EVO Moderator Training Wrap-up Hangout for Week 1

Learning2gether Episode 242

Extending your Hangouts on Air to engage participants in the stream as well as the ten in the Hangout

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/evo-moderator-training-wrap-up-hangout-for-week-1-c8relpdojpm.mp3?

Moderator training on Google+ Hangouts on Air

Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens hosted this HoA with only seven or eight live participants, but there were several who participated via the stream and engaged the live participants in an ongoing dialog which you can see at http://chatwing.com/vancestev

The embedded stream from YouTube is now our recording of the event

Those who wanted to join the HoA live were able to find its direct URL posted in the wiki spaces where they were told to go to access the chat. 

Others could

If you want to be IN the HoA you should check the social media sites such as http://webheadsinaction.org/live for the direct link from about half an hour before 1400 as I’ll post it there and wait for people to populate it. Find the direct link, click on it, and you’re in. If you’re not among the first ten you can listen to the stream and interact in the text chat and if we know you’re there we’ll try to make room for you in the HoA.

To understand better what this was about, please read, or at least look at the pictures, in these open educational resources:

For an example of how this works in practice, see http://webheadsinaction.org/live

From the Google+ event page:


Earlier this week

Sun Oct 19 David Winet demonstrated Popupchinese.com


Sun Oct 19 EVO Moderator Training Kickoff

First synchronous meeting of EVO2015 moderators and coordinators


Webheads virtual office at Blackboard Collaborate


Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2014-10-19.0624.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr&sid=75

Sun Oct 19 IATEFL Web Conference Day 2: Hot Topics Across Borders in ELT

IATEFL Events are free for all to attend (get a free ticket at the link above) but archives are of some accessible only to registered IATEFL members

The conference program can be downloaded here:

Anyone can access recordings of sessions which will be available to IATEFL members and non members until Wednesday 22 October, 2014. After that they will be only available to IATEFL members. Links to the recordings and handouts will be published on this web page so please keep checking back for updates.



Wed Oct 22 IATEFL SIG Webinar

More information on IATEFL SIG Webinars http://www.iatefl.org/web-events/sig-webinars

IATEFL Webinars are free for anyone to join, but recordings are normally available only to IATEFL members


Wed Oct 22 ELT Live #7

Recording of ELTLive#7

Brainstorming Google Doc:

Connecting with  +Benjamin L. Stewart   and his Applied Linguistics students at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (along with other future teachers out there) to discuss questions they have for experienced ELT’s.
A Google Doc is set up a http://bit.ly/1w68hRp  for the purpose of brainstorming questions from students and advice from teaching vets.  All are welcome to contribute.

Fri Oct 24 1600 GMT Opening of Build Your Teaching Business Online: free MOOC from Jason Levine and Sylvia Guinan


Schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/114_-pZjCooPIGuIQNC7KR7kc2N9s0pYNX80NpqEbwYg/edit

  • October 24: Opening Ceremony
  • October 27-November 16: Guest presentations
  • November 17-23: Learning to use the virtual classroom
  • November 24-30: Learning to create a course
  • December 1-7: Course creation
  • December 8-21 Course presentations

Fri Oct 24 and Sat Oct 25 Online Facilitation Unconference 2014


Saturday Oct 25 2000 GMT  EVO Moderator Training Weekly Wrap-up Week 1, Session 1

Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

Live events from EVO Training 2015 are indexed here: http://evo-training.pbworks.com/w/page/86426077/Live%20Events

Ongoing events

Oct 13-26 Unit 3 in Connected Courses


Mon Oct 20-Oct 24 K-12 Online Conference strand on Stories for Learning and Games and Gamification

The 2014 conference will run from Oct. 20-31. (Pre-conference keynote Oct. 13.) This is a FREE, online, asynchronous conference organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. A goal of the conference is to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape.

Presentations released so far

 Upcoming presentations listed here: http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=2429

As in past years, our conference is organized into four strands. Each strand has an invited keynote speaker and  additional selected speakers.

