Vance Stevens presents ‘lightning talk’ on Engaging students in gamified classrooms using Minecraft

This is a work in progress, decorative effects to follow …

Vance Stevens’s proposal to present virtually in the lightning talks portion of the Games and Learning Community Group session at EDUCAUSE (in Denver this year) was recently accepted.¬†The Games and Learning Community Group session will take place on Thursday, November 1 at 9:45am-11:15am MT in Meeting Room 403.

According to the organizers, “lightning talks are limited to 5 minutes and should include easy ways for attendees to learn more about the topic if interested. This may include your contact information, links to additional resources, or a copy of the presentation.” They go on to say, “live demos at a conference can be tricky, especially if they require a solid internet connection. You may wish to record videos as an alternative to streaming or live demos.” In the end they requested a video and were reluctant to deal with live presenters at a distance.

That video will appear here when it’s created (wait for it ūüôā

The title of my talk, and the proposal that was accepted, are as follows:

Learn to engage your students in a gamified classroom through experiencing the participatory culture inherent in Minecraft by interacting with like-minded teaching peers in EVO Minecraft MOOC

Minecraft is a game that for the past decade has caught and sustained the attention of teachers wanting to introduce elements of gamification into their classrooms. However, there are two steep hurdles for teachers: (1) the complexity and depth of the game itself, and (2) understanding how students will interact and communicate with each other in promoting their self-directed critical and collaborative learning. EVO Minecraft MOOC is preparing to enter its 5th year engaging teachers hands-on with peers in the participatory culture their students will experience when playing the game of Minecraft. This presentation explains how you can join us.

The recorded talk will make a handy trailer for a talk I’m scheduled to give at WorldCALL 2018 at 3pm on Friday, November 16 in Concepci√≥n, Chile. The talk is due to last only 30 minutes and I have just been informed that

  1. I must bring a Microsoft PPT or PDF of  my slides on a thumb drive to Concepción and submit it to technical staff there in person at least 3 hours prior to my talk,
  2. The presentation will be loaded by technical staff onto the computer in the presentation room where I will be, and
  3. No presenter(s) is(are) allowed to use their own device to give their presentation

This is a bit limiting. I’m surprised that at a WorldCALL conference there would not be some means of uploading these files online. Using thumb drives where so many presenters will be inserting them into the same computers is a bit promiscuous, though I presume they feel they have protected their environment. Also it means that all presentations, both those presented and those attended when the presenter is not presenting, will be subject to gradual death by PowerPoint. I like to liven PPT up with video, especially when my topic is Minecraft, and possibly even demo the game from the podium, maybe even with other participants joining me online. Also I prefer to put my slides at Google Docs and present from a tablet. I like to walk about and swipe the screen untethered from the podium and the mouse attached to the computer there, much easier to engage with an audience that way. So I’m disappointed that scope for creativity will be constrained for all concerned, but that’s their concepcion of WordCALL, and I’ll do my best to make my part as interesting as I can; the topic is one I’m passionate about ūüôā

At any rate, here are the title, abstract, and summary of my talk coming up in Chile

Gamifying teacher professional development through Minecraft MOOC


EVO Minecraft MOOC is an ongoing community of practice of language teaching practitioners which invites newcomers to join in every January / February and then continues throughout the year with a dedicated group of teaching peers who have been interacting online in Minecraft for the past 4 years. This presentation explains how the group was formed, how it functions, and what we have learned about gamifying learning by experiencing it ourselves when playing the game Minecraft with one another. More importantly we reflect continually on how this informs our approach to teaching and learning. This presentation shares our insights and perspectives with our audience and invites them to join us online if they wish to learn more about what gamification feels like as a learning experience.


Electronic Village Online is an annual teacher training event run under the auspices of TESOL CALL-IS. EVO Minecraft MOOC is a 5-week session that has taken place in Minecraft, a wiki, and Google+ Community space each Jan / Feb since 2015. The presenter conceived the idea for EVO Minecraft MOOC as a way that he himself could develop expertise in the game and thereby use it with students. Other teachers were attracted to the concept, including some who had some experience in the game. Participants were attracted to the session for the same reasons — not that their learning paths had been prescribed for them in a neatly pre-set syllabus but that by entering the ‚Äúgame‚ÄĚ or session, learning would happen for them in a way that participants would come to understand by experiencing the process that Ito et al (2010) characterize as ‚Äúhanging out, messing around, and geeking out.‚ÄĚ

We have found that Minecraft is capable of reversing the normal student teacher dichotomy whereby teachers traditionally are assumed to know more than their students. We have found through the experience of participants in our EVO session that that participants tend to take charge of their learning by guiding one another in the vagaries of the game.

