Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming

Learning2gether Episode 257

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Sun Jan 25 1400 GMT Learning2gether met with with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming co-moderators Filip and Marijana Smolčec and Vance Stevens,  to talk about #EVOMC15 .

EVO Minecraft MOOC #EVOMC15 is one of the many sessions you can participate in now to mid-February 2015 at http://evosessions.pbworks.com. This session is unique in many ways, not least of which is it’s a session with pre-teen participants who are emerging as experts to guide the adults. One of these is Filip Smolčec, who blogs and produces video on his YouTube channel and Snake Gaming. We all meet in this event to talk about how the session is going, and offer advice on engaging language learners with Minecraft.

All are welcome to attend and join us in the EVO Minecraft MOOC session if you wish. It’s never too late,


What is this about?

Master Minecraft Snake Gamer and Tutor Filip Smolčec (and his mom) will bring us insights and perspectives on the world of Minecraft.This Hangout on Air is a scheduled event for the Electronic Village Online #EVOMC15 – EVO Minecraft MOOC for 2015; however anyone interested is welcome to attend.See examples of  Filip’s work on the EVOMC15 community page: https://plus.google.com/communities/112993649763396826671



Earlier this week

Sun Jan 18 LEARNING2GETHER with Tom Robb and mReader


Jan 18 EVO Flipped Learning live discussion

Join EVO Flipped Learning moderators for our first live discussion. We’ll talk about what happened this week, do some small group brainstorming, and end with Q&A and a look at the week ahead.

Week 1 FL Webcast: Discussion, Tools, and Feedback

Robert Wachman, Kevin Coleman, Natasa Bozic Grojic + 34 others going

Thu Jan 22 1800-1930 GMT Thomas Strasser – Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology

Invitation: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/Invitation_Strasser_Readers.pdf

E4.123-0445: Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology
Thomas Strasser
Host: Tilly Harrison
22. 01. 2015
Zugangslink: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/readers/
Info: http://v.gd/readers

Further info from Juergen’s pre-paratory email

  • This is about extensive reading as a means to improve all language skills and fluency
    • increasing students’ motivation and confidence
    • changing their attitudes to learning another language
    • the many benefits of extensive reading for pleasure (e.g. with graded readers)
    • practical, fun ideas and classroom activities to help you make extensive reading an integral part of every language-learning programme
    • the importance and benefits of incorporating the latest technology in the reading lesson
    • various Web 2.0-tools which make working with readers a lot easier and more fun for you and for your students
  • Presenter: Mag. Dr. Thomas Strasser  – Vienna School of Teacher Education
  • Host: Tilly Harrison – University of Warwick
  • 22.01.2015: 19:00h – 20:30h
  • Corresponding UTC (GMT) 18:00h – 19:30h
  • To register: Simply send an email to JWagner@lpm.uni-sb.de
  • If it’s a first time registration, please send your address and the name of your school, university or institution.
  • To participate:
    • Click on the access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/readers
    • You will need neither a login name nor a password
    • Select the option “Enter as a Guest” and key in your FULL !!! name
    • Click on “Enter Room”
  • Check [and register] for other free LPM-webinars for foreign language teachers hosted by Jürgen Wagner http://v.gd/webinars

Upcoming webinars in this series – Subscribe to newsletter for teachers of foreign languages and consult its archives by scrolling down on the same page: http://www.lpm.uni-sb.de/typo3/index.php?id=1261

Latest newsletter – number 105: http://www.lpm.uni-sb.de/typo3/index.php?id=5277

Sat Jan 24 IATEFL Monthly Webinar – Leo Selivan Quizlet: more than just flashcards

 Leo small  Leo Selivan – ‘Quizlet: more than just flashcards’

Quizlet is an online tool and mobile app for creating flashcards. The standard format for vocabulary flashcards is a word or term on one side and L1 translation, definition or picture on the other. Studying vocabulary with flashcards aids memorizaton and recall but unfortunately doesn’t give learners much information about how new words should be used. We will look at simple strategies you can use and “tweaks” you can add to Quizlet flashcards to make them more effective and usage-oriented.

