Learning2gether with Bronwyn Stuckey – Reboot Quest Atlantis

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

Joining Bron was joined by

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

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

The Chatwing text chat from this evening is worth checking out

Where? Hangout on Air

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


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


Earlier this week

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


Tue Aug 25 Matt Farber and Game Jams

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


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

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Google Hangout event page

The ELT cyber faculty lunge returns as many teachers and students around the world get ready to head back to the classroom.  All are welcome to join in and share ideas, questions, and collaboration thoughts for the coming semester.
Wed. Aug. 26 1300UTC
Global Times: http://bit.ly/1PKYFFW
Tune in at http://eltlive.com/live

Learning2gether with Jim Buckingham about the Online PD Tutorials Project

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

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air – You could

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

Pursuing ISTE Seal of Alignment 

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

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

Documents include

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

Identifying / Contacting those involved in a Similar Project 

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


Earlier this week

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


Tue Aug 18 NMC Horizon Report Library Edition Rollout


August 18th @ 9am Central US Time

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

Register Now

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

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

Learning2gether with Phil Hubbard and Vance Stevens on Interactive Participatory Drama and Traci Talk

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Phil Hubbard joins Vance Stevens to discuss how the team at CPI (Courseware Publishing International in Cupertino California) developed Traci Talk and envisaged its use. The session was instigated by Sherry Schafer, an ESL professional with research interests in pronunciation and vocabulary teaching, who wrote us for more information after reading about Traci Talk, saying that “It seems like a very innovative program due to the integration of speech recognition technology. Also, the video game aspect of it seems to be very appealing and motivating to L2 users.” She will contribute her insights having used the program with some of her ESL students.

More generally we’d like to open up a discussion about whether there’s a place for interactive participatory dramas these days in language learning. Are there apps out there now that do something similar (branching dialogues with voice)? Would it be possible (or better) to have something like this embedded in a virtual world or other environment? Could a chatbot be programmed as a suitable “suspect”?


Chen, H.  (2001). Evaluating five speech recognition programs for ESL learners.  Papers from the ITMELT 2001 Conference. Available:

Hideto D. Harashima, H. (1999). Traci Talk – The Mystery. Software Review, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 12:3, 271-274. Available:

Hubbard, P. (2002). Interactive Participatory Dramas for Language Learning. Simulation & Gaming,33: 210-216. Abstract:

Stevens, V. (2002). Vance’s work with Speech Recognition in Traci Talk, up to 1997. ESL_Home. Available:

The Abu Dhabi Women’s College, Independent Learning Center, has this to say about Traci Talk in its online list of offerings:


You are involved in a plot … In this program, you are asked to solve a mystery by taking a train to “Cupervale” and posing as a visiting professor at Cupervale University. The person who requested your help has arranged for you to meet one suspect on the train to Cupervale, and for another to pick you up at the station in his cab. You are taken to your apartment where your neighbor is a third suspect, you meet a fourth at a dinner party, and so on.

The plot thickens … As you meet each character you have the opportunity for an extended conversation that can take many paths. You are able to talk to the characters using a microphone attached to the computer. In so doing, you are exposed to a large amount of natural and communicative English, which you hear, but can also see in text form if you wish. Many of your utterances are recycled in the program to reinforce learning.

Learn English while solving the mystery … At the beginning of the program, there is a basic training session where you can practice. Or, you can start conversing with the characters directly. Repeating the conversations allows you to obtain additional information by following the many different paths. When you feel you know each of the characters you can go to the next level by answering a series of 8 questions correctly (taken randomly from a pool of 60). If you pass this test, you can invite the suspects to your place for a chat and try to solve the mystery!!

Sophisticated, humorous, and satisfyingly rich in content, the story line has been designed to appeal to adult learners and engage them in an interesting and fruitful language learning experience

Legal Status of Traci Talk


Where? Hangout on Air


Earlier this week

Friday July 31 to Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive for Teachers


Sun Aug 9 LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens on Teaching Writing with Voice on iPads and Mobile Devices

At the MMVC15 – Moodle Moot Virtual Conference hosted by Nellie Deutsch


And on WizIQ: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2878405-mmvc15-writing-and-tablet-voice-tools

Aug 14 second of two SCoPE webinars for Creating Engaging Online Learning Activities

Welcome to Creating Engaging Online Learning Activities! We’ve had a big hiatus from SCoPE seminars, and it’s so exciting to be opening up the conversations again!

About this seminar

There are endless ideas for engaging learners online. However, turning those ideas into activities that can be implemented smoothly is a challenge. There are many details to consider, and potentially overlook!

The idea for this SCoPE seminar developed through reflections on a series of online workshops for educators across the British Columbia post-secondary system. In these workshops we experience the benefits of developing and testing online learning activities in a supportive but critical community of peers. It’s time to open up those opportunities to everyone!

During this 2-week seminar we will explore, discuss, and create engaging online learning activities together.

Week 1:  Exploring Options, Selecting Approaches Week 2:  Building and Testing OLAs

There are two webinars scheduled as part of this 2-week seminar discussion. They will take place in the SCoPE Blackboard Collaborate Room: http://urls.bccampus.ca/scopeevents. As always, the synchronous sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Fri Aug 14 Shelly Terrell Get Your Game On


http://bit.ly/atesolpd is the Adobe Connect room where the event took place

Learning2gether with Vance Stevens and many others at MMVC15 – Moodle Moot Virtual Conference hosted by Nellie Deutsch

Fri Aug 7 through Sun Aug 9 – Moodle Moot MMVC15

Join MMVC15:

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Sun Aug 9 1300 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens on Teaching Writing with Voice on iPads and Mobile Devices

At the MMVC15 – Moodle Moot Virtual Conference hosted by Nellie Deutsch



This presentation updates earlier ones on how to use the voice affordances of iPads and other mobile devices to make writing as well as teaching writing and giving feedback increasingly easier and more effective when students are using such devices than when voice tools are not appropriately enlisted. The presenter learns more every day about how to use these tools in teaching, and here he conveys what he has learned in hopes it will help other teachers of writing whose students are challenged when trying to write effectively on mobile devices.

