Learning2gether about iPadagogy live from ISTE Philadelphia

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On Sunday June 28 Vance was in Philadelphia with comely colleagues from work Dani Coelho, Nery Alvarado, and Ellen Dougherty, to give a pre-conference workshop called iPadagogy: A Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach, live from ISTE Philadelphia 2015


Dani Coelho, Nery Alvarado, Vance Stevens, and  Ellen Dougherty

We announced the Learning2gether part this way:

A Portuguese, a Mexican, an American, and a Canadian turn up at a conference, and …

having traveled all the way from Al Ain UAE converge in Philadelphia to trot out their internationally acclaimed dog and pony show on iPadagogy: A Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach.  The hangout starts as the workshop begins (see ‘handout’ links below), and no telling what we’ll be doing or how long we’ll be able to sustain it, but we’ll try to convey some of  the flavor of ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia and as best we can we’ll try to bring you into the event if you wish to join us. We’ll see what happens! All are welcome.


Where? Google Hangout on Air

The first part of this event was recorded as a Hangout on Air (HoA). Vance had set up a laptop PC to manage the stream and was walking around the room with an iPad that was participating in the event and recording video and audio. The hub PC was muted and Vance was using earbuds on the iPad to prevent remote participants in the HoA from intruding on the live session (but they could interact with Vance and Vance could interact with them sotto voce but that interaction appears in the recording). Surprisingly the bandwidth held out and the experiment worked in concept, though the next stage will clearly need to address managing the handheld iPad camera movement. If you get dizzy the recording is worth listening to.

Captured text chat from the Hangout

  1. http://screencast.com/t/8fQyMVLX
  2. http://screencast.com/t/xHzdUtZ7N
  3. http://screencast.com/t/iXbiRs44ZpWG
  4. http://screencast.com/t/PadL0SxB
  5. http://screencast.com/t/cZPfj8jog6


Chatwing archive

thanks for covering chatwing
my first chance to be here
Curious what attendees are looking at on each respective device.
Is Anthony Cashin speaking?
I think so — that is who is on the schedule
Anthony Cashin speaking about how to successfully implement iPads from an administrative point of view…
excellent Benjamin, thanks
We’re chatting next Wednesday related to TESOL, if anyone would like to join. http://is.gd/0JUEFd
just checked it out — looks interesting —


Earlier this week

Mon Jun 22 Learning2gether at a Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content


Wednesday, June 24th from 11am – 7:15pm EDT Future Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit

Each year TICAL holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year’s Summit, on June 24th from 8:00-4:30 PDT, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future ReadyFuture Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings. You must register to watch the event live or to see the recordings. This is truly a collaborative event made possible by the leading organization and event partners. For more information and to register, please go tohttp://www.futureready.education.

Wed 24 June 1600 EDT edWeb – Are you ready for BYOD?

Wednesday, June 24th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Are You Ready for BYOD?, Have you been thinking about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)? Are you ready to learn more? In this webinar, Rachelle Wooten, Digital Learning Specialist at Fort Bend ISD, will provide a primer on BYOD, including digital tool recommendations, classroom management tips, lesson planning, and teaching tips. Rachelle facilitates the BYOD training in her district and has developed her own model: R.E.A.D.I.E.E to help teachers be Ready for BYOD. Whether you’re new or familiar with BYOD, get some helpful tips for your program during this live, interactive session. Rachelle will field questions from attendees after her presentation. Registration information here.

Thu 25 June 1600 EDT edWeb – Art of Procurement

Thursday, June 25th at 3pm edWeb Webinar: The Art of Procurement: Balancing Price versus Performance, Common Sense Education’s Essential Elements for 1:1 Learning is a monthly webinar series that details strategies and practical advice about 1:1 learning programs. Learn how to personalize these essential elements for your schools. The series is presented by Jeff Mao and Steve Garton, who lead the Maine Learning Technology Initiative program for a decade. Registration information here.

Fri June 26 1500 EDT Homeschooling

Friday, June 26th at 3pm Starting to Homeschool: The Teenage Years, How can a teen’s needs best be met by homeschooling? Let’s talk about unschooling and homeschooling high school, how to decide if college is right for you, and how to take on internships, apprenticeships, work, and travel. We will explore the many different ways teens and young adults can join the adult world and make their way into meaningful work with or without a college degree. We’ll explore the college admission process for homeschoolers and present resources for creating successful applications. We’ll also talk about Uncollege and DIY College, among other options that are available. Register to view here.

