Learning2gether with Robert Squires: Education Across Cultures

Learning2gether Episode 106

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Sunday, May 27, 2012: in Google Hangout, recorded on YouTube: 


Shandin Pete and Robert Squires will introduce Education Across Cultures, a graduate-level open online course in multicultural education offered through The University of Montana.


Education across Cultures is a 7 week online course that runs from Monday, June 11 – Friday, July 27, 2012. The course is designed for those interested in multicultural education and promoting understanding and respect for diverse cultures in the design and delivery of educational experiences. It is a Masters level course in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Montana that may be taken as part of an advanced degree or just for personal interest (non-credit). A variety of social media tools will be used to foster interaction and learning. The course will be designed and delivered in Moodle.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  •  Recognize historical, economic, psychological, and social factors that have influenced present day social conditions for many culturally diverse groups in the United States;
  •  Analyze current issues in multicultural education through investigating definitions of culture and diversity and its importance for the global educational system;
  • Appraise the current application of multicultural education in the U.S. Education system;
  •  Create a work-plan for promoting social justice in a particular institutional context;
  •  Critically evaluate their personal values on multicultural education.

No need to buy anything. Just bring yourself and your interests. Readings, resources, tools will be provided. Scheduled sessions will include thought leaders in the field.

The participants were involved in similar courses:


How do you start a hangout? How do people find you?

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Somehow, they do :-s

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Learning2gether to record in Google+ Hangout and IATEFL LTSIG event

Learning2gether Episode 105

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Before Google rollowed out “on air” we made our first attepts at

Recording Google Hangouts

WordPress will not accept the upload of this shockwave file so I had to store it at Dropbox.  It is amusing:


Vance Stevens started a Google+ Hangout and hosted a discussion of how Google Hangouts can be recorded, hopefully doing just that in the process. This should eventually become a standard feature with Google Hangouts, but unfortunately live stream ON AIR shows are not available to everyone yet. Therefore we tried some of the other tools available to make a recording of the proceedings, using the tools curated at this Scoop.it


Starting at the most logical place:


This page posted May 8, 2012 is entitled

Google Plus Hangouts on Air feature now available to all users

However it mentions the caveat that “Google had added the ability for a limited group of people to be able to broadcast their Hangouts to the world.Google has just announced that Hangouts On Air is now available to all Google+ users worldwide. It will be a gradual rollout though so the system doesn’t get overwhelmed all at once. 

but unfortunately, I’m on the dark side of the world

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According to this page, this is how it will work once the rollout is complete:
With Hangouts on Air, you will be able to broadcast yourself publicly to the entire world, see how many viewers you have, and even record and reshare your broadcast. The public recording will be uploaded to your YouTube channel and to your original Google+ post.

The NEXT best way to do this is to use the Jeff Lebow method at his Book of GoogleCasting


Watching the video with clear, explicit directions, I realized I would need a USB mic.  Now, I HAD one but lost it at a recent conference where I had been broadcasting, so with just 20 min. before show time, I discovered I didn’t have mine :-((

That left us one last resort option: <http://mashable.com/2011/08/05/google-plus-record-hangouts/> – 5 Free Tools for Recording Google+ Hangouts posted August 05, 2011 by Amy-Mae Elliott


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Ok, show time. Starting my hangout, Jeff mentioned he made his public but when I did that it immediately began filling with strangers, so I started a new one and invited my Professional Contacts circle only.

This netted the ‘right’ sort of people, like Rita Zeinstejer, Michael Coghlan, Jim Buckingham and his cat, and eventually Elizabeth Anne – We know that Dan Bassill tried to join, and my wife Bobbi put in a cameo appearance (with our cat :-).


The task was to get the recordings going.  Jim tried to record on Screencastle but it didn’t seem to want to upload.  In the end we successfully made recordings using Screenr, Jing, and BB Flashback.  As Jeff could have told us, none of these picked up sound card audio, so we ended up with three recordings in which only the person doing the recording can be heard talking.  Obvously this needs to be done with USB mic in order to record using 3rd party software; or alternatively wait for Google to roll out Google Air worldwide.