This presentation explains what teachers (who are learning about the game through the experience of playing it as learners) are learning about designing worlds within the game context that will meet their curriculum objectives and create an engaging and enjoyable experience and task-based environment for learners. But above all, the paper explores how teachers can be made aware of the affordances of Minecraft by creating such spaces for one another and interacting in those spaces. It also serves as an example of how we teachers can use what we have learned through our experience with MOOCs to form communities of practice to reboot our own learning, using the community as curriculum (Cormier, 2008).

Ergo …

It seems that if I said pretty much that, reworded more conversationally and with some elaboration, this would take about 5 minutes

I’ll work on that part in a Google Doc (this one)

You can follow the creation process there and I’ll update this post with the video before Nov 1.


Teaching Online with iTDi and International Facilitation Week

Learning2gether Episode 394

I have joined and plan to blog some of my experiences with the iTDi course I have just started attending as a participant, Teaching Online with Heike Philp. This is a 4-week course to learn how to teach online, or if you are already experienced at that, to improve your technique. It’s not free, but it provides participants with multiple perspectives on how online courses might be constructed and delivered. It follows on the one I reviewed in my previous post, the¬†5-Day ESL Edtech Jumpstart Challenge with Jacqueline Vulcano

The live sessions take place 4 times on Sundays, at 1pm GMT and started on 7 October. I am not allowed to share iTDi proprietary links or materials here, but I can share my own postings, such as this video from Week 2 in the course.

Week 2 –¬†Vance Stevens models and demonstrates teacher autonomy with ELT teachers in Tehran

This is raw video from Oct 19, 2018 when Vance Stevens accepted an invitation to speak to Hossein Vakili’s teacher training class at Raja Language Institute in Tehran¬† about learner autonomy, which I suggests has to start out with teachers themselves becoming autonomous learners.¬†This was done as Episode 394 in and also as a project for an iTDi class being given by Heike Philp on Teaching Online. It was also an opportunity for me to model and demonstrate my teaching philosophy to a group of engaged learners based on my experience practicing and reflecting on my teaching philosophy, and¬†discuss my teaching philosophy in the context of teacher autonomy with teacher trainees in Tehran

The presentation is based on Stevens, Vance. (2007). The Multiliterate Autonomous Learner: Teacher Attitudes and the Inculcation of Strategies for Lifelong Learning. Independence, Winter 2007 (Issue 42) . Available:

Associated slides are posted here:

This was not meant to be a top down presentation; it was meant to be a conversation. Hossein’s students were to read / review Vance‚Äôs materials and be prepared to ask questions in order to hold a conversation with the invited speaker (15 min). Online participants in the event will then be invited to speak to Hossein and his students about their view of online facilitation (15 min).

The presentation was in¬†Zoom in Vance’s space at, Anyone interested was welcome to attend and speak to Hossein and his students/teachers in Tehran, on October 19, 2018, 05:30 a.m. UTC.

Week 1 in the course

The assignment for week 1 was to pair yourself with someone else in the class and create a lesson to teach that person something of your choosing. I teamed with Hossein Vakili in Iran and decided for my project to teach how to introduce oneself in Arabic. I created a set of  slides which would allow me to present students with visual prompts of what to say during a typical first meeting with an Arabic speaker. I provided a spoken model while delivering the lesson, and got students to repeat the utterances as I flipped through the slides showing them what they might say next.

The lesson was supposed to last for ten minutes, and at the end of that time, I was able to engage Hossein in a scripted conversation. When I repeated the lesson with two volunteers from the iTDi class on Sunday Oct 14, I was able to get them talking to me in a reasonable semblance of an introduction in Arabic ending in an invitation to have tea.

Here is what it looked like when I recorded it in Zoom with Hossein:


International Facilitation Week and Online Facilitation Unconference

This brings us to International Facilitation Week, which just started today, at

I have registered in the Online Facilitation Unconference again this year. It is the 5th year when this unconference has been facilitated in conjunction with IFA, and my second year to attend. Last year I posted a session on¬†Sun, October 22, 2017 –¬†Learning2gether with¬†Hanaa Khamis¬†‚Äď Voice Apps for Developing Speaking and Writing Activities ‚Äď and the Online Facilitation Unconference

This year I have posted the following event for Oct 19, the first day of the Unconference:

This segued nicely with the Week 2 assignment for the Teaching Online course. Here is the event description, as posted at

Hossein and Vance had connected via Heike Philp’s iTDi class the week before and as a result of that Hossein asked Vance to present at a web conference for his teachers and colleagues at Raja Language Institute¬†in Tehran and speak to them about learner autonomy, which Vance suggests has to start out with teachers themselves becoming autonomous learners.

