Learning2gether from TESOL 2014 Portland March 25-29

Learning2gether Episode 210

2014-04-02_0608integrating Learning2gether traveled to Portland OregonMarch 25-29 2014 and took part in the live stream of portions of the annual international TESOL conference from there in conjunction with CALL-IS (CALL Interest Section) PCI (Preconvention Institute) entitled Integrating CALL with Web 2 0 and Social Media presentation on March 25, 2014 at the TESOL Conference, Portland https://learning2gether.net/2014/03/25/mooc-and-the-flipped-classroom/

Thu Mar 27 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon The Webheads Elluminate room http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ was used for TESOL 2014 CALL-IS webcasts unless otherwise indicated. Details here: http://callis2014.pbworks.com/

Fri Mar 28 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

Sat Mar 29 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

We were told to “watch email” but I have not found where recordings of these plenaries are publicly available

Thu Mar 27 0030 PST Surin Pitsuwan streamed live from TESOL 2014 in Portland Opening Keynote, Surin Pitsuwan Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 5:30 pm–7 pm in Portland; 04:30 in UAE English as A Powerful Instrument of Community Building in East Asia For the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), English has been designated as an official “working language” for the regional organization. In such a diverse group of countries, one common language is not possible. And ASEAN’s success has been instrumental in bringing other larger and more powerful countries of East Asia and the Pacific together under the ASEAN-ledarchitecture of cooperation. The only language that is widely accepted as an instrument of integration for the emerging East Asian community is English. How a “foreign language” can bind and build an emerging community of nations in East Asia is another “Asian Miracle.”

Thu Mar 27 1500 GMT David Graddol streamed live from TESOL 2014 in Portland Thursday, 27 March 2014, 8 am–9 am in Portland; 7 p.m. in UAE Five Megatrends Shaping the Future of TESOL English has become a centrepiece of education reform in many countries. I show how this is often in response to developments in economics, demographics, and technology—which are reshaping the nature of teaching and learning English around the world. David Graddol is director of The English Company (UK) Ltd, which provides consultancy and publishing services in applied linguistics, with a special focus on English language and education policy. In The Future of English? (1997), David set out a new agenda for understanding the growing importance of English as an international language and its role in globalisation. English Next (2006), provided an update on English in global education.  English Next India (2010) explores the changing status of English in India. Profiling English in China: The Pearl River Delta (2013) examines public discourses and the linguistic landscapes of a part of China that is experiencing rapid change. English Next Brazil will be published in March 2014.

More about TESOL Portland feature speakers here

where it says: Free Live Stream of Keynote Speakers Not able to attend the convention? The opening keynote speaker Surin Pitsuwan on Wednesday evening, and the James E. Alatis Plenary speaker David Graddol on Thursday morning will be live streamed at no charge for those not able to attend the convention. You can watch live or watch the recording later. Watch your email for information on how to connect.

Earlier this week

Thu Mar 27 2014 School Leadership Summit The 2014 School Leadership Summit is  online and free. This is the second year of this global, virtual event to help school leaders gather and share thinking and best practices. Keynote speakers this year will include Scott McLeodPam Moran, and Ira Socol; plus we’ll have a special track of sessions from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). This is also a great chance for YOU to present if you are focused on institutional vision, teaching and learning from the leadership perspective, school reform, technology use issues, or more. To submit a proposal, go HERE. To become a conference partner organization, go HERE. To read the great reviews of last year’s event, go HERE. Sign up on the conference site to receive regular updates, including the final schedule.

