EVOMC17 playdate goes in search of a new quest

Learning2gether episode 348

On Saturday, October 22, the weekly EVOMC17 playdate went in search of a new quest. Having found the big fire, our intrepid band of EVO Minecraft MOOC explorers met in world to wonder, what next?

Learning2gether episode 348 will be another experiment with streaming Minecraft video and Discord audio using XSplit as the encoder rather than OBS.

Vance is set to figure out how to not only stream this one but set an event for it. The result: I was able to make the stream happen though a YouTube watch page, but to do that I had to use XSplit encoder (OBS was not working with YouTube watch pages). I found that OBS had at least sustained the stream whereas XSplit started fine from the watch page but was frequently dropping us out of Minecraft, which might have resulted in audio not syncing with video in this video. I checked online for a solution and found that this is a frequent complaint about XSplit. I haven’t quite found the ideal encoder yet, still testing.

Google+ Event page


Participants in EVO Minecraft MOOC were invited to join us in Minecraft

Participants in EVOMC16 who were whitelisted on our server were invited to join us in Minecraft. All others could join us in the stream and interact with us in text chat at

Earlier this last week

Sun 16 Oct 1400 UTC – Learning2gether episode 347 – Kickoff of EVO2017 Moderator training


Wed Oct 19 American English Webinar Series – Dawn Bikowski

For the convenience of those viewing a graphic the link is http://bit.ly/AEWebinarSeries4

and the times of the sessions 0800 and 1300 EDT are noon and 1700 UTC


Kickoff of EVO2017 Moderator training with Mbarek Akaddar and Jeff Lebow

Learning2gether episode 347

Download mp3

The Bb Collaborate (Elluminate) mp4 on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RuF6tYaelkM

On Sunday, October 16th, EVO moderators were invited to join us for a chat in Bb Collaborate streamed to YouTube/Live to kick-off the training.

Mbarek Akaddar led a discussion on an overview of the training session, and explained why we feel the moderator training is essential for experienced moderators and new moderators alike. All were encouraged to attend and share their ideas and questions.

EVO moderators with access to this page
would have known for some time that the EVO moderator training and sessions cycle for 2017 would be be kicked off with this first live synchronous meeting.

(and if you can’t reach that page, don’t worry, the information on this open event is here, all were welcome)

To interact with us live in the event venue, come here:
Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/
(which was just recently renewed for another year; THANK YOU LearningTimes)

The Elluminate recording is here:

For those who couldn’t reach Bb Collaborate or had to miss it …

Viewers were able to click here to join the stream set up and competently managed by Jeff Lebow, or replay the event later (as displayed in the embed below):

Participants in the stream could chat with us in real time at http://chatwing.com/vancestev

Find the transcripts from the Chatwing and Bb Collaborate chat spaces here

Earlier this week

Sun Oct 9 Susan Hillyard on the trials and tribulations of opening your own on-line Academy


Sat 15 Oct 1300 UTC EVOMC17 in quest of the Big Fire

The intrepid band of explorers Teacher Vance, Bard Rose, Emmanuel, and Linda Gielen resume their quest, set by Captain Trips Mircea Patrascu, to navigate the jungle streams past numerous boobie trapped temples in quest of the big fire at the end of journey, if we can survive it!

If you are whitelisted on the EVO Minecraft server, join us live. If not, enjoy the live stream and recording afterwards.

Interact with us in live real-time chat at http://chatwing.com/vancestev

The event page does not activate the video embed and inform viewers the event is streaming when OBS is used as the encoder (though YouTube registers the stream and OBS sends one), so there is no video to watch here. But there is a link to the video and a conversation here

