Learning2gether with Christel Broady about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-2

Learning2gether Episode 296

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On Monday October 12 Christel Broady presented to Learning2gether about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20

Dr. Christel @BroadyESL  discussed with us Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20. Participants were able to visit http://webheadsinaction.org/live to watch the event stream live and interact with folks in the Hangout on Air via http://chatwing.com/vancestev. At showtime Monday we posted the direct link to the HoA live for all those who wanted to join us there. Several did, we were near our maximum capacity with other viewers in the stream/

Event description: An overview on how free tools can assist ELT professionals and learners in all everyday professional activities. Practical ideas that can be implemented immediately as well as training sources to deepen the understanding how the tools work.

Where? In Hangout on Air



Chat logs from the Hangout on Air:


Chat logs from Chatwing

Vance, You’ve messaged that today we have more chats,
are they before or after?
Hi, sorry I didn’t check here yesterday. There was an IATEFL YLSIG event on Sunday, and today Monday we are meeting with Dr. Christel Broady in Hangout, more information here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether or athttp://webheadsinaction.org/live
That starts in about half an hour
Christel is in the Hangout now. You are welcome to join us there, we start in ten minutes:https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYf56YrJcTErVcePnTocXFvC5PtGqArFetAP5iFM4WG6gOj9iw?hl=en&authuser=0
Hello all!
Seems OK for me here …ouf
(in chrome)
Looks good in Chromium (linux)…
I find there’s quite a few things that don’t work in Chrome …. I daren’t go linux 😦
Removing barriers for me means making learning more equitable…
hi everyone
Hi Maha, nice to see you
I tried to join but it takes me to an empty hangout where I am on my own 🙂 .. I will watch and comment here 🙂
thanks Vance I am happy I could join
We saw you in the Hangout
Love forms in Google Drive!
…for polls, instant feedback in class, etc.
I love forms for the students to write comprehension questions … they love it
🙂 me too
The links are ab fab – I’ve made my own copy to be sure I don’t loose them …. big thanks
Are MGuhlin and CloudHQ free?
I think MGuhlin is a blog
Miguel Guhlin, a K-12 blogger
Google drive integrates well with gmail as well…
the hangout is a bit slow for me I think . I couldn’t even hear anything. But I am good here .. good place to participate with you 🙂
HOA is fine at this end…
great, ahlan
I like spanning my google drive: https://freetools.spanning.com/stats/
we’ll get you to explain that in a moment in the Hangout
Yes Dr Christel, I have had many Teachers say that to me too! I use Google drive sharing documents or folders with my students.
Using Google drive to flip the classroom…
People who are afraid of these tools often do their banking on line (and belong FB)
Sharing documents as long as they are CC or one has rights to do so.
Google Drive also integrates well with Google Sites…
Sharing documents and videos is what I do too!
Hi Vance 🙂
Hi Nives, glad you could join us
Sometimes it’s easier to share videos in Google drive rather than Youtube which is not accessible to all students. Plus I love creating Lesson slides directly in the drive and adding it to the class materials folder for students to access whenever.
Google docs are good for student collaborative projects…
lol yes but how big of a loss .. That must’ve been really awful to loose years worth of work
I am disappointed that Google Classroom is not available for Private Tutoring or Teacher Training 😦
Me too Nives!
I usually backup what I really care about and I don’t usually trust the cloud alone
It’s such a great tool (Google Classroom) that it’s a dying shame that Google have such strict access to it.
yes me too Nives 😦
@Benjamin and @Maha 🙂
Interesting about videos … I wonder if that’s only with Classroom, because I did try once unsuccessfully
Also, Google Sites!
another one to tell us about, feel free to grab the mic, speak up when you hear ‘next
Social apps in schools is a bit touchy here in Italy, but using sites like Twiducate is safe and private offering social interaction without the public interaction. I’m looking at EdMettle too for the same, has anyone tried it?
feel free to comment on this, or ask in the live h/a
OMG – I’ve lost the sound altogether now (on my super duper brand new machine ) so I’m giving up all together – please say a BIG thanks for all the great links …. very useful indeed.
oooh this is great.. I’ve been trying to do this but couldn’t see how.. thank you
I agree…all teachers should have a YouTube channel.
thanks Elizabeth, your thanks will be in the show notes
I like Google Maps too for a class on ‘directions’ in English language. I get the students to create their own location and give directions in a dialogue.
what do you use to leave comments on a non apple computer?
Great idea a ‘photo story’ with photos, thank you Dr Christel 🙂
in what application, Maha?
Maha, are you asking about Google Docs?
What system are you running Maha?
windows 7
I insert comments into Google Docs from PC, Ctrl-alt-m
As far as I know Maha, leaving comments in Google Docs is the same for all operating systems…
ok thank you both I will try them later 🙂
I select the text, then right-click…
Or click “Insert”, then “comment”…
Hm this looks interesting for Reading Comprehension must give it a try … thanks 🙂
voice comments Benjamin?
I agree using images to express or expand their vocab is a great tool even with adult learners not just kids
Great Idea picture dictionaries for beginners
Vance is the expert on voice comments…I think there is an addon or extension, right?
You can enter comments by voice using android and tablet devices
Thanks for the link to the slides Vance 🙂
What slide are we on Vance??
ah android ok thanks
Hi Brian 🙂 nice to see you here
slide 26
Brian it’s slide 29
Got it now
Hi Brian
I have installed that Ben but for some reason couldn’t do voice in my doc. will try again
Hi Nives
Hi Vance
IATEFL SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars 2015-2016
Waiting for explanation on how to create schedules for webathones alco chains of events
U r welcome Brian 🙂
uh oh, connection lost and call ended
Google Docs addons I use: Consistency Checker, EasyBib, Kaizena, and Thesaurus…
Yes hear you Christel 🙂
I’m looking at slides on my google docs
Brian move to slide 31
Google Drive = transparent education
@Benjamin I agree
But they want to learn free
Thanks all for a great chat! Off to class!
ciao @Benjamin enjoy your class
have a great day Benjamin
I like the reference of the Backchannel chat to ‘digital brother’ Dr Christel
I keep dropping out
I think it may still be recording
yes I hear you
it’s trying to reconnect
great idea 🙂 Christel
the voice is lost
can you hear now Halima?
Thank you Dr Christel, your slides are powerful as always you have so much to share it’s wonderful learning from you, thank you 🙂
Dr Christel is that Native Speaking tool only available in Classroom?
Looks like we’re back online here
is Exit ticket a written reflection?
Bravo Vance 🙂 I live with technology hassles everyday living in the Italian countryside so am glad today is going ‘great’ so far 🙂
the voice lag is back, not a good sign
yes you are online just heard you Vance
we are doing fine so far .. It may be only on your side Vance
I think it is on my side
HoA is a great tool for Teaching online, I have used it but what I really look for is an interactive whiteboard to use when tutoring students online live
I recently have used EZTalks which has a great screen sharing tool and interactive whiteboard plus it’s free for up to 3 in a session
wish you could talk with us in Hangout but your comments will appear in the show notes at http://learning2gether.net
or a quick journal or something .
Nice cat Vance
thank you I like the idea
Nives, have you tried WizIq?
Hi Glenys, yes I am currently using WizIQ as a Teacher also with Dr Nellie’s moodle team
@Glenys my problem is that sometimes WizIQ is too heavy to run on a low internet connection
I tried Wisiq and also some separate boards but for some reason they are usually buggy . even Wiziq staff told me that my bandwidth was not good enough so I usually use hangouts
@Maha I understand exactly what you mean 🙂 even if I have used WizIQ for nearly 3 years
A BIG THANK YOU DR CHRISTEL for a great presentation and magnificent very informative slides 🙂
thank you so much for all the information and resources Dr. Christel
Thank you Dr Christel for a very interesting talk
Ciao Vance, Brian, Dr Christel great to connect again online 🙂
Thank You Dr.Christel!!!
I think she is talking about the webenthons
how to design something for her university
I agree it is wonderful to connect across the globe 🙂
you’re breaking up a bit Vance
anyone can join us for the NileTESSOL ? 🙂
yes thank you all again thanks a lot Vance for organizing it
have a good day/evening
Christel asked me to share links on how to set up these hangouts. Here is one I archived when streaming from a conference where I was presenting on the topic https://learning2gether.net/2014/03/14/extending-google-hangouts-to-way-beyond-10-participants-vance-stevenss-presentation-at-the-tesol-arabia-conference-in-dubai-uae/
There is a link there to an article I published explaining more concisely: Stevens, V. (2013) Tweaking Technology: How Communities Meet Online Using Google+ Hangouts On Air with Unlimited Participants. TESL-EJ, November 2013–Volume 17, Number 3. Available http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume17/ej67/ej67int/