And we unfortunately coincided with this remarkable event

Fri and Sat Mar 28-29 Virtual Round Table CEFR Web Conference http://cefrwebconference.com/programme/ All times are in CET. To register, please go to… http://cefrwebconference.eventbrite.com/   Day 1 report … With more than 600 attendees signed up, the CEFR Web Conference gets off to a great start on Friday at 10am CET with the Open Plenary by Johanna Panthier and Susanna Slivensky of the Council of Europe. How do I join? The links to the venues are listed below in the programme overview. Just click on the link enter as guest and type your first and last name. If in doubt, the main venue is: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon. We can not reserve any seats and first comes, first serves. If the maximum number of attendees has been reached, and you can not enter, please use the livestream to listen to the programme. http://www.livestream.com/cefrwebconference (sponsort by RCS Media, Munich) Here is a programme overview… CEFR Web Conference #cefrwebcon Conference programme DAY 1 – Friday, 28 March 2014 ************************************************************ WELCOME BY ORGANIZERS 10am CET(Central European Time, Paris, Rome Vienna) World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon Welcome Address by conference organizers Geoff Tranter, Germany and Heike Philp, Belgium ************************************************************ OPENING PLENARY 10:15am CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon Welcome Address Johanna Panthier, Council of Europe, France and Susanna Slivensky,Council of Europe, Austria Moderator: Marisa Constantinides ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 11:00am CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon The CEFR 2001 – 2014 Daniel Coste and Brian North and a summary by Joe Sheils Moderator: Joe Sheils ************************************************************ BREAK 12:30 pm CET World Clock ************************************************************ PLENARY 1:00 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon Open Audience Discussion Geoff Tranter, Germany and Heike Philp, Belgium ************************************************************ BREAK 2:00 pm CET World Clock (30min) ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 2:30 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon The CEFR as an Instrument of Quality Management Frank Heyworth Moderator: Joel Josephson ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 3:15 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon The Globalisation of Language Education Policy Maria Stoicheva, Bulgaria Moderator: Joel Josephson ************************************************************ BREAK 4:00 pm CET World Clock (30min) ************************************************************ CONCURRENT SESSION 4:30 pm CET World Clock   WORKSHOP Room B1 Venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/B1 ELP European Language Portfolio Margaret Nezbeda, Austria Moderator: Heike Philp * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WORKSHOP Room B2 Venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/B2 CEF ESTIM GRID Claire Tardieu, France Moderator: Teresa McKinnon, UK ************************************************************ BREAK 5:30 pm  CET World Clock  (30min) ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 6:00 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon The CEFR from the Perspective of the European Language Portfolio David Little, Ireland Moderator: Asli Saglam, Turkey ************************************************************ 6:45 pm CET World Clock Close Day 1 ************************************************************   Conference programme DAY 2 – Saturday, 29 March 2014 ************************************************************ WELCOME 10:00 am CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon   Welcome by conference organizers with a short summary of the previous day Geoff Tranter, Germany and Heike Philp, Belgium ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 10:15 am CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon   The Role of the CEFR in Assessment and Testing José Noijons, The Netherlands Moderator: Marjorie Rosenberg, Austria ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 11:00 am CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon   The CEFR – a Personal View of a Committed User Neus Figueras Casanovas, Catalonia, Spain Moderator: Asli Saglam, Turkey ************************************************************ BREAK (30min) 11:45 am CET  World Clock ************************************************************ CONCURRENT SESSIONS ROOM B1 12:15 am CET World Clock http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/B1 The CEFR level descriptions and empirical learner data, MERLIN, a multi-lingual corpus initiative Dr. Katrin Wisniewski, Hanoi and Dr. Andrea Abel, Italy Moderator: Heike Philp * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ROOM B2 12:15 am CET World Clock http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/B1   Teacher Training and Can Do Statements Marisa Constantinides, Greece Moderator: Teresa McKinnon, UK Tech Support: Nigel Russell, Australia ************************************************************ BREAK (30min) 1:15 pm CET   World Clock ************************************************************ KEYNOTE 1:45 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon   Pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures Michel Candelier, France Moderator: Cornelia Kreis-Meyer ************************************************************ CLOSING PLENARY 2:30 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon   The CEFR 2014+ Johanna Panthier, Council of Europe, France and Susanna Slivensky,ECML, Austria Moderation: Cornelia Kreis-Meyer ************************************************************ BREAK (30min) 3:15 pm CET  World Clock ************************************************************ PANEL DISCUSSION 3:45 pm CET World Clock Main venue: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/cefrwebcon   “If I had three CEFR wishes, ……. . “ Dr. Monika Jezak, Canada (cancelled) Angela Hasselgreen, Norway Petra Daryai Hansen, Denmark Eli Moe, Norway Geoff Tranter, Germany Moderation: Teresa McKinnon, UK ************************************************************ WRAP UP 5 pm CET  World Clock ************************************************************ END of WEB CONFERENCE 5:15 pm CET  World Clock ************************************************************   ************************************************************ IMPORTANT LINKS CEFR Conference programme http://cefrwebconference.com/programme/ CEFR Conference programme overview http://cefrwebconference.com/programme-overview/ Livestream in case the rooms reach their capacity http://www.livestream.com/cefrwebconference Registration http://cefrwebconference.com/registration/ FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) http://cefrwebconference.com/faqs-3/ About http://cefrwebconference.com/about/ Conference Organizers http://cefrwebconference.com/conference-organizers-2/ Moderators and Volunteers http://cefrwebconference.com/moderators-and-volunteers/ Contact cefrwebconference@gmail.com heike.philp@letstalkonline.com

MOOC and the Flipped Classroom

Learning2gether Episode 209

Vance Stevens: MOOCs and the Flipped Classroom

PCI (Preconvention Institute) entitled Integrating CALL with Web 2 0 and Social Media, presentation on March 25, 2014 at the TESOL Conference, Portland

 vanceTESOLpci8 Workshop Goals

Develop expertise

Develop expertise in a variety of CALL tools and techniques (e.g. flipped classroom and MOOCS)

