Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming

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

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

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


What is this about?

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




Earlier this week

Sun Jan 18 LEARNING2GETHER with Tom Robb and mReader



Jan 18 EVO Flipped Learning live discussion

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

Week 1 FL Webcast: Discussion, Tools, and Feedback

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


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

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

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

Further info from Juergen’s pre-paratory email

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning2gether with Tom Robb and mReader

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On Sun Jan 18 at 12 noon GMT LEARNING2GETHER met with Tom Robb, one of the creators of MReader (http://mreader.org), a free system for providing quizzes to graded readers and tracking student progress with them.

Where? Google Hangout on Air, https://plus.google.com/events/c29a184p4t2pp0kvpbufa784trk

Archived also at: http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-tom-robb-about-mreader


MReader was created to allow the Extensive Reading approach to be implemented in any class with access to graded or youth readers. It frees the busy teacher from the necessity of keeping track of what students have read via time-consuming reports and other feedback mechanisms. Even for the teacher already “sold” on the ER approach and who is willing to take the time and effort to counsel students, adoption of MReader presents an additional means of motivation for students, who can confirm their understanding of the books they have read and slowly amass a collection of book covers on their personal page.

MReader has over 4400 quizzes as of this writing (January, 2015) and the number is growing. The goal of the project is to have quizzes available on all ‘graded readers’ as well as the most popular native-speaker ‘youth readers’.

In this session, Tom Robb discusses the software, its development, its “gamification” aspects and the community effort behind it.


Participants at this session may also be interested in

Thu Jan 22 1800-1930 GMT Thomas Strasser – Making the Most of (extensive) Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology
Invitation: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/Invitation_Strasser_Readers.pdf


Earlier this week

Sun Jan 11 EVO 2015 Kickoff Webcast with Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens


Wed Jan 14 EVO Minecraft MOOC meet and greet with Jeff Kuhn and Fri Jan 16  EVOMC15 Minecraft  sandbox




Fri Jan 16 Curt Bonk MOOCs and TAMK live-streamed from Finland

Curtis J. Bonk delivered a presentation via videoconference at Tampere University of Applied Sciences,http://www.tamk.fi/

It was livestreamed but the recording was delayed.



Now that it has appeared, as Curt would wish, it is shared here with you.

Here is Curt’s original post for this event

Slides are at


Mon Jan 12 Marie-Hélène Fasquel on Experimenting with the flipped classroom

Info: http://v.gd/MHFflipped

Juergen Wagner always follows up these events with a “post-paratory” announcement. He hopes that you “will not hesitate to enter your feedback into the following padlet: http://de.padlet.com/wagjuer/webinars (just state your full name and a short remark concerning last night’s EVENT!!!)”

He continues:

At times there were 71 people in the virtual meeting room from about 20 different countries

(Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slowakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, …)

More links from the chat:

Mon Jan 12 – Wesley Fryer video hangout – volunteer opportunities for 2015 K12 Online Conference

Wesley Fryer

Shared publicly Jan 7, 2015

The K12 Online Conference is an all-volunteer, noncommercial effort, which means we rely completely on the contributions of generous volunteers. If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved with K12 Online, now is the time!

On Mon., Jan. 12 at 8:00pm ET, we will be livestreaming a video hangout here to talk about volunteer opportunities for the 2015 K12 Online Conference. There are a wide variety of ways to contribute, from marketing to presenting to working on live events. Some of these things only take a few minutes, while others are more involved. However you might like to be involved, there is an opportunity for you!

If you can’t join us for this hangout but are interested, please fill out this short form and we will also post an archive of the session here.

We greatly appreciate our community’s support and help, and look forward to a great 2015!


Mon Jan 12 MachinEVO 2015 Week1: Session1

Tue, January 13, 12:00 AM in UAE


Hazel Workman, Dennis Newson, Fabrizio Bartoli + 6 others going

Learning2gether participants welcome  “… but what we hope for are participants willing to stay the course  …. go the distance … and win a certificate at the final curtain.”

