Learning2gether about HELLO THERE with Jennifer Verschoor

Learning2gether Episode 324

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Vance has known and worked online and face-to-face with Jennifer Verschoor for many years. She was one of the most-successful co-moderators of the 2010 Multiliteracies EVO session:

I was inspired to ask her to join me on Learning2gether when I read about her being honored as one of Anthony Salcito’s Global Heros in Education:

Jennifer decided to tell us about a project she has been working on with Ana Maria Menezez


PROJECT: Hello, there!


GOAL: participants will be able to develop communication skills in the English Language.

TARGET AUDIENCE: a group of teenage students (14-16) from Brazil and Argentina.

TECHNOLOGY EXPECTED: students will be using their own devices (cell phones, tablets or computers) to communicate in Edmodo.

STAKEHOLDERS: teachers, parents, directors.

DEADLINE: project will be developed during four weeks.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:18 students from Brazil will be paired up with 18 students from Argentina to communicate during 4 weeks.

Objective:  to learn as much as they can about the other student and the place where he/she lives during this period of time. At the end of the 4 weeks, each student will write a report to the teacher expressing what they have learned.

Platform: students from both countries will join an Edmodo group. Both teachers, from Brazil and Argentina, will be the managers of the group. Students will be divided in small groups in Edmodo (pairs) where they can develop a conversation. Their communication can be via text, audio files, videos, photos using any kind of file they wish to attach to their messages. Teachers will have access to their communication the whole time.

Teachers’ role: to get students in contact, divide them into pairs and manage their conversation. Students’ messages don’t need to be corrected by the teacher beforehand as the objective is not accuracy but the development of a conversation. However, the teacher can prepare activities to be carried out in class with some common mistakes observed (without identifying students).

Final Task: by the end of 4 weeks, each student should publish a report to their teacher, explaining how the communication took place and what he/she learned about the other student. The final report should contain at least 200 words and images/ videos to illustrate it.

The reports will be posted on a common wiki: http://projecthellothere.pbworks.com/  which will then be shared with parents.

How this works at show time

If space is available, up to 10 people can join us in the HoA directly at the live link posted to our various spaces at show time.
Participants can alternatively watch the stream, and also chat with us live in real time



Earlier this week

Sat Mar 19 EVO Minecraft MOOC in a quest for the Ender Dragon



Sat Mar 19 1700 UTC Kathy Beck – Google Global Mapping – on Classroom 2.0

We are in for a real treat with the presentation by Kathy Beck, this week! She has some awesome advice and resources to share with us about Global Google Mapping. This is Kathy’s description for her presentation:

Global Google Mapping – can you say it 3 times fast? You have made a global connection and now you want to share your world with them, and see views of their location as well. However – your field trip budget doesn’t afford your students to travel to and SEE the locations where you have made those global connections. Let me show you some fabulous ways to utilize Google Tools to create “visual visits” as well as sharing about your own location. You will learn how to easily use some Google tools, as well as web tools like Heganoo, Thinglink, Skype, Newseum, World Explorer and apps such as Newsy, Stuck on Earth, Globe for iPad and cross-platform tools such as Flat Stanley and Duolingo. Resources and links provided. http://bit.ly/GlobalGoogleMapping

Kathy Beck, is an Instructional Technology Coordinator in a large school district in North Carolina. She has a BS in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Educational Media and Instructional Technology from Appalachian State University. She has taught at the elementary level, in the classroom and computer lab and now serves 7 schools, training educators and working with both teachers and students collaboratively on projects integrating technology. She is passionate about the integration of technology and is a frequent enthusiastic presenter of technology tools and activities at local, state, national and virtual conferences.

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 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 ”Participate Learning” session with Brad Spirrison. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors: The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Paula Naugle, Steve Hargadon

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network





EVO Minecraft MOOC in a quest for the Ender Dragon

Learning2gether Episode 323

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On Saturday March 19 Aaron Schwartz announced an EVOMC16 server party to “open up the End portal” on the EVO Minecraft MOOC Survival Server. He invited all who are whitelisted to “Come experience the End with us.” The event turned out to be an in-world adventure shared among Linda Gielen, Rose Bard, Mircea Patrascu, Aaron Schwartz, and Vance Stevens

Rose Bard activates the end portal

Rose shows how we secured our base at The End

The End is described on p.32 of the Mojang Minecraft Combat Handbook. It’s complicated to set up. It’s accessed through a lava pool surrounded by End portal blocks, and once there you are surrounded by a swarm of Endermen and have to build structures that they cannot surmount. It’s a treat and privilege to be invited on such a journey. I was a bit out of my depth, but you can experience it vicariously with me here:


Earlier this week

Sun Mar 6 Zoom Meeting at Mircea Patrascu’s server


Sun Mar 6 CALL-IS Bb Collaborate Refresher


Tue Mar 8 VSTE Minecraft Server Party

Monday, March 7th, is Minecraft Monday!

We are going to have a Worldedit lesson!

When you get into VSTE Place type /warp we to get to the class area.

This page has links to the live view (and recording) of our meeting tonight and our voice channel in Discord.

I’m excited to learn Worldedit. I need to make 12 copies of half mountains for my fourth graders to create volcano cross-sections. This is coming to me just in the nick of time!

John, Mr Zwaaa, and Blake, Techplex, will help us with Discord, an app for talking while playing. Go ahead and download Discord to your computer or other device and we will help you connect to us via voice.

The VSTE Place Minecraft server has been upgraded to 1.9 so go ahead and update your version so you can connect.

Previously … 

We missed this one, but Monday, February 29, at 8 PM Eastern time, there was a meeting in Second Life on VSTE Island “to learn about a couple of different ways we can connect via voice while together in Minecraft. (My worlds are colliding!) Please consider joining us. John Painter will be instructing.  TechPlex Engineer will also be on hand in Minecraft March 7th to assist us with this.”