Survey: What expertise do you have already

Please visit this link:


Or access via this QR code, to do a brief pre-assessment


Dee asked to see the results of the survey so I made them public

(I’ll leave the survey open during the conference in case you want to take it)


Here are the survey results from 5 respondents who took it during the PCI on March 25, 2014



If there are more respondents during the conference I’ll post a second chart below

Example of survey technique used with students

Here’s an example of using this technique with students who worked from a grammar exercise in their textbook


and their responses


SMALL, Social Media Assisted Language Learning or Social Media Assisted Lifelong Learning

Stevens, Vance. Connectivist learning: Reaching students through teacher professional development. Permission to cite from this work in progress denied pending action on submission to APACALL publication. Available for viewing: http://tinyurl.com/small2014

Learn more:

Vance Stevens is presenting on “Learning2gether with EVO MultiMOOC and SMALL” at the EV Classic Fair

Saturday March 29, 2014: 10:00 to 10:50 PST in the Electronic Village

That session is being webcast on Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) from 1800 -1850 GMT


and the recording will be archived at http://learning2gether.net

The first MOOC was conceived in 2008 as a model of connectivist learning theory. Its proponents George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier almost inadvertently seeded a revolution in re-thinking how we conceive learning in a highly networked digital age. Since then, MOOCs have tended to fall between two extremes which have come to be known as cMOOCs and xMOOCs. These are differentiated in part in the way they approach their subject matter; i.e. the degree to which they expose participants to the chaos they are likely to encounter in the real world, and the degree to which they engage learners in resolving that chaos. This part of the workshop examines what MOOCs can teach us about the role of chaos in our own learning, and suggests how we can apply MOOC models to our contexts of facilitating our students’ learning, and in learning from one another in our ongoing professional development.



Develop plans

Develop plans to integrate CALL/digital tools in their educational settings based on information presented in the workshop with guidance and modeling from presenters

From teacher networked learning to transformation in your classroom from Vance Stevens

Flipping your classroom

According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching
the HISTORY of flipped classroom begins here

  • The classroom flip by j. Wesley baker is in a collection of papers published on ERIC

    “Baker presented “The classroom flip: using web course management tools to become the guide by the side” at the 11th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Baker’s article presents the model of classroom flipping.”
  • It looks like the Kahn Academy might have been the first to have institutionalized flipped classroom: “In 2004, Salman Khan began to record videos at the request of a younger cousin who felt that recorded lessons would let her skip parts she had mastered and replay parts that were troubling her. Khan’s model essentially provides one-to-one tutoring. Khan Academy videos are used as part of some educators’ flipped teaching strategy.”

You can find more details at the Wikipedia article. The idea for the flipped classroom was well entrenched when on Sunday, June 10, 2012 – Laine Marshall came on Learning2gether to present ‘Three reasons to flip your classroom’

Ways to flip your classroom, modeled here

Spontaneous Hangout Recordings

We set up two Hangouts on Air (HoA) during our PCI events

These two hangouts were recorded spontaneously in one of the renditions of my part of the PCI session.  I’m not sure in the video why you can’t see the other hangout windows. At some point we show the iPad which was also in the Hangout, and you can see the other Hangout on Air windows fleetingly on its screen, and at the beginning of the snippet I point on the PC to a window (the iPad) that was there on the screen though you can’t see it in this recording.

More F.U.N. with another group of participants but this time the iPad Hangout app was not offering me the new Hangout I had just started, so it was just the 4 of us, and last round of my part of the PCI in a long day 🙂

More examples and sample form triggered by QR Code to appear here shortly

Focus on digital tools

Focus on what digital tools to implement, how to implement them in their individual educational communities, and how to assess the effectiveness of implementation of CALL in their educational settings

Tag Games







Stevens, Vance, Nelba Quintana, Rita Zeinstejer, Saša Sirk, Doris Molero & Carla Arena. (2008). Writingmatrix: Connecting Students with Blogs, Tags, and Social Networking. In Stevens, Vance & Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Co-editors. (2008). Special Feature: Proceedings of the Webheads in Action Online Convergence, 2007. TESL-EJ, Volume 11, Number 4: http://tesl-ej.org/ej44/a7.html

Become part of a community of practice

Become part of a continued CoP by contributing to a wiki containing information and links on CALL and the digital tools discussed in the workshop

How MOOC learning reaches students through TPD from Vance Stevens



You are welcome to join Webheads in Action

WiA was formed in 2014 as an EVO (Electronic Village Online) session http://webheads.info/

Nelba is a long-time Webhead and http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com collaborator. She posted this on FaceBook as I was updating this in Portland March 26, 2014 (reproduced here with her permission). This is one of many such testimonials on Webheads.