Wed Jan 14 Ideas in Action unhangout

Ideas in Action: Virtual Conversations
hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet and Learning Over Education Initiative


Fri Jan 16 Pedagogy of Machinima with Marisa Constantinedes

MachinEVO 2015 Week 1 webinar with Marisa Constantinedes


Hazel Workman, Fabrizio Bartoli, Carol Rainbow + 2 others going

EVO Minecraft MOOC meet and greet with Jeff Kuhn

Audio rendition of the YouTube recording

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On Wed Jan 14 at 1400 GMT EVO Minecraft MOOC held a meet and greet with Jeff Kuhn. Also on hand were EVOMC15 co-moderators Marijana and Filip Smolcec and Vance and Bobbi Stevens. Jeff started us off by laying out the rationale for using games in the classroom, including statistics showing that the video gaming industry was worth five times as many billion dollars as the film industry, certainly not a medium to ignore. One game that has been doing quite well in that industry is Minecraft, and our discussion explored how it can be used in class and also explored a little of Minecraft itself thanks to a screen share from Bobbi’s computer.  Hope you enjoy the recording.

The event was in hangout https://plus.google.com/events/ca1koklkgg8369t20sjdojmsvco

Live streamed

Archived also at: http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-evo-minecraft-mooc-meet-and-greet-jeff-kuhn

Further reading

About Jeff Kuhn and Dave Dodgeson, and Marijana and Filip #evomc15 co-moderators




Followed on Fri Jan 16 by EVOMC15 Minecraft  sandbox

EVO Minecraft MOOC moderators and participants met at our Minecraft server for sandbox activities. On arrival were were able to press T to get a text chat in Minecraft, but we quickly established a Skype call so we could communicate hands free in voice chat.

Participants had got themselves white-listed on the server by joining and entering their MC handles in this Google Doc

Voice and text back channel

We set up the event using http://doodle.com to produce the best times for us to meet

Here’s a taste of some of the shenanegans

2015-01-16_16.54.50carol_horse 2015-01-18_1935awsome




Filip’s remarkable video, referred to in Tamas’s post


And kudos to Barbi

on the most advanced build and tutorial on how to escape it created by any of us noobs!


What next?

This seems to have worked well for us. Now that we’ve established proof of concept, how about someone else try and set up a sandbox meeting at a time convenient for them, and let the rest of us join you if we’re available.


EVO 2015 Kickoff Webcast with Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens

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On Sunday Jan 11 Learning2gether assisted with the EVO 2015 Kickoff Webcast with Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens

In this annual event, EVO2015 Moderators talked about this year’s sessions as the EVO gets underway for its 15th year! See http://evosessions.pbworks.com

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2015-01-11.0545.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr&sid=75 – http://bit.ly/1IeBWhS.

Schedule of presentations

  • General Introduction (EVO and sessions) Nina, Vance, Coordination Team
  • Creating eTextbooks
  • Dream Act: What Teachers Can Do, Lori Dodson
  • Educators and Copyright: Do the Right Thing,  Tara Arntsen
  • EVO Minecraft MOOC, Vance Stevens, Mariana Smolčec
  • Flipped Learning, Laine Marshall, Kevin Coleman, John Graney, Khalid Fethi
  • MachineEVO 2015, Carol Rainbow
  • ICT4ELT, Mariana Smolčec, Sanja Bozinovic, Jose Antonio Da Silva
  • International Writing Exchange, Ludmila Smirnova, Ellen Graber, Nellie Deutsch
  • Moodle for Teachers, Ludmila Smirnova, Nellie Deutsch
  • NNEST and Collaborative Teaching, Geeta Aneja
  • Teaching EFL to Young Learners, Nellie Deutsch
  • Teaching Pronunciation Differently, Piers Messum, Roslyn Young
  • Using Moodle as a Bridge to Blended Learning, Victoria Dieste, Fabiana Hernandez
  • Wrap-up, Nina & Vance




Earlier this week

Sun Jan 4 Learning2gether with Teresa Almeida d’Eca – Google, a world within the World


Wed Sat 7 1900 GMT IATEFL TEASIG Webinar

The IATEFL Testing Evaluation and assessment Special Interest Group will be holding a webinar on 7 January 2015 at 5pm GMT / 6pm CET

For time where you are, check out the world clock here : http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html…

The webinar is open to anyone who is interested. It will be recorded and available on the IATEFL website for a limited time. After that it will be available only to IATEFL members.

