PLaN Party! Vance Stevens and Peggy George review and discuss recorded annual K12 Online Conference presentations

Where: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


The presentation was joined by Peggy George (who made the mp3 recording for us), Michael Coghlan, Aiden Yeh, and John Hibbs

PLaN Party!!

Vance has been an admirer of the annual K-12 Online Conference since its inception in 2006.  Its website is here:

The way this works is that starting now already, the mavens at K12 Online start releasing pre-recorded presentations for participants to download.  Here is the page where recordings released so far may be seen:; Twitter updates:

You can view or listen to the presentations in various ways.  The site is set up for easy download via iTunes.  However if you have issues with iTunes (mobile firmware out of date, want to get the audio onto non-Apple mp3 or mp4 device) then you can subscribe to the feed in a feed reader and download what you need manually if downloads do not proceed automatically.  Here is the feed link .

18 presentations will be live by the time we meet on Oct 28

 The ones hyperlinked below are online as of this entry Oct 25, 2012 …

1:00 PM Monday, October 15 GMT Preconference Keynote Kevin Honeycutt
Launching Learning
1:00 PM Monday, October 22 GMT Getting Started Keynote Gail Desler & Natalie Bernasconi on digital citizenship
Digital ID Project and
Getting Started

Karyn Keenan on kidblogs, voicethread, and audioboo
A Digital Journey with Primary Students and No Budget!


Visioning New Curriculum Keynote

Karen Fasimpaur
Visioning New Curriculum

and on Teachers Teaching Teachers 

Visioning New Curriculum

Patrick Fogarty considers 1 to 1 computing “a movement whose proponents aim to make our classrooms resemble the workplace of today and tomorrow rather than the factories of the 19th century”
Going One-to-One with PPT slides on Dropbox

1:00 PM Tuesday, October 23 GMT Getting Started

Paula L. Naugle and Jan Wells
Leveraging Social Media to Flatten Your Classroom Walls have their PPT slides in Google Docs

Getting Started

Elaine Plybon – since “Teenagers spend 80% of their time on the internet involved in social networking websites … educators can utilize their understanding of these venues to create engaging lessons … and provide opportunities for discussions about the students’ own digital footprints”
Leveraging the Power of Social Media in the Classroom

Speaker’s presentation not yet posted on her blog:

Visioning New Curriculum

Jon Bergmann
Implementing the Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom for administrators:

Visioning New Curriculum

Alan Hudson
Virtual Worlds for Immersive, media rich educational shared environments

Very interesting talk introducing 3-D Warehouse and New Synthetic Theatre builds in Second Life

1:00 PM Wednesday, October 24 GMT Getting Started Rodd Lucier takes us on a walk where he brings in voices of colleagues talking about tools they use to connect with one another: Twitter … (I’ll list them if I can find them)
7 Degrees of Connectedness has a graphic: 
 Getting Started Jeremy Friedberg talks about how an elearning platform “helps to stitch together the multiple, and often fragmented, parts of the teaching process” and how “ offers an example of an online teaching platform built for personalized education.”
Beyond Elearning: Online Teaching Platforms and Spongelab:
Visioning New Curriculum April Chamberlain, Shawn Nutting and Ammie Akin
Creating Learning Experiences without the Textbook has links to Livescribe Pens, Smart Airliner, Educreation App, PowerPoint Saves as Video, QR stuff, I-nigma,, Socrative, and Edmodo, etc.
Visioning New Curriculum Ian Sands explores “ways to incorporate technology into the full range of an art project … developing maps and templates, to critiquing online and digital grading … through the exploration of such nontraditional materials as post-it notes, glow sticks and mud.”
How Technology Helped Me Paint With Mud and
1:00 PM Thursday, October 25 GMT Getting Started Valerie Burton
Show off your work online using
Materials are not yet posted to
Visioning New Curriculum Bud Hunt
Make/Hack/Play: Lenses for Learning
“The Center for Make/Hack/Play grew out of a system asking itself questions about the purpose and role of schools as institutions of learning. In this presentation, Bud Hunt unpacks the terms that guide his inquiry about and work within school”
1:00 PM Friday, October 26 GMT Getting Started Shelly Sanchez Terrell
The Magic of Mobile Learning

Shelly presents her comprehensive resource, Mobile Learning: 50+ Resources & Tips

Visioning New Curriculum

Jane Krauss helps us “look at the kinds of learning activity that lead to knowledge construction (predicting, comparing, making judgements and more) and take a tour of Wolfram Alpha. To wrap things up we’ll take a quick peek at ManyEyes and Tableau Public, two tools for creating visualizations or info graphics from data derived from Wolfram Alpha and other sources.”
Make Meaning with Wolfram Alpha;

