BrimEng: Carry English in your Pocket! LiveCode app development from Bangladesh

Learning2gether Episode 337

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On Sunday June 26  Learning2gether learned how to Carry English in Your Pocket! Claire Siskin introduced a team of teachers from Bangladesh who presented on how they learned LiveCode and used it to make a smartphone app for language learning.

We met Dr. Bipasha Binte Haque and Shamsi Ara Huda webcasting from Shamsi’s office at Daffodil International University in Dhaka. Sadia Zafrin Lia, another of the team of 4 developers from Bangladesh, had planned to join us but was unable to connect from home in Dhaka.

The Elluminate Publish rendition of the mp4 has only the audio and the slide show from the whiteboard. It looks like if I want to include webcams I’ll need to make a Camtasia version from the Elluminate recording below. For the time being, if you want to see our webcams, you’ll have to view that recording.

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
Thanks to an ongoing grant from


They are creating brimEng, an app for Android smartphones.  BrimEng wil be available free of charge.

They are using the Community (open source) version of LiveCode, a rapid application development (RAD) tool. With LiveCode, you can develop on PCs or Macs or Linux and deploy on those platforms as well as Android and IOS.




Sun 26 Jun 2000 UTC Global Education Day streamed live from ISTE Denver

Time wherever you are:

Below you will find our general announcement about our next event, Global Education Day. If you will be present at the International Society for Technology in Education conference, this may be of particularly interest. We hopefully will be live-streaming this event next Sunday, June 26th, on our YouTube channel as well. Follow all the action on Twitter using the hashtag #globaled16; our twitter handle is @GlobalEdCon.

At Global Education Day, we will be announcing the Great Global Project Challenge, an initiative designed to coincide with an event we host in September called Global Collaboration Day. We are encouraging educators and organizations to design collaborative projects during the next three months and we will promote these on our GCD site and to the GEC community. Visit this web page for more details. On June 26th, we will also be announcing dates for our main Global Education Conference which takes place every November.

In other ISTE related news, GEC leadership team member Julie Lindsay is organizing the Global Collaboration PLN Welcome and the Global Learning Playground at ISTE as well. If you will be attending this conference, make sure to check out these events in order to grow your professional learning network.


The Global Education Conference Network, along with its leadership team and supporters, believes in the power of globally connected teaching and learning to change the world. The GEC Network annually presents engaging face-to-face and virtual opportunities for students, educators and organizations in order to foster professional development, improve educational outcomes, and increase global understanding and collaboration. ln addition to the virtual Global Education Conference which takes place every November, co-chairs Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon are the creators of Global Collaboration DayGlobal Leadership Week and the upcoming Global Education Day.

The fifth annual Global Education Day event takes place next Sunday, June 26th from 2 PM to 5 PM at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Globally minded educators, organizations and companies will convene to share innovative ideas and best practices during this three hour face-to-face meet up. Global Education Day is the perfect opportunity for educators and organizations to create authentic connections and partnerships enabling global action and increased empathy in classrooms throughout the world. There is no cost to attend Global Education Day; those seeking to attend the ISTE conference as well must be paid registrants for official ISTE activities. Travel is the responsibility of participants.

This participatory and interactive Global Education Day will feature inspirational ignite talks by noted educators and organizations, round-table discussions on related topics, and a global resource cool tools showdown in which the best resources for designing powerful global experiences for students will be shared.

Featured ignite speakers include:

  • Nicky Bourgeois, the Wonderment

  • Tia Lendo, Google

  • Niccolina Clements Mangro, Edmodo

  • Michael Furdyck, TakingITGlobal

  • Jennifer Klein and Ross Wehner, World Leadership School

  • Jim Knight, TES

  • Chelsea Waite, Digital Promise Global

  • Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Global Oneness Project

  • David Young, VIF International Education

The full agenda can be viewed here.

Additionally, on Global Education Day, the Global Education Conference Network will  announce  the Great Global Project Challenge. The Challenge will encourage educators to design global projects to be implemented in schools around the world during the 2016-2017 school year. These projects will kick off in September during Global Collaboration Day.

