Learning2gether with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello

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On Sunday May 24 at the usual time of 1400 GMT Learning2gether was pleased to meet with Mbarek Akaddar on the topic of managing the Electronic Village Onilne coordination team for the coming year with the Trello project management tool.

What’s it about?

Mbarek Akaddar is well-known in #webheadsinaction and #EVO circles for his edtech skills. He has recently taken on the task of head coordinator of EVO (Electronic Village Online) coordination team where he has introduced Trello as a coordination portal. In this meeting Mbarek will present Trello, which is a management and collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards, lists and cards. We’ll also talk about his plans and vision for EVO in 2016 and beyond. Before his talk he referred us to these links:

EVO Portal: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/

EVO CoP for 2014: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2014

Trello Tutorial, explains cards, the back of the card, etc: https://youtu.be/aaDf1RqeLfo

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

Show notes

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith shared this Trello blog link



Copy / paste of chatwing text chat for this session

Learning2gether is about to start now with Mbarek Akaddar, details http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
4 days ago
If you want to join the hangout I can step out–let me know
3 days ago
Listening to Mbarek Akaddar talk about EVO plans for 2015 and beyond.
3 days ago
great, there are 8 in the HoA now
3 days ago
Hi, I can’t join HOA, am on tablet. A bit slow for me, but am watching live stream! Hi everyone, hi Mbarek
3 days ago
great nice to see you Marijana
3 days ago
Hi Daniel and Marijana!
3 days ago
Hi Nina, Vance, Marjana and all. Happy to be able to join you today.
3 days ago
Haha Nina ,you were the to encourage Mbarek!.
Hi one more time to all, Vance, Daniel, Nina :-)
3 days ago
Daniel I wonder what you think about this task management tool
3 days ago
ElizHS compares a card on Trello to a forum thread. I think That makes sense.
3 days ago
I can see some applications. How hard will it be to attract other people in a group to Trello?
What I mean is that as early adaptor, I find others may not be as motivated to go where I go.
3 days ago
in this case the manager has implemented trello (or the manager of a company might) and others are simply included
3 days ago
I think you need to have a group and then have everyone use it.
3 days ago
seems that trello is convinient and easy to handle
3 days ago
Fellow is managing tool, organizational tool,we can use it for collaboration,but for our personal use as well. I don’ t know if we can use it for storing images files. How much is the capacity or storage? My question for Vance, thx
3 days ago
I’ll ask
when I have a chance :-)
3 days ago
Hi Marijana and Daniel :)
3 days ago
A card is like a word; a list is a phrase; and a board is a sentence!
3 days ago
Is there a limit to the number of members in a Trello group?
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Thx for asking Vance and thx for your answer Mbarek! :-)
3 days ago
Obrigada JA!
3 days ago
I promise to work more this week on Trello, but am soon busy lately.
3 days ago
Good question Nina, trello is a nice tool, but as any other tool we need to get use to it. My two cents, asTeresa would say :-)
3 days ago
Vance, could you see this used to plan Learning2Gether events?
3 days ago
no, it would not apply well to L2g, this is for managing people with assigned tasks and roles
3 days ago
Need to go guys, family fun is coming! See you soon, hugs to all! Bye
3 days ago
Bye, Marijana!
3 days ago
ok, thanks Marijana
3 days ago
Exactly, Marijana. Nothing is 100% intuitive
3 days ago
ElizHS: She was asking about the email features
I think Trello is less a communication system than a way to manage projects.
I’d like to see a digest feature.
You have to go into each card when you do it only online.
Jose – I don’t see the little wheel to change the announcements to digest?
I found it —
You can have Never, every hour, or instantly. Not exactly a digest, e.g., every 24 hrs would be better.
3 days ago
ElizHS: There is a voting feature, so that could stand in for short comments like “I like it”
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ElizHS: I notice in some of the advertising videos on the Trello site, that their own management team is using Trello with a bunch of other apps for communication. http://blog.trello.com/tips-for-managing-a-remote-team/?utm_source=notification%20link%20&utm_medium=email%20&utm_campaign=manage%20remote%20team
3 days ago
Thanks for hosting. Good information.
3 days ago
Thank you to ALL!!!!!
3 days ago
thanks, we always manage in the end :-)
the recording should be on YouTube any minute now
3 days ago
This event has been blogged with embedded YouTube recording and mp3 download available, enjoy:http://learning2gether.net/2015/05/24/learning2gether-with-mbarek-akaddar-about-managing-evo-with-trello/
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Earlier this week

