Judy Thompson on Radical English and teaching pronunciation through colors

Learning2gether Episode 219

On Monday May 26 we met Judy Thompson discussing Radical English and teaching pronunciation through colors



Where Google Hangout





Teresa Almeida d’Eca has been working with a small group of colleagues that came together through Judy Thompson in LinkedIn. “In November 2013 we met f2f in Lydbury, England, hosted by Rita and Duncan Baker at their Language Center. However, I only met with them through Skype. And we founded the Radical English group.

We believe in a totally different approach to teaching English, in tune with Rita’s post “it’s time to take a radically different approach to teaching and learning English”. Each of us has an area of expertise and we’ve been sparking one another to carry it to the next level. So far we’re more a support group rather than a group with a single project. We spread the word about one another and promote our ventures.

  • Judy (in Canada) created the EPA: English Phonetic Alphabet. She has published for a few years and is now online and has an app.
  •  Rita in England just published her first e-book, Brain Power. It’s a very interesting read aimed at the education world, above all, at common people. Do take a look! It’s on Amazon (http://amzn.to/19OFwgh).
  •  I just finished proofreading my e-dictionary based on a pronunciation strategy I came up with in class and out of the blue 10 years ago. It’s based on bridging the L1 and the L2. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

The other members are Peggy Tharpe (California, USA), who specializes in pronunciation and accent reduction, Jennifer England (a Canadian in Spain), who’s involved in projects and learning programs, and Judit Tárczy (Hungary), who uses word boards to teach vocabulary to YLs. Each of us is doing work that we enjoy, as you will see in our RE website (http://radicalenglish.com/) in the “All about us” tab. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter and follow our blog.

I also invite you to visit my own RE website (http://teresadeca-radicalenglish.weebly.com/) where you have more information about my project. Do read the blog and follow it. You’re very welcome to leave comments.”

Earlier this week

Mon May 19 00:01 GMT IHAQ#7 Return to EdTech Weekly

IHAQ#7 – a good old-fashioned EdTechWeekly Link Dump

Fri-Sat May 23-24 TOSCON14


The registration page doesn’t appear to work in Chrome, but works fine in IE



The webcasts indicated for this event are not going to happen as indicated in our Bb Collaborate / Elluminate calendar here:

http://my.calendars.net/eslhome_conferen/. The webcasts would have been at


Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

Sat May 24 1430 GMT Marina Majonica – Becoming a Master Teacher (Or How To Get There)


Hangout with Alexander Hayes – Google Glass in Education

Learning2gether Episode 218

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Sun May 18 1100 GMT – Hangout with Alexander Hayes – Google Glass in Education

Alexander Hayes has been associated with a number of cutting edge education projects over the years, including exploring the potential of StreamFolio, Talking VTE, POV technologies, Drones for Schools, wearable technologies (and the social implications of surveillance, sousveillance, and uberveillance) and most recently, Google Glass through posting his interviews with 60 Google Glass Explorers on YouTube and hosting the recent Glass Meetup #1 in Canberra.

We’ll speak with Alex about his extensive work in these areas. All are welcome, should be F.U.N.



  • It might be useful for you all to watch a few of these interviews beforehand – http://goo.gl/bo94t2
    There are 45 video interviews at this link, all well worth watching / listening to

About Alexander

Show Notes

Links from Chatwing


Links from Hangout
I was unable to copy text from the H/O  text chat from my Windows 8 computer (in Windows 7 I could copy the visible chat but could not scroll to copy), so I clicked on the links to open them and  pasted them below

Follow up conversation

Alexander Hayes


Earlier this week

May 12 Webmaker MOOC begins



May 12 to June 15 – Part 2 of Shaping the Way we Teach English, a MOOC for Language Teachers

You are invited to participate in “Shaping the Way We Teach English: Paths to Success in English Language Teaching“. This is the second course of the series but you did not have to participate in Part 1 to be eligible to participate in Part 2.