A limited number of seats for Global Education Day are available to those who will be in the Denver area on June 26th. For registration and additional details, visit this Eventbrite page. Additionally, remote participants can follow all the global education action via the GEC’s YouTube channel and on Twitter using the hashtag #globaled16.

Global Education Day is made possible by innovative organizations committed to our mission. Many thanks to EdmodoGoogle for EducationTESVIF International Education, and the Wonderment for supporting this endeavor.

Additional press and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Steve Hargadon


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Earlier this week

Mon June 20 1000 UTC Learning2gether 336 about Teacher/Practitioner Research from Mark Wyatt, Anne Burns, and Judith Hanks


Discussion of Teacher/Practitioner Research with Mark Wyatt, Anne Burns, and Judith Hanks

Learning2gether Episode 336

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On Monday June 20 1000 UTC Learning2gether hosted a discussion of Teacher/Practitioner Research following up on an article written by Mark Wyatt, Anne Burns, and Judith Hanks

The presenters have just published an article in the On the Internet column of TESL-EJ

Teacher/Practitioner Research: Reflections on an Online Discussion

* * * On the Internet * * *
May 2016 — Volume 20, Number 1

Mark Wyatt 
University of Portsmouth, UK

Anne Burns
University of New South Wales, Australia

Judith Hanks
University of Leeds, UK

The discussion is on the evolution of that topic, its findings, and implications.


There is growing interest in educational research conducted by teachers and other practitioners in learning environments. There is also a growing willingness among educators to discuss such research in environments that are open and online. However, for some of those engaging with such forms of inquiry in such online spaces, puzzles remain. For example,

  • For it to count as ‘research’, does teacher/practitioner ‘research’ have to be shared?
  • Can this happen in non-academic ways, and why is this beneficial?
  • In what ways is teacher/practitioner research valuable in itself as an activity?
  • What forms of such research are open to teachers, how are they similar and how do they differ?
  • What are the defining characteristics of one of these forms, ‘exploratory practice’, and what does it look like in practice?
  • What kinds of support are required so that teacher/practitioner research is a more viable activity for both teachers and their learners?

These were some of the questions raised in a recent online discussion involving teachers and academics from all over the world. It provided dialogic learning opportunities and encouraged a sharing of insights from educators working from different perspectives but united in the common cause of supporting deeply ethical, empowering teacher/practitioner research. This article represents the moderators’ reflective summary of the discussion, produced with a view to disseminating current ideas on this topic and stimulating further debate.

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air



Earlier this week

Mon June 13 Learning2gether 335 with Peggy George in a Globinar on free PD resources in Livebinders

Recordings and show notes


Wed June 15 Virtually Connecting from NMC16


NMC16 Summer Conference

Peggy George in a Globinar on free PD resources collated in Livebinders

Learning2gether Episode 335

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Jürgen Wagner announced his “globinar” on Mon June 13 as being presented by “two outstanding members of the webheads community”. Learning2gether itself derives from Webheads in Action, so all concerned agreed to conduct the event in parallel with this week’s Learning2gether Episode 335.

The two Webheads in question were Dr. Peggy George, talking about Sources of Free or Low-cost Professional Development on Demand and the designated hostess of the event, Rita Zeinstejer.

Google+ Event page for this event:

YouTube recording:

Links to recordings and show notes are given in this pdf document:

This includes (I cleaned these links up from the pdf above)

Full link:

Globinar schedule of events: 



When you register for and attend Jürgen’s Globinars you get a nice …


Earlier this week

Sun June 5 1400 UTC Learning2gether 334 in Hangout on Air with Jeff Lebow

Mon June 6 2000 EDT VSTE hosts Bented on their Minecraft server

Tonight’s meeting is canceled due to the death of a dear friend of VSTE. Here is the notice Loren posted in Second Life. Feel free to join us.


With sorrow and regret we have learned that pioneering virtual educator Cyrus Hush has passed away unexpectedly.

