Earthbridges interviewed Col. Joe Kittinger in Hangout for classrooms around the USA

Earthbridges.net brought Col. Joe Kittinger into classrooms around the USA, perhaps around the globe, on Thursday, January 29, 2015. He was the first person to jump from the stratosphere back in 1960! Join us when we interview him about his jump and other accomplishments during his life!

Archived at http://earthbridges.net/node/18477


On YouTube: http://youtu.be/LmqKGcyT82c

Fri Jan 30 Webinar with Vicki Loras

Most effective teachers have one thing in common: they make learning fun.
Join renowned educator, Vicky Loras, for Are Your Students Playing or Learning? –Both!,a free live webinar to learn how to make your classes more meaningful and engaging.
The webinar will take place on January 30th, 2015 at 6pm UTC. To join, click here: Enroll Free
In this fast-paced one-hour session, Vicky will share:
● Practical examples easily applied in any class
● A google document handout with useful information
● Interaction with attendees during and after the webinar
● Access to view and download the video recording of the webinar

Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming

Download mp3 –

Sun Jan 25 1400 GMT Learning2gether met with with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming co-moderators Filip and Marijana Smolčec and Vance Stevens,  to talk about #EVOMC15 .

EVO Minecraft MOOC #EVOMC15 is one of the many sessions you can participate in now to mid-February 2015 at http://evosessions.pbworks.com. This session is unique in many ways, not least of which is it’s a session with pre-teen participants who are emerging as experts to guide the adults. One of these is Filip Smolčec, who blogs and produces video on his YouTube channel and Snake Gaming. We all meet in this event to talk about how the session is going, and offer advice on engaging language learners with Minecraft.

All are welcome to attend and join us in the EVO Minecraft MOOC session if you wish. It’s never too late,


What is this about?

Master Minecraft Snake Gamer and Tutor Filip Smolčec (and his mom) will bring us insights and perspectives on the world of Minecraft.This Hangout on Air is a scheduled event for the Electronic Village Online #EVOMC15 – EVO Minecraft MOOC for 2015; however anyone interested is welcome to attend.See examples of  Filip’s work on the EVOMC15 community page: https://plus.google.com/communities/112993649763396826671




Earlier this week

Sun Jan 18 LEARNING2GETHER with Tom Robb and mReader



Jan 18 EVO Flipped Learning live discussion

Join EVO Flipped Learning moderators for our first live discussion. We’ll talk about what happened this week, do some small group brainstorming, and end with Q&A and a look at the week ahead.

Week 1 FL Webcast: Discussion, Tools, and Feedback

Robert Wachman, Kevin Coleman, Natasa Bozic Grojic + 34 others going


Thu Jan 22 1800-1930 GMT Thomas Strasser – Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology

Invitation: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/Invitation_Strasser_Readers.pdf

E4.123-0445: Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology
Thomas Strasser
Host: Tilly Harrison
22. 01. 2015
Zugangslink: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/readers/
Info: http://v.gd/readers

Further info from Juergen’s pre-paratory email

  • This is about extensive reading as a means to improve all language skills and fluency
    • increasing students’ motivation and confidence
    • changing their attitudes to learning another language
    • the many benefits of extensive reading for pleasure (e.g. with graded readers)
    • practical, fun ideas and classroom activities to help you make extensive reading an integral part of every language-learning programme
    • the importance and benefits of incorporating the latest technology in the reading lesson
    • various Web 2.0-tools which make working with readers a lot easier and more fun for you and for your students
  • Presenter: Mag. Dr. Thomas Strasser  – Vienna School of Teacher Education
  • Host: Tilly Harrison – University of Warwick
  • 22.01.2015: 19:00h – 20:30h
  • Corresponding UTC (GMT) 18:00h – 19:30h
  • To register: Simply send an email to JWagner@lpm.uni-sb.de
  • If it’s a first time registration, please send your address and the name of your school, university or institution.
  • To participate:
    • Click on the access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/readers
    • You will need neither a login name nor a password
    • Select the option “Enter as a Guest” and key in your FULL !!! name
    • Click on “Enter Room”
  • Check [and register] for other free LPM-webinars for foreign language teachers hosted by Jürgen Wagner http://v.gd/webinars

Upcoming webinars in this series – Subscribe to newsletter for teachers of foreign languages and consult its archives by scrolling down on the same page: http://www.lpm.uni-sb.de/typo3/index.php?id=1261

Latest newsletter – number 105: http://www.lpm.uni-sb.de/typo3/index.php?id=5277


Sat Jan 24 IATEFL Monthly Webinar – Leo Selivan Quizlet: more than just flashcards

 Leo small  Leo Selivan – ‘Quizlet: more than just flashcards’

Quizlet is an online tool and mobile app for creating flashcards. The standard format for vocabulary flashcards is a word or term on one side and L1 translation, definition or picture on the other. Studying vocabulary with flashcards aids memorizaton and recall but unfortunately doesn’t give learners much information about how new words should be used. We will look at simple strategies you can use and “tweaks” you can add to Quizlet flashcards to make them more effective and usage-oriented.

Leo Selivan has been involved in ELT for more than 13 years in various roles: teacher, examiner, trainer, senior teacher, materials writer and e-moderator. After working for 10 years for the British Council in Tel Aviv and training teachers in Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Italy and Turkey, he is now a freelance lecturer in second language acquisition and ELT methodology. Leo’s professional interests include vocabulary acquisition, corpus linguistics and lexico-grammatical interface – the topics he often presents on at ELT conferences in Europe and has written about for the British Council – BBC website Teaching English, Modern English Teacher and The Guardian Education. Last year, Leo guest-edited the special edition of Humanising Language Teaching devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Lexical Approach. He runs a popular blog about teaching lexis (vocabulary + grammar) called Leoxicon

Future IATEFL Monthly Webinars, check http://www.iatefl.org/web-events/webinars

IATEFL Webinar recordings are generally available after the event only to registered members of IATEFL

Sun Jan 25 Fly High with iTDi  and Shelly Sanchez Terrell and Jason R. Levine

Check out Shelly’s Teacher reBoot Camp – http://shellyterrell.com/survivaltips/techtips/

Here’s the link to the iTDi event page: http://itdi.pro/itdihome/webinar.php

Shelly’s slides can be found on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/survival-tips-for-integrating-technology-in-classes

iTDi webinar recordings are available only to registered participants in iTDi courses. Registration is free.