Learning2gether with CALL IS Webcasting from TESOL Chicago, 2018

Learning2gether Episode 389

Vance Stevens was with colleagues on the CALL-IS Webcasting Team from Tuesday, March 27 through Friday March 30 helping the team mount webcasts from the international 2018 TESOL Conference in Chicago.

I (Vance) posted two Learning2gether events from the most recent TESOL conference in Chicago in which I myself took part:

The first webcast was mounted by the presenters themselves, whereas the latter was a part of the CALL-IS schedule that was placed in convention bags for all who attended the conference, also available online at https://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php

CALL-IS announced that its webcasting team would be webcasting selected presentations from TESOL 2018 in Chicago according to the schedule here:


To do our webcasting, the CALL-IS Webcasting team used, for the second year in a row, Open Broadcasting Software. This technique was the brainchild of last year’s CALL-IS webcasting coordinator Abe Reshad, who trained the rest of us in use of the software and set up a number of YouTube channels for us.

We used three of these channels this year.

CALL IS: Technology Showcase

CALL IS: Electronic Village

CALL IS: Webcasting Team

This year the webcasting team was coordinated by Jennifer Meyer who went in the course of a little over a year from rank newbie to train herself in skills sufficient to competently lead the team at the conference this year.

We documented our learning journeys through these developments in a short history of CALL-IS webcasting over the years, and in an abbreviated report published in the CALL-IS newsletter.

In addition, I made the following presentations and blog posts last year in conjunction with developing my own understanding of this new technique:

Jennifer Meyer drives OBS while Vance Stevens monitors the stream and text chat at the Technology Fair webcasting “studio booth”picture by Juan Soto

I took on the job as sole roving reporter for the team at the conference this year. Mentored in this by James May, I used the Chameleon 3rd party app last year to make a few videos on my iPad, spontaneously shot as I moved around the Electronic Village, pointed my iPad, and pressed record. I tested the same app on Tuesday while we were setting up the room the evening before going live the following day, and uploaded this video to our Webcasting team channel:

Later James explained to me that this function was now taken over directly through YouTube/Live, so working through the YouTube app, I made the following videos from events taking place in the Electronic Village.

Roving reporter webcasts from the CALL-IS Electronic Village

These videos were streamed using Cameleon Live, https://www.cameleon.live/. When checked on Oct 8, 2018 the videos were found linked on YouTube but appearing like you see below, so I have de-linked them from here. But try, they could bounce back:



Christel Brodie surveys her audience from the podium at the Education Standard 2e, Teacher Training, Technology, Apps, and Digital Resources panel presentation. Christel’s presentation was interrupted several times by PA from a raffle being conducted elsewhere in the Exhibition Hall. In fairness, the rafflers turned down the volume when we reached them and explained the situation, but webcasting from such a space posed challenges for discerning audiophiles. – picture by Vance Stevens

Heather Benucci and Ellen Dougherty webcast Christel’s presentation, controlling the OBS Studio software and monitoring stream health, respectively. You can see how OBS allows you to queue scenes on the left side of the studio panel, where you can make manipulations and adjustments to them, while streaming what’s on the right. The queued view can be transitioned to the stream (with a variety of effects) at the press of a button between the panels. – picture by Vance Stevens

Webcasting Team output from the CALL-IS Technology Fair

As the webcasting happened over the three days of the conference, March 28-30, I updated the wiki at http://callis2018.pbworks.com with the YouTube URLs as they happened.

Here are the webcasts made by the team in the CALL Technology Fair over the course of these three days

Wednesday March 28

Webcasting team member Ellen Dougherty’s post to Facebook captured a standing room audience for the Mobile Apps for Education panel, as presenters demonstrated the calming effects of their Mindfulness app

Thursday March 29

vance_heather_webcasting_croppedWebcasting team members Heather Benucci, Vance Stevens, and James May (back to camera) project Rick Rosenberg’s presentation in the OER panel to the world at largepicture by Juan Soto

Friday March 30


Regarding the latter video, it was flagged for copyright violation by Volkswagen and taken down. If we can recover the video (do we have access to it ourselves?) we might remove the offending material and try re-uploading it.

Reactions and Reflections


Webcasts from TESOL Chicago, March 2018

The CALL-IS (computer-assisted language learning interest section) in TESOL has been webcasting informally from TESOL conferences since the turn of the century, but the initiative is almost becoming institutionalized now. Normally CALL-IS is given a presentation room at each conference to set up as it likes with webcasting equipment, but at this past conference in Chicago the webcasting was done from an area in the Exhibition Hall at the conference, openly, in other words.

Last word

James May produces the definitive CALL-IS Technology Fair view


Check out the panoramic view, very cool:

Just getting started with Video is Making it a SMALL world. Come learn more about how to use video with your students #tesol18 #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA


TESOL does not promote the existence of CALL-IS webcasts on its TESOL Inc. website. In order to find them you have to (know to) visit a wiki maintained by the webcast team in CALL-IS, http://callis2018.pbworks.com/

Whereas CALL-IS in TESOL make a valiant effort to stream a portion of the conference out to live audiences, IATEFL does a truly impressive job. And it’s officially promoted by the conference organizers and The British Council.

See the next episode in this podcast series for more information on IATEFL’s approach to sharing its conferences with the world and profession at large:

Scooped It!

Vance Stevens’s insight:
At https://learning2gether.net/2018/04/13/and-now-for-something-completely-different-iatefl-webcasting-from-2011-through-brighton-2018/, I note that TESOL, Inc. archives its conference recordings behind paywalls; whereas IATEFL freely shares its archives worldwide. However, the CALL Interest Section in TESOL has been webcasting under the radar from TESOL conferences since 2002, and at its 2018 conference, even more openly than before, from its booth in the conference Exhibition Hall. This post provides some background to this and links to video recordings of all presentions webcast from the CALL-IS Technology Fair and from the Electronic Village in the Exhibition Hall at TESOL 2018, Chicago.


