Learning2gether about iPadagogy live from ISTE Philadelphia

Learning2gether Episode 279

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The audio features a distance presentation by Anthony Cashin speaking via Skype from Australia on how to successfully implement iPads in an educational setting from an administrative point of view. We were not recording, unfortunately, when Mary Kay Polly gave her very interesting talk about using Minecraft with her students e.g. getting them to justify their use of Minecraft as a means of meeting curriculum goals.

On Sunday June 28 Vance was in Philadelphia with comely colleagues from work Dani Coelho, Nery Alvarado, and Ellen Dougherty, to give a pre-conference workshop called iPadagogy: A Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach, live from ISTE Philadelphia 2015

Dani Coelho, Nery Alvarado, Vance Stevens, and  Ellen Dougherty

We set the tone: A Portuguese, a Mexican, an American, and a Canadian turn up at a conference, and …

having traveled all the way from Al Ain UAE converge in Philadelphia to trot out their internationally acclaimed dog and pony show on iPadagogy: A Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach. The hangout recording starts as the workshop begins. Without knowing how long we’d be able to sustain it, we tried to convey some of  the flavor of ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia and as best we could to try to bring an international audience into the event.

Where? Google Hangout on Air

The first part of this event was recorded as a Hangout on Air (HoA). Vance had set up a laptop PC to manage the stream and was walking around the room with an iPad that was participating in the event and recording video and audio. The hub PC was muted and Vance was using earbuds on the iPad to prevent remote participants in the HoA from intruding on the live session (but they could interact with Vance and Vance could interact with them sotto voce but that interaction appears in the recording). Surprisingly the bandwidth held out and the experiment worked in concept, though the next stage will clearly need to address managing the handheld iPad camera movement. If you get dizzy then the mp3 recording is worth listening to.

Vance’s contribution was entitled Teaching writing on iPads and other voice-enabled mobile devices

Here are the …

Captured text chat from the Hangout

  1. http://screencast.com/t/8fQyMVLX
  2. http://screencast.com/t/xHzdUtZ7N
  3. http://screencast.com/t/iXbiRs44ZpWG
  4. http://screencast.com/t/PadL0SxB
  5. http://screencast.com/t/cZPfj8jog6


Chatwing archive

thanks for covering chatwing
my first chance to be here
Curious what attendees are looking at on each respective device.
Is Anthony Cashin speaking?
I think so — that is who is on the schedule
Anthony Cashin speaking about how to successfully implement iPads from an administrative point of view…
excellent Benjamin, thanks
We’re chatting next Wednesday related to TESOL, if anyone would like to join. http://is.gd/0JUEFd
just checked it out — looks interesting —


Earlier this week

Mon Jun 22 Learning2gether at a Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content


Wednesday, June 24th from 11am – 7:15pm EDT Future Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit

Each year TICAL holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year’s Summit, on June 24th from 8:00-4:30 PDT, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future ReadyFuture Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings. You must register to watch the event live or to see the recordings. This is truly a collaborative event made possible by the leading organization and event partners. For more information and to register, please go tohttp://www.futureready.education.

Wed 24 June 1600 EDT edWeb – Are you ready for BYOD?

Wednesday, June 24th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Are You Ready for BYOD?, Have you been thinking about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)? Are you ready to learn more? In this webinar, Rachelle Wooten, Digital Learning Specialist at Fort Bend ISD, will provide a primer on BYOD, including digital tool recommendations, classroom management tips, lesson planning, and teaching tips. Rachelle facilitates the BYOD training in her district and has developed her own model: R.E.A.D.I.E.E to help teachers be Ready for BYOD. Whether you’re new or familiar with BYOD, get some helpful tips for your program during this live, interactive session. Rachelle will field questions from attendees after her presentation. Registration information here.

Thu 25 June 1600 EDT edWeb – Art of Procurement

Thursday, June 25th at 3pm edWeb Webinar: The Art of Procurement: Balancing Price versus Performance, Common Sense Education’s Essential Elements for 1:1 Learning is a monthly webinar series that details strategies and practical advice about 1:1 learning programs. Learn how to personalize these essential elements for your schools. The series is presented by Jeff Mao and Steve Garton, who lead the Maine Learning Technology Initiative program for a decade. Registration information here.

