Learning2gether Episode 368
This weekend from Friday May 5, starting at 1230 UTC, and ending on Sun May 7, 1600 UTC, Learning2gether participated in and monitored sessions of the 9th Virtual Round Table Web Conference, hosted by Heike Philp.
Here is Heike’s invitation to the conference:
The Virtual Round Table Web Conference on 5-7 May 2017 presents the latest in learning technologies for language educators and features keynotes by Paul Driver and Dr. Cynthia Calonge about Virtual Reality and Language learning, a Minecraft Symposium with Dave Dodgson and friends, a Virtual Worlds Symposium with treasure hunt in Second Life and NEW a 3D virtual book fair.
No tech, low tech? is also part of the VRT WebCon with the Nile TESOL LTSIG Symposium with Nicky Hockly and friends, the ‘Hacking the Workbook’ initiative by John Allan and friends, joined by the Innovation in Asian Symposium by iTDi and a number of guest speakers, who present their expertise in dealing with realistic and challenging teaching situations.
The Virtual Round Table opens its virtual doors with a keynote by Nik Peachey and as a highlight on Sunday 7 May we will be able to join BRAZ-TESOL’s EFLtalks with Rob Howard and some 15 presenters who each present 10 slides in 10min talks. 3 hours of exciting presentations non-stop!
Last but not least don’t miss some fun with fun songs by Charles Goodger on Sunday first thing.
For a complete program, please click here
Friday, 5th May 2017
- 12:30pm GMT Welcome Address
- 1:00pm GMT Magdalena Wasilewska: Visual literacy – learning to see
- 2:00pm GMTKEYNOTE Nik Peachey Digital tools for autonomous teacher development
- 3:00pm GMT Grand Opening of the Virtual Book Fair
- 4:00pm GMT Open Mic with Teresa McKinnan
- 5:00pm GMT Minecraft Symposium with Dave Dodgson and friends
Fri May 5 1700 UTC Learning2gether with Minecraft Symposium at VRT WebCon
- The EVO Minecraft MOOC server, if you’re whitelisted
- Screen shared in Adobe Connect http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/vrtwebcon/
Minecraft has taken the world of education by storm and is being used in schools across the globe both through the Education Edition and the original game. Most examples of its classroom use appear to focus on STEM subjects, however. This symposium will highlight the experiences of EFL and ESL educators who have collaborated in the EVO Minecraft MOOC to investigate how the game can be used in a language learning & teaching context. The session will feature a livestream from within the EVO Minecraft server. Jeff, Vance, and Dave, along with some participants from the MOOC, will take participants on a tour of the server and discuss some of the key learning moments and collaborations from the EVO sessions.
The EVO Minecraft MOOC presentation at VRTC has been organized largely through the efforts of David Dodgson this year. Vance will lead part of a ‘guided tour’ and talk about the origins of EVO Minecraft MOOC. Jeff will talk about how participants develop their digital literacy through learning the game and Dave will reflect on what he has learned about himself as a learner (linking into his blog posts and TESL-EJ article). Hopefully, we can add the experiences of some of the participants in EVO Minecraft MOOC if they are able to join us on the server.
- Dodgson, D. (2014a, April 23). Storycraft: Using the world of Minecraft as an inspiration for writing. ELT Sandbox. Retrieved from
- Dodgson, D. (2014b, March 24). Why Minecraft may well be one of the best games for language learning. ELT Sandbox. Retrieved from
- Dodgson, D. (2016a, December 11). ELT Sandbox 1.0 – A new dawn. ELT Sandbox. Retrieved from https://eltsandbox1.wordpress.com/2016/12/11/elt-sandbox-1/.
- Dodgson, D. (2016b). Learning to play the students’ way. English Teaching Professional 106, 51-53.