Vance received this because he is whitelisted on the VSTE Place Minecraft server.

9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education March 9-12, 2016


9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education will be held on March 9-12, 2016. This year’s theme is Horizons.

The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.

The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.

Mon Mar 14 Globinar – Russell Stannard on Breaking News English and other sites from Sean Banville


Recording link:  https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/p4tow6oqu92/

Thu Mar 17 – Livestream of TNTESOL Conference in Murfreesboro, TN

Jan Lanier, Title III Director for the Tennessee State Department of Education, gives her state-of-the-state address at the TNTESOL Conference in Murfreesboro, TN. In addition, featured guest speakers present on pressing issues facing ESL in the State of Tennessee

Live stream hosted in Bb Collaborate by Jennifer Meyer, with Joseph Whinery handling video

You could have joined this session live at http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/

Here is the link to the recording:

Sat Mar 19 1400 UTC Joseph Whinery speaking at the TNTESOL conference

“Rule Out?  Rule In!  All Means All in RTI2”
Participants walk through several real examples of the “Decision Making Process for ELL Flowchart” within the TN RTI2 Implementation Guide.  Conversations move forward rather than stalemate because of the misconception of limitations.  The presentation includes not only the questions that need to be asked but also specific data and evidence necessary to address each item.

in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


Zoom Meeting at Mircea Patrascu’s server, and CALL-IS webcaster training #2 with Abe Reshad

Learning2gether Episode 322

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On Sunday March 6 we had a meeting in Zoom at Mircea Patrascu’s Minecraft server. This was at Mircea’s invitation, as reproduced here:

I created a Google+ event for EVO Minecraft MOOC:

Where? Come to the zoom meeting for details:

I announced that I would attempt a new trick. I will use two computers, both in Zoom, one in Minecraft

  • On the one in Minecraft I will share the minecraft window with the zoom meeting
  • On the other one, I will be a participant only, and I’ll use Camtasia to record the meeting

I was expecting audio and video with participants, and a record of our activities on Mircea’s server, and here is what I got:

There wasn’t much in the Zoom chat, apart from some scripts to try on Mircea’s server. Here’s what was saved (the trick is to save the chat before the end of the meeting; once the meeting ends it’s too late 🙂

18:32:40 From  Mircea : /jsp warp wiz
18:33:14 From  Rose Bard : are you recording it, Vance?
18:34:21 From  Mircea : /js rainbow(12)
18:35:19 From  Mircea : /js box(1)
18:40:41 From  Mircea : /js box(blocks.stone)
18:41:43 From  Mircea : /js box(material,width, height,depth)
18:48:35 From  Mircea : /js box0(1,4,3,4).up(3).box(5,4,1,4)


(posted as a comment on the YouTube video)




Sun Mar 6 1900 UTC CALL-IS Bb Collaborate Refresher

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This was an open event held for volunteer webcasters at the CALL-IS EV (Electronic Village) who will be webcasting events from the annual TESOL Convention in Baltimore. Its purpose is to update and familiarize them with BbC.

According to Abe Reshad, who conducted the meeting:

“We had another successful training session this evening.  For those of you that could not attend, this session was a basic introduction to BlackBoard Collaborate as it relates to how we use it for the CALL IS in TESOL.  Some interesting questions came up and we addressed a couple of potential issues that might occur in a webcasting session.  Also, Robert Wachman successfully tested the multimedia file feature in BlackBoard Collaborate.”

Here is a link to the recorded session:

And to the Bb Collaborate text chat transcript:

in preparation, participants must assure in advance that they are able to reach http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/


Earlier this week

Sun Feb 28 1400 UTC LEARNING2GETHER with Nathan Beyerlein interviewing moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC


Mon 29 Feb 1800 UTC Globinar with Russell Stannard on what Camtasia can do for teachers

E4.111-0356: The Video Learning and Teaching Revolution

Rita Zeinstejer / Host: Peggy George
NEW DATE: Monday, February 29th 2016  | 19:00h – 20:30h CET
access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/videorevolution/
Info: http://v.gd/videorevolution

FREE webinar with Russell Stannard – What Camtasia can do for teachers 


The announcement about Russell’s webinar contains a Google Form where you can enroll even now.

Here is Juergen’s pre-paratory email copy / pasted as is:

FREE GLOBINAR with Russell Stannard “Why Camtasia is quite simply the best educational software ever!”

  • Russell Stannard “Why Camtasia is quite simply the best educational software ever!”
  • Guided tour of all the key features of Camtasia
  • How to useCamtasia to blend learning, flip learning, create distance learning content
  • How to combined it with real video and even  include quizzes, hotspots, callouts and much much  more
  • Presenter: Russell Stannard
  • Host: Tilly Harrison
  • 02. 11. 2015 | 19:00h -20:30h CET (Central European Time)
  • Convert it to your own time zone
  • Registration
  • Access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/secrets/
  • You will need neither a username, nor a password.
  • Select the option “Enter as a guest” and enter IMPERATIVELY your FULL !!! name into the box. (All attendees are “guests”).
  • Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at http://v.gd/webinars
  • 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.
  • Russell STANNARD is perhaps one of the biggest users of Camtasia in education.
  • His website http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com has hundreds of training videos and he has trained teachers in using Camtasia all over the world.
  • This is a great opportunity to find out how Camtasia works but also to learn about some of the amazing ways the technology is being used around the world including Russell’s own pioneering work on feedback with Camtasia.
  • This is quite simply a session not to be missed if you are involved in education in anyway!!
  • Info
  • Registration: http://lpm.lpm.uni-sb.de/Webinar/index2.php
  • If you hold down the control key, you can select several conferences and enroll in one go!!!