Visioning New Curriculum David Simpson (not listed Oct 28)
Digital Mash-ups: exercise books in the 21st Century


The conference conveners talked before going live with Paul Allison at Teachers Teaching Teachers.  To prepare for this event, listen to TTT#316 Preview K12 Online Conference w/ Peggy George, Kim Caise, Susan van Gelder, Karen Fasimpaur, Gail Desler, Valerie Burton 9/26, archived here

Pre-Conference Keynote by guitarist songwriter teacher Kevin Honeycutt: Oct 15th

Launching Learning

Presenter: Kevin Honeycutt
Location: Inman, Kansas
Twitter: @kevinhoneycutt

iPod video  – mp3 audio

Presentation Description: In this PreConference Keynote for the 2012 K-12 Online Conference, educator Kevin Honeycutt challenges us to “remix learning” by combining our old models for school with today’s possibilities to make learning more interesting and engaging for students. We shouldn’t amputate kids’ digital limbs when they come to school! If Applebee’s can be lit theatrically to make your food more interesting, why can’t this be true in our schools? We need to hear more reasons why we CAN make learning more interesting, and invite the students to help us co-create our learning environments. How do we let students get excited about their learning and become archeologists of their own learning? Rather than focusing on what we CAN’T do, let’s focus on what we CAN do no matter what our budget is. The “killer app” for the 21st century is “to learn to love to learn.” Kevin challenges us to think new ideas, get rid of laminated lesson plans, and be an advocates for students as together we embrace project-based learning.

Referenced Links:

  1. Kansas Cosmosophere and Space Center  (in Hutchinson, Kansas)
  2. Shapeways
  3. Kevin Honeycutt’s website

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Week 1 Presentations (Getting Started and Visioning New Curriculum): Oct 22 – 25
Week 2 Presentations (Kicking It Up a Notch and Student Voices): Oct 29 – Nov. 2

This event normally attracts remarkable and innovative presentations that not only explain as regards teaching, but also MODEL the very best in educational multimedia materials design. The first batch of presentations will be revealed the first week and on Sunday Oct 28, just prior to release of the second batch, we will meet and discuss the ones that are already online.

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Heike Philp – How can you learn a language in a virtual world?

Learning2gether Episode 123

RECORDING (55min):

Location: Adobe Connect and Second Life 

Webheads HQ on EduNation which has recently been turned into an Irish Pub with stables, a horse, sheep and a dog named Mystic

Second Life is no longer in the news and many think that it has died out. Nothing is further from the truth, at least for us language educators, language schools and language learning communities. They are booming and many join virtual worlds to learn another language. Heike Philp will give a good overview of the various language learning sites in Second Life and outlines a unique way of teaching a language: emoting. Emoting is a fascinating way of expressing action in text chat (mostly in roleplaying sims) which is caused by the limitations of gestures and facial expressions of the avatars. Emoting is strictly only limited by imagination and can be very poetic, very descriptive and full of gems. Heike will invite Dr. Doris Molero or Edith Paillat aka Cyber Placebo to help us understand the enormous potential of language education in Second Life. And as a little suprise, she has an announcement in her sleeve, of an unusual language school she would like to start and for which she is inviting language teachers to apply.

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Participant response

Another surprise was in how Heike focused her talk. SL provides ways to emote in text chat; you write forward slash /me and then an action you would like to be perceived doing – for example, /me comments in the archive on Heike’s presentation.  However Heike suggested we dress this up – for example /me reflects pensively on the import of Heike’s presentation while having a goodnight tea in the warm glow of computer monitor.

Heike pointed out that such texts can form an interesting narrative if done properly in role play and saved after having been sustained over a prolonged discourse. She pointed out their rich language learning potential, and indeed some of us were at that moment at where we have for years carried on such chat.  TappedIn accomplishes much the same thing with the colon emoticon – for example VanceS :realizes that this is what we have been doing in TappedIn all along.  Tapped in may indeed be a better medium than SL for doing this if this is all you want to do; i.e. build a narrative in text where participants write out their actions in role play.  It can be done while in SL, but if you go online for the purpose of developing such a narrative, then TI would carry with it less overhead than SL, if that was the prime focus of your lesson.

