Vance Stevens and Jeff Lebow look into what is going on with HoA, and what to do about it

Learning2gether episode 342

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On Sunday Aug 28 Vance Stevens asked perennial online buddy  Jeff Lebow to join him to help check out what is going on with HoA, and what to do about it. We scheduled the event in Hangout on Air but just before show time encountered debilitating sound issues. Fortunately Jeff had been been experimenting with YouTube Live to the point where he had tested out the encoders, and he was able to bring his past experience webcasting-the-hard-way to bear on a solution that saved the show by bringing participants together in a combination of streaming YouTube + Skype for voice conversation.

Vance used Camtasia to record the YouTube stream and Skype audio that Jeff was streaming in one part of the screen, with the text chat from in the other, as you can see on YouTube

Jeff’s stream recording went directly onto YouTube and can be viewed here:

In the recordings, enjoy Webheads, Worldbridges, and Learning2gether flying by our signature seat-of-our-pants.

When Jeff and Vance encountered the sound problems on HoA prior to the show, we test-connected on Skype to see if the fault lay with Internet bandwidth, or with HoA. We got clear audio, suggesting the problem was with HoA.

Jeff had just prior to that posted what he called Plan C at and through that interface already in place he was able to stream on YouTube Live (the replacement for HoA after Sept 12, 2016). Those who came to were able to hear the stream and text chat with us in Chatwing at So we were able to  bring participants into the Skype call through instructions given in the stream and text chat.

My apologies that I was unable to communicate this at our various web sites at the time (not enough fingers nor brain cells) but we did get recordings, mine in Camtasia and Jeff’s Plan C, which at the moment is still posted at (and when we need that space to announce our next event, what’s there now will be archived).

There is an event / conversation page here, though the HoA was never “started”
Google+ event page:

Visitors to our launch pages were informed that they would find the Hangout video streaming embed (never started) but also the Chatwing text embed where they could chat with us on that page while watching the stream, or simply visit and chat with us live there. This allowed those who joined us in text chat to learn how they could come to Skype and join our voice conversation, which Jeff had cleverly added to the YouTube Live audio stream.

In this way we managed in the end to hang out (if not in HoA) with, in addition to Vance and Jeff

  • Peggy George
  • Rita Zeinstejer
  • Vanessa Vaile
  • Benjamin Stewart
  • John DeBruyn

As usual Peggy contributed helpful links to the text chat, which I’ve copy/pasted to Google Docs to create “show notes” and shared here

What instigated all of this?

Google has announced that Hangouts on Air will no longer function as such after Sept 12, 2016. According to

“Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12. If you want to schedule new Hangouts On Air you will need to use YouTube Live. Events cannot be scheduled on Google+ after September 12 and you will need to move existing events scheduled to happen after September 12 to YouTube Live.”

What does this mean for us? According to Alan Levine, not much as long as you avoid “encoder land” (or so it had seemed when we read Alan’s article, though Jeff braved encoder land and managed to pull off our event successfully). Find Alan’s article here:

Jeff had already sent me a plan B which I had posted to our launch pages before the event:

And in the hour I had running up to the event, I had tried things out myself and made this slide show which I intend to update with better information. The updates will appear here:

Meanwhile, Rose Bard showed me this which looks to be a pretty good run-through of how to stream in YouTube


Earlier this last couple of weeks

Learning2gether episode 341 Sun Aug 14 1230 UTC with Alexander Hayes about the Null Hypothesis: On Country, Cyborgs and the Singularity


Wed Aug 17 0300 UTC Pedagogy Now – Start of Fall 2016 workshops announced by Lisa Lane

Fall 2016 workshops

POTonlineThe Dark Side of OEI
Tuesday, August 16 — 8 pm PT Online

Workshop description: The Online Education Initiative promises to bring all California community colleges together into a common LMS, common rubrics and common goals for online teaching. In doing so, however, some important aspects of creativity may be sacrificed, including joyful complexity, pedagogical independence, tolerance in leadership, and alternative visions. Critiquing such a system is the point of this presentation. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Jim Sullivan and Lisa M Lane.

Join us at CCCConfer:

POTsmgraphiconlyCreative Online Teaching Forum
Thursday, Aug 18 10-11:20 am SAN campus 407 and Online

Workshop description: Ideas and thoughts for making your online classes less canned and more interesting for you and your students. What can instructors do to work within and outside of a LMS to create interesting, creative, and interactive online learning environments? The conversation here will cover grading, student curation of learning, and many other techniques, and will engage with the POT discussion from the Spring of 2016 on creativity in online teaching as a means to expand pedagogy. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Lisa M. Lane and Joanne Carrubba.
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POTsmgraphiconlyPedagogy and the new LMS: Painting on the Canvas
Thursday, Aug 18  12:30-1:50  pm OC campus 3608

Workshop description: Starting Spring 2017, MiraCosta College is adopting Canvas as one of the supported CMSs.  For a year and a half, Canvas will run parallel with Bb and Moodle, after which there will only be Canvas.  What are some of the potential pedagogical upsides (and downsides) of Canvas, that are worthwhile considering for when you move your course to Canvas?  This is not a “how to” workshop – but rather a structured conversation among peers, providing examples and emphasizing dialogue. A Program for Online Teaching workshop with Robert Kelley.

Sat Aug 27 1600 UTC Classroom 2.0 Rebecca Hare and Dr. Robert Dillon on Hacking Learning Space Design

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Show Times this time of year are 1600 UTC
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Space: Thoughts, Ideas, Hacks on Learning Space Design with Rebecca Hare and Dr. Robert DillonJoin us on Saturday, August 27th, when our special guests will be Dr. Robert Dillon and Rebecca Hare.With the start of a new school year across the U.S. as well as other places around the world, teachers are excitedly preparing to welcome their new students and are eagerly creating their classrooms and learning environments to make them inviting, inspiring places for students to learn and grow this year. You won’t want to miss this week’s webinar with our special guest presenters, Dr. Robert Dillon and Rebecca Hare, who have some really important, valuable ideas and resources to share to get us moving towards this goal. If you teach, you are a learning space designer. This webinar will explore the influence of the physical, and digital, space on our learners and provide practical tips on how to design your space with intention.Rebecca Hare is an Industrial Designer and Educator who has co-designed more than 20 spaces with teachers and students. Dr. Robert Dillon is an educational leader and current Director of Innovative Learning at the School District of University City, St. Louis, Missouri who collaborates with schools across the country to change spaces, technology, and pedagogy to enhance learning.What are the first steps to transform your learning spaces? What should you look for and where should you spend money, and where should you save it. Which types of environments are worth creating? Who should be engaged in the process? And finally, how can you create and cultivate a community that will create and continue to improve upon the spaces our learners need?Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20More information and session details are at 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 All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “ Amazing Digital Projects for All Students with Google Tools” session with our August Featured Teacher: Matt Bergman. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Paula Naugle, Steve Hargadon

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Alexander Hayes – The Null Hypothesis: On Country, Cyborgs and the Singularity

Learning2gether Episode 341

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On Sunday Aug 14, at the unusually early time of 1230 UTC, but pushing midnight in Canberra, Vance Stevens had a chat with Alexander Hayes, who filled us in on his dissertation journey in a discussion he had enigmatically entitled The Null Hypothesis: On Country, Cyborgs and the Singularity. By the end of his stream of consciousness explanation, all elements in that title were clearly connected.

Alexander Hayes is at this writing within six months of completing his dissertation, and before it gets locked away somewhere and forgot about I asked him to spare us an hour and tell us about it.

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

It wasn’t the first time Alex had appeared on Learning2gether. In his most recent appearance, where we talked with him about the thesis research in-progress. I introduced him as follows:

Alexander Hayes has been associated with a number of cutting edge education projects over the years, including exploring the potential of StreamFolio, Talking VTE, POV technologies, Drones for Schools, wearable technologies (and the social implications of surveillance, sousveillance, and uberveillance) and most recently, Google Glass through posting his interviews with 60 Google Glass Explorers on YouTube,, and hosting the recent Glass Meetup #1 in Canberra.

I had almost forgot that Alex was only the third guest speaker in this Learning2gether podcast series as it was just getting started in 2010. At the time he asked us to have a look at his dissertation application plan entitled
The Application of Location Enabled Body Worn Technologies In The Education Sector

It explores ramifications of the “rapid uptake of body worn, location enabled, mobile network accessible solutions for rich media creation and connection”

More recently I was honored to be interviewed as a small part of the data set in his extensive research, and I’m looking forward now to hearing about how all of that data have coalesced into a thesis soon to be locked away in a cabinet for no one to read 🙂 and what it all has to do with ‘on country’, cyborgs, and singularity.

Alex provided us a complete listing of his writings on varied topics

Alex’s previous Learning2gether appearances are listed below

All are welcome to join us and learn more about Alex and his always provocative ideas and innovations.



Earlier this week

Learning2gether episode 340 Sun Aug 7 noon UTC Vance Stevens at MMVC16 – Abundance in TPD: More than meets the eye

MMVC16 – Abundance in TPD: More than meets the eye

Learning2gether Episode 340

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Vance Stevens delivering a talk on Sunday, August 7, at MMVC16 – Moodle Moot Virtual Conference 2016

An abundance of PD opportunities online: More than meets the eye.

This Learning2gether Episode #340 is one of many online PD opportunities that are taking place literally as we speak, and if this is a representative moment, this extrapolates to an abundance of PD opportunities online at any given moment. Abundance in teacher professional development implies TPD that is free, easily accessible, and available as per user interest in the manner of a berry bush, where users pick the most desirable berries from among those most easily reachable. But institutional PD is often approached from a mindset of scarcity, meaning it is time-bound, tied to brick and mortar, and often driven top-down. This presentation will help viewers visualize the abundance in a way that this perspective can be shared with whomever is driving your PD through a scarcity paradigm.




This was just one part of the 5th Annual Moodle Moot Virtual Conference #mmvc16

Fri Aug 5 through Sun Aug 7 – Nellie Deutsch presents 5th MMVC16


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The 5th annual MoodleMoot Virtual Conference (MMVC16) for 2016 free online event will take place August 5-7, 2016 on MoodleMoot Moodle learning environment. The presenters of MMVC16 are educators who use technology in face-to-face, fully online, and/or in blended learning courses. You can access the webinars (available as MP4), presentations, and the content in the courseware of MMVC16 conference area using Facebook, LinkedIn or Gmail accounts to register, enrol, and login each time:

Presenters will receive certificates for presenting. Participants will receive certificates of completion, if they qualify. The certificates are free. The criteria for the certificates of completion is to reflect on 3 webinars or recordings, which are available in the courseware of the conference area on MMVC16 Moodle under webinars, in a blog post for each webinar. Use the following template to reflect

Find the complete program here

Videos playlist

MoodleMOOT Virtual Conference August 5-7, 2016
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Earlier this week

Learning2gether episode 339 Sat July 30 – Hanging out at EdCampGlobal

Sat Aug 6 1600 UTC Hyperdocs: Digital Lesson Design Using Google Apps on Classroom 2.0

Saturday, August 6, 2016
9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET
Hyperdocs: Digital Lesson Design Using Google AppsWe are so excited to welcome Lisa HighfillKelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis to our kick-off webinar for the new school year! They will be sharing a fantastic digital tool which they created called “HyperDocs.” You will be thrilled to learn all of the powerful uses for HyperDocs to facilitate and enhance learning for your students!Webinar Description: In this webinar, participants will learn how to improve their digital pedagogy instantly by creating HyperDocs – powerful inquiry-based learning tools. HyperDocs are digital tools that replace the worksheet method of delivering instruction. Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis will discuss how using Google apps for packaging and workflow can greatly enhance reading and writing instruction. We will explore the philosophy behind HyperDocs, how to create them, and they will present many examples that you can edit, revise, and use in the classroom. Additionally, participants will learn how creative packaging of digital web tools can be used to transform their lessons into interactive, multi-layered experiences for students. This workshop is great for all grade levels and subjects including administrators and coaches, and each participant will leave the session with new thinking about how to effectively integrate digital instruction.Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20More information and session details are at 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 All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site ( you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “ Open Mic show “What’s on your Summer Bucket List?”” session facilitated by the always amazing facilitator extraordinaire, Paula Naugle Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

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