This course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This means that you do not need to log in at any one specific time during the week but you will be given readings, assignments, and discussions questions that are due at a specific time each week. You should log into the course a few times a week to be successful. Registration is unlimited so please feel free to share with your colleagues.

We also encourage teachers to work collaboratively. Many successful MOOC participants have formed facilitation groups. Each individual will still need to submit his/her work online, but facilitation groups meet once a week to discuss the content of the course.

If you complete the course, you will be issued a “Statement of Accomplishment” from Coursera.

Course Information:

Part 2: Paths to Success in English Language Teaching – Begins May 12

Enroll at:  https://www.coursera.org/course/shaping2paths

  • Week 1, May 12: Integrating skills and using tasks to motivate learners
  • Week 2, May 19: Alternative assessment to demonstrate language ability
  • Week 3, May 26: Incorporating individual learning differences in instruction
  • Week 4, June 2: Effective classroom management
  • Week 5, June 9: Reflective teaching 

Visit Shaping the Way We Teach English at: http://shapingenglish.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

News bulletin here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/03/224040.htm

Sat May 17 1430 GMT Andrés Ramos – Memes: Witty Cultural Discourse for An ELT Blast


At this link


Recording: https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/_a875541554/p2j5iu5swl6/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal


Hangout with University of Canberra INSPIRE first #glassmeetups and IHAQ#6

Learning2gether Episode 217

My Monday May 12 started at 4:00 a.m with the midnight GMT “I have a question” IHAQ#6


Jeff Lebow and his EdTech Talk colleagues Dave Cormier, Jennifer Maddrell, and John Shinker meet every Sunday at midnight GMT in Hangout for their new venture I have a question #IHAQ


Show Notes & Chat Log at: 

Next Week: IHAQ#7 – a good old-fashioned EdTechWeekly Link Dump

Followed closely Mon May 12 at 0200 GMT by Hangout of the Minds EduGlasses


And finally la pièce de la pièce

Mon May 12 Hangout from Uni of Canberra: Google Glass Meetup 


  1. Event page – https://plus.google.com/events/cssd2617d4r9hilh9j03m759lek?authkey=CMKSgciVt9npaA
  2. Youtube page – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCd2kRhAVAw
  3. Main event page – http://www.inspire.edu.au/glass-meetups/2014/4/4/confirmed-meetup
  4. Main programme link with times given worldwide – http://goo.gl/t4pHnI
    1. Start time 06:45 GMT, 16:45 in Canberra: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=%23glassmeetup+1+-+INSPIRE+Centre%2C+University+of+Canberra&iso=20140512T1645&p1=57&ah=3
    2. Closing 09:30 GMT, 19:30 in Canberra http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=%23glassmeetup+1+-+INSPIRE+Centre%2C+University+of+Canberra&iso=20140512T1930&p1=57&ah=3
  5. Aggregations
    1. https://plus.google.com/s/%23ucgm1


  • Forums

I snapped this (coincidentally) just as @alexanderhayes was thanking (unexpectedly 🙂 Vance Stevens and Webheads among others for acting as ‘nodes’ for the event



Learning2gether in Hangout with Jose Antonio Da Silva on Mobile Learning Tips and Issues

Learning2gether Episode 216

Sun May 11 Hangout – Learning2gether with Jose Antonio Da Silva on Mobile Learning Tips and Issues

What Jose, plans  to talk about
Jose and his colleagues have been using iPads in class since 2012 after Carla Arena got a grant with the first set of 20 iPads for one of the branches at Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasilia. Now that there are sets in all branches, the teachers at CTJ have done quite a lot in the area of mobile learning and learned to address some of the issues that might surface when one decides to use mobile devices. These are some of things that Jose hopes to share with the community.

