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.
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.
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
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.
Part 2: Paths to Success in English Language Teaching – Begins May 12
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
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.
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
http://www.ipadio.com/ free apps for iPhones and Adroid phone (and tablets and iPads) AND feature phones can be used, too. Up to 60 minutes recording, no limits to number of recordings, teachers can get multiple channels and 3 minute videos.
ipadio embed well in Edmodo!
@pgeorge Peggy George – I really love ipadio! you can upload audio or record audio
shellyterrell @ShellTerrell – I heard it’s recommended for Podcasts as well
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
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
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 speakers: Travis Allen, Steve Anderson,Barnett Barry, Vicki Davis, Howie DiBlasi, Julie Evans, Troy Hicks, Rushton Hurley, Bill Kist, Gary Lopez, Anne Mirtschin, Jeff Piontek, Shelly 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
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