Streamed live from Minecraft: https://youtu.be/j4XeQj4ORVY

Jeff says this event was also somehow streaming live at this location

go figgah as we used to say in Hawaii

Sat Oct 15 1700 UTC Shelly Fryer on Classroom 2.0/live

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Featured Teacher: Shelly FryerJoin us Saturday, October 15th as 3rd and 4th grade teacher Shelly Fryer@sfryer will join us as our October Featured Teacher. Shelly will share how she uses a variety of strategies, apps, and technologies to build classroom community, differentiate learning to meet individual student needs in literacy and math, and promote a culture of making and creating. In addition to helping her students feel safe in their classroom family, Shelly is focused on helping students love learning at school. Shelly is passionate about helping students share their voices beyond the walls of their classroom. She teaches at a special school in Oklahoma City, Positive Tomorrows @ptokc, which exclusively serves homeless students and families. Shelly has been a teacher for over 20 years, and is in her fourth year teaching in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Shelly became a PBS Digital Learning Innovator (@pbsteachers) in 2014, and is a Fellow with Oklahoma A+ Schools (@okaplus) promoting arts integration and creativity in the classroom. Read her blog on shellyfryer.com, and check out her classroom website on classroom.shellyfryer.com.Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20More 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.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Confessions of a Learning Revolutionary” session with Steve Hargadon. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

Susan Hillyard on the trials and tribulations of opening your own on-line academy

Learning2gether episode 346

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On Sunday, October 9, I had the pleasure of hosting Susan Hillyard talking on the trials and tribulations of opening your own on-line teacher training academy. In her presentation she made an impressive case for teaching through drama.

Susan Hillyard will discuss with us The Trials and Tribulations of setting up your own on-line Academy

“Are you thinking of opening your own online school? I decided to do just that as I have sitting, languishing on my PC about 70 PPTs all with handouts and additional materials which would be really useful to new and serving teachers. So I set about taking a course with Nellie Deutsch where I learned to design, build and open my first 6 week online course in my Academy SHELTA. In this presentation I will discuss how exciting and how difficult it was for me to get my head around the technology and how my first two courses panned out leaving me thrilled and determined to open a new theme as soon as possible.”

The result was SHELTA here: https://www.facebook.com/susanshelta/

Where? Bb Collaborate



Nellie Deutsche’s blog post about Susan’s Teaching English through Drama

What happened to the stream? I think I made a rookie error. I had streamed successfully just a few days before and tried to do the same by launching the encoder and assuming YouTube would pick it up as before. But before I had “streamed now” where as here I had set an “event”. I think for this event I needed to type a different key in the encoder output from what I had used before. I believe that was the problem, and I’ll devote some time this weekend to troubleshooting it.


Earlier this last couple of weeks

Tue Oct 4 Punching through to the next level – Livestreaming EVOMC17 weekly playdates


Wed Oct 5 American English Webinar Series with Jon Kotnarowski

For the convenience of those viewing a graphic the link is http://bit.ly/AEWebinarSeries4

and the times of the sessions 0800 and 1300 EDT are noon and 1700 UTC


Wed Sept 21 American English Webinar Series with Lauren Whitaker

For the convenience of those viewing a graphic the link is http://bit.ly/AEWebinarSeries4

and the times of the sessions 0800 and 1300 EDT are noon and 1700 UTC


Sat Sept 24 1600 UTC Mircea Petrascu’s new quest in EVOMC17

My Camtasia video for this was corrupted by running out of space on my HDD, but Rose has a copy she can send

When she does that I’ll create a post for this event.

For now, it’s tucked onto here


Wed Oct 5 – Fri Oct 7 Virtually Connecting from UC Irvine

Thu Oct 6 and Fri Oct 7 Online Language Learning Research Network (OLLReN) conference


Schedule of presentations


Wed Oct 5- Sun Oct 9 Teaching for Success Online Conference


With over 60 scheduled talks by speakers from around the world and panel discussions taking place between Wednesday 5 October and Sunday 9 October 2016, the Teaching for Success Online Conference promises to deliver a wide range of engaging and insightful presentations covering all aspects of professional development for teachers in all contexts. Talks on each of the five days will focus on distinct themes related to the different Professional Practices that make up the British Council’s new CPD framework for teachers and CPD framework for teacher educators. All talks will take place in Adobe Connect and will be recorded for later viewing.

