Learning2gether with John Hibbs and Jeff Lebow – Connecting participants via POTS, smart phones, and mobile devices

Learning2gether Episode 230

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/learning2gether-with-john-hibbs-and-jeff-lebow-pots-smart-phones-and-mobile-devices-pxippbgrtpm.mp3

Sun Aug 10 John Hibbs and Jeff Lebow – connecting participants via POTS, smart phones, and mobile devices

We billed this event as follows:

Three long-time friends get together to swap war stories, lending the perspectives of each’s unique accomplishments, and from the dust arising from the impact each has made, try to create a discernible cloud image foretelling the future of the convergence of telephony and CMC.

John Hibbs and Global Learn Day were early inspiration for Webheads and its three online convergences in 2005, 2007, and 2009, which led us to Learning2gether in 2010. John blogs at http://oregonhibbs.com/. Jeff Lebow has inspired thousands through his Worldbridges network, notably EdTech Talk whose most recent venture is I Have a Question; e.g. http://edtechtalk.com/ihaq15-ethics-innovation. Jeff was an early innovator with Google Hangout in education and we are counting on him to patch John into Hangout through telephony, as we explore the benefits of converging traditional and new communications to develop a vision of a more accessible and far-reaching connectivity than most of us imagine. We welcome YOUR contribution to this important discussion

Where? Google+ Hangout

Who was present?

This was a conversation between Vance Stevens, John Hibbs, and Jeff Lebow in Google+ Hangout to talk about how in this day and age online events can be staged to include people who might be more comfortable joining by phone. Robert Wachman  and Rita Zeinstejer also joined us in Hangout and Maria Colussa and Peggy George were in the Chatwing text chat and listening to the video being streamed on YouTube.

Our events aspire to be not so much set-piece presentations as experiments in online communications through whatever means seem interesting. Robert wrote me later “It was unexpectedly weird to enter the Hangout and find kind of a virtual tangled mess of connections, echoes, and smiling faces…but also fun!”

What actually happened?

As it turned out, John’s situation computer wasn’t up to Hanging Out, but Jeff had anticipated that John might want to patch in by phone and so he had activated a feature whereby you can bring phones into Google events. At the last minute we found that this worked only for video calls via Hangout but not for HoA (Hangouts on Air). So 15 min before show time Jeff was marvelous to behold on the yet-to-be broadcast Hangout as he started thinking and muttering through what he would need to do to have us all join him in Skype, and how he would patch that in through the HoA.

We had just set it up as the recording begins, all of us on Skype and our voices streaming through the HoA but with a problem whereby John could not hear anyone who was in the HoA but not in the Skype call. We got Robert into Skype and both he and I had debilitating echos which turned out in hindsight to be caused by hearing ourselves in both HoA and Skype on the same computer, but with a lag. The solution for us both was to drain the sound away from HoA (I did it by plugging a spare set of earbuds into the HoA computer and throwing that sound overboard and then having Jeff call me back on another computer where I could plug in another set of earphones and hear just the Skype there). Robert managed to solve his problem and once the initial difficulties had been resolved we settled into a conversation wherein we made the point that we had just done what we had set out to do, and that was, to patch a phone call into a free online tool that anyone (in theory, or if his initials are JL) would have available through a browser using only a little ingenuity, Google+ and Skype.

Fortunately the echo doesn’t come out on the recording, the participants do not appear as confounded as they were at the start of the event, the conversation was doable for all participating, and those in the stream seemed to think it went well, despite the fact that it was not even meant to be a polished performance. Our events can by nature and proclivity be experimental. This was the spirit of Global Learn Day from 1994 to 2003, for Webheads since 1998, and for Worldbridges since 2005. We like seeing what works and Learning2gether through trial, error, fleeting failure, and eventual success.

How our hangouts work at showtime


  • Ninghttp://taedtech.ning.com/events/learning2gether-with-hibbs-and-lebow
  • Yahoo Groups: Webheads, Multilit, and Learningwithcomputers
  • Facebook Groups: Webheads, Learning2gether, Multiliteracies, TAEdTech
  • Google+ communities: Webheadsinaction, Learning2gether, EdTech Mojo, MultiMOOC, Intergrating CALL with Web 2.0 and Social Media, Teachers for Interactive Language Learning (TILL)

Earlier this week

Another significant event, completely open, recordings immediately available, took place

Fri Aug 8 and Sat Aug 9 Toronto TESL BELTA online conference

Events took place in one of these online spaces

ROOM BELTA http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/belta

ROOM TESL TORONTO http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/

iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers continues through Aug 17th

Here are a few of the events this week; This list is not comprehensive.