Strands for 2014 are:

Week of Oct 20 – 24: Stories for Learning and Games and Gamification

Week of Oct 27 – 31: Passion Driven Learning and STEAM

A schedule of all K12 Online 2014 presentations is available here!

Learning2gether with David Winet discussing PopupChinese.com and other podcast language learning sites

Learning2gether Episode 241

Download mp3:

Sun Oct 19 1300 GMT David Winet demonstrates Popupchinese.com

Dave Winet, who  coined the name “webheads” for a community of practice that has burgeoned since its inception as an EFI course (http://study.com) late last century, has offered to show us around http://popupchinese.com, and its “particularly intriguing method for language teaching” before going prime time at the CATESOL conference on Oct 23.

Where? In Google+ Hangout streamed live at http://webheadsinaction.org/live

Listen and watch it streamed live at any one of these places


Sat Oct 11 and Thu Oct 9 Vance Stevens plenary and live-streamed workshop on Hangout on Air from Ahmedabad, India

Find the archive of this event at its permanent location here

Learning2gether Sun Oct 12 1500 GMT with Jeff Magoto about ANVILL

Blogged at https://learning2gether.net/2014/10/12/learning2gether-with-jeff-magoto-talking-about-anvill/

Tue Oct 13 2300 GMT IATEFL YLT Webinar: Digital Storytelling – Storyboard That

IATEFL YLTSIG has rescheduled the class on ‘YLT Webinars: Digital Storytelling with Storyboard That’ to Oct_14 2014, 03:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat).

Click here to access the Class

Nellie Deutsch says in her invitation to “teachers from around the globe. Join IATEFL YLTSIG free bi-monthly webinars to 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”

Mon Oct 13 K-12 Online Conference pre-conference keynote goes online

The 2014 conference will run from Oct. 20-31. (Pre-conference keynote Oct. 13.) This is a FREE, online, asynchronous conference open to ANYONE organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice. A goal of the conferenceis to help educators make sense of and meet the needs of a continually changing learning landscape.

Presentation released Oct 13

Dr. Wesley Fryer, Igniting Innovation in Teaching and Learninghttp://youtu.be/_q2dThmwg0s

Tue Oct 14 1200 GMT Jeff Lebow hosts ELT Live#6 – Lesson Planning and Preparation

Jeff Lebow

Invited us to: ELT Live#6 – Lesson Planning and Preparation

1200UTC/9pm KST  Global Times: http://bit.ly/ZcY4Ya
Connecting with the #KELTchat  community (https://www.facebook.com/groups/KELTchat/ ) after a day-long slow burn twitter chat discussing how we get ready to do what we do.
Tune in live at http://eltlive.com/live

Recordings and Twitter chat


Thu Oct 16 2300 GMT Maria Colussa is organizing a Hangout for Connected Educators Month


Google event page: https://plus.google.com/events/c4gfhtdjt7dmljhlq0l1340r3fs?authkey=CMvB6ortgqafcg

YouTube: http://youtu.be/UHPiaDdo8kg

This event has been picked up by Paper.li: http://paper.li/VanceS/1358485290?edition_id=53721bf0-55bb-11e4-9a03-0025907212f5

Sat Oct 18 1300 GMT IATEFL Web Conference Day 1: Hot Topics Across Borders in ELT

Register here: IATEFL

or here http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iatefl-web-conference-hot-topics-across-borders-in-elt-tickets-12289027813?aff=affiliate5

Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 14:00 BST – http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Hot+Topics+Across+Borders+in+ELT+day+1&iso=20141018T14&p1=136

IATEFL Events are free for all to attend (get a free ticket at the link above) but archives are of some accessible only to registered IATEFL members

The link for the Conference room is https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/webcon2014
This Conference room has capacity for up to 500 participants, and we expect that will be sufficient. If we reach this maximum, you will not be able to get into the main conference room and will need to log into our Livestream channel to watch the presentation. The link for today’s Livestream channel ishttp://new.livestream.com/accounts/7463507/events/3495872

If we need to use Livestream tomorrow, Sunday, we will send out a new Liverstream link.