Punching through to the next level – Livestreaming EVOMC17 weekly playdates

Learning2gether Episode 345

I just posted this to the EVO Minecraft MOOC Google+ Community

Thanks to +Rose Bard and +Linda Gielen, who help me get around and stay alive each week, and+Mircea Patrascu who makes the quests (modeling how a master can manage class activities in#Minecraft ) I’m getting better at the game, or more correctly, the toy, as +Jeff Kuhn points out. But this evening I punched through my latest personal learning goal. I managed to figure out how to stream our #evomc17  events live, capturing virtual play along with voice.

This mind and hand coordination retoolkng came about with the demise of Google Hangouts on Air as we knew them. When HoA ceased to be available, webcasters were forced to resort to http://youtube.com/live, which as it turns out, having come to grips with it, I think is a good thing, because it forces us to learn about configuring the underlying encoders, in the same way that I have always had a fondness for DOS, where we had to manually configure each CD-ROM drive, before the days of Windows Plug and Play. The DOS batch files gave us a lot of control over how our machines started up, as opposed to how it happens now, as bloatware gets added and gradually crowds out what you want to use your machine for in favor of those who want to exploit what you do every time you boot up.

So for tonight’s playdate, I entered a game of Minecraft with my colleagues and streamed the Minecraft window as I had done before, and then played with the Open Broadcast encoder, enabling mic and sound card, fired up the discord voice app we use to talk with each other while playing, and it all came together perfectly.

Our next playdate will be livestreamed. I’ll set the event in YouTube/Live, and invite you join us in world or just follow what we’re up to in real time.

When watching YouTube videos, be sure and use the settings gear to play back in highest resolution. The default setting may be grainy.


Earlier this last couple of weeks

Tue Sept 20 EVOMC17 Playdate in Minecraft – Basic building


Sat Oct 1 Classroom 2.0 on Innovating with iPads

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Innovate with iPad

We are so excited to have two outstanding educational leaders, Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen, sharing with us in this webinar! They are prepared to inspire and “wow” us with ways to get students and teachers creating with iPads.
Webinar description: In this webinar, participants will learn to use iPads to transform teaching and learning. Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen, authors of Innovate with iPad, will share five key content creation iPad apps and how they can be used for numeracy, literacy, socials, science, and student self-assessment. They will explore what’s possible with iPad and how it can be used as a tool for content creations instead of a tool for content consumptions. Each participant will leave the session with new ideas of how to transform teaching and learning with iPad.Karen is an award winning primary school teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world through Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. She takes a hands-on approach to teaching by including inquiry, projects, and the maker mindset in her classroom. Her students choose how they learn, show, and share their knowledge. Karen has taught in both Australia and Canada. Karen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google for Education Certified Innovator.

Kristen has spent her career teaching and engaging primary school children in the United States and Canada. Through her innovative, student-driven projects, she teaches classes to take chances and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century. Kristen encourages her students to create, collaborate, and be open to trying new things in her classroom every day. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and enjoys inspiring educators to use technology in innovative ways by speaking at conferences.

Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20

More 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.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent“Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers” session with Mike Marotta. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

EVOMC17 Playdate in Minecraft – Basic building

Learning2gether Episode 344

On Tuesday Sept 20 at the usual time of 1300 UTC moderators in EVOMC17 (Electronic Village Online) held a Playdate in Minecraft. This was the stimulus …

Mircea Patrascu:

Rose and Vance met Mircea on the server, but Mircea couldn’t be there, so we didn’t go on the quest. Instead Rose showed me how to build a house. The video records my learning experience.

Sat Sept 24 we pursue Mircea Petrascu’s new quest in EVOMC17

Sat Sept 24 Mircea Petrascu set a new quest in EVOMC17, Electronic Village Online Minecraft MOOC in preparation for 2017. Vance Stevens met Mircea, Mircea’s son Vlad, Linda Gielen, and Rose Bard to position ourselves at the starting point for the latest quest set by Mircea. The exercise shows how adult teaching peers can learn how to foster cooperation and critical skills under the guidance of a skilled learning facilitator in a game as rich as Minecraft. Read about Mircea’s quest here:



The video below shows us reaching the jungle temple in boats, led by intrepid explore MP himself!