Earlier this week

Sun Oct 4 0900-0400 UTC – EFLTalks 10 in 10 for 10 hosted by Rob Howard & Stephen Greene


Fri Oct 9 1100 UK time – Kieran Donaghy – Using short films in language teaching

Carol Rainbow announced

Webinar: Using short films in language teaching

Kieran Donaghy, ELT Writer and Teacher Trainer

Fri, 9th October at 11am UK time

To attend log into http://breeze01.uclan.ac.uk/kierandonaghy/ with your chosen name and country.

Sat Oct 10 1600 UTC Classroom 2.0 – Engaging students with MinecraftEDU

Date: Sat., October 10, 2015 in Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)
Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore hosted 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.You can replay the recording and explore the comprehensive archive here:

This is an archive of a Classroom 2.0 presentation on MinecraftEDU with Laura Briggs (@LauraBTRT), Kim Harrison (@k4sons) and Trish Cloud (@trishcloud) sharing their experiences and stories about how they are engaging their students with MinecraftEDU both during the school day and in an after school club and summer camp. MinecraftEDU is a special version of Minecraft designed specifically for classroom use. It has been used to teach a wide range of subjects and is designed to be open-ended which allows content to be built around any subject area. Teachers have used the game to teach history, math, art, programming, creative writing, science, music, digital citizenship and more! It hosts a library of lessons and activities that are available for free and there is an active teacher community exploring and sharing uses of Minecraft in the classroom.
On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinders on the Archives and Resources tab.

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.

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

Sun Oct 11 YLTSIG webinar with Jamie Keddie

Nellie Deutsh has arranged an IATEFL YLTSIG webinar on October 11


Where? Adobe Connect


Jamie Keddie is a teacher, trainer and international conference speaker. He is the founder of the recently-relaunched Lessonstream. Jamie’s areas of interest include the use of visual materials, storytelling and video technologies in the classroom. His publications include ‘Images’ (OUP 2009) and ‘Bringing online video into the classroom’ (OUP 2014).

In the last few years, online video has been embraced and reinvented by young people. In this webinar, I would like to examine a number of recent case studies which serve to introduce YouTube youth cultures to teachers. Be warned – you may be shocked! I will also talk about why understanding this can be useful to those of us who work with teenagers.

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