Leo Selivan has been involved in ELT for more than 13 years in various roles: teacher, examiner, trainer, senior teacher, materials writer and e-moderator. After working for 10 years for the British Council in Tel Aviv and training teachers in Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Italy and Turkey, he is now a freelance lecturer in second language acquisition and ELT methodology. Leo’s professional interests include vocabulary acquisition, corpus linguistics and lexico-grammatical interface – the topics he often presents on at ELT conferences in Europe and has written about for the British Council – BBC website Teaching English, Modern English Teacher and The Guardian Education. Last year, Leo guest-edited the special edition of Humanising Language Teaching devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Lexical Approach. He runs a popular blog about teaching lexis (vocabulary + grammar) called Leoxicon

Future IATEFL Monthly Webinars, check http://www.iatefl.org/web-events/webinars

IATEFL Webinar recordings are generally available after the event only to registered members of IATEFL

Sun Jan 25 Fly High with iTDi  and Shelly Sanchez Terrell and Jason R. Levine

Check out Shelly’s Teacher reBoot Camp – http://shellyterrell.com/survivaltips/techtips/

Here’s the link to the iTDi event page: http://itdi.pro/itdihome/webinar.php

Shelly’s slides can be found on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/survival-tips-for-integrating-technology-in-classes

iTDi webinar recordings are available only to registered participants in iTDi courses. Registration is free.

Learning2gether with Tom Robb and mReader

Learning2gether Episode 256

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On Sun Jan 18 at 12 noon GMT LEARNING2GETHER met with Tom Robb, one of the creators of MReader (http://mreader.org), a free system for providing quizzes to graded readers and tracking student progress with them.

Where? Google Hangout on Air, https://plus.google.com/events/c29a184p4t2pp0kvpbufa784trk

Archived also at: http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-tom-robb-about-mreader


MReader was created to allow the Extensive Reading approach to be implemented in any class with access to graded or youth readers. It frees the busy teacher from the necessity of keeping track of what students have read via time-consuming reports and other feedback mechanisms. Even for the teacher already “sold” on the ER approach and who is willing to take the time and effort to counsel students, adoption of MReader presents an additional means of motivation for students, who can confirm their understanding of the books they have read and slowly amass a collection of book covers on their personal page.

MReader has over 4400 quizzes as of this writing (January, 2015) and the number is growing. The goal of the project is to have quizzes available on all ‘graded readers’ as well as the most popular native-speaker ‘youth readers’.

In this session, Tom Robb discusses the software, its development, its “gamification” aspects and the community effort behind it.


Participants at this session may also be interested in

Thu Jan 22 1800-1930 GMT Thomas Strasser – Making the Most of (extensive) Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology
Invitation: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8905964/Breeze/Invitation_Strasser_Readers.pdf

Earlier this week

Sun Jan 11 EVO 2015 Kickoff Webcast with Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens


Wed Jan 14 EVO Minecraft MOOC meet and greet with Jeff Kuhn and Fri Jan 16  EVOMC15 Minecraft  sandbox


Fri Jan 16 Curt Bonk MOOCs and TAMK live-streamed from Finland

Curtis J. Bonk delivered a presentation via videoconference at Tampere University of Applied Sciences,http://www.tamk.fi/

It was livestreamed but the recording was delayed.


Now that it has appeared, as Curt would wish, it is shared here with you.

Here is Curt’s original post for this event

Slides are at

Mon Jan 12 Marie-Hélène Fasquel on Experimenting with the flipped classroom

Info: http://v.gd/MHFflipped

Juergen Wagner always follows up these events with a “post-paratory” announcement. He hopes that you “will not hesitate to enter your feedback into the following padlet: http://de.padlet.com/wagjuer/webinars (just state your full name and a short remark concerning last night’s EVENT!!!)”