TESOL 2018 Chicago: Preparing Teachers to Engage Learners with EVO Minecraft MOOC

Learning2gether episode #387

Preparing Teachers to Engage Learners with EVO Minecraft MOOC was given as an on-site and online demonstration at a CALL-IS Electronic Village Technology Fair event on Wed, 28 March, 10am CDT (1500 UTC) at the annual TESOL conference in Chicago, 2018

Vance Stevens and Jane Chien, both live on-site in Chicago
Aaron Schwartz and Jeff Kuhn, supporting online from Ohio University, USA
Heike Philp, streaming from Belgium

Summary of the presentation, in the program book

Join EVO Minecraft MOOC teachers, in their 4th year as a community of practice, live in Chicago or online in Minecraft. Experience EV participants interacting with community members, controlling avatars in Minecraft, and learning how Minecraft enables language learning. Have your questions answered; even join the community if you wish.

Abstract of the presentation

EVO Minecraft MOOC has been a TESOL Electronic Village Online session since its inception in 2015. Having just completed its 4th consecutive year as a viable and expanding EVO community of practice, co-moderators and participants in EVOMC18 will meet physically on-site in Chicago and online in Minecraft to convey an impression of what this community looks and feels like when it assembles virtually in-world. Participants can interact with live and online moderators and participants to learn how Minecraft enables language learning, have their questions answered, control an avatar in Minecraft, or even join the community if they wish.

How to find this in the CALL-IS Electronic Village events program book,

  • Where it says “Click on a session to show the schedule for that particular session”
  • Under Wednesday, March 28, 2018, click on Technology Fair: Self-Access 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Electronic Village (Exhibition Hall – Booth 491)

And this is what you should see:

Vance prepared a Smore flyer to be used as a handout at the event
replicated here as a series of screenshots


This handout is online at https://www.smore.com/f2z9g
You can download the Pdf of the Smore handout here:

From that I prepared a version in Word for the TESOL 2018 Chicago: http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/125033731/TESOL2018Chicago_MinecraftHANDOUT.pdf
The Word version gave me for more control over formatting, and a pdf of this Word handout was uploaded to our listing in the TESOL 2018 convention app at

The QR code in the handout was meant to take live participants at our session to the Google Docs collaborative space used by the four presenters, which we made public and touted as our “extended” handout:

This blog post is derived from the state of that document on April 1, 2018

Heike Philp streamed us live on Adobe Connect

We are very grateful to Heike Philp for offering to stream our event on Adobe Connect from where she is in Brussels. To do this she entered Minecraft and followed us around in world while we shared our screen from the conference in Chicago. Normally we use Discord when we meet in Minecraft, but for this event we spoke to each other in Adobe Connect.

Heike announced the stream of our event on Twitter



Announcements were also made …
on Facebook

and on Google+ Communities

Quick Links to EVO Minecraft MOOC session documents

Here is an archived view of our dynamic map as it was at one point during EVOMC18


Recordings and photos

Adobe Connect Recording – Heike got this 40 min Adobe Connect recording

Jane took a lot of photos


After the presentation in the Electronic Village, Jane and Vance ran over to the CALL-IS Technology Fair where we presented on EVOMC18 in the Best of EVO session being webcast from there. There’s more information on that here:

And here’s a shot of us doing that at the podium


Publications about EVO Minecraft MOOC

Kuhn, J. and Stevens, V. (2017). Participatory culture as professional development: Preparing teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom. TESOL Journal 8, 4:753–767. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.359 and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tesj.359/full.

Stevens, V. (2017). Gamifying Teacher Professional Development through Minecraft MOOC. In Zoghbor, W., Coombe, C., Al Alami, S. & Abu-Rmaileh, S. (Eds.). Language Culture Communication: Transformations in Intercultural Contexts. The Proceedings of the 22nd TESOL Arabia Conference. Dubai: TESOL Arabia. Pages 75-92. Available:

Dodgson, D. (2017). Digging deeper: Learning and re-learning with student and teacher Minecraft communities. TESL-EJ, Volume 20, Number 4, Available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume20/ej80/ej80int/. Also available at: http://www.tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej80/int.pdf; pp. 1-12 in pdf.

Kuhn, J. (2015). Meaningful Play – Making Professional Development Fun. TESL-EJ, Volume 18, Number 4, Available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej72/ej72int/. Also available at: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej72/int.pdf; pp. 1-8 in pdf.

Smolčec, M., Smolčec, F. and Stevens, V. (2014). Using Minecraft for Learning English. TESL-EJ 18, 2. Available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume18/ej70/ej70int/, pp. 1-15 inhttp://www.tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej70/int.pdf.

Presentations on EVO Minecraft MOOC

Presentations made in the course of conducting the Electronic Village Online EVO Minecraft MOOC January 14 through Feb 18, 2018

June 22, 2017 – Vance and Bobbi Stevens, Domagoj and Marijana Smolčec, Dakota Redstone, Maha Abdelmoneim, and Mircea Patrascu present EVO Minecraft MOOC at the Second Life MOOC 2017 online conference https://learning2gether.net/2017/06/22/vance-stevens-domagoj-and-marijana-smolcec-dakota-redstone-and-mircea-petrascu-mine-your-language-on-sl-mooc/

May 5, 2017 – Dave Dodgson, Jeff Kuhn, Vance Stevens, and other moderators of EVO Minecraft MOOC present at the 9th Virtual Round Table Web Conference, hosted by Heike Philp

The following online presentations were made in the course of conducting the Electronic Village Online EVO Minecraft MOOC January 8 through Feb 12, 2017

