Gamification, with Benjamin Stewart and TILL, Teachers for Interactive Language Learning

Learning2gether Episode 170

Recordings of the Google+ Hangout from Sun July 21 1400 GMT

Benjamin and Marilina’s notes on gaming

Learning2gether with Claude Almansi and Lucia Bartolotti about Amara and media caption tools

Learning2gether Episode 169

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Google+ Hangout recording available


Claude Almansi and her colleagues have been using Amara <> to create subtitles to media recordings.  They came online to tell us more about this tool. Part of the impetus is that they are working on English subtitles at this link

for the learning2gether #ltis13 meeting. The work so far has been mainly done by Lucia Bartolotti, but there are still several passages marked “check” or “inaudible”.

Claude suggests that if Learning2gether participants might be willing to have a go at editing the subtitles, that could be a practical introduction to the Amara software. If interested, visit -> Edit and resolve the issues noted.

There is copious more information at the shared PiratePad document giving more specific instructions on editing, as well as other details about Amara and other tools for captioning media:
This is where Claude and her community have been putting a lot more information about Amara and other captioning tools and their potential for language learning.

All are welcome to join us at this session and learn more about this and other captioning tools as well.

Community response

Sandra Rogers shared this list of recording and editing resources:

at which this worksheet is given: How to create captions using,


József Horváth: Social media management in education and publishing

Learning2gether Episode 168

How to use social networking to attract communities to your endeavors and passions

Recording Google Hangout


József Horváth has been proposed as social networking manager for TESL-EJ. He leads many social networking undertakings; for instance, his podcast page ( is a very active one with interviews and lectures on many scholarly and social topics. Also, his YouTube page ( contains videos on many similar issues, especially the ‘picnic in the punctuation park’ project ( ).

Joe is getting ready for the Hangout now:


Joe has passed on these quick notes about what we might talk about today.  Vance is putting them here ‘as is’.

Who I am
Phd, associate professor
Pécs, Hungary
MA, BA, PhD programs
English as a second or additional language
Writing skills, oral presentations, research methods
Editing: google drive collaboration, draftin
Plagiarism, research
Current research project: originality, with Mate Pleic, Croatian
student, using draftin for developing a narrative that will serve as
the basis of research, think-aloud protocol in writing, interactive
Blogs, ebooks, autonomy, creativity, community
Podcasts in education
Twitter, email, youtube: thesis consultation tips and materials, for
students and followers
Youtube: fun videos using iPhone and iMovie, conference presentations,
student presentations as private recordings
My editing work
Ideas for TESL-EJ social media manager work:
More focus on journal content on FB and twitter
Upcoming issues
After publication
Interview with authors
Reader comments — moderated
Links to Twitter, FB and G+ on the journal site
Google plus
On the TESL-EJ site: info on each article, author, issue, statistics, readership

During our chat, Joe mentioned eBooks as being an instance of social media.  Someone asked how?

So Joe showed us how he uses to have students publish and comment on each other’s ebooks.  Some students get extensive feedback on their work from peers around the world.

This event has also been blogged at