Learning2gether Episode #352
On Sun Nov 20 1400 UTC Vance Stevens invited EVO2017 moderators to a post-training experiment with HoA through YouTube/Live
Learning2gether has been honing its streaming skills lately through practice with Minecraft + Discord and Bb Collaborate, but Episode 352 is the first time we have attempted something that used to be simple, streaming a HoA so that it would play as a YouTube/Live event. The audio was wonky until I went to a VPN, and there was no real agenda apart from just making it work, but the video here records stimulating conversation among participants, and the text transcript explains how it was set up and executed.
Near the bottom of this post, you’ll also find links to recordings made at the IATEFL / TESOL joint online conference held Earlier this Week.
What is this about?
I’ve never done this before since Google+ dropped HoA, but today I invited EVO2017 moderators or anyone interested to help me figure out how to set up and stream a live Hangout on Air using http://youtube.com/live by configuring encoders to stream to a pre-set event.
I streamed at https://youtu.be/7TsKynYDEa8 and used a text chat back channel at http://chatwing.com/vancestev in case the HoA filled with more than 10 participants, and to discuss delays or successes in setting up the stream.
I used the Chatwing transcripts to explain to people what I was attempting to do (see this link for the complete transcripts:
I had told everyone
We’ll stream at https://youtu.be/7TsKynYDEa8 and use a text chat back channel at http://chatwing.com/vancestev in case the HoA fills with more than 10 participants, and to discuss delays or successes in setting up the stream.
With about a half hour before start time, I started setting up, and typed into Chatwing …
Hello everyone, a quick explanation of what I am doing here. I have scheduled a Hangout on Air (HoA) here https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ctjksbdotdbnt1skdklj8kcqmu8
I can’t see how to do this with OBS (Open Broadcast Software) because the event I set in YouTube/Live did not require me to configure encoders (or maybe I didn’t see where I could configure them). However, XSplit encoder is set to my YouTube/Live account and knows I have an event scheduled, so I hope it will stream it.
The next challenge is to start the HoA. There is a Go Live Now button on my YouTube page for Learning2gether event #352 so I’m hoping when I click that, the HoA will start and when I activate XSplit it will stream it.
This is the theory. I have never actually done this before. However, I invited a few friends over to see if it might work (the people who show up here)
So what’s plan B? If I can’t get the HoA to stream through the event I scheduled as planned I should be able to start a HoA spontaneously and stream that. In that case I’ll have to communicate its new watch page here.
Either way I should be able get folks here into a HoA starting half an hour from now, and stream it either through the event I set up here https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ctjksbdotdbnt1skdklj8kcqmu8 (perfect outcome) or through another watch page I create on the fly.
So, now with half an hour to go, it’s time to start the HoA (but not stream it)
About 20 minutes later …
Hi, uh oh, I hit GO LIVE NOW and no HoA started. What to do?? hmmm
I’m here, do we have a link for the hoa yet?
Vance Stevens (lamely)
can anyone here figure out how to actually start a HoA? I’ve scheduled one but cannot figure out how to actually launch it
I’m bcasting, providing link here
Hi just got to my pc going to hangouts now…
seems that whole link was not hyper linked
ok, it is not yet streaming. I’ll get that started. How does the link work for you?
For EVO2017 moderators
- There is also a link in the sidebar at http://evo-training.pbworks.com/ to this Week+ HoA Practice session
- And I created an event in the EVO2017 moderators Google+ Community here
About the recordings
Following on my blog post from last week’s Episode 351, the EVO2017 moderator training final wrap-up, there are two video recordings on this page.
The one here https://youtu.be/BqdNzbT1yg0
is voice and whiteboard from the Bb Collaborate recording as rendered by the Elluminate Publish tool, which extracts video mp4, audio mp3, and text chat rtf from the link to the recording parked at Elluminate.com. Publish produces crisp video but without webcam or text chat enhancement.
The other recording is from the stream made at YouTube/Live using XSplit recorders.
