Learning2gether with American English for Educators – Joe McVeigh on Media Literacy

Learning2gether Episode 372

On Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017, Joe McVeigh was “interviewed” by Kate from the American English for Educators Facebook Team, and together they showed us how to put on a professional webinar using the Zoom platform. American English for Educators is a US government initiative aimed at promoting American English language teaching. The topic, Empowering your Students with Media Literacy, was timely and of substance, the interview appeared to be well rehearsed and slides carefully prepared, and the language was appropriately simplified for an audience of international language teachers and ESL/EFL learners. The audience checked in from dozens of countries all over the world. Good friend Claire Siskin was there.

I found out about the event here

Clicking on https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators/ takes us here

At the time of the event, the page had a post as the first item announcing that the event would start in 30 minutes, and FB provided a countdown indicating how long ago that was whenever viewers landed at the page. Once the countdown reached 30 minutes, the announcement morphed into a live feed with a play button.

Now you can replay the event by clicking on Videos in the FB page sidebar (above), and then looking for this video from October 11


The direct link to this video, which shows the slides and replays chat transcripts you can scroll through or even synch with the video playback, is here
(should work if you’re logged on to Facebook):

You can also see American English Webinar videos at https://americanenglish.state.gov/ae-webinars

Or on the American English for Educators channel,


Here are a few screenshots I made during the presentation

Here they are just getting started:

Here, Joe is telling us what happens in one minute on the Internet:

What audience is this ad meant to dupe? (Hank Aaron smoking a cigarette)

This PDF was shared,
Adbusting: Critical Media Literacy in a Multi-Skills Academic Writing Lesson, by Anna Grigoryan and John Mark King:

The American radio classic War of the Worlds was broadcast in 1938 as if it were a breaking news story

This was its aftermath, as reported in the New York Times next day:

The chat suggested lesson plans for War of the Worlds

One possible classroom activity, have your students create an ad (campaign) to sell a plain white towel

Here is an example ad

Another practical activity, how can you spot fake news
(here referred to as false news)

Not had enough? You can watch all of Joe’s previously recorded, published on Oct 4, 2017, hour-long #AEWebinar here:

American  English for Educators is sponsored by https://americanenglish.state.gov/, which also brings Forum (for free) to posts overseas


Recent events

Learning2gether went into summer hiatus in August that verged on hybernation, but is now starting to come out of it. Here are events we were tracking meantime.

Sun Aug 6 last day of Moodle MOOT Virtual Conference Aug 4-6 2017


Global Collaboration Day, September 21-23

September 21st, 2017

Students, teachers, and organizations will join online to celebrate and demonstrate global collaboration on September 21, 2017. On Global Collaboration Day, educators and professionals from around the world will host connective projects and events and invite public participation.

The primary goals of this 24-hour, worldwide event are to:

  • Demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world;

  • Introduce others to the collaborative tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today;

  • Focus attention on the need for developing globally competent students and teachers throughout the world.

September 21st, 2017

Looking to take your school global? Come find out about tools, services, projects, and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning at our signature Global Collaboration Day event.  Check out the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations at the Global Education Fair, a free, virtual meet and greet for teachers and school districts.

The Global Education Fair is modeled after traditional college fairs, but takes place entirely online, allowing participants from all corners of the world to access information about the best global education resources and programs. The purpose of this event is to connect educators to companies and organizations working in the global education space. There is a nominal fee involved for non-profits and companies seeking to present at the Global Education Fair. Educators who want to pitch specific projects can present for free.

Global Collaboration Day has arrived! One day, September 21st. all around the world = 48 actual hours to share. (Except that we’ve got events even beyond those time boundaries… so maybe this is Global Collaboration “Week?”) Plus, the Global Education Fair (10:00 am – 8:00 pm US-Eastern Daylight Time) is almost here!Over the next two+ days, students, classrooms, teachers, administrators, parents and organizations will be either attending and/or hosting events online that are designed to showcase and promote global collaboration. We (Lucy GraySteve Hargadon, co-chairs of the Global Education Conference) are the calendar coordinators but not the direct conveners: that is, over 75 groups from 25 countries have designed and planned their own events which we have then organized into a directory and in special calendars to allow these events to be seen in any time zone in the world.

The third-annual Global Collaboration Day is a huge worldwide demonstration of the power of globally-connected learning. We encourage you to browse the event directory or the calendar and choose a compelling event to attend! Read directions and our website carefully to prepare. A current list of the events is at the bottom of this post.
Here are some important links for you to keep handy:

Special thanks to Participate, our sponsor.


