Learning2gether with the Reform Symposium e-Conference RSCON3

Learning2gether Episode 57

Sunday July 31

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Learning2gether at the Reform Symposium e-Conference

twitterRSCON3, took place from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31*, 2011 and the announcement said “we hope you will join us for what promises to be our biggest yet global online conference for everyone concerned with education. With more than 75 presentations and 12 keynote speakers it is sure to be an incredible event! Organised by educators for educators, it is FREE but will offer more valuable and inspiring PD than money can buy!”


These people have gone to great lengths to present the schedule in any time zone you wish.  Here’s the one for GMT: https://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AmiH3CkSSpYxdGVZbXJvc3ZBcW43OUJUcVpRb0d2WEE#gid=29

Only one of John Davitt’s three favorite devices was digital:

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8:30 to 9:30 GMT – Opening Keynote
John Davitt
Free Learning
John will explore five simple  access points for innovation and creativity in learning

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10:00 to 10:30 GMT – Simultaneous Presentations

  1. Bethany Cagnol
    Classroom Management and Solutions for Tertiary and Adult Education – English teachers are often left on their own when confronted with poor behavior in the language classroom. In this interactive talk, we will discuss the challenges and possible solutions to several discipline issues. The speaker will also ask participants to express their frustrations and encourage others to offer solutions. (UTC+2)
  2. Dina Dobrou
    WEB 2(too).0(verwhelmed)?
    Networking, Professional Development and Web Tools for classroom use are the three main topics that this presentation will focus on. Sharing my experience with tips on what to expect, how to get started and how NOT to get overwhelmed while getting a taste of all three invaluable areas. (UTC+1)
  3. Alastair Cameron
    Celebrating Learning Platform Best Practice
    A fly by look at ways learning platforms are transforming the lives of educators, students and families around the world. (UTC+1)
  4. Chris Mayoh
    Pupils as Teachers – Digital Leaders in the Classroom
    This session will explore how Digital Leaders projects in educational establishments help students to become independent learners, whilst developing confidence, ICT and leadership skills. Chris will outline the project he has run at his UK primary school and guide you through the process of setting up your own student-led project.

11:00 to 12:00 GMT Panel Discussion with Phil Hart, Jo Hart, Edna Sackson, Cecilia Lemos, Berni Wall

Assessing Assessment
What is effective assessment? Are their alternatives? How do we replace standardized testing? How can teachers forced to do standardized testing make this as painless as possible?


Our regularly scheduled program today will co-opt what is going on at http://reformsymposium.com/

Noon GMT, meet at http://tappedin.org and then fan out into …

12:30 to 13:00 there are 4 Simultaneous Presentations

  1. Heidi Siwak
    App-titude For Learning: How Grade 6 Students Designed an App for the Iphone and Made the World our Classroom.
    Little did I know that Twitter would lead my class from Dundas, Ontario, Canada to Ian Chia in Australia and Cynthia Jabar in New York City as we engaged in a project-based learning experiment: creating an Augmented Reality tourism app of our town for the Iphone. Learn how we did it and how to connect your classroom to the world. (UTC-4)
  2. David Warr
    Language Garden – making beautiful materials, like grammatical mind maps.
    Language plants are like grammatical mind maps. They look like little plants, or trees made of language. Words branch off from each other, so learners have access to a wonderful array of language. This presentation will show how you can make language plants, for free, using an online tool, and we will do some interactive activities, that are so much fun. Educational fun, let’s say. (UTC+1)
  3. 3
    Vicky Loras
    Multiculturalism in the Classroom
    “This talk will delve into the topic of multiculturalism in the classroom.  I will be speaking about the significance of integrating the beauty of diversity in their classroom, in order to achieve the inclusion of everyone and broaden the mind to accept difference and cultures from all over the world. (UTC+2) https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M.E1C5C475C3E97E9EE4CEB915407B44
  4. Cecilia Lemos
    Alternative assessment and electronic portfolios: sharing a successful experience and ideas
    We’ll take a look at different types of alternative assessment we can use with students, the benefits and difficulties of them. I’ll show the successful experience with electronic portfolios as sole assessment tool in my school and give ideas on how you can take the alternative route. (UTC-3)
    Vance attended this session:


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13:00 GMT, return to http://tappedin.org, compare notes, and then …

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In this session we engage in some real SpeedGeeking …

13:30 to 14:30

Technology Smack Down
Technology Smack Down
Anyone can present his/her favorite website or tool in 2 minutes.


  • Lisa Dabbs on LiveBinders
  • Mark Barnes on Today’sMeet, an easy to set up ad hoc chat space
  • Jan Roberston on Posterous + Voice Memo (an awsome combo) – record in Voice Memo and post right to Posterous
  • Mark Barnes on Diigo
  • MaryBeth Hertz was going to talk about Pic-Lits, Kelly Tenkely took over to describe it, cool tool for vocabulary and writing, and with IWB or even projector
  • Lisa Dabbs talked about Wetoku, a great tool for interviewing, allows students to interview around the world, interviewee comes to a link (doesn’t need an acct)
  • Julia Taylor was talking about Glogster
  • Cecilia Lemos talked about Lingro, http://lingro.com, glosses words in Internet text
  • Tinashe Blanchet – on Instructure Canvas LMS, integration with Twitter, Facebook, GoogleDocs, delicious, http://instructure.com
  • Keley Tenkely on Otomatoon, animation easy for students, helps students conceptualize, create a visual glossary (and html5)
  • Candace Townsley on TenMarks, free for teachers, set up a class for activities (Candace is a maths teacher, the site gives automated feedback on maths problems)
  • Evridiki Dakos on Wallwisher
  • Shelly Terrell on Mouth Off iPhone app, kids love it for showing wild mouths that speak on the phone
  • Mike Hogan on


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