Learning2gether with Maria Colussa about Mystery Location Calls

Learning2gether Episode 275

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-with-maria-colussa-about-mystery-location-calls-zvwtvnyyb00.mp3? On Sunday May 31 LEARNING2GETHER  was priviledged to meet with Maria Colussa and her colleagues in Hello LIttle World about Mystery Location Calls. In her presentation she demonstrated how she stimulates student interest in culture and language with “mystery location” Skype calls. Here are

The event took place in Google+ Hangout on Air

Links mentioned in the text chat

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Hi Maria and others
Lionel Messi!
Hi David!
Either on the equator or a visitor from another world?
Ah, Europe……western, central or eastern? OK, my guess is Hungary.
But it must be northern hemisphere
You were right Dave!
I bet you are wrong sometimes 🙂

Mais bien sur… 🙂 Because she doesn’t have a slavic accent – so it had to be a non-slavic eastern european country near Austria. You’re right, I am often wrong in truth.


I came in late. How do we find people online to play this game with? Is there a good way?

Can you put the link for the pres here?

yep! it’s me
ok, gimme a sec
I’m happy here 🙂
slow computer, digging out the slideshare link

Thanks V

Ah, so this is a classroom exchange kind of thing set up by teachers working with other teachers in other countries?

yes Dave.

Ah, thanks Mike. And how does the initiating teacher locate willing teachers in toher countries?

would you lkke to join the HO and ask or do you want me to relay the question?

Me, me… but how?

(btw I sent you a couple of private messages)

scroll up for the link

ah, sorry, multitasking 🙂

Ah, ok.

Although I gather sometimes Maria works with students 1-1


her first time?

there’s a lot of HO chat, I can never get peple in the HO to use chatwing

If someone wants to join the Hangout live, I’ll leave.

Michael c?

Michael says he’s happy there, but there’s an offer

Anyone else, just let me know.

Maria – this has been great. Thank you. I need to go. Bye.

I’m going to leave the Hangout now. Thanks a lot.

ok robert, thanks for joining

Maria’s previous version of this presentation https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cpgpka8onula4k56rk7gmsq2014?authkey=CIS1n5nJpIDXPQ Posted with Permission from Maria Colussa


Earlier this week

Sun May 24 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello


Tue May 26 1800 GMT Shelly Terrell on eTwinning

Presumed time (CET?) http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Shelly+Terrell+on+eTwinning&iso=20150526T20&p1=168&ah=1 Marijana informs me that “logging in requires email and special password, and you need to be EU teacher tio attend it as a memeber of eTwinning. But there will be a recording and I will try to make a summary of her talk, maybe when I get the recording I will do a short youtube video. will see. But, thank you for sharing it :-)” Normally I try and post announcements here of only open events, but I also post on behalf of people I like 🙂 As there will be a recording, and if it too is available on open access, I’ll include this in the archive for next week.

Sat May 30 1500 BST IATEFL Seminar – Charles Hadfield on Creative Grammar


May 1-31 Moodle MOOC 6

http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/whats-ahead-2015/ YouTube playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxnQ4IcAENQdh3RrtzAjIhrD

Sat May 30 noon EST Letia Cooper on Classroom 2.0 Webinar

Date: Sat., May 30, 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.Join us on Saturday, May 30th, when our special guest will be Letia Cooper The topic for this webinar is “Connect, Create, and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps”We are excited to welcome back one of our favorite presenters for today’s show, Letia Cooper (@techwithtia). Her enthusiasm coupled with amazing tips for using the tools, apps and websites she will share with us will make you immediately want to get started using them with your students! Would you like to discover ways for your students to connect, create, and collaborate as they investigate and explore a variety of scientific ideas, models, and concepts! Are you looking for new ways to jazz up your science curriculum? This webinar will focus on a variety of interactive science, websites, web tools and apps that will enhance learning! Join Letia Cooper as she shares examples of how to use these tools and discusses easy ways to integrate technology in science classrooms for all grade levels.Tia is passionate about teaching and learning through technology. She believes that “When technology is integrated into the classroom, all students are motivated to learn.” She is proud to offer you a variety of resources and ideas that will help you to integrate technology into your classroom. She is a 1998 graduate of South Carolina State University and a 2008 graduate of Grand Canyon University with a M.Ed in Instructional Technology. She currently works for CCEL (Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning) as a Instructional Technology Specialist for grades K-12. Letia has presented at various conferences such as SC Edtech, NCTIES, SCEA Common Core, GAETC & FETC. She is a Verizon Thinkfinity Field Trainer and Promethean Social Media Council Member and Simple K12 presenter. Feel free to email Letia at techwithtia@live.com or visit her blog at http://www.techwithtia.com. Don’t forget to visit her Livebinders page or download one of her free “website of the month” calendars for teachers and students.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 at http://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 “How to Help Your Visual Students Learn Using Movie Magic” session with our special guest Sydney Sheren. 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

Learning2gether with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello

Learning2gether Episode 274

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On Sunday May 24 at the usual time of 1400 GMT Learning2gether was pleased to meet with Mbarek Akaddar on the topic of managing the Electronic Village Onilne coordination team for the coming year with the Trello project management tool.

