Hangout with Filip and Marijana Smolčec on the EU LLP Comenius project and learning through Minecraft

Learning2gether Episode 224

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On Sunday June 29 Learning2gether were in Hangout with Marijana Smolčec and her son Filip on the EU LLP Comenius project and learning through Minecraft

Marijana Smolčec met with us in Hangout to tell us a little about the EU LLP Comenius project she has been working on for the past 2 years, which will be the topic of an upcoming Learning2gether event on August 3. As a special treat today she introduced us to her son Filip, who has been developing a YouTube channel on Minecraft with videos of tutorials and builds. Minecraft has received a lot of attention as a means of gamifying a range of curricula, including language learning.

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Earlier this week …

Sat Jun 28 1800 GMT Graham Stanley on TTO MOOC – Engaging Online Learners

Mon Jun 23  Webinar on Flipped Classroom with Russell Stannard

Free #webinar with Russell Stannard – A real example of using the #Flipped Classroom model

Info flyer: 

This is part of a series of webinars offered by Saarland Landesinstitut fur Padagogik und Medien (LPM) in various European languages; schedule and recordings here:   

Wed Jun 25  – Rod Ellis: Task-Based Language Teaching: Sorting Out the Misconceptions – on Virtual Round Table Web Conference

Special Event on short notice: Distinguished guest speaker Rod Ellis from Auckland. (->dictogloss methodology)

  • After the event the group met with Rod Ellis in Second Life and streamed the event through the Adobe event room, with intent to include the interview in SL in the Connect recording,, which is ??? where
Rod Ellis: Task-Based Language Teaching: Sorting Out the Misconceptions Time: June 25, 2014 from 2pm to 7pm
Organized By: Heike Philp

Event Description:
Wed, 25 Juni 2014, 1pm GMT/ 2pm UK / Auckland 1am (Thu) / Tokyo 10pm / New York 9am / LA 6am
For world clock please click HERE
Task based language teaching: Sorting out the Misconceptions
Rod Ellis is visiting the University of Central Lancashire UClan, Preston and Dr. Michael Thomas arranged for Rod to be available in Adobe Connect for a 1h question and answers session. During this 1h webinar there will be an interview with Rod Ellis on TBL in virtual worlds and machinima production (videos filmed in real-time in virtual worlds).
Professor Rod Ellis is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics in University of Auckland. He holds visiting positions on the MA in TESOL at Anaheim University and is a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program. He holds an annual seminar at Showa Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan.
His published works include articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His books include Understanding Second Language Acquisition (BAAL Prize 1986) and The Study of Second Language Acquisition (Duke of Edinburgh prize 1995), Task-Based Learning and Teaching early (2003), and Analyzing Learner Language (with Gary Barkhuizen) in (2005). A second edition of The Study of Second Language Acquisition was published in 2008 and Implicit and Explicit Knowledge in Language Learning, Testing and Teaching in 2009. He has also published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman) and is currently editor of the journal Language Teaching Research.
In addition to his current position in New Zealand, he has worked in schools in Spain and Zambia and in universities in the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States and has conducted numerous consultancies and seminars throughout the world.

See more details on Virtual Round Table Web Conference:

Sun Jun 29 1800 GMT Marisa Constantinides on TTO MOOC – Essentials for Teachers New to Online Teaching

Presented as a session in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Teachers Teaching Online” to access this class

Sun Jun 29 1300 GMT Lenandlar Singh on MM4: Exploring Facebook Group for Learning

Courtesy of Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

Mon June 23-Wed June 25 FlipCon14, the 7th annual conference for and by flipped educators is taking place June 23-25 in Mars, PA, Pittsburgh.

Has a virtual component, but not a free event

Mon Jun 23  Nellie Deutsch and Ludmila Smirnnova – MM4: Sharing EdMedia Let’s Moodle Experience

Tue Jun 24  Nellie Deutsch and Ludmila Smirnnova – MM4: Contextual Adaptation in the Dissemination of Online Technologies

More from the Learning Revolution

  • Wednesday, June 25th in Atlanta, GA Flat Connections Workshop: Connect, Collaborate, Go Global, We have the technology, we have the pedagogy, it’s time to join learners to the world! This workshop provides educators and education leaders the skills and resources to connect their learning and take it from local to global – and provides concrete examples and stories of those who are already doing this to inform your approach. It is imperative students receive a global education and have the opportunity to connect and work with others in the world. Embedding global learning and competency is not a plane ticket but a mindset and a curriculum imperative. Where do you start? This workshop will show you how. More information here.
  • Wednesday, June 25th at 8am Education Fast Forward: Live Global Education Debate, Better teaching for better learning: Results of the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). Be one of the first to learn from the outcomes of the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) by joining Education Fast Forward’s global live debate on June 25, 2014 at 1pm (BST). No need to register, just click to view. Follow us on Twitter @effdebate and post your questions and comments to #EFF10. More information here.
  • Wednesday, June 25th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.