Sat Jun 27 Maria Colussa Hangout on Air presentation


Global Education Day at ISTE 2015, June 28th

Join Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, VIF International Education and many members of the Global Education Conference community on Sunday, June 28th from 2-5 PM at the Philadelphia Convention Center (Room 103BC) for a special face-to-face meeting in which you can connect and collaborate with other globally-minded educators.

Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/russellstannard8jun2015.mp3?

On Mon Jun 22 Learning2gether were invited to attend a Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content. The event was a globinar hosted by Jürgen Wagner.

Info: http://v.gd/snagit

FREE webinar with RUSSELL STANNARD: “Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content” and

  • FREE webinar with Russell Stannard: Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content
    • A focus on key tools that are simple to use and create immediate results
    • Create content that you can use to blend, flip or make distance courses from
    • These ideas and technologies can have a huge impact on your teaching and learning
    • Your teaching and learning won’t be the same after this session ( I hope!!-Russell)
  • Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages
  • Russell Stannard Russell Stannard is the founder of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com
    • It is a website that offers free training videos that help teachers incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning.
    • It won the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Initiative in ICT’ and the British Council ‘Technology’ award.
    • The site receives more than 300,000 visitors a year.
    • Russell trains teachers in ICT all over the world and also runs on-line courses which are accessed by hundreds of teachers.
    • Russell teaches part-time at the University of Warwick and is a NILE associate trainer.

Click on the link below for
The full version of Juergen’s post-conference documentation
« post-paratory »  mail includes 

Jürgen issued a post-postparatory notice on this event with the following related information

He invites feedback in his webinar feedback Padlet

Here’s some more Info about Russell

Russell Stannard Russell Stannard is the founder of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com. It is a website that offers free training videos that help teachers incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning. It won the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Initiative in ICT’ and the British Council ‘Technology’ award. The site receives more than 300,000 visitors a year. Russell trains teachers in ICT all over the world and also runs on-line courses which are accessed by hundreds of teachers. Moodle is one of his areas of expertise. Russell has also been

  • Winner of British Council ELTons Innovation Award
  • Winner of Times Higher Outstanding Initiative in ICT
  • Awarded  University of Westminster Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Learning2gether is proud that our logo was displayed during Russell’s presentation

Earlier this week

Sunday June 15 1400 GMT Learning2gether with David Winet about the potential of Oculus Rift in language learning


May 11- June 15 Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC course 2 ends

For those interested in the upcoming MOOC, Shaping the Way We Teach English” sponsored by the US Department of State and the University of Oregon …

in the past year thousands of language teachers from around the world have enrolled in the first two iterations of the course, creating a rich conversation about best practices in language teaching. Both courses are publicly available at no cost and may be taken together or separately in any order.

E-Teacher MOOC: Shaping the Way We Teach English

Wed June 17 NCSS C3 Literacy Collaborative Webinar “Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners”

Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners

This investigation has been designed to familiarize you with unique characteristics of English learners and their distinct learning needs. The presenters will share how these distinct learning needs can be supported in the social studies classroom through the integrated implementation of the C3 Framework and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz & Dr. Stephen J. Thornton

Social Science Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of South Florida

Event: Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners
When: Wednesday 17 June 2015, 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Audio Conference Details:

To register now, please visit the following link:


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


Sat 20 June Classroom 2.0 live event

Saturday, June 20th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show – Ten Marks Math Program, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular “live” web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at#liveclass20.

Sun 21 June TechEducator podcast on ISTE conference

Sunday, June 21st at 7pm TechEducator Podcast: Get your ISTE on!, The ISTE Conference is just one week away. What do I need to do to have a successful conference? What should I pack? What sessions should I attend? Join us LIVE to talk about this amazing week of networking.

Find the YouTube and mp3 at the podcast archive here: http://www.teachercast.net/2015-iste-conference/

and please enter your feedback into Padlet

Learning2gether with David Winet about the potential of Oculus Rift in language learning

Download the mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-about-the-potential-of-oculus-rift-in-language-learning-psg94wwampk.mp3?