Always  on the lookout for new places to explore on our EVO Minecraft server, Rose Bard and her son Emanuel, Linda Gielen, Aaron Schwartz (fleetingly) and I returned at our normal Tuesday playdate time on September 27  to the temple we had disconnected from the previous Saturday to continue to follow in MP’s ground breaking footsteps as recorded in his enigmatic blog posts, e.g.

As usual I recorded the experience in Camtasia but toward the end of the hour my HDD filled and the program crashed, corrupting the recording. However, we had penetrated the jungle as far as a second and third temple. The latter was boobie trapped and I emerged with an arrow in my neck. We paused outside for a group photo



Earlier this last couple of weeks

Tue Sept 6 1300 UTC EVOMC17 Minecraft MOOC playdate #2


Thu Sep 15 2016 – GCD Global Collaboration Day

GLOBAL COLLABORATION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 15THThe Global Education Conference Network Launches Its Second Annual Celebration

Students, teachers, and organizations will join together online to celebrate and demonstrate global collaboration onSeptember 15, 2016. On Global Collaboration Day, educators and professionals from around the world will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. This event is brought to you by VIF International Education, Google for EducationiEARN-USA and Edmodo.The primary goals of this 24-hour, worldwide event are to:

  • demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world
  • introduce others to the collaborative tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today
  • to focus attention on the need for developing globally competent students and teachers throughout the world

Global Collaboration Day will take place on September 15 in participant time zones. Classrooms, schools, and organizations will design and host engaging online activities for others to join. Events will range from mystery location calls to professional development events to interviews with experts. All events will be collated in an online calendar viewable in participants’ individual time zones. Participants will be connected on Twitter via the hashtag #globaled16.

An optional new activity this year will be the Great Global Project Challenge. Between now and October 1, 2016, global educators will design collaborative projects using a variety of platforms in which other students and teachers may participate during the course of the 2016-2017 school year. The objective is to create and present as many globally connective projects for students and educators as possible. The final deadline for submissions into our project directory is October 1, but participants are also encouraged to do an introductory activity for their project onGlobal Collaboration Day as well.

Global Collaboration Day is a project of the Global Education Conference Network, a free online virtual conference that takes place every November during International Education Week. GCD, along with Global Education Day at ISTE and Global Leadership Week, are events designed to connect educators and keep global conversations going year round.

For more information about Global Collaboration Day, please visit our main web siteA digital flyer is also available for distribution.

Follow us on social media:

Help us spread the word. Here are some sample Tweets:

  • Join us for Global Collaboration Day! Details here: http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16
  • YOUR ORG’S TWITTER HANDLE is pleased to partner with @GlobalEdCon and educators around the globe for Global Collaboration Day: http://bit.ly/2016GCD
  • Are you an education leader? Inspire global collaboration on Global Collaboration Day 9/15.http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16
  • Learn more about participating in the Global Collaboration Day celebration: http://bit.ly/2016GCD#globaled16
  • Project hosts are sought for Global Collaboration Day. Details here: http://bit.ly/2016GCD #globaled16

Logos and Badges for Participants, Hosts, Partners and Sponsors are located here: http://bit.ly/gcdimages

Interested in serving as an outreach partner?

Send an email to Lucy Gray (lucy@globaledevents.com) indicating your interest. Include information on how you can help us get the word out to networks with 5000 members or more.Interested in serving as a sponsor? 

Contact Steve Hargadon (steve@hargadon.com) for information on opportunities to connect authentically with highly connected global educators. We can feature your organization and let our network of 23K+ members know about your globally oriented products and services.

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

Here’s more information about the upcoming Global Collaboration Day!

The objective of our next event is to help more educators become connected to global education organizations and to other professionals who are experienced with globally connected teaching and learning. Educators and organizations will be hosting simple online events onSeptember 15th in order to demonstrate what global collaboration looks like. Events are designed for a variety of audiences including teachers, students, parents, and organizational leaders.