On behalf of the VSTE family and all educators, I express my great sympathy. He was a valued member of our community, admired and enjoyed for his humor and intelligence.

This evening’s VSTE event in Minecraft is cancelled, and we will gather informally this evening at 8 PM EST in Second Life for those who wish to be together.

Loren ChrononaiaVSTE Chair-Elect , VE PLN Board Liaison

Special Treat June 6 at 8 PM EDT at VSTE Place, our Minecraft Server! “Bented,” one of the kids on East Coast Miners will be our guest and teach us how to make a variety of banners in Minecraft to beautify our builds!

Please come meet Bented and learn this fun skill. You will be inspired.

Once in the VSTE Place server type

/warp we to get to our classroom.

The server is

You must be whitelisted. Email if you need to be whitelisted.

Fri June 10 – webinar with Dr Bart Rienties from the UK Open University

As part of the EU-funded VITAL project on learning analytics and online language learning you are all invited to a free webinar with Dr Bart Rienties from the UK Open University today (10 June) at 11am UK time.

Further information here on the VITAL project website:

Dr Bart Rienties, Reader in Learning Analytics:

The impact of learning design on student behaviour, satisfaction and performance: a cross-institutional comparison across 151 modules”Pedagogically informed designs of learning are increasingly of interest to researchers in blended and online learning, as learning design is shown to have an impact on student behaviour and outcomes. Although learning design is widely studied, often these studies are individual courses or programmes and few empirical studies have connected learning designs of a substantial number of courses with learning behaviour. In this study we linked 151 modules and 111.256 students with students’ behaviour (<400 million minutes of online behaviour), satisfaction and performance at the Open University UK using multiple regression models. Our findings strongly indicate the importance of learning design in predicting and understanding Virtual Learning Environment behaviour and performance of students in blended and online environments. In line with proponents of social learning theories, our primary predictor for academic retention was the time learners spent on communication activities, controlling for various institutional and disciplinary factors. Where possible, appropriate and well designed communication tasks that align with the learning objectives of the course may be a way forward to enhance academic retention.

Informal learning with Jeff Lebow, Jose Rodriguez, and Rhizo16

Learning2gether Episode 334

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On Sunday June 5 Vance Stevens and Jeff Lebow met in Hangout on Air to talk about old times and new projects, all in the spirit of informality that infuses all our online projects past and present. We planned (if that is the correct word:-) to discuss these in a context of informal learning.

We invited Dave Cormier to join us and fill us in on the Rhizosphere, which is verging on a Rhizo16 MOOC one of these days. Dave texted that he was surrounded with kids on Sunday morning and if you’re a dad you know what that is like:-) The rhizomes will look after themselves.

Meanwhile, Hangouts with Jeff are always F.U.N. and in this one we were joined by special invited guest Jose Rodriguez in California, Peggy George in Phoenix, Elizabeth Anne in Grenoble, Vanessa Vaile in Colorado, Arthur Oglesby from the Rhizosphere, and Dave Cormier in spirit.

Where? Hangout on Air

Rhizo14 … 15 and 16 A Practical View MOOC by Dave Cormier, neverending

Dave declared May to be Rhizo month some time ago, but is stuck on #rhizo15 even though it’s no longer May. So Vance was wondering, is there a #rhizo16? Answer, yes, according to

Dave had announced:

May is Rhizo month this year
#rhizo16 is going to (formally) start up on May 1 and finish on May 31st

The newsletter response was fairly positive around having another rhizo this year… so we’re off. I’m still working on whatever trouble we might get into – posts will follow. I will say that we will continue to use this newsletter and the blog. Creating new ones every year isn’t really all that sustainable. I’ll be using the #rhizo16 hashtag – I’ve long since stopped trying to figure out what you all are going to do:)

Meanwhile, back on Prince Edward Island …


Whatever happens, the rules for Rhizo 15 will likely maintain …


Posts and videos:


Rhizo 15 started April 15. When does it end? It doesn’t say (maybe never:-)

You can vote

Earlier this week

Sun May 29 1400 UTC Learning2gether Episode 333 with Rita Zeinstejer on how to Fuel Engagement with Humour

Mon May 30 Globinar by Dieter Umlauf – How to put BYOD into practice

WEBINAR: How to put a BYOD-concept [Bring Your Own Device] into practice


All of May 2016 Moodle MOOC 8 (MM8)

Moodle Teacher Training on Moodle for Teachers website:

You may find the syllabus for MM8 useful.