  • Mon Aug 4 Using Multi-path Stories in the Classroom by Marcos Benevides
  • Wed Aug 6 Adam Simpson on iTDi – 10 Ways to Engage Generation Y with Technology
  • Wed Aug 6 Kieran Dhunna Haliwell on iTDi – The Culture Chat Project 
  • Thu Aug 7 1400 GMT Vicki Hollett on iTDi – How To Make Videos 
  • Fri Aug 8 Traditional Games Across Borders by Marco Brazil 
  • Fri Aug 8 Inspiring L2 Writers: Immediate&Motivating Feedback by Steven Herder
  • Fri Aug 8 Jason R. Levine on ‘Meet and Greet in the VC 
  • Sat Aug 9 ‘Web Tools to Make Writing More Engaging by Budi Azhari Lubis’
  • Sun Aug 10 1300 GMT Rose Bard on iTDi

Focusing on Learning: Reflective Learners & Feedback by Rose Bard


Replay the recording here


In order to attend the live events or see the recordings you must first enroll in the MOOC

Mon Aug 4 1st pre-conference keynote for the second annual Homeschool+ Conference and Virtual Film Festival

The second annual Homeschool+ Conference takes place August 7th + 8th, 2014, with pre-conference keynotes the three days before. This online and free event provides an opportunity to share strategies, practices, and resources for those involved with homeschooling, unschooling, free schools, democratic schools, and other forms of alternative, independent, and non-traditional education.

  • To attend the conference, to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, and/or to submit to present, please 
join this network!
  • The conference welcome letter is here.

The Alternative Education Virtual Film Festival: http://www.virtualfilmfestival.com/alternative-education.html

Interviews this week:

  • Tue Aug 5 Interview with director German Doin of La Educación Prohibida
  • Wed Aug 6 Interview with director Cevin Soling of The War on Kids

Fri Aug 8 at 2000 GMT Shelly Terrell American TESOL webinar 

Note that times in GMT may vary because the timing is fixed to a local time zone where clocks are moved forward / back periodically

As an example, this is the one for May 16, 2014, 1600 EDT, 2000 GMT


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


Homeschool+ Conference, August 7th + 8th, 2014

Upcoming deadlines: The Call for Proposals for the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference is now open. Conference strands include Learning Theory, Homeschooling, Unschooling, Free Schools, Democratic Schools, Alternative and Non-Traditional Education, Student Presentation, Technology, Politics and Policy, and Faith-Specific Topics.

Sat Aug 9 Nellie Deutsch – Understanding WizIQ – Polling


About the Class: Welcome to understanding the Teaching System on WizIQ. This webinar is part of a series of weekly online classes on the features available on WizIQ to organize online conferences, deliver MOOCs, and teach synchronous and/or asynchronous courses for fully online, blended, and flipped class programs for the private and public sectors.

Sat Aug 9 Classroom 2.0 – Kyle Pearce on integrating tech into Middle School math using iPads

Date: Sat., August 9, 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 at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, August 9th, when our special guest will be Kyle Pearce. We are so excited to have Kyle Pearce on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our Featured Teacher for the month of August! This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the amazing ways Kyle is effectively integrating technology into his Middle School math class using iPads, his Tech Toolbox, blogs, Google apps, Dropbox, going paperless, and more! Kyle is a Secondary Math Teacher and Intermediate Math Coach with the Greater Essex County District School Board leading a Ministry funded 1:1 iPad project called Tap Into Teen Minds. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator from the Class of 2013 and is working to become a Google Certified Teacher. He is currently teaching at Tecumseh Vista Academy K-12 in the morning and focuses on duties for the Middle Years Collaborative Inquiry (MYCI) Project in the afternoon. Follow him on Twitter or sign up to receive updates from his fabulous blog: Tap into Teen MindsMore information and session 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. All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent”Unleashing Student Superpowers” session with our special guests Kristen Swanson and Hadley Ferguson. 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

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