I noticed on first viewing this video, and others have noticed during streaming with XSplit, that it starts out in focus and then becomes blurry just a minute or two into the stream, as well as in the recording. XSplit is a freemium product which I am using because I’m not able to get OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) to stream to EVENTS set up in YouTube/Live. Now that I’ve had more experience with the nature of the tools necessary, I will revisit that, perhaps this Sunday, in an experimental HoA. I can set an event and know that I can get it to work with XSplit, but try at first to connect OBS, in case I can see what I was doing wrong.
(And this doesn’t work, as far as I can see, because when you set up an event, YouTube/Live does not prompt you to set up encoders, as it does if you want to stream right then. In the OBS interface you can stream to the key provided but I can’t see how it can detect events you have set up, as can XSplit, once you allow it to hack your YouTube/Live event information.)
At this moment, on reviewing the video recording, I don’t see this blurring. If I move my cursor through the unplayed frames, I see blurring in some distant frames, but this resolves itself in seconds as I hover over that frame. My suspicion initially was that XSplit was deliberately blurring the recording in order to push users into using the paid product, but now it appears that this might have been an artifact from the speed at which the video was processed onto YouTube. I’ll need to experiment further with both XSplit and OBS.
Learning2gether is not a fee-based endeavor, so I try to rely on free tools to the extent possible. There are expenses associated with Learning2gether; e.g. the WordPress site where this blog is kept requires a modest annual payment.
http://LearningTimes.org have long supported Webheads, from which L2g derives, with a grant allowing use of Bb Collaborate, which has been invaluable to us over the years.
This week I continue to learn what I can about streaming, and the only way to do that is to practice and see what happens. This is one of my purposes in attempting this experiment.
- Webheads in Action
- TAEdTech https://www.facebook.com/groups/TAEdTech/
- Learning with Computers
- Web 2.0 Teaching and Learning
- Teachers for Interactive Language Learning (TILL)
- Webheads in Action
- EdTech Mojo
- EVO Moderators 2017 (event set at this private group)
Earlier this week
Learning2gether 351 Sun Nov 13 1400 UTC – EVO2017 training wrap up with celebration of moderator voices
Sun Nov 13 through Wed Nov 16 Annual Global Education Conference
Sunday, November 13th, is day one of the seventh annual Global Education Conference. We are ready for a great opening day of sessions and keynotes!
- If the conference site should experience any difficulties, a back-up site with session calendars and links is at http://www.globaledcon.com.
- Recordings of any sessions that have taken place will accessible on the conference recordings page, usually within a few minutes after a session has ended.
- Follow the Twitter conversation with #globaled16
Lucy has provided a few important quick links to reference:
- All recordings are here: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/2016recordings.
- Keynotes will also be uploaded to our YouTube channel within the next week: https://www.youtube.com/GlobalEdCon
- If you need a certificate of participation, you must play our game developed with Chrome Warrior and provide evidence of your learning. Details are here: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/certificates-for-participants-and-presenters. December 31, 2016, is the deadline for participation.
- If you would like to connect with presenters and other GEC members you met at the conference, search our member directory and contact people through our GEC messaging system: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/profiles/members/
- Our next initiative is the Great Global Project Challenge and Grant. The deadline is December 1 for listing a project. PreK-12 educators from non-profit schools are potentially eligible for a $1500 (US) grant opportunity through this program. Go to this site for more information: http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/the-great-global-project-challenge.html
Wed Nov 16 1300 UTC American English Webinar Series – Jeff Kuhn
For the convenience of those viewing a graphic the registration link is http://bit.ly/AEWebinarSeries4
and the times of the sessions 0800 and 1300 EDT are noon and 1700 UTC
In this webinar, we will investigate terminology associated with digital learning, and we will consider how to evaluate and select tech tools for the EFL classroom.
We will then explore several digital tools teachers can use to support students, deliver content, and create engaging activities in both face-to-face and distance learning contexts.
New to digital learning? No problem! Our presenter will share ideas and tools appropriate for teachers with all levels of experience in English Language Teaching.