What’s it about?

Mbarek Akaddar is well-known in #webheadsinaction and #EVO circles for his edtech skills. He has recently taken on the task of head coordinator of EVO (Electronic Village Online) coordination team where he has introduced Trello as a coordination portal. In this meeting Mbarek will present Trello, which is a management and collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards, lists and cards. We’ll also talk about his plans and vision for EVO in 2016 and beyond. Before his talk he referred us to these links:

EVO Portal: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/

EVO CoP for 2014: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2014

Trello Tutorial, explains cards, the back of the card, etc: https://youtu.be/aaDf1RqeLfo

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

Show notes

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith shared this Trello blog link



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Learning2gether is about to start now with Mbarek Akaddar, details http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
4 days ago
If you want to join the hangout I can step out–let me know
3 days ago
Listening to Mbarek Akaddar talk about EVO plans for 2015 and beyond.
3 days ago
great, there are 8 in the HoA now
3 days ago
Hi, I can’t join HOA, am on tablet. A bit slow for me, but am watching live stream! Hi everyone, hi Mbarek
3 days ago
great nice to see you Marijana
3 days ago
Hi Daniel and Marijana!
3 days ago
Hi Nina, Vance, Marjana and all. Happy to be able to join you today.
3 days ago
Haha Nina ,you were the to encourage Mbarek!.
Hi one more time to all, Vance, Daniel, Nina 🙂
3 days ago
Daniel I wonder what you think about this task management tool
3 days ago
ElizHS compares a card on Trello to a forum thread. I think That makes sense.
3 days ago
I can see some applications. How hard will it be to attract other people in a group to Trello?
What I mean is that as early adaptor, I find others may not be as motivated to go where I go.
3 days ago
in this case the manager has implemented trello (or the manager of a company might) and others are simply included
3 days ago
I think you need to have a group and then have everyone use it.
3 days ago
seems that trello is convinient and easy to handle
3 days ago
Fellow is managing tool, organizational tool,we can use it for collaboration,but for our personal use as well. I don’ t know if we can use it for storing images files. How much is the capacity or storage? My question for Vance, thx
3 days ago
I’ll ask
when I have a chance 🙂
3 days ago
Hi Marijana and Daniel 🙂
3 days ago
A card is like a word; a list is a phrase; and a board is a sentence!
3 days ago
Is there a limit to the number of members in a Trello group?
3 days ago
Thx for asking Vance and thx for your answer Mbarek! 🙂
3 days ago
Obrigada JA!
3 days ago
I promise to work more this week on Trello, but am soon busy lately.
3 days ago
Good question Nina, trello is a nice tool, but as any other tool we need to get use to it. My two cents, asTeresa would say 🙂
3 days ago
Vance, could you see this used to plan Learning2Gether events?
3 days ago
no, it would not apply well to L2g, this is for managing people with assigned tasks and roles
3 days ago
Need to go guys, family fun is coming! See you soon, hugs to all! Bye
3 days ago
Bye, Marijana!
3 days ago
ok, thanks Marijana
3 days ago
Exactly, Marijana. Nothing is 100% intuitive
3 days ago
ElizHS: She was asking about the email features
I think Trello is less a communication system than a way to manage projects.
I’d like to see a digest feature.
You have to go into each card when you do it only online.
Jose – I don’t see the little wheel to change the announcements to digest?
I found it —
You can have Never, every hour, or instantly. Not exactly a digest, e.g., every 24 hrs would be better.
3 days ago
ElizHS: There is a voting feature, so that could stand in for short comments like “I like it”
3 days ago
ElizHS: I notice in some of the advertising videos on the Trello site, that their own management team is using Trello with a bunch of other apps for communication. http://blog.trello.com/tips-for-managing-a-remote-team/?utm_source=notification%20link%20&utm_medium=email%20&utm_campaign=manage%20remote%20team
3 days ago
Thanks for hosting. Good information.
3 days ago
Thank you to ALL!!!!!
3 days ago
thanks, we always manage in the end 🙂
the recording should be on YouTube any minute now
3 days ago
This event has been blogged with embedded YouTube recording and mp3 download available, enjoy:https://learning2gether.net/2015/05/24/learning2gether-with-mbarek-akaddar-about-managing-evo-with-trello/
3 days ago

Earlier this week

May 17 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with David Winet on teaching f2f writing using WeChat and Polleverywhere


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

Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools


– using English in everyday situations: the best way to practise and improve non native English speakers’ / EFL learners’ oral skills