You can access the webinar through the IATEFL websitewww.iatefl.org or directly here:


Sun Jan 11 12 noon GMT Marjorie Rosenberg IATEFL YLTSIG Webinar: Teaching to Learners of all Styles


Presented by: Marjorie Rosenberg

Learning2gether with Teresa Almeida d’Eca – Google, a world within the World

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On Sun Jan 4 Learning2gether was pleased to meet with Teresa Almeida d’Eca, who presented to us on Google, a world within the World in Google+ Hangout on Air

This presentation highlighted parts of the “immense Google world” most relevant to educators while showing the extent to which it is embedded in daily life simplifying personal and group work and communication for educators and their extensive networks of colleagues worldwide. Teresa Almeida d’Eca highlighted a relevant task from her experience as an EFL educator and discuss the importance of having adopted some Google apps as part of an online professional development workshop she co-coordinated for 10 years. Finally, she showed some of the apps she currently uses when working with her online professional groups. Her presentation showed how Google users can benefit from adopting Google apps to maximize communication, collaboration and sharing with students and peers.

This presentation was shown at the Google Portugal Summit on 30 Nov. and demoed live through desktop sharing.




Earlier this week

Sun Dec 28 1500 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with David Winet on Real World Writing about Real Things for a Real Audience


Sun Dec 28 2100 GMT Wesley Fryer convenes Hangout on 2014 EdTech Year in Review

Please join +Eric Langhorst , +Jason Neiffer & +Wes Fryer in a 75 minute Google Hangout starting at 4 pm Eastern – 3 pm Central – 2 pm Mountain – 1 pm Pacific on Sunday, December 28th discussing the “2014 EdTech Year in Review.” What have been the digital tools, trends, workflows, conferences, and interactions which stood out for you in 2014 as an educator and individual media publisher/sharer? What news stories from 2014 will impact schools the most in the coming year?

Stream and recording: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cltpee974sbaq69ek4vmnoelfn8

Learning2gether with David Winet on Real World Writing about Real Things for a Real Audience

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On Sun Dec 28 at 1500 GMT Learning2gether were fortunate to meet with David Winet who hosted a discussion on Real World Writing about Real Things for a Real Audience

Dave’s point is that students can supplement the standard writing for teacher only by using Yelp, Rottentomatoes, DearAbby, Yahoo news, PeoplesCourt, Amazon review, and comment sections to communicate their thoughts and feelings about film, food, products, books, news stories, justice, etc. with the whole internet.  This is writing with a real purpose, not just writing as an academic exercise, and it gets students to write because they want to, not because they have to.


Google+ Hangout

Contents of the show notes:

Hi and thank you for coming.  Background:  Academic bound students A little thing that gets students reading &writing about real things for real readers, and finding motivation to do it correctly as well as exposure to how it’s done by native speakers. The students can pick their own favorites, or the teacher can assign a movie, book, product, restaurant to review, etc.  In the case of movies and restaurants students can go in groups if they wish and each write his/her own review. Obviously this is fun to go somewhere together and then compare reviews. After-class benefit and tie-in would be getting other students in the class to try a given restaurant or movie based on the review.  A chance to bond!

Caveat: some students are not ready for the real world.  A mix is best of standard essays and this stuff.  Students must have the option to get their work corrected and the structure right before they post.  A more serious or higher level class should have a short lecture and templates from the teacher to help structure a good review.