For more information


Rated a ‘double-really’ from Marijana :-) glad you liked it!

Here are links to all the MMVC15 recordings …

Sun Aug 9  – Moodle Moot MMVC15 final day 3

Sat Aug 8  – Moodle Moot MMVC15 day 2

Fri Aug 7  – Moodle Moot MMVC15 opening day 1

This is all according to the schedule posted online on Aug 10, 2015. Check here for further details:

Earlier this week

Sunday July 26 1400 UTC Learning2gether with Ljubica Damevska and Sabrina Wilson and on Tandem MOOC


Friday July 31 to Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive for Teachers


Sat Aug 1 1430 UTC Wes Fryer and Amy – STEAMseeds11: Lesson Ideas with Vanessa Perez

Join Amy and Wes as they interview Vanessa Perez, an amazing, energetic, inspirational and always-sharing teacher at Tomlinson Middle School in Lawton, Oklahoma. Vanessa will share some of the STEAM lessons she’s done with students in the past as well as lessons she’s planning for the upcoming school year. She’ll also discuss her strategies for success writing small grants for classroom supplies and furniture, as well as share about her innovative classroom space designs. Vanessa recently started a #notreadytour Challenge for teachers on http://discover.oklaed.us and will talk about the goals for the project as well as how it’s going. Please join us for an hour of great Saturday professional development on August 1st!

Hangout on Air


Aug 5 first of two SCoPE webinars for Creating Engaging Online Learning Activities

Welcome to Creating Engaging Online Learning Activities! We’ve had a big hiatus from SCoPE seminars, and it’s so exciting to be opening up the conversations again!

About this seminar

There are endless ideas for engaging learners online. However, turning those ideas into activities that can be implemented smoothly is a challenge. There are many details to consider, and potentially overlook!

The idea for this SCoPE seminar developed through reflections on a series of online workshops for educators across the British Columbia post-secondary system. In these workshops we experience the benefits of developing and testing online learning activities in a supportive but critical community of peers. It’s time to open up those opportunities to everyone!

During this 2-week seminar we will explore, discuss, and create engaging online learning activities together.

Week 1:  Exploring Options, Selecting Approaches Week 2:  Building and Testing OLAsThere are two webinars scheduled as part of this 2-week seminar discussion. They will take place in the SCoPE Blackboard Collaborate Room: http://urls.bccampus.ca/scopeevents. As always, the synchronous sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Ten days in August: Learning2gether with iTDi Summer Intensive for Teachers

August is a great month for professional development, with iTDi following up on last year’s Flying High with iTDi

with a ten-day event featuring up to three presentations a day. This one was called Summer Intensive for Teachers and it started July 31, 2015 with the following event.

Important note: For definitive info on all these presentations, see the Google Doc here

These events were free and they were archived, but in order to view archives, you must first sign up for a free iTDi account at http://iTDi.pro and agree to receive the iTDi Newsletter each month by email. Registration then grants you access to the archived recordings.

The record that appears here is to document what Learning2gether was up to at this time and for the convenience of participants in L2g in accessing the event after the fact. Please keep in mind that registration with iTDi is required to view the recordings and that the definitive archive is as noted above.

Fri Jul 31 iTDi Summer Intensive webinars begin with Juan Uribe

Date & Time


Session Title and Description

July 31st

8 am GMT


Juan Uribe  is a teacher trainer whose passion is studying & sharing how children learn languages affectively through play, games, storytelling, & puppeteering. He has been in an amazing journey visiting language schools for children around the world where he has both conducted teacher development programs as well as enchanted young audiences with Buddy the Frog. He writes a well-known blog called Children Learning English Affectively.

Special Preview Session

Being Affective Is Truly Effective!

Come learn how affective learning can engage and empower your students’ learning and your teaching. During this presentation we will explore how practical affective pedagogical practices can create nurturing mental models about student’s own learning, language uses, and their own linguistic competence. Join me in a journey with lots of play, imagination, and curiosity. Destination: language learning ownership.

Link to the recordings and chat logs are available at http://itdi.pro/summer2015.php
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Sat Aug 1 1330 UTC Jason Levine, Chuck Sandy, Scott Thornbury at iTDi Summer Intensive webinars

Jason R. Levine & Chuck Sandy

Opening Session Chuck & Jason welcome you to the Summer Intensive with news, updates, and prizes for those attending the session live. Learn more about the course and  how to qualify for Certificates & Professional Development Credit from iTDi.pro

Scott Thornburyis a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. He is currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where he lives), and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. Scott  is series editor for theCambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP), co-founder of the dogme ELT group and an associate of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). Finally, here’s a link to Scott’s Amazon site.

-Opening Plenary –

Correct Me If I’m Wrong

Based on the speaker’s own recent experience of ‘de-fossilizing’ his Spanish, a case is made for the key role that correction (including explicit negative feedback) plays in boosting student achievement and enhancing teacher effectiveness. In our well-intentioned efforts to promote authentic communication in the classroom we sometimes overlook the one component of classroom interaction that distinguishes it from other forms of interaction, and which makes it especially effective: i.e. corrective feedback. In this class we will look at different options for the form, frequency and timing of corrective feedback, with special reference to oral production, and discuss how these might impact on learning.

