Learning2gether about Bb Collaborate Elluminate – hands-on live online sandbox

Learning2gether Episode 262

On Sun Feb 22 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER met CALL-IS TESOL to find out all about Bb Collaborate Elluminate in a hands-on live online sandbox, hosted by Jack Watson, organizing the webcasts at the TESOL conference in March in Toronto, http://callis2015.pbworks.com; and Vance Stevens explaining what he knows about Bb Collaborate / Elluminate.

What was this? 

This was an introduction and refresher to Blackboard Collaborate, formerly known as Elluminate. It’s been set up as a sandbox practice session for CALL-IS volunteers who will be simulcasting sessions using BbC from the TESOL conference  March 26-28 in Toronto. In this practice we’ll make anyone who wants to be one a moderator. Moderators can see the complete tool set for BbC, and we’ll explain, demonstrate, and practice with the tools that moderators will likely use in Toronto.

BbC runs from servers at institutions where someone has bought a license and then allows authorized users to host webcasts from that server. LearningTimes at http://learningtimes.com pay for one such license and have been renewing their grant to the Webheads in Action community of practice for use of a Webheads Virtual Office each year for over a decade now.  Jack Watson’s institution also owns such a license and Jack is authorized to use a UBC room from Toronto as well. It’s worth noting that different versions of BbC might have slightly different interfaces, but the basic functionality will be the same.

The session today will be held in the Webheads Virtual Office. To connect, visit the link below


If you have trouble connecting, or need help outside Bb Collaborate, try this back channel

Don’t forget the Tech Check

Bb Collaborate recently went over to a start file with a different extension (.collab) than the one before (.jnlp). If you haven’t used BbC in a while you must run the Tech Check which will place the correct installation on your computer. Failure to do this could delay your entry to a session if you don’t allow sufficient time in advance.  On a PC, the Tech Check works like magic. I’ll try and check it on Mac and iPad before the session, but we may simply get feedback from others who join us from those devices.

To do a Tech Check simply

(1) click on the Tech Check tab and then

(2) click Check Now and

(3) hold on to your hat 🙂

Finally, be sure and have everyone run the Audio Wizard

  • This is essential practice!
  • Lets everyone select the correct speakers and mics, and troubleshoots them for sound and levels.

All participants were made moderators and were each issued an imaginary shovel and a virtual bucket full of sand

This image is free to use or share (public domain actually, no attribution required) but for the record, it’s from http://pixabay.com/en/sandbox-toys-beach-play-bucket-295256/

What happened, where is the recording?

During the session we made everyone a moderator and invited them to break the tool if they could. I’m afraid someone did. At the end of the session, no recording came down as it normally would. I have written LearningTimes about it but have not received a reply, which probably means as far as they are concerned everything is working fine and there should have been no problem. In fact I just made a recording there to test that things are working and it came back to us fine.

We had multiple moderators. Some odd things were happening. Breakout sessions were opened and possibly not closed properly, though they should have closed automatically. The recording stopped during the session but we resumed it. It could have been that someone did something else inadvertently that caused the problem. I did everything I usually do, made sure the room was empty, stopped the recording, ended the session with an empty room. The fact that we lost our recording is without explanation at this point.

Meanwhile Robert Wachman has offered what he thinks is a good tutorial on Bb Collaborate http://youtu.be/fXcXDGEeNsg


Earlier this week

Sun Feb 15 EVO2015 Closing Webcast with Nina Liakos, Vance Stevens, and Jeff Lebow


Sun Feb 15 1600 GMT EVO Flipped Learning end of session wrap up


EVO2015 Closing Webcast with Nina Liakos, Vance Stevens, Jeff Lebow, and EVO Moderators and Participants

Learning2gether Episode 261

Where? Bb Collaborate (Elluminate) http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

and thanks to Jeff Lebow, simulcast on http://webheadsinaction.org/live


What?  Electronic Village Online has just completed its 15th year of free weeks-long (currently 5 weeks long) sessions of quality professional development sponsored by TESOL, http://evosessions.pbworks.com. This is an event where all EVO2015 participants are invited to gather at the end of this year’s #evosessions to reflect on their EVO experience.