Apr 24, 2016 Vance presented “Minecraft and the gamification of teacher and student learning” at the SLMOOC16 annual online conference, which served as Learning2gether Episode 330,

Apr 17, 2016 Mircea Patrascu, Rose Bard, and Vance Stevens addressed online one of the IATEFL YLT SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars to discuss EVO Minecraft MOOC, Learning2gether Episode 329,

March 10, 2016 – Gamifying Teacher Professional Development through Minecraft MOOC presented by Vance Stevens at TESOL Arabia 2016 in Dubai,

Feb 21, 2016, “How effective is gamification for learners?” Question answered online by Vance Stevens For EFLtalks Answers 10×10 Sunday; Learning2gether Episode #319 https://learning2gether.net/2016/02/21/vance-stevens-talks-gamification-on-efltalks-answers-10×10/;
Slides, http://www.slideshare.net/vances/how-effective-is-gamification-for-learners

Feb 7, 2016 – Vance Stevens presented at the Connecting Online Conference on “EVO MineCraft MOOC and Gamification of Teacher Professional Development”

Feb 3, 2016 – Vance Stevens presented on “Learning2gether with EVO Minecraft MOOC and Gamification of Teacher Professional Development” online to theTechno-CLIL EVO (Electronic Village Online) session. The presentation used an early rendition of this slide show:

Nov 15, 2015 – Bron Stuckey and Vance Stevens with Filip and Marijana Smolčec presented on Learning2gether meets Moodle MOOC 7, EVO, and gamification in TPD at the 8th annual SLanguages Conference online

July 6, 2015 – Vance Stevens presented a short paper on-site at the XVII CALL Research Conference entitled Minecraft as a model for gamification in teacher training, about what we have learned so far from EVO Minecraft MOOC about the gamification of professional development, how learning the game of Minecraft (ultimately while trying to stay alive in Minecraft) can inform educators on how professional development can be structured in a more meaningful sense than that which many of us often encounter. Here are the links documenting this:


CALL-IS gave out certificates this year


Here is Jane’s:


This was unexpected 🙂


Keep those cards and letters coming, folks 🙂

And there’s s’more fluff from Smore, only 999,968 views away from going viral now 🙂


Hyperlinks to specific areas of our presentation

These links take you to the corresponding spaces in the expanded handout document we presented at the conference:



Smore flyer

More online/social spaces where this event is being tracked and announced

Quick Links to EVO Minecraft MOOC session documents

Recordings and photos

Adobe Connect Recording

Jane’s pictures

Publications about EVO Minecraft MOOC

Presentations on EVO Minecraft MOOC


Earlier events

Tue March 20 1400 UTC PhD candidate Filipo Lubua intereviews Vance Stevens about CALL academic entrepreneurialism


Sat March 23 The Global Leadership Summit – Streaming Live from Boston

We’re in Boston today for the third annual Global Leadership Summit, hosted by ASCD and GlobalEd Events. We invite you to join us for portions of our day through a livestream broadcast on Facedbook at https://www.facebook.com/globaledcon/ (click on “videos” to the left or refresh if you’re not seeing the live video).We will be streaming those parts of the program that are in bold in the agenda below. To see the speaker details, you can go HERE.

Agenda (US – Eastern Daylight Time)

8:00 – Coffee and sign-in
8:30 – Welcome
8:45 – Opening Keynote: Entryways to Global Education: Local Solutions for Going Global 
9:30 – Panel 1: Global Education Advocacy and Implementation Success Stories: Learning from Trailblazing Leaders
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Panel 2: Debating Global Education Barriers and Solutions: Expert Insights from Leaders in the Field
11:45 – Panel Debrief
12:00 – Lunch (provided)
12:30 – Ignite Talks
1:00 – Roundtable Workshops 1
1:45 – Roundtable Workshops 2
2:30 – Closing Discussion: Taking Ideas to Action 
3:30 – End of Event

About the Summit

Looking for innovative and effective ways to lead classroom, school, or district initiatives that prepare all students to thrive in college, careers, and as citizens in our diverse, globally-connected world? The day-long Global Leadership Summit, co-hosted by ASCD and the Global Education Conference Network, will convene classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and thought leaders to provide participants the unique opportunity to:

  • Develop the capacity to lead classrooms and educational systems that teach students empathy, valuing diverse perspectives, cross-cultural communication and collaboration skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving around real-world issues.
  • Network with innovative and inspiring teachers, principals, district leaders, thought leaders, and NGOs committed to educating students for a diverse, global society.
  • Receive resources and generate new ideas that can help you make immediate changes in your educational context.
  • Share best programs and practices in advocating for and implementing global learning initiatives with educators around the country and the world.
  • Find out how you can get involved with and utilize ASCD’s global engagement resources.
This professional learning event includes thought-provoking practitioner and expert panelists, inspiring ignite talks, and hands-on roundtable discussions that will provide practical tools, strategies, and ideas that you can immediately implement in your school, district, or organization. Lunch is included.
The Global Leadership Summit is a pre-conference special event at ASCD’s Empower18: The Conference for Every Educator and part of the Global Education Conference Network’s third annual Global Leadership Week.