Rita Zeinstejer on how to Fuel Engagement with Humour and Comics

Learning2gether Episode 333

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On Sun May 29  Learning2gether heard from Rita Zeinstejer on how to Fuel Engagement with Humour.

Rita’s presentation examines how humour can be an effective tool in teaching and in creating the affective second language classroom. It will also examine the reasons why humour is sometimes avoided, and will dispel the myth that one must be a comedian to use humour in a language classroom.

Kristmanson (2000) stressed the importance of the affective environment in second language teaching. It’s important for the teacher to create a “positive atmosphere” for learning. Humour, by decreasing anxiety and stress, can contribute to this positive classroom, to class unity and learning.

The focus is on the use of cartoons with practical examples of how to use and adapt this particular resource. One doesn’t have to be a gifted humorist to reap the benefits of using humour in the classroom.

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Earlier this week

Sun May 22 1500 UTC Susan Gaer on Students Producing Content

Mon May 23 Globinar with Dr. Nancy Grimm

Invitation to a promising WEBINAR with Dr. Nancy Grimm: More than just another introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign language

  • objective: to bridge the gap between theoretical approaches to foreign language teaching and the needs of students, teacher trainees, TEFL lecturers, and those teaching at the classroom level
  • reflections on major issues and current trends in language learning and teaching
  • the balance of reflection and practice in each chapter
  • the possibility of a flexible use of this book in inductive or deductive teaching approaches
  • ready-to-use materials: thought-provoking cartoons, key concepts, recommended reading, study questions, and rewarding examples of classroom activities for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students.
  • additional material provided online: e. g. PowerPoint-Presentations for teaching TEFL and pdf-files for learners
  • other only resources: the complete bibliography, additional examples, and a German-English glossary compiled by C. Juchem-Grundmann
  • Monday May 23rd 2016 – 19:00h – 20:30h CET
  • Time and date where YOU are
  • access link:
  • Info:
  • Registration:
  • Learn more about Nancy Grimm’s impressive biography:
  • Dr. NANCY GRIMM is also active as an in-service teacher trainer and educational materials developer.
  • You will need neither a username, nor a password.
  • Select the option “Enter as a guest” and enter IMPERATIVELY your FULL !!! name into the box. (All attendees are “guests”).
  • Registration:

May 27 Blab with Wesley Fryer – EdTech Situation Room Episode 11


The article referred to by Peggy in the text chat above is called “What is happening with Blab?” It’s about recent changes in focus on Blab’s target audience and features a statement from Blab’s developers to the effect that, no, they aren’t going away, just adapting to the shifting playing field of social broadcasting. The article end in the following summary:

“Right now, if you want a stable platform on which you can host a professional-grade interview or discussion, perhaps even a webinar, it’s clear that Hangouts is still the best option. Despite inherent flaws, it’s the network most likely to deliver that end-result you’re looking for at the highest quality, particularly with integrations and tools like Webinar Jam. What Blab brought to the table was ease-of-use and discoverability. Don’t be surprised when Facebook sprints past both platforms.”