- Dodgson, D. (2017a, January 11). Entering the world of #EVOMC2017. ELT Sandbox. Retrieved from
- Dodgson, D. (2017b, January 21). ELT Sandbox reads Minecraft: The beginner’s handbook. ELT Sandbox. Retrieved from
- Kuhn, J. (2015). Meaningful play – Making professional development fun. TESL-EJ 18/4, 1-8. Retrieved from http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej72/int.pdf.
- Stevens , V. (2015, February 23). EVO Minecraft MOOC: How it came about. adVancEducation. Retrieved from
- Stevens, V. (2017, January 27). Experiencing gamification through Minecraft. adVancEducation. Retrieved from
- Adobe Connect, http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/pjrq65sq4l66/
- On YouTube via Camtasia: https://youtu.be/6NgkOZtrGcc
- Adobe Connect text transcripts
- 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 Minecraft MOOC
Saturday, 6th May 2017
- 9:00am GMT Innovation in Asia Symposium hosted by iTDi
- 11:00am GMT ‘Hacking the Workbook’ Symposium with John Allan and friends in Doha, Qatar
- 1:30pm GMT Giovanna Carloni: English-Taught Programmes and technology-enhanced learning
- 2:00pm GMT Nile TESOL LTSIG Symposium with Nicky Hockly, Amany AlKhayat, Ayat Tawel and Hanaa M. Khamis
- 4:30pm GMT KEYNOTE Dr. Cynthia Calongne Virtual Reality and Language Learning
- 5:00pm GMT Virtual Worlds Symposium
- 7:00pm GMT Treasure Hunt in Second Life
Sat May 6 1400 UTC NileTESOL LTSIG VRT Symposium
NileTESOL LTSIG is proud to announce its second virtual event and first Virtual Roundtable (VRT) Symposium to be held on Saturday May 6, 2017 on Adobe Connect.
The theme of the VRT symposium is“Language Learning Technologies Aspirations and Challenges”. This NileTESOL LTSIG symposium is part of a larger Virtual Roundtable Web Conference (VRT WebConf) taking place May 5-7, 2017 and organized by Heike Philp.
Kindly find below the link to the FAQs:
Also, it is advisable to visit the links for the Conference main room and the livestreams to make sure that the links are workable.
NileTESOL LTSIG VRT Seminar on Sat May 6?🕑 International guest speaker Nicky Hockly, together with Amáñy Haroun Ahmed, Ayat Tawel and Hanaa M. Khamis are discussing “Language Learning Technologies Aspirations & Challenges”. Interact with speakers and other audience members from Egypt and around the globe🌐🌍. Plz preregister to help us connect with you for tech check on Adobe Connect before the event. Mark your calendars. ⏳⏳
Our NT LTSIG is proud to announce its upcoming virtual event: May 6, 2017 (details TBA). 🌐💻📹
Call for Attendance/Participation: Join us by attending our NT LTSIG VRT Symposium or d whole VRT WebConf to interact with participants from all around d globe. 🌐📱🎎
Attendees: Preregister to virtually attend: https://goo.gl/forms/wetxzEc4zKibYqCp2
- Adobe Connect recording http://lancelot.adobeconnect.com/p3u2dxvsqp5j/
- Adobe Connect text chat
Sunday, 7th May 2017
- 9:00am GMT Charles Goodger: ELT through songs
- 10:30am GMT KEYNOTE Paul Driver: Virtual Reality
- 12:00pm GMT EFLtalks with BRAZ-TESOL and Rob Howard and 15 guest speakers who each deliver 10min talks
- 3:00pm GMT Close
The conference and the virtual fair are free to attend. If you wish to obtain a Virtual Round Table Web Conference certificate of attendance, please sign up at http://virtualroundtable.eventbrite.com.
Of course all of this will be recorded but perhaps if you know someone who is highly interested in language learning technologies, we might be able to fill our 500 seat Adobe Connect. Thank you so much for your help in advertising this! Tweet it, share it and enjoy.
Earlier this week
Fri Apr 21 noon to 1700 UTC – Sheila Adams streams Earthcast 2017 – Earthday Webcast
Sat April 22 Classroom 2.0 presents Steve Garton on Parenting in the Digital Age
Mon April 24 – Globaled.tv monthly webinar series on Labeling: The Impact of Placing Names on Others
GlobalEd TV is a free, inclusive, and comprehensive webinar series which spotlights theories and best practices related to multiculturalism in schools and organizations all over the world. This 5-part series is hosted monthly by the Global Education Conference Network, the Learning Revolution, and Know My World; and the series is designed to inform educators, students, and parents about the role of cultural and global competence in education.
Mon Apr 24 thru Fri 28 Global Leadership Week
Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
Update on the Global Education Fair originally scheduled for April 27, 2017: Postponed
We’ve decided to postpone the Global Education Fair until our next major event, GlobalCollaboration Day, on September 21, 2017. This coincides with the back-to-school season in the United States and will allow individuals and organizations additional time to prepare accordingly. We believe that the Global Education Fair is a great idea and will help more people working in schools to become aware of the choices they have when implementing global initiatives. The concept is only valuable to people, however, if there is a core group of organizations interested in promoting their work. Right now, many people are interested in attending this event, but we need more organizations to participate. Steve and I will be working on ways to let more globally oriented organizations know about this opportunity.
Here are important things to consider in light of this shift:
Registration will remain open and you can choose to remain registered as a presenter or as an attendee.
If you want to cancel your registration, go to your account setting at Eventbrite.com and manage your tickets. Here are directions.
We will continue to promote this event and will be taking new registrations between now and September.
Refunds have been granted to those organizations who paid to take part as presenters. If you are still interested in participating in September, re-register to confirm your participation. If you continue to be interested in pitching your global tool, resource, or program, use this time to work on a required video to promote your work during the fair in September.
Join our main network, the Global Education Conference Network, for updates.
Thanks for your continuing support, and let us know if you have any questions.
Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference Co-Chairs
Fri April 28 1300 Brasilia time BRAZ-TESOL webinar with Valeria França on Empathy in the Classroom
This message went out to BRAZ-TESOLers,
For our April webinar – next Friday, April 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. Brasilia time – we proudly bring you former BRAZ-TESOL president Valeria Benevolo França.
Valéria França graduated as a primary school teacher in the UK and following initial ELT training at International House London, she moved to Brazil in the early 90’s. She has worked in ELT for over 25 years and is the Head of Teacher Development at Cultura Inglesa. Her PhD research was in SLA, Social Cultural Theory and the language classroom. She is a workshop and plenary presenter at many ELT conferences.
Her current research interest lies in teachers’ personal relationships with their teaching persona and space. She is a member of the Visual Arts Circle (https://visualartscircle.com/), a BRAZ-TESOL Past President (2015-2016 term) and a BRAZ-TESOL Advisory Council life-time member. She blogs at: http://valeriabfranca.com/
Let your peers know too. The more we are, the stronger we become.
Mar 20 to Apr 30 – Designers for Learning begins free 6-week Instructional Evaluation Service Project
Help us and gain experience for good in our new instructional evaluation service course.
Designers for Learning’s 6-week instructional evaluation service project ran from March 20 – April 30, 2017, promising that participants will network with other educators and designers as they support underserved adult education programs in our latest free project-based service course hosted on Canvas Network. 650+ were enrolled to help evaluate and revise open educational resources designed in our prior instructional design courses. This 6-week project is perfect for those who want to give back, but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer.
What is the project’s focus and time commitment?
Help us spread the news. Please share this course announcement with your network. – Dr. Jennifer Maddrell
May 2 1800 UTC Marie-Hélène Fasquel Globinar on Literature in the making
· E4.512-5067: Literature in the making
· Marie-Hélène Fasquel / Host: Amélie Silvert
· 02. 05. 2017 | 19:00h – 20:30h CET
· Access link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/making/
· Info: https://v.gd/making
· Registration: http://lpm.lpm.uni-sb.de/Webinar/index2.php