Learning2gether with ELT Live#5 – Professional Development Online and off

Learning2gether Episode 237

On Tue Sep 30 Learning2gether was in a Hangout on Air with Jeff Lebow and ELT Live#5 – Professional Development Online and off


Earlier this week

Sun Sep 21 – Learning2gether with the Fall Blog Festival


Wed Sep 24 ELT Live #4: How do students and teachers feel about going online with materials, assignments, and portfolios?


Fri Sep 26 Understanding The Teaching System on WizIQ: Managing Audio & Video 

Presented by: Dr. Nellie Deutsch


This is the link to the PPT for the session on Managing Audio and Video:


Sat Sep 27 1400 GMT – IATEFL Webinar Susan Hillyard – Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners

IATEFL monthly webinars are free of charge and are open to both members and non-members of IATEFL. No pre-registration is required, just click on http://www.iatefl.org/web-events/webinars on the day to join the webinar.

Susan photo Susan Hillyard – ‘Challenging ELT: Challenging Methodology to Reach Challenging English Language Learners’27 September 2014, 15:00 BSTTo find out what time the webinar airs from your location please check out the world clock hereDo you have some challenging students in some of your classes? Do you get frustrated with current methodology? Do you want to reach these students and engage them? Do you support inclusion? Do you want to change the refrain from “I can’t” to “I can”? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then join us for this session. You’ll get lots of ideas to go, wherever you face the challenge and you and your challenging students may start shouting “I CAN!”

Sun Sep 28 IATEFL YLT-SIG Webinar: María J. García San Martín on the timeline of an e-connected story

I like what  Nellie Deutsch says in her invitation to “teachers from around the globe. Join IATEFL YLTSIG free bi-monthly webinars automatically. Receive reminders of the live online events and watch the recordings as many times as you wish. You’ll have an opportunity to learn by engaging with the presenters, the content material of the webinars, and with other educators from around the globe. Just click on the following link: http://www.wiziq.com/course/75751-webinars-for-iatefl-ylt-sig to join the  webinar area,”  or here to join this one: http://iateflyltsig.wiziq.com/online-class/2141496-ylt-webinars-the-timeline-of-an-e-connected-story

Mon Sep 29 Connected Courses Webinar

Learning2gether with the Fall Blog Festival

Learning2gether Episode 236

Vance Stevens’s presentation: Download mp3

Sun Sep 21 Learning2gether participated in the 10-hour Fall Blog Festival

The Fall Blog Festival (FBF) is a one day blog festival event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for blogging for reflective practice, work with students, business and other reasons. This event takes place online on WizIQ, on September 21, 2014.  Highlights include: Why blog, background to blogging, influential bloggers, getting started, and best practices and challenges involved in blogging.

Vance Stevens at the Fall Blog Festival

Flipping the flip: Organizing students around a wiki and training colleagues to do likewise


What was this about?

This session demonstrates a wiki developed for my classes over time that colleagues in my teaching context started collaborating with, and how I created a wiki to help my colleagues create their own, in such a way that it modeled how learning can be facilitated through a wiki

This presents a wiki that’s suddenly found traction with my colleagues where I teach. I’d like to talk about (1) how we use it to collaborate on the course we teach in common and (2) because I don’t want to be the constant go-to person for materials they create, how I have started a wiki to train colleagues to put up their own materials, at http://kbzpd.pbworks.com

Some time ago I organized my contribution to teacher training where I work around a blog http://toolkit4learning.blogspot.com. This presentation will be linked from that blog, illustrating some different affordances between blogs and wikis which allow each to work together in blended pedagogical and professional learning environments.


Join #learning2gether at the Fall Blog Festival: http://www.wiziq.com/course/53478-fall-blog-festival
Sun Sep 21, 10 hours from 11:30 GMT
Selected events in WizIQ
– noon GMT ELT for Peace with Dr. Doris Molero
– 1300 GMT Susan Hillyard – sharing a life’s work on Blogspot
– 1400 GMT Vance Stevens – Flipping the Flip
The latter is about organizing students around a wiki and training colleagues to do likewise. The session demonstrates a wiki developed for classes over time that colleagues in the teaching context started collaborating with, and how the presenter created a wiki to help his colleagues create their own, in such a way that it modeled how learning can be facilitiated through a wiki
– The model wiki: http://kbzpd.pbworks.com
– Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/fall-blogfest2014
All are welcome. Find connection and time links here: http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether

The above announcement posted at …


Sun Sep 21  Susan Hillyard sharing a life’s work on Blogspot

Click here to access the class and its recording

Earlier this week

Sun Sept 14 – Learning2gether with ELTAI 2014 Post-conference Webinar


Sun / Mon Sept 14 / 15 IHAQ #16




Sep 2-14 ConnectedCourses Pre-Course


Looks like F.U.N. http://youtu.be/XS3GssVNdXw

Streamed live on Sep 2, 2014 – “You’re not on the edge unless  you’re falling off it” – Howard Rhinegold

Jim Groom, Alan Levine, and Howard Rheingold will talk about the how and why of setting up your blog for Connected Courses http://connectedcourses.net/

Ongoing through Sun Oct 5 HSLMOOC14 on WizIQ

Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC free online course September 1 – October 5, 2014.

The Mon Sep 15 1700 GMT event of Marie-Hélène Fasquel Experimenting with the flipped classroom has been postponed

Because the presenter has moved to Nantes and does not know when she will have reliable Internet

E4.123-0145: Experimenting with the flipped classroom
Marie-Hélène Fasquel
15. 09. 2014 – 19:00h – 20:30h
Zugangslink: http://webconf.vc.dfn.de/flippedclassroom
Info: http://v.gd/MHFflipped

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: http://tinyurl.com/aufzeichnungen. If it’s a first time registration, please send along the name of your school, university, institute, etc. to JWagner@lpm.uni-sb.de   

Mon Sep 15 Gaming in Education begins, ends Fri Sep 19

Gaming in Ed, September 15th – 19th, 2014

The inaugural Gaming in Ed conference is a great opportunity for you to share about what gamification looks like in your classroom, library, or household. Conference strands include Game-Based Learning: How to Use Games in Educational Settings, Games & Assessment, Connecting Educators With Game Developers: Make Your Voices Heard, Students as Content Creators & Game Designers, Research on Game-Based Learning, and Professional Development. Share your experience with game-based learning with an audience of game developers and peer educators!


A sampling of sessions:

Thu Sep 18 Minecraft as Self-Directed Learning and a Community Development Tool


Links to other Learning Revolution Events

Sep 17 Mobile tools and strategies

Sat Sep 20 Doris Molero on VenTESOL



Learning2gether with ELTAI 2014 Post-conference Webinar

Learning2gether Episode 235

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The webinar started in WizIQ, recording at: http://go.wiziq.com/2tsw 

Eventually Vance Stevens joined in WizIQ and guided participants there to join a Google Hangout on Air (HoA) 

This special Learning2gether event was a part of the post-conference of the 9th International and 45th Annual ELTAI Conference – http://eltaiconferences.com/WEBINAR_14.html

Webheadsinaction.org archive: http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-eltai-2014-post-conference-webinar

ELTAI is the English Language Teachers’ Association of India, Rajasthan: Jaipur Chapter (An Associate of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language [IATEFL], U.K.)

POST CONFERENCE WEBINAR Coordinators: Dr. Ashok Kapil and Dr. V.Anitha Devi

Instructions for joining the Hangout (you can join directly in the HoA or you can watch and listen to the stream)

If you wish to join directly, you need to

  1. Log on to your Google (e.g. Gmail) account
  2. Put on your headphones or ear buds
    (If you have no headset please listen to the stream. Sound from speakers creates echo in the Hangout)
  3. Click on the link to launch the HoA
  4. Activate your mic and webcam (optional)
    1. Unmute your mic when ready to talk
    2. Please mute your mic when not talking.

If you wish to listen on the stream, you can do so in any of several ways

  1. You can visit http://webheadsinaction.org/live (here you will also find a Chatwing text chat)
  2. You can visit the Google+ event page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c07nnb1ffl76k3ljflejink7nlo
  3. You can watch on YouTube directly: http://youtu.be/g4AkV7W28n8

Vance Stevens touched on Learning2gether https://learning2gether.net/about and ways we could connect with Indian educators in the way we met  Anitha Devi through Webheads (Learning2gether is an extension of Webheads). The plan is to

  1. meet at WizIQ, where everyone will be for Dr. Sanjay Arora’s presentation
  2. explain how to move either to Hangout or to follow the stream on YouTube, as per the writeup here:
    Stevens, V. (2013). Tweaking Technology: How Communities Meet Online Using Google+ Hangouts On Air with Unlimited Participants. TESL-EJ, Volume 17, Number 3, pp. 1-16. Available: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej67/int.pdf (also at http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume17/ej67/ej67int/).
  3. move to Hangout on Air (links to be provided shortly; as per instructions at http://webheadsinaction.com/live)

This is also a yesteryear and future experience.