Places you can do this:

  1. Amazon -product reviews
  2. Rottentomatoes -movie reviews; TV series reviews
  3. Yahoo news  -current events
  4. Yelp -restaurant reviews        -service provider reviews
  5. Gamespot -Videogame reviews
  6. Youtube -Music, album reviews
  7. Ratemyprofessor -Teachers, Schools (for the brave only)
  8. Tripadvisor, Virtualtourist  -Tourist venues, places to visit, things to avoid or watch out for.
  9. Dear Abby (uexpress.com/dearabby) -Give advice to the lovelorn and such
  10. People’s Court (video) -Decide Cases1
  11. Yahoo Answers -How to’s, Food recipes
  12. Wikipedia
  13. Ted.com

What the students get:

A. Passive learning

  1. practice reading up to date English – often with colloquialisms
  2. exposure to American culture (often in all its ugliness)
  3. exposure to examples of intelligent and less intelligent discussions and expositions
  4. learning about movies, restaurants and services they can actually use in real life.

B. Active learning1

  1. Writing about things that matter to them (movies, restaurants, current events, products)
  2. Using other people’s submissions as (good and bad) examples, writing well structured mini-essays (movie, restaurant reviews)
  3. Presenting non-American viewpoints and contributing to the general knowledge in that way.


  1. Do you do anything like this in your classes?
  2. Do you think such writing might detract from learning more formal academic writing?
  3. Is there a risk in having students interact with people out in the wide world?4
  4. Have you ever written a review? Would you?  Why/why not?  If you did, what did you review?  What did you touch on?  Did anyone react?5
  5. Other forms of real-world writing?  Letter to the President?  E-pals


Maria Colussa connects with us from Argentina


Earlier this week

Mon Dec 15 and Thu Dec 18 – Juergen Wagner hosts two events with Webheads Rita Zeinstejer (Thinglink) and Nik Peachey (HelloTalk)


Thu Dec 18 ‘ELT through Rhythm and Rhyme

Click here to access the class

Fri Oct 24-Dec 21 – Build Your Teaching Business Online: free MOOC from Jason Levine and Sylvia Guinan


Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/114_-pZjCooPIGuIQNC7KR7kc2N9s0pYNX80NpqEbwYg/edit

or: http://bit.ly/1zg3EtH

November 17-23: Learning to use the virtual classroom linked from

November 24-30: Learning to create a course

December 1-7: Course creation

  • Thu Dec 10 1300 GMT From Belief to Vision: Defining Why You Do What You Do

December 8-21 Course presentations

Oct 20 to Dec 15 George Siemens MOOC on Data, Analytics and Learning


Juergen Wagner hosts two events with Webheads Rita Zeinstejer (Thinglink) and Nik Peachey (HelloTalk)

Mon Dec 15 LEARNING2GETHER with Rita Zeinstejer on Thinglink: Turn any image into an interactive graphic

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/2014dec15thinglink.mp3?

E4.123-0645: Thinglink: Turn any Image into an Interactive Graphic
Zugangslink: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/thinglink/
Info: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/invitation_rita_Thinglink.pdf


From Juergen Wagner’s “post-paratory” information about Rita’s webinar

Thinglink webinar recording: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p2t0w14drgd/

Rita’s Thinglink presentation as a PDF

Thu 18 Dec Nik Peachey on HelloTalk – A language learning community on your mobile

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/2014dec18hellotalk.mp3?

Zuganslink: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/hellotalk/
Info: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/Invitation_Nik_HelloTalk.pdf


From Juergen Wagner’s “post-paratory” mail concerning the webinar with Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey’s BIO: http://quickshout.blogspot.de/p/my-online-courses.html

Nik Peachey’s HelloTalk webinar recording: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p2yp2bzwqvx/

Nik Peachey’s presentation as a PDF

http://hellotalk.com/ Download for IOS / Apple

Download for Android / Google

HelloTalk – A language learning community on your mobile

We decided to make this accessible in other languages as well. Thus we created blogposts in GERMAN*
HelloTalk – eine Commmunity zum Sprachenlernen auf Ihrem Handy

HelloTalk –apprendre une langue étrangère en tandem à partir de votre téléphone portable

HelloTalk: una Comunidad para aprender idiomas en tu dispositivo móvil

*In case anyone is interested in using these versions and publish them as guest blogposts you can do so for free or “multiply” the message via mailinglists, etc, providing you state Nik’s name as the author and cite us as the authors of the translated versions.*