Learning2gether with Susan Gaer about Students Producing Content

Learning2gether Episode #332

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On Sunday May 22 Susan Gaer spoke to us about how she gets her students to exercise their language by producing content using apps such as Kahoot, Socrative, Quizizz, 5-Card Flickr, and Showme. She and Vance discussed other such apps and Susan gave us a screenshare view of Quizizz. The occasion was an excellent opportunity to share expertise with an experienced and much awarded educator, and you can play it back here:

In Chatwing, we created a list of URLs we would use during the presentation; e.g. this article on brain research supporting Susan’s approach to learning

A list of apps referred to

Vance provided this further information on 5 Card Flickr, where Scott Lockman introduced it as Pecha Flickr, after a script created by Alan Levine

Susan provided the link for the documents to accompany her presentation

and Vance posted a link to the article on extending hangouts to numerous viewers, which came up in the discussion as Susan was going to use HoA for an upcoming online event

Presentation announcement



Venue: Google+ Hangout on Air

The event was live-streamed

How this works at show time

  • If space is available (up to 10 people) you can join us in the HoA directly at its live link posted at various places at show time; e.g.

You can watch the stream at the embed above, and also chat with us live in real time if you wish


Earlier this week

Sun May 8 Learning2gether Episode 330 – EVO Symposium at the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference

Sat May 14 1700 UTC Nate Balcom is featured teacher of the month on Classroom 2.0 LIVE

Presentations schedule

We are so excited to have Nate Balcom on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our Featured Teacher for the month of May! This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about an amazing project Nate has organized called “March Book Madness” and also to hear about the exciting ways he is integrating technology in his teaching as the Integration Specialist at Starr Elementary Sch., Grand Island, Nebraska. He has taught in the classroom for 12 years at Starr Elementary School. We are looking forward to seeing some of the creative videos and projects his students have created. Nate is passionate about global education and each year his students are involved with the Global Read Aloud program that connects students around the world who are reading a book together and sharing their experiences.

Nate is a Google Certified Educator Level 1, was a 2015 Grand Island Education Foundation Mini Grant Recipient, 2015 Grand Island Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Nominee, and a 2014 Bammy Awards Nominee for Teacher of the Year. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and is currently pursuing another Master’s degree in Technology Leadership. He and his wife have two amazing boys (12 y/o and 9 y/o) and two equally amazing daughters (6 and 4 y/o).

More information and session details are at 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 All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent“Kids Deserve It!” session with Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

Visit Classroom 2.0 at:

All of May 2016 Moodle MOOC 8

Saturday May 14 Mohammed A Ahmed discusses Sway

Vance was not able to find a live link for this session

Sun 15 May 1800 UTC – MM8: Personal and Personalized Learning with Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson

You must be enrolled in the course to join to these classes

Mon 16 May 1800 UTC – MM8: New Digital Classrooms with Old Non-Digital Teachers with Susan Brodar

Mon 16 May 1600 UTC – MM8: Moodle Blocks and Practicing as a Manager of a Moodle Course  with Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Wed 18 May 1500 UTC – MM8: Anticipating the Needs of Learners in Virtual Worlds with Nancy L. Zingrone

Fri 20 May 1700 UTC – MM8: Understanding how to Teach Online with Tom Hodgers & Nives Torres

Sat 21 May – MM8: Reflecting on teacher’s behaviors on social media with  Karin Heuert Galvão

You must be enrolled in the course to join to this class


EVO Symposium at the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference

Learning2gether Episode #331

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On Sunday May 8 Learning2gether participated in an EVO Symposium at the 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference. The event took place in the Adobe Connect room Arthur and was livestreamed on, where many recordings can be found. Vance Stevens organized the event on behalf of EVO

Panelists included:

  • Vance Stevens
  • Marijana Smolčec
  • Nellie Deutsch
  • Elizabeth Anne
  • Nina Liakos
  • Ann Nowak
  • Helena Galani


From the program overview and list of recordings here


Symposium program

  • Vance Stevens is co-ordinator since 2003 and co-moderator of EVO Minecraft MOOC (2015-2016), MultiMOOC (2009-2014), Webheads in Action (2002). He is an EFL teacher in Al Ain, founder of Webheads in Action, EVO coordinator since 2002, coordinator of Learning2gether, and On the Internet editor for TESL-EJ where he and co-moderators co-authored an article on Minecraft and Language Learning.
  • Nina Liakos has been head co-ordinator of EVO, 2013-2015
  • 14:15 Marijana Smolčec – Co-ordinator and co-moderator of EVO Minecraft MOOC. Marijana has been an EFL teacher for 14 years at Gimnazija Bernardina Frankopana. She is a proud Webhead and has been in EVO since 2011, eTwinning group moderator, project coordinator, avid user of web 2.0 tools,co-author of TESL-EJ article Minecraft and Language Learning, passionate about teaching Edtech, a mom, and a wife.
  • 14:30 Mbarek Akaddar – Lead co-ordinator of EVO, 2015-2017
  • 14:45  Elizabeth Anne – Co-ordinator and mentor
  • 15:00  Helena Galani and Ann Nowak – EVO Games

