LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens, Stephen Downes, and others at the Spring Blog Festival

Learning2gether Episode 266

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Sat Mar 21 1800 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens at the Spring Blog Festival

Vance Stevens‘s entry in the program schedule

The proposal: Blogging and logging weekly conversations among educators

Learning2gether is an initiative of Vance Stevens evolving from synchronous meetings with Webheads in Action taking place weekly since 1998 and more directly from three WiAOC (WiA Online Convergences) in 2005, 2007, and 2009. L2g started in 2010 and has hosted conversations most weeks since, usually on Sundays (but for this occasion, on a Saturday). L2g encourages all educators who enjoy connecting with peers to volunteer to contribute their voices to perpetuating weekly conversations at our L2g venues. This presentation explains how L2g works and how you can contribute and participate.



Sat March 21 1100 to midnight GMT – the Spring Blog Festival

All SBF presentations are here:

Tutorial Title: SBF15: YouTube Playlist for the March 21, 2015 Event
Course: Spring Blog Festival 2015

Here is the program, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B2jeHgMYndWryDa-nNjahIKU4KWKYu0kZEWJl5Wtp90/edit?usp=sharing

Stephen Downes on A Bloggers’ Springtime

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Stephen’s entry in the program schedule


Earlier this week

Sun Mar 15 TESOL 2015 iPadagogy preview


Shaping the way we teach English MOOC Part 2 ended March 15

Shaping the Way We Teach English: Paths to Success in English Language Teaching“? This course is Part 2 of “The Landscape of English Language Teaching” which was offered both last year and this January. Even if you didn’t take part 1, you are still invited to take part 2. Registration is now open and the course starts Monday, February 9th. It is a 5-week course that includes the following topics:

  • Week 1 Feb 9: Integrating skills and using tasks to motivate learners; project overview, introductions
  • Week 2 Feb 16: Alternative assessment that shows what learners can do with language; lesson plan phase 1 is due
  • Week 3 Feb 23: Incorporating individual learning differences in instruction; peer and self-evaluations are due
  • Week 4 March 1: Ideas for effective classroom management; final lesson plan is due
  • Week 5 March 8-15: Improving practice with reflective teaching; final peer and self-evaluations are due

Opportunity to be a Community Teaching Assistant

If you have taken the course already or even if you haven’t but are interested in taking a more active role, we are looking for Community Teaching Assistants to help lead the course!

Finding ways to make online courses interactive and localize the content is what can make MOOCs successful. Read more about this opportunity in the Community TA Handbook. We don’t anticipate this taking more than 2 hours a week of your time. Nor will we be able to offer any financial compensation, but we will gladly write a letter acknowledging your valuable role in this course. We work very closely with our CTAs to make both our roles more enjoyable.

If you are interested in this opportunity, would you mind filling out this brief questionnaire so that we can contact you with further information. You’ll also have to register for this course.

Opportunity to host MOOC camps in your community

Another way to assist other teachers in your community is by setting up MOOC camps. These are face-to-face meetings held at least once a week during the course with anyone in your community taking the course. It’s a great way to discuss topics and assignments and brainstorm ways to apply new concepts to your local context. Feel free to organize MOOC camps with your colleagues!

Visit Shaping the Way We Teach English at: http://shapingenglish.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Tue Mar 17 1900 GMT Journal Club at Infolit iSchool discuss paper on Second Life (inworld)

Journal Club at Infolit iSchool: Join the group in SL for a one-hour discussion of an open-access article.
Adra Letov (Prof Diane Nahl of the University of Hawaii outside Second Life) will lead discussion of a paper,
MARTIN, J.. Refreshing Information Literacy: Learning from Recent British Information Literacy Models. Communications in Information Literacy, North America, 7, dec. 2013.
Available at: http://comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=v7i2p114&path%5B%5D=169.
When: 17 March 2015 at 12 noon SL time (see http://bit.ly/1E38PyD for times elsewhere – US clocks, and therefore SL time, have moved forward for spring)
Where: Infolit iSchool Journal Club room, in SL,
Everyone is welcome to join the one-hour discussion.
This is a Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event.

Thu Mar 19 1100 EDT EdTech Mojo presents 5 Secrets to Spectacular Student Engagement

Register for this complimentary webinar to learn how Dr. Colin Montpetit, Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Ottawa, increased class participation to 99%. Hear how he transformed his classroom into an “active learning zone” with the use of a student engagement solution. Get the full story behind Dr. Montpetit’s stunning findings – how student participation rates grew in his classes, grades improved and failure rates decreased.

Who Should Attend: All are welcome. Those in Academic Technology or Teaching and Learning Centers are highly encouraged to attend.
Not time-zone friendly? Register to receive the archive.

EdTech Mojo is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110130856353339654958

Fri Mar 20 1600 PST ISTE Communities Webinar

This just in from Simon Helton, ISTE Community Engagement Manager –

Just another reminder that today we’ll be presenting the webinar Getting Started with Connected Learning and Global Collaboration at 4 Pacific/7 Eastern. Registration is free for members, just “buy” the product from our online store here to register. Check out the description below, and I hope to see you there!

Join educators from across the world as they share global collaboration experiences K-12 and beyond and provide advice for what works and what doesn’t work. Topics include: where to go to find global partners; best collaborative tools to use; networks to join; ideas for curriculum development. This promises to be an energized and fun session for beginners as well as experienced global collaborators!

In replicating this announcement, I’m noticing that you have to be a member to register free, and though it appeals to a global audience, no GMT / UTC time is given, so many outside the USA will have to work to figure out what time this is for them, sigh ...

Sat Mar 21 0900 PST Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinar on IWitness with Kori Street

Date: Sat., March 21, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (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 at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Whether you teach these issues/subjects in your MS/HS classrooms or you would like to learn more about genocide and the Holocaust, you will definitely want to join us for this very informative webinar on IWitness with Kori Street, Director of Education for IWitness.On the IWitness platform you will find 1,450 full-length testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. Specific lessons are built around short clips of testimony and mini-documentaries summarizing big concepts, such as Fighting in the Face of Racism or The Power of Words. Students are asked to use these videos as a basis for writing short reflections, creating word clouds, or producing their own multi-media essays using the built-in IWitness video editor. All the activities are carried out and stored on the secure online platform. Kori will provide a basic overview of the IWitness site and resources and ways they can be used in the classroom.More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. 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 athttp://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent ”Featured Teacher” session with our special guest Avra Robinson. 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

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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