May 17 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with David Winet on teaching f2f writing using WeChat and Polleverywhere


Mon 18 May 1800 GMT Rita Zeinstejer on Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools

Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools


– using English in everyday situations: the best way to practise and improve non native English speakers’ / EFL learners’ oral skills

– free sites which provide English speaking practice will be explored and shared

– three different categories of sites: – language exchange sites, – social communication networks  – educational programs will be examined

– where to find educational programs provided by different educational and cultural institutes

–  effective webtools which help EFL teachers aid their students in their difficult quest for oral fluency will be shared

The following link will take you to the documentation of our webinar

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Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at

Thu May 21 1700 GMT Classroom Polling Options with Tilly Harrison

Free webinar with Tilly Harrison: A survey of classroom polling options

  • Find out what your students think: A survey of classroom polling options
  • Rationale for classroom polling
  • Feasibility of classroom polling
  • Types of poll
  • Survey of free options and use
  • Survey and comparison with commercial options
  • The session will include (of course!) plenty of chances to participate in polls
  • Tilly Harrison is a Principal Teaching Fellow (University of Warwick

Thu May 21 1230 EST EdTechMojo hosts Cathy Cavanaugh on eLearning for Engagement

SUNY Delhi in NY is happy to host Cathy Cavanaugh, the Director of Teaching and Learning with Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Unit, for a 1-hour webinar on engaging eLearning practices. This is a free Zoom online webinar, and will interest eLearning faculty, instructional designers, and instructional technologists.

Talk information: 
eLearning for Engagement: Research-based Practices for Student Success
By, Cathy Cavanaugh, PhD.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Worldwide Education, Microsoft


Keys to engaged teaching have been identified and can be enhanced in online, blended, and mobile learning environments. This session highlights teaching approaches that align to research in engagement and new learning environments, and offers practical suggestions and references for teaching and learning.



Playlist of other webinars in this series:

Learning2gether with David Winet on teaching f2f writing using WeChat and Polleverywhere

Download mp3 (first 32 minutes of HoA): https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-with-david-winet-on-teaching-f2f-writing-using-wechat-and-polleverywhere-3ggx7ghhtqq.mp3? Dave’s topic was using WeChat and Polleverywhere for live, in-class, corrected on-the-fly student writing Where? Hangout on Air

Live-streamed on

What’s it all about? Dave introduces the topic Writing  is for students pretty much unrelenting drudgery and pain, even in their own language — not to mention in English!  Very few students write for pleasure; this is an undeniable fact (go ahead, prove me wrong.) Consequently students don’t approach writing with any enthusiasm, don’t write much, and generally write poorly. And yet modern society without clear, cogent writing is unthinkable. What is the problem?

In my view the reason is that our students are usually not writing about anything that is interesting, much less compelling, to them — but rather writing on topics assigned from a textbook, topics which do not “grab” them “where they live” and whose purpose is solely to train them, like monkeys, to use correct essay structure, rather than to express their thoughts, ideas, discoveries, experiences, acquired knowledge and feelings.

There is a difference between learning a skill that enriches one’s existence and learning a skill to get a good score on TOEFL or IELTS.  The latter, which is the rule, is the unhelpful triumph of form over content.   Let students first learn to love writing, then hit them with all the fine points of good (academic) writing. Fortunately, and as is often the case lately, modern technology has provided at least a partial solution to this problem in the form of online, real-time, instantly viewable-and respondable-to, writing-based platforms for in-class and out-of-class writing, such as WeChat (http://www.wechat.com) and Polleverywhere (http://www.polleverywhere.com) , just to name two that I have some acquaintance with.

My presentation will attempt to show how the use of these tools has the serendipitous effect of getting students to write, and write copiously, both in and out of class – enthusiastically, and with purpose.  Nor are these tools in any way inconsistent with improving students’ style, syntax, grammar and structure but rather, used skillfully, can enhance all of those skills; indeed willy-nilly, by dint of the student wanting to communicate effectively, he/she will little by little adopt the conventions that make effective, powerful communication easier.