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Sun Aug 2 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto is a Director of the  International Teacher Development Institute and co-author of the iTDi’s online course, English for Teachers. Barbara is also co-author of one of the world’s best-selling English courses for children, Let’s Go (OUP). She has taught ESL in the US and EFL in Japan, and has conducted teacher training workshops around the world. She blogs at Teaching Village and Teaching Children English.

Teaching for the 21st century, and beyond

What are 21st century skills, really? And, do they have any place in language class, where time is limited and the focus is on learning English?  Fifteen years into the new century, researchers have had time to look at innovative teaching practices around the globe to identify those approaches make the greatest impact in preparing our students for life in the 21st century, and beyond. In this session we’ll look at teaching techniques that will help your learners become strong English users and also critical and creative thinkers. By making every moment of class time count, you can help your students succeed – whatever their future holds.

Link to the recordings and chat logs are available at http://itdi.pro/summer2015.php
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Sun Aug 2 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Alexandra Chistyakova

Alexandra Chistyakova is an English teacher at the Physics faculty of Moscow State University, Russia. She also works as a freelance teacher giving one-to-one English lessons to the large range of learners: from preschoolers to senior adults. She’s always been engaged in the continuing professional development, taking teacher-training courses, studying specialized literature and taking part in ELT conferences and seminars. She received her CELTA at BKC-in, Moscow, in 2011. Her professional interests include: professional development, ELT methodology, teaching 1-2-1, and language course design.

A Journey into the World of ELT Methods

All aboard! Our hot air balloon is departing soon! We are going to take a nice ride across the vast world of ELT methods, looking at the most prominent and the most interesting ones from the height of our experience and knowledge. As we go from one method to another we will consider the benefits each approach can give and will pick up some practical ideas of how to make the most of the existing ELT methods in our classrooms.

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Mon Aug 3 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Barbi Bujtas

Barbi Bujtas is a freelance EFL instructor in Hungary. She has been teaching for 15 years in various teaching environments from one-to-one to high school, depending on local demands. Her professional interests are dogme, ICT, engagement, materials design, teachers’ communities.

Fake it till you Make it Do you know this huge gap between what your students want to say and what they can say in English? Nowadays technology allows you to create cool videos in which your students actually speak a level of English far beyond their actual stage in their interlanguage. They are based on their ideas and choices, which means an ownership of their learning, it also means a higher level of motivation and more effort than usual. The end product shows them a possible future self that can say what they want in English. This session shows you some examples and ideas of how to use ‘fake it till you make it’ video projects with young learners.

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Mon Aug 3 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Theodora Papapanagiotouis


Theodora Papapanagiotouis a teacher of EFL and DaF in Greece since 1992. She has worked  at various language schools in Thessaloniki with various levels and ages. In the past few years she has been taking part in conventions, webinars and online courses, trying to become a better teacher. Currently working as an educational consultant at Hyphen SA. She isthe author of Keep on Teaching and alsoblogs for iTDi. Find her on Twitter:@DoraPap72.

Be Different!  Are you bored with the traditional foreign language lesson? Tired of performing your lessons based on a course book? Have you ever thought of integrating your students’ personalities and interests in your teaching? In this presentation I am going to show you how my last year has been, trying out revolutionary methods in my classrooms, using the differentiated instruction approach and blended learning.

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Tue Aug 4 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Kevin Stein

August 4th

1 pm GMT

Check your local time

1 pm Kevin Stein is a high school teacher, curator of the iTDi blog, and singer of silly songs.  He also believes in the power of students to find their own path forward and the importance of relationships in building a community of learners, whether it be students, teachers, or a mixture of the two.

But That’s Not Literature, is it?

There is all kinds of literature out there in the world and much of it is just waiting to be used in a language classroom.  In this lesson we will take a look at some short poetry and stories and explore why students might have difficulty engaging with and understanding ‘literature.’ Participants will walk away with some concrete techniques for helping students engage with a text and ideas for how to use literature as a jumping off point for classroom activities and conversations which can engage our learners on a deeper, more intellectually challenging level.

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Wed Aug 5 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like UNESCO Bangkok, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times,NPR, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and webinars. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by the National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat.


Teaching the Emoji Generation Our learners are fluent in different languages, especially emoji! They translate, decode, read and write in emoji throughout the day. Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell for an active session learning emoji. We will also learn ways to get students motivated to learn English and improve their fluency by integrating text speak and emoji activities into our curriculum. We will also participate in icebreakers to help us effectively teach digital literacy and citizenship.

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Wed Aug 5 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Tyson Seburn


Tyson Seburn

As an EAP teacher in higher education, Tyson focuses on meaningfully engaging students with their L2 reading to afford stronger application of academic writing skills. This led to authoring Academic Reading Circles(the round). As a teacher within the ELT community, he is driven to create new public spaces for and aid self-directed action among language teachers to increase agency in their own development paths. These have led him to his MA in Educational Technology & TESOL, writing at 4CinELT, and organizing #tleap.

Beyond the Comprehension Question: Digging Deeper into Texts While the comprehension question prevails in reading-focussed lessons as one tool for validating understanding of text concepts, supplementing it with learner-centred, co-constructive activities can engage students further and improve their comprehension. In this talk, we will explore ways in which we can complement this tool, by equipping learners with methods that encourage deeper questioning of a text and more collaborative interactivity with it. Activities from the book, Academic Reading Circles (the round), will be used and built upon so that participants will leave with enough ideas to adapt them to their teaching contexts.

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Thu Aug 6 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Josette LeBlanc

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Josette LeBlanc has been working with English language teachers in Korea since 2010. During this time, she developed an interest in reflective practice for professional development and writes about it on her blogThrowing Back Tokens. This experience also motivated her to research the topic of teacher well-being as many spoke of feeling unhappy and burnt-out. As a result, she now curates a website,www.redthumbforlove.wordpress.com, where teachers from around the world share their stories and strategies for self-care and self-compassion. You can find her on Twitter at@JosetteLB or on Facebook at,KMU-SIT Professional TESOL Certificate.