Jose is a teacher at Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasilia, frequent contributor at EVO Electronic Village Online, and travels consistently to conferences around the globe. He is a natural teacher who shares expertise with colleagues worldwide, and it will be interesting to chat with him and share our knowledge about mobile learning and iPads https://twitter.com/joseantoniook 


Text chat from the Hangout (raw, unedited)

Announcements were made in the following:






Earlier this week

Fri May 9 at 2000 GMT Shelly Terrell weekly American TESOL webinar

This week: Fri., May 9th, Inspire Learners with Guest Experts

The following screen with its many links live can be found at http://bit.ly/eltlinks which redirects to


The schedule to the right of this image is updated weekly and available at

Sat May 10 Audrey Watters at BCC Agora



Sat May 10 1600 GMT Classroom 2.0 LiveBinders on Bullying


Link to join the session:  http://tinyurl.com/cr20live

More information: http://live.classroom20.com/ 

Learning2gether with Reform Symposium MiniCon in May (and IHAQ#5)

Learning2gether Episode 215

On Sun May 4 from 1330 to 1700 GMT Learning2gether enjoyed interacting with Reform Symposium MiniCon May

Reform Symposium MiniCon May, May 4th 9:30am – 1pm EDT


This was the last half day free online event to prepare for July 11-13th official online conference.


  • 13;30 GMT guest poet Chaouki M’kaddem,
  • 14:00 keynote speaker Steve Wheeler 
  • From 15:00 GMT seven  Inspire presentations
    At one point you could have signed up to be an Inpire Presenter! invited to do a 3 to 5 minute presentation that either (1) gives us highlights of your RSCON4 presentation or (2) gives us a sneak peek at what you are thinking about presenting for RSCON5. Space is limited for these presentations, so sign up soon. 
  • 16:00 GMT Tech & App Smackdown – Share your favorite web tool or app as we celebrate our amazing presenters from 2013 and look forward to #RSCON5 on July 11-13th, 2014. Your presentation will only be 2 minutes long with 2 images as your presentation. 

All this is intended to give you a sneak peek at what to expect at the annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON5), that will take place July 11-13th, 2014 and feature 60+presentations, 2 plenaries, 10 keynotes, student presenters, and much more. 


Tech and App Smackdown text chat links and exerpts

I thought the most practical was the last event, the tech & app smackdown. LOTS of material there. I saved the txt chat with links and the recording will be worth revisiting

Peggy George – This will be a fast and furious, fun-filled session with lots of great tools and tips

Here are the tools and web sites mentioned


QR codes


Rositsa Mineva – http://learningapps.org/

Presentation tools



no red ink


https://audioboo.fm/ free apps for iPhones and Adroid phone (and tablets and iPads) and Windows phones and some Blackberries . Now allows up to 10 minutes recording time and no limit on number of recordings as far as I can see



  • Shelly is the most amazing Pearltree user I know!!! I love her resources on Peartree!




educlipper https://educlipper.net/ logo creation apps

Tellagami, https://tellagami.com/


  • Oro loves Voki

Powtoon, http://www.powtoon.com/

  • Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur – PowToon…it is my new fave
  • shellyterrell @ShellTerrell – My students love Powtoon! It’s their favorite way to create






TED Talks for educators

Audio tools


Youngzine.org great lessons

Luciane Duma project with SEN students http://esafety4etwinners.blogspot.ro/



LucianeCurator @web20education – My Portofolio with over 1000 edtools https://lucianecurator.contently.com/

Knovio sounds interesting.





Later that day

Sun May 4 2359 UTC IHAQ#5: Why Does Sugata Mitra anger so many in education?

In Hangout with @eduquestion; https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/chss40e7i3k7h10856fjoh6gd54?authkey=CMnbpYX_7oydVg

Find more IHAQ videos at http://edtechtalk.com/

Related Links

Vanessa Vaile offers

Benjamin L. Stewart

My thoughts… http://benjaminlstewart.com/the-mitra-debate-research-vs-teaching-practice/

Earlier this week

Mon Apr 28 2:00 ET – The Role of Badges in Alternative Credentialing

Monday, April 28, 2-3:00 ET: The Role of Badges in Alternative Credentialing – In response to specific employer/industry requirements and the particular needs of the adult learner, interest in new approaches to credentialing is on the rise. In December, 2013, the U.S. Dept. of Education issued a notice inviting suggestions for new experiments for the Experimental Sites Initiative. The notice expressed particular interest in competency-based education programs and prior learning assessment for postsecondary education. This session will investigate various ways that open badges provide the basis for alternative credentialing programs.
Presented by Anne Derryberry, Producer, Designer, and Advisor at Sage Road Solutions