With the termination of this broadcast, the Jan 12 – Feb 15
14th annual Electronic Village Online sessions have now ended

Find archives or join the next one at http://evosessions.pbworks.com

Earlier this week

Sun Feb 8 1300 to 1500 GMT – LEARNING2GETHER DOUBLEHEADER Presentations at CO15 and EVO Week 4 events

Sun Feb 8 1300 GMT EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference


Sun Feb 8 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens and ICT4ELT Once a Webhead always a Webhead


Mon Feb 9 1700 GMT YLT SIG Webinar: Learn it through an action song

IATEFL YLTSIG has rescheduled the class on ‘YLT SIG Webinar: Learn it through an action song!’ to Feb_09 2015, 09:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat). You may use the same class link to enter the classroom at its changed date and time.

Message From The Presenter:
We moved the class to Monday instead of Tuesday at the same time 5PM GMT (12PM EST). We hope this will not inconvenience you. Thank you.
Enter the Class

Tue Feb 9 2100 GMT – Action Research Projects Opening Session

Feb_10 2015, 01:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat).

Enter the Class

Tue Feb 10 EVO15 EFL and Young Learners: Week 5 Showcasing and Reflecting

Class Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Class Time: 12:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat)
Class Duration: 60 minutes
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Wed Feb 11 1500-1700 GMT Jeff Kuhn leads Setting up your own Minecraft Server at EVOMC15

This is an EVO Minecraft event about setting up a server using a Skype call; it will be practical practice and not recorded


Use this space to leave messages related to this event

We’ll monitor http://chatwing.com/vancestev and also Skype

If wishing to join at VANCESTEV to your Skype contacts

An excellent resource is  Joel Mills’s YouTube channel on servers, from the Canvas MC MOOC. The first one is pretty informative about basic server terminology and implications of types of servers, server side mods, and so on – find more on this channel: http://youtu.be/T-jTfkF3i7g

Fri Feb 13 0900 GMT Joel Mills in conference for participants of Canvas Minecraft MOOC

Joel Mills is holding open tutorials on Friday 13th February at 9.00 – 10.00 am GMT for anyone who wants to get some advice or support on any of their Minecraft projects. He will be using the Canvas conference tool again, but in a way that allows people to join in and ask their questions or get support.

Look out for the conference email on Friday morning and follow the link to join in.

For our participants from further afield we will hold a conference onMonday 23rd February at 5pm GMT so we can make sure they can join in live as well.

Fri Feb 13 2015 14:00 GMT NNEST-EVO2015 Webinar with Geeta Aneja

Week 5: Feb. 9-15
Invited Speaker: Geeta Aneja
Moderator: Kyung-Hee Bae

  • Possible practices for approaching research NNEST issues, particularly in the classroom
  • Practical ways to raise awareness about NNESTs/NNESTs issues and implement sustainable best practices
  • Reflection and wrap-up

Where? http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/

Sat Feb 14 evening GMT Classroom 2.0 Webinar on Lucid Press

Date: Sat.,February 14, 2015
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 athttp://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Following a great webinar on LucidChart with Brad Hanks on Classroom 2.0 LIVE on March 29, 2014. we had many people requesting a follow-up webinar to learn more about LucidPress. We are excited to be able to share this excellent online tool onFebruary 14th with our special guest presenter, Andreas Johansson. Andreas is currently the Director of Technology Integration & Curriculum in Kenston Local Schools, OH and an authorized Google Trainer. His interest lies in creating dynamic events that shape the way we teach, helping teachers effectively and practically integrate technology into their environment, ultimately impacting the young learners we live to serve. He specializes in technology integration, place-based education, experiential learning and teaching, educational technology consulting, professional development, staff development, curriculum adaptation, creative teaching solutions, unique learning experiences. LucidPress is an online publishing tool that is free for students and staff that integrates into Google Drive. It enables anyone to create print and digital documents including newsletters, pamphlets, flyers, brochures, magazines and posters. Please join us to learn how LucidPress can be used in schools/classrooms.