Event Participants

  1. If you are going to participate in Global Collaboration Day by attending a virtual event, visit this page: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/join-an-event.html. You do not need to host an event to participate. On this page, click on your time zone to see events in your individual time zone!
  2. If you’d like to see events in a directory format, check out this page: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/2016-events-listings
  3. Make sure to have your school or non-profit organization listed on our participant page:http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/participating-schools–orgs.html and add your school or organization to our collaborative map.
  4. Contact individual event hosts if you have any questions. There is no deadline to participate unless there is a deadline set by an individual host.

Event Hosts

  1. Consider hosting an event on September 15th. The deadline for submissions isSunday, September 11th.
  2. Ideas for events and directions are posted here: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/host-your-own-event.html. We recommend keeping events relatively simple.
  3. Great Global Project Challenge participants should consider hosting an event for Global Collaboration Day, but it is not required.

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Final stats:

  • 65 events

  • 195 individual schools and organizations

  • 37 partner organizations

  • 31 states within the US and its territories

  • 25 projects in the Great Global Project Challenge (and growing)

Here are links to resources you may find helpful:


Gamifying teacher professional development: EVOMC17 Minecraft MOOC playdate #2

Learning2gether Episode 343

Rose Bard captured a video of this event and granted permission for its posting here

Thanks, Rose🙂

On Tuesday, September 6, EVO Minecraft MOOC co-moderators Vance StevensRose Bard, Linda GielenMircea Petrascu, and Jeff Kuhn responded to Rose’s invitation to this “playdate” for participants at EVOMC17


Meanwhile, Mircea Petrascu posted this challenge

In his post, he provided picture clues, all we had to follow, in order help Rose, Linda, and Vance retrace his steps (well, actually, Vance followed Linda and Rose)

Success! Linda Gielen posted …

Without revealing the location of Mircea’s new discovery, here is a picture of +Vance Stevens, +Rose Bard, +Mircea Patrascu and me at the new site!


Here are some screen shots of my own


Well, actually, we found only the Treasury. We ran out of time and I almost expired myself by getting inextricably stuck in the roof of a shelter that Mircea and I were building a little too simultaneously for my skills to ward off the onset of night. There were spiders about, but fortunately, Mircea teleported me to a safe location.

It occurs to me well AFTER the fact that I could probably have got our by destroying the little of Mircea’s handiwork that was hemming me in and I might have dropped out of the ceiling AND I’d still be at the Treasury! oh, well, live and learn (but at least, live, with inventory intact) – Mircea mentions he was suffocated in a wall, probably due to my building him in, same problem as mine then. When he died, I saw his resources all tumble down to where the beds were. I could have recovered them. Interesting reflections🙂

Lessons learned from gamified TPD


This was further proof that the most important lesson to take away from a gamified learning environment is how you can develop strategies to work with others to survive the environment. This is an important lesson that Minecraft imparts to us as students. It suggest approaches to problem solutions, such as how to work as a team to overcome setbacks, as well as how to help students develop heuristics for addressing ill-defined problems, as noted at the end of this post,
Microsoft Acquires Minecraft App for Schools,
by Nick Wingfield and Natasha Singer (Jan. 19, 2016).


Teachers and researchers say they believe Minecraft and other games can improve important skills that students are likely to need later on in their working lives, such as creative problem-solving, collaboration and design thinking.

Minecraft, for example, could help students learn to visualize and build solutions for multilayered open-ended problems like how to cross a river when there is no bridge or how to structure Greek architecture, said Eric Klopfer, a professor of science education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who directs the university’s teacher education program.

“If it’s a well-defined problem, a computer can solve that,” Professor Klopfer said. “We need students to be able to answer undefined problems.”

Thanks to Elizabeth Ann for calling this post to my attention


Earlier this last week

Sun Aug 28 1400 UTC Vance Stevens and Jeff Lebow – What is going on with HoA, and what to do about it



Thu Sep 1 2016 1700 UTC Globinar with Russell Stannard on Quizlet

Quizlet – Engaging Vocabulary Learning Tool

•    one of the most popular language learning tools on the internet
•    a tool for desktops, mobiles and tablets.
•    how to get working with Quizlet in minutes.
•    getting up and started with Quizlet
•    some of the more advanced features
•    ways to get your students engaged
•    an ideal tool for any teacher, teaching any language

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

Russell Stannard / Host: Tilly Harrison

01.09.2016 | 19:00h – 20:30 CET


Register for free

  • You can register even now for the next webinars in English language:
  • There you can register for several webinars in 1 go and make sure you receive the follow-up materials in case you can’t attend.