Fri June 26 1500 EDT Homeschooling

Friday, June 26th at 3pm Starting to Homeschool: The Teenage Years, How can a teen’s needs best be met by homeschooling? Let’s talk about unschooling and homeschooling high school, how to decide if college is right for you, and how to take on internships, apprenticeships, work, and travel. We will explore the many different ways teens and young adults can join the adult world and make their way into meaningful work with or without a college degree. We’ll explore the college admission process for homeschoolers and present resources for creating successful applications. We’ll also talk about Uncollege and DIY College, among other options that are available. Register to view here.

Sat Jun 27 Maria Colussa Hangout on Air presentation


Global Education Day at ISTE 2015, June 28th

Join Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, VIF International Education and many members of the Global Education Conference community on Sunday, June 28th from 2-5 PM at the Philadelphia Convention Center (Room 103BC) for a special face-to-face meeting in which you can connect and collaborate with other globally-minded educators.

Here is some follow-up from Steve Hargadon on the June 28th for Global Education Day meet up for those interested in globally connective opportunities for teachers and students.

An exciting time was had by all, and it was particularly wonderful to see so many GEC friends gather from around the globe. Thank you to all who were able to attend and we are particularly indebted to the many people who shared their expertise through ignite talks, roundtable discussions and cool tool sharing. For a full list of these participants and their contact information, please see our agenda for the day.

Here is a quick list of related resources that you may want to browse:

Also, take a look at these excellent blog post reflections from Elizabeth Calhoon and Michelle Cordy. These recaps will give you an idea of what transpired on GED. Let us know if you write a reflection piece, too!

Again, thanks to all who participated in GED. We are particularly grateful to VIF and to ISTE!

Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content

Learning2gether Episode 278

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/russellstannard8jun2015.mp3?

On Mon Jun 22 Learning2gether were invited to attend a Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content. The event was a globinar hosted by Jürgen Wagner.

Info: http://v.gd/snagit

FREE webinar with RUSSELL STANNARD: “Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content” and

  • FREE webinar with Russell Stannard: Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content
    • A focus on key tools that are simple to use and create immediate results
    • Create content that you can use to blend, flip or make distance courses from
    • These ideas and technologies can have a huge impact on your teaching and learning
    • Your teaching and learning won’t be the same after this session ( I hope!!-Russell)
  • Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages
  • Russell Stannard Russell Stannard is the founder of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com
    • It is a website that offers free training videos that help teachers incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning.
    • It won the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Initiative in ICT’ and the British Council ‘Technology’ award.
    • The site receives more than 300,000 visitors a year.
    • Russell trains teachers in ICT all over the world and also runs on-line courses which are accessed by hundreds of teachers.
    • Russell teaches part-time at the University of Warwick and is a NILE associate trainer.

Click on the link below for
The full version of Juergen’s post-conference documentation
« post-paratory »  mail includes 

Jürgen issued a post-postparatory notice on this event with the following related information

He invites feedback in his webinar feedback Padlet

Here’s some more Info about Russell

Russell Stannard Russell Stannard is the founder of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com. It is a website that offers free training videos that help teachers incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning. It won the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Initiative in ICT’ and the British Council ‘Technology’ award. The site receives more than 300,000 visitors a year. Russell trains teachers in ICT all over the world and also runs on-line courses which are accessed by hundreds of teachers. Moodle is one of his areas of expertise. Russell has also been

  • Winner of British Council ELTons Innovation Award
  • Winner of Times Higher Outstanding Initiative in ICT
  • Awarded  University of Westminster Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Learning2gether is proud that our logo was displayed during Russell’s presentation

Earlier this week

Sunday June 15 1400 GMT Learning2gether with David Winet about the potential of Oculus Rift in language learning


May 11- June 15 Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC course 2 ends

For those interested in the upcoming MOOC, Shaping the Way We Teach English” sponsored by the US Department of State and the University of Oregon …

in the past year thousands of language teachers from around the world have enrolled in the first two iterations of the course, creating a rich conversation about best practices in language teaching. Both courses are publicly available at no cost and may be taken together or separately in any order.