Play Big: Start Small   You may have heard ofS.M.A.R.T. action plans when it comes to creating lesson objectives or teaching goals. Although “smart” in theory, these action plans may leave teachers feeling dissatisfied to the point of inaction. One way to change this is to turn S.M.A.R.T. into a S.M.I.L.E. Based on research in neuropsychology and personal development, S.M.I.L.E. is an approach to action planning that can relieve the weight of overwhelm or perfectionism, and enhances our sense of satisfaction. During the session, we will examine this approach in order to develop the type of teaching practice we desire.

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Thu Aug 6 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Divya Madhavan

Divya Madhavanis a Senior Lecturer in Language and Education at Centrale-Supélec, Université Paris-Saclay. She teaches English language courses, and lectures on Education and Society. Her areas of research include, Critical Pedagogy, Assessment and English as a Medium of Instruction. She is the current Website Editor for the IATEFL Teacher Development SIG and an iTDi Mentor. Divya has just completed an MEd in Education Research, and has an MA in Language Education. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Action Research and Your Teacher Voice  This session is a step-by-step description of what an action research project looks like, from broad questions like “why do it?” to specific questions like “how can I write up data?”. This will be your chance to talk to me and other people interested in action research, and think about why you might want to become an action researcher.

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Thu Aug 6 iTDi Summer Intensive webinars with Debbie Tebovich

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Debbie Tebovich is a freelance English Language Trainer and iTDI mentor based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been teaching English for over 20 years and teaches General English and Business English on a 1-1 basis online and offline.She is passionate about teaching and learning and she is a technology enthusiast to create memorable learning moments. Above all, she strongly believes in the power of Education to transform people’s lives, to help and encourage freedom of thought and to develop bonds to make our world a better place for all of us and for future generations.

Unplugged Goals and Outcomes

How can we predict goals and outcomes when we ditch lesson plans? How can this free us up and allow learners to lead the journey? As connected educators, we will explore these questions from a Rhizomatic Learning perspective. I will share an example of a real Business class which emerged as we started searching for answers to my learner’s feelings and questions.

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Fri Aug 7 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Luke Meddings

August 7th

1 pm GMT

Check your local time

1 pm Luke Meddings is an award-winning author, international speaker and teacher trainer. In 2000 he co-founded Dogme in ELT with Scott Thornbury, and their book Teaching Unplugged (Delta, 2009)won a British Council ELTon award in 2010. He co-founded e-publishing collective The Round with Lindsay Clandfield in 2011, and their book 52: A year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom, was published in 2012. 2015 will see plenaries in Mexico, Greece, Ireland and Malta.

Punctuation Marks?! Exploring Learner Stories and Teacher Interventions in the Unplugged Classroom… Teaching unplugged means responding to information, eliciting contributions and offering on the spot language help and advice. This session uses punctuation marks as an analogy for different kinds of teacher intervention – both during conversation, and when conversation is paused for language development. Punctuation may not carry the content of a text, but it helps to make sense of it – and these little marks are an essential part of the story.

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Fri Aug 7 1500 UTC iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Karen Frasier Tsai

Karen Frazier Tsai 

earned a BA in Speech, with an emphasis on Speech Pathology, and an MA in Linguistics. She has over 30 years’ of EFL/ESL experience, at various levels, in Taiwan and the U.S. Karen conducts teacher-training workshops, online presentations, and currently helps provide international people of all ages with a variety of English learning opportunities in Seattle WA, including a story-time for international toddlers & mentoring international mothers about reading to their toddlers in English. She also serves on a school district committee that is setting updated guidelines to ensure all students succeed in school. She is co-author of Let’s Go, one of the world’s best-selling English courses for children, published by Oxford University Press. Sheblogs at Teaching Children English,

Children Playing with Words

Play is a fundamental way that young children learn. Child’s play is also a valuable tool that can be utilized to help students learn the rudimentary skills they need to begin reading. Blocks, rebus words, word cards, flannel posters and more can be used to create an understanding of the English sound/spelling patterns and simple word families.Learn about some hands-on activities, which creatively engage young learners and are designed to build phonemic awareness, knowledge of phonics and beginning reading skills.

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Sat Aug 8 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Vivian Wang

Vivian Wang M.A. English and American Literature, B.A. English Language, Linguistics and Literature, is an experienced teacher with thirteen years of teaching experience. She has taught practically every age group, from toddlers to adults, and has worked for private language schools, high school and educational corporation. She is a certified trainer of Oxford Teacher’s Academy. She has also been a university instructor for seven years. Vivian is particularly interested in skills of motivating students in learning English. She currently teaches in Shih Hsin University, works as ELT Trainer (Taiwan) for Oxford University Press, and continues to enjoy sharing ideas with teachers.

Teach English Within a Framework of 21st Century Skills

We live in an age of rapid change. Students in the 21stcentury need to do more than acquire information. The way we teach needs to take into account the students that are in front of us, the skills they have, what interests and motivates them and, perhaps most importantly, what we can and should offer them. This session is for teachers who believe that learning and creativity go hand in hand; and for teachers who want to spice up their curriculum, break the mold and meet the needs of 21stcentury students.

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Sat Aug 8 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with A.K. Syke


SYKE A.K. holds a Bachelors of Education as well as a Masters in English, and has been teaching English for the past 13 years in high schools and universities in his home state in India. He is an iTDi Mentor, presenter, materials writer and a coordinator/host of webinars and virtual conferences. Syke has presented papers at many national and international conferences.He spoke at the Associates’ Day of IATEFL Manchester 2015 , representing the ELTAI.