The presentation is based on a paper I wrote in 2007, now dated in details concerning software that was available back then, but still quite current in principle (same valid principles, different software).



Vance’s short bio statement

Vance Stevens has worked in CALL for 40 years. He started Learning2gether in 2009, and has hosted almost 400 podcasts. He is on the editorial board of the CALL Journal and also serves on the executive board ofAPACALL. He has been editor of the On the Internet column for TESL-EJsince 2003. He has served as TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online coordinator/moderator since 2003, where he started Webheads in Action in 2002 and more recently conceived, and currently co-moderates, EVO Minecraft MOOC, He archives his numerous publications and presentations at


Earlier this week

Mon Sept 24-Fri Sept 28- 5-Day ESL Edtech Jumpstart Challenge with Jacqueline Vulcano

Thu Oct 4 OLLReN 2018 Annual Online Conference

OLLReN 2018 Annual Online Conference on Research into using Technology for Language Learning, organized by the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG, Laureate International Universities and Cambridge University Press, took place on Oct 4, 2018

Get the recorded replay here, and at Hash tag #OLLReN2018


ESL Edtech Jumpstart Challenge with Jacqueline Vulcano, reviewed

Learning2gether has been on a long break while my wife and I have been focused on uprooting ourselves from the UAE, our country of residence for the past 21 years, and getting situated in a new country, Malaysia. Routine and workflow have been pretty much shattered, getting established in a new apartment and installing wifi,¬† while awaiting a shipment to arrive with things we couldn’t pack into suitcases, just getting around shopping and exploring on public transport and Grab, have all been insanely time consuming.¬†

Also we arrived on a Malaysia My Second Home visa which, when we applied for it, allowed visa holders to work part time in Malaysia, but by the time we got here that rule had been rescinded, so …

As someone who has been developing personal learning networks and training other teachers to reach each other online (through example) and (by extrapolation) their students, my thoughts for supplementing income have turned to one of the places my passion has been, and where I have been spending a lot of my spare time since the turn of the century, the online teaching environment.

It was this concatenation of recent events and the timing being right that caused me to respond to an invitation posted to the¬†CALL-IS Community in MyTESOL¬†on Sep 20, 2018. You’ll have to log into the website to see it, if you are a TESOL member, and then find it, but it looked like this:


If you’re a TESOL member you can see the link above to this profile:¬†Jacqueline Vulcano
but anyone can visit the link to register, on Jacqueline’s web site:¬†

I clicked on the link to see if it was free (it was) and got the following message

Followed by a graphic giving the tools to be used


Clicking on the button gets you a dialog box where you are asked your name and email and prompted to “Download Now”. When you provide the requested information it takes you to this page2018-10-06_1718downloadNow

And when you check your mail you find a link where you can actually “download now” and what you get when you do that is a larger version of poster shown in the graphic to the left of “Get the List” in the step previous to the last one.

So you didn’t really need to go through those last steps but now Jacqueline knows who is accessing her materials, nothing¬† wrong with that (she asked and you gave :-), but she’s already told us the six tools to be covered in the course:
G Suite, Symbaloo EDU, Remind, Seesaw, Quizlet, and USA Learns.

I was learning already. I was interested to see how Jacqueline does it. So far I’d learned that you could use a list that goes out to all TESOL members who subscribe to it to drive traffic to your site and find out who was driven there by offering them something they could download for free. Registration for the course was free as well, so I carried on.

The instructions said to look for an email from¬† In the email, Jacqueline welcomed me to the course, briefly explained its rationale, laid out her plan for the 5 days of the course, and encouraged me to join the Facebook page and introduce myself there. Here’s what was in the email:

Welcome to the 5-Day ESL EdTech Jumpstart Challenge!

I‚Äôm so excited you are here! Using technology with adult ESL students who have limited digital literacy skills can be a daunting task, but it‚Äôs an essential piece of their education to pursue further education and become effective in today’s workforce.

Plus, the ability to use the internet and apps like Skype and Whatsapp gives our students access to staying in touch with family and friends in their home countries.

Simplification is KEY

My goal during this challenge is to simplify your classroom technology implementation process to help you overcome the overwhelm and avoid some of the hurdles that I have faced over my many years of using technology with my students.

Throughout this week-long challenge, I’ll show you how to organize your educational technology tools and websites, lay down some foundation to scaffold your students’ learning, and get students learning English on their devices.

