Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester

Mon Apr 6-30 Second Life MOOC

Sun Apr 12 1500 GMT 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.

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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

IATEFL Online

Online coverage of the Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition

Home

Recordings

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

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

Opening address by Carol Read

http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/session/opening-address-carol-read

Plenary by Donald Freeman

https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/session/plenary-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

http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/session/plenary-joy-egbert

Mon 13 Apr Ann Cotton plenary from IATEFL Manchester

http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/session/plenary-session-ann-cotton

Tue 14 Apr Harry Kuchah in plenary from IATEFL Manchester

http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/session/plenary-harry-kuchah

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

http://learning2gether.net/2015/03/28/learning2gether-with-call-is-webcasting-from-the-2015-tesol-convention-in-toronto/

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

Learning2gether with CALL-IS Webcasting from the 2015 TESOL Convention in Toronto

Vance Stevens recorded his featured presentation Sat Mar 28 at TESOL 2015 Toronto


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/vance28mar_featured_amplified.mp3?

Any updates to these slides will be made here: http://tinyurl.com/vance2015featured

Vance made three other presentations at this conference

  • Thursday March 26 from 15:00-16:30 EST, Nery Alvarado, Daniela Coelho, Ellen Dougherty and Vance Stevens held a workshop on “iPad-agogy: a Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach”
    Listed in the CALL-IS Electronic Village program: http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php
    Our wiki provided the information, applications, lesson plans, project-based learning exemplars, and web links covered in the workshop: http://tesol2015ipadogogyabloominbetterwaytoteach.pbworks.com/
    Links associated with Vance’s part of this presentation can be found here http://tinyurl.com/vance2015writing
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:45 in room 203D at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Betsy Gilliland, Maggie Sokolik, Micah Risher, Vance Stevens, and Robert Connor convened a panel on Second Language Writing MOOCs in Theory and Practice;
    Links associated with my part of this presentation can be found here http://tinyurl.com/tesol2015vance-mooc
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM in room 703 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Jeong-Bae Son, Phil Hubbard, Tom Robb, Tyson Seburn, and Vance Stevens convened a panel on “Self-directed professional development in computer-assisted language learning”;
    Links associated with my part of this presentation can be found at http://tinyurl.com/vance2015pd

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Sat Mar 28 CALL-IS Webcasts from Technology Showcase at TESOL 2015 Toronto

The complete CALL-IS Electronic Village program: http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php
More information at http://callis2015.pbworks.com/

Susan Gaer’s Evernote public link to the paper handouts she received from the conference. There were only a few sessions with paper handouts “and this is the only way I could think of to share those” – thanks, Susan, very thoughtful:
http://bit.ly/handout2015

Useable MP3s will be harvested from Elluminate recordings and posted here when time allows

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Thanks to Bertha Leiva for the photo from the last webcast of the conference

Sat Mar 28 1300 to 1415 GMT Hot Topic: Managing the Darker Side of Classroom Technology


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoltoront_hottopics_darkside28mar-64k.mp3?

Hot Topic: Managing the Darker Side of Classroom Technology – 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

Sat Mar 28 1400 to 1450 CALL-IS EV Fair Classic – Electronic Village Online 2015

Electronic Village Online 2015 – 10:00 to 10:50 – Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, U of Oregon and Nina Liakos,  U of Maryland, USA

Sat Mar 28 1600 to 1715 GMT Hot Topic: Gaming and Gamification


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoltoronto-hottopicgaming28mar-64k.mp3?

Hot Topic: Gaming and Gamification in Our Classrooms – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm GMT

Fri Mar 27 CALL-IS Webcasts from TESOL 2015 Toronto

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Fri Mar 27 1300 to 1415 GMT Hot Topic: BYOD

Hot Topic: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Your Classroom – 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoloronto-hottopicbyod27mar-64k.mp3?

Fri Mar 27 1500 GMT Robert Wachman at TESOL Toronto on HoA

On Friday, March 27th, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (UTC -4)
http://bit.ly/1EzyUG4 and again at 11:25 a.m. Robert Wachman conducts a Tech Fair presentation in the Electronic Village at TESOL 2015 in Toronto, on Google Hangouts On Air, including how to set up and launch one.  The official invitations to these HOAs will be sent during the presentations as I cover that step.