Rita recorded using Jing, limited to 5 min, and no sound card audio

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Michael recorded using Screenr with similar results as per Rita



Meanwhile, I was downloading and installing BB Flashback Express.  I think this gave best results because the recording time was unlimited.  The installation required slowed my computer and consumed so much resources that the screen went black much of the time, yet the recorder captured it all in the background, and the results are quite amusing (I put the recording at the start of this post so you could stop it playing easily, but you can see in the screen shot below how amused everyone was 🙂


And then, Michael went to bed in Australia, Jim went to dinner in UAE, and Rita and Elizabeth and I moved over to …

14:00 IATEFL LTSIG Event

20/5 – LTSIG Panel Q&A http://ltsig.org.uk/online-events/46-future-online-events/234-205-ltsig-panel-qaa.html 

When: Sunday 20 May 2012,  14:00-15:00 GMT.

(But sound for me was so bad I couldn’t stay. I hope the recording will be ok … )


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Meanwhile, here’s an update one week later – Google has finally rolled out its On Air feature as far as UAE.  Hello World! A new day has dawned:

Previewing the next Horizon Report: Michael Coghlan leads a discussion of what’s up and coming for educational technology

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In this screenshot, Vance and Michael on top, with Phil Cozens and Dan Bassill

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Michael Coghlan is seeking feedback on what’s up and coming for educational technology in the near and long terms for the next Horizon Report due to come out soon.  He will meet us at 13:00 GMT in Elluminate and brainstorm on the topic.  More information will be posted soon; meanwhile read Michael’s postings to the Webheads list:

These messages point us to:

For example, the two trends for the current round are:

5. Openness – concepts like open content, open data and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information – is moving from a trend to a value for much of the world. As authoritative sources lose their importance, there is need for more curation and other forms of validation to generate meaning in information and media.

6. Legal notions of ownership and privacy lag behind the practices 
common in society. In an age where so much of our information, records, and digital content are in the cloud, and often clouds in other legal jurisdictions, the very concept of ownership is blurry.

Michael asks us

  • What are the implications for each of these trends in your institution? 
  • What are you doing already to accommodate these trends? Or, what could you do to accommodate them?  

This was a F.U.N. session.  While we were chatting in Elluminate, Sand Rogers opened a Hangout which attracted some additional listeners who wanted to be seen as well as heard in Elluminate:

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We were soon joined there by Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Tuba Angay, and Nina LIakos

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Ater the session ended, the F.U.N. began anew with Sand, Tuba, and Nina taking Hangout for a spin.  We played with the Google effects and learned how the apps worked for YouTube, screenshare, and Slideshare.  We were disappointed though that Google has not rolled out one-click recording … yet …

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Recording: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Beliefs of members of an online CoP on the effects of membership on teaching and professional development

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:00 GMT Beyza Yilmaz

tells us about her MA thesis entitled:

Beliefs of members of an online community of practice on the effects of membership on teaching and professional development

Read it here: 



     This study investigated beliefs of members of an online Community of Practice (WIA) on the role of the community on professional development, teaching, and on Web 2.0 use. Through the analyses of the questionnaire, it was aimed at finding out the members’ ideas about the group as an online CoP and benefits of belonging to an online CoP.

     The data were collected from seventy nine members of the Webheads in Action from various countries by using an online questionnaire. Then, the responses to the multiple choice items were analyzed using PASSW. The data collected from the last section of the questionnairre were analyzed through content analysis and pattern coding.

     The findings revealed that the members believe that WIA plays an important role in the process of developing multiltiteracies skills and the Web 2.0 tools used in classroom teaching and for professional development. The findings further revealed that the participants believe that being a WIA member leads to motivation, collaboration and discovery. These beliefs are thought to provide insights about the advantages and disadvantages of learning in online CoPs and their effects on the members’ Web 2.0 use.

     The findings can also be beneficial for researchers, teacher trainers, and teachers wishing to join CoPs for professional development. They can understand the advantages and disadvantages, and the participation process in more detail. Moreover, these findings can indicate that online CoPs can provide a medium for coping with the increasing amount of information thanks to the recent technological developments, and acquiring new skills.

Beyza’s Bloghttp://byilmaz.edublogs.org/

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