GCD = Global Collaboration Day Events
FAIR EXHIBITOR = Fair Exhibitor Booth Open

Running All Week:

  • GCD: Classroom Conversations with the World (Participate At Any Time This Week)
  • GCD: ISIS Presidential Debate (Participate Anytime This Week)
  • GCD: K-12 Global Art Exchange (Participate At Any Time This Week)
  • GCD: One World: Where Are You? (Participate At Any Time This Week)
  • GCD: Our Connected Forest (Participate At Any Time This Week)
  • GCD: Peace Day Conversation (Participate At Any Time This Week)
  • GCD: Play with Me (Participate Any Time This Week)
  • GCD: One Day in Our Lives (Participate At Any Time On These Two Days)
  • GCD: What is Your Story? (Participate Anytime This Week)
  • GCD: What global mindedness means to me… (Participate At Any Time This Week)

Wednesday, September 20

  • 12:30pm GCD: GEOshow: Magnificent Monarchs Virtual Field Trip
  • 11:00pm GCD: Global Lyncs Videoconference Vermont Secondary College Hamchung Middle School
  • 11:00pm GCD: SDGs made Simple – Rooting for Change v2.0

Thursday, September 21

  • GCD: Being a Good Digital Citizen (Participate At Any Time During These 2 Days)
  • GCD: Share a Song (Participate At Any Time On This Day)
  • 8:00am GCD: MAD about Mattering
  • 8:00am GCD: Tanzania Pen Pals
  • 9:00am GCD: Amazing Race
  • 9:00am GCD: Diwali Around The World
  • 9:00am GCD: Engaging Students in Global Collaborative Projects
  • 9:00am GCD: Karaoke – Global Sing Along
  • 9:00am GCD: The Professional Passion Project
  • 9:30am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Asia Society Center for Global Education
  • 9:49am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Shakespeare Fellowship
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Empatico
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Write Our World
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Write Our World
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: TakingItGlobal
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: OneWorld Classrooms
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: World Savvy
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: GENE – Global Education Network Europe
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies
  • 10:00am GCD: GEOblitz – A weekly video survey on Flipgrid
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Amigos de las Americas
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Digital Promise Global
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
  • 10:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: Global STEM Education Center, Inc
  • 10:00am GCD: Creating Audio in the Cloud Using Soundtrap
  • 10:00am GCD: Investigating open educational practices
  • 11:00am FAIR EXHIBITOR: California International Studies Project
  • 11:00am GCD: Building a Global Tech Team Project
  • 11:00am GCD: Rooting for Change v2.0
  • 11:00am GCD: Young Women Change Makers
  • 11:30am GCD: The Life of a Teenager – Cultural Exchange
  • 11:30am FAIR EXHIBITOR: One To World’s Global Classroom
  • 12:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
  • 12:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: American Foreign Service Association
  • 12:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: The MY HERO Project – International Film Festival
  • 12:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Know My World
  • 12:00pm GCD: Finding your Perfect Pen Pal
  • 12:00pm GCD: GEOshow: Magnificent Monarchs Virtual Field Trip
  • 12:30pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: NEXT.cc STEAM by Design E-Learning
  • 1:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Amigos de las Americas
  • 1:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: One To World’s Global Classroom
  • 1:00pm GCD All About Africa
  • 1:00pm GCD: Global Competence Chat
  • 2:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: SIMA Classroom
  • 2:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: The Stevens Initiative
  • 2:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: The Stevens Initiative
  • 2:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: World View, UNC Chapel Hill
  • 2:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Global Online Academy
  • 2:00pm GCD: Karaoke – Global Sing Along
  • 3:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Global Glimpse
  • 3:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: U.S. Institute of Peace
  • 3:30pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: IREX: Teacher Exchange Programs
  • 3:30pm GCD: Personalized Learning in Offlin and Out-Of-School Contexts
  • 4:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Flat Connections
  • 4:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Boston Latin School
  • 4:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: IVECA International Virtual Schooling
  • 4:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Global Online Academy
  • 4:30pm GCD: Idioms – When Language and Culture hit off
  • 4:30pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: One To World’s Global Classroom
  • 5:00pm GCD: SMART Twitter Chat
  • 6:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship
  • 6:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Plastic Pollution. How Can we Go and Save Greener?
  • 6:00pm GCD: Food for Thought
  • 6:00pm GCD: World MOON Project
  • 6:30pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Know My World
  • 7:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: Global STEM Education Center, Inc
  • 7:00pm FAIR EXHIBITOR: One World: Future Ready
  • 7:00pm GCD: Apps for learning languages
  • 7:00pm GCD: Global Collaboration – Let’s talk Tools! Let’s talk Learning Design!
  • 8:00pm GCD: Plastic Pollution. How Can we Go and Save Greener?
  • 8:00pm GCD: Teaching Our Changing Environment