Sat Mar 24 12pm EST Paula Fehlinger on Classroom 2.0 – Going Global in the Classroom with your Students

Saturday, March 24, 2018
“March Featured Teacher: Going Global in the Classroom with your Students”
Presented by Paula FehlingerOver the years, we have had presentations by many excellent educators who have shared their strategies and examples of global connection and collaboration with their students. In order to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world, young people need to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to engage in lifelong, cross-cultural learning and collaboration. More than ever, young people need the 21st-century skills for global competency, digital literacy, critical thinking and global collaboration among international peers. According to Anne Mirtschin, “Student’s believe that they can solve the problems of the world. If we help them to develop a global network and teach them how to collaborate then they may well do so!” We are really excited to have Paula Fehlinger as our March Featured Teacher who will be sharing her stories, experiences and teaching tools for helping her students to connect globally.Webinar Description:
Ready to break down the walls of your classroom and go global? Help students make real world connections to expand their world of learning. Learn how to use Twitter and Skype to make contacts and to participate in The Global Read Aloud, The Global Math Task Twitter Challenge and Mystery Skype Challenges on your schedule and at your own pace.Paula Fehlinger has been with the East Penn School District for 19 years and has taught both first and second grades at Wescosville Elementary School. She received her teaching certificate from Moravian College and earned Masters Degrees in Classroom Technology, Instructional Technology and Instructional Media from Wilkes University. Paula is a Keystone Technology Innovator Star 2016. She is currently working on becoming a Google Certified Educator. Paula is the second-grade level district leader at East Penn and serves on several committees within the district to support grading and curriculum initiatives. She also leads and teaches several PD courses in the district. Recently, Paula presented a session about taking her classroom global at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference in Hershey, PA. When she is not teaching, Paula enjoys cheering on her two sons, Colin and Carter, at their sporting and middle school events.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 “CREATE not just CONSUME: ENGAGING Strategies to Demonstrate Learning” session presented by Meredith Akers. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


The Best of EVO at TESOL, Chicago, 2018

Learning2gether Episode 388

Download mp3

The Best of EVO, Electronic Village Online http://evosessions.pbworks.com


Vance Stevens was asked by the CALL-IS Electronic Village organizing committee for TESOL Chicago to organize a “Best of EVO” event, scheduled March 28, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM CST at the CALL-IS Technology Fair space in the Exhibition Hall of the conference. The idea was to ask anyone involved in Electronic Village Online who might be at the conference to be a part of the presentation, one of a series that would be webcast live from the on-site conference. A call for participation was issued to EVO moderators and participants asking who might want to join us in Chicago, but the call was answered only by Martha Ramirez, whom Vance asked to help co-organize the event in case he could himself not be there.

Shifting to first person now: Since only two of us had come forward to fill the hour and 50 minutes allocated to the event, I took the initiative to open the call to online presenters. Since the plan was to webcast the event FROM the conference in Chicago, it seemed almost seamless to bring presenters from a distance TO Chicago over the same bandwidth we would be streaming out on. This way we netted several additional presenters to commit to joining us online from wherever they would be at the time of our presentation in Chicago. These were: Nellie Deutsch, Carrie Terry, Maha Hassan, Daniela Martino, and Mbarek Akaddar. The program was further rounded out by Diana Salazar, co-moderator of the Flipped Learning EVO session, who accompanied Martha Ramirez from Colombia, and Jane Chien who presented live with Vance on EVO Minecraft MOOC at an event which actually overlapped with the start of this one, so she was available to join the on-site presentation team.

Recorded on YouTube: https://youtu.be/HUEOyNB1wEI

Where online? In Zoom, link to be provided on the day. So that we could avoid the 30 minute limitation on the free version, Jonah Moos created an event under his account at Zoom and left it running for the duration of our presentation.

What? The following was proposed as a description of the event:

Coordinators, moderators, and participants in Electronic Village Online speak about their sessions and about how EVO functions. Moderators will overview their sessions, and participants are invited to describe their experiences as members of the EVO online community. Panelists will explain how to become involved as moderators or participants next year.

The handout prepared for the live presentation is at https://tinyurl.com/bestofevo

The live and online presenters collaborated in a Google Doc space and came up with the following program. This blog post is derived largely from that document. The links below will take you back to that document, the content from which was copied here on April 2, 2018.

Presentation details

Live on-site presentations

Online presentations

Presentation details

This presentation was listed in the CALL-IS schedule, distributed in convention bags at registration, and available online here: https://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php


Where it says “Click on a session to show the schedule for that particular session”

Under Wednesday, March 28, 2018, click on

The Electronic Village Online (EVO): Best of 2018 – 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM – Technology Showcase (Exhibition Hall – Booth 540)

Screenshot: https://www.screencast.com/t/JkHPZf5IwK 

Live on-site presentations

10:00 to 10:45 – Martha Ramirez introduced the event with a Welcome to the Best of EVO

Martha Ramirez will open this symposium and explain how we will handle its mixture of on-site and online presenters. She can briefly overview how the Electronic Village Online bridges the work of the Electronic Village between on-site TESOL conferences.


10:45 to 11:00 – Martha Ramirez and Diana Salazar: Flipped Learning in Language Teaching: Highlights and reflections

This presentation highlights the five-week online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes. Participants practiced with various video creation tools, gained skills in curating already existing media, and learned how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices.

Martha’s blog post on Flipped Learning:

Martha Ramirez, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia (contacto@martharamirez.com.co)

Martha Ramirez has an MA in Education from the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) with an emphasis on Bilingualism and Technology. She is currently an English professor at the same university and is an independent academic consultant. Her main research interests include pronunciation pedagogy, flipped learning, and the use of ICTs in ELT. Martha is involved in a number of flipped learning projects which include moderating the flipped learning EVO session, being a Master Teacher for Flipped Learning Global Initiative – FLGI, teaching a Flipped learning MA course, and participating as an expert in Flipped Learning Certification Level II and Differentiation Specialist FLGI courses.

Diana Salazar, Saint Matthew School, Colombia (dianaksalazar21@gmail.com)

Diana K. Salazar works as the Head of the Foreign Language Department at Saint Matthew School in Bogota and also teaches at the Language Center from Sergio Arboleda University. She has been teaching for 10 years, implementing elements from different teaching paradigms and methods. Her areas of research in Applied Linguistics are identity and teacher education. With Flipping, she is currently at a padawan status, but hopes to keep on sharing her experiences to the teaching community and grow stronger with the flipping force.