David Winet has just written an article on his work the past two decades with StudyCom and English for Internet. In it he describes how he has pushed the envelope throughout that time finding new ways to adapt available cutting edge technologies to creating environments in which language learners would opt to learn by doing and by communicating with one another and with native speakers; see: Winet, David. (2015). Reflections on StudyCom.TESL-EJ 19, 1 (1-18). Available: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej73/int.pdf. Also (unpaginated) http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume-19/ej73/ej73int/.

On page 10, David discusses Oculus Rift as part of “A Peek into the Future”

Virtual Reality headsets such as Oculus Rift will provide an even more 3-D realistic experience for students (James, 2014). Furthermore, pairing these with robots will allow “telepresence”. For example, imagine a student whose body is in Beijing walking around New York City with the aid of a robot there, who transmits a live picture of everything it sees in the Big Apple and turns when the student wearing the Oculus Rift turns, walks when the student walks, and of course speaks with English speakers the words uttered in China by the student (Sofge, 2015).

James, P. (2014). This is the beginning of VR education, and it will only get better. Road to VR. Available:

Sofge, E. (2015). Oculus rift and robotic heads: A match made in geek heaven. Popular Science. Available:http://www.popsci.com/oculus-rift-and-robotic-heads-match-made-geek-heaven-0.


Join us in the stream or live in Hangout on Air to find out more about Oculus Rift and why David is drawn to this particular technology for its potential to engage students using augmented reality enhanced virtual spaces for language learning.

In David’s words:
“Recreating the five senses virtually and adding remote presence through robots plus laying on additional information using Augmented Reality should result in a very realistic sort of environment conducive to immersive, natural, ‘biological’ learning.

“However, in order to really reproduce a real-ish learning environment we need to have desire, need and the means to satisfy those desires and needs in our artificially created learning environment.  Doing this is not as difficult as it might seem: witness people buying and selling on Second Life, the ability to buy and sell remotely even just using Amazon.com much less using remote robots, the ability to satisfy the need for human contact through chat rooms, and so on.  You might not be able to eat a hamburger remotely but you will be able to smell one cooking and then order one delivered from your local burger shop…”

See the annotated compilation of links and final thoughts that David compiled in conjunction with this session

Where? Hangout on Air

How this worked at showtime June 14, 2015


Finally, the archived chatwing chat from this session

That’s the direct link to the hangout
we have a viewer, who’s there?
Exactly – who’s looking after the robot?
We are watching this URL
can you see our video?
we are watching
one of those should work
thanks for the links — I’m going to have to get back into Gdocs habit with Chromebook

Earlier this week

Sun June 7 Learning2gether with Vance Stevens – Teaching Writing on iPad and mobile devices using Voice Tools


Sat June 13 Classroom 2.0

Date: Sat., June 13, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, June 13th, when our special guest will be Colleen King The topic for this webinar is “Math Playground Games and Apps”

We are so excited to have Colleen King back on Classroom 2.0 LIVE to share her latest updates to the Math Playground including new games, iPad apps and videos. Colleen is the publisher of Math Playground, a website for elementary and middle school students, and the developer of Thinking Blocks, a series of iPad apps that teach children how to model and solve word problems. Colleen has been an educator and math consultant in the Boston area for 20+ years and has worked with students from preschool to college. She is the co-founder of two STEM programs, a hands-on science lab and a math enrichment center. Colleen is very passionate about math education and is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage students.

Colleen King created Math Playground in 2002 for students in her classes who needed a fun way to practice math facts. Since then, Math Playground has grown to include a wide variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math and thinking games. When she’s not developing new activities for Math Playground, she teaches at a mathematics learning center. She enjoys sharing math strategies with other educators and has presented her work at conferences like NCTM and ISTE. Whenever she has free time, she can be found playing with her Golden Retrievers, practicing drums with her band, or exploring New England on her bicycle.