David Winet, Cal State East Bay American Language Program, USA (david.winet@gmail.com) and online at http://Chatonic.com (“studyenglish” and “studycom” rooms).

Why is the recording incomplete? Vance’s Internet suddenly went down at about 24 minutes into the event. I didn’t know immediately what the problem was but I soon found that my modem had gone dark, no blinking lights, so I tried using my cell phone to reconnect to the event. Hangouts would not connect, but I managed to leave messages in the Chatwing. Fortunately, I had a spare modem in a back bedroom, so I went to get it, connected it, but again, no blinking lights. All the other devices in that rack were blinking so it must be the power supply to that modem. I went to the back to get the power supply for the replacement modem, plugged it in, and restored the previous modem to service. This took me half an hour,and by the time I had got the modem functioning again, I guess Google had already terminated the HoA, though when I got back in, people seemed to be engrossed in conversation. Unfortunately, it was not being recorded.




Earlier this week

Thu May 7 1800 GMT Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

http://learning2gether.net/2015/05/07/learning2gether-with-joe-dale-planning-a-virtual-field-trip-to-new-orleans/ This event served at our Learning2gether session for the week of May 4-10

May 8 Maria Colussa on Mystery Location Calls

Maria has agreed to present this as a Learning2gether event on Sunday May 31 … https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cpgpka8onula4k56rk7gmsq2014?authkey=CIS1n5nJpIDXPQ Posted with Permission from Maria Colussa

Fri-Sat May 8-9 Education on Air free online conference for educators

Register here https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2015-may and explore

Day 1 1400 to  1900 GMT will focus on “leading for the future” with sessions from educators, students, and other leaders. On Day 2 1100 to 0130 (next day) GMT Over 100 educators will lead sessions on “shaping the classroom today.” Topics will range from “increasing student collaboration” to “successful device deployments” to “teaching computer science.” I hope that you and your teammates will find this conference valuable. You can register online for the free event, and there is more info here: http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/04/google-launches-education-conference-hangouts

May 13 – Elaine Hoter and International Day at theTEC Center


Learning2gether with Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

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On Thu May 7 1800 GMT Learning2gether attended an event organized by Juergen Wagner, hosting Joe Dale presenting on apps and websites for Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans. The  announcements and show notes were prepared by Juergen.

Post paratory Announcements

What? This is planned as a virtual tour of a place, city or region: a powerful vehicle for

  • promoting intercultural understanding
  • creating authentic language learning opportunities
  • free web tools for planning a virtual field trip: New Orleans as an example destination
  • how to find creative commons licensed images on Flickr
  • how to incorporate them into a Pinterest board
  • how to share them via a Padlet wall
  • Storybird as a creative writing tool bringing together key
  • vocabulary and expressions
  • how to create a Google Slides presentation based on the content


  • Presenter: JOE DALE

Adobe Connect Recording


Announcements made by Learning2gether

Earlier this week

May 3 1300 GMT Learning2gether about Study.com with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, and Vance Stevens


Thu May 4 1800 GMT Sandrine Pac-Kenny – Using apps for better oral proficiency


Learning2gether about StudyCom with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, Vance Stevens, and other former EFI teachers

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-about-study-com-with-david-winet-michael-coghlan-and-vance-stevens-pmm5rmsmczm.mp3?

On Sunday May 3, at 1300 GMT we were Learning2gether about StudyCom with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, and Vance Stevens

The topic for Learning2gether this week is about emerging advances in online learning since the turn of the century, from a panel who were there at the beginning and have stayed on the wave for the past decade and a half. Dave Winet recently sold the domain study dot com marking the end of an era for many Webheads. Study dot com was a free website that attracted and matched teachers with language students interested in studying online just before the dawn of social media. Dave’s innovative methods created among other things a space for language learners at the Palace, which was where Vance Stevens, Michael Coghlan, and Maggi Doty met in an online class for ESL students that soon became Writing for Webheads and evolved in 2002 into Webheads in Action, a community of practice for teachers. In this session, Dave and Michael join me, Vance, in talking about some of the very forward thinking developments that characterized Dave’s work starting late last century and that have led us through Webheads in Action on up to Learning2gether, twenty years later. If you were with us at that time, please join us to add your reminiscences, and for those who have more recently joined us, enjoy a conversation with the founders of Webheads in Action.