The conference program can be downloaded here:


Sat Oct 18 from 1500 GMT -Art Education and Digital Technologies: Virtual World Conference

Are you interested in art education and technology? This is the conference for you!
Join us in Second Life OR Google Hangout on Air. Participants can interact with presenters through Google accounts. The conference is free!
Find the presentation that interests you, turn on your computer or mobile device, sit back, relax, and join the very first virtual art education conference!
Date/ Time: October 18, 2014 (Saturday)/8:00 am PDT to 4:30 pm PDT (To convert the time: see http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)
Virtual Venue: Second Life http://goo.gl/vQzTud
Online Venue: Google Hangout on Air: http://goo.gl/MLqrEl
Physical Venue: UBC Lillooet Room at Irving K. Barber
Conference program: http://www.inaea.org/post/2014/10/06/Art-Education-and-Digital-Technologies-Virtual-World-Conference-Schedule.aspx
Conference fee: Free
Hosted by InAEA
Supported by AET
Sponsored by Wu Ya Hsien

Learning2gether with Jeff Magoto talking about ANVILL: Development, functionality, and future plans

Learning2gether Episode 240

On Sun Oct 12 Learning2gether met with Jeff Magoto, who told us about ANVILL

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/2014oct12jeff_magoto-64k.mp3?

There was recently a thread on the Webheads list asking about tools for emulating language lab software. Here is the first post in that thread and the most recent.


Larry Ferlazzo has a comprehensive list (from 2008) of speaking tools, still worth having a look at

ANVILL has come up more than once in this thread, always in very positive light, and there has been interest expressed in our group in asking Jeff Magoto if he would come talk to us on Learning2gether. He graciously agreed.

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Recording on Bb Collaborate / Elluminate


What we might talk about? In Jeff’s words …

ANVILL’s at a nice fork in the virtual road right now, so I’d enjoy talking with the Learning2gether group about

  • what it’s been for the last 5 years and hopefully where it’s headed as an LTI product (running inside Moodle, Blackboard, Sakai, etc).
  • The best link for folks to have a look ahead of time is probably either this screencast or this overview
  • Here are a couple of short articles that will give you a sense of what ANVILL attempts to do for speech in the language classroom in particular, and hybrid learning in general.

If you can glance over the readings you might enjoy the session more but all interested parties are welcome with or without having done the homework.

Learning2gether with GLoCALL 2014, Ahmedabad, India

Learning2gether Episode 238 (Oct 9) and Episode 239 (Oct 10)

Vance Stevens participated in the GLoCALL conference in Ahmedabad, India as an invited speaker of the GLoCALL conference taking place there Oct 9 through 11th. Some events on the schedule were webcast.

Download mp3:

LEARNING2GETHER Sat Oct 11 Plenary Session #4: Vance Stevens

Chaos and Learning: What we learn from MOOCs about Professional Development and Flipping Classrooms 

Abstract from Program:
The first MOOC was conceived in 2008 as a model of connectivist learning theory. Its proponents George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier almost inadvertently seeded a revolution in re-thinking how we conceive learning in a highly networked digital age. Since then, MOOCs have tended to fall between two extremes which have come to be known as cMOOCs and xMOOCs. These are differentiated in part in the way they approach their subject matter; i.e. the degree to which they expose participants to the chaos they are likely to encounter in the real world, and the degree to which they engage learners in resolving that chaos. This talk examines what MOOCs can teach us about the role of chaos in our own learning, and suggests how we can apply MOOC models to our contexts of facilitating our students’ learning, and in learning from one another in our ongoing professional development.


