And the winner is … Learning2fly high with iTDi

Learning2gether Episode 231

Sunday Aug 17, we had a session lined up for Learning2gether. Marijana was going to meet with us to talk about the Comenius project she has been working on recently, and we were all set to go, the Hangout was started and counting down, announcements were made … and then … everything last-minute recanted, Google+ event announcement was reset for 20 days later, all because iTDi had scheduled Shelly Terrell and Sylia Guinan for a closing ceremony right at the time Marijana was supposed to meet with us, and as we have both been participating in iTDi for the past month, she every day and as one of its presenters, me less assiduously but still, almost daily, well iTDi was just the more compelling event, and as such, the most appropriate one for Learning2gether this Sunday.


It was hard to resist the hard-working and fun-loving team of Jase Levine and Chuck Sandy, who kept the ball not only rolling but juggling in the air every day for almost a month, with practical and inspirational talks put on by a panoply of young and energetic teachers, many of whom seemed even younger due to that enthusiasm. Jase set the tone with a rap-a-day, and was getting pretty good at it there at the end. What’s the time? It’s time to rhyme! Chuck lent a sentient dimension with poetry, and Shelly contributed her unbridled enthusiasm in a call for teachers to continue sharing beyond the end of the MOOC.

I like the way the WizIQ app makes it easy to know what’s coming up, and convenient to join and participate on your iPad

During the event, I discovered that WizIQ was a great match for iPad. On PC I was having to dig out event announcements in order to find the link I needed to click to connect to the sessions, but with the app, you stay logged in, and a swipe at the top updates it for you so you can see at a glance when the next session is, and they all appear ready for launch in the iPad app. And of course iPads are easier to carry around a house than are computers, making it possible to enjoy iTDi almost anywhere; e.g. in the kitchen preparing dinner, or consuming it, as can be seen here

Aug 17 1400 GMT iTDi Summer School MOOC closing keynote by Shelly Terrell & Sylvia Guinan

Closing Keynote: League of Edu Heroes by Shelly Terrell & Sylia Guinan


The only thing I would improve with iTDi is that in order to attend the live events or see the recordings you had to first enroll in the MOOC. It would be easier to share with others if there were an open entry, though I can understand that the presenters of this event would want to know who their participants were (still, the MOOC was not technically ‘open’ though it was freely accessible to registered participants). Due to this constraint I’m not sure if the recordings are freely available without pre-registration, but if I find that they are, I will announce that happy fact right here!

And wow! A certificate of completion!

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iTDi events were taking place all this past month. Here are a few from last week

(this is not a comprehensive list)

Mon Aug 11 1400 GMT Aysegul Liman Kaban on iTDi – Topsy Turvy Teaching Experiences

Tue Aug 12 on iTDi – Social networks in ELT: The Taming of the Shrew by Anna Loseva

Wed Aug 13 on iTDi – Teach Grammar Inductively Deductively & Creatively by Irina Ostapchuk

Wed Aug 13 on iTDi – Self Publishing Your Materials by Dorothy Zemach

Thu Aug 14 on iTDi – I’m going  to italy and  other mistakes  by James  Taylor

Professional Development for Now & The Future by VIcky Loras

Fri Aug 15 Disguising learning via games by Ragu Raganathan

Fri Aug 15 Helping YLs with Language Learning Difficulties by Karen Frazier Tsai

Aug 16 1230 GMT iTDi Pecha Kucha Session by Seven Fabulous Presenters

Reflections on the Pecha Kuch

Aug 16 14:30 GMT iTDi Exploring easy web tools by Nina Septina

Sun Aug 17 1400 GMT Hangout with Marijana Smolčec postponed to Sept 7

Marijana will be participating in the  iTDi event scheduled at this time


Earlier this week

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

Mon Aug 11 2000 GMT Leona White – Yikes, I Have Two Days or Less to Set Up My Classroom!

Presented by Leona White, second grade teacher at Samuel Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Info, and register free:

AltEd Virtual Film Festival Interviews with directors

Alternative Education Virtual Film Festival:

  • Alt Ed Film Fest. It’s a big week for the Alt Ed Film Fest director interviews. Be sure to check out the schedule below to make sure you’re able to join us for some great interviews with the directors of Free to LearnGrown Without Schooling, andSchooling the World.

