Learning2gether with Week 1 EVO moderator training meet and greet – and Curt Bonk at MM7

Learning2gether Episode 298

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Learning2gether Episode 298 – Sun Nov 1 1400 UTC Week 1 EVO moderator training meet and greet

Electronic Village moderators for the EVO 2016 sessions met online in a revolving-door Hangout on Air (HoA) for a meet-and-greet to kick off the new round of EVO moderator training. Mbarek Akaddar provided an overview of the training session, and Nina Liakos talked about why moderator training is important for experienced moderators and new moderators alike. The general public were welcome to attend and share ideas and questions by listening in the stream and interacting with moderators in the hangout and other participants in real-time in our Chatwing chat space

This was billed as a good opportunity to meet next year’s moderators and learn firsthand about what will be on offer when EVO opens for registration on Jan 3, 2016.

The event was organized as follows:

All interested colleagues were welcome to join us in the stream and synchronous text chat


Where: Google Hangout on Air

EVO16 moderators were able to get the direct HoA link at the
EVO 2016 Moderators Google+ Community page here

EVO moderators were able to use that link to join us in the Hangout, ten at a time.
(only ten participants are allowed to join a HoA at a given moment, but we intended to play musical chairs with the seating and show how we can cater to many participants in the HoA itself, and in the stream and real-time text chat)  

(To better understand the process – read, or at least look at  the pictures, here

Recording of the last event like this on Oct 26, 2014 archived here
https://learning2gether.net/2014/10/26/evo-moderator-training-wrap-up-hangout-for-week-1/ )

Text chat archives:

If you’ve come to chatwing from my posting to my email lists, here is where you can catch the stream when it starts,http://webheadsinaction.org/live
We’ll be starting half an hour from now
Good morning EVO moderators! We are here today for the launch of this year’s EVO moderators’ training. I am one of the coordinators.
me too
Hi all! I made it, but cannot stay long and will only follow chat! Hope you all have a great Sunday
Hi Marijana. We start in 15 min, just waiting for Nina to resolve a problem connecting her HoA
Ok, no problem. I see you have disabled comments on youtube, so I don’t need to follow youtube than!?
I’ll post the direct link to the moderators G+C when nina is there
I didn’t disable comments, maybe the stream has to start first
But the text chat should all funnel through Chatwing in any event
OK, I will follow youtube than as well. I suppose you are right! Good to know that! Thx
We’ll know when the stream starts
Hi Marijana, are you feeling better?
Looking forward to today´s chat…
Here to listen and learn…
Hi Nina! A bit better thank you! But, can’t join you live. Will follow chat with the rest!
Hi Benjamin! Do join the EVO team in the hangout on air, the link is posted in the G+Community
there is no video here at all for me
Welcome to the chat!
Vance, you look scary today! 🙂
NIce to see you to Vance and all! Hi from Croatia
Don´t see an HOA link in G+ Community…
Good morning from Colorado — here to follow video and chat
That´s fine…will just watch and learn…
Hi Vanessa! 🙂
Hi everyone!
Benjamin, EVO 2016 Moderator G+Community
Hi Marjana — good to “see” (read) you!
and Vance has posted the Live link for HOA
Hi all
To get the live link you need to belong to the moderators google plus community
Hi Heike! Looking good!
Hi, everyone! Good to see you all.
See! Talk 🙂
@Benjamin are you a member od EVO2016 G+Community!?
Minecraft MOOCers! YAY!
Okay someobody can jump into my space in the hangout!
Hi Bron 🙂 MinecraftMoocer!
No Marijana, is it a public community or private?
Oops, Sue Annan has taken my place.
Hi there Marijana!
Hi everyone
Hi hazel!
@Benjamin it’s a EVO 2016 MOderators Community, it should be public, but are you a moderator of any EVO 2016 sessions
I see Rose Bard here, Heike, Bron, welcome to the chat!
Many people joined us! Good to see that :)))
Yes, indeed
Hello, lovely people from all over the world. I’m Tamas from Hungary, currently destroying the planet in Dubai, UAE.
ok I guess it’s listening on one tab and chatting here on another 🙂
Hi everyone, delighted to be here with you all today 🙂
hahah Heike! Vance aka eveil Haloween avatar
Welcome, Tamas, Maha, and Janet
for some reason the video doesn’t work here
Hello everyone! It is wonderful to be here! Hi Nina, hi Hazel
hello Nina and all 🙂 good to see you here
Maha, try logging out and coming back. Or try a different browser.
Hi Helena
Hi Helena, welcome
Games and game-inspired activities rock learning!
@Maha, try to open it in youtube
Hi everyone! Looking forward to learning more about EVO and the different sessions
Hi Emma, welcome
A big hello from Hong Kong!
Hi everyone
Hello everyone!
thank Marijana.. Ic an open it but not on this same page
Hi, Paul, Sue, Karin
Hi everyone, sorry am a bit late, glad to be here
Hi janet, WB
not the chatwing page I mean
Hello from Gainesville, Florida, USA
Hello John
Hello Nina
Coding is in
Paul I just authorized you to join the wiki
Hello Nina, Vance and everyone
Yes Maha, you need to have two tabs open, one for chat other from video if you cannot open embeded video in the site.
I just wanted to show my enthusiasm for EVO. I’ve been a participant for years and it has always contributed to my development. I look forward to the learning how to contribute to it next year by helping in the moderation of Minecraft EVO with Vance, Marijana, Barbie, Jeff, Tamas and others. I gotta go now. I’ll be watching the recording and catching up.
I took a scripting course for SL building in 2008 at Muvenation with other webheads like Evelyn
Rose, thank you so much for dropping by! We’ll post the recording link ASAP
Hi Nellie
Hi Janet, John, Nellie, Rose and the rest
I am also watching youtube livestream :-0
Yes, me too
Hi everyone
Hi Marijana!!!
I prefer to use google chat but I’m fine here, too 🙂
and Nellie!!
Hi Janet
happy to use this
Edmodo is very popular social network among many primary teachers in Croatia as well
It’s tricky to have so many places to chat
I went for tons of scripting courses in SL but they were mostly too theoretical for me