What happened on the day …

The presentation followed a lunch break so there was plenty of time to set up the session and even to warm up the audience with some “pre-plenary” slides where they could shoot QR codes for the slides and blog of the presentation coming up, and take a poll on http://pollev.com/vancestevens602 where they could answer two questions about their prior knowledge of MOOCs. Kallol and Kalyan, the WizIQ technicians had brought up the live stream and were ready to record when it was decided that before I began, everyone in the auditorium should get up and pose for a group photo. This would delay us but otherwise seemed harmless, except that as we acquiesced, they decided to put everyone on stage and made to transform the setup we had prepared. They brought chairs on stage and to make room for them disconnected the projector and moved the podium aside which I had positioned just so, but worse, in moving wires around, they disconnected the live stream. The entire process took 20 minutes and after lining up everyone on stage and taking several photos, they put it all back together and I was asked to start, but the live stream was not quite ready at the beginning. So, though we had appeared to be on track as planned, I hope this explains the delayed start for our online participants, and the lack of introduction of speaker and smooth start to the recording.





Thu Oct 9 0715 GMT at GloCALL Ahmedabad: Vance Stevens live-streamed workshop on Hangout on Air

Originally scheduled Oct 9 from 14:30 to 16:30 in Ahmedabad (but changed on the day to 11:15 to 12:15 local time), Vance Stevens gave a workshop on setting up Google Hangouts so that numerous participants can tune in to the stream, using the technique pioneered and mentored to us by Jeff Lebow, and familiar to participants in Learning2gether hangouts on air. The event has:

What happened on the day …

The Hangout did not function properly from the conference site due to poor bandwidth. At first, I was able to launch the HoA and enter it from the conference. The participants and I saw Robert and Maha enter. Maha wrote in the text chat that she could hear us, and later she entered the URL for http://connectedcourses.net/ (she said that one of her assignments for today was to introduce the course to another person, which was what she was showing Robert – I’ll introduce the course in my plenary :-). Apart from that, it appeared to those in the conference and me that we were recording ourselves, as we could see our video, but that the others were unable to join us. In fact, it was we who  were unable to join the recording of the HoA we had started. In the recording we eventually harvested, Robert was there by himself for some time and then Maha joined him, and they carried on a 9 minute conversation until the call terminated (not sure why, I think we continued for some time after the HoA terminated, though eventually I ended the call by hanging up).  But Robert and Maha continued off air; Robert wrote me: “We had a rather productive conversation: I told her about some second language teaching methods and she introduced me to virtual worlds, specifically, Second Life, which I’ll check out when time allows.”

I captured the screen shot with the video thumbnail from the Google+ event page right afterwards, but then I deleted the video from my YouTube channel because of the dead time while Robert was waiting for us. But I played it first and made an mp3 of the conversation he and Maha had.

Download mp3 https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/robert-maha9oct2014glocall.mp3

 This happened before we started the Hangout

On-site participants  were shown under the hood so to speak for the first hour the event, and taken through the steps of setting one up and announcing it. Bandwidth precluded having on-site participants coming into the hangout to do sound checks, attenuate echo, and learn a little about Hangout netiquette, but we ended by going live with the stream though we were unable to talk with the guests we had invited from around the globe.

The following information on the workshop is here: http://glocall.org/course/view.php?id=81&topic=0#section-

Connecting Live Online with our Personal Learning Networks

by Vance Stevens

This 2-hour workshop will introduce the concept and importance of Personal Learning Networks and suggest ways that educators can engage in almost unlimited opportunities for professional development online. One such possibility is participation in weekly Learning2gether events (L2g) coordinated by the presenter. This workshop introduces two tools used frequently in L2g and shows participants how they can use them in their professional development. The first of these is Blackboard Collaborate (available on grant to L2g participants) and the second is Google+ Hangouts. The workshop will walk participants through the process of setting up and conducting events using each tool. Topics include using social media to advertise your events, how to moderate sessions using each tool, and how to archive them. Participants will learn how to stream Hangouts so that they can be attended by many more than the ten allowed in the Hangout itself at any one time.