E-Teacher MOOC: Shaping the Way We Teach English

Wed June 17 NCSS C3 Literacy Collaborative Webinar “Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners”

Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners

This investigation has been designed to familiarize you with unique characteristics of English learners and their distinct learning needs. The presenters will share how these distinct learning needs can be supported in the social studies classroom through the integrated implementation of the C3 Framework and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz & Dr. Stephen J. Thornton

Social Science Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of South Florida

Event: Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners
When: Wednesday 17 June 2015, 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Audio Conference Details:

To register now, please visit the following link:


To know more about the event, please visit our website:


Sat 20 June Classroom 2.0 live event

Saturday, June 20th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show – Ten Marks Math Program, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular “live” web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at#liveclass20.

Sun 21 June TechEducator podcast on ISTE conference

Sunday, June 21st at 7pm TechEducator Podcast: Get your ISTE on!, The ISTE Conference is just one week away. What do I need to do to have a successful conference? What should I pack? What sessions should I attend? Join us LIVE to talk about this amazing week of networking.

Find the YouTube and mp3 at the podcast archive here: http://www.teachercast.net/2015-iste-conference/

and please enter your feedback into Padlet

Learning2gether with David Winet about the potential of Oculus Rift in language learning

Learning2gether Episode 277

Download the mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-about-the-potential-of-oculus-rift-in-language-learning-psg94wwampk.mp3?

David Winet has just written an article on his work the past two decades with StudyCom and English for Internet. In it he describes how he has pushed the envelope throughout that time finding new ways to adapt available cutting edge technologies to creating environments in which language learners would opt to learn by doing and by communicating with one another and with native speakers; see: Winet, David. (2015). Reflections on StudyCom.TESL-EJ 19, 1 (1-18). Available: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej73/int.pdf. Also (unpaginated) http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume-19/ej73/ej73int/.

On page 10, David discusses Oculus Rift as part of “A Peek into the Future”

Virtual Reality headsets such as Oculus Rift will provide an even more 3-D realistic experience for students (James, 2014). Furthermore, pairing these with robots will allow “telepresence”. For example, imagine a student whose body is in Beijing walking around New York City with the aid of a robot there, who transmits a live picture of everything it sees in the Big Apple and turns when the student wearing the Oculus Rift turns, walks when the student walks, and of course speaks with English speakers the words uttered in China by the student (Sofge, 2015).

James, P. (2014). This is the beginning of VR education, and it will only get better. Road to VR. Available:

Sofge, E. (2015). Oculus rift and robotic heads: A match made in geek heaven. Popular Science. Available:http://www.popsci.com/oculus-rift-and-robotic-heads-match-made-geek-heaven-0.


Join us in the stream or live in Hangout on Air to find out more about Oculus Rift and why David is drawn to this particular technology for its potential to engage students using augmented reality enhanced virtual spaces for language learning.

In David’s words:
“Recreating the five senses virtually and adding remote presence through robots plus laying on additional information using Augmented Reality should result in a very realistic sort of environment conducive to immersive, natural, ‘biological’ learning.

“However, in order to really reproduce a real-ish learning environment we need to have desire, need and the means to satisfy those desires and needs in our artificially created learning environment.  Doing this is not as difficult as it might seem: witness people buying and selling on Second Life, the ability to buy and sell remotely even just using Amazon.com much less using remote robots, the ability to satisfy the need for human contact through chat rooms, and so on.  You might not be able to eat a hamburger remotely but you will be able to smell one cooking and then order one delivered from your local burger shop…”

See the annotated compilation of links and final thoughts that David compiled in conjunction with this session

Where? Hangout on Air

How this worked at showtime June 14, 2015


Finally, the archived chatwing chat from this session

That’s the direct link to the hangout
we have a viewer, who’s there?
Exactly – who’s looking after the robot?
We are watching this URL
can you see our video?
we are watching
one of those should work
thanks for the links — I’m going to have to get back into Gdocs habit with Chromebook

Earlier this week

Sun June 7 Learning2gether with Vance Stevens – Teaching Writing on iPad and mobile devices using Voice Tools


Sat June 13 Classroom 2.0

Date: Sat., June 13, 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, June 13th, when our special guest will be Colleen King The topic for this webinar is “Math Playground Games and Apps”We are so excited to have Colleen King back on Classroom 2.0 LIVE to share her latest updates to the Math Playground including new games, iPad apps and videos. Colleen is the publisher of Math Playground, a website for elementary and middle school students, and the developer of Thinking Blocks, a series of iPad apps that teach children how to model and solve word problems. Colleen has been an educator and math consultant in the Boston area for 20+ years and has worked with students from preschool to college. She is the co-founder of two STEM programs, a hands-on science lab and a math enrichment center. Colleen is very passionate about math education and is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage students.