We crowd-sourced our slides here:

Our EVO panel planning document is here:

For a rough program outline, see: 


The panel was part of the Friday through Sunday

8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference, 6-8 May 2016

Heike Philp hosted her 8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference, 6-8 May 2016.

Paul Driver will do the opening keynote at 11pm GMT on Friday May 6. Other keynotes include Russell Stannard, Dr. Cynthia Calogne, Joe Dale, and Nik Peachey.

Mbarek Akaddar, Nina, Liakos, Nellie Deutsch, Elizabeth Anne, Marijana Smolcec, Helena Galani, Ann Nowak, and Vance Stevens comprise a panel on EVO (Electronic Village Online) at 1400 UTC Sunday May 8. And there are some three dozen presentations and panels besides over the three days, well worth checking out.

Time: May 6, 2016 to May 8, 2016
Location: Room Arthur Adobe Connect
Organized By: Heike Philp

Event Description:
8th Virtual Round Table Web Conference
6-8 May 2016 (Fri-Sun)
Adobe Connect Room Arthur (max. 100)
Livestream (the sky is the limit)
The Virtual Round Table is an annual free web conference for language educators on language learning technologies.
We are looking forward to an exciting 3-day program with symposiums, presentations, workshops, networking events and app swap sessions.
The following is an overview of the program.
Friday, 6 May (European time zone friendly)
  • 10:30am GMT Welcome address
  • 11am OPENING KEYNOTE Paul Driver
  • 12pm GMT LTSIG Symposium with Marisa Constantinides
  • 2pm GMT GAMES Symposium with Ed Russel and Nora Choperena
  • 5pm GMT ONLINE CORPUS Symposium with Leo Selivan
  • 7pm GMT ELTons Symposium with Sirin Soyoz and Waleed
Saturday, 7 May (American timezone friendly)
  • 1pm GMT MOOC Symposium with Anna Rolinska
  • 3pm GMT VIDEO Symposium with Russell Stannard
  • 4pm GMT KEYNOTE Russell Stannard
  • 5pm GMT DIGITAL PUBLISHING symposium with Randi Harlev
  • 7pm GMT TELECOLLABORATION symposium with Theresa McKinnon
  • 10pm GMT IMMERSIVE WORLD Symposium with Helena Galani and Ann Nowak
  • 12am KEYNOTE Dr. Cynthia Calogne
Sunday, 8 May (Asian timezone friendly)
  • 9am KEYNOTE Joe Dale
  • 2pm EVO Symposium with Vance Stevens
  • 4pm Techno-CLIL Symposium with Letizia Cignanotto
  • 6pm Closing KEYNOTE Nik Peachey
For individual sessions please browse
Audience participation is required!!!!
The VRT WebCon crowd is not a silent crowd. We love the sharing spirit of everyone, not just the presenters.
This year we want to compile some Top 10 lists and need your input. If you want to help crowd source the following, then please….
  • For the Top 10 language games, please join the Games Symposium
  • For the Top 10 Apps, come join the App Swap Jam session
  • Top 10 MOOCs? Top 10 digital publishing tool? Top 10 fun …. Oh yes!
Your symposium moderators (in alphabetical order):  Nora Choperena, Marisa Constantinides, Helena Galani, Randi Harlev, Teresa McKinnon, Ann Nowak, Waleed Nureldeen, Giselle Pempedijian, Carolina Rodriguez, Ania Rolinska, Edward Russell, Leo Selivan, Sirin Soyoz, Russell Stannard, Vance Stevens
See more details and RSVP on Virtual Round Table Web Conference:

About Virtual Round Table Web Conference

The VRT conference has 5 keynotes: Paul Driver, Russell Stannard, Dr. Cynthia Calogne, Joe Dale and Nik Peachey.