Teaching English Through Poetry of Other Languages  Poetry is definitely the soul of a language ….an embodiment of its cultural identity..   Have you ever thought of using poems in  other languages in your English class room ? Here, I would like to show you , how the poems in L1 or L3 can be used effectively in an ESL classroom.

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Sat Aug 8 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Matthew Noble

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Matthew Noble is a teacher and teacher trainer from Boston, MA who joined the ELT field as a volunteer in Sri Lanka in 2004. Since then he has taught children and adults abroad and in the US, helped train new and experienced teachers F2F and online, and discovered the wonderful world of web-based professional development at iTDi and elsewhere. He’s thrilled to be a part of this amazing event for a 2nd time and looking forward to learning and sharing along with teachers all over the planet this summer! Tweet him here.

(Un)consciousness & (In)competence: Tracing & Traversing Routes, Roots, Ruts, & Rules in Learning & Teaching

There are things we don’t know we don’t know, things we know we don’t know, things we know we know, and things we don’t know we know. Ya know? Come explore the use of an intuitive skills acquisition process matrix to sketch, stretch, scaffold, and vitalize planning, teaching, and learning. Sound a bit theoretical, perhaps even a pinch poetical? Well, it’s both…but extremely practical applications are also guaranteed! :)

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Sun Aug 9 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Andy Boon


Andy Boon is an associate professor at Toyo Gakuen University, Japan. He has been teaching for over 17 years and is near completion of a  PhD. He has presented at many conferences, and has published articles on teacher development, motivation, ER, and methodology. He is the co-author of textbooks – Discover the News (Language Solutions, 2013), Inspire (National Geographic Learning), author of Research & Write (Macmillan), and author of various graded readers (Macmillan and Atama-ii).

Setting up an Extensive Reading Program: The Beginning, the Middle, and the End  This session will provide an outline of how to set up an extensive reading (ER) course or program at your school. It will describe how you can orient students to ER, how you can finance ER, what students can do in the ER classroom, how you can assess ER, and how ER can help to improve your students’ English.

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Sun Aug 9 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Steven Herder


Steven Herder has been teaching within the Japanese EFL context for over 25 years. Having many years teaching experience at the elementary and junior/senior high school level, he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, teaching TOEFL iBT preparation, and a 3rd/4th year seminar on Exploring Leadership.He is an author and editor of two Palgrave Macmillan teacher resources, Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia (2012) and Exploring EFL Fluency in Asia (2014).  In 2012, he and a network of like-minded educators co-founded the International Teacher Development Institute (http://itdi.pro), an online community for teachers by teachers, with over 5000 members and a global reach into over 100 countries.

Online Tools that Spur Improvements in TOEFL iBT Essay Writing  Japanese students planning to study abroad at a foreign university for a year need to score significant points in the TOEFL iBT or IELTS exam. Over the past 5 years, I have helped hundreds of students improve (to varying degrees) their essay writing for such a standardized test. In this session, I will share approaches and techniques that have been the most successful to date. These include collaboration, fluency, reflection, data analysis, cohesion, coherence, and error correction.

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Sun Aug 9 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Rose Bard

Rose Bard

has been an English teacher in Brazil for more than 17 years. She’s an iTDi MENTOR/BLOGGER and the CO-Moderator of BRELT FB community. She’s been actively learning and sharing online through her blog ELT Diary and PD opportunities since 2012, and also with and from iTDi community.

Creating Activities with GForms

Have you ever used Google Forms? Have you ever thought of using them to expand the contact hours with English which learners need to continue improving their reading and listening skills as well as their language knowledge?  GForm is a free online tool that can be easily embedded in other free online spaces (Wiki, Blog, Google Site, etc.) . In this session, let’s look at the possibilities of using GForm to engage, support, test and collect feedback in order to make homework more interesting to learners and personalize learning.

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Peggy George posted this link in the text chat
Tom Barrett’s crowdsourced slide show documenting how teachers use GForms in class

Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Jason Levine

Jason R. Levine

is Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at Gallery Languages, where he conducts webinars and workshops for English students and teachers at schools worldwide. He is the creator ofColloLearn, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. He also writes songs and chants for several publishers, including Oxford University Press. As an English Specialist with the U.S. Department of State, Jason has led teacher training programs in fourteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

Practice Makes Perfect…Perfect Opportunities to Use English

Practicing English, like practicing a sport or a musical instrument, leads to accurate and fluent performance. Yet most English learners do not get the practice they need to use English with confidence in or out of the classroom. As a result, they lose motivation. In this talk we will discuss what we can do as teachers to help students get the language practice they need to achieve their communicative goals.

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Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Vicky Loras


Vicky Loras is an English teacher,born in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching English as a foreign language and literature to students of all ages, since 1997. She now lives in Switzerland and she is the co-founder and owner ofThe Loras English Network, a school she has opened with her sister Eugenia. They teach English, train teachers and also hold children’s events.

She blogs at:http://www.vickyloras.wordpress.com

Not Only Staying Afloat, But Also Making Waves  There are a lot of teachers around the world, more than ever, who have to face a lot of difficulties when teaching – budget cuts, restrictions, little or no support from their administrators. Do they give up? No – and they do much more! We will look at this wonder of educators and what they do.

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Learning2gether with Ljubica Damevska talking about her research on Tandem MOOC

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/2015july26ljubica-64k.mp3?

On Sunday July 26 Vance took time off from celebrating the wedding of a son in Penang to moderate a Learning2gether webinar on Tandem MOOC. Sabrina Wilson had arranged for Ljubica Damevska to join us on Learning2gether to talk about her analysis of transactions between English and Spanish native speakers participating in Tandem MOOC.