Once upon a Webhead: Learning2gether with Vance Stevens and the EVO session ICT4ELT about Webheads in Action

Learning2gether Episode 260

Download mp3 –

On Sun Feb 8 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER held its 2nd part of a doubleheader presentation series with Vance Stevens presenting to participants of the EVO session ICT4ELT a digital story about Webheads in Action, entitled “Once upon a Webhead … ”

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

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


Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/once-upon-a-webhead

Meanwhile, at https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0k438kijrc4opf9heg00384mig?authkey=CNb0nOLIzvGegQE …

This presentation will cover the different phases and aspects of the Webheads community of practice since the turn of the century

  1. Title slide
  2. Writing for Webheads 1998 to early this century
  3. Some kind of synchronous meeting almost every Sunday since 1998
  4. Electronic village online 2001 to still going strong
  5. Webheads in Action 2002 to still going strong
  6. Becoming a Webhead 2004 to 2013
  7. WiAOC 2005, 2007, 2009
  8. Learning2gether 2010 to still going strong
  9. Multiliteracies and MultiMOOC
  10. ICT4ELT 2014 to still going strong
  11. EVO Minecraft MOOC, evo2015
  12. and of course, whither?
  13. Conclusion



Earlier this week

Sun Feb 1 1400 GMT Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC: Modifying the game for language learning with Dave Dodgson and Jeff Kuhn, EVOMC15 co-moderators


Sun Feb 1 2100 GMT Nellie Deutsch on Transforming Teaching

Class Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Class Time: 1:00 AM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat)
Class Duration: 60 minutes
View complete information

Fri Feb 6 Canvas Minecraft MOOC webinar

Canvas Minecraft MOOC held a conference on Friday 6th February

This was quite an interesting session and it should have been recorded.  It was largely about servers but also about Joel Mill’s Minecraft projects. Among the things that Joel showed us:

The recording link is here. I’m not sure if you have to be enrolled in the course to view it


Fri Feb 6 0800 EST through Sun Feb 8 CO15 free online conference


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Sign up to present here


Here is the calendar


Here’s a list of webinars (with their links but without timings)


Sun Feb 8 1300 to 1500 GMT – LEARNING2GETHER DOUBLEHEADER Presentations at CO15 and EVO Week 4 events

Sun Feb 8 1300 GMT EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference


Sun Feb 8 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens and ICT4ELT Once a Webhead always a Webhead


EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conferenc

Learning2gether Episode 259

On Sunday Feb 8 1300 GMT Jeff Kuhn and Vance Stevens presented EVO Minecraft MOOC at the free live Connecting Online CO15 Conference being held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of that weekend. This was the first of a LEARNING2GETHER DOUBLEHEADER where Vance presented at consecutive CO15 and EVO Week 4 events

Sunday February 8


Jeff Kuhn, Vance Stevens, and the EVOMC15 team

EVO Minecraft MOOC

EVO Minecraft MOOC is an innovative way to model professional development incorporating elements of gaming. This EVO session is based athttp://tinyurl.com/evomc15 and is ongoing at the present time. This presentation outlines the vision behind EVOMC15 and reports on progress and outcomes so far.

Recording: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476847-co15-evo-minecraft-mooc


Leave comments on our EVO Minecraft mOOC event link:


Fri Feb 6 0800 EST through Sun Feb 8 CO15 free online conference


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Once upon a time you could just sign up to present here

Here is the calendar

Here’s a list of webinars (with their links but without timings)

Fri Feb 6 Day 1 of Connecting Online 2015

Here are the recording links

Opening Ceremony http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2478489-co15-opening-ceremony-and-introductions
Collaborative Teamwork in an Online Learning Environment- Possibilities and Challenges https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475156-co15-designing-and-evaluating-online-collaborative-projects-collaborative-teamwork-in-an-online-learning-environment-possib
The EVOlution of Jan and Electronic Village Online https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475174-co15-the-evolution-of-jan-and-electronic-village-online
Copyrighting Cyberspace: Teaching Old Dogs New Clicks https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475183-co15-copyrighting-cyberspace-teaching-old-dogs-new-clicks
Music, performance and creativity in language learning. Use the internet to run your own edutainment business! https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2500266-co15-charles-goodger-and-action-songs
Meeting in the Middle: Avoiding the Exploitative Pitfalls of Global Learning https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2478519-co15-meeting-in-the-middle-avoiding-the-exploitative-pitfalls
How digital Marking and Flashcards Can Engage and Motivate Students https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475802-co15-how-digital-marking-and-flashcards-engage-and-motivate
Out of Time: Can Story Inspire Deeper Learning? https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475813-co15-out-of-time-can-story-inspire-deeper-learning
From tech crappy to tech savvy https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475950-co15-from-tech-crappy-to-tech-savvy
Learning Facilitation and hands on use of Internet applications for Virtual Education for Teachers https://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476165-co15-learning-facilitation-and-hands-on-use-of-internet-applications
Susan Hillyard on PLCs Forever http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476175-co15-susan-hillyard-on-plcs-forever