If you missed any of last week’s interviews, be sure to check them out at

Tue Aug 12  Bhawin Suchak of Free to Learn 
Wed Aug 13 – Peter Kowalke of Grown Without Schooling

 Thu Aug 14 – Carol Black of Schooling the World

Thu Aug 14 0900 GMT on – Lee Ann Tysseling: Gaming for Literacy! CCSS and Text Complexity in Video Games

Gaming for Literacy! CCSS and Text Complexity in Video Games


Thursday, August 14, 2014
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Coordinated Universal Time-11) Show in My Timezone
Presented by Lee Ann Tysseling, Associate Professor of Literacy at Boise State University and author of Word Travelers: Using Digital Tools to Explore Vocabulary and Develop Independent LearnersYour students’ work is being affected by their out-of-school video gaming!  The average gamer plays 13 hours a week. (McGonigal, 2011).  
Don’t you wish your students were spending that much time reading and writing outside of your classroom?  Well—in many cases they are!  MMOPRGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games) such as World of WarCraft, Minecraft and Guild Wars 2 are a powerful force in many students’ lives.  The good news for educators is that there are huge literacy demands of the players involved with these and other games.  
In our community’s next webinar, Boise State University’s Lee Ann Tysseling will unfold the literacy demands (text complexity in both reading and writing) of game play and explore strategies to help students learn to apply the advanced literacy skills and strategies they have acquired while playing games to their academic literacy tasks.  If you work with educators who blame video games for almost all the problems of youth, this webinar will provide some concrete responses to their criticisms.  
In addition to vocabulary and comprehension development ideas, Lee Ann will also share ideas for how to transfer valuable gaming soft skills such as persistence, resilience, research strategies, and group work to students’ academic tasks.  If we hope to achieve the goals of CCSS we will need to use every available resource.  Helping students leverage the skills and strategies they have honed in countless hours of gaming is a powerful strategy toward achieving CCSS mastery. Join Lee Ann on August 14 to learn more about gaming for literacy!

Sponsored by Filament Games
Co-hosted by edWeb.netISTE VEN, and SIIA
Join the Game-Based Learning community to access the webinar recording and resources.

Fri Aug 15 Shelly Terrell American TESOL webinar on Transforming physical learning spaces

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

Fri Aug 15 event announced in Learning Revolution calendar

  • Friday, August 15th at 10am Google EdTechTeam Summit: Five Skills to Help You Discover, Use, and Share Great Digital Tools for Learning, As technology is integrated into classrooms, teachers need to know how to discover and use quality tools for learning, while meeting Common Core standards. Learn about five important skills for teachers, including how to: discover high quality apps, websites, and games for students; evaluate the learning potential of these tools; curate tools into useful collections; innovate by reimagining lessons to seamlessly weave in technology using a framework called App Flows; and collaborate by sharing best practices with other teachers on how you’re using digital tools in your classroom. Learn how you can achieve these five skill with Graphite, a free service by Common Sense Media. In a hands-on session, you’ll practice these important skills and reflect on how they can help you integrate technology into your curriculum.
  • For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Sat Aug 16 – event announced in Learning Revolution calendar

  • Saturday, August 16th at 11:30am Making a Better World: Teaching Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills, Students grow up in a digital world with potential for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creation. How can we help students participate safely, responsibly, and ethically in digital spaces? Learn about the eight 21st century learning skills students need to learn about digital citizenship. You’ll learn about free, research-based curriculum to help teach students safe, responsible, and respectful participants in a digital world, while fostering 21st-century skills and meeting ISTE and Common Core Standards. The curriculum is available online as downloadable lessons, and as iBooks textbooks, with interactive activities, videos, and assessments. You’ll also learn about Digital Passport, a game-based interactive for students in grades 3-5 that teaches the “rules of the road” for digital citizenship, and how to engage families with the Connecting Families program. You’ll do hands–on work by getting familiar with the curriculum, sampling lessons, and much more.
  • For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Sat Aug 16 – event announced in Learning Revolution calendar

  • Saturday, August 16th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show: Paul Bogush on “Assessments That Don’t Suck”, Is there a single kid in your class who looks forward to taking a test? Is regurgitating answers on a test that were learned by studying the night before causing your kids to have massive fits of boredom? Assessments can be fun, challenging, and memorable. Join us as we talk to Paul Bogush who will share 9 assessments that don’t suck during a fun, challenging, and memorable Classroom 2.0 discussion. Details to join the webinar:
  • For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

Sat Aug 16 on Classroom 2.0 LIVE – Paul Bogush on Assessments That Don’t Suck

Date: Sat., August 16, 2014
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: (

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

Join us on Saturday, August 16th, when our special guest will be Paul Bogush. Paul is an 8th grade teacher at Moran Middle School in Wallingford, CT. Is there a single kid in your class who looks forward to taking a test? Is regurgitating answers on a test that were learned by studying the night before causing your kids to have massive fits of boredom? Assessments can be fun, challenging, and memorable. Join us as we talk to Paul Bogush who will share 9 assessments that don’t suck during a fun, challenging, and memorable Classroom 2.0 discussion. Paul is a creative, high-energy teacher who is respected and adored by his students as someone who is “not boring and makes learning fun!” He blogs with his students, holds video conferences with students and business leaders, uses Google apps, wikis and Twitter, holds live broadcasts of class activities and uses Genius Hour/20% time. He received grants to acquire technology to record the oral history of the town’s senior citizens, a grant to create a podcast studio, and a second grant to expand the podcast studio. Follow him on Twitter or sign up to receive updates from his terrific blog: Blogush

More information and session details are at 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 All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent”Featured Teacher” session with our special guest Kyle Pearce. 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

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