Colleen King created Math Playground in 2002 for students in her classes who needed a fun way to practice math facts. Since then, Math Playground has grown to include a wide variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math and thinking games. When she’s not developing new activities for Math Playground, she teaches at a mathematics learning center. She enjoys sharing math strategies with other educators and has presented her work at conferences like NCTM and ISTE. Whenever she has free time, she can be found playing with her Golden Retrievers, practicing drums with her band, or exploring New England on her bicycle.

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 “Capturing Creativity” session with our special guest Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4U). 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 Vance Stevens – Teaching Writing on iPad and mobile devices using Voice Tools

Learning2gether Episode 276

Download the mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-teaching-writing-on-ipad-and-mobile-devices-using-voice-tools-7qp_hs1jjl8.mp3?
On Sunday June 7 at 1400 GMT  Vance Stevens presented at Learning2gether on Teaching Writing on iPad and Mobile Devices using Voice Tools.. Here, find the YouTube recording of the Google+ Hangout on Air and a downloadable mp3 rendition of the audio. What is this about? Vance Stevens has been exploring techniques for teaching writing on iPads and mobile devices using voice tools for leaving comments in Google Docs, and in speaking what students write on paper into Google Docs for them, so they can revise more easily. He’s also fathomed the trick of importing images into Google Docs on iPad to allow students to incorporate Word Clouds and other images into their documents using iPads.

In this session, Vance will attempt at a distance some of what he will demonstrate at the latter event. Here is a playlist for URLs to be used in this session:

Here is a document I started to practice with this presentation https://docs.google.com/document/d/15slghOdDHtAj1PIqVpvGhFEWPia2g_hkHXwiRUQ2o7k/edit?usp=sharing Do you want to try?

  1. Create a Google Doc
  2. Give it your name and today’s date or event
  3. Get its shareable link and post it at http://chatwing.com/vancestev
  4. If on iPad or mobile device, record a brief introduction
  5. Upload a picture to it. If on iPad or mobile, you can use a photo in camera roll or take one on the fly
  6. Share it for editing with VanceStev@gmail.com (my picture should appear)
  7. I’ll use voice to add comments to your document

Where?  Google Hangout on Air (HoA)



Here is a copy/paste from the Chatwing space for today’s event

Vance Stevens Vance has arrived on June 7 and I’ll be posting the HoA link here shortly. Let me know if you want to join me.  URL playlist here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
Find the slides I will use here http://tinyurl.com/vance2015writing
+Vance I liked Your slides.
hello, I’m ready to begin, just waiting for people
I am a poor typist – wishing for voice-to-text way to chat, lol.
hi art
would you like to join the HoA?
I’m waiting for someone to join me so I can begin
or should i just start?
you can voice to text chat on an iPad or mobile if you visit this in a browser
I will begin at 14:15 and speak to ISTE participants
stream has begun
my iPad is having connectivity problems.
Where 2 or more are gathered, lol. we have a quorum
That’s right
I’m downloading Google docs on my ipad now so everything I’ve written was done on my PC
I can hear her
I hear her
Nor fearing failure – learning by trying
I can hear you both
back — sort of. I can hear OK now but speaking is not working on my end
my limping back-up computer has audio problems to begin with
— or maybe mic/headset problems, but I can hear and type, just not speak
the voice at my end is very clear
online is a series of workarounds, one after another…life too
I need to add a microphone to my PC for the next hangout attempt. I always learn/grow within these hangouts.
great art. thanks for joining us
I liked today’s presentation! Thank You!
Thank you.
great presentation — even with all the patches I missed getting set up. I’m going to share this writing instructors who teach online — and hybrid/CAI/flipped etc
thanks, sorry about the sound issues, suspect it might have been at my end
or both — this laptop already had sound issues and I need a new headset too (if only for the comfort of better padding on my ears)
thanks for coming, settling into dinner mode

Earlier this week

Sun May 31 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Maria Colussa about Mystery Location Calls


Tue June 2 0400 GMT Shelly Terrell at Edutech 2015

Find the collaborative handout at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MtyJ1XgKoVJISO9pnEGf9ZuFVtnuZZJOqVH-mZ3Qt3w/edit?usp=sharing and the slides here, http://shellyterrell.com/edutech2015

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