Earlier this week

Sun Dec 7 Learning2gether with Ryan Buchanan about tablet technology for teachers


Oct 20 to Dec 15 George Siemens MOOC on Data, Analytics and Learning (ended)


Sun Dec 7 Rose Bard at BELTA

BELTA with Rose Bard
Our next Sunday With BELTA webinar is this weekend. This time we’ll be joined by Rose Bard at 1600 CET for “Listening With Both Ears”.
Go to www.beltabelgium.com/webinars/ for more information and make sure you take a look at her blog: http://rosebardeltdiary.wordpress.com/

Sun Dec 7 Nellie Deutsch – Teachers micro-teaching in pairs

Click here to access the class

Mon Dec 8 Stephan Rinke on Staying sane and managing yourself with Evernote

Free webinar: “Staying sane and managing yourself with Evernote ®”
a webinar for teachers and anybody else who wants to stay sane while managing a lot of information and tasks
the basics of David Allen’s self-management system Getting Things Done®
how to make it work for you with Evernote®
how to get things out of your head into a reliable system that will allow you to use your mind for thinking rather than for remembering how to become a more focused thinker with fewer items to keep in mind
how to ensure you always have relevant information available when and as you need it


Date: 08.12.2014 19:00h – 20:30h (Continental Time
= 18:00h – 19:30h United Kingdom
= UTC (GMT) 18:00h -19:30h
Registration: If it’s a first time registration, please send along the name of your school, university, institute, etc. to JWagner@lpm.uni-sb.de
Access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/edumorph/
You will need neither a username, nor a password.
Select the option “Enter as a guest” and enter your FULL !!! name into the box. (All attendees are “guests”).
Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at

This is from Juergen’s “post-paratory” email concerning this event

Latest Newsletter 106 for teachers of foreign languages and how to subscribe to it

The following padlets (still open) document the feedback I received when the 100th issue was released:

Use THIS PADLET for feedback on our webinars

Mon Dec 8 The Year in Review – Accomplishments from the Badge Alliance Community

This event has been scheduled for “2:00 ET”. It seems unlikely that this would be a 2 a.m. in a time zone that appears to be that of the organizers. Therefore, I assume 1400 ET, which would be 1900 GMT, or according my calculations below, time where you are …
(one more reason why those planning events for international audiences should give times in GMT / UTC imho)

2014 has been a landmark year for open badges. We kicked off the Badge Alliance to service the growing open badges ecosystem through action-oriented working groups and tackled salient issues collaboratively. During this live session, we’ll review the accomplishments of several of the working groups, including research, standard, endorsement, and directory. We’ll learn about the objectives each working group set out to accomplish within the 6 month cycle and the process it took in order to reach those goals. This session is intended to be collabortive and we invite the audience to engage with questions and feedback.

To join the live sessions, please use the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference link: http://tinyurl.com/OpenBadgesCollaborate

And as always, we look forward to your ongoing participation in the Open Badges MOOC! You are welcome to continue to use the MOOC resources (badges.coursesites.com) and submit challenge assignments for review by our experts. You’ll also find an extremely useful set of resources on the Reconnect Learning site.

Anne Derryberry, Deb Everhart, and Erin Knight
MOOC leaders

Mon Dec 8 edWeb seminar on Planning Lessons for a Range of Cognition

Sign up for a free webinar hosted by one of our edWeb professional learning communities.  Our PLCs offer free webinars, live chats, and online discussions.  You’ll earn a free CE certificate for attending a live webinar – or watching the recording.
Planning Lessons for a Range of Cognition

Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

2nd edWeb seminar on Planning Lessons for a Range of Cognition

Short on Time: Making Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal

Monday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Bill Sterrett, Educational leadership professor and coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington
Join Leadership 3.0

Tue Dec 9 3pm ET edWeb seminar on Brain Research and Social & Emotional Development of Young Children
What Brain Research Tells Us About the Social & Emotional Development of Young Children
Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. William Mosier, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wright State University and Director of Research at the Lynda A. Cohen Center for the Study of Child Development in Dayton, Ohio
Join PreK-3 Digital Learning