An open invitation

A list of individual sessions in date order

Program Overview with links to the individual session description.



Earlier this week

Sun Apr 24 Learning2gether episode 330 – EVOMC16 presents on Minecraft and the gamification of teacher and student learning at SLMOOC16


All of April – SLMOOC16

Here’s SMORE:

Presenter’s bios
SLMOOC16 – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Mon Apr 25 – Fri Apr 29 Global Leadership Week online

Global Leadership Week takes place April 25th through April 29th.  If you haven’t checked out the site for this, please visit Follow all the Twitter action around the event using the hashtag #globaled16.
Here’s what you need to know about GLW:

  1. Schools, companies, and organizations are hosting events designed to encourage global action through leadership and you can join in these online activities: This is a great opportunity to showcase collaboration and the work of your school or organization.
  2. Anyone can still host an event. Directions and ideas are listed here. There is no deadline.
  3. The GEC is hosting two major events within Global Leadership Week featuring invited speakers. One is the Global Leadership Summit at Edmodo on April 25th and the Global Leadership Day mini-conference on April 26th.
  4. The Global Leadership Summit is a face-to-face event and will also be streamed in YouTube. If you are in the Bay Area in California, you are welcome to attend the summit in person … we have only a few seats left. (Do not register unless you can actually be in Calfornia!)
  5. Global Leadership Day will be taking place in Blackboard Collaborate from 12 PM to 4 PM PST on April 26th.

Global Leadership Week is brought to you by people and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning. Our sponsors are VIF International EducationEdmodoGoogleTESthe WondermentiEARN-USAthe Global Campaign for Education – US Chapter, and Otus.The support of these groups allows us to bring our series of GlobalEd Events to you free of charge.

Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong celebration of leadership through global action in K-20 education taking place April 25-29, 2016. GLW is an opportunity for global education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age.

During Global Leadership Week, leaders in schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and corporations will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. The global education community at large can choose to participate in these online activities by browsing event listings on the GLW website.

During GLW, the Global Education Conference (GEC) Network will be hosting two major events. First is the Global Leadership Summit is an invitational, face-to-face convening at Edmodo’s headquarters in San Mateo, California on April 25th. Additionally, the GEC is producing the Global Leadership Day virtual conference on April 26th which will feature thought leaders at all levels. These events will be streamed and recorded for the public; subsequent recordings will be used as living artifacts to continually inspire leaders. All events will be free of charge to attendees.

The education public can actively participate in any of the following ways:

  • Virtually watch our face-to-face Global Leadership Summitinternational networking event at Edmodo’s headquarters on Monday, April 25 from 4 PM – 7 PM PST (UTC-7). (The summit itself is an invite-only event.) Join the GEC Network to be sent the links to watch.
  • Listen to presentations online and interact with various global education thought leaders on Global Leadership Day, Tuesday, April 26 from noon – 4 PM PST (UTC-7). These interviews and panels will highlight leadership practices from a range of experts. Event tracks will be: State/National/International Leadership, District Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Classroom Leadership, Teacher Education, Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership. Again, join the GEC Network to be sent the links to watch.
  • Design and host a virtual event focused on global education leadership during the week of April 25th. We will post your event on our website’s calendar. If your organization is a sponsor or a non-profit, we will promote your event through social media. Submit to host an event here.
  • Attend any of the aforementioned virtual events hosted by participating schools and organizations.
  • If your organization can reach several thousand educators, consider join us as an outreach partner. Email Lucy Gray at Include a short description of how you can help get the word out to your network and a logo for your organization.