Here are some publications over the years relating to the Webheads community of practice

  • Proposed book chapter – Stevens, Vance. Connectivist learning: Reaching students through teacher professional development. Permission to cite from this work in progress denied pending action on submission to APACALL publication. Available for viewing: http://tinyurl.com/small2014
  • Yilmaz, B, and Stevens, V. (2012). Webheads in Action: A community of practice scaffolding multiliteracies skills in teacher professional development. Writing & Pedagogy 4,1:135–146. Full text available.
  • Stevens, Vance. (2010). Webheads and Distributed Communities of Practice. Global Neighbors: Newsletter of TESOL’s English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, EFLIS News March 2010 Volume 9 Number 1: http://www.tesol.org//s_tesol/sec_issue.asp?nid=2994&iid=13069&sid=1,
    • The full article is called EFLIS Academic Session 2009. Global and Local Perspectives: Evolving Communities of Practice in EFL, by Suresh Canagarajah, Vance Stevens, Takako Nishino, and Jane Hoelker.
    • The article comes from a paper delivered at the March 2009 TESOL Conference in Denver. It was submitted in October 2009 to the TESOL EFL IS Newsletter, as part of a summary of the EFL Academic Session there, and my draft of that submission is here: http://tinyurl.com/vance2009denver.
  • Stevens, Vance. (2007). Webheads as agents of change in overlapping clouds of distributed learning networks. APACALL Newsletter 11, pp. 3-8. Retrieved December 18, 2007 from: http://www.apacall.org/news/Newsletter11.pdf.
  • Stevens, V. (2004). Webheads communities: Writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and web page development. In Leaver, B. and Willis, J. (Eds.). Task-based instruction in foreign language education: Practices and programes. Georgetown University Press. pp. 204-217.
    • There is a full text of a late draft of my article here, though references are not included: http://vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taskbase_ch10june192003.htm
    • An earlier version has the references, and also images that were intended to illustrate the article: http://vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taskbase_full.htm
    • Here is a Commentary: from the Linguis list, May 2005. AUTHORS: Leaver, Betty Lou; Willis, Jane R. TITLE: Task-Based Instruction in Foreign Language Education SUBTITLE: Practices and Programs PUBLISHER: Georgetown University Press YEAR: 2004 “CHAPTER TEN: Webhead communities: Writing tasks interleaved with synchronous online communication and web page development (Vance Stevens) Another instance of virtual classroom implementing writing tasks is described in this chapter. The author reports activities of groups of learners and teachers involved in online writing practices. The writing tasks were aimed at purposeful interaction and technology was a vehicle of implementing pedagogical principles not the driving force. The author’s initiative for conducting an online writing and grammar course is reported to have been the starting point of this community of online writers called Webheads. The group interactions involved various topics including projects on which teachers interacted and themes and tasks of interest to learners. Cost, ease of use, multicasting capability, and cross platform adaptability were the criteria in selecting the tools for computer mediated communication. Email groups, web pages, and synchronous chat were the major modalities of interaction and implementation of tasks. After a brief discussion on evaluation and in the conclusion section the author mentions lowering affective obstacles and promoting a sense of community as the main message from the project and recommends that the model be applied in other situations. In an appendix some technology related issues are dealt with.
  • Stevens, V. and Altun, A. (2002). The Webheads community of language learners online. In Syed, Z. (Ed.). The process of language learning: An EFL perspective. Abu Dhabi: The Military Language Institute. pp. 285-318. 2001mli_stevens-altun2mb.pdf. There is a pre-publication version of this paper at http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/papers/t2t2001/proceeds.htm
  • Stevens, Vance. 1999. Writing for Webheads: An online writing course utilizing synchronous chat and student web pages. A paper submitted for the 4th Annual Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference: Best Practices In Delivering, Supporting & Managing Online Learning, April 7-9, 1999 – http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/hawaii99.html

A list of current and future connectivist MOOCs


and Open Culture have updated this link with dozens of MOOCs on offer for January and February, 2014


More about MOOCs from MultiMOOC



Earlier this week

Thu Mar 20 and Fri Mar 21 Live Stream of Quality Education Conference in Graz, Austria


Pictures below and link above thanks to Isil Boy via Facebook


Sat Mar 22 1600 GMT Classroom 2.0 presents Drew Minock on Apps, Tools and Augmented Reality

Date: Sat., March 22, 2014
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm EThttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Drew+Minock+on+Apps%2C+Tools+and+Augmented+Reality&iso=20140322T09&p1=137&ah=1
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available athttp://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, March 22nd, when our special guest will be Drew Minock on the topic of“Apps, Tools and Augmented Reality”. Erin Klein is not able to be with us today as our Featured Teacher due to a flight complication, but she will be joining us on April 5th. Huge thanks to Drew Minock who agreed to swap dates with Erin and to carry on with a presentation we have been eagerly anticipating. We are so excited to have Drew Minock from the “2Guys and Some iPads team” joining us with his always inspiring ideas and resources. Drew is an enthusiastic elementary teacher, technology trainer, keynote speaker and educator who has set out to change the game.