Tue Dec 9 4pm ET edWeb seminar on Teaching digital photography
Teaching Digital Photography: Seven Essential Elements for Instructional Success
Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Keith Kyker, District Library Media Specialist in Valdez, Alaska
Join LMC @ The Forefront

Wed Dec 10 3pm ET edWeb seminar on overcoming barriers to creativity
Overcoming the Barriers to Creativity
Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Steven Anderson, Content and Relationship Evangelist for Promethean
Join ReEnergize Today’s Connected Classroom

Wed Dec 10 4pm ET edWeb seminar on why design matters
Why Design Matters: How a Well-Designed Website Can Increase K-12 Community Engagement
Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Gina Beisel, Schoolwires’ Senior Manager of Creative Services; Kyle Taylor, Schoolwires’ Graphic Designer; and Amber Wolfe, Schoolwires’ Web Designer
Join Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12

Wed Dec 10 5pm ET edWeb seminar on HOT web tools
H.O.T. Web Tools to Ignite Your Classroom
Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Rachel Langenhorst, K-12 Technology Integrationist in Rock Valley, Iowa
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Thu Dec 11 EdTech Mojo webinars on Online Teaching Fundamentals and Learning Positivity

Online Teaching Fundamentals
A review of basic skills, tips and tactics to managing an online course effectively.
zoom link: https://delhi.zoom.us/j/854918338

Learning Positivity 
Research shows that optimists are sick less, recover from illness faster, earn higher income, achieve higher GPAs, have stronger immune systems, suffer from depression less, have lower rates of divorce, and a whole host of other benefits. This workshop will review current methods in the Positive Psychology movement to increase a positive mindset.
zoom link: https://delhi.zoom.us/j/854918338

Thu Dec 11 edWeb seminar on E-rate 2.1 next step for E-rate moderation

E-rate 2.1 – The Next Step for E-rate Modernization

John Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Funds For Learning
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Thu Dec 11 edWeb seminar on financial literacy for kids

Financial Literacy for Kids

Presented by Jean Chatzky, financial journalist, author, and NBC Today Show financial editor
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Thu Dec 11 IATEFL YLTSIG ‘ELT through Rhythm and Rhyme’
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Sat Dec 13 Steven Anderson on  Classroom 2.0 LIVE

Date: Sat., December 13, 2014
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Classroom 2.0 LIVE is so fortunate to have so many awesome, passionate educators join us each week to help us learn and grow in our profession, and we have another great special guest this week! Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) is returning to Classroom 2.0 LIVE and I know you are going to be charged up and excited as you hear Steven sharing a fantastic new classroom tool called ClassFlow. ClassFlow is a free, cloud-based tool that enables teachers to create lessons, deliver interactive content across multiple devices, and assess student understanding. With ClassFlow, teachers can build and access interactive lesson plans from any web browser. In addition, it allows teachers to foster student engagement by connecting mobile devices such as tablets and laptops to classroom displays and interactive whiteboards. Teachers can use real-time student responses to instantly adjust any lesson plan when it matters the most – in the moment of learning. Steven will demonstrate how ClassFlow works and provide examples of ways it is being used in classrooms across all grade levels.Steven lives in Winston-Salem, NC and is an educator, speaker, blogger, #Edchat Co-Creator, author, learning evangelist, Dad, Edublogs Twitterer Of The Year, ASCD Emerging Leader, Top 50 Innovators in Edu just to mention a few of his amazing accomplishments, and we can’t wait to learn together with him about this great tool! Steven blogs at: blog.web20classroom.orgMore information and session 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. Unsure of the time in your time zone? Click on the “Time Zone Conversion” link on our home page.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent ”Hour of Code” session with our special guests Kevin Hodgson and Gail Poulin. Click on the Archives and Resources tab. When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors The Learning Revolution, Weebly, and Blackboard Collaborate!Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

Sun Dec 14 Connected Courses ended :-(
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Dec 1-14 – http://connectedcourses.net/thecourse/next-steps-planning/

Dec 5 – http://connectedcourses.net/event/unit-6-class-2-connecting-to-the-indieweb-movement/