welcome sue:)
Hi Nellie
hi Hazel
This chat stays around forever, but the chat in the hangout vanishes when the hangout closes
I think it would be much better if two or 3 work together while experimenting with scripts
good to see you
Hi Hazel 🙂
hi Maha, appreciate your comment, scripting and building are great skills though
CLIL–content and language integrated learning
Hi Heike, Nellie, NIna, Janet 🙂
hugs Sue
I will leave the call and listen in to let someone else in
oh Absolutely Heike it is something that I love to learn and play with
we will focus on creating language games in virtual environments
was just saying that thee are better ways of doing it and it always depends on how individuals like to learn
There seem to be 2 spaces in the hangout
Hi Sue, everyone!!
The hangout URL is in our mods’ google+ community
this group of moderators is a most amazing group
Yes, indeed
Machina sounds awesome! I really want to take this EVO myself.
I’ll repeat. Great to see you, Heike. I missed you.
Hi Janet
I don’t HANGOUT … I am from SECOND LIFE
Hi Heike, lovely to see you here
Hi Nellie. We keep finding each other online 🙂
Hi aka Hazel
I found that a course on basic programming liek the one using scratch offered in Coursera or Edx is very useful to jumpstart learning how to script
Lots of places in the HoA now
Hi Karen!
scratch is great, Maha
Hi Karin
This Teachers as Designers team is AWESOME. I am happy to be their mentor
World Wide Moderator Teams
Very globally focussed
Yes, that’s what I love about EVO
I can leave my place so someone else can join the session.
If you are an EVO mod please join the hangout and say hello
Nellie is a super woman!
Learning from each other is the best part 🙂
Yay, Nellie!!!
I agree Janet
who can join and how?
Yes, Sue!!
Let’s hear it for Mbarek!!!!! clap clap clap
clap clap
clap, clap for pur Mbarek
clap clap
Thanks a bundle Nellie 🙂
Clap clap
clapp clappp clapclap
Thanks Marijana and all 🙂
applause for MBarik
I’m clapping 😉
Hi Mbarek 🙂 A very big clap!!
big clap to Shelly
Personalized Learning
there are only 3 in the HoA, moderators please come back
That’s OK Nellie but watch it!
@Tamas, join the hangout
I m joyfulwhohoooooo 🙂
Shelly was trying to recruit me this year as well but I couldn’t join them this year
Big clap to Nellie for being our mentor this year 🙂
clap clap
We are keeping you busy Marijana to say nothing of your 2 other sessions
Shame, Marijana,
Young Learners
good time to grab a place in the HoA
Vera is here, she will be next
LOL Janet, I am so busy this year. You don’t want to know!
Yes, I do, lol!!! You are incredible 🙂
I actually thought CLIL is something for non-English teachers, like Math or Science teachers, Geography teachers etc.
@Nina you mean two session I will moderating or the one I am mentring
marijana moderating 2, mentoring 1
too much to consider moderating a 3rd
Wow, very busy people @Nina
yes, am mentoring one of Nellie’s 🙂 LOL
No kidding – I don’t know how they do it
Nellie doesn’t need a whole lot of mentoring
Amazing, really…
can we see the bigger picture ?
of person talking ?
Vance’s note – This was my mistake. I had clicked on the icon of one participant in the chat to mute that person and had inadvertently SELECTED that person’s icon to display until I noticed it much later, and clicked again to release it so that the current speaker would display. I wish I had seen this note at the time, but the chatwing chat was scrolling by much too fast. In any event, well noted, Hazel! Apologies …
Can’t wait to work with MM7 as well Nellie. 🙂
Not in the youtube stream, Hazel, only in the hangout
Moodle for Teacher is my mentoring session. I am so much looking forward to it as I really want to learn more about Moodle even though I have a Certificate from CRO Moodle Platform
You can go back there though
okay thanks Nina
MM4 T is a super session, I learned so much when I did it twice in the past 🙂
I mentored them last year and it was interesting learning about Moodle, which I had never used before
There is lots of room in the hangout, I encourage you to jump in there
Moodle is a great platform to work on
Prof Curt Bonk is incredible, a great speaker!!
Moodle was always a confusing platform for me but I find it very intersting lately
Bravo, Mbarek!
I’m doing one of Nellie’s courses on Moodle. Seems very user friendly
Thanks Paul 🙂
Paul, why don’t you join the hangout?
You will love it, @Sue
The book is fantastic!!
Thx Nellie