Drew is a rising star in the world of educational technology and motivational speaking. He is the Co-Founder of the educational blog Two Guys and Some iPads and augmented reality meet up AR Detroit. Minock has launched the popular educational podcast “The Two Guys Show” to inspire educators to reach new heights. Drew is currently serving on the Teacher Advisory Board for edtech startups Remind 101, and Three Ring. He is also currently serving as an educational advisor for Daqri, the world’s leading augmented reality developer who creates educational experiences that allows students to absorb and retain ideas like never before. The Two Guys blog has reached 100,000 visits from over 120 different countries worldwide in just 126 days! Drew was the lunch keynote presenter at the CUE Rockstar Camp on the USS Hornet. He has also presented at the Podstock Conference, Galileo Learning Summit, 21st Century Learning Symposium, MACUL Mobile Conference, K-12 Online Conference,Reform Symposium, and conducted a workshop session at FETC 2014.

More information and 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 12pmEastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings from our recent ”DonorsChoose Part 2” session with our special guests Paula Naugle and Jenny Jones from #4thchat. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!

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

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

Aiden Yeh – Teaching the Art of Poetic Discourse

Learning2gether Episode 208

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Sun Mar 16 Aiden Yeh – Teaching the Art of Poetic Discourse

Aiden says, “I’ll be talking a little bit about the presentation on  poetic discourse that I presented in a conference in Shanghai last  October. I will share a few effective teaching approaches in teaching  English-major students, the basics of writing modern poetry in a fun and  meaningful way. I’ll show a few examples of students’ poems (and mine,  too) produced as part of the creative writing workshop.In Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/



Earlier this week

Tue Mar 4  OUP/ELT webinar with Diana Bannister and Shaun Wilden

OUP white paper ‘Tablets and Apps in Your School: best practice for implementation’ supports and guides decision-makers with the who, what, why, where, and how of implementing tablets in schools. Download the white paper ahead of the Hangout: https://elt.oup.com/feature/global/mlearning
Join us for a live Google Hangout on Air on Tuesday, 4th March at 12:00 GMT with Diana Bannister, MBE, and Shaun Wilden, authors of the white paper and have your questions answered on:
– how to introduce mobile devices into your school – ideas for best practice in the classroom – how to ensure that 1:1 devices are used effectively’

Play button at

Wed-Thu Mar 6-7 Homeschool Conference

Announcing the 2014 Homeschool Conference, Learning Revolution’s second free online Homeschool Conference, which will be March 6th and 7th. Look for updates soon. Traditional educators: there’s a lot to be learned from the homeschooling world about personal education and the pursuit of passionate interests–you might consider attending!

Sun Mar 9 Vance Stevens hosts another session on iPads in language learning


Fri Mar 14 Vance Stevens streams Hangout Happening live from TESOL Arabia Dubai

Archive of the event now posted at: https://learning2gether.net/2014/03/14/extending-google-hangouts-to-way-beyond-10-participants-vance-stevenss-presentation-at-the-tesol-arabia-conference-in-dubai-uae/

Fri Mar 14 Current and future practices in the use of worlds in Higher Education Institutions

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Mar 15 Become a Google Tools Expert


Mar 14-16 Spring Blog Festival



Class Title:   SBF: Creating a WebQuest on a Blog  Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:00 AM


and more …

Extending Google+ Hangouts to way beyond 10 participants: Vance Stevens’s presentation at the TESOL Arabia conference in Dubai UAE

Learning2gether Episode 207

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Fri Mar 14 1000 GMT Vance Stevens streams Hangout Happening live from TESOL Arabia Dubai, entitled Extending Google+ Hangouts to way beyond 10 participants

At the conference I intend to set up a Hangout live and invite conference participants to join it. Of course anyone in our online PLN is welcome to join us as well.


The live stream was set up shortly before the presentation and remained reasonably robust throughout the event. This was proposed as a workshop to be held in a computer lab setting, starting at 1000 GMT (2pm in Dubai), but most attendees had mobile devices, so biggest challenge was getting them to mute and use earphones, to keep down echo.

As it turned out, we had one participant from online (thanks to Marijana from Croatia!!, who started in the Etherpad chat and then joined us in the hangout). We also had one participant make it into the Hangout from the live audience. However, although many were able to reach the pages where the event was being streamed, the Etherpad chat was too tiny for some smartphone screens, and YouTube was possibly blocked, as at least one user explained that he received a message denying access.