Friday, September 22

  • GCD: Being a Good Digital Citizen (Participate At Any Time During These 2 Days)
  • 11:30am GCD: GEOshow: Magnificent Monarchs Virtual Field Trip

Saturday, September 23

  • 1:00am GCD: Global Teacher Garden
  • 6:00am GCD: Online tools to boost collaboration, creativity and have fun
  • 8:00pm GCD: Plastic Pollution. How can we Go and Save Greener?

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at: http://www.globaleducationconference.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference Co-Chairs


Sat Sept 23 1000 UTC Online tools to boost collaboration, creativity and have fun at Global Collaboration Conference

When Sat, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. UTC


This event can be categorized as a: Informational Session, Panel Discussion, Tool Demo, Webinar

This event is intended for the following audience(s): college or university students, pre-service teachers, teachers, organization leaders

Primary language(s) to be spoken at this event: English

Contact First Name: Irina Contact Last Name: Pomazanovschi Contact Email: pomazanovschi@gmail.com Contact Skype Name: ottamay

Host school or organization: META Host School or Organization

Website URL: http://www.meta-moldova.md

Host Location and Time Zone (UTC): Chisinau, Moldova – UTC+02:00

This event is organized by: A non-profit organization Optional field for additional pertinent information:

YCBM link ref: h3gVdFtrP2S8Suh6SpZA

more details»  copy to my calendar

Also on Saturday, September 23

  • 1:00am GCD: Global Teacher Garden
  • 6:00am GCD: Online tools to boost collaboration, creativity and have fun
  • 8:00pm GCD: Plastic Pollution. How can we Go and Save Greener?

See http://www.globalcollaborationday.org/join-an-event.html for times where you are

Sat 23 Sept 1600 UTC – Suzanne Sallee on Adobe Spark at Classroom 2.0

Time where you are: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=classroom+2.0+live+on+Adobe+Spark&iso=20170923T09&p1=224&ah=1

Saturday, September 23, 2017
9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET
“Spark Creativity in Your Classroom with Adobe Spark”We are so excited to welcome Suzanne Sallee as our special guest presenter for this webinar “Spark Creativity in Your Classroom with Adobe Spark.” We have had many presenters who have shared in previous webinars about Adobe Spark but Suzanne plans to drill down on some amazing features that you may not have discovered.

Adobe Spark is a suite of applications to create and share impactful visual stories. Create visually appealing graphics with Spark Post, animated videos with Spark Video, and tell web stories using text and graphics with Spark Page. These free graphic design tools are available on computers via the web or IOS apps for both iPhone and iPad. Student creativity is sparked as they use Adobe Spark tools to create digital stories, video journals, reports and research papers, posters, presentations, and other class projects.

Suzanne Sallee is a wife, mom, grandma, and the Technology Integration Specialist for the Creighton School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that, she was an elementary classroom teacher in grades 3 & 4. As a technology integration specialist, she provides technology professional learning to support teachers in developing technology-enriched learning experiences with a focus on creativity. Suzanne is an Apple Learning Specialist, Google Certified Trainer, and Seesaw Ambassador. She also serves as President-Elect and PD Committee Co-Chair for AzTEA (Arizona Technology in Education Association) and helps plan EdCamp Phoenix.

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 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 “A Guide to Writing a DonorsChoose Project and Getting it Funded!” session with Francie Kugelman. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

Wed 4 Oct 1800 UTC Susan Hillyer on Drama as a Bridge to Literacy

Drama as a Bridge to Literacy: A joint ETAS-NILE Webinar

NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 from 19:00 to 20:00 (CEST)

Eventbright registration (free)


Sat Oct 7 Featured Teacher Michael Foster on Classroom 2.0

Saturday, October 7, 2017
9am PT/10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET
“Featured Teacher: Michael Foster”Our Featured Teacher shows are always really special, and we always look forward to hearing about the amazing things teachers are doing with their students! We are so excited to welcome Michael Foster as our Featured Teacher this week. His presentation will center around connecting with peers to refresh lesson ideas. He will share story-based examples and how the same lesson ideas can be reimagined without brain damage.