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

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Capturing Creativity” session with our special guest Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4U). Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

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

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

Learning2gether with Vance Stevens – Teaching Writing on iPad and mobile devices using Voice Tools

Download the mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-teaching-writing-on-ipad-and-mobile-devices-using-voice-tools-7qp_hs1jjl8.mp3?
On Sunday June 7 at 1400 GMT  Vance Stevens presented at Learning2gether on Teaching Writing on iPad and Mobile Devices using Voice Tools.. Here, find the YouTube recording of the Google+ Hangout on Air and a downloadable mp3 rendition of the audio. What is this about? Vance Stevens has been exploring techniques for teaching writing on iPads and mobile devices using voice tools for leaving comments in Google Docs, and in speaking what students write on paper into Google Docs for them, so they can revise more easily. He’s also fathomed the trick of importing images into Google Docs on iPad to allow students to incorporate Word Clouds and other images into their documents using iPads.

In this session, Vance will attempt at a distance some of what he will demonstrate at the latter event. Here is a playlist for URLs to be used in this session:

Here is a document I started to practice with this presentation https://docs.google.com/document/d/15slghOdDHtAj1PIqVpvGhFEWPia2g_hkHXwiRUQ2o7k/edit?usp=sharing Do you want to try?

  1. Create a Google Doc
  2. Give it your name and today’s date or event
  3. Get its shareable link and post it at http://chatwing.com/vancestev
  4. If on iPad or mobile device, record a brief introduction
  5. Upload a picture to it. If on iPad or mobile, you can use a photo in camera roll or take one on the fly
  6. Share it for editing with VanceStev@gmail.com (my picture should appear)
  7. I’ll use voice to add comments to your document

Where?  Google Hangout on Air (HoA)



Here is a copy/paste from the Chatwing space for today’s event

Vance Stevens Vance has arrived on June 7 and I’ll be posting the HoA link here shortly. Let me know if you want to join me.  URL playlist here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
Find the slides I will use here http://tinyurl.com/vance2015writing
+Vance I liked Your slides.
hello, I’m ready to begin, just waiting for people
I am a poor typist – wishing for voice-to-text way to chat, lol.
hi art
would you like to join the HoA?
I’m waiting for someone to join me so I can begin
or should i just start?
you can voice to text chat on an iPad or mobile if you visit this in a browser
I will begin at 14:15 and speak to ISTE participants
stream has begun
my iPad is having connectivity problems.
Where 2 or more are gathered, lol. we have a quorum
That’s right
I’m downloading Google docs on my ipad now so everything I’ve written was done on my PC
I can hear her
I hear her
Nor fearing failure – learning by trying
I can hear you both
back — sort of. I can hear OK now but speaking is not working on my end
my limping back-up computer has audio problems to begin with
— or maybe mic/headset problems, but I can hear and type, just not speak
the voice at my end is very clear
online is a series of workarounds, one after another…life too
I need to add a microphone to my PC for the next hangout attempt. I always learn/grow within these hangouts.
great art. thanks for joining us
I liked today’s presentation! Thank You!
Thank you.
great presentation — even with all the patches I missed getting set up. I’m going to share this writing instructors who teach online — and hybrid/CAI/flipped etc
thanks, sorry about the sound issues, suspect it might have been at my end
or both — this laptop already had sound issues and I need a new headset too (if only for the comfort of better padding on my ears)
thanks for coming, settling into dinner mode

Earlier this week

Sun May 31 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Maria Colussa about Mystery Location Calls


Tue June 2 0400 GMT Shelly Terrell at Edutech 2015

Find the collaborative handout at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MtyJ1XgKoVJISO9pnEGf9ZuFVtnuZZJOqVH-mZ3Qt3w/edit?usp=sharing and the slides here, http://shellyterrell.com/edutech2015

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

Learning2gether with Maria Colussa about Mystery Location Calls

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-with-maria-colussa-about-mystery-location-calls-zvwtvnyyb00.mp3? On Sunday May 31 LEARNING2GETHER  was priviledged to meet with Maria Colussa and her colleagues in Hello LIttle World about Mystery Location Calls. In her presentation she demonstrated how she stimulates student interest in culture and language with “mystery location” Skype calls. Here are

The event took place in Google+ Hangout on Air

Links mentioned in the text chat

Copy / paste of chatwing text chat for this session

Hi Maria and others
Lionel Messi!
Hi David!
Either on the equator or a visitor from another world?
Ah, Europe……western, central or eastern? OK, my guess is Hungary.
But it must be northern hemisphere
You were right Dave!
I bet you are wrong sometimes :)

Mais bien sur… :) Because she doesn’t have a slavic accent – so it had to be a non-slavic eastern european country near Austria. You’re right, I am often wrong in truth.

I came in late. How do we find people online to play this game with? Is there a good way?

Can you put the link for the pres here?

yep! it’s me
ok, gimme a sec
I’m happy here :)
slow computer, digging out the slideshare link

Thanks V

Ah, so this is a classroom exchange kind of thing set up by teachers working with other teachers in other countries?

yes Dave.

Ah, thanks Mike. And how does the initiating teacher locate willing teachers in toher countries?

would you lkke to join the HO and ask or do you want me to relay the question?

Me, me… but how?

(btw I sent you a couple of private messages)

scroll up for the link

ah, sorry, multitasking :-)

Ah, ok.

Although I gather sometimes Maria works with students 1-1

her first time?

there’s a lot of HO chat, I can never get peple in the HO to use chatwing

If someone wants to join the Hangout live, I’ll leave.

Michael c?

Michael says he’s happy there, but there’s an offer

Anyone else, just let me know.

Maria – this has been great. Thank you. I need to go. Bye.

I’m going to leave the Hangout now. Thanks a lot.

ok robert, thanks for joining

Maria’s previous version of this presentation https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cpgpka8onula4k56rk7gmsq2014?authkey=CIS1n5nJpIDXPQ Posted with Permission from Maria Colussa


Earlier this week

Sun May 24 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello


Tue May 26 1800 GMT Shelly Terrell on eTwinning

Presumed time (CET?) http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Shelly+Terrell+on+eTwinning&iso=20150526T20&p1=168&ah=1 Marijana informs me that “logging in requires email and special password, and you need to be EU teacher tio attend it as a memeber of eTwinning. But there will be a recording and I will try to make a summary of her talk, maybe when I get the recording I will do a short youtube video. will see. But, thank you for sharing it :-)” Normally I try and post announcements here of only open events, but I also post on behalf of people I like :-) As there will be a recording, and if it too is available on open access, I’ll include this in the archive for next week.

Sat May 30 1500 BST IATEFL Seminar – Charles Hadfield on Creative Grammar


May 1-31 Moodle MOOC 6


YouTube playlist


Sat May 30 noon EST Letia Cooper on Classroom 2.0 Webinar

Date: Sat., May 30, 2015 Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, May 30th, when our special guest will be Letia Cooper The topic for this webinar is “Connect, Create, and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps”We are excited to welcome back one of our favorite presenters for today’s show, Letia Cooper (@techwithtia). Her enthusiasm coupled with amazing tips for using the tools, apps and websites she will share with us will make you immediately want to get started using them with your students! Would you like to discover ways for your students to connect, create, and collaborate as they investigate and explore a variety of scientific ideas, models, and concepts! Are you looking for new ways to jazz up your science curriculum? This webinar will focus on a variety of interactive science, websites, web tools and apps that will enhance learning! Join Letia Cooper as she shares examples of how to use these tools and discusses easy ways to integrate technology in science classrooms for all grade levels.Tia is passionate about teaching and learning through technology. She believes that “When technology is integrated into the classroom, all students are motivated to learn.” She is proud to offer you a variety of resources and ideas that will help you to integrate technology into your classroom. She is a 1998 graduate of South Carolina State University and a 2008 graduate of Grand Canyon University with a M.Ed in Instructional Technology. She currently works for CCEL (Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning) as a Instructional Technology Specialist for grades K-12. Letia has presented at various conferences such as SC Edtech, NCTIES, SCEA Common Core, GAETC & FETC. She is a Verizon Thinkfinity Field Trainer and Promethean Social Media Council Member and Simple K12 presenter. Feel free to email Letia at techwithtia@live.com or visit her blog at http://www.techwithtia.com. Don’t forget to visit her Livebinders page or download one of her free “website of the month” calendars for teachers and students.More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned. On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “How to Help Your Visual Students Learn Using Movie Magic” session with our special guest Sydney Sheren. Click on the Archives and Resources tab. When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate! Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

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

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?
3 days ago
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”
3 days ago
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/
3 days ago

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