Still, enough happened that we were able demonstrate the process and I think in the end, people seemed to be understanding how the pieces fit together and why, and another was found exploring my slide show and said it seemed quite clear.  So I am happy with the outcome from my expenditure of effort.


You could set this up by TELLING people

Or you can set up an online space where you provide the above information plus

  • The embed to the live stream

The embed of the Etherpad chat below that

For example,

Once the hangout is in session, the slides will be shown via screen share to the virtual and online audiences.

The slides for this presentation are online at http://slideshare.net/vances

An earlier version of the SLIDES was presented at the 4th annual Global Education Conference, GEC2013 Online, November 19, 2913

A published version of the presentation appears here:


Vance Stevens hosts another session on iPads in language learning

Learning2gether Episode 206

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On Sun Mar 9 Vance Stevens hosted another session on iPads in language learning

Here is its Google+ event page:

The event was streamed with a Chatwing text chat available to listeners in real time at http://webheadsinaction.org/live
Where participants were able to watch through the streaming / recording embed on YouTube: http://youtu.be/udIOhgVD0Bg

What did we talk about?

Following on our conversation last Sunday

This Sunday, we gave iPads a little more thought.  Where I work we’re just now in a position of giving out iPads and having to manage their use into something productive to learning at some point in the very near future.  That is, we’ll give the iPads out, have the students set them up and download a set of apps, and then get them producing something relating to the curriculum (geared to having them succeed in IELTS listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar).

Last week we found that the topic was of interest to several colleagues so this week I tried to bring a little more research to the table than what I had on hand at our last meeting. I prepared by compiling what I have learned about iPads into something practical and useful. I’m blogging what I’m coming up with here, please add your comments: http://toolkit4learning.blogspot.ae/2014/03/the-ipads-are-coming-preparation.html

This post is written from the point of view of an educator preparing to enter the realm of iPads with students for the first time.  This is basically a list of apps we have identified as being useful and a catalog of articles written by educators who have been through the experience.  The amount of such material is exhaustive, so the pearls that can be used when needed in class are difficult to find. Ahmed asked at the end of our chat if we had anything on how the apps we had mentioned could be used in class contexts. He was aware of initiatives in the UAE, both with HCT, under whose umbrella I work and UAE University in Al Ain where I live, where iPads are conceived as replacing use of paper.  In my particular context we have been working just outside these initiatives (our students have had laptops so far) and discovering what Ahmed asked about is exactly the point of our discussions.  In holding them, we are finding others in similar positions. We are hoping to share with others at our stage in using iPads, both to learn from them, and soon to help by opening to them what we learn from our experience.

Here are some show notes gleaned from today’s discussion:

I forget to capture the text chat with its links but Rita was able to recall what she had placed there while it was fresh on her mind:

Learning2gether on iPad Sunday March 2, and the annual SLANGUAGES conference Feb 28-March 1

Learning2gether Episode 205

Download mp3:

Sun Mar 2 1400 GMT Vance Stevens hosts The iPads are coming! HELP! They’re here!

Vance Stevens and colleagues met at Bb Collaborate / Elluminate at 1600 GMT Sunday March 2, 2014: http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/


The topic is: “The iPads are coming! The iPads are coming! HELP! They’re here!”

I teach in a military college and as they do here, we were told in our last hour of the working day before the weekend that we should expect our students to be given iPads on Sunday (first day of our teaching week). These will be iPads out of the box. We’ll have to start by getting the students onto the app store (we have ensured that each has an email address). We also have lists of recommended apps, and I imagine we’ll start them downloading those.

We’ve been doing a lot of training on iPad use in which we’ve been shown a lot of apps, but there has been nothing on how it will work to bring students up to using those apps. Given this situation, what would you start them off on to do something productive for language learning on day one that would be dead simple to implement?  I have my ideas but none are tested at the moment. By 1600 GMT Sunday March 3, they will have been.

I would love to share my first day experience with this situation and discuss this with colleagues wishing to share their insights gained through their own experiences.