This event is brought to you by people and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected teaching and learning. GLW is organized by the Global Education Conference Network, Flat Connections, GlobalEdLeader, Global Oneness Project, iEARN-USA, the Learning Revolution Project, and VIF International Education. Our generous sponsors are VIF International Education, Edmodo, Google, TES, the Wonderment, iEARN-USA, the Global Campaign for Education – US Chapter, and Otus.

Confirmed Panelists for the Global Leadership Summit:

  • Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google
  • Betsy Corcoran, CEO, EdSurge
  • Tony Jackson, Vice President for Education, The Asia Society
  • Amy Lin, Co-Founder, Blendspace
  • Jennifer Russell, Director of Education, iEARN-USA
  • Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo
  • Dana Mortenson, Executive Director, World Savvy
  • Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Education Director, Global Oneness Project
  • Brandon Wiley, President, GlobalEdLeader
  • Esther Wojcicki, Educator, Palo Alto High School
  • David Young, CEO, VIF International Education

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Sunday May 1 1600 UTC Nellie Deutsch talks about Moodle MOOC 8 and a few tips and tricks

Mon May 2 Blab Teacher PD Chat with Benjamin Stewart and Tyson Seburn


Mon May 2 Programming Computercraft Turtles with Minecraft Edu

Hang on to your shovels, Miners! VSTE’s VE PLN Minecraft Monday is going to be very special this month!

Monday, May 2 at 8 PM Eastern time

please join the VSTE VE PLN community on Google+

All future updates will be posted as comments on the event for tonight.

The server we’ll be connecting to is

Blake (Techplex Engineer) will do an introduction to programming Computercraft turtles with Minecraft edu.

We’ll be exploring Turtle Island which was created by Mike Harvey to introduce students to ComputerCraft EDU Beginner turtles. We’ll start by checking out the Turtle Museum and discussing the capabilities of the turtles. Depending on time we might be able to embark on the Navigation challenge in which users learn to use the Turtle Remote Control to move through an obstacle course with their turtles.

Please download the Minecraft EDU Client (this is different than the Minecraft EDU Hosting client) here:

Once downloaded simply unzip the file and run the program by double clicking on the Launcher.jar

On Mac computers you may receive a warning “Launcher can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.” Simply right click the Launcher.jar and choose open.


Thu May 5 Hangout with Fanny Passeporte on Google Apps for Education

This Hangout on Air is an open discussion about unleashing the power of the Google Apps for Education to create a site with integrated Google Apps for an intranet solution. If teachers do less admin, they can focus on their students’ learning and become better version of themselves!  I have invited people who, I think, are moonshot thinkers and can really contribute and amplifying each others’ ideas. Looking forward to collaborating with you!



Sat May 7 Classroom 2.0 with Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome on the #KidsDeserveIt initiative


We are so proud to be able to have Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome with us as our special guest presenters on Saturday, May 7th, to share some exciting updates about the #KidsDeserveIt initiative and their passions as elementary principals related to teaching and learning! Some of the things they’ll be talking about are ways to eliminate excuses, ways to encourage and inspire students, ideas for connecting with others, and their experiences with ways to challenge conventional thinking.

Todd Nesloney is the Principal/Lead Learner of Webb Elementary in Navasota, TX. He is the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for Elementary Principal and the 2014 Award Winner for Classroom Teacher of the Year, the TCEA Teacher of the Year for 2014, a White House Champion of Change, a National School Board Association “20 to Watch”, and Center for Digital Education “Top 40 Innovators in Education”. Todd is the author of children’s book “Spruce & Lucy” and the co-author of the Award Winning Book, “Flipping 2.0”. He is also the co-host of the popular education podcast series “EduAllStars” and “Kids Deserve It”.

Adam Welcome is the Principal of Montair Elementary School in Danville, CA. He is a marathon runner, a workshop fan, and a husband and father to two children. He serves on the Remind Advisory Board and is the ASCA Principal of the Year. Adam is also the co-host of the podcast series “Kids Deserve It”

More information and session details are at 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 All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent“STEM, PBL, and Technology Integration: STEMtastic Ideas for Everyone” session with Mike Gorman. Click on theArchives and Resources tab.

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

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