– free sites which provide English speaking practice will be explored and shared

– three different categories of sites: – language exchange sites, – social communication networks  – educational programs will be examined

– where to find educational programs provided by different educational and cultural institutes

–  effective webtools which help EFL teachers aid their students in their difficult quest for oral fluency will be shared

The following link will take you to the documentation of our webinar

complete with

Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at

Thu May 21 1700 GMT Classroom Polling Options with Tilly Harrison

Free webinar with Tilly Harrison: A survey of classroom polling options

  • Find out what your students think: A survey of classroom polling options
  • Rationale for classroom polling
  • Feasibility of classroom polling
  • Types of poll
  • Survey of free options and use
  • Survey and comparison with commercial options
  • The session will include (of course!) plenty of chances to participate in polls
  • Tilly Harrison is a Principal Teaching Fellow (University of Warwick

Thu May 21 1230 EST EdTechMojo hosts Cathy Cavanaugh on eLearning for Engagement

SUNY Delhi in NY is happy to host Cathy Cavanaugh, the Director of Teaching and Learning with Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Unit, for a 1-hour webinar on engaging eLearning practices. This is a free Zoom online webinar, and will interest eLearning faculty, instructional designers, and instructional technologists.

Talk information: 
eLearning for Engagement: Research-based Practices for Student Success
By, Cathy Cavanaugh, PhD.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Worldwide Education, Microsoft


Keys to engaged teaching have been identified and can be enhanced in online, blended, and mobile learning environments. This session highlights teaching approaches that align to research in engagement and new learning environments, and offers practical suggestions and references for teaching and learning.



Playlist of other webinars in this series:

Learning2gether with David Winet on teaching f2f writing using WeChat and Polleverywhere

Learning2gether Episode 273

Download mp3 (first 32 minutes of HoA): https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-with-david-winet-on-teaching-f2f-writing-using-wechat-and-polleverywhere-3ggx7ghhtqq.mp3? Dave’s topic was using WeChat and Polleverywhere for live, in-class, corrected on-the-fly student writing Where? Hangout on Air

Live-streamed on

What’s it all about? Dave introduces the topic Writing  is for students pretty much unrelenting drudgery and pain, even in their own language — not to mention in English!  Very few students write for pleasure; this is an undeniable fact (go ahead, prove me wrong.) Consequently students don’t approach writing with any enthusiasm, don’t write much, and generally write poorly. And yet modern society without clear, cogent writing is unthinkable. What is the problem?

In my view the reason is that our students are usually not writing about anything that is interesting, much less compelling, to them — but rather writing on topics assigned from a textbook, topics which do not “grab” them “where they live” and whose purpose is solely to train them, like monkeys, to use correct essay structure, rather than to express their thoughts, ideas, discoveries, experiences, acquired knowledge and feelings.

There is a difference between learning a skill that enriches one’s existence and learning a skill to get a good score on TOEFL or IELTS.  The latter, which is the rule, is the unhelpful triumph of form over content.   Let students first learn to love writing, then hit them with all the fine points of good (academic) writing. Fortunately, and as is often the case lately, modern technology has provided at least a partial solution to this problem in the form of online, real-time, instantly viewable-and respondable-to, writing-based platforms for in-class and out-of-class writing, such as WeChat (http://www.wechat.com) and Polleverywhere (http://www.polleverywhere.com) , just to name two that I have some acquaintance with.

My presentation will attempt to show how the use of these tools has the serendipitous effect of getting students to write, and write copiously, both in and out of class – enthusiastically, and with purpose.  Nor are these tools in any way inconsistent with improving students’ style, syntax, grammar and structure but rather, used skillfully, can enhance all of those skills; indeed willy-nilly, by dint of the student wanting to communicate effectively, he/she will little by little adopt the conventions that make effective, powerful communication easier.

David Winet, Cal State East Bay American Language Program, USA (david.winet@gmail.com) and online at http://Chatonic.com (“studyenglish” and “studycom” rooms).

Why is the recording incomplete? Vance’s Internet suddenly went down at about 24 minutes into the event. I didn’t know immediately what the problem was but I soon found that my modem had gone dark, no blinking lights, so I tried using my cell phone to reconnect to the event. Hangouts would not connect, but I managed to leave messages in the Chatwing. Fortunately, I had a spare modem in a back bedroom, so I went to get it, connected it, but again, no blinking lights. All the other devices in that rack were blinking so it must be the power supply to that modem. I went to the back to get the power supply for the replacement modem, plugged it in, and restored the previous modem to service. This took me half an hour,and by the time I had got the modem functioning again, I guess Google had already terminated the HoA, though when I got back in, people seemed to be engrossed in conversation. Unfortunately, it was not being recorded.