Where? Google Hangout on Air streamed live

Alternative live stream with Chatwing text chat You can join us here for the video embed above plus interact with us via the Chatwing embed on the same page http://webheadsinaction.org/live You can also join the Chatwing live chat at http://chatwing.com/vancestev When? 1300 GMT …

Some links:  Study.com preserved: http://web.archive.org/web/19961229001550/http://www.study.com/ Writing for Webheads: http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/webheads.htm Webheads in Action:

Vanessa Vaille reports that The StudyCom Yahoo group is still open, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/studycom/ and the page is still there without the domain name, http://www.transbay.net/~dwinet/indexEnglish.html ~ and apparently the Chatterbox room too Show notes These links were mentioned in the HoA


Earlier this week

Fri Apr 24 1130 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Jim Buckingham in BbC from SQU EFL Conference, Oman


Mon Apr 6-30 Second Life MOOC

According to http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/whats-ahead-2015/ And here’s s’more: https://www.smore.com/tq8pc-second-life-mooc-2015?embed=1 Enroll in the course: https://www.wiziq.com/course/100230-second-life-mooc-2015-slmooc15 Here is the complete program https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aFcDL0RmgXH5pXS0n5ls1C3jiefxVdA_MgZUzd5oPb4/edit

30 Apr 1800 GMT Webinar on annotation and discussion of collaborative PDF documents

(This webinar was in German) Einladung zu kostenloser Online-Fortbildung: “Kollaborativ PDF-Dokumente annotieren und diskutieren – online

Learning2gether backchannel on Jim Buckingham’s SQU talk on PD opportunities via TAEdTech-SIG

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Introducing TESOL Arabia’s Online PD Opportunities

On Fri Apr 24 Learning2gether tried to join Jim Buckingham, first in HoA, and failing that, in BbC during his presentation at the SQU EFL Conference in Oman


Discover TESOL Arabia’s online tutorials and  digital badges projects currently being produced by TESOL Arabia  volunteers. As a professional practitioner learn how you can realize PD  goals while also earning international standards based digital badges.  As an aspiring elearning developer learn how you can participate in  creating such projects too.

For more information:

I think the message of Jim’s session is that there is no need for anyone to be ‘behind’ in technology since there is so much support, for free, in the community e.g. TAEdTech SIG, that anyone who wants to can use to find out more about tech that will make their classes more engaging for their students – Vance


Google Hangout was blocked in Oman so we ended up in Blackboard Collaborate (also blocked in Oman, unfortunately), but the online audience managed to reach http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/

Which we have available to us thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

We organized beforehand in the Hangout on Air event we orginally set up: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c7caquae2gccu2dvn1kfcbpsilc

The back-channel chat is still working there. Feel free to comment



Last minute Plan B instructions

Learning2gether is about to start not in HoA as originally planned but in BbCollaborate / Elluminate.

If planning to join us, do NOT use  chrome, java no longer supported. FF and IE work fine, as does Safari. In one of those browsers, run the Tech Check (middle tab at above URL) first and enter the TEST room to make sure you have associated Elluminate’s new .collab file with java.

If you can reach the TEST room your problem is solved, so exit there, and you should be able to get into http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/ after that.

and also at the HoA event


Earlier this week

Sun Apr 19 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Ayat Tawel about the Silent Way


Wed Apr 22 Earth Day Earthcast lives! Earthbridges events from noon GMT onwards


Peggy George notes: here are some fantastic resources for Earth Day from Time for Kids. All free.http://www.timeforkids.com/minisite/environment

From Sheila Adams: Earthcast 2015 will start around 8:30 EDT on Wednesday, April 22 – Check your time zone. Students have content for about 4 hours, then we will play recorded material until Jason Robertshaw does his event at 14:30 EDT. Would love to have anyone stop by the chatroom for a quick hi!  Happy Earth Day all!  http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Earthcast+2015&iso=20150422T1225&p1=%3A

Thu Apr 23 1300 GMT Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning webinar on eBooks with María J. García San Martín

Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning has rescheduled the class on ‘SBF: From eBookEVO to CLIL eBooks with María J. García San Martín’ to Apr_23 2015, 05:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat). You may use the same class link to enter the classroom at its changed date and time.
Enter the Class to hear the recording

Learning2gether from Ayat Tawel about the Silent Way

On Sun Apr 19 at 1400 GMT Learning2gether met with Ayat Tawel to find out how she applies the Silent Way in teaching languages

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/2014apr19ayat-64k.mp3?

