Learning2gether backchannel on Jim Buckingham’s SQU talk on PD opportunities via TAEdTech-SIG

Learning2gether Episode 270

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Introducing TESOL Arabia’s Online PD Opportunities

On Fri Apr 24 Learning2gether tried to join Jim Buckingham, first in HoA, and failing that, in BbC during his presentation at the SQU EFL Conference in Oman


Discover TESOL Arabia’s online tutorials and  digital badges projects currently being produced by TESOL Arabia  volunteers. As a professional practitioner learn how you can realize PD  goals while also earning international standards based digital badges.  As an aspiring elearning developer learn how you can participate in  creating such projects too.

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I think the message of Jim’s session is that there is no need for anyone to be ‘behind’ in technology since there is so much support, for free, in the community e.g. TAEdTech SIG, that anyone who wants to can use to find out more about tech that will make their classes more engaging for their students – Vance


Google Hangout was blocked in Oman so we ended up in Blackboard Collaborate (also blocked in Oman, unfortunately), but the online audience managed to reach http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/

Which we have available to us thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

We organized beforehand in the Hangout on Air event we orginally set up: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c7caquae2gccu2dvn1kfcbpsilc

The back-channel chat is still working there. Feel free to comment



Last minute Plan B instructions

Learning2gether is about to start not in HoA as originally planned but in BbCollaborate / Elluminate.

If planning to join us, do NOT use  chrome, java no longer supported. FF and IE work fine, as does Safari. In one of those browsers, run the Tech Check (middle tab at above URL) first and enter the TEST room to make sure you have associated Elluminate’s new .collab file with java.

If you can reach the TEST room your problem is solved, so exit there, and you should be able to get into http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/ after that.

and also at the HoA event


Earlier this week

Sun Apr 19 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Ayat Tawel about the Silent Way


Wed Apr 22 Earth Day Earthcast lives! Earthbridges events from noon GMT onwards


Peggy George notes: here are some fantastic resources for Earth Day from Time for Kids. All free.http://www.timeforkids.com/minisite/environment

From Sheila Adams: Earthcast 2015 will start around 8:30 EDT on Wednesday, April 22 – Check your time zone. Students have content for about 4 hours, then we will play recorded material until Jason Robertshaw does his event at 14:30 EDT. Would love to have anyone stop by the chatroom for a quick hi!  Happy Earth Day all!  http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Earthcast+2015&iso=20150422T1225&p1=%3A

Thu Apr 23 1300 GMT Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning webinar on eBooks with María J. García San Martín

Integrating Technology 4 Active Lifelong Learning has rescheduled the class on ‘SBF: From eBookEVO to CLIL eBooks with María J. García San Martín’ to Apr_23 2015, 05:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat). You may use the same class link to enter the classroom at its changed date and time.
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Learning2gether from Ayat Tawel about the Silent Way

Learning2gether Episode 269

On Sun Apr 19 at 1400 GMT Learning2gether met with Ayat Tawel to find out how she applies the Silent Way in teaching languages

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/2014apr19ayat-64k.mp3?

What? Ayat Tawel will be talking with our community about her experimental practice with the silent way. For more information about what she will be talking about see Ayat’s blog post at: http://ayat-pdiary.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-silent-way.html

Ayat did an exemplary job for us, not only in preparing a remarkable presentation which wowed even three of us who had seen Caleb Categno demonstrate the silent way in person before his death in 1988, but also in using all available means to connect with us. It took her ten minutes to finally get a stable connection with us via her mobile phone, but she succeeded. After that, we could see how her dedication to the technique, as indicated by the amount of thought and practice she puts into playing with the rods for example, contributed to her success with the silent way. – Vance Here is what Maria Bossa said about Ayat’s presentation: http://mariabossa.blogspot.com.ar/2015/04/the-silent-way.html 2015-04-21_0340reflection

Links shared during the presentation

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



Twitter follow-up

There was some interesting Twitter follow-up on this topic. Fanny Passeport (Silent Way Teacher, Google Certified Teacher and Educator, and Bharatnathyam Dancer https://twitter.com/fanny73779583) picked up on a remark I had made during the conversation that there should be a Cuisenaire rods app (a physical box of rods costs upwards of $70). I replied that I was just imagining, not aware that any such app in fact existed,


Simon Gregg (primary teacher, ICT coordinator in Toulouse) chimed in with a link to a Cuisenaire rod environment online – check it out: http://nrich.maths.org/4348


Note, does not run on iPad due to the use of Flash in the web URL



Earlier this week

Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester


Thu April 16 1800 GMT Developing a Research Plan

Class Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 Class Time: 10:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat) Class Duration: 60 minutes View complete information

Thu Apr 16 1800 GMT Thomas Strasser, Readers, and Digital Technology

Click on the link below to display the “post-paratory” mail relating to last night’s superb meeting.

Invitation to free webinar with Thomas Strasser: “Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology”

  • 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 Upcoming events in this seminar series Thu May 7 1800 GMT Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

Thu May 4 1800 GMT Sandrine Pac-Kenny – Using apps for better oral proficiency

Mon 18 May 1800 GMT Rita Zeinstejer on Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools

Mon 21 May 1800 GMT Tilly Harrison on A survey of classroom polling options

Thu June 4 1800 GMT Jo Gakonga on Vocabulary tools in a digital world

Mon Jun 22 1800 GMT Russell Stannard on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content

E4.111-1245: The Secrets of using Camtasia

Mon 23 Nov 1800 GMT Henry Rademacher From Newbie to Near-Pro: Making the most of Moodle’s tools in a listening course

See also the complete webinar schedule with conferences in German, French or Spanish

Sat Apr 19 IATEFL Webinar with Rebecca Oxford


Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester

Learning2gether Episode 268

Mon Apr 6-30 Second Life MOOC

Fri Apr 10 – Minecraft in the classroom with Dr. Lisa Graham on SLMOOC 15


Sun Apr 12 Nancy Zingrone on Basic SL Skills at SLMOOC

11am Eastern

Nancy Zingrone aka Maggie Larimore in SL

Nancy Zingrone, PhD is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Psychology at Northcentral University, as well as an edupreneur working on the WizIQ platform and in Second Life.

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Basic Second Life Skills Workshop #2

Eating, Drinking, Managing Landmarks, Shopping, Exploring, SL Etiquette, and more Dancing 🙂

After the WizIQ session meet at the SLMOOC2015 HQ in the IT4ALL Building:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/108/86/63

Fri 11 to Tue 14 Apr IATEFL Conference in Manchester Online


Online coverage of the Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition



Many listed here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/sessions

Live Schedule: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/live-plenary-schedule

Opening address by Carol Read


Plenary by Donald Freeman


Ayat Tawel’s reflections: http://ayat-pdiary.blogspot.ae/2015/04/opening-plenary-by-donald-freeman-iatefl.html

Sun 12 Apr Joy Egbert plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Mon 13 Apr Ann Cotton plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Tue 14 Apr Harry Kuchah in plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Thu-Sat Mar 26-28 CALL-IS Webcasts from TESOL 2015 Toronto


This post includes a TESOL invited / featured presentation mp3 recording and slides online from Vance Stevens