Earlier this week

Sun Sept 7 – Learning2gether in Hangout with Marijana Smolcec talking about the EU LLP Comenius Project


Thu Sep 11 1400 GMT Bron Stuckey on The Gaming Revolution


Weekly gamification webinar featuring Gabe Zichermann, where the gamification community come together and answer user questions about gamification design and engagement.




Upcoming Episode: Sept 11th – 10:00 AM ET – Innovative Educational Ideas Bron Stuckey

Thu Sep 11 Webinar on Video Game Design as the New 21st-Century Literacy



This seems to have come to me through the Connected Courses Mooc in the FB post above

Sun Sep 14 Timeline of an eConnected Story


Past deadline for proposals for EVO 2015 – get yours in asap 🙂

Call for Proposals is at http://evosession.pbworks.com


Learning2gether in Hangout with Marijana Smolcec talking about the EU LLP Comenius Project

Learning2gether Episode 234

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Learning2gether Sun Sep 7 1400 GMT Hangout with Marijana Smolčec on the EU LLP Comenius project

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. This was her presentation topic at the recent RSCON5 online conference


At this event, Marijana explained how her European Comenius project connected students from 4-countries on a project where they simulated forming companies in their respective countries based on wholesome foods produced locally in each country, and how their funding allowed them to non-virtually transport the students to each of the 4 countries for events ranging from farmers’ markets that were in fact set up for the project (but in the videos look like the real thing), job interviews for one of the companies, and so on. They appeared on TV in their countries, produced eBooks, and the students learned a lot about business, culture, geography, cool tools to use in international communications both online and F2F and in documenting their experiences. This is really some amazing work with regards to commitment to teaching and engagement of students. Marijana has talked about this before but I got her to slow down, back up, explain how it got started. Since it was just the two of us and not time bound, we explored and I screen shared it all. Checking the video I see I managed to put up the screen share but except for a slip of the mouse at 53 minutes, did not have any of the usual talking heads in the recording. But I hope our followers will benefit from the recording.
How this works at showtime



Earlier this week

Sun Aug 31 – Learning2gether with Dawn Bikowski discussing gaming and language learning


Mon Sep 1 through Sun Oct 5 HSLMOOC14 on WizIQ

Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC free online course affilated with WizIQ and Sustainability Studies (MASS) program at Ramapo College of New Jersey is scheduled for September 1 – October 5, 2014. You’re all invited: http://www.wiziq.com/course/62978-healthy-and-sustainable-living-mooc-2014

Blog: http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/healthy-sustainability-living-mooc-wiziq/

Mon Sep 1 1500 GMT HSLMooc -Opening Ceremony

Class Presenter: Drs. Nellie Deutsch and Ludmila Smirnnova

Class Title: HSLMOOC14: Opening Ceremony.

Sat Sep 6 1330 GMT HSLMooc – Michael Edelstein on Sustainable Transition

Class Presenter: Professor Michael Edelstein, Ph.D

Class Title: HSLMOOC14: Making the Sustainable Transition

Sat Sep 6 1600 GMT – Understanding The Teaching System on WizIQ: CO-Presenter

Drs. Nellie Deutsch and Ludmila Smirnova  ‘Understanding The Teaching System on WizIQ: CO-Presenter’

Click here to access the Class

Sun Sep 7 1330 GMT HSLMooc Discussion1: Regional Activists

Class Presenter: Aytakin Asgarova

Class Title: HSLMOOC14: Panel Discussion1: Regional Activists.

Mon Sep 8 Martha Gold on MM5: Books and Lessons to Present Information on Moodle

Class Presenter: Martha Gold
Class Title: MM5: Books and Lessons to Present Information on Moodle.
Class Date: Monday, October 6, 2014
Class Time: 7:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat)
Click here to access the class.

Sat Sep 6 L’usage de francais at Virtlantis

Time http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converted.html?iso=20140906T12&p1=234&p2=2059

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We have been offering and facilitating free language learning activities since 2006.

What do we do at VIRTLANTIS?
We offer free informal learning activities for a growing number of languages!
Simply check out our activity calendar for additional information about our activities and how to participate.