(This link is corrected from what Nina posted originally in the chat)
Daniela and I will be presenting at Nellie’s Moodle Mooc on 28th Nov. as well 😉
This is our g+community for evo mods
TEC Variety is the book by Curt Bonk and co
Awesome, Letizia
and Letizia will be presenting at SLanguages.org
I am also presenting for Nellie on 22 November about Kahoot and Socrative online testing tools
15 Nov
Yes SLanguages with Andrea on 15th Nov 🙂
isnt this amazing to have 16 EVO sessions this year?
I don’t know where you all find so many hours in the day 🙂
Yes, a healthy crop of proposals, a nice mix of old and new
it’s the Web now Vance
Sorry @NIna and @Vance, I have to go now, as mentioned before I could only stay for approx 30 mins as other commitments shortly. It’s been great and will catch up with recording later…
Google translates the time for me all the time 🙂
I don’t know either Sue, I think a day isn’t long enough for all this
Lol @Marijana
Yes, Maha, for me too, esp. for HOA
Thanks so much for this session, and hope to see everyone in the EVO MOderators G+ community later 🙂
Tata Janet and thanks for coming
Bye!!!, my pleasure NIna, it’s been great!!
so Mbarek is gong to talk about Trello on MM7
Bye Janet!
so happy to meet all of you here!
Will it be recorded Nellie? have an IATEFL BEsig webinar to host in 20 mins.
I am looking forward to Mbarek’s talk, as Trello still gives me headaches, but I do find it useful
but I think you will make it
by the way if you’re interested in writing or creating anything on the Web or learn about it I’d like to invite you to check Digital Writing Month that starts today
The opening is in 1,28 hours and Curt Bonk is in 2.28 hours
Vance’s note – See the next item in this post for the link to the WizIQ recording and mp3 rendition of Curt’s presentation on the world of MOOCs
I think he was in Dubai around 2000
okay. should just about manage then
cool to have participants certificates
John Graney is waiting to talk, we have lots of places for the next speaker
The problem we had with Trello is that we did not seem to be able to keep the planning there without also interacting there, which made it difficult to go back to conversations. For me, at least
so Mbarek is gong to talk about Trello on MM7
Here are the webinars for MM7 in November
vera is still there, we’ll go to her next if we can (then John)
We had a lot of motivated participants last year at ICT4ELT because we gave badges
It was a bit difficult to follow, but we made it and it was really successful
Aiden Yeh
Dafne Gonzalez
we gave badges in EVO MC MOOC as well 🙂
I like having some kind of recognition, personally
Vance, we should mention the error in this year’s Statement of Commitment and correct it for the record. I have already revised it on evo2016proposals
Everybody likes to be recognized
Participants, moderators, and coordinators
Super Mbarek, thx for the mention 🙂
vera, try again
My pleasure Marijana 🙂
Hi John Graney of Flipped Learning
we need someone after John, next?
I think maybe all the moderators here have already been in the hangout? Is there anyone who has not been there yet?
Sorry must go now. thanks everybody and see you soon!
Ciao Letizia have a good evening! Thanks for coming
I haven’t, but my internet keeps dropping out, so I don’t want to risk it! I can just about follow the chat, so will watch the recording later on to see what I’ve missed!
my pleasure 🙂
see you soon!
That’s too bad, Emma, I am sorry
I haven’t been, but as you know I can’t join and Mbarek has already said something about ICT4ELT 🙂 so don’t need to add anything so far
I’ve been having technical difficulties today as well
@Nina , do you think I should stay on HOA?
I will have to say bye for now, see you soon!
Karin has introduced our session, which is the main thing 🙂
Yes Mbarek you should
You are the host (along with Vance)
Bye marijana and thanks
Hvala ljepo
Bye Nina and all! Looking forward to successful training! :)))
@Emma, yep, but we’d love to hear your voice if you can manage it
Nellie please paste the link again and aadd it to evo-training later
Here is the link Nellie mentioned http://mconf.org/
Bye all, will explore the link 🙂
me 9:40 AM
I found a free virtual class for meetings called Mconfhttp://mconf.org
I will later on.
Great, thanks
@Nina, just got booted off again 😦 don’t think my internet likes me today! I’m going to reboot my computer and see if it helps at all
I need to sleep now – goodnight all from Aus!
night night Bron
good night Bron
great to meet everyone. Must go now. Vicky Loras will be speaking at BESIG workshop. Everyone welcome
Bye Sue
By Sue, bye Bron
Thanks for coming Sue:) Bye
Bye Sue and Bron.
I soooooooooooo want to hear Vera
Anne Marie Foerster Luu of DREAM Act is trying to get in and having some difficulties–I suggested she try another browser, which is what helped me
me too, she’ll need to leave the HoA and come back, can you join us Hazel?
I don’t appear in person sorry … it’s the rules
C’est dommage Hazel but it’s your call
Nina, I added Mconf to the list
wiziq doesn’t like my connection. it wouldn’t let me do a session smoothly and when I asked they set it was my connection