Ljubica is a CELTA qualified English teacher and Master’s degree student at the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. Ljubica is interested in online language learning, particularly in the new trend of Language MOOCs. She is currently working on her final project on Tandem MOOC under the tutelage of Dr. Christine Appel, one of the coordinators of the Tandem MOOC project and the director of the eLearn Center at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Twitter: https://twitter.com/RitaEtMachin

Here’s her bio from the Innovate ELT Conference in Barcelona this past May.

and her Prezi from that conference, which she screen-shared during this event.


Here is the description of her presentation

Tandem MOOC: Description and general results

Ljubica Damevska Ljubica Damevska

Foreign Language Massive Open Online Courses (LMOOCs) are a fairly new educational model emerging from the rich, flexible, collaborative, and social interactive nature of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Tandem MOOC is a free LMOOC developed by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV). The course took place at the beginning of November and lasted six weeks. Students, who took part in Tandem MOOC, could improve their speaking in English or Spanish with native speakers of the language they were learning. The novelty of Tandem MOOC lies in its focus on communicative activities developed by students. In the Tandem MOOC platform students used video chat tools and a system that paired them up automatically with the partner of the foreign language they were learning. Every week, students solved communicative activities in tandem and feedback was provided by their native tandem partners.

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) 

Original recording:


Earlier this week

Thu July 16-Mon July 20 30 Goals free eConference



Tue July 21 0100 GMT ELT Live Hangout with Jeff Lebow

Time for the hiatus to come to an end and discuss possibilities for ELT Live Hangouts and other online gatherings with Language Learners and Educators. Tune in and join in at: http://eltlive.com/live
Tuesday, July 21 0100 UTC Global Times: http://bit.ly/1M98Kwn

Hangout on Air event page with YouTube recording


Thu July 23 noon UTC Jeff Lebow hosts Virtual Faculty Lounge discussion #2

The virtual faculty lounge discussions continue…

Google+ Hangout on Air event page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/clv916pp6mcn40uiceld71d5dqs

All are welcome to join in and discuss what’s on their ELT plate right now – reflections on past semesters, plans for upcoming courses, possibilities for student learning exchanges, or anything else.

Tune in and join in at: http://eltlive.com/live

Global Times: http://bit.ly/1OkEFbY

Friday July 24 2200 UTC Mau Buchler hosts Teacher Improvement Program TIP Weekly #3 – Social Media Skills

Google+ Hangout on Air event page:


Slide show https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1P-4G3Q0bAdbix_f0sA_spe_hkICs-EJoBrhHFCytUws/edit?usp=sharing

Sundays July 26, and August 1 anyone is welcome to host a L2g event but Vance is not sure where he will be exactly

Learning2gether July 16-20 with the 30 Goals Challenge free online eConference


Learning2gether hitched a ride this weekend with the webcastathon 5-day 30 Goals free online e-conference. The event was smoothly staged with a simple web portal containing a promotional video, a schedule with tabs for each day and links to each presentation URL, a Chatwing text chat, and a Twitter feed display. There has since been added a Padlet for graphic reflections

Each presentation had a page where the speaker was introduced and the topic described. There was a Hangout on Air video embed there which streamed while the presentation was active and archived and played the recording moments after it was done. As with http://webheadsinaction.org/live, there was a Chatwing embed below that where participants could chat during the presentation and carry on the conversation after the event. The conversation pages were quite active for every presentation and can be viewed from the links at the conference portal, and for the convenience of readers of this blog, at the Recording links below.

This was a similar interface to what we use with Learning2gether Hangouts on Air, and it modeled a great interface for attending an online conference. As with L2g events, I recommend to participants that they open the Chatwing text chat in a separate window to the one with the video stream, to be better able to follow both at the same time.  This is what it looked like to me.

This screenshot shows how the chatwing is open in a separate window for viewing the stream and chat at the same time


or you can open the stream in YouTube and follow that in one window, chat in another


The conference started with a kickoff event on Thursday. Friday was officially Day 1 of the conference, which ended Monday on Day 4. Here is the play-by-play with recordiings:

Thu July 16 The Goal-Minded Teacher

Lisa Dabbs & Shelly S. Terrell @TeachwithSoul


Thu July 16 2000 GMT Edupitch Passion Pitch

Opening Remarks by Sarah Thomas

@Edu_Match Share your passion project! 5 Min, 2 slides!


Keynote: Joshua Williams of Joshua’s Heart Foundation Joshua Williams @joshuasheart

Passion Pitch Presentations


Fri July 17 – Day 1 of the 30 Goals free online conference

Reflect Through a Blog Sue Waters  @suewaters

Join us for a workshop to help you reflect through blogging! During this session you’ll learn helpful tips to get you started blogging or to take your blog to the next level. You can check out her personal educators blogging series here:



Edtech Stream and Soul: Give and Grow Sylvia Guinan @ESLBrain

This keynote will be a story of my own experiences and milestones in accomplishing The 30 Goals.


My Students Are My Champions! María J. García San Martín @mjgsm

With the aim of sharing how I accomplished the ‘Be someone’s champion’ and ‘Plant a Seed of Belief’ goals with my students, I’ll be talking about how my students have become my champions and it’s actually them who’ve planted a seed of belief and enthusiasm in me, as they bring the best of me as a teacher when I see them grow, improve and connect.

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/mjgsm.html

Mobile Devices & Productive Classroom Collaboration

Raquel Gonzaga @Rach_Gonzaga

In this keynote, I intend to share with the audience the successful experience of having students(adult and teenagers) enhance their lexical and communicative skills by collaborating in real time using the app Google Docs in their mobile phones.

I will show the evolution of their first drafts and attempts to their current usage and how that has impacted their written and oral production.


Is Talent a Myth? Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth

Are we born with natural talent or can we develop skills with determination and hard work? Drawing inspiration from the book “Bounce” by Matthew Syed, Sylvia will explore this question while she describes her journey from non-artist to sketchnoting fanatic.