Earlier this week

Thu May 7 1800 GMT Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

https://learning2gether.net/2015/05/07/learning2gether-with-joe-dale-planning-a-virtual-field-trip-to-new-orleans/ This event served at our Learning2gether session for the week of May 4-10

May 8 Maria Colussa on Mystery Location Calls

Maria has agreed to present this as a Learning2gether event on Sunday May 31 … https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cpgpka8onula4k56rk7gmsq2014?authkey=CIS1n5nJpIDXPQ Posted with Permission from Maria Colussa

Fri-Sat May 8-9 Education on Air free online conference for educators

Register here https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2015-may and explore

Day 1 1400 to  1900 GMT will focus on “leading for the future” with sessions from educators, students, and other leaders. On Day 2 1100 to 0130 (next day) GMT Over 100 educators will lead sessions on “shaping the classroom today.” Topics will range from “increasing student collaboration” to “successful device deployments” to “teaching computer science.” I hope that you and your teammates will find this conference valuable. You can register online for the free event, and there is more info here: http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/04/google-launches-education-conference-hangouts

May 13 – Elaine Hoter and International Day at theTEC Center


Learning2gether with Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

Learning2gether Episode 272

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On Thu May 7 1800 GMT Learning2gether attended an event organized by Juergen Wagner, hosting Joe Dale presenting on apps and websites for Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans. The  announcements and show notes were prepared by Juergen.

Post paratory Announcements

What? This is planned as a virtual tour of a place, city or region: a powerful vehicle for

  • promoting intercultural understanding
  • creating authentic language learning opportunities
  • free web tools for planning a virtual field trip: New Orleans as an example destination
  • how to find creative commons licensed images on Flickr
  • how to incorporate them into a Pinterest board
  • how to share them via a Padlet wall
  • Storybird as a creative writing tool bringing together key
  • vocabulary and expressions
  • how to create a Google Slides presentation based on the content


  • Presenter: JOE DALE

Adobe Connect Recording


Announcements made by Learning2gether

Earlier this week

May 3 1300 GMT Learning2gether about Study.com with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, and Vance Stevens


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


Learning2gether about StudyCom with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, Vance Stevens, and other former EFI teachers

Learning2gether Episode 271

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-about-study-com-with-david-winet-michael-coghlan-and-vance-stevens-pmm5rmsmczm.mp3?

On Sunday May 3, at 1300 GMT we were Learning2gether about StudyCom with David Winet, Michael Coghlan, and Vance Stevens

The topic for Learning2gether this week is about emerging advances in online learning since the turn of the century, from a panel who were there at the beginning and have stayed on the wave for the past decade and a half. Dave Winet recently sold the domain study dot com marking the end of an era for many Webheads. Study dot com was a free website that attracted and matched teachers with language students interested in studying online just before the dawn of social media. Dave’s innovative methods created among other things a space for language learners at the Palace, which was where Vance Stevens, Michael Coghlan, and Maggi Doty met in an online class for ESL students that soon became Writing for Webheads and evolved in 2002 into Webheads in Action, a community of practice for teachers. In this session, Dave and Michael join me, Vance, in talking about some of the very forward thinking developments that characterized Dave’s work starting late last century and that have led us through Webheads in Action on up to Learning2gether, twenty years later. If you were with us at that time, please join us to add your reminiscences, and for those who have more recently joined us, enjoy a conversation with the founders of Webheads in Action.


Where? Google Hangout on Air streamed live

Alternative live stream with Chatwing text chat You can join us here for the video embed above plus interact with us via the Chatwing embed on the same page http://webheadsinaction.org/live You can also join the Chatwing live chat at http://chatwing.com/vancestev When? 1300 GMT …

Some links:  Study.com preserved: http://web.archive.org/web/19961229001550/http://www.study.com/ Writing for Webheads: http://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/webheads.htm Webheads in Action:

Vanessa Vaille reports that The StudyCom Yahoo group is still open, https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/studycom/ and the page is still there without the domain name, http://www.transbay.net/~dwinet/indexEnglish.html ~ and apparently the Chatterbox room too Show notes These links were mentioned in the HoA


Earlier this week

Fri Apr 24 1130 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Jim Buckingham in BbC from SQU EFL Conference, Oman


Mon Apr 6-30 Second Life MOOC

According to http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/whats-ahead-2015/ And here’s s’more: https://www.smore.com/tq8pc-second-life-mooc-2015?embed=1 Enroll in the course: https://www.wiziq.com/course/100230-second-life-mooc-2015-slmooc15 Here is the complete program https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aFcDL0RmgXH5pXS0n5ls1C3jiefxVdA_MgZUzd5oPb4/edit

30 Apr 1800 GMT Webinar on annotation and discussion of collaborative PDF documents

(This webinar was in German) Einladung zu kostenloser Online-Fortbildung: “Kollaborativ PDF-Dokumente annotieren und diskutieren – online