Thanks Nellie. While you are there can you add a note about WiZIQ not being free?
Yes, I got into the hangout from Firefox
Maha, you can download the WizIQ desktop or use mobile apps
No not me …. just texting
isn’t strange? their own browser not working so well with the hangout?
Yes, indeed Maha
@Nellie I did .. that’s what I was tryign to use
bless you!
Did Vera just sneeze?
it was super slow and patchy even with only one other person
That’s what it sounded like 😉 LOL
It seems like a lovely group this year (as always)
It’s great to see you all
I’d be happy to come back but can’t monitor the chat very well at the same time.
can I ask the coordinators a question? How many participants did we have last year?
Let me check, Heike–BRB
Link to join Prof Bonk on MOOC and research, lots of fun and giveaways for asking questions in about 2 hourshttp://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3182476-mm7-moocs-and-open-education-around-the-world
Heike: We had 1579 participants in 13 sessions in 2015
This has been awesome. Have to drop out. Looking forward to learning with you all.
Thanks for being here, Tamas!
tamas come back in the HoA, a final word
1579 participants – wonderful!!!
how much of EVO is going to be in Virtual Worlds?
We have VILLAGE in SL and Minecraft
Karina Thorne from teachers as Designers
seems to be working
Thank you Karina, that was great!
I use a proxy
VPNOneclick works to cloak where you are
Nellie perhaps you can create a page for that on evo-training?
good idea
delegate delegate 🙂
You can use Moodle in China
Webheads in Action is our network
I will create something on the wiki.
I’ve met lots of Chinese people in SL who’ve found ways to connect to SL and Google, Youtube etc regularly
want to tell Karina that she should use her mobile phone for the hangouts. It takes less bandwidth and she can still use the VPN
Yes, next time.Nina Liakos 10:05 AM
Pls remember to use the chatwing chat guysme 10:05 AM
share the link to your blog, please
I am phasing ….. see you all later
bye Hazel
Please tell us a bit more about EVO Minecraft Vance
I’m sure we’ll be able to do something great in Social Media, in terms of letting everyone know about EVO.
See you Hazel. Bye Vance. Thank you all. Great to see you all here
Moodle for Teachers changes with each new Moodle. It’s going to be on Moodle 2.9
how does anyone participate?
I hope mod teams would intensify the use of social media such as twitter, facebook and linkedin to call for participation
Heike you can pop back in if you want
 Wishing the best of luck to everyone
Maha, you will get the link to the sessions in December
@Nellie thank you
Mbarek is right, Spread the word on FB, Twitter, Google + and so on
Thank you Nina, that was great! Very informative. 🙂
🙂 Karin
@Vance any news about Quest Atlantic?
To answer this question, it did not make its target in Kickstart (and my credit card was not charged 😉
Thank you Heike!
Thanks, Nina. I learned a lot last year from the experienced moderators.
They are a precious resource for all of us, John
Good advice, Nellie!
Sounds like it could be somewhat distracting
to drive and talk to your mobile phone
I want to encourage colleagues to participate in EVO and am prepping information posts for my blogs. Until I know more about 2016 offerings, I’ll refer to past sessions. btw a friend and colleague in Texas has been working with DREAMers and refugees. I’m trying to interest her too, especially since her group is involved in education.
We will post the recording link as well as this link for those who were unable to be here, in the Week 1 page of evo-training.pbworks.com
thanks Vanessa
I’m not a moderator but intend to follow the training and would like to join the community
thanks Nina
Use the Google + Community to communicate with us during the training!
(This link is corrected from what Nina posted originally in the chat)
the CfP deadline is past so still having that on the front page might be confusing to some visitors. A “what to expect” post might be more useful
byeee everyone
Bye Heike and so happy you are back
bye Heike
Thank you everyone!
nice meeting you here 🙂
Bye everyone and thank you for making this happen
Bye bye. Thank you
Thanks to Vance, Mbarek, and Nellie
Nina , Ayat and myself will be moderating week ONE , welcome
thanks Vance
Thanks Vance, Nina, Mparek, Nelly & Heike
That was awesome!
thank you all it was hearing from you all
have a good one
That URL was incorrect for Google + Community 2016 – should be https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/107830017755934786294?cfem=1
I posted last year’s community by mistake–I apologize!
Thanks for hanging out with us Maha
no worries, I can edit it out of the show notes, I’ll look for it
Thanks, vance, I can’t delete it
Yes thanks Maha, see you next time
no, not from here, but I’ll correct it in the show notes at http://learning2gether.net
Vanessa, I agree about that! I just rejected you from EVO2015 moderators. If you are a 2016 moderator try again at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/101466780212825775554/


The above event was follows a few hours later by …

Sun Nov 1 1700 UTC MM7: MOOCs and Open Education Around the World with Dr. Curt Bonk

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/2015nov01curtbonk_mm7.mp3?

Sunday, November 01 2015 | 1:00 PM (EST)
Presented by: Dr. Nellie Deutsch @ Integrating Technology

Curt bonk astounded his audience with a litany facts and data as he went on for almost two hours on the fascinating and ellusive subject of MOOCs. In the process he reviewed his new book and special journal issue on “MOOCs and Open Education,” discussed what is happening around the world in terms of MOOCs and open education, as well as the co-editing process, how to coordinate projects, the steps in editing a book and special issues, and whatnot, for a mind boggling hour and 50 minutes.


Curt had everyone jumping as usual, and he shared his slides at his TrainingShare site at

Bonk, C. J. (2015, November 1). Moodle MOOC #7 Presentation Slides for MOOCs and Open Education: Recent News and Research Clues

Nellie’s Intro:

Curt Bonk (Ph.D) is Professor at Indiana University teaching psychology and technology courses and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. He received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana, and, in 2014, the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009),Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators(1998). His recent book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available to download as an eBook at http://tec-variety.com/ in Chinese as well as English. And his latest book with Routledge, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, as well as a special issue of the International Journal on E-Learning on the same topic both came out in July 2015 (see http://www.moocsbook.com/). See Bonk’s homepage for his archived talks and Web resources at: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/. Curt can be contacted at: cjbonk@indiana.edu orcurt@worldisopen.com.

The above event was a part of …

Moodle MOOC 7 Sun Nov 1-Nov 30

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Schedule here:


Anyone is welcome to enrol in the free bi-annual Moodle MOOC in November 2015.

Syllabus | WebinarsMM7 Moodle CourseYouTube PlaylistGet your CertificateMoodle Training

Moodle MOOC 7 (MM7) is scheduled to take place from November 1 – 30,  2015 on Moodle for Teachers. The purpose of the MOOC is to connect for instruction and learning, reflective practice, social and collaborative learning, cultural exchange and peace, personal and professional development, community building, best practices and challenges involved in teaching with technology, student engagement with the content, peers, and the facilitator, and learning to teach online with Moodle course and learning management system.

MM7 includes webinars and Moodle training. The presenters of the webinars will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching with technology, education technology, professional development, and topics that pertain to teaching and learning online and/or on mobile devices/smartphones.

The Moodle training will take place on Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Moodle website and will focus on active learning, reflection, sharing, and collaboration. The aim of the course is for the participants to learn through meaningful connections and social interactions. Participants, who wish to receive a certificate of participation, will be required to document their learning experiences by keeping a blog, wiki, website, or any other artifact that will include a description and reflection of the live sessions and/or recordings.

The Moodle training will include Moodle, Google Drive Docs, blogs, Google Apps, Mobile Devices, Virtual Classes, and other online learning environments for face-to-face, blended, and fully online learning. In addition, participants will learn to use Movenote, Screencast-o-matic, PresentMe, SlideSpeech, Plotagon, Smore, Quizlet, eMaze, Slideshare, Evernote, Movenote, and other technologies for effective and engaging student-based activities. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.

Meanwhile …

Nellie Deutsch‎ has created Moodle MOOC 7 on Facebook

Instead of having a Moodle MOOC group or face for each Moodle MOOC, I thought it may be more practical to have one group for all the Moodle MOOCs around the world. So spread the word and join educators, technology developers, and Moodlers for the next Moodle MOOC in the month of November on Moodle for Teachers for free teacher development and training on how to teach and learn online using Moodle and other technologies. Here’s the link

Earlier this past two weeks

Episode 304: Sun Oct 18 LEARNING2GETHER with Jeff Magoto about the new ANVILL-LTI


Tue Oct 20 Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Tools, Skills & Competencies

This comprehensive mail is copy / pasted from Steve Hargadon

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We’re celebrating the fifth anniversary of our conference! Huge thanks and a shout-out to founding partner The School of Information at San José State University and its director (and conference co-chair), Dr. Sandra Hirsh, for the vision and support that has made this unique event a reality. With their help the conference community has grown to over 21,000 members, and we encourage you to learn more, make connections, and get future announcements by joining Library 2.0.

For our pre-conference event this year, we’re excited to announce Teacher Librarian Day on Monday, October 19th, a five-hour special (and also free) series of online sessions around the topic of “Teacher Librarians and School Culture” – organized by Joyce Valenza, with lots of special guests, and supported byCiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries at Rutgers. The conference has inherited the Global Teacher Librarian Ning network, with over 7,000 members–learn more and connect with others at http://www.teacherlibrarian.org.

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  • Sample post (conference): “The fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference will be held on October 20th, 2015 from 7am – 8pm US Pacific / 10am – 11pm US Eastern (International Times available on the site). Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Register for free as a member of the Library 2.0 network to attend and to be kept informed of future events! http://www.library20.com
  • Sample post (pre-conference): “Teacher Librarian Day is Monday, October 19th, five great hours of free online sessions on ‘Teacher Librarians and School Culture.’ This pre-conference bonus to the annual Library 2.0 conference features Joyce Valenza, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, Ross Todd, Naomi Bates, Karen Bonano, and Craig Seasholes leading a panel on ‘Social Justice @Library.’ All welcome, more information athttp://www.teacherlibrarian.org.”
  • Sample tweet (conference): “Join us Oct 20 for the 5th annual Library 2.0 conference 50 presentations + keynotes all free and online #lib2015http://www.library20.com
  • Sample tweet (pre-conference): “Join us Oct 19 for Teacher Librarian Day all free and online – awesome lineup #tlday15 http://www.teacherlibrarian.org

Mon Oct 19-25 International Facilitation Week Unconference

International Facilitation Week takes place next week, October 19-25. And for the third year in a row, we’re putting together a little online unconference to share and learn about facilitation in virtual environments:


We’re changing the funding model a little bit this year, charging participants a small amount.


However, we know that a good number of original innovators, super early adopters and veterans of this work can still be found on this very Yahoo group, and we would really love to have you join us. Please use discount code “Oldschool” for $15 off the regular price.  😉

Normally L2g does not post announcements of commercial events here, but because of the nature of this “unconference” I posted a request for more information on the Yahoo Group that sent the announcement


Fri and Sat Oct 23-24 IATEFL Web Conference ‘Making connections across borders in ELT

Note, to attend this conference you have to register separately for Day 1 and Day 2

Also, it’s free for anyone to participate. Archived recordings may be available only to IATEFL members.

IATEFL Web Conference ‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ – Day 1

After a successful inaugural Web Conference held in October 2014, IATEFL have decided to hold a second Web Conference in October 2015. ‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ will be held over two days:

Friday 23 October 2015 at 14.00-20.45 BST (13.00-19.45 GMT)
Saturday 24 October 2015 8.30-15.30 BST (7.30-14.30 GMT).

We would love you to come along and join in. This will be a fantastic opportunity both for members and non-members of IATEFL to network, learn and share information with colleagues all over the world.

This registration is just for Friday 23 October. You need to register for Saturday 24 October separately. Registration ensures that you receive all the latest updates and information and logging into the event using the unique URL that you will be sent enables you to purchase an attendance certificate after the event should you require it.

Talks will include the development of creativity and team skills in the classroom, English for social justice, teacher research, psychology, teaching in challenging and low resource contexts, inclusive education, and the impact of technology. Confirmed speakers for the two days include Christina Broadus-Rebuffet, Nathan Arthur, Judy Boyle, Juup Stelma, Stephen Ryan, Laxman Gnawali, Thais Borges, Mercedes Viola, Susan Hillyard and Paul Driver.

A full programme will be published shortly.

To know more, click https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/webconferenceday1/event/speaker_info.html?campaign-id=Webcon1

Event: ‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ – Day 1
When: Friday 23 October 2015, 02:00 PM – 08:45 PM
Time Zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Audio Conference Details: VOIP

To register now, please visit the following link:


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


Web Conference “‘Making connections across borders in ELT’ – Day 2”

The following information appeared in an “update” for Day 2, but contains some information about Day 1. The update was distributed in email by the IATEFL Web Conference committee

This message is to give you a sneak preview into the talks that you can enjoy over Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October.

Christina Broadus-Rebuffet ‘Improvisation, confidence, and making the passive active’

Judy Boyle ‘Education for Social Justice: human trafficking and the next generation’

Juup Stelma ‘Language Teachers doing Research: What, How and Why’

Nathan Arthur ‘Bring out the team-player in your trainees: Using project management principles in the classroom’

Paul Driver ‘EdTech and Creative Media Practice in ELT’

Stephen Ryan ‘Psychology in language learning: What’s in it for teachers?’

Thais Borges ‘I speak Brazilian English: A non-native perspective of EFL teaching and learning in Brazil’

In addition to this we will also be holding three interactive panel discussions over the two days, offering you, the participant, the chance to get involved and share your experiences.

  • IATEFL President, Marjorie Rosenberg will be focusing on ‘Creativity in the classroom’
  • Mercedes Viola Deambrosis and Susan Hillyard will be leading discussions on ‘Diverse students and how different teachers are supporting them’ and 
  • Kenan Dikilitaş, Richard Smith and Dr. Judith Hanks will be investigating‘Teacher research in action’.

Don’t forget to tell your colleagues to register so that they can ensure they receive all the latest updates and reminders from us over the next few days.

You can attend ‘Making connections across borders in ELT by clicking on the unique URL sent to you in the confirmation email when you registered for the Web Conference. You can also find this URL below. You will then need to enter the email address you used to register.

When: Saturday 24 October 2015, 08:30 AM – 03:30 PM

Time Zone: (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)

URL: https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/webconferenceday2/event/login.html?campaign-id=Webcon2&login=vancestev%40gmail.com

To know more about the event, the speakers for the event and to stay updated, please visit:


Mon Oct 19 thru Oct 30 –  Virtually Unstoppable – K12 Online Conference presentations released

The K12 Online conference is an asynchronous event where the presentations are set-piece artifacts created by some of the world’s greatest teachers on topics they are passionate about. Quality is quite high and they generally model best practices not only in pedagogy but in presentation and innovative use of ed-tech tools. The presentations are released according to the schedule here,

http://k12onlineconference.org/2015-schedule/ starting with the keynote, Don Wettrick and Innovation class students

The conference goes full swing the following week, same time on Oct 19 with the release of three to five presentations a day for the next two weeks, winding up with the release of the last batch at 8:00 AM EDT, Fri., Oct. 30

To find out how you can participate, visit the K-12 Online blog at http://k12onlineconference.org/

You’ll find information in the sidebar there on how to participate; e.g. the helpful FAQ athttp://k12onlineconference.org/first-timers/

Vance’s “take”

I recently attended the ISTE conference in Philadelphia, which is a huge showcase of best practices and most appropriate technologies for enabling those practices displayed in a massive physical space. K12 Online is the free annual conference that many of those in and around ISTE participate in each year, also to showcase best practices leveraged by technology, but in a virtual space. And it is happening now.

The first K12 Online Conference took place in 2006 so this would be the tenth, which is one reason it’s theme this year is “Virtually Unstoppable.”  There are several very unique aspects to K12 Online, and one of these is that it is totally asynchronous. This means that you don’t have to show up at a particular time for it, but that its presentations are simply made available at a certain time. This is another unique aspect of the conference, the presentations are released bit by bit, day by day. For example, this is the third day of the conference, and three presentations were released today (for a total of 9 so far, plus a keynote, which was posted online a week ago.

Another unique aspect of this conference has to do with the fact that its presenters have to produce attractive and inspiring artifacts designed to play out online, much as we might ideally ask our students to do. The presentations are not long, 10-20 minutes, but tend to model the most creative techniques the presenters can muster.  As such each presentation is a digital story with a message designed as an incubator of ideas that will appeal to teachers, and in turn, their students.

The presentations introduce how cutting edge technologies might relate to our classrooms. And you can have a look now or later, as you wish, even years later. All such artifacts produced over the past ten years are archived at the conference website. There are many gems in that archive, and because they bring technology to bear on perennial issues in teaching, how to engage and motivate and make students and teachers want to learn, they tend to be eternally relevant today.

Here is how you can participate: The website is here: http://k12onlineconference.org/

And you can overview the presentations and topics here: http://k12onlineconference.org/2015-schedule/

Here are two ways you can participate:

This is one of my favorite recurring online conferences, and a good opportunity for teachers with iPads and mobile devices to network and boost their mastery of those devices as pertains to practice and pedagogy.

Sat. Oct 31 on Classroom 2.0 – Marcie Hebert shares how she has implemented Makerspaces in her school

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, October 31st, when our special guest will be Marcie Hebert. We are so excited to have Marcie on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our Featured Teacher for the month of October! This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the amazing ways Marcie is effectively integrating technology in her teaching! We are looking forward to having Marcie share how she has implemented Makerspaces in her school and some of the projects her students are creating in the computer lab including 3D printing, coding, robotics and Google Apps for Education.

Marcie is the Technology Director and Computer Lab Teacher for grades 4-8 in a Catholic School, St. Joan of Arc School, in Louisiana. She is a tech lover, Maker, Google for Education Certified Trainer, an organizer/leader for the Google Educator Group Louisiana and EdCamp NOLA, and is the co-founder of #LAedchat. Follow her on @mrsmhebert

More information and session 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 “Green Screens + iPads = iMagic!”session with our special guest Jennifer Garcia. 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!

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