Learning2gether weekend with the 9th Virtual Round Table Web Conference

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

Fri May 5 1700 UTC Learning2gether with Minecraft Symposium at VRT WebCon


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.

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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 AhmedAyat 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





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.

Virtual Round Table Web Conference
Heike PhilpHeike Philp
Heike Philp has invited us to the event ‘CALL Virtual Round Table Web Conference 5-7 May 2017’ on Virtual Round Table Web Conference!
CALL  Virtual Round Table Web Conference 5-7 May 2017 Time: May 5, 2017 from 12:30 UTC, through May 7
Location: Adobe Connect
Organized By: Heike Philp

The Virtual Round Table focuses on new media and language learning is a web conference for language educators, language institutions and language learners. It is a grassroots event and it is being run by members of the community. It is non-commercial. It takes place online in Adobe Connect (with up to 500 capacity) and there is no admission-fee.
Program of events
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About Virtual Round Table Web Conference
The Virtual Round Table Conference is an annual web conference for language learning technologies.

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017
“Parenting in the Digital Age”
Presenter: Steve Garton, Common Sense EducationDigital citizenship and keeping kids safe online is such an important topic. We were so proud to be able to feature #digcitkids in a recent webinar with Curran Dee and Marialice Curran, a mother/son team who are the co-founders of #digcitkids. Curran shared “Digital Citizenship from a Kid’s Perspective” and it was so exciting to hear about their initiative. In today’s webinar we are thrilled to hear from Steve Garton from Common Sense Education to learn how the amazing Common Sense resources can support parents and educators with “Parenting in the Digital Age.” The Common Sense resources are exemplary, and this is the “go to” site for teachers and parents alike when they want support for curriculum, ideas and materials that will help promote safe online activities with kids. Steve will share information about many of these resources including Common Sense Media, Common Sense Education, Common Sense Kids Action and Connecting Families. His insights into the research about how teens/tweens are using media and ways to help them find balance with their digital lifestyle will be invaluable and will provide ways parents and teachers can support activities such as video games, social media, screen time, sharing online and much more!Steve Garton is Senior Manager for Common Sense Education. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, and communication across stakeholder groups. Prior to joining Common Sense, Steve was the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Maine Department of Education. At the Maine Department of Education, he led the professional development programs for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state’s 1:1 program that supported over 12,000 teachers and administrators. As a member of the department’s leadership team, he provided policy support and leadership. Steve was co-chair of the Smarter Balanced Consortium Technology Approach Committee and led the initial technology readiness and assessment infrastructure work. Additionally, he served as a member of the advisory council of the Maine School and Library Network, Maine’s statewide broadband network serving K-12 schools and public libraries. Steve has served as a technology director at the county level (Trumbull County, Ohio) and a classroom teacher and technology coordinator of the Sharon City School District in Pennsylvania.Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20More 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 EST (Time Zone Conversion) 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 “BreakoutEDU” session with Adam Bellow. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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


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 Networkthe 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

Announcing the second annual Global Leadership Week (GLW) celebration, which will take place at the end of April. GLW is a weeklong convening of virtual and face-to-face events designed to celebrate leadership through global action in K-12 education, and an unparalleled opportunity for education leaders to learn from one another and to share active principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age.

GLW is one of the several events hosted by the Global Education Conference Network and currently is sponsored by Participate and the Institute of International Education. We invite you to join this global celebration!
Here’s the overview and how to participate:
  • Global Leadership Week – All Week. During the week of April 24th, districts, schools, teachers, students, partner organizations, and/or companies can post, design, and host online/virtual events to showcase thought leadership in global education. All are welcome to participate! These events will be publicized through the GlobaleEducationConference.com network (join!) and listed on a GLW calendar posted to our website. Posting and hosting events is free, and if your organization is a sponsor or a non-profit, we will actively promote your event to the audience. Instructions on hosting an event are at http://www.globaledleadership.com/host-an-event.html.
  • Our face-to-face Global Leadership Summit in New York City, April 24, 2017, from 3 PM — 7 PM. Because of space limitations, this is an invite-only event with reserved seating and presentation opportunities for event sponsors. We will publicly livestream and record this event, posting information at GobaledLeadership.com and sending it out through GlobalEducationConference.com.
  • Our brand-new and ONLINE Global Education Fair, April 27th, from 10am – 4pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (1pm – 7pm US-Eastern Daylight Time). The fair will connect educators with global education organizations, who are able to describe their programs, services, or products and to answer questions. This event will be free to attend; organizations and companies pay a nominal fee to cover costs (individual educators seeking to promote a specific project may do so at no cost). To sign up to attend (free) or to to showcase go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-global-education-fair-tickets-33147226246.

To be kept updated in general on all our events, join the Global Education Conference Network and look for our emails. (And if you’re headed to ISTE, don’t miss Global Education Day.)
Global Leadership Week Goals:

The goals of GLW are to elevate and broaden the global education dialogue and to focus attention on the urgent need to develop global awareness and competency in students and teachers. The week of events provide resources and inspiration for teacher leaders, school leaders, district leaders and state/national leaders to further develop global goals within systems.

AudienceThis event is designed for students, educators, administrators and organization leaders working within the K-20 education space who are interested in leading change globally.

Sponsorship OpportunitiesContact GEC Co-Chair Steve Hargadon at hargadon@gmail.com for details. Sponsorship benefits include featured placement on websites and in social media as well as reserved seating and speaking slots at the Global Leadership Summit and the Global Education Fair.


Partnership Opportunities:

Organizations and companies who can conduct significant outreach about this event to an audience of more than 1000 people are welcome as media outreach partners for Global Leadership Week These partners will be recognized on the outreach partnership page of the GLW website and via social media posts. There is no cost to serve as a media outreach partner. Contact GEC Co-Chair Lucy Gray at lucy@globaledevents.com for additional details.

Lead OrganizersThe GlobalEducation Conference Network is a collaborative, world-wide community involving 25,000 students, educators, and organizations. GEC events are designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity, and educational access for all. The Network hosts four annual face-to-face and virtual events in addition to a webinar series with the purpose of elevating conversations around global education. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon are co-chairs of the Global Education Conference Network.

iEARN-USA is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 130 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.

World Savvy is a national education nonprofit that works with educators, schools, and districts to integrate the highest quality of global competence teaching and learning into K-12 classrooms, so all young people can be prepared to engage, succeed, and meet the challenges of 21st-century citizenship.

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

Instructional Evaluation Starts Today
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?

During this 6-week service project, gain both instructional evaluation and design experience as you evaluate, adapt, and redesign instructional materials from our growing roster of open educational resources on OER Commons specifically created for adult learners with low math and literacy skills. In addition, expand your professional network during an optional hands-on live “Design Slam” event on Saturday, April 15th. During the online Design Slam, participants will share and compare their evaluation findings and design adaptations with volunteer facilitator support. Plan to devote a minimum of 24 hours to the project-based course (about four hours per week from March 20 – April 30).

2017 Open ABE MOOC 

Help us spread the news. Please share this course announcement with your network. – Dr. Jennifer Maddrell

Designers for Learning is organized as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Illinois, and operates exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. We help nonprofits and other social enterprises achieve their missions by targeting underserved educational and curriculum needs through service-learning.


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

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