Link to ongoing HOA will be here:
https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYdSak2tnRP6lrqw8yr2-1CoDWL8gd_XbPy89YsJju1x_OIiPw?authuser=0&hl=en

Second HOA:
https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYceKHgQUJnPVS7fuYkOZbLgxRjnoEG3Mu8IAQK3nCXOkswbOg?authuser=0&hl=en

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Recording link for the first Hangout
https://plus.google.com/u/0/hangouts/onair/watch?hid=hoaevent%2Fcb48m3iq6ddl5dvn6e4n64146qs&ytl=GFvw5sSytA0&hl=en

YouTube: https://youtu.be/0W4Uty_iClc
Thanks to Arturo who joined on his smart phone so we could have video and audio from the conference, since it wasn’t available on the computers in the Electronic Village.

Robert’s handout, with  working links
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1koC2-g1sGerVxd8opW8Zq2gCLJ2feNP5i_tjFz1O5Hc/edit?usp=sharing

Article by Vance Stevens explaining how to set up a HoA and embed a text chat to handle overflow participants:
http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume17/ej67/ej67int/

Fri Mar 27 1700 to 1845 GMT CALL-IS Academic Session – Games in the Classroom


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoltoronto-acsessiongames-27mar-64k.mp3?

CALL-IS Academic Session: Games in the Classroom: From Principle to Practice – 1 pm – 2:45 pm EST

Fri Mar 27 1830 to 1920 CALL-IS EV Fair Classic – Using Multimodal Modes on Social Networking

Using Multimodal Modes on Social Networking for Autonomous Learning – 14:30 to 15:20 EDT – SoHee Kim, Korea U, South Korea

  • Recording: Did not appear on UNB Elluminate server

Fri Mar 27 1830 to 1920 CALL-IS EV Fair Classic – E-Teacher Scholarship Program

E-Teacher Scholarship Program – 14:30 to 15:20 EDT – Leslie Opp-Beckman, U of Oregon, David Fay, US Department of State, USA

Thu Mar 26 CALL-IS Webcasts from Technology Showcase at TESOL 2015 Toronto

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Thu Mar 26 1300 to 1415 GMT Hot Topic: Flipping the Classroom


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoltoronto-hottopicflip26mar-64k.mp3?

Hot Topic: Flipping the Classroom – 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

Thu Mar 26 1430 to 1615 GMT Mobile Apps for Education Showcase


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoltoronto-mobileapps26mar-64k.mp3?

Mobile Apps for Education Showcase – 10:30 am – 12:15 pm EST

Thu Mar 26 1700 to 1845 GMT CALL-IS InterSection with SLW-IS


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/2015tesoltoronto-autowriting26mar-64k.mp3?

CALL-IS InterSection with SLW-IS: Automated Writing Evaluation: When is it Right for Your Students? – 1 pm – 2:45 pm EST

Thu Mar 26 1900 to 2050 GMT CALL-IS Developers’ Showcase

Developers’ Showcase 1500 to 16:50 pm EST

  • To join the webcast, click here
  • Not sure where the recording is. It might be appended to the recording above.

Thu Mar 26 2115 to 2245 GMT CALL-IS Open Meeting

CALL-IS Open Meeting – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm EST

More handouts

Announcements

Earlier this week

Sat Mar 21 1800 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens, Stephen Downes, and others at the Spring Blog Festival

http://learning2gether.net/2015/03/21/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-stephen-downes-and-others-at-the-spring-blog-festival/

Mon Mar 25 Holodecking with Randall Sadler

Carol Rainbow reports that the video is here

https://youtu.be/oRlS9HvGpYc; she says Anne Christel recorded it

Was getting the embed code but encountered this http://screencast.com/t/3q7gaJMhf

Checking to see if it’s ok

LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens, Stephen Downes, and others at the Spring Blog Festival

Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/vance-stevens-at-sbf15-29gsxzkni_s.mp3?

Sat Mar 21 1800 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens at the Spring Blog Festival

Vance Stevens‘s entry in the program schedule
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B2jeHgMYndWryDa-nNjahIKU4KWKYu0kZEWJl5Wtp90/edit#heading=h.bb78msqxt1th

The proposal: Blogging and logging weekly conversations among educators

Learning2gether is an initiative of Vance Stevens evolving from synchronous meetings with Webheads in Action taking place weekly since 1998 and more directly from three WiAOC (WiA Online Convergences) in 2005, 2007, and 2009. L2g started in 2010 and has hosted conversations most weeks since, usually on Sundays (but for this occasion, on a Saturday). L2g encourages all educators who enjoy connecting with peers to volunteer to contribute their voices to perpetuating weekly conversations at our L2g venues. This presentation explains how L2g works and how you can contribute and participate.