Jeff Kuhn is a PhD candidate in the Educational Technology division of the Patton College of Education at Ohio University and instructor in the departments of both Linguistics and English. Jeff taught EFL in Japan and served in Peace Corps Mongolia as a teacher trainer before receiving his MA in Linguistics. He worked as a consultant on the U.S. Department of State’s Trace Effects, a video game for English language learners around the world. Jeff has presented on the use of games in the classroom at E-Tech Ohio, TESOL, and CALICO, His research interests include: Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), games and learning, second-language writing, and he is Batman in Minecraft.
Wed Nov 16 Cristina Costa streaming live on Participatory and Remix Cultures
Long-time Webhead Dr. Cristina Costa streams another installment in one of the courses she teaches as
Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Learning in the School of Education, Strathclyde University,
Other videos in this series include
- Introduction to Technology Enhanced Learning, https://youtu.be/ZemQFWpE8Lc
- Digital Identities, https://youtu.be/CGvSXewfQ8M
Thu Nov 17 through Sat Nov 19 Nov IATEFL and TESOL joint web conference
The IATEFL and TESOL International Association joint web conference
is being held over three days from the 17 – 19 November 2016
The TESOL landing page for this conference is currently offering openly accessible links to the recordings,
Recordings available here from http://conference.iatefl.org/webconference/
The varieties of English used by different groups and/or in different parts of the world (including varieties used among second language users), representing local varieties, such as Indian English or Singaporean English, many developed in geographies influenced by a former history of colonialism.
Day 1 Recorded Sessions from
- My priority for the next 50 years: an online cultural dictionary (David Crystal)
- ELF and the (possible) future of English (Jennifer Jenkins)
- Teaching Dialect-Different Students: Pedagogical Implications (Yvonne Pratt-Johnson)
- A World Englishes view of hiring practices and teaching: really? (Lia D. Kamhi-Stein)
- ELT and teacher education in a changing world: reflections on the legacy of Braj Kachru (Ali Fuad Selvi)
- Panel Discussion on What on ELF: Helping our students become better international communicators
Day 2 (18 Nov)Teacher identity
Recordings available here from http://conference.iatefl.org/webconference/
A social construct of sense of self emerging through interaction, being shaped by experiences, contexts, and ideologies; cultural, political, and individual identities which they claim or which are assigned to them; a teacher’s own interpretation of how others see themselves and desirable ways to be seen by others.
Day 2 Recorded Sessions from
- The lives of English language teachers (Barbara Hoskins-Sakomoto)
- Fools rush in….one language teacher’s view of professional identity (Tessa Woodward)
- Exploring language teacher identity: topics for future research and reflection (Gary Barkhuizen)
- Identity, discrimination and the non-native speaking professional in TESOL (David Nunan)
- Exploring your multiple identities and critical professional development in ELT (Antoinette Gagné)
- Panel Discussion on teacher identity: Who Do You Think You Are?
Recordings not yet available from http://conference.iatefl.org/webconference/
A variety of digital and face-to-face professional development opportunities delivered by teachers associations, to meet the needs of the international English language professional. Professional development opportunities by teacher associations include, but are not limited to, practical workshops, up-to-date publications, and sound academic research.
The conference will use Adobe Connect to host this event and places are limited. Attendance on the day will be on a first come, first serve basis. Check the website for specific scheduling information.
Day 3 Recorded Sessions:
- Teacher professional development in Ukraine: opportunities and changes (Viktoria Ivanishcheval)
- What’s so special about teacher associations in continuing professional development (Amol Padwad)
- Opportunities for professional development through teacher associations (Nazli Gungor)
- Professional learning and engagement with the TESOL International Association (Andy Curtis)
- Beyond traditional conferences to engage and connect educator (Isabela Villas Boas)
- Panel Discussion on Future directions of LTA’s
Sat Nov 19 12pm EST Classroom 2.0 with Ami Shah on Peekapak for social emotional learning