He continues:

At times there were 71 people in the virtual meeting room from about 20 different countries

(Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slowakia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, …)

More links from the chat:

Mon Jan 12 – Wesley Fryer video hangout – volunteer opportunities for 2015 K12 Online Conference

Wesley Fryer

Shared publicly Jan 7, 2015

The K12 Online Conference is an all-volunteer, noncommercial effort, which means we rely completely on the contributions of generous volunteers. If you’ve ever thought about getting more involved with K12 Online, now is the time!

On Mon., Jan. 12 at 8:00pm ET, we will be livestreaming a video hangout here to talk about volunteer opportunities for the 2015 K12 Online Conference. There are a wide variety of ways to contribute, from marketing to presenting to working on live events. Some of these things only take a few minutes, while others are more involved. However you might like to be involved, there is an opportunity for you!

If you can’t join us for this hangout but are interested, please fill out this short form and we will also post an archive of the session here.

We greatly appreciate our community’s support and help, and look forward to a great 2015!

Mon Jan 12 MachinEVO 2015 Week1: Session1

Tue, January 13, 12:00 AM in UAE


Hazel Workman, Dennis Newson, Fabrizio Bartoli + 6 others going

Learning2gether participants welcome  “… but what we hope for are participants willing to stay the course  …. go the distance … and win a certificate at the final curtain.”

Wed Jan 14 Ideas in Action unhangout

Ideas in Action: Virtual Conversations
hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet and Learning Over Education Initiative

Fri Jan 16 Pedagogy of Machinima with Marisa Constantinedes

MachinEVO 2015 Week 1 webinar with Marisa Constantinedes


Hazel Workman, Fabrizio Bartoli, Carol Rainbow + 2 others going

EVO Minecraft MOOC meet and greet with Jeff Kuhn

Learning2gether Episode 255

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On Wed Jan 14 at 1400 GMT EVO Minecraft MOOC held a meet and greet with Jeff Kuhn. Also on hand were EVOMC15 co-moderators Marijana and Filip Smolcec and Vance and Bobbi Stevens. Jeff started us off by laying out the rationale for using games in the classroom, including statistics showing that the video gaming industry was worth five times as many billion dollars as the film industry, certainly not a medium to ignore. One game that has been doing quite well in that industry is Minecraft, and our discussion explored how it can be used in class and also explored a little of Minecraft itself thanks to a screen share from Bobbi’s computer.  Hope you enjoy the recording.

The event was in hangout https://plus.google.com/events/ca1koklkgg8369t20sjdojmsvco

Live streamed

Archived also at: http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-evo-minecraft-mooc-meet-and-greet-jeff-kuhn

Further reading

About Jeff Kuhn and Dave Dodgeson, and Marijana and Filip #evomc15 co-moderators



Followed on Fri Jan 16 by EVOMC15 Minecraft  sandbox

EVO Minecraft MOOC moderators and participants met at our Minecraft server for sandbox activities. On arrival were were able to press T to get a text chat in Minecraft, but we quickly established a Skype call so we could communicate hands free in voice chat.

Participants had got themselves white-listed on the server by joining and entering their MC handles in this Google Doc

Voice and text back channel

We set up the event using http://doodle.com to produce the best times for us to meet

Here’s a taste of some of the shenanegans

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Filip’s remarkable video, referred to in Tamas’s post

And kudos to Barbi

on the most advanced build and tutorial on how to escape it created by any of us noobs!

What next?

This seems to have worked well for us. Now that we’ve established proof of concept, how about someone else try and set up a sandbox meeting at a time convenient for them, and let the rest of us join you if we’re available.