Announcements:

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Sat March 21 1100 to midnight GMT – the Spring Blog Festival

All SBF presentations are here:

Tutorial Title: SBF15: YouTube Playlist for the March 21, 2015 Event
 https://youtu.be/b67d0mv3mW4?list=PL8JUcjyABKxnFcFdi6boiHFngreRHPp3c
Course: Spring Blog Festival 2015

Here is the program, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B2jeHgMYndWryDa-nNjahIKU4KWKYu0kZEWJl5Wtp90/edit?usp=sharing

Stephen Downes on A Bloggers’ Springtime


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/stephen-downes-at-sbf15-kz77-18kyp4.mp3?

Stephen’s entry in the program schedule
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B2jeHgMYndWryDa-nNjahIKU4KWKYu0kZEWJl5Wtp90/preview?sle=true#heading=h.sg89xo38k0fw

Recordings

Earlier this week

Sun Mar 15 TESOL 2015 iPadagogy preview

http://learning2gether.net/2015/03/15/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-and-tesol-2015-ipadagogy-preview

Shaping the way we teach English MOOC Part 2 ended March 15

Shaping the Way We Teach English: Paths to Success in English Language Teaching“? This course is Part 2 of “The Landscape of English Language Teaching” which was offered both last year and this January. Even if you didn’t take part 1, you are still invited to take part 2. Registration is now open and the course starts Monday, February 9th. It is a 5-week course that includes the following topics:

  • Week 1 Feb 9: Integrating skills and using tasks to motivate learners; project overview, introductions
  • Week 2 Feb 16: Alternative assessment that shows what learners can do with language; lesson plan phase 1 is due
  • Week 3 Feb 23: Incorporating individual learning differences in instruction; peer and self-evaluations are due
  • Week 4 March 1: Ideas for effective classroom management; final lesson plan is due
  • Week 5 March 8-15: Improving practice with reflective teaching; final peer and self-evaluations are due

Opportunity to be a Community Teaching Assistant

If you have taken the course already or even if you haven’t but are interested in taking a more active role, we are looking for Community Teaching Assistants to help lead the course!

Finding ways to make online courses interactive and localize the content is what can make MOOCs successful. Read more about this opportunity in the Community TA Handbook. We don’t anticipate this taking more than 2 hours a week of your time. Nor will we be able to offer any financial compensation, but we will gladly write a letter acknowledging your valuable role in this course. We work very closely with our CTAs to make both our roles more enjoyable.

If you are interested in this opportunity, would you mind filling out this brief questionnaire so that we can contact you with further information. You’ll also have to register for this course.

Opportunity to host MOOC camps in your community

Another way to assist other teachers in your community is by setting up MOOC camps. These are face-to-face meetings held at least once a week during the course with anyone in your community taking the course. It’s a great way to discuss topics and assignments and brainstorm ways to apply new concepts to your local context. Feel free to organize MOOC camps with your colleagues!

Visit Shaping the Way We Teach English at: http://shapingenglish.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Tue Mar 17 1900 GMT Journal Club at Infolit iSchool discuss paper on Second Life (inworld)

Journal Club at Infolit iSchool: Join the group in SL for a one-hour discussion of an open-access article.
Adra Letov (Prof Diane Nahl of the University of Hawaii outside Second Life) will lead discussion of a paper,
MARTIN, J.. Refreshing Information Literacy: Learning from Recent British Information Literacy Models. Communications in Information Literacy, North America, 7, dec. 2013.
Available at: http://comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=v7i2p114&path%5B%5D=169.
When: 17 March 2015 at 12 noon SL time (see http://bit.ly/1E38PyD for times elsewhere – US clocks, and therefore SL time, have moved forward for spring)
Where: Infolit iSchool Journal Club room, in SL,
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/133/47/22
Everyone is welcome to join the one-hour discussion.
This is a Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event.

Thu Mar 19 1100 EDT EdTech Mojo presents 5 Secrets to Spectacular Student Engagement

Register for this complimentary webinar to learn how Dr. Colin Montpetit, Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Ottawa, increased class participation to 99%. Hear how he transformed his classroom into an “active learning zone” with the use of a student engagement solution. Get the full story behind Dr. Montpetit’s stunning findings – how student participation rates grew in his classes, grades improved and failure rates decreased.

Who Should Attend: All are welcome. Those in Academic Technology or Teaching and Learning Centers are highly encouraged to attend.
Not time-zone friendly? Register to receive the archive.

EdTech Mojo is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110130856353339654958

Fri Mar 20 1600 PST ISTE Communities Webinar

This just in from Simon Helton, ISTE Community Engagement Manager –

Just another reminder that today we’ll be presenting the webinar Getting Started with Connected Learning and Global Collaboration at 4 Pacific/7 Eastern. Registration is free for members, just “buy” the product from our online store here to register. Check out the description below, and I hope to see you there!