With long-time online and face-to-face collaborator and colleague Claire Bradin Siskin after her workshop Oct 9


Other GloCALL Conference in Ahmedabad: Plenaries streamed on WizIQ

The plenaries listed at the schedule here http://glocall.org/mod/page/view.php?id=247 are being streamed live from the conference via WizIQ on Oct 10 and 11

You may have to enroll in the Course http://www.wiziq.com/course/78873-glocall-2014-comference to view the following recordings:


Oct 10 Plenary Dr. M.M. Plant

Oct 10 Plenary Dr. Thomas Robb

Oct 11 Plenary Claire Siskin

Oct 11 Final Colloquium


Earlier this week

Sun Sep 28 – Learning2gether with ELT Live#5 – Professional Development Online and off


Thu Oct 2 Hangout on National Geographic and iEARN Global Collaborative Projects

National Geographic’s Geo-Educator Community originally shared:

Join us to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects. In this interactive hangout, staff from iEARN and PenPal Schools will share tips for getting started. You’ll also hear accounts from #teachers about how they’ve used global collaborative projects with their students. RSVP on this page to receive a reminder.

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Find out more atwww.iearn.org.

PenPal Schools connects over 30,000 students from around the world to discover new cultures, learn about global issues, and practice foreign languages through 1-1 PenPal Exchanges. Their online app and curriculum include educational videos, texts, and discussion questions that make exchanges interesting for students and easy for teachers. Find out more at www.penpalschools.com.

This event is taking place during Connected Educator Month #CE14 . For more information and other events, visit: connectededucators.org.

Fri Oct 3 IATEFL YLTSIG Webinar with Jamie Keddie – Video cameras in and out of the classroom

In this webinar with Jamie Keddie, we will share ideas about how to use video-recording devices to give extra depth and meaning to the activities, tasks and projects that our students do.

Where?  https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/_a875541554/yltsigwebinars/

You can find out more about Jamie’s interesting work and on-going projects here:

Learning2gether Sun Oct 5 IATEFL YLT-SIG Webinar: Marisa Constantinides discusses The Importance of Play in the Young Learners’ Classroom

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.

Tue Oct 7 on EdWeb.net Ten Educators For New Teachers to Follow on Twitter


Ten Educators For New Teachers to Follow on Twitter
Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO

In the “Olden Days” of education, novice teachers had limited options when looking for assistance with classroom management, lesson planning, and other challenges faced during their first years in the classroom.  With the advent of social media, hundreds of experts are available to help at the click of a mouse!  Join middle school administrator Shannon Holden as he introduces the best sources for teaching tips on Twitter.

Tue Oct 7 Library 2.0 – Connected Librarian Day

This year, as a Library 2.014 pre-conference event for K-12 and Teacher Librarians (and anyone else who wants to join!), we’re holding Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday, October 7th.

This is an open, online, and free event sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers.


Tuesday, October 7th 2014

1pm – 7pm PDT / 4pm – 10pm EDT

This year, as a Library 2.014 pre-conference event for K-12 and Teacher Librarians (and anyone else who wants to join!), we’re holding Connected Librarian Day on Tuesday, October 7th.

This is an open, online, and free event sponsored by Follett and The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers.

Wed-Thu Oct 8-9 Library 2.0 annual online conference

The fourth annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for October 8-9, 2014. The conference will once again be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide.  More information, http://www.library20.com/2014

Click here to go to the YouTube channel for past keynotes, or here for all recorded sessions.

Click here for conference strands

Moodle MOOC 5: Teaching with Technology and Moodle Training Courses


Class Presenter: Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Class Title: MM5: Opening Ceremony and Syllabus of the MOOC.
Class Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Class Time: 15:00 GMT
Click here to access the opening ceremony recording, and to find links to upcoming events.

Wed Oct 8 1000 GMT – MM5: Design Principles for Teaching Computer Programming

MM5: Design Principles for Teaching Computer Programming <– Direct class link

Presented by:Jacqui Chetty

By: Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning

Thu Oct 10 1600 GMT – MM5: PD through Twitter chats

MM5: PD through Twitter Chats

Presented by:Stephan Hughes

By: Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning