Minecraft and the gamification of teacher and student learning: EVOMC16 at the SLMOOC16 annual online conference


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/minecraft-and-gamification-of-learning-evomc16-at-the-slmooc16-annual-online-conference-od1bqmcfmde.mp3?

Learning2gether Episode #330

On Sun Apr 24 #EVOMC16 held a SERVER PARTY and presented Minecraft and the gamification of teacher and student learning at the SLMOOC16 annual online conference.

Panelists Jeff Kuhn, Linda Gielen, Mircea Patrascu, Rose Bard, Robert Ogorek, Anna Jedryczko, and Vance Stevens will demonstrate through screenshare in Adobe Connect some of the work they have done on the EVO Minecraft server maintained by Aaron Schwartz at Ohio University. Panelists will also show how they use Minecraft for work with students in their own Minecraft virtual spaces.

All are welcome to join us in Adobe Connect for the server tour / party here:

Server party:

  • If you are whitelisted on our server, join us there in-world 🙂

Join the conversation in Google+

For more information see

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SHsoYS6KW2vQDRIq-nA16mTYlRYHlB3V_22WM4wWwTw/edit?usp=sharing

Announcements

 

Earlier this week

Sun Apr 17 1400 UTC Mircea Patrascu, Rose Bard, and Vance Stevens address IATEFL YLT SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/17/mircea-patrascu-rose-bard-and-vance-stevens-address-iatefl-ylt-sig-bi-monthly-webinars/

Sun Apr 17 The Italian Open SIM at SLMOOC16

April 17

Sunday

9.30 PM

CEST

3:30pm EDT

12:30pm

Pacific

Letizia Cinganotto

Andrea Benassi

Immersive experiences in Edmondo, the Italian Open Sim

Sign in with as a “guest”, enter your name and you’ll be able to see the Edmondo presentation.

Edmondo, the Italian educational Open Sim will be presented, highlighting the latest training experiences relating to English language and methodological courses carried out with Italian teachers and still ongoing.

The presentation will be given in an Adobe Connect Pro webinar system. Here is the URL:  lancelot.adobeconnect.com/edmondo

 

Mircea Patrascu, Rose Bard, and Vance Stevens address IATEFL YLT SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars

Learning2gether Episode #329


Download mp3:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/mircea-patrascu-rose-bard-and-vance-stevens-address-iatefl-ylt-sig-bi-monthly-webinars-iwg4kk370h4.mp3?

On Sunday Apr 17 at 1400 UTC Mircea Patrascu, Rose Bard, and Vance Stevens gave a presentation as one of the IATEFL YLT SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars for 2015-2016, entitled
Creating contexts in Minecraft for motivating and empowering young learners to take charge of their learning

This presentation is pitched at teachers of young students about how to put yourself in the mind and body or at least avatar of a young learner and get in the game of Minecraft and try and figure out what all the fuss is about through experience with other teaching peers occupying similar avatars.

Vance Stevens will begin by briefly introducing the EVO Minecraft MOOC Google+ Community https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112993649763396826671. This is a community established as an EVO (Electronic Village Online) session. It was designed to attract participants knowledgeable in Minecraft who could help newcomers to Minecraft, a.k.a. noobies, to become functional in the game and better understand how they could use it in their educational settings.

Two of the strongest contributors  to this community with respect to young learners have been Mircea Patrascu and Rose Bard. Each plans to spend 10 to 15 minutes showing us via screen share what they have built in Minecraft that can help young learners realize the potential of the environment for young learners when that learning is guided by practitioners skilled both in Minecraft and in working with learners. This combination of characteristics has become more and more common in educators as the affordances of Minecraft in empowering young learners becomes increasingly apparent and more widely known.

The presentation was scheduled here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MZl_wFsvjHIeTYSfPCTFDYoFMqwyEvAzrNTQpXEKx1E/edit?usp=sharing

Where? Adobe Connect

Recordings:

The video posted at https://youtu.be/YMvxWsOgSes (not hyperlinked here) is only 4 min. long and the sound cuts out at 2 min. exactly. Please use the link above

Announcements

 

Earlier this week

Sun Apr 10 1400 UTC LEARNING2GETHER with Jack Watson, Jennifer Meyer, Robert Wachman, and other CALL-IS webcasters about webcasting at TESOL 2016

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/14/learning2gether-with-jack-watson-jennifer-meyer-and-robert-wachman-about-webcasting-at-tesol-2016/

Wed Apr 6 Learning2gether with David Winet at TESOL Baltimore Classrooms of the Future – VR and AR and Robots, Oh My!

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-at-tesol-baltimore-classrooms-of-the-future-vr-and-ar-and-robots-oh-my/

Thu Apr 7 Learning2gether with CALL-IS Webcasts from TESOL 2016 in Baltimore

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/07/learning2gether-with-call-is-webcasts-from-tesol-2016-in-baltimore/

Fri Apr 8 Gamification at TESOL 2016 Conference in Baltimore

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/08/gamification-at-tesol-2016-conference-in-baltimore/

 

Apr 12-16 Online coverage begins of 50th Annual IATEFL conference in Birmingham

From http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/live-schedule

David Crystal – Who would of thought it? The English language 1966-2066
Plenary recording:
https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/session/plenary-david-crystal

Complaints about a supposed decline in standards of English continue to be made, with increasing frequency, in the British press. Although these are nothing new – as the long history of use of would of for would have illustrates – they do draw attention to the way we seem to be going through a period of unusually rapid language change. This paper illustrates the main changes in pronunciation, orthography, grammar, and vocabulary, discusses the chief factors involved – social mobility, globalization, and the Internet – and compares the changes that have taken place in the past fifty years with those that are likely to take place in the next fifty.

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He read English at University College London, specialized in English language studies, then joined academic life as a lecturer in linguistics, first at Bangor, then at Reading, where he became professor of linguistics. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995. Recent books include The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary (with Ben Crystal), Making a point: the pernickety story of English punctuation, The disappearing dictionary, and The gift of the gab: how eloquence works. His current research is chiefly in applied historical English phonology, with particular reference to Shakespearean original pronunciation. He is the patron of IATEFL.

Thu 14 Apr 0800 UTC Plenary by Silvana Richardson at IATEFL Birmingham

THUSDAY 14TH APRIL
0900-1010 PLENARY SILVANA RICHARDSON
Recording:
https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/session/plenary-silvana-richardson

Silvana Richardson
The ‘native factor’, the haves and the have-nots

…and why we still need to talk about this in 2016. It is often claimed that much has changed in the eld of English Language Teaching since 1983, when Peter Medgyes rst described the struggle of ‘non-native’ teachers for visibility and due recognition. But has it? Away from academic circles, where the discourses that equated the ideal teacher with the ‘native speaker’ have been interrogated and critiqued, how has the situation really changed for the professional teacher of English whose rst or home language is a language other than English?
In this talk I will draw on research studies, anecdotal evidence and my own and my colleagues’ personal experiences to examine the state of equality and social justice in ELT with reference to the so-called ‘non- native speaker teacher’ thirty years on. I will look at how the logic of the market is used to justify current discriminatory recruitment practices that still perpetuate the view that a(n unquali ed) native speaker is preferable to a quali ed and professional ‘non-native teacher’.
I will reflect on the impact of the native-speaker bias and its dominance on developments in English Language teaching methodology, and how this dominance seems to have affected the emergence of context-appropriate pedagogies. Finally, I will address the ‘second best’ view of the ‘non-native teacher’ and its impact on their own construction of a legitimate professional identity and on their con dence in themselves as teachers, users and experts of an-other language.

Fri 15 Apr 0800 UTC Plenary by Diane Larsen-Freeman at IATEFL Birmingham

FRIDAY 15TH APRIL
0900-1010 PLENARY BY DIANE LARSEN-FREEMAN
Recording:
https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/session/plenary-diane-larsen-freeman

Diane Larsen-Freeman
The justice and imperative of girls’ secondary school education – a model of action

Fifty years ago, around the time that IATEFL was founded, inquiries into the nature of additional language learning were begun. One of the earliest avenues of inquiry concerned the nature of the linguistic input that language learners were exposed to. Not only was the input thought to be the raw material that the learners had to work with, linguistic input was also thought to be a driving force in second language development. Researchers sought to demonstrate the effect of the input on what was called learners’ output. While this line of research been fruitful in contributing to our understanding of language learning, it has been encumbered by the use of its computer-related metaphors of input and output. Clearly, our students are not computers. We know that the way we talk in uences and re ects the way we think. One problem with ‘input’ is that it ascribes passivity to learners, robbing them of their agency. Another problem is that it suggests that there is a conduit between input and output. It overlooks the meaning-making nature of language use. A third problem is that the use of ‘input’ necessitates all sorts of terminological profusion, such as ‘intake’ and ‘uptake’. At this point, there is a need to move beyond input-output metaphors to embrace a new way of understanding, one informed by Complexity Theory with its ecological orientation – one of affordances. Affordances are two-way relationships between the learner and the environment. Affordances afford opportunities for action on the part of learners, provided that the affordances are perceived by learners. In this way, learners create their own affordances. Thus, affordances restore agency to learners. This also partially explains why learners’ developmental patterns are different. In this presentation, I will elaborate on affordances and discuss the implications of affordances for English language learning and teaching.

Sat 16 Apr 0800 UTC Plenary by Scott Thornbury at IATEFL Birmingham

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL
0900-1010 PLENARY BY SCOTT THORNBURY
https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/session/plenary-scott-thornbury

Scott Thornbury
1966 and all that: A critical history of ELT

In this talk I would like to use the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the IATEFL conference to review some of the major developments in the teaching of EFL since the mid-sixties and in particular the advent of the communicative approach, including the ideological context from which it emerged, its initial promise, its dispersion, its dilution, its normalization, and its discontents. I will interweave autobiographical detail throughout in order to illustrate some key landmarks in this narrative, while at the same time I will challenge the notion of progress and evolution, and suggest that the diversity of contexts, needs, and traditions that ELT currently embraces repudiates the notion of method, and challenges such established orthodoxies as cookie-cutter pre-service training, global textbooks, uniform examinations and even the notion of a standard English itself. I will argue that one way of making sense of all this diversity is to situate ELT within the wider orbit of education generally, which might mean re-con guring EFL/ELT/ESL/TESOL as simply LE: language education.

Sat 16 Apr 1215 UTC Closing Plenary by Jan Blake at IATEFL Birmingham

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL
1315-1415 CLOSING PLENARY BY JAN BLAKE
Recording:
https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/session/plenary-jan-blake

Jan Blake
Man, woman, life, love: stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond

Listen to Jan Blake tell tales of lovers, shape-shifters, the wise, and the foolish. She will transport you to faraway places, wrapping you in the rhythm of her words and trans xing you with the power of her stories, before bringing you safely home. These tales will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your lips, and put a spring in your step.

– See more at: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2016/live-schedule#sthash.7itS1zNo.dpuf

50th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
ICC, Birmingham, UK
13th-16th April 2016
Pre-Conference Events and Associates’ Day, 12th April 2016

Join us for IATEFL Online for live coverage of 2016 Birmingham IATEFL Conference

If you can’t attend the 2016 IATEFL Conference, follow the event online!

Birmingham Online coverage starts: 12th April, 2016

https://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/

Coverage will feature talks, sessions and recorded interviews with conference presenters and delegates.

For updates on IATEFL Online, follow IATEFL Online on twitter @iateflonline

The IATEFL Online project is a British Council / IATEFL partnership.

Thu Apr 14 1900 UTC Virtual worlds as a tool for Spanish teaching at SLMOOC16

April 14

Thursday

12 PM Pacific

3pm EDT

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Martha Eugenia Lino Acosta

aka Eugenia Calderon in SL and DW.

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James T. Abraham, Ph.D.

aka Calisto Encinal in SL

El Profesor in DW

Virtual Worlds as a Tool for Spanish Teaching

Escape Playground in DigiWorldZ

Go tohttp://www.digiworldz.com/and make a free account, create an avatar, download Firestorm or Singularity, choose DigiWorldz from the grid menu, and you’re in. Click on the World map icon at the bottom of your viewer, put “Escape” into the search bar on the World and then click “Find” and then “Teleport” and you’ll be there!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SHsoYS6KW2vQDRIq-nA16mTYlRYHlB3V_22WM4wWwTw/edit?usp=sharing

 Fri Apr 15 Resources for teachers in VWs at SLMOOC16

April 15

Friday

11AM EST

1 PM

EST

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Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD

aka Maggie Larimore in SL

Resources for Teachers in Virtual Worlds

The webinar will preview instructions to useful skills for teachers, SLURLs to great places to find teaching-related freebies and useful toys, organizing tips for keeping class inventories, as well as introduce folks to the searching on the Marketplace for teaching related tools.

The workshop will include making display boards for links to helpful websites, or books, articles, making notecard givers for assignments, and setting up class/student subdirectories in your SL inventories.

Sat Apr 16 two presentations at SLMOOC16

April 16

Saturday

11 AM SLT

2pm EDT

Renne Emiko Brock-Richmond MFA / Zinnia Zauber

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Authentic Avatars – Superheroes Without Secret Identities

Presentation starts at the SLMOOC Headquarters at:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/110/89/63

With a visit to the Zinnia Zauber “Hue are You?” Gallery at:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brauni/181/0/22

April 16th

Saturday

3 pm SLT

6 pm EDT

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Linda Rogers aka Kate Miranda (SL)  aka Katemirh of Lothlorien (Lvl 100 Hunter Elf, Officer of Courserim Kinship)

Re-Mediation

A brief introduction to Lord of the Rings Online and its use for Education in literature, narrative and New Media

Music Island, Virtlantis

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/VIRTLANTIS%20Community/193/65/22

 

Learning2gether with Jack Watson, Jennifer Meyer, and Robert Wachman about webcasting at TESOL 2016

Learning2gether Episode 328

On Sunday Apr 10 at the usual time of 1400 UTC Learning2gether met online with some of the people who made the CALL-IS webcasts happen this year at Baltimore:.Jack Watson, Jennifer Meyer, and Robert Wachman, and other CALL-IS webcasters to talk in depth about webcasting at TESOL 2016. Fittingly, we returned for this to the Webheads virtual office, http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/

We chatted about what’s involved in webcasting from TESOL each year and where we might take it from here throughout the year, not just at TESOL conferences. And we talked about people’s experiences and suggestions for improvement on what we do.

We’ll talk about how the event went, problems that arose, and successes of course, and what we might do to improve it next year. We’ll find out about challenges faced by those who worked to make it happen, who put themselves in the position of having to kickstart the technology while organizing and uploading powerpoints from numerous presenters, all in the ten minutes between presentations, and what motivates them to put themselves in that position. And I’m sure we’ll find out how much they enjoyed it and why they might convince others to give us a hand next year.

In Jennifer’s case, where she used Bb Collaborate to webcast from a recent TNTESOL conference, we’ll talk to her about what brings her to webcasting, what motivates her to risk it despite the odds, and what her experiences were webcasting the recent TNTESOL conference, what she learned, advice for other webcasters.

We announced the event on our TESOL list and cordially invited other CALL-IS webcasters from the just finished TESOL Conference in Baltimore to join us as well.


Where

Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) 

http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/

Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

LearningTimes_logo

Recording

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-10.0629.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr 

All interested in finding out more about webcasting under the radar from international conferences worldwide are welcome to attend.

 

Announcements

 

Gamification at TESOL 2016 Conference in Baltimore

Learning2gether Episode 327

Fri Apr 8 starting at noon UTC – Day 3 of CALL-IS webcasts from TESOL in Baltimore 

Apr 8 1500 Hot Topics – Meaningful play – Gaming and language learning

Hot Topics: Meaningful Play: Gaming and Language Learning. 11:00am-12:50pm EDT

Gaming for the Classroom: How to Use Them and What to Know About Them
This panel showcases how games have been used both in the classroom and as an approach for teacher’s professional development. We also explore what the future of games and learning holds and what teachers need to know about this new form of literacy. Panelists were

  • Elliott Casal, Ohio University, USA
  • Vance Stevens, Higher Colleges of Technology, CERT, KBZAC, UAE
  • Jeff Kuhn, Ohio University, USA
  • Rodrigo Carvalho, Georgia Tech Language Institute, USA
  • and Nick Eintertz

Recording:
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-08.0853.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr 


Picture credit: Aaron Schwartz

Blackboard Collaborate recordings made possible thanks to generous grants from our supporters at http://learningtimes.com

LearningTimes_logo

Apr 8 1200 noon UTC Hot Topics – Google and Beyond

Hot Topics: Google and Beyond — Free Online Tools for Teachers and Learners. 8:00-9:20am EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-08.0551.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr

Apr 8 1300 UTC TESOL  50th anniversary event – Leadership panel – EV Retrospective

TESOL 50th Anniversary Special Event: Leadership Panel: History of the EV Retrospective: Over three decades of Professional Development in CALL. 9:30- 10:45am EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-08.0715.M.C8153D6D03399FE73783B2B813CEF5.vcr&sid=75

 

Apr 8 1400 UTC EV Fair Classics

Electronic Village Fair Classics. 10:00-10:50am EDT

 Recording 

 

Apr 8 1700 Intersection – ESPIS with VDMIA and CALL-IS

InterSection: ESPIS with VDMIS and CALL-IS: One size fits one: Incorporating technology into ESP courses. 1:00 – 2:45 pm EDT.

Recording:  

 

Apr 8 1900 Academic Session – Project based learning: Online, mobile, and blended learning 

Academic Session: CALL-IS: Project-Based Learning: Pedagogical Possibilities for Online, Mobile, and Blended Learning. 3:00 – 4:45 pm EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-08.1155.M.C8153D6D03399FE73783B2B813CEF5.vcr&sid=75

Learning2gether with CALL-IS webcasts from TESOL 2016 in Baltimore

Learning2gether Episode 326

Thu April 7 2000-2100 UTC Vance Stevens and Nellie Deutsch present Giving Voice to Teachers in Connected Networks – live from TESOL Baltimore

According to http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php

Webcasting from TESOL Baltimore, Thursday, April 7 – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Holiday Ballroom 5, 2nd Floor, Hilton: Electronic Village as part of the Technology Fair: Classroom Tools

Presenters

Nellie Deutsch and Vance Stevens will demonstrate the processes involved in connecting and allowing teachers from around the world to share their educational beliefs and expertise through webinars. The demonstration will focus on how the projects interconnect. The on-site participants will learn to engage in online conversations with teachers at a distance.

Find our slides here, and at the QR code above

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oxNVc4TdpNI42n9EOuNtcZjgNVlEOm1FIZClszvpteM/edit?usp=sharing

Nellie will be webcasting on WizIQ live

http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/3668519-tesol-2016-evo-giving-voice-to-teachers-in-connected-networks

Vance will be webcasting in Google+ Hangout on Air (streamed / recorded at video embed above)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cndcf1thf9ul0oe597j0qoekkcc

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/F83Svw3nPGI

How this works at show time – visit these instructions and live video and text streams at

http://webheadsinaction.org/live 

If space is available (up to 10 people) you can join us in the HoA directly at its live link

The live link was posted here at show time

You can watch the stream at the embed above, and also chat with us live in real time if you wish

  • Join the conversation and catch the stream on the Google+ event page:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cndcf1thf9ul0oe597j0qoekkcc
  • We livestream all Learning2gether HoAs here
    Here you can watch the video as it streams and interact in the embedded text chat, or you can

  • In the Chatwing text space you can let us know if you want to join the Hangout
    • We will let you know via the stream when space comes available
    • When you enter the Hangout
      • Wear a HEADSET to avoid broadcasting speaker sound back into the Hangout
      • Switch OFF the stream as it is on a delay and will create an echo for you
      • Please MUTE YOUR MIC when not actually speaking into it during the HoA

Find more information at

 2016-04-16_1807tesolBaltimore_connectedEds

Announcements

 

Thu Apr 7 starting at noon UTC – Day 2 of CALL-IS webcasts from TESOL in Baltimore

Connection information found at http://callis2016.pbworks.com/ is replicated here, with some enhancments

 

Thu Apr 7 1200-1320 UTC Hot Topics – CALL in Flipped PreK-12 English Instruction

Hot Topics: CALL in Flipped PreK-12 English Instruction 8:00-9:20 a.m., EDT

 

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-07.0543.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr 

 

Thu Apr 7 1330-1515 UTC Intersection of CALL-IS with SRIS and Environmental forum

InterSection: CALL-IS with SRIS and Environmental Forum: Innovating Language Learning through Technology for Environmental Responsibility. 9:30 – 11:15 am EDT

 

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-07.0720.M.C62B011452FF823354B97B5DC61070.vcr&sid=75

 

Thu Apr 7 1530-1640 UTC Hot Topics – Online assessment – How important and effective is it

Hot Topics: Online Assessment: How Important & Effective Is It? 11:30am-12:40pm EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-07.0904.M.C8153D6D03399FE73783B2B813CEF5.vcr&sid=75

 

Thu Apr 7 1700-1845 UTC Mobile apps for education showcase

Mobile Apps for Education Showcase. 1:00-2:45pm EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-07.1047.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr

 

Learning2gether Apr 7 1700 UTC David Winet presentation on robots in the classroom of the future from TESOL Baltimore

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-at-tesol-baltimore-classrooms-of-the-future-vr-and-ar-and-robots-oh-my/

 

Thu Apr 7 1830-1920 UTC Electronic Village Fair Classics

Electronic Village Fair Classics. 2:30-3:20pm EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-07.1054.M.C62B011452FF823354B97B5DC61070.vcr&sid=75  

 

Thu Apr 7 1900-2045 UTC ITA with MWIS and CALL-IS – Strategies for delivering training materials for ITAs

InterSection: ITA with MWIS and CALL-IS: Strategies for Developing and Delivering Training Materials for ITAs. 3:00 – 4:45 pm EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-07.1255.M.C8153D6D03399FE73783B2B813CEF5.vcr&sid=75

 

CALL-IS webcasts from TESOL in Baltimore

The Learning2gether Blackboard Collaborate room was used on April 6, 7, & 8 for CALL-IS events being webcast from the annual TESOL Convention in Baltimore.  This room is available on a long-standing grant from LearningTimes, http://learningtimes.com, to Learning2gether as an instantiation of Webheads in Action, and LearningTimes have kindly agreed to support TESOL CALL-IS webcasts through donation of two additional rooms as well, to support the need to run two Collaborate rooms at the same time for EV fair classics, and at 20 min intervals on other occasions throughout the conference.

See the CALL-IS schedule at http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php

Announcements

In addition, the webcast announcement has been posted to the CALL-IS Facebook and Twitter Accounts.  You can find them here:

Be sure to “like” and “follow” the interest section before the conference to stay connected on social media.

Use the hashtag #EVILLAGE2016 in your tweets to help promote the electronic village.

 

Earlier this week

Wed Apr 6 TESOL Baltimore Classroom of the Future – David Winet on VR and AR and Robots, Oh My!

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-at-tesol-baltimore-classrooms-of-the-future-vr-and-ar-and-robots-oh-my/

 

April 1-30 Second Life MOOC

https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114

Tentative program

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SHsoYS6KW2vQDRIq-nA16mTYlRYHlB3V_22WM4wWwTw/edit

Learning2gether with David Winet at TESOL Baltimore Classrooms of the Future – VR and AR and Robots, Oh My!

Learning2gether Episode 325

On Wed and Thu Apr 6 and 7, David Winet gave two talks as part of the 2016 TESOL Baltimore Classroom of the Future series of presentations, the topics of which can be subsumed under the catchy title of the first one,”VR and AR and Robots, Oh My! ”

The above video is from the Learning2gether Apr 7 David Winet presentation on robots in the classroom of the future from TESOL Baltimore in the Classroom of the Future pavilion in the Expo Hall, entitled:
Superblend: Using Robots for ESL Telepresence, or how to be in two places at one time

Dave Winet asked Vance Stevens to try and archive his talk at TESOL 2016. Ever pushing the edge of the envelope, Dave will attempt to get a robot to join his presentation (ironically bringing two entities into the same physical space at one time) whereas Vance will attempt to surmount bandwidth challenges to webcast the event via HoA. Join our fiasco or witness a seminal event, webcast from TESOL Baltimore. Anything can happen.

And it worked!! :-))

Google+ Hangout on Air:

 

Summary: Robots permit ESL “telepresence,” being in two places at one time. Students can learn and interact with people, places and things in faraway places or nearby. Robots allow teachers to extend the learning realm for students, generating interest and excitement. An actual robot will be in attendance at the presentation!
Objective: To acquaint attendees with the idea of using robots, controlled through internet, to allow students to actually be in two places at once — the comfortable, safe classroom environment, and the exotic, exciting places a robot can visit. The attendees will see how this kind of McLuhanesque extension of ourselves leads to learning language and culture in a visceral, 100%-present kind of way. Attendees will be able to have a go at controlling the robots themselves, both inside the Convention Center and at great distances such as Paris, France, and will understand how students’ interest can be magnified by face-to-face contact with real people, places and things that matter to and intrigue them. Whether it’s by attending a regular university class, “visiting” Machu Picchu or Times Square in real time, or interviewing the man-on-the-street in Peoria, London or Mumbai, the use of robots will be seen to offer tremendous potential for learning language, understanding culture and participating in meaningful group experience with their classmates. I am requesting 45 minutes to explain to attendees how to: drive the robot, give participants a chance to try it for themselves, and use robots in different locales for different types of learning.

April 6, 2016 – VR and AR and Robots, Oh My! Recording:

https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-06.0959.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr

Summary

The new 3-D virtual reality headsets are something like the 2-D virtual reality site Second Life but even more compelling and immersive for listening, speaking and reading at every level. Remote-control robots also offer tantalizing prospects for English teaching. Put together, they can create an effective enhanced-reality learning environment.

Abstract

Realistic 3-D “virtual world” environments using Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and other headsets create an immersive environment for students to learn in a non-mediated, direct fashion not unlike the way children learn their own languages, but with the added educational benefit of “augmented reality” elements such as explanatory words superimposed on real-world settings and the ability to generate testing and competition within those environments, seamlessly connecting the real world, imaginary worlds and ESL tasks all in one. Personal robots, another emerging technology with educational potential, allow a learner or a whole class to experience “telepresence,” that is, the ability to be in two places at once, for example, in a classroom in Peoria and inside the Coliseum in Rome, able to move around in real time, communicate with real people in a faraway place, and, with the addition of “augmented reality” elements, to use those experiences for language acquisition. Pairing 3-D headsets with robots can take the immersive educational experience one step further by obviating the need for a smartphone or mouse for navigation and just allowing natural body movements like head-turning and walking to inform the learning experience. Participants will try out VR headsets during the presentation.

CALL-IS webcasts from TESOL in Baltimore

The Learning2gether Blackboard Collaborate room was used on April 6, 7, & 8 for CALL-IS events being webcast from the annual TESOL Convention in Baltimore.  This room is available on a long-standing grant from LearningTimes, http://learningtimes.com, to Learning2gether as an instantiation of Webheads in Action, and LearningTimes have kindly agreed to support TESOL CALL-IS webcasts through donation of two additional rooms as well, to support the need to run two Collaborate rooms at the same time for EV fair classics, and at 20 min intervals on other occasions throughout the conference.

See the CALL-IS schedule at http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php

Announcements

In addition, the webcast announcement has been posted to the CALL-IS Facebook and Twitter Accounts.  You can find them here:

Be sure to “like” and “follow” the interest section before the conference to stay connected on social media.

Use the hashtag #EVILLAGE2016 in your tweets to help promote the electronic village.

Connection information found at http://callis2016.pbworks.com/ is replicated here, with some enhancments

Wed Apr 6 1200-1320 UTC Hot Topics – Online course development in MOOCs

Hot Topics: Going Massive — Online Course Development in MOOCs. 8:00-9:20 am, EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-06.0522.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr 

 

Wed Apr 6 1330-1515 UTC Intersection CALL-IS with MWIS – Content for mobile apps

InterSection: CALL-IS with MWIS: Creating, Adapting, and Using Content for Mobile Apps. 9:30 – 11:15 am, EDT

Recording: 

 

Wed Apr 6 TESOL Baltimore Classroom of the Future – David Winet on VR and AR and Robots, Oh My!

https://learning2gether.net/2016/04/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-at-tesol-baltimore-classrooms-of-the-future-vr-and-ar-and-robots-oh-my/

 

Wed Apr 6 Best of EVO 2016

The Electronic VIllage Online (EVO) Best of 2016. 1:00-2:50pm, EDT

Recording:
https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-04-06.0930.M.C8153D6D03399FE73783B2B813CEF5.vcr&sid=75  

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Wed Apr 6 1900-2045 UTC Developers Showcase

Developers’ Showcase. 3:00-4:45pm, EDT

Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-06.1228.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr

 

Wed Apr 6 2245 – 0000+ UTC CALL-IS Open Meeting

CALL-IS Open Meeting. 6:45-8:15pm, EDT

Recording:
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=75&psid=2016-04-06.1600.M.7AE801FFB697DA460D4BF25AA8C21B.vcr 

 

Earlier this week

Sun Mar 20 1300 UTC LEARNING2GETHER about HELLO THERE with Jennifer Verschoor

https://learning2gether.net/2016/03/20/learning2gether-about-hello-there-with-jennifer-verschoor/

Tue Mar 23 Virtually Connecting with Alan Levine, Maha Bali, many others

http://screencast.com/t/UxwRN32FN

Virtually Connecting on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VConnecting

 

Fri Mar 25 1730 UTC EVO Minecraft MOOC server tour by Aaron Schwartz and Jeff Kuhn at OU CALL Conference

Aaron Schwartz invited the #EVOMC16 to a conference presentation where he and Jeff Kuhn will be discussing their EVO experiences and inviting folks to tour the EVO Server during the afternoon tech fair at the Ohio University CALL Conference

https://sites.google.com/site/ohiocallconference2014/ohio-university-call-conference-2015/ohio-university-call-conference-2016-8th-annual-call-conference-2016

The presentation, titled “Minecraft for Professional Development and Networking,” will be an informal part of the fair, but we will have computers open demonstrating our G+ Community via our Adobe Connect meeting spac link:

https://adobeconnect.oit.ohio.edu/evomc16/

If you are available, please join us on the server and/or in the adobe connect session so you can interact with other teachers and CALL professionals and demonstrate our community in action!

You can interact with other participants at our Google+ community Event here

https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c2he8vbb63ln566cfr0rmupfgmc

The tech fair was scheduled for 1:30pm to 2:30pm EST…that’s 5:30-6:30pm UTC.