What? Ayat Tawel will be talking with our community about her experimental practice with the silent way. For more information about what she will be talking about see Ayat’s blog post at: http://ayat-pdiary.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-silent-way.html

Ayat did an exemplary job for us, not only in preparing a remarkable presentation which wowed even three of us who had seen Caleb Categno demonstrate the silent way in person before his death in 1988, but also in using all available means to connect with us. It took her ten minutes to finally get a stable connection with us via her mobile phone, but she succeeded. After that, we could see how her dedication to the technique, as indicated by the amount of thought and practice she puts into playing with the rods for example, contributed to her success with the silent way. – Vance Here is what Maria Bossa said about Ayat’s presentation: http://mariabossa.blogspot.com.ar/2015/04/the-silent-way.html 2015-04-21_0340reflection

Links shared during the presentation

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/ Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/



Twitter follow-up

There was some interesting Twitter follow-up on this topic. Fanny Passeport (Silent Way Teacher, Google Certified Teacher and Educator, and Bharatnathyam Dancer https://twitter.com/fanny73779583) picked up on a remark I had made during the conversation that there should be a Cuisenaire rods app (a physical box of rods costs upwards of $70). I replied that I was just imagining, not aware that any such app in fact existed,


Simon Gregg (primary teacher, ICT coordinator in Toulouse) chimed in with a link to a Cuisenaire rod environment online – check it out: http://nrich.maths.org/4348


Note, does not run on iPad due to the use of Flash in the web URL



Earlier this week

Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester


Thu April 16 1800 GMT Developing a Research Plan

Class Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 Class Time: 10:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat) Class Duration: 60 minutes View complete information

Thu Apr 16 1800 GMT Thomas Strasser, Readers, and Digital Technology

Click on the link below to display the “post-paratory” mail relating to last night’s superb meeting.

Invitation to free webinar with Thomas Strasser: “Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology”

  • 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 Upcoming events in this seminar series Thu May 7 1800 GMT Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

Thu May 4 1800 GMT Sandrine Pac-Kenny – Using apps for better oral proficiency

Mon 18 May 1800 GMT Rita Zeinstejer on Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools

Mon 21 May 1800 GMT Tilly Harrison on A survey of classroom polling options

Thu June 4 1800 GMT Jo Gakonga on Vocabulary tools in a digital world

Mon Jun 22 1800 GMT Russell Stannard on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content

E4.111-1245: The Secrets of using Camtasia

Mon 23 Nov 1800 GMT Henry Rademacher From Newbie to Near-Pro: Making the most of Moodle’s tools in a listening course

See also the complete webinar schedule with conferences in German, French or Spanish

Sat Apr 19 IATEFL Webinar with Rebecca Oxford


Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester

Mon Apr 6-30 Second Life MOOC

Fri Apr 10 – Minecraft in the classroom with Dr. Lisa Graham on SLMOOC 15


Sun Apr 12 Nancy Zingrone on Basic SL Skills at SLMOOC

11am Eastern

Nancy Zingrone aka Maggie Larimore in SL

Nancy Zingrone, PhD is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Psychology at Northcentral University, as well as an edupreneur working on the WizIQ platform and in Second Life.

Nan & Maggie.png

Basic Second Life Skills Workshop #2

Eating, Drinking, Managing Landmarks, Shopping, Exploring, SL Etiquette, and more Dancing :-)

After the WizIQ session meet at the SLMOOC2015 HQ in the IT4ALL Building:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/108/86/63

Fri 11 to Tue 14 Apr IATEFL Conference in Manchester Online


Online coverage of the Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition



Many listed here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/sessions

Live Schedule: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/live-plenary-schedule

Opening address by Carol Read


Plenary by Donald Freeman


Ayat Tawel’s reflections: http://ayat-pdiary.blogspot.ae/2015/04/opening-plenary-by-donald-freeman-iatefl.html

Sun 12 Apr Joy Egbert plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Mon 13 Apr Ann Cotton plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Tue 14 Apr Harry Kuchah in plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Thu-Sat Mar 26-28 CALL-IS Webcasts from TESOL 2015 Toronto


This post includes a TESOL invited / featured presentation mp3 recording and slides online from Vance Stevens