Mike Foster has worn a variety of hats in his more than 20 years in education. He has taught grades 1-8 in elementary and middle school before his moving into his technology-coaching role. Mike leverages his professional experiences with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as well as involvement in state- and national-level assessments to help teachers reflect on their professional practice and create new paths for learning.

Mike and his family live in northern Colorado where they enjoy community outreach with several non-profit organizations. (This has resulted in a menagerie of animals in his household and connections to a rainbow of local connections that benefit children outside of school.

Mike is an Educational Technology Facilitator for the Poudre School Districtin Fort Collins, Colorado, home to 20,000 students across 50 schools. The easiest way to reach out to him is to follow him on Twitter at @mfosterpsd

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 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 ”Breakout EDU Game Design” session with Patti Harju. 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

Wed 11 Oct 1900 to 2200 UTC – Makerspaces Library 2.017 free online conference

Learning2gether has registered here, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-2017-makerspaces-registration-33783897547 (free) for the third and final of Steve Hargadon’s Library 2.017 mini-conferences this year, “Makerspaces”, to be held online on Wednesday, October 11th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time

You can attend the mini-conference live or you can watch the recordings at any time afterwards. When you register, according to the announcement, you will be sent a bonus “Library Makerspaces” Resource Pack, and you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to a 90-minute pre-conference event hosted by the team from the Fayetteville Free Library: “STEAM and Making at the FFL.” Plus, we’ll be using BadgeList.com so that you can receive digital credentials for attending and participating!

Learning2gether corrected a mistake in the time where you are, reflected above. The following is copy / pasted from the email announcement

This is a free event, being held online.

to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.

The recordings of the keynotes and the sessions are now available!

Library 2.0 Site – Recordings Page:
(must be logged in)


YouTube Conference Playlist:

You can aslso subscribe to the main Library 2.0 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Library20.

Please also join the Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
This mini-conference on libraries and makerspaces is being organized in partnership with Heather Moorefield-Lang, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker: “There has been a lot of talk about makerspaces in libraries over the past four years. If you are unsure what makerspaces are, think of them as creative locations for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and creating in a library or educational space. No matter how many maker learning spaces you may visit, you will quickly notice no two are the same. Each librarian and makerspace delivers their own brand of service to their individual community. Attendees will investigate how librarians with makerspaces can create new partnerships and collaborative efforts in and with their communities, offering further services and methods to meet patron needs.”

Joining Heather for the opening hour will be: Dr. June Abbas, PhD, a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus; Leanne Bowler, Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan School Information; Kyungwon Koh, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies.

Registered attendees can then also view their choice of the following 30-minute sessions, all of which will be recorded and available afterwards:

  • Bibliotecas Activas by Hilda Gómez. Full Description HERE
  • Finding What Fits: Approachability of Makerspaces and Making in the Library by Abigail L. Phillips, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Utah State University | Full Description HERE
  • From Makerspace to Learning Commons: What’s Next by IdaMae Craddock | Full Description HERE
  • From Zero to System Wide Makerspace in 3 Grants and 4 Years by Rebecca Ferrer | Full Description HERE
  • High School Library Makerspace Programming by Cheri Price, High School Library Media Specialist | Full Description HERE
  • Hosting Maker Days and Forging Collaborative Partnerships in Anticipation of an Academic Library Makerspace by Tara Smith + Jessica McClean | Full Description HERE
  • Keeping It Fresh: How to Create and Sustain a Maker Culture that Motivates Teens by Alisha Wilson, Teacher-Librarian + Nancy Stetzinger | Full Description HERE
  • Librarians are Maker Champions: Here’s how you can be too! by Josh Weisgrau, Program Director for Maker Learning, Digital Promise | Jessica Parker, Director of Community, Maker Ed | Full Description HERE
  • Low Cost Tools to Bring Making into Your Library by Robert Pronovost, STEM Coordinator of Maker Education | Full Description HERE
  • Making a Difference by Kristina A. Holzweiss | Full Description HERE
  • Proposal for a Theoretical Framework for Small + Rural Libraries Supporting Entrepreneurs by Ben Rearick, Graduate Student Research Assistant | Full Description HERE
  • Smart Working for Active Makerspaces by Stephanie Piper | Full Description HERE
  • Volunteers at Your Library Makerspace by Rachel Seltz, Maker Coordinator | Full Description HERE
  • Walking the Walk: iterative design in student staff service learning projects by Morgan Chivers, Katie Musick Peery | Full Description HERE

Participants are encouraged to use #library2017 and #librarymakerspaces on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.
The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and additional support has been provided by Follett. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings. An event reminder and additional connecting information will be sent just prior to the event.

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