Thu Jun 26 1400 GMT Justin Hunt on PoodLL language lab for Moodle

E4.121-0334 – PoodLL  the language lab for Moodle
Justin Hunt – PoodLL developer

Thu June 26 at the Learning Revolution 

June 27 ISTE Unplugged

  • ISTE Unplugged – Starting June 27th in Atlanta. If you’re going to ISTE or live in Atlanta, don’t miss ISTE Unplugged, our set of fun activities around the annual ISTE conference. While we highly recommend going to ISTE, you don’t have to be registered for the main conference to attend our all day unconference on Friday, June 27th. We’ve also just added information about the Invent to Learn workshop on Saturday with Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez.
  • A more recent announcement: Audrey Watters of will be joining us for our all-day Friday, June 27th, unconference. It’s free, it’s at the Georgia World Congress Center, and it’s a great way to spend a day with interesting people holding interesting conversations. The topics for the day are determined by the attendees, and many who come say it’s the best thing they do at ISTE. After the unconference is our now-annual evening social/party, which will feature Kevin Honeycutt and the iPhone band. Saturday is our half-day Global Education gathering, and then there’s the Bloggers’ Cafe Sunday – Tuesday.
  • Check it all out at See you there! … but not onlne …

I’m disappointed that these all seem to be on-site, in-person events. Even the Global Ed event, promises connections with educators from around the globe (who happen to be in Atlanta for the conference). I’m sure there is a consideration here that isn’t being mentioned, but the organizers of these events are experts at connecting online.

However, Sue Waters set up a Flipboard here reporting from ISTE

This is a remarkable Flipboard, page after page, and you are transported to Atlanta and have links to thousands of artifacts recalling the flavor of the conference. One of these is Ms. Staffa’s blog recollections,

Flipboard is well modeled here as a place for curation (in this case on #iste2014), as Sue Waters explains in her blog here: Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together | Sue Waters Blog

More from the Learning Revolution

  • Friday, June 27th at 8am in Atlanta, GA Hack Education Unconference + Party, Audrey Watters of Hack Education co-chairs our all-day flagship event this year, our “unconference” on teaching and learning (originally EduBloggerCon). In our eighth year, this event typically draws 200 – 300 participants from around the world. We start by building a session schedule together and then spend the rest of the day in engaged conversations around amazing topics. More information and sign-up here.
  • Friday, June 27th at 3pm PDT in San Francisco, CA Galvanize: gSchool Open House, Want to know more about gSchool’s 24 week developer training program? Here’s your chance to meet the team, get your questions answered, check out the space (psst – it has a rooftop patio) and learn more about what it means to be a gSchooler! RSVP here.
  • Saturday, June 28th at 9am in Atlanta, GA Invent to Learn at ISTE 2014, Join Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager for an energizing day of “hard fun” as we invent, tinker, and learn how to incorporate hands-on project-based learning in the classroom. Participants will engage in a variety of projects using modern tools and technology – the perfect way to get ready for ISTE. More information and registration here.
  • Saturday, June 28th at 2pm in Atlanta, GA Global Ed Day at ISTE 2014, Join Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, and many members of the Global Education Conference community on June 28th from 2-5 PM at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for a special face-to-face meeting in which you can connect and collaborate with other globally minded educators. More information and RSVP here.
  • Sunday, June 29th at 9pm I Have a Question EdTechWeekly, Weekly attempt to crowdsource answers to education questions from our community of communities,. Tag your questions #eduquestion or post them on our Facebook page or Google+ community. Join in at

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

June 27 1800 GMT Jack Askew on TTO MOOC

Getting Students: Short and long-term strategies to get paying clients/customers

You must be enrolled in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Teachers Teaching Online” to access this class

Fri Jun 27  Shelly Terrell American TESOL webinar – 10+ Activities to do on the School Grounds

The following screen with its many links live can be found at which redirects to

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

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