Our agenda for the Week

Each weekday morning, you’ll receive an email from me with the day’s lesson and a few short activities.

  • Lesson 1 – G Suite & Technology Help Sheet
  • Lesson 2 – Symbaloo
  • Lesson 3 – Remind
  • Lesson 4 – School WiFi & Quizlet Activity
  • Lesson 5 – Student Google Accounts & Quizlet Class


The orange button takes us to a closed group, so no point in posting its URL (if you want it, follow the steps above :-). In all about 30 people had joined the group, including me.


You can see in the group’s postings that the group was formed on June 30 and then activated for the first iteration of the course Aug 24-28. On Sept 17 the group graphic was updated to give the current dates for the second iteration of the course.


All the materials for the first iteration are posted between the announcements of the two sessions and are repeated above the second Jumpstart announcement. Participant comments on the materials (the six tools mentioned above) appear below the graphic identifying each day’s posting, so you can see the participants’ questions from the two sessions and Jacqueline’s responses. Participants’ introductions appear under the “first post” (under the Welcome, introduce yourself graphic), so a complete record of the course milestones (not the content, see below) and its interactions are, as far as I can see, preserved here.

Over the five days I received a succession of emails from Jacqueline giving instructions for what to do on each day of the course:


The mails for day 1 and day 2 ended up in my spam folder so I was slow getting started until the third one arrived and I was able to retrieve them (another participant had noted that he was confused about “how this works” but it was quite straightforward if you were getting the emails).

The emails explained the tools in greater depth and provided links to videos to introduce them and to demonstrate the activities expected from each participant. The one for Day 2, Symbaloo, is representative of the rest, so I’m posting here selected images from that day’s email:



Of course, the links to the actual videos on YouTube are in the email which you receive when you register for Jacqueline’s course. They do not appear at the Facebook group, so to get them you must register and have them sent to you. The only thing that appears at Facebook is an icon such as the one you see above for each day of the course. Participants are asked to post their questions or comments each day below the matching icon on the Facebook page.

So to answer the above-mentioned participant’s question, this is how it works. You respond to an invitation to join the course wherever you happen to see it. You register your email with Jacqueline by requesting a free download, or by whatever way you approach the course (I’m not sure what the other ways are; I found it from a TESOL Community list). If you join the Facebook Group (or the course in some other way) then Jacqueline sends you emails giving you links to the content of the course (the videos). You watch the videos, carry out the tasks, and post on your comments on completion of those tasks at the Facebook group.

At the end of the week, Jacqueline congratulates everyone on their efforts in a generic post to the Facebook group:


As Jacqueline says in her first email, Simplification is Key!

And this is pretty simple – and I would say, for what it is, successful. Full disclosure: I did not view all the videos or complete any of the tasks – I am already familiar with most of these tools (I really should go back and review the ones I don’t know, like .. Remind?? … please remind me later :-).

I am writing this because I became intrigued about the way Jacqueline structured her course and presented it. It seems as if she is experimenting with deployment and modeling her experiments as a guideline for others to follow or elaborate on.

That was my takeaway, all worthwhile, and if you’ve been away from Learning2gether lately, as I have been, welcome back!

A lot has happened since I last posted here after the VRT and SLanguages conference in April (linked to below)

Earlier events

Apr 27-29 10th Virtual Round Table and 9th vLanguages-SLanguages Web Conference

Mon Apr 30 Global Education Fair opens for exploration and live chat

Our 2018 Global Education Fair is next week, April 30 РMay 4!Looking to take your school global? Working on a classroom global-connection project? Come learn about and connection with global organizations and projects in our free, virtual, online exhibit hall for teachers and school districts. Registration (free) is required.

The Global Education Fair ( is modeled after traditional vendor or 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. We have over 45 organizations, groups, and projects signed up to exhibit!

The “exhibit hall” will be open for viewing the whole week starting¬†Monday, April 30th, to learn about the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations from their description and video previews. Live chat will then be available on¬†Friday¬†from¬†2:00 – 5:00 pm¬†US Eastern Daylight Time (click for your own time zone)–you can click into live virtual session rooms to talk or ask questions of organization representatives to find out about their tools, services, projects, and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning.
 REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND(Free registration is required)
See you online!

Steve Hargadon & Lucy Gray
Global Ed Events Co-Chairs

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at:

Fri May 4 1300 to 1600 CDT Global Education Fair organized by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon

Looking to take your school global? Working on a classroom global-connection project? Join us live on Friday, May 4th, for the Spring 2018 Global Education Fair, a free, virtual meet and greet for teachers and school districts to connect with global organizations and projects.