11:00 to 11:15 –  Vance Stevens and Jane Chien presented Four Years of EVO Minecraft MOOC


EVO Minecraft MOOC is for interested teachers to join in playing Minecraft in order to learn from each other about how Minecraft is being used for language learning.  In the process we learn about gamification as we experience a unique participatory culture. This presentation discusses EVO Minecraft MOOC, which has been an EVO session for the last four years, in the context of the Electronic Village Online from its beginnings in 2001 to the current year.

Relevant links


Vance Stevens and Jane Chien came along hurriedly after finishing their presentation on Minecraft in the Electronic Village. You can find out more about that presentation here:


Vance Stevens, HCT / CERT / KBZAC, Al AIn, UAE, vancestev@gmail.com

Vance works as EFL English Faculty at the air college in Al Ain, UAE. His online work includes founder of Webheads in Action, On the Internet editor for TESL-EJ, a podcast series Learning2gether with apprx. 390 episodes, and since 2002 one of the coordinators of TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online. Vance has passed his 4th year as founder / coordinator  / co-moderator of EVO Minecraft MOOC.

Jane Chien, has taught pre-service EFL teachers for 12 years and is an assistant professor at the National Taipei University of Education. She is currently a visiting scholar at University of Central Florida, Orlando. She advocates that learners’ agency in Minecraft promotes English language learning.

CALL-IS gave out certificates this year. Here’s mine:


Jane also got a certificate


Online presentations

11:15 to 11:25 – Carrie Terry: Observations as both Moderator and Participant on Teaching Pronunciation Differently


This session highlights the experiences of the presenter as a moderator and a participant in the EVO session about teaching pronunciation. The session focuses on the ‘Articulatory Approach’, which teaches students what to do with their mouths to sound right.

Download the PowerPoint

Carrie Terry is PT Lecturer in EFL at Warwickshire College, UK, and Director of Clear Pronunciation (clearpronunciation.co.uk). She has been a moderator (2017 and 2018) and participant (2015 and 2016) on Teaching Pronunciation Differently.  

11:25 to 11:35 – Maha Hassan: Are You a Fair Tester?


Are you responsible for setting monthly and annual exams? Does this cause you a lot of stress? What tools do you use to help you? Join us to find out about successful and practical online and offline tools that can ease your mission!! This session highlights the EVO 2018 session designed for those responsible for setting monthly and annual exams. Participants in this session learned online and offline tools that can help them and alleviate the stress of managing testing.

Relevant links



Maha Hassan, Arab Academy for Training Technology, maha.professionaltrainer@gmail.com

Maha is a Teacher Trainer, founder of Teaching ESL Hub and Head of English Dept.at Arab Academy for Training Technology. She has presented at International Conferences and has had a number of articles published as well. She blogs on http://teachingenglishcafe.blogspot.com.eg/

11:35 to 11:45 – Nellie Deutsch: Teaching as a Way to Learn


Nellie Deutsch will highlight how screencast-o-matic and PoodLL engage teachers in peer teaching and learning by teaching. The presenter will discuss her experiences in moderating two EVO sessions, Moodle for Teachers for the past 6 years and Teaching EFL to Young Learners for the past 4 years.

Relevant links

Nellie Deutsch, University of Phoenix

Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technologist, curriculum and instruction developer, blended learning practitioner, relationship-based mentor, researcher, writer, speaker, and online community builder. She combines technology with mindfulness, the Alexander technique, and the Silva Method. She has been teaching English as a foreign language in high school and higher education face-to-face for over 35 years and teacher professional development online for over 20. She speaks at online and face-to-face conferences and organizes annual informal MOOCs (Moodle and Virtual World), online conferences (Connecting Online and Moodle Moot Virtual Conference), and gives free online courses and webinars at Moodle for Teachers and MMVC. Nellie joined the Webheads in 2004 and EVO in 2005. She had the honour of leading the coordination team in EVO18.  For more information on Nellie’s extensive credentials, click here.

11:45 to 11:55 – Daniela Martino: Teaching Listening: Principles, Techniques and Technologies


This session highlights the EVO session about teaching listening, a skill that a lot of teachers find tricky to teach. Participants in this session designed, experimented with, and discussed a range of listening activities informed by research and expanded their knowledge of online resources and tech tools for teaching listening.

Slide presentation: http://callis2018.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/125045091/Teaching%20Listening%20presentation.pptx

Daniela L. Martino, Universidad de La Plata – ISFD 97, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Daniela is a teacher of English and Sworn Translator at Universidad de La Plata. She holds a Diploma in Education and ICT and is currently doing an MA in Technology-mediated Learning (Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina). She has been working as an EFL teacher at different levels for twenty years. She has also been an EFL pre and in service teacher trainer, lecturing in Applied Phonetics since 2009. Her research interests include the integration of ICT in teaching programmes, particularly in the teaching of segmental and suprasegmental features of spoken English.

11:55 to 12:05 – Mbarek Akaddar: Online Tools used in  EVO Sessions


This session will highlight some of the many tools used to moderate and participate in the Electronic Village Online sessions.