Show notes:

Rita Zeinstejer’s suggestions

Vance’s suggestions

  • Explain Everything
  • T-charts

The Crafting the ePerfect Textbook EVO session pointed to a wealth of cross-platform resoureces

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning site

Comics creators:

  • Comic touch
  • Toon Doo
  • Makebelief comics
  • Kizoa
  • Story Bird
  • Pow Toon

Elizabeth Grenoble’s suggestions

  • my guys use linoit and fotobabble
  • I’m investigating Weebly to replace pbworks – but it ain’t easy!
  • iCabMobile rather than Safari (under $3.00)
  • This was an app swap which we did with Joe and Carla and others at IATEFL http://www.pinterest.com/eannegrenoble/help-with-ipad/

Paul Driver’s Urban Chronicles projects:





Heike Philp presented the annual SLanguages Conference in Second Life

Fri Feb 28 thru Sat Mar 1 – SLanguages


Adobe Connect webcast: http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl



Fri Feb 28 2100 GMT MachinEVO Award Ceremony and Film Festival

MachinEVO Award Ceremony and Film Festival will take place on 28 February 2014, 9pm GMT / 1pm SLT at the 7th SLanguages Annual Symposium 2014

This was the P R O G R A M   O V E R V I E W for D A Y 2 of 2SATURDAY, 1 MARCH 2014*********************************************
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Saturday, 1 March 2014
Sat, 7am GMT/ 11pm SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar7amGMTVenue: Temple Seatinghttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EduNation%20III/146/132/22Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/slKEYNOTE Virtual Prato by Scott Grant aka Xilin Yifu of Monash UniversityThis talk is about the first stage of a project that a couple of other colleagues and myself

completed at the end of last year called Virtual Prato (VP). The core focus of the project is

to provide a 3D virtual orientation experience for students … more

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Concurrent Sessions 8:30am GMT / 0:30am SLT
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Sat, 8:30am GMT / 0:30am SLT

World Clock http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar830amGMT
Venue Casablanca


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl/

Affordances for learning in virtual worlds
Scott Grant, Monash University

Ever since the early days of people writing about VWs for language learning there has been

an emphasis on the “affordances” that VWs inherently provide for language learning and

task-based learning. I take an historical look at a couple of different variations of concepts

of affordances ….. .more

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Concurrent Sessions 8:30am GMT / 0:30am SLT
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Sat, 8:30am GMT / 0:30am SLT

World Clock http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar830amGMT

Venue Chateau Renoir:


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl1

The internet as a site of fantasy
Elliot Hughes
This presentation reflects on the extent to which the Internet can be considered a site of

fantasy by investigating the prevalence of sexism in online gaming communities… more

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Concurrent Sessions Sat 9:30am GMT / 1:30am SLT
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Word Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar930amGMT

Venue Casablanca


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl/

Researching educational functionality of Second Life
Dr. Pawel Topol [Pawlus Twine]

This presentation will be a report from a research project which measured

educational functionality of Second Life. It involved 70 students of humanities

from the University of Poznan, Poland. The project lasted the whole

semester…. more

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Concurrent Sessions Sat 9:30am GMT / 1:30am SLT
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Word Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar930amGMT

Venue Chateau Renoir:


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl1

Second Life Calling: Language learners communicating virtually across the globe

CyberAmber Pixelmaid ‘KiwiBelma’
Language learners are motivated to learn when they understand a given context

and are able to relate to the authenticity of situation. Many of these activities are

traditionally achieved through role-playing. In Second Life (SL), ….more

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Sat, 10am GMT/ 3am SLT
1h Break
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Sat, 11am GMT/ 3am SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar11amGMT

Venue: Temple Seating


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl

Euroversity Symposium
Panelists: Ton Koenrad, Gary Motteram, Gerhilde Meissl-Egghart, David Richardson, Christel Schneider and Stella Hadjistassou
EUROVERSITY is a network of educational institutions in Europe. EUROVERSITY wants to:
– provide an European and global perspective for universities by offering a shared space for shared learning and research activities,
– promote the conducting of joint courses among network partners and sharing of ressources,
– It wants to become a truly European university rooted not in one location but in many …. more

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Sat, 12:30pm/ 4:30am SLT
30min Break
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Sat, 1pm GMT/ 5am SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar1pmGMT

KEYNOTE Dr. Liz Falconer
Immersion and play in virtual environments

Venue: Temple Seating


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl
Presentation and Tour

The presentation will discuss examples of how virtual worlds can enable immersion

and a sense of presence through game play and role play. Both these forms of

activity are established methods of physical world language learning, but virtual

environments can add a further dimension of immersion in environments that are

difficult, dangerous or impractical to access in the physical world. The tour which

follows the presentation … more
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Sat, 2pm GMT/ 6am SLT

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Sat, 3pm GMT/ 7am SLT
Holodeck presentation
Dr. Randall Sadler
Presentation and Tour

Venue: Temple Seating


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl

Holodecks on EduNation is a free of charge service for our community of

language educators and each year there are new editions to the majestic

number of some 100 holodecks available. Come tour with Dr. Randall

Sadler the latest developments… more

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Sat, 4pm GMT/ 8am SLT

World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar4pmGMT

Venue: Temple Seating


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl

Fire side chat and Open Discussion

This ‘unconference’ in a relaxed surrounding is set in place to get people talking and networking. Bring your ideas and topics, the fun and not so fun stuff, questions, suggestions and come open minded to share and experience the spirit of collaboration and personal learning networks….more

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Sat, 5pm GMT/ 9am SLT
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Concurrent Sessions Sat 6pm GMT / 10am SLT
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Sat, 6pm GMT/ 10am SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar6pmGMT

Venue Casablanca


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl/

Comparative Education: Training English Language Teachers on 3D VLE
Dr. Tuncer Can
Presentation + Tour

The presentation will report a research Project on Second Life aiming at

introducing pre-service language teachers with 3D Virtual Learning

Environments and …. more
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Concurrent Sessions Sat 6pm GMT / 10am SLT
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Sat, 6pm GMT/ 10am SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar6pmGMT

Venue Chateau Renoir:


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl1

CIBOLA: Pedagogical Uses of Virtual Worlds for the Teaching of Language & Culture
Malcolm Alan Compitello, Juliana Luna Freire
This presentation focuses on Cibola, a virtual “living” region replicating important buildings of Latin America and Spain. … more

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Concurrent Sessions Sat 7pm GMT / 11am SLT
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Sat 7pm GMT/ 11am SLT
World Clock; http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar7pmGMT

Venue Casablanca


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl/

Presentation and Tour in family Gómez house
Ines Diglione
Familia Gomez is a series of machinima which have been produced over a

period of 2 years with the 15th serial just having been published. This telenovela

is designed for learning Spanish and involves a family and their exchange

student Bettina….more
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Concurrent Sessions Sat 7pm GMT / 11am SLT
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Sat 7pm GMT/ 11am SLT
World Clock; http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar7pmGMT
Venue Chateau Renoir:


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl1

Machinima for Language Learning
Marisa Constantinides
Creating machinima for learning languages provides teachers with a great

opportunity to embed language in a context of use rather than present it to

the learners only through audio – without the benefit of the images and the

features of the context surrounding the language….more

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Sat, 8pm GMT/ 12pm SLT
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Sat, 9pm GMT/ 1pm SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar9pmGMT

Venue: Temple Seating


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl

KEYNOTE Gord Holden
Adopting the Baby Giant – Unity 3D
It seems that in every jurisdiction governing language learning, the oral component

of the process has become preeminent. This is understandable, and has encouraged

the development of various 3D immersive environments for providing authentic and

contextual spaces for social interactions in various languages.

Unfortunately, the platforms commonly used…. more

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Sat, 10pm GMT/ 2pm SLT
World Clock: http://tinyurl.com/Sat1Mar10pmGMT
Venue: Temple Seating


Livestream: https://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/sl

Learn It Town Symposium
Why Blended Educational Programing using Immersive Environments works with all Cultures
Laura Jeffcoat [Lowri Mills], Shelwyn Corrigan [Wynshel Heir] and others
Presentation and Tour

Seven years of research teaching and managing a Language Learning Community

and 60,000 students from over 121 countries have shown Laura Jeffcoat (Lowri Mills)

what works best with a global community for Education. There is a difference

between “Online Learning” and “Virtual Immersive Learning”….more

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Sat, 12am GMT/ 4pm SLT
The End

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Earlier this week

Sun Feb 23 Vance Stevens and Jim Buckingham presented a reflection: MultiMOOC: What was that all about?

Sun Feb 23 Ryuko Kubota on Global Conversations in Literacy

In Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)
“The Multi/Plural Turn in Research and Practice in Language Studies: Postcolonial Theory, Neoliberalism, and Complicities“

Mon Feb 24 MM3 event: Can Social Networks support Learning Management

Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning has rescheduled the class on ‘MM3: Can Social Networks support Learning Management’

Click here to access the Class

Mon Feb 24 Assessment Strategies for Effective Badge Systems 

Presented by Anne Derryberry, Sage Road Solutions

Before a badge is awarded, issuers must verify that a badge seeker has acquired the skills and/or competencies that the badge represents. That verification happens through evidence-based assessment. In other words, not assessment based on a learner’s ability to recall information about how to do something – actual evidence that demonstrates the learner can do that thing. During this session, we will look at various strategies for assessment that generate evidence of competency or skill mastery. Anne Derryberry will lead the session, and will be joined by Joanna Normoyle (UC Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute) and Phillip Ash (CyraCom), each of whom will present the learning program, badge system, and assessment strategies they are designing.

In Blackboard Collaborate

From the MOOC on badges: badges.coursesites.com

Moodle MOOC 3 continued through end of February

Moodle MOOC 3 started on February 1 , and ended on February 28, 2014.

Events take place in WizIQ (click here to acces the course).

The theme of the current MOOC is collaborative learning and connecting online for instruction and learning.

The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Moodle. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Click here to enroll or to find a continuation of the information replicated above