EVO 2015 Kickoff Webcast with Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens

Learning2gether Episode 254

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On Sunday Jan 11 Learning2gether assisted with the EVO 2015 Kickoff Webcast with Nina Liakos and Vance Stevens

In this annual event, EVO2015 Moderators talked about this year’s sessions as the EVO gets underway for its 15th year! See http://evosessions.pbworks.com

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2015-01-11.0545.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr&sid=75 – http://bit.ly/1IeBWhS.

Schedule of presentations

  • General Introduction (EVO and sessions) Nina, Vance, Coordination Team
  • Creating eTextbooks
  • Dream Act: What Teachers Can Do, Lori Dodson
  • Educators and Copyright: Do the Right Thing,  Tara Arntsen
  • EVO Minecraft MOOC, Vance Stevens, Mariana Smolčec
  • Flipped Learning, Laine Marshall, Kevin Coleman, John Graney, Khalid Fethi
  • MachineEVO 2015, Carol Rainbow
  • ICT4ELT, Mariana Smolčec, Sanja Bozinovic, Jose Antonio Da Silva
  • International Writing Exchange, Ludmila Smirnova, Ellen Graber, Nellie Deutsch
  • Moodle for Teachers, Ludmila Smirnova, Nellie Deutsch
  • NNEST and Collaborative Teaching, Geeta Aneja
  • Teaching EFL to Young Learners, Nellie Deutsch
  • Teaching Pronunciation Differently, Piers Messum, Roslyn Young
  • Using Moodle as a Bridge to Blended Learning, Victoria Dieste, Fabiana Hernandez
  • Wrap-up, Nina & Vance




Earlier this week

Sun Jan 4 Learning2gether with Teresa Almeida d’Eca – Google, a world within the World


Wed Sat 7 1900 GMT IATEFL TEASIG Webinar

The IATEFL Testing Evaluation and assessment Special Interest Group will be holding a webinar on 7 January 2015 at 5pm GMT / 6pm CET

For time where you are, check out the world clock here : http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html…

The webinar is open to anyone who is interested. It will be recorded and available on the IATEFL website for a limited time. After that it will be available only to IATEFL members.

You can access the webinar through the IATEFL websitewww.iatefl.org or directly here:


Sun Jan 11 12 noon GMT Marjorie Rosenberg IATEFL YLTSIG Webinar: Teaching to Learners of all Styles


Presented by: Marjorie Rosenberg

Learning2gether with Teresa Almeida d’Eca – Google, a world within the World

Learning2gether Episode 253

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On Sun Jan 4 Learning2gether was pleased to meet with Teresa Almeida d’Eca, who presented to us on Google, a world within the World in Google+ Hangout on Air

This presentation highlighted parts of the “immense Google world” most relevant to educators while showing the extent to which it is embedded in daily life simplifying personal and group work and communication for educators and their extensive networks of colleagues worldwide. Teresa Almeida d’Eca highlighted a relevant task from her experience as an EFL educator and discuss the importance of having adopted some Google apps as part of an online professional development workshop she co-coordinated for 10 years. Finally, she showed some of the apps she currently uses when working with her online professional groups. Her presentation showed how Google users can benefit from adopting Google apps to maximize communication, collaboration and sharing with students and peers.

This presentation was shown at the Google Portugal Summit on 30 Nov. and demoed live through desktop sharing.




Earlier this week

Sun Dec 28 1500 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with David Winet on Real World Writing about Real Things for a Real Audience


Sun Dec 28 2100 GMT Wesley Fryer convenes Hangout on 2014 EdTech Year in Review

Please join +Eric Langhorst , +Jason Neiffer & +Wes Fryer in a 75 minute Google Hangout starting at 4 pm Eastern – 3 pm Central – 2 pm Mountain – 1 pm Pacific on Sunday, December 28th discussing the “2014 EdTech Year in Review.” What have been the digital tools, trends, workflows, conferences, and interactions which stood out for you in 2014 as an educator and individual media publisher/sharer? What news stories from 2014 will impact schools the most in the coming year?

Stream and recording: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cltpee974sbaq69ek4vmnoelfn8