Further webinars – also in German, French and Spanish – can be found and booked (for free) here


These Globinars are organized by Jürgen Wagner, Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien, Saarland

Mon Sep 5 Globinar with Marie-Hélène Fasquel – Let’s study literature with IT

Let’s study literature with IT!

Marie-Hélène Fasquel | host: Amélie Silvert

05. 09. 2016 | 19:00h – 20:30h CET

Access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/studylit/

Info: http://v.gd/studylit Register: http://lpm.lpm.uni-sb.de/Webinar/index2.php


Vance Stevens and Jeff Lebow look into what is going on with HoA, and what to do about it

Learning2gether episode 342

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On Sunday Aug 28 Vance Stevens asked perennial online buddy  Jeff Lebow to join him to help check out what is going on with HoA, and what to do about it. We scheduled the event in Hangout on Air but just before show time encountered debilitating sound issues. Fortunately Jeff had been been experimenting with YouTube Live to the point where he had tested out the encoders, and he was able to bring his past experience webcasting-the-hard-way to bear on a solution that saved the show by bringing participants together in a combination of streaming YouTube + Skype for voice conversation.

Vance used Camtasia to record the YouTube stream and Skype audio that Jeff was streaming in one part of the screen, with the text chat from http://chatwing.com/vancestev in the other, as you can see on YouTube https://youtu.be/mu7lP0wExl4.

Jeff’s stream recording went directly onto YouTube https://youtu.be/4E6ZY-9wSAY and can be viewed here:

In the recordings, enjoy Webheads, Worldbridges, and Learning2gether flying by our signature seat-of-our-pants.

When Jeff and Vance encountered the sound problems on HoA prior to the show, we test-connected on Skype to see if the fault lay with Internet bandwidth, or with HoA. We got clear audio, suggesting the problem was with HoA.

Jeff had just prior to that posted what he called Plan C at
http://webheadsinaction.org/live and through that interface already in place he was able to stream on YouTube Live (the replacement for HoA after Sept 12, 2016). Those who came to http://webheadsinaction.org/live were able to hear the stream and text chat with us in Chatwing at http://chatwing.com/vancestev. So we were able to  bring participants into the Skype call through instructions given in the stream and text chat.

My apologies that I was unable to communicate this at our various web sites at the time (not enough fingers nor brain cells) but we did get recordings, mine in Camtasia and Jeff’s Plan C, which at the moment is still posted at http://webheadsinaction.org/live (and when we need that space to announce our next event, what’s there now will be archived).

There is an event / conversation page here, though the HoA was never “started”
Google+ event page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c14rgbdvdcp7ddism919lpq2ous

Visitors to our launch pages were informed that they would find the Hangout video streaming embed (never started) but also the Chatwing text embed where they could chat with us on that page while watching the stream, or simply visit
http://chatwing.com/vancestev and chat with us live there. This allowed those who joined us in text chat to learn how they could come to Skype and join our voice conversation, which Jeff had cleverly added to the YouTube Live audio stream.

In this way we managed in the end to hang out (if not in HoA) with, in addition to Vance and Jeff

  • Peggy George
  • Rita Zeinstejer
  • Vanessa Vaile
  • Benjamin Stewart
  • John DeBruyn

As usual Peggy contributed helpful links to the text chat, which I’ve copy/pasted to Google Docs to create “show notes” and shared here

What instigated all of this?

Google has announced that Hangouts on Air will no longer function as such after Sept 12, 2016. According to https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7083786

“Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12. If you want to schedule new Hangouts On Air you will need to use YouTube Live. Events cannot be scheduled on Google+ after September 12 and you will need to move existing events scheduled to happen after September 12 to YouTube Live.”