One For All And All For One Tyson Seburn @seburnt

At its core, the 30 Goals Challenge inspires teacher development individually and as a connected group, in either order and for both ends. This same reflexive process beautifully draws students into their own learning—a reminder this talk will explore and exemplify.


The Impact of a Goal & The Vigor to Overcome Obstacles!

Cristina M. Silva @cristimsilva

One of the 1st cycle goals impacted the way my teaching evolved and changed. This keynote unveils this story and illustrates it with practical examples of what transformed in my classroom and motivated me to keep searching for better ways to engage in a 21st century teaching approach, providing the students with 21st century skills. Obstacles? We can handle them, because we are teachers!

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/cristinasilva.html

I Have Critical Moments for Breakfast David Dodgson @DaveDodgson

Critical Moments’ can strike at any moment, often when we least expect them. Recognising and embracing such moments is one of the best ways for teachers to develop. In this talk, David will tell us about four short stories of key critical moments from his career, starting with his breakfast.


Teaching Children With Mascot-Inspired Projects Malu Sciamarelli @malusciamarelli

In this talk, I will explore some basic features of project-based learning and show an example with the fluffy toy Brownie the Bear and its friends. Based on this project, teachers will be able to create and elaborate their own original and creative projects with a mascot of their choice.


Let’s Get Loud! Turn the Music Up! Maria Bossa @mariabossa

Music, one of the greatest motivators in class, has a lot of power when we add movement and action. I will provide activities to do in class with different pop songs.


Have We Closely Mirrored? A Balanced Reflection of Our Teaching Practice

Johannes Rojas @jodaro87

In this keynote, teachers will get a glimpse of a balanced teaching practice reflection based on the reality of the educational contexts involved. Teachers will also get the chance to reflect on their own practice (what they did, do and intend to do soon enough), check out their teaching identity (“I am teacher so what?”), reasons for keeping on teaching (Is there any?) and become aware of the changes they are able to make with just a tiny purpose and teaching passion. Teaching must be anchored to a variety of changes led by the context need, providing the adaptability it demands to make of it a teacher-student successful experience despite the cons it faces; resources, payment, low salaries and many other situations can break down all projects, but teachers need to be reminded that those things will not be embraced differently if they do not start making a difference on themselves.


Impact of social media on students’ communication skills

Rusul Alrubail

Have you ever wondered if texting, tweeting and snapchatting impact our students’ communication skills in the classroom? Well, they certainly do! This session will introduce different social media tools that students use for social communication and will explore the impact they have on their oral and writing communication in the classroom. Effective strategies will be discussed on how to manage this Impact and help students communicate effectively.


Sat July 18 – Day 2 of the 30 Goals free online conference

The Power of a PLN Nikki D Robertson @NikkiDRobertson

Join Nikki to learn how she went from a veteran educator in a rut doing the bare minimum to collect a paycheck to a renewed invigorated educator through connecting with Shelly Terrell’s 30 Goals Boot Camp and building a PLN through Twitter.


NuSkool: Real life learning & science of student engagement Abran Maldonado  @Aronic_MCPhD @NuSkool

Abran will give a keynote on NuSkool’s method of transforming pop culture into a learning experience. NuSkool finds teachable moments in all forms of entertainment, from TV to music and video games, creating lessons schools can use to engage struggling students. This subscription-based online platform allows teachers to create virtual classes, providing access to lessons based on trending topics that matter most in students’ lives. It’s relevant, real life learning.


Unity, Coherence, and Cohesion: The Keys to Better Academic Paragraph and Essay Writing Rosmery Ribera Ferrier @teacherroscba

In this keynote, Rosmery will show you how to teach students the keys to better academic writing- Unity, Coherence, and Cohesion. Participants will walk away with teaching guides and skeletons (writing outlines).


Beyond “We should do something about that”: Actually Doing Something Noah Geisel @senorg

Identifying a problem is a great start. Inspiring yourself and others to care is good too. Taking action to solve the problem is often a missing link and one reason why I embrace the 30 Goals Challenge. We’re not here to get ready, we’re here to get started!


Hear, Share, Ask! Rose Bard @rosemerebard

This presentation aims to share how I’ve achieved the goal of giving students reign by co-constructing our classes. Hear, Share, Ask! introduces three key principles to guide the process of negotiating the Whats, Hows and Whys to learn the language and developing skills.


You can grab the moment or you can let it pass. Ditch the plan.

Debbie Tebovich @datEnglish

How can we take learning to a different level? How can we bring some balance into planning and ditching the plan to bring real life, joy and fresh air into our class? How does trust benefit learning and teaching? We will explore these questions while I will share a story about how an event happening outside the walls of our classroom led us to an unplanned memorable learning moment.


Coaching: 7 Keys to Transforming Practice Chris Rogers @chrisrogers07

This keynote will inspire educators in all roles take positive action to be coaches for others in their schoolwide PLN.


Bouncing back! Resilience and survival as an educator

Jo Hart @JoHart

All the time I see Educators struggling to survive! Some of us do and some of us don’t. We stop teaching – change careers opt out completely OR we just hang in there! Why, and why, and what can we do to help us survive?


Silos and Connectivism: The Finnish Experiment Phil Hart @Philhart

Educational silos have been around for about a century. The damage that this does to students is only now being recognised. This session examines the changes that educators must embrace to eliminate that damage.


Sunday July 19 LEARNING2GETHER with Day 3 of the 30 Goals free online conference

The Human Touch Vicky Loras @vickyloras

There are various types of classrooms all over the world – their variety lies not only in the environment, but the classes, the educators and students. We know this either from seeing them, or hearing and reading about them in blogs, on social media and in our everyday teaching lives. Some have state-of-the-art equipment and everything an educator and students would dream of. Several have a few things that could assist the class in their learning, colourful walls and children’s work displayed on them. Some, however, have nothing at all, apart from dirt floors and bare walls. Why does this occur? How does this affect learning, if it does at all? What is the most important entity in the classroom?