Sat Feb 7 from 1300 to midnight GMT Day 2 of Connecting Online 2015

Go to https://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/899705-co15-calendar-of-events and click on a session to get its WizIQ URL

Here are the links from Nellie’s announcement on the second day of CO15 as we partner for learning:

1. PoodLL on Moodle: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476712-co15-poodll-on-moodle

2. Organizational aspects in e-learning: the issue of knowledge management: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476713-co15-organizational-aspects-of-e-learning

3. Connecting Online to Improve Instructional Learning©: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476724-co15-connecting-online-to-improve-instructional-learning

4. Books on E-learning: Technology That Tutors:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476735-co15-books-on-elearning-technology-that-tutors

5. Collaborative Online Learning: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476747-co15-collaborative-online-learning

6. Using Student Feedback for Continual Improvement of Your Online Course:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476753-co15-student-feedback-for-continual-improvement-of-online-courses

7. Understanding Pair Work in Micro Teaching Online:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476773-co15-understanding-pair-work-in-micro-teaching-online

8. The End of Online Learning – the Beginning of Mobile Acquiring Language Skills:http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2480120-co15-end-of-e-learning-and-into-mobile-acquisition-of-language-skills

9. Learning Based on Location- thewandering: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476808-co15-learning-based-on-location-thewandering

10. Setting Up and Running a MOOC on WizIQ: Lessons Learned and in Progress: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476812-co15-setting-up-and-running-a-mooc-on-wiziq

11. Dealing with difficult students in the online classroom: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476836-co15-dealing-with-difficult-students-in-the-online-classroom

Sun Feb 8 from 1200 noon to midnight GMT Day 3 of Connecting Online 2015

Go to https://www.wiziq.com/tutorial/899705-co15-calendar-of-events and click on a session to get its WizIQ URL

Here are the links to all the events on this day and their recordings

Digital Literacy and Higher Education http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476838-co15-digital-literacy-and-higher-education
EVO Minecraft MOOC http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476847-co15-evo-minecraft-mooc
Our Peer-Reviewed World: where Evaluation by Peers Becomes the World of Social Media Overnight http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2478446-co15-peer-reviewed-world-where-evaluation-by-peers-becomes-the-world
Too many tools, too little time http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476903-co15-too-many-tools-too-little-time
Professional Learning Networks for Longlife Learners http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476935-co15-professional-learning-networks-for-longlife-learners
Collaboration through International Events for Knowledge Books http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476864-co15-english-teacher-s-technology-toolbox
Reaching All Learners in the Digital Age http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476913-co15-reaching-all-learners-in-the-digital-age
Byte Sized Possibilities That Transform Our Teaching http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476794-co15-byte-sized-possibilities-that-transform-our-teaching
Designing and Evaluating Online Collaborative Projects http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2474653-co15-designing-and-evaluating-online-collaborative-projects
Teaching Technology Tools for Collaboration in K-20 http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476784-co15-teaching-technology-tools-for-collaboration-in-k-20
Listening to Learners in Social Media http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2475604-co15-listening-to-learners-in-social-media
Closing Ceremony http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2476788-co15-closing-ceremony

Learning2gether with Dave Dodgson and Jeff Kuhn – EVO Minecraft MOOC: Modifying the game for language learning

Learning2gether Episode 258

Download mp3 here:

On Sun Feb 1 at 1400 GMT Learning2gether hosted an EVO Minecraft MOOC Hangout on Modifying the game for language learning. With us we had EVOMC15 co-moderators David Dodgson, Jeff Kuhn, and Vance Stevens

Dave Dodgson  planned to outline what his students at his former school were doing with Minecraft and what he’s been doing at his current school. He has two videos his former students made on Youtube which he has shared.

Now that the EVOMC15 particpants have tested the Minecraft waters Jeff wanted to talk about  modifications for the game (nothing too technical) so folks can get a glimpse into how Minecraft can really be tweaked for specific learning content.