Join educators from across the world as they share global collaboration experiences K-12 and beyond and provide advice for what works and what doesn’t work. Topics include: where to go to find global partners; best collaborative tools to use; networks to join; ideas for curriculum development. This promises to be an energized and fun session for beginners as well as experienced global collaborators!

In replicating this announcement, I’m noticing that you have to be a member to register free, and though it appeals to a global audience, no GMT / UTC time is given, so many outside the USA will have to work to figure out what time this is for them, sigh ...

Sat Mar 21 0900 PST Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar on IWitness with Kori Street

Date: Sat., March 21, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Whether you teach these issues/subjects in your MS/HS classrooms or you would like to learn more about genocide and the Holocaust, you will definitely want to join us for this very informative webinar on IWitness with Kori Street, Director of Education for IWitness.On the IWitness platform you will find 1,450 full-length testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Specific lessons are built around short clips of testimony and mini-documentaries summarizing big concepts, such as Fighting in the Face of Racism or The Power of Words. Students are asked to use these videos as a basis for writing short reflections, creating word clouds, or producing their own multi-media essays using the built-in IWitness video editor. All the activities are carried out and stored on the secure online platform. Kori will provide a basic overview of the IWitness site and resources and ways they can be used in the classroom.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 ”Featured Teacher” session with our special guest Avra Robinson. 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 and TESOL 2015 iPadagogy preview


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/learning2gether-ipadagogy-preview-lk2e-uui3du.mp3?

Where? Google Hangout on Air

Slides (a work in progress) http://tinyurl.com/vance2015writing

What?

Ellen Dougherty, Nery Alvarado, Daniela Coelho, and Vance Stevens, four colleagues working for HCT/CERT at the aviation college in Al Ain UAE, are presenting a mini-workshop at TESOL Toronto called iPad-agogy: a Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach, Thursday, March 26, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Electronic Village in Toronto

http://tesol2015ipadogogyabloominbetterwaytoteach.pbworks.com/ (link will become public when developed)

One of the presenters Vance  shared his insights into using various apps for writing including Google Docs with students to both enhance and streamline the process of interacting with them in their writing practice. Vance teaches to students who use iPads but manages the process on a PC. We will discuss the reasons for this configuration, but my purpose at this session is in part to  get feedback from those present on how they address writing with their students in an iPad or PC environment.

The complete CALL-IS Electronic Village program: http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php

Follow-on

Susan Hillyard, pictured in the thumbnail of the video above, made a memorable presentation on Learning2gether Sunday, March 25, 2012 about her work with learners with special needs
http://learning2gether.net/2012/03/26/susan-hillyard-distinguishes-theatre-from-dra/

It turns out that Maria Colussa, one of those in the Hangout, works with visually impaired students. On March 14, she posted about it on her blog
http://mariacolussa.blogspot.ae/2015/03/my-approach-to-teaching-english-to.html

Announcements

Earlier this week

Sun Mar 08 1400 GMT Blended learning in a conservative Higher Ed environment Elizabeth Anne

http://learning2gether.net/2015/03/08/learning2gether-with-elizabeth-anne-about-blended-learning-in-a-conservative-higher-ed-environment/

Mon Mar 09 1800 GMT Free Webinar with Russell Stannard on Moodle for Language Teachers

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/Invitation_Russell_Moodle.pdf

What? Russell Stannard on Moodle for language teachers: Increasing interactivity
How can we increase the level of interactivity on our Moodle courses?
How to make use of chats, forums, wikis, assessments and more ways that we can engage and involve our students more in our Moodle courses
Tools available in Moodle
and, one or two additional tools that link well with Moodle to make our content much more interactive and compelling

Where? Adobe Connect 
the link to the recording of the webinar
https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p9rmvezz5ay/

This is part of a series of webinars offered by Saarland Landesinstitut fur Padagogik und Medien (LPM) in various European languages;
Schedule of upcoming events: http://www.lpm.uni-sb.de/typo3/index.php?id=1258
Recordings here: http://tinyurl.com/aufzeichnungen
Sessions are free, but please register with JWagner@lpm.uni-sb.de

Mar 13 Shelly Terrell on Audio Projects for Digital Learning

Sat Mar 14 two IATEFL Webinars in one day

Jamie Keddie – ‘Storytelling in the classroom’

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

To join the webinar please click here
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Carol Rainbow: CYBERBULLYING

When?  Saturday 14th. March

Time?  10:00 GMT

Your Local Timehttp://goo.gl/10700y

Where?  http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/gisigwebinars/

Learning2gether with Elizabeth Anne about blended learning in a conservative higher ed environment


Download the mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/learning2gether-with-elizabeth-anne-about-blended-learning-in-a-conservative-higher-ed-environment-kdhxnw1vxw0.mp3?

On Sunday Mar 08 at 1400 GMT Learning2gether held a discussion hosted by Elizabeth Anne on blended learning in her conservative higher ed environment in Grenoble, France. She focused largely on Pbworks Wiki <http://pbworks.com&gt; and how she uses it to post student writing and then correct it so that the posts have correct English, but the students can see from wiki history what changes were made. She then uses screen shots from the marked-up histories to show the class what errors were made in here grammar and writing lessons.

Where? Hangout on Air

What was it about?

Elizabeth writes:

The establishment is notoriously opposed to change. For the past 8 years  my 3rd and 4th year science students have all had to create their own pbworks wikis for their English class (to fulfill the requirements of their mark), while each class shares a wiki on which they collaborate http://makeyourown.pbworks.com/. I’d love to share some of the things I’ve learnt from this experience while learning how you manage to reconcile blended learning with institutional requirements.

The Hangout on Air was full. The ten participants were, besides Vance Stevens
Benjamin Stewart, Halima Ozimozov, Maria Colussa, Nina Liakos, Maha Abdulmoneim, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Robert Wachman, Kara Naber, Claire Siskin (plus there was a listener in the stream)

Chatwing Show Notes

Vance Stevens – here’s another pbworks tutorial wiki http://kbzpd.pbworks.com/
Maha Abdelmoneim
Maha Abdelmoneim – I was just trying to figure out how others outside of the hangout follow it
Vance Stevens – through any of the embeds like the one at http://webheadsinaction.org/live or at the youtube link, embedded at http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether :-)
 if they can’t get in the HoA (it holds only 10) they can follow us in any of those streams and chat with us here
Maha Abdelmoneim– http://chatwing.com/vancestev this one is a good one cos the hangout is visible
Vance Stevens  – you are probably looking at http://webheadsinaction.org/live where the chatwing is embedded as well so on that page, we have a one-stop shop where viewers can listen in and interact with us in chatwng

Announcements

 

Earlier this week

Sun Mar 1 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER and TILL – Developing and implementing an interactive language learning experience

http://learning2gether.net/2015/03/01/learning2gether-with-kara-naber-and-till-developing-and-implementing-an-interactive-language-learning-experience/

Mon Mar 02 0900 GMT Hangout with Teach Tech Play

Mon, Mar 2, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Hangouts On Air – time above does not indicate what time zone, but ends up at 0900 GMT in my Google Calendar

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0dq4jlttuq4t57qqh0nojvhi44

 

TeachTechPlay is a monthly web-show where educators share a range of tools, ideas and lessons with the time limit of 4 minutes.

The audience will then vote for the Play King or Queen.

Episode 8 will air on Monday 2nd March, at 8pm AEST

Presenters:

+Holly Clark

+Susan Oxnevad

+Philip Stubbs

+Eleni Kyritsis

+Michael Ha

http://www.teachtechplay.com

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


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

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

Benjamin Stewart originally set this up as a Google+ Event on the TILL community
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cqh3kljq92gv1bgmeipkb680clo?authkey=CIytwo7QgJfv3AE

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

Here is Kara’s original inspiration (sent to TILL and to the EVO Webheads list)
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/evonline2002_webheads/conversations/messages/31622

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

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

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

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

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

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

What happened on the day?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Earlier this week

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

http://learning2gether.net/2015/02/22/learning2gether-about-bb-collaborate-elluminate-hands-on-live-online-sandbox/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat 28 Feb 1500 GMT IATEFL Webinar with Shelly Sanchez Terrell

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

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

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

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

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

On Sun Feb 22 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER met CALL-IS TESOL to find out all about Bb Collaborate Elluminate in a hands-on live online sandbox, hosted by Jack Watson, organizing the webcasts at the TESOL conference in March in Toronto, http://callis2015.pbworks.com; and Vance Stevens explaining what he knows about Bb Collaborate / Elluminate.

What was this? 

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

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

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

Where?

 

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

Don’t forget the Tech Check

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

To do a Tech Check simply

(1) click on the Tech Check tab and then

(2) click Check Now and

(3) hold on to your hat :-)

Finally, be sure and have everyone run the Audio Wizard

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

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

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

What happened, where is the recording?

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

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

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

Announcements

 

Earlier this week

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

http://learning2gether.net/2015/02/16/evo2015-closing-webcast-with-nina-liakos-vance-stevens-jeff-lebow-and-evo-moderators-and-participants/

 

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

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c3ndpgjnkgt93kea7klregmfgbc?authkey=CK_339L_8e_3eQ