From the MOOC on badges: badges.coursesites.com

How to Join the Live Sessions

To join the live sessions, use the following Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference link: http://tinyurl.com/OpenBadgesCollaborate

Live sessions are the last Monday of each month at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET 

For April 28, here  is your local time:  (forthcoming)

Mon Apr 28 Events announced on LearningRevolution

Monday, April 28th at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC YouthCaN 2014, YouthCaN is a global youth-run organization co-sponsored by iEARN that uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people about environmental issues facing the planet. Every year at our annual conference at the American Museum of Natural History, YouthCaN groups from around the world present and/or attend environmental science-related workshops. The date for the YouthCaN New York City Conference is April 28, 2014 at the American Museum of Natural History. More information here.

Monday, April 28th in Pacific Palisades, CA Tips & Tools to Tech Up Your Teaching, Today’s educators are tasked with integrating technology in the curriculum to enhance student learning and advance 21st century skills, but, with myriad of tools and educational applications to choose from, it can be a daunting task for already busy teachers. This professional development workshop is designed to help jump-start meaningful technology integration with ideas, resources, and teaching tips. More information here.

For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Wed Apr 30 More SLMOOC14 sessions scheduled through Apr 30, 2014

This one at 1800 GMT


This one at 1900 GMT



Thu May 1 Curt Bonk on MOOCs, Flipping, and Microcredentials



Note: This session is designed specifically for trade and professional associations.

Thu May 1 Reinventing the Classroom online conference

Reinventing the Classroom, May 1st, 2014 

is about “how ed tech is reshaping the classroom experience.” This is a free event bringing together classroom educators and innovators from around the world, being held Thursday, May 1st (May 2nd in some time zones). The entire conference takes place online in a webinar format, and specifically encourages teachers to share their best practices with their peers.

Ed Tech Month + PowerUp WHAT WORKS. We’re boldly declaring that May is Ed Tech Month – kicking off with Reinventing the Classroom, and followed by a month long webinar series presented by PowerUp WHAT WORKS. Topics include: Personalize Your Math Professional Development, Learn About Differentiated Instruction and UDL, Personalize Your ELA Professional Development, and more. PD certificates will be available through the Learning Revolution. PLUS you can host your own Ed Tech Month event(s) using our Host Your Own Webinar program, and share local events using #edtechmonth. Visit www.edtechmonth.com for more information.

Be sure to check out the incredible lineup of keynotes and distinguished speakersTravis AllenSteve Anderson,Barnett BarryVicki DavisHowie DiBlasiJulie EvansTroy HicksRushton HurleyBill KistGary LopezAnne MirtschinJeff PiontekShelly Sanchez Terrell, and Nicole Tucker-Smith.   

May 1, Alexander Hayes interviews Stephen Downes on wearable technology

Sat May 3 0900 PT Classroom 2.0 LIVE – Swaroop Raju and eduCanon 

Date: Sat., May 3, 2014
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
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, May 3rd, when our special guest will be Swaroop Raju, eduCanon Co-Founder” who will introduce us to the amazing teaching resource, eduCanon! eduCanon is an online learning environment to build and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, LearnZillion, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students. By time-linking activities that students engage with as the video progresses the content is segmented into digestible components – increasing student engagement and, through our real-time monitoring, informing the next day’s lesson planning. Teachers have used the eduCanon interface in class as a blended tool, assigned students an eduCanon lesson as homework in a flipped setting, and even asked students to create their own eduCanon lesson as a higher-Bloom’s project! eduCanon is flexible to suit the resources and teaching style of your classroom. eduCanon is a FREE web app that works on all major browsers. It works on Macs, PCs, and is even responsive to iPads. You can even embed it into your website or blog!

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

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