We met in Hangout on Air, streamed on
http://webheadsinaction.org/live, archived here http://webheadsinaction.org/learning2gether-evo-minecraft-mooc-modifying-game-language-learning

It was interesting to hear Jeff’s and David’s perspectives on using Minecraft with students and on the benefits of gaming and advantages of Minecraft in supporting those benefits. It was especially interesting to hear how easily one could set up a Minecraft server for classroom use (David was running one on the teacher computer in his classroom, and Jeff thought I could run one from my laptop.

Meanwhile the agenda on Canvas Minecraft MOOC for this week is servers. You can join that MOOC here

“Week 2 is all about servers; what they are, how to download them, install them and some things to watch out for along the way.” Here is the schedule:

  • Monday 2nd Feb: An introduction to servers – What they are and the different kinds that are out there.
  • Tuesday 3rd Feb: To host or not to host? LAN maybe your answer
  • Wednesday 4th Feb: Installing a Vanilla 1.8 Server
  • Thursday 5th Feb: Working with Bukkit
  • Friday 6th Feb: The world of Forge and MinecraftEDU

Technical footnote: There were connectivity problems with HoA in UAE. Dave was having them in Gabon. He dropped out of the call at least once. In Dubai, Tomas Lorincz struggled to get in and never quite stuck (he ended up listening to the stream). I got my first disconnects in Al Ain when I was setting up for the event. This prompted me to log onto another computer, which also started disconnecting, but at least I had two in the fray. I restarted both and got one to connect, and the other appeared to connect but did not show up on the first computer. Once we were under way the first HoA froze in my browser. I could hear and people told me they could hear and see me, but that browser had no functionality (for me to mute for example). The second computer kept dropping out, I kept refreshing it, but it never joined the HoA, except that when it came time to close the recording and there was no functionality on my frozen computer, the stop recording button worked on the one that wouldn’t actually let me in the HoA.

I think things went well as far as the other participants were concerned, Tilly and Sara joined us in the HoA, and Maha and Gil Mattos were present in the stream and said all was fine, and I think the recording is ok. But it was very strange and challenging to keep things going from where I was pushing plans B and C.

Earlier this week

Sun Jan 25 1400 GMT Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Snake Gaming

Spotlighting Filip and Marijana Smolčec


Sun Jan 25 at 1600 GMT there were several EVO sessions happening same time in different spaces

ICT4ELT in Webheads Bb Collaborate – guest speaker Vicki Hollett on Making videos

in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


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

The EVOlution of Jan


EVO Flipped Learning webcast on Screencasting and more


Mon Jan 26 1330 GMT Maha Abdulmoneim on Becoming a Connected Educator live from Nile TESOL


This is a Google doc  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RBQCrtRs48d9luMrnYzzxhnrPBVnaNI-v2YDcnPVXFg/edit?usp=sharing that was created to share the different resources shared during the hangout, things the participants asked about and resources that +Maha Bali and Maha Abdelmoneim found and thought would be useful. Please feel free to add or correct etc 🙂

Kevin Hodgson”s Blog about the hangout http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2015/01/27/when-connected/comment-page-1/#comment-10562

Thu Jan 29 Earthbridges interviewed Col. Joe Kittinger in Hangout for classrooms around the USA

Earthbridges.net brought Col. Joe Kittinger into classrooms around the USA, perhaps around the globe, on Thursday, January 29, 2015. He was the first person to jump from the stratosphere back in 1960! Join us when we interview him about his jump and other accomplishments during his life!

Archived at http://earthbridges.net/node/18477


On YouTube: http://youtu.be/LmqKGcyT82c

Fri Jan 30 Webinar with Vicki Loras

Most effective teachers have one thing in common: they make learning fun.
Join renowned educator, Vicky Loras, for Are Your Students Playing or Learning? –Both!,a free live webinar to learn how to make your classes more meaningful and engaging.
The webinar will take place on January 30th, 2015 at 6pm UTC. To join, click here: Enroll Free
In this fast-paced one-hour session, Vicky will share:
● Practical examples easily applied in any class
● A google document handout with useful information
● Interaction with attendees during and after the webinar
● Access to view and download the video recording of the webinar