What does this mean for us? According to Alan Levine, not much as long as you avoid “encoder land” (or so it had seemed when we read Alan’s article, though Jeff braved encoder land and managed to pull off our event successfully). Find Alan’s article here:

Jeff had already sent me a plan B which I had posted to our launch pages before the event:

And in the hour I had running up to the event, I had tried things out myself and made this slide show which I intend to update with better information. The updates will appear here:


Meanwhile, Rose Bard showed me this which looks to be a pretty good run-through of how to stream in YouTube


Earlier this last couple of weeks

Learning2gether episode 341 Sun Aug 14 1230 UTC with Alexander Hayes about the Null Hypothesis: On Country, Cyborgs and the Singularity



Wed Aug 17 0300 UTC Pedagogy Now – Start of Fall 2016 workshops announced by Lisa Lane

Fall 2016 workshops

POTonlineThe Dark Side of OEI
Tuesday, August 16 — 8 pm PT Online

Workshop description: The Online Education Initiative promises to bring all California community colleges together into a common LMS, common rubrics and common goals for online teaching. In doing so, however, some important aspects of creativity may be sacrificed, including joyful complexity, pedagogical independence, tolerance in leadership, and alternative visions. Critiquing such a system is the point of this presentation. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Jim Sullivan and Lisa M Lane.

Join us at CCCConfer: http://www.cccconfer.org/GoToMeeting?SeriesID=d2950d7b-689b-408b-9ce0-34ae921da6ab

POTsmgraphiconlyCreative Online Teaching Forum
Thursday, Aug 18 10-11:20 am SAN campus 407 and Online

Workshop description: Ideas and thoughts for making your online classes less canned and more interesting for you and your students. What can instructors do to work within and outside of a LMS to create interesting, creative, and interactive online learning environments? The conversation here will cover grading, student curation of learning, and many other techniques, and will engage with the POT discussion from the Spring of 2016 on creativity in online teaching as a means to expand pedagogy. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Lisa M. Lane and Joanne Carrubba.
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POTsmgraphiconlyPedagogy and the new LMS: Painting on the Canvas
Thursday, Aug 18  12:30-1:50  pm OC campus 3608

Workshop description: Starting Spring 2017, MiraCosta College is adopting Canvas as one of the supported CMSs.  For a year and a half, Canvas will run parallel with Bb and Moodle, after which there will only be Canvas.  What are some of the potential pedagogical upsides (and downsides) of Canvas, that are worthwhile considering for when you move your course to Canvas?  This is not a “how to” workshop – but rather a structured conversation among peers, providing examples and emphasizing dialogue. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Robert Kelley.

Sat Aug 27 1600 UTC Classroom 2.0 Rebecca Hare and Dr. Robert Dillon on Hacking Learning Space Design

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Show Times this time of year are 1600 UTC
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Space: Thoughts, Ideas, Hacks on Learning Space Design with Rebecca Hare and Dr. Robert DillonJoin us on Saturday, August 27th, when our special guests will be Dr. Robert Dillon and Rebecca Hare.With the start of a new school year across the U.S. as well as other places around the world, teachers are excitedly preparing to welcome their new students and are eagerly creating their classrooms and learning environments to make them inviting, inspiring places for students to learn and grow this year. You won’t want to miss this week’s webinar with our special guest presenters, Dr. Robert Dillon and Rebecca Hare, who have some really important, valuable ideas and resources to share to get us moving towards this goal. If you teach, you are a learning space designer. This webinar will explore the influence of the physical, and digital, space on our learners and provide practical tips on how to design your space with intention.Rebecca Hare is an Industrial Designer and Educator who has co-designed more than 20 spaces with teachers and students. Dr. Robert Dillon is an educational leader and current Director of Innovative Learning at the School District of University City, St. Louis, Missouri who collaborates with schools across the country to change spaces, technology, and pedagogy to enhance learning.What are the first steps to transform your learning spaces? What should you look for and where should you spend money, and where should you save it. Which types of environments are worth creating? Who should be engaged in the process? And finally, how can you create and cultivate a community that will create and continue to improve upon the spaces our learners need?Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20More 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.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “ Amazing Digital Projects for All Students with Google Tools” session with our August Featured Teacher: Matt Bergman. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Paula Naugle, Steve Hargadon

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