Still I was struck at how good ideas tend to recycle.  This emoticon language was particularly a feature of MOOs, where participants could build rich perceptual descriptions of themselves, sometimes with the aid of scripts which might represent pets that needed to be fed, refrigerators that dispensed imaginary beverages, and so on.  This used to be one of the joys of MOOs, of which TI originally was one, and when TI revamped their site, they carried over traces of this in the colon emote feature, which Heike pointed out, also exists in SL. This insight was an interesting take-away from her talk. – Vance


Vance Stevens: Web 2.0 toolkit for academic presentation skills

Learning2gether Episode 122


Vance Stevens gave an hour long mini-workshop entitled “Web 2.0 toolkit for teaching and learning academic presentation skills” as a part of the online series of professional development webinars organized by the EdTech Lounge, an initiative of the EdTech Innovation Centre, Higher Colleges of Technology UAE.

For HCT EdTech lounge events please visit for venue details

The event was here:

The recording has been found; awaiting URL

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Full abstract for the EdTech Lounge presentation:

The presenter recently developed an academic communication course for students at the UAE Naval College, where there are serious challenges in gaining and holding students’ attention and keeping them on task, compounded by the fact that each student has a laptop and is easily distracted. The solution was to utilize the laptops through designing a task-based course that introduced a series of Web 2.0 tools which the students would have to familiarize themselves with and then apply in some aspect of the communications skills they were learning. Participants in the session may have already encountered the tools used (e.g. Google Docs, Prezi, Survey Monkey, Jing, Blogger, so the presentation will emphasize how the tools were used to underpin a coherent course incorporating elements such as mindmapping, creating viable surveys,  harvesting and analyzing results, capturing screen shots, making effective presentations both in Prezi and PowerPoint, keeping a reflective blog, and documenting the semester’s accomplishments in simple ePortfolios. The presenter will briefly discuss results of action research on student attitudes to the course, using data from a survey created to model the technique to students, and from their reflective blog posts.

Shorter abstract

At the UAE Naval College, students each have laptops, which creates learning opportunities but presents challenges in keeping them on task. The presenter designed a task-based course introducing a series of Web 2.0 tools which the students used to develop the communications skills they were learning. These tools (Google Docs, Prezi, Survey Monkey, Jing, Blogger, underpinned a course incorporating mindmapping, creating viable surveys,  harvesting and analyzing results, capturing screen shots, making effective presentations both in Prezi and PowerPoint, keeping a reflective blog, and documenting the semester’s accomplishments in simple ePortfolios. Action research showed positive student attitudes to the course, using data from a survey (conducted as a model for students) and from their reflective blog posts.

Short short

The presenter will discuss design of a task-based course introducing a series of Web 2.0 tools used with students, including: Google Docs, Prezi, Survey Monkey, Jing, Blogger, Methods discussed will cover mindmapping, creating viable surveys,  harvesting and analyzing results, capturing screen shots, presentations, and ePortfolios.

More information can be found in all the right places 🙂


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Carla Arena on Digital Curation

By becoming content curators, teachers understand how to make sense out of the overload of information they are constantly exposed to. We will have an overview of user-friendly digital resources to help us find, organize and filter content for our professional development, as well as classroom use. 

Recording on Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Shownotes (tools Carla showed us)

Time: 13:00 gmt / 10:00 am Brasilia time(Check your local time here)



SLanguages Annual Symposium on AVALON

Learning2gether Episode 120

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Date: September 28, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Time: From 1100 GMT on Sunday Sept 30, conference ending with a Party in Second Life at 20:00 GMT
Specific events and times listed in the program here:
Location: EduNation and AVALON Learning island
Organized By: Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi

More information:

Statistics on the event

55 guest speakers, 408 participants (295 inworld and 113 in Adobe) and 39h of recordingsare the proud results of a successful SLanguages 2012.


All of the recordings have been published on the program…

…and Heike is working on the summary with links to each individual blog post with the information of the abstract and bios.

Machinima I – Language Learning

This page holds 32 machinimas with language learning conversations to learn English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and some universal ones as free resources for teachers.

Machinima II – Culture & Arts

This page holds 12 machinimas, our great SLanguages trailor, machimas by the Visual Anthropology class of the Freie University of Berlin, Petah and the Wolf and DJ Mick Stanton in action.

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Our awesome volunteers!

SLanguages would not have been possible without the many volunteers, some of whom worked themselves into exhaustion. Many, many thanks to Carol, Randall, Marius, Cyber, Karelia, Losairam, Rachel, Inspira, DeeSnow, Osna, Almut (for our great volunteer tophat!) and to the many who ‘volunteered’ some 13,000 Lindens.

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