Join me in a journey around the world, where we will be on a quest to search for where the importance lies.

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/vickyloras.html

Sun July 19 1400 Learning2gether with Marijana Smolcec at the 30 Goals free online conference

Marijana Smolcec,  Keep it Simple, Keep on Going


Keep it Simple, but Keep on Going Marijana Smolcec 30goals.com/marijana.html @MSCRO1

Everyone can achieve certain goals set for themselves, whether they are small or big, whether they are difficult or easy, we just need to keep it simple and keep on going. Never give up! In this short presentation we will share some suggestions about how to be a part of the overwhelming, but passionate EDU community. How to share, learn and motivate each other.

This is how we got Theodora to provide the link to Marijana’s slides.(Theodora was displaying the slides from her place in the Hangout.)



Help them SHINE! Playing Games When Teaching 1 to 1 Naomi Ganin – Epstein @naomishema

Students are not fools. They don’t believe the teacher who lets them win a game on purpose or pretends not to know the answer to the question. This talk will examine how we play games when teaching one-on-one, respecting the students but still helping them shine!


Explore.Create.Share- Be a Champion of Digital Citizenship André J. Spang @Tastenspieler

In this keynote, participants will learn how to help their students become great and responsible digital citizens who share and post online safely. Andre Spang will discuss the 4 C’s of 21st century learning and the Maker movement.


C.P.R. for the Drowning Teacher Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur

PARCC. SLOs. Drowning in the alphabet soup? Learn how to bring new life to your teaching through the one acronym that just may save you, the C.P.R. method. Maximize productivity through COLLABORATION. Bring your PASSION to the classroom. Make your lessons more engaging through REINVENTION. Take a deep breath and dive in.

Teacher Zen


Weaving a fireproof suit to avoid burnout

Cecilia Lemos  @cecielt

Teachers are often known as people who are always willing to help, go the extra mile to plan and teach lessons that will foster the learning and development of students. But many times that takes a toll, and it’s not unusual to hear about burnout teachers – some go as far as abandoning education altogether. In this talk I’ll share my experience, common symptoms and especially things you can “weave” into a protective suit to keep the “fire” away and prevent burnout.


Be Someone’s Hero!

Theodora Papapanagiotou @dorapap72

Most of you would agree that being a teacher, does not only have to do with presenting a subject, but also be a role model and make students aware of situations and other people’s feelings. Could we raise students’ awareness? This is a presentation of a #30Goal that started as a blogpost and turned out to be a wonderful event.

Teacher Hero, Be Someone’s Champion!

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/theodorapap.html

The 30 Goals Challenge: Just When I Needed You Most! Fabiana Casella @FabianaLCasella

In this keynote, I share the reasons why I joined the 30 Goals Challenge, how much I have grown as a teacher since then, how being part of this community motivates me to go on teaching and innovate, as well as considering myself a continuous learner.


Teaching Kids to Stretch Dan Haesler @danhaesler

Too many students believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. Professor Carol Dweck contends that this is due to students developing a Fixed Mindset with regard to their capabilities. Dweck argues that learning is stunted and many social issues can arise by having a Fixed Mindset. She says in order to students to flourish, they need a Growth Mindset – a disposition that embraces challenge, seeks out feedback and values effort as the pathway to mastery. Could a Growth Mindset be the key to unlocking our students potential, and how can teachers and schools cultivate a culture of Growth in their classrooms and schools?

In addition to this, research suggests that the teacher’s mindset has a significant impact on the students in their care. How can we address our mindset in order to challenge expectations and improve our ability to recognise potential and learning in every one of our students? In particular we’ll consider the theory behind mindset, as well as strategies for feedback and assessment.


Monday July 20 – Day 4 of the 30 Goals free online conference

Blogging for the 30 Goals: Reflecting on My Teaching & Learning Experiences

Vicky Papageorgiou @vpapage

Blogs are great ways of gaining confidence, practicing writing, and

participating in networks of other teachers or learners. How has my experience of blogging for 30 Goals for Educators helped me learn more about myself, improved my writing and introduced me to dedicated educators from all over the world?


What Matters Most Shawn Storm @sstorm01

This keynote will follow the journey of a middle school teacher in discovering what really matters most in teaching.


Challenging Students – An Ongoing Journey

Christina Chorianopoulou @Kryftina

When we complete challenges and develop as educators, we can see the result of our efforts in ourselves and our classes. But what would happen if we invited our students to take a challenge with us? Inspired by the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, I asked students to join me in creating our video introductions to share with each other and the world. The idea, the interaction and the discoveries made our learning environment fun, engaging and safe and our journey even more worthwhile. This was our challenge.


Social Media for Student and Teacher Development Ayat Al-Tawel @ayatawel

Social media is not about collecting likes and followers. It’s about connecting to make a difference (Cress, 2013). This session will demonstrate how to make that difference with your students and for your own professional development with social media tools such as; FB, Twitter, Edmodo, Google + and Pinterest.

Recording: http://30goals.com/ayat.html

Focusing on the Learner First Barbara Bray @bbray27

I will share my story of being a creative, engaged learner when I was young and then how I became compliant to “do” school to get through school. I just didn’t fit, but I found my purpose. I will share the importance of finding our voice so we can own and drive our learning.


Learning2gether announcements

Earlier this week

Mon July 13 12:30 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Chris Fry about Story Recording live from Barcelona


Posted July 13 – Data Collection by Nellie Deutsch from Moodle MOOT 2015

This and other YouTube renditions of presentations from Moodle MOOT 2015