Relevant links


Mbarek Akaddar, Hassan II High School, Beni Mellal, Morocco

Mbarek has been

  • a teacher of English as a foreign language for thirty years at Hassan II High School
  • EVO Lead coordinator 2016-2017
  • Microsoft Innovative Education Trainer
  • Adobe Education Trainer
  • Certified Flipgrid Ambassador
  • E-Teacher and IEARN Master Teacher

Online/social spaces where this event is being tracked and announced

This event was webcast as described here, http://callis2018.pbworks.com

Best of EVO – http://callis2018.pbworks.com/w/page/122463819/Best%20of%20EVO%202018

YouTube recording: https://youtu.be/HUEOyNB1wEI

Find this extended Google Doc handout at

To download the 2-page handout prepared for the conference, visit


Nellie Deutsch posted a pre-conference announcement here



That long link brings you here: http://callis2018.pbworks.com/

And Vance Stevens announced the event in several locations,

e.g. as Learning2gether episode 388



Other social networks to which Vance posted the above announcement

Announcements were made …

on Facebook

On Google+ Communities


PhD candidate Filipo Lubua intereviews Vance Stevens about CALL academic entrepreneurialism

Learning2gether Episode #386

Download mp3:

On March 20, Filipo Lubua interviewed Vance Stevens about his role as an CALL academic entrepreneur.

Filipo Lubua is a doctoral student in the Instructional Technology program at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Greg Kessler, one of his dissertation advisors, recommended Vance to Filip as a suitable participant for his research, a study to understand academic entrepreneurial activities related to Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL).
As Filipo sees it, a CALL academic entrepreneur is any faculty, staff or graduate student who has created one or more technological tools or services that aim at providing support for language learning and/or teaching in any level of education. CALL entrepreneurs may not necessarily have established companies or firms for distributing their tools or services, but will have customers or target group of people who benefit from those products or services. In this episode, Filipo talks with Vance about the path he took during entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and exploitation, and the outcomes of that entrepreneurial endeavor.

Where? Google Hangout on Air

Vance’s normal streaming computer was out of commission and I had to use my wife’s Macbook. To record the hangout, I downloaded Screencast-o-Matic for the purpose. It did a great job as far as getting set up was concerned, and I was easily able to record my screen and audio, but the free version recording stopped after 15 minutes. At least it provides a talking head to associate with the audio that Filipo was recording and shared with me.

15 min Recording: https://youtu.be/UWkp_B7Nmx8

The mp3 of full the full two hour conversation is here

Announcements were made …

on Facebook

On Google+ Communities


Earlier events

Sun March 11 14:00 UTC Learning2gether with Helaine Marshall – International Film Club


March 15-17 VWBPE2018 virtual conference

The Call for Proposals for the VWBPE 2018 Conference is OPEN!


Shalley Minocha presents

Participants tune in to VWPBE events

What scares you, but intrigues you about the new tech trends that are coming, and how can they be used for our purposes?

What exciting potential do you see in Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality? How do we bring them into the classroom, the boardroom, the office, the studio – to push the boundaries of what we do thus far?

The three formats for this year’s conference presentations are Spotlight Presentations, Hands on Technology Workshops, and Compass Points Roundtable Discussions. Proposals for Exhibits and Immersive Experiences are open now as well. We are a community, and everyone has an opportunity to share, whether you are an educator or have another role. VWBPE is not just for teachers!

The deadline for presentation proposals is January 8, 2018. That seems like a long way off, but it will be here before you know it! Your colleagues want to know what you’re working on, and what you’re interested in. You want to know what they are working on – encourage the people you know to send in their proposals!


Sat Mar 17 1200 EST – Meredith Akers on Classroom 2.0 – CREATE not just CONSUME

Saturday, March 17, 2018
“CREATE not just CONSUME: ENGAGING Strategies to Demonstrate Learning”
Presented by Meredith AkersWe are delighted to welcome Meredith Akers as our special guest presenter for this week’s webinar! It is so exciting to be able to feature and learn from an administrator who “walks the talk” with the amazing ways she incorporates and models the use of technology with her teachers!Webinar Description: Let’s get students using tech to not only consume content but to CREATE! Not only does creation get students thinking at much higher levels, it is also much more engaging! Learn cool strategies students will be excited to work on in your classroom from easily creating animated videos to creating voice command choose-your-own-adventure stories to creating your own gifs, memes and many more simple to implement strategies that your students will love!Meredith Akers is a wife, mom, and elementary school administrator who believes that the best way to help others grow is to model expectations through relationship building, staff developments, meetings, hallway interactions, reflection, technology integration and application, and instructional practices. Her daily aspiration is to make a positive impact and to leave those she serves better off for having interacted with her.

Meredith currently serves as Assistant Principal at Ault Elementary in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD outside of Houston, TX. She is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 and a FlipGrid Certified Educator. Meredith has led numerous professional development sessions on her campus, for her district, at conferences, and as a consultant including book studies, Google apps workshops, and training for school leaders to better utilize tech tools. Meredith is passionate about helping educators connect and grow. She is a co-founder and co-moderator of #CFISDAPchat (every other Thursday at 8:00pm CST) and co-moderator of #TXed (each and every Wednesday night at 8:30pm CST). Join the conversation!

Meredith blogs at meredithakers.com about educational leadership, ed tech tools and applications, and great instructional practices. You can connect with Meredith on Twitter by following @Meredith Akers.

Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20

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 “Differentiate Instruction with HyperDocs in the Elementary Classroom”” session presented by Joli Boucher. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


Learning2gether with Helaine Marshall – International Film Club

Learning2gether Episode #385

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Helaine Marshall used  http://learning2gether.pbworks.com the way I have always intended. She is a writer at that wiki, she wanted to share with the community what she and her colleagues have been doing with their iEARN collaborative project the International Film Club, so she created an event for Sunday March 11 at the sweet-spot time of 14:00 UTC and arranged to use the Bb Collaborate Webheads Virtual Room at that time. Then she appeared as scheduled and presented her work on this impressive project. Vance handled the streaming, and this (eventually) popped out the other end:

International Film Club is an iEARN Project.  https://iearn.org/cc/space-2/group-554  Here you can connect youth in a global effort to build mutual understanding and intercultural bridges through shared experiences with films and robust online interactions, both synchronous and asynchronous.

This project launched in January 2017 with a partnership between the presenter Helaine Marshall, from Long Island University, Hudson Campus, in New York, NY, Fay Stump at John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia, and Khalid Fetih at OKE Language School in Berkane, Morocco.  This year they are also collaborating with SIMA, https://simaawards.org/aboutsima,
curator of documentary films for young people that promote global awareness.

Here is the link to the Bb Collaborate recording of a recent presentation at the GEC – Global Education Conference – held in November, 2017:  (Bb Collaborate – full version): http://bit.ly/BBCollFilmClub or http://bit.ly/IntFilmClub
(audio and slides, without webcam and chat)

Laine tweeted, https://t.co/BiOYFN3231


The link is to the Bb Collaborate recording above

The Learning2gether version of the talk on March 11 took place here:

You can get help at Chatwing as well if you need it. You can use the embed below to chat or visit the link above in your browser.

All are welcome, hope to see you there.

The following recordings were made: 

Announcements were made …

on Facebook

On Google+ Communities

On Twitter


It was a great presentation, so what went wrong?

As soon as the session ended and I checked for the recorded video, I found this notice:

2018-03-12_0531strikeRead this here as well: https://www.screencast.com/t/1bAcVLkz

I had configured YouTube to tweet the event announcment, which it dutifully did


To which I replied

The video was removed by a bot at YouTube because it was found to be in violation of something it detected, possibly a URL posted in the video description. Here is the message I received from YouTube
(from the text in the pink slip posted as an image above).As you may know, our Community Guidelines describe which content we allow – and don’t allow – on YouTube. Your video “Learning2gether with Helaine Marshall – International Film Club” was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.Video content restrictions
It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube. If the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate our spam policies. In addition, misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed. Tags should only be placed in the appropriate tag section and not in the description.——————–My take:
Learning2gether is a community of practice of educators, totally non-profit, which has built a large archive, 358 episodes, of talks given by educators seeking to inform one another of our best practices, often by streaming on YouTube. An algorithm at YouTube appears to be objecting to the nature of our content.
This happened about a year ago as well, and it is the second time for me. It happens immediately through something I included in the description, possibly the link to the iEARN site. My bad, but the reaction and possible loss of content seems overly drastic. I will appeal when I get time. I did that before but the appeal was rejected outright with no explanation apart from sending me to a set of interconnecting links. There didn’t seem to be any way to appeal the rejection or get in touch with a human in the process.
Meanwhile, Khalid too had noticed that the link I had tweeted was not working, so I had to explain to Helaine and Khalid why the YouTube link did not work

Dear Helaine and Khalid,

I’m very sorry about this. As I said, I experienced this once before, about a year ago. This time, when I started the stream I copied this from your description and posted it
International Film Club is an iEARN Project.  https://iearn.org/cc/space-2/group-554   Learn how you can connect youth in a global effort to build mutual understanding and intercultural bridges through shared experiences with films and robust online interactions, both synchronous and asynchronous.  This project launched in January 2017 with a partnership between a public high school in the US and a language school in Morocco.  This year we are also collaborating with SIMA, https://simaawards.org/aboutsima, curator of documentary films for young people that promote global awareness.  
This seems to have been flagged under this stipulation
This is what I received immediately after the steam ended
I believe the triggers may have been URLs used in the description or in the fact that I did not take time to hand craft a description of what you were doing prior to starting the stream.
These actions taken by YouTube come without warning, like a slap in the face, and there is never any explanation  of why apart from an endless loop of links explaining their policies. There is a one-time chance to appeal. You get to state your case in 200 characters max. Last time, rejection of a similar appeal came quickly.
Here is what I wrote (exactly 200 characters)
This video one in series of educational videos posted to Learning2gether.net since 2009. Educators explain and share their work, no money involved, appreciated by niche audience, each unique, not spam
Here is where I posted that
You can see that it’s a single line text input box not large enough for the full 200 characters. So I composed in Notepad and kept adjusting there trying to get the biggest bang for my 200 characters. I gritted my teeth and hit SUBMIT.
Happy Ending!
I was not emailed directly with the outcome of my appeal, but happily the video appeared online in my YouTube channel.  I wrote this in reply to Maha in our Google conversation:
+Maha Abdelmoneim Good news, YouTube allowed me 200 characters to appeal their robot’s decision to take down our video. A human mechanic who was tuning the robot’s instant-rejectoid module happened to see it and made an adjustment that caused to robot to let this one go.
Order is restored and the video is now available for viewing at https://youtu.be/mtA32hr3ysg
To which Maha replied,

Earlier events

Sun Feb 25 1400 UTC EVO 2018 annual closing ceremony


Sat Mar 3 Heather Moser on Classroom 2.0 Enhancing Relationships through Modern Technology Tools

Saturday, March 3, 2018
“Enhancing Relationships through Modern Technology Tools”Come hear how Heather Moser, the lone tech integration specialist for her district uses a variety of technology tools to build and enhance relationships. As the only tech coach supporting 8,000 students, 529 teachers, and spanning 10 buildings necessity has propelled her to support teachers and their integration efforts K-12 in creative ways. With building and enhancing relationships as her foundation see how she stitches together various web based tools to create a comfortable yet innovative culture for teachers to transform their classrooms. Tools discussed include G Suite Apps: Sites, Classroom, Docs, Slides, Forms, Sheets, Calendar, YouTube, and Meet, also, Flipgrid, Remind, Seesaw, Book-me, Screencast-o-matic, and Twitter.Heather has been with East Penn School District in Emmaus, PA since 2004, as an elementary classroom teacher, Instructional Support Teacher and now as K-12 Technology Integration Specialist. Prior to coming to East Penn she served in the Nazareth School District as an Instructional Technology / Gifted Support Teacher for six years and in the Reading School District as an elementary classroom teacher for four years. She have a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Supervision along with a K-12 Principal’s Certificate from Penn State. Currently, she is pursuing the EDGE letter of Endorsement from Wilkes University and is a Google Certified Educator and Apple Teacher. As the Technology Integration Specialist Heather seeks out innovation and works through it’s practical implementation across all 10 buildings in the district which keeps her happily engaged in new and exciting projects.The other big loves in her life are her two sons, Jackson age 11 and Luke age 8, and her husband Mark. She spends a lot of time supporting these three guys in their endeavors which include basketball, baseball, 4H, and farming. They have the great pleasure of living on their family farm with a herd of registered Holsteins which her husband and father-in-law milk twice a day. It’s a wonderful place to raise children and Heather is often outside riding along in a tractor, working in the many gardens around their home, or doing her favorite free time activity which is walking their two dogs through the fields.Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20

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 “Dive into Inquiry” session presented by Trevor MacKenzie. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Mon March 5 1900 CET Globinar with Alicia Bankhofer – It’s not about apps, it’s about ideas

E4.512-1878: It’s not about apps, it’s about ideas!
Alicia Bankhofer / Host: Elke Höfler
05. 03. 2018 | 19:00h – 20:30h CET
Access Link: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/aboutideas/

These Globinars are organized by Jürgen Wagner

Here is the previous, constantly expanding program:


Also to be found at: http://globinars.blogspot.de/

There will be some changes:

March 7 1900 UTC TESOL Applied Linguistics and CALL Interest Sections webinar on Technology in Language Acquisition Research and Pedagogy

The Applied Linguistics and CALL Interest Sections are proud to announce a webinar we will jointly host on March 7, 2018, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (in the U.S).  The seminar’s topic is Technology in Language Acquisition Research and Pedagogy.  

The webinar is scheduled for 1 hour, during which Dr. Shannon Sauro (Malmö University) and Dr. Volker Hegelheimer (Iowa State University) will discuss the applications of current technology in effective language teaching and in conducting language acquisition research across the world.  The presenters will also take questions from the audience.  The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Christel Broady (Georgetown College).

The webinar is free.   For your convenience, here are the times for the webinar if you are not located in the Eastern Time Zone of the Americas.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Pacific Time
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Central Time
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Eastern Time
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Central European Time
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Greenwich Mean Time

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
Technology in Language Acquisition Research and Pedagogy: A Free Webinar Offered by TESOL International Association’s CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) and AL (Applied Linguistics) Interest Sections

Looking forward to your participation in the webinar and apologize for any crossposting duplication of this message,

Christel Broady
CALL Steering Committee member and CALL Webinar Organizer

Thu Mar 8 2018 UTC to 2300 UTC Library 2.018 free webinar on Design Thinking

We’re only days away from our Library 2.018 mini-conference: Design Thinking: How Librarians Are Incorporating It Into Their Practice, which will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, March 8th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Sign up now and we’ll send your our Design Thinking for Libraries resource packet.This event is being organized in partnership with Steven J. Bell, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker.

When IDEO, a globally recognized design firm, partnered with the Chicago Public Library to create the Design Thinking Toolkit for Libraries it greatly demystified the design thinking process and gave the library community a resource to more easily implement a design challenge in their own organization. Design thinking is a process designers use to thoughtfully identify problems and then, using a team-based approach, develop prototypes useful for implementing an elegant solution. In response to the growing interest in design thinking, this event will provide attendees with both insights into the process and examples of how librarians are integrating it into their practice. If you’ve been hearing about design thinking and want to learn more about how you can develop and lead a design challenge at your library, this is your opportunity.

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this event.

This is a free event, being held online.
to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards. Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #librarydesignthinking 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. 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.

Sat Mar 10 1400 UTC EuroCALL VWSG SIG webinar on World Language Teacher Education TPACK and Machinima

Eurocall SIG VW&SG

Dear Virtual Worlds and Games aficionados,

Please, note the following event in your diary:

Date: 10th March 2018

Time: 2:00pm – GMT/UTC

(convert to your time zone: http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/?t=2:00pm&tz=Dublin& )

Event: Webinar

By: Dr Alina Horlescu

Title: “Infusing Digital Literacies into World Language Teacher Education TPACK with Machinima”

Details on access to webinar closer to the date

We are really pleased to have Alina Horlescu hold a webinar for us this week! Do join us for “Infusing Digital Literacies into World Language Teacher Education TPACK with Machinima” 🙂

DATE: Saturday 10th of March
TIME: 2:00pm GMT (for your time zone, use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock )  PLACE: http://connect.uclan.ac.uk/sigweb1/


Infusing Digital Literacies into World Language Teacher Education TPACK with Machinima
Dr. Alina Horlescu alina.horlescu2@mail.dcu.ie    Studies indicate that many language teachers have a tendency to view language as an abstract linguistic system and are, therefore, hesitant to acknowledge new dimensions of literacy and that learning a language in the digital age involves new communicative competencies including the ability to construct knowledge collaboratively and create and interpret texts that combine various resources made available by digital technologies. This presentation reports on a recently completed PhD study conducted to investigate the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) of language teachers engaged in the digital literacy practice of producing a multimodal ensemble with machinima with a view to proposing an updated TPACK model for integration of digital literacies into language teacher education. To this end, language teachers participated in a course specifically designed to train them to make machinima videos as well as prompt them to reflect on the affordances of the tool and their transformative effect on the concepts of language and literacy. This presentation discusses the main findings of the study and introduces a reconceptualised TPACK model for integration of digital literacies into language teacher education. The model includes ecological perspectives on language and language learning and teaching and a metalanguage that would enable teachers to discuss and explain the creation of various mode relationships enabled by digital tools.