 

Sat Mar 26 More updates and feedback on Remind educational community engagement tools

If you participated in our Remind.com webinar last year you are probably already convinced about how valuable this tool is for strengthening home/school communication. There have been some great new updates to Jordan Pedraza and a panel of teachers and administrators return to share these updates. Joining her on the panel: Michael Buist, 5th Grade Teacher at Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, AZ (@mrsjeff2u);; Joe Oliphant, Co-Principal and Former 2nd Grade Teacher, Propel Braddock Hills High School, Braddock Hills, PA (@Joe_Oliphant).

Remind helps school communities deepen relationships and engagement through instant and safe communication through text and mobile app messages. Better communication leads to stronger communities and improved outcomes. Teacher-parent engagement is critical to student success, and Remind helps connect these support networks with simple, accessible messaging. In this webinar, we’ll share how educators use light-touch communication to extend student learning, increase parent involvement, and strengthen relationships in their classrooms and schools.

Jordan Pedraza currently leads Community at Remind and has worked in the ed tech space for almost 10 years with experiences in higher education, k-12, policy research, and international settings. Before Remind, Jordan led Community with Google for Education and helped universities, k-12 schools, and ministries of education adopt various Google tools. Jordan is deeply passionate about helping communities explore and adopt technology for new learning models and creativity.

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 12pmEastern (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 ”Global Google Mapping” session with Kathy Beck. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

 

Mar 31 Designers for Learning #OpenABE Service-MOOC Webcast

Please join our free Designers for Learning webcast tomorrow as part of ourinstructional design service-MOOC. We will be reviewing our progress as we reach the mid-point of the 12-week MOOC. Over 1,300 participants have enrolled in the free and open course that centers on the design and development of open educational resources (OER) for adult basic education (ABE). In this project-based MOOC, participants are networking and gaining instructional design experience while developing instructional materials that will be made available for free to adult educators and learners in the Adult Learning Zone group on OER Commons.

Read more about the webcast and Designers for Learning’s involvement in upcoming conferences where participants from our projects will be presenting:

#OpenABE Service-MOOC Webcast

Please join our free live webcast tomorrow, Thursday, March 31st (see the time where you live) as part of our instructional design service-MOOC on Canvas Network. You can view the live webcast (or find the link to the recording after) on the Live Webcast and Recordings page within Canvas. Here is a webcast overview:

 

Dr. John Baaki will host our conversation. In addition to a few of our course facilitators and subject matter experts, we have assembled a small panel of participants from this course who will share their perspectives as educators working with our target audience of adult learners, including Ruth Sugar, Patricia Hernandez, Alfons Prince, and Magxina Wageman. As in past webcasts, course participants are asked to please post your questions or comments before the webcast in our Ask a Subject Matter Expert forum, or live tweet questions and comments during the webcast using the #openabe hashtag on twitter.

 

Sat Apr 2 1700 UTC Classroom 2.0 – Dr Royce Kimmons on Copyright and Fair Use

We have had so many great presenters on Classroom 2.0 LIVE sharing the ways they use technology in their classrooms to support learning. In almost every webinar questions come up about issues related to copyright and fair use. We are excited to be able to get some background and answers to our questions in this week’s webinar with our special guest presenter: Dr. Royce Kimmons. We hope you will plan to join us for this valuable information!

Description:
“The Liberating New World of Open Educational Resources (OER): Copyright, Fair Use, and Open Licensing” Educational professionals typically either ignore copyright or are frightened by it, which either leads to gross misuse of copyrighted materials or failure to use these materials in meaningful ways. This presentation will help educators understand the basics of copyright, fair use, and open licensing and will provide a glimpse of the exciting new world of open educational resources (OER).(@roycekimmons)

Dr. Kimmons is currently an Assistant Professor for Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He specializes in social networking, teacher education, technology integration, professional development, web applications and game development.

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 ”Fostering Learning, Engagement and Community with Remind” session with Jordan Pedraza, Community at Remind, @JordanPedraza; Michael Buist, 5th Grade Teacher at Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, AZ (@BuistBunch); Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Darlington, SC (@mrsjeff2u); Joe Oliphant, Co-Principal and Former 2nd Grade Teacher, Propel Braddock Hills High School, Braddock Hills, PA (@Joe_Oliphant). Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

 

Sat-Sun Apr 2-3 Learning2gether with SLMOOC16

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Here’s SMORE: https://www.smore.com/z6bna

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Presenter’s bios

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