The Global Education Fair ( is modeled after traditional vendor or 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 “exhibit hall” will be open for viewing the whole week starting Monday, April 30th, to learn about the work of leading global educators, companies and nonprofit organizations from their description and video previews. Live chat will then be available on¬†Friday from¬†2:00 – 5:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time (click for your own time zone)–you can click into live virtual session rooms to talk or ask questions of organization representatives to find out about their tools, services, projects, and programs related to globally connected teaching and learning.


Sat May 12 Michael Fricano II, Virtual Anywhere with AR & VR on Classroom 2.0

Saturday, May 12, 2018
‚ÄúVirtual Anywhere with AR & VR‚ÄĚ

We are so excited to have¬†Michael Fricano II¬†back on Classroom 2.0 LIVE as our special guest presenter this week! Michael has been doing amazing things with students and teachers to help them enhance learning with augmented reality, virtual reality and Google Expeditions and we can’t wait to have him share his passion and knowledge with all of us!Webinar Description:
Come explore and learn how Augmented and Virtual Reality has the power to transform learning in your classroom! Virtual Reality (VR) can transport your students all over the world, into outer space, and beyond their imagination! Augmented Reality (AR) bridges the real and digital world by letting students literally see and manipulate what they are learning in the palm of their hand. Take your students Virtual Anywhere!

Michael Fricano¬†is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Education Innovation Lab and a Makerspace educator at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously, he was a 4th/5th grade teacher from 2007 to 2010 and a Technology Coordinator from 2010 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014 he helped transition a public elementary school in Hawaii to become a Google Apps for Education school, which included providing Google Apps training for teachers and students, and taking on the role of Google Apps Super Administrator. He is also the Director of Social Media & Community Engagement & Teacher Architect for The Janus Group. He became a Google for Education Certified Trainer in 2014 and has been providing professional development to public and private schools and at conferences for more than 7 years. He currently serves as the President for HSTE (Hawaii Society for Technology in Education – ISTE affiliate). Michael has a passion for education, technology, MakerEd, coding, AR/VR, reading, nature, video games, the internet, and TV.

Michael’s goal is to help provide educators and schools all over the world with the knowledge and skills to effectively integrate technology into their classrooms and to help their students become positive role models and contributors to the world (real & digital) around them.

Remember to follow us on Twitter: #liveclass20

On the¬†Classroom 2.0 LIVE!¬†site (¬†you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent¬†‚Äú‚ÄúGlobal Collaboration through Online Experiences‚Ä̬†session presented by¬†Sara Malchow.¬†Click on the¬†Archives and Resources¬†tab.

Visit Classroom 2.0 at:


Mon May 14 Tilly Harrison Globinar – How Nearpod can scaffold language learners

Nearpod is a tool that allows you to create interactive content from your existing PowerPoint presentations streamed to learners’ tablets or smart phones. This webinar will give you the experience of being a student using Nearpod as well as seeing how a teacher creates material with this tool. With it you can:

– Keep your learners on track

– Find out how much they understand in real time

– Share good ideas from students to the rest of the class

– Add new activities ‘on the fly’

– Get a full report at the end of the class

– Set the same work as ‘homework’ to be done at the learner’s own pace

We will also discuss the pedagogical advantages and disadvantages of such a teacher-controlled app.

Presenter: Tilly Harrison

Host: Jo Gakonga

14. 05. 2018 | 19:00h ‚Äď 20:30h CEST

Access Link:

More information

Wed May 23 1030 ET free TESOL Webinar on 6 principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

View in browser:

Thu May 24 1900 CET Zoe Gallou globinar on free audiovisual web tools for teaching

The last decades have brought a vast change in the way the students learn. The use of screens is so broadly expanding, that educators cannot disregard this fact. Furthermore, it is strongly supported by several researchers that the audiovisual web tools could help students to better understand the teaching materials and to improve their knowledge and creativity. They also have proven to be really useful for students with special learning needs.

During this webinar, several audiovisual free web tools will be presented, in order to help educators:

  • better support their teaching material,
  • flip their classroom (flipped learning)
  • help their students revise their lessons.

When?¬†24th of May 2018 | 19:00h ‚Äď 20:15h CEST

Who?  Zoe Gallou & Theodora Gkeniou

Where online? Access link:

  • You will need neither a username, nor a password.
  • Select the option ‚ÄúEnter as a guest‚ÄĚ and enter your full name into the box. (All attendees are ‚Äúguests‚ÄĚ).

Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at


For more information,

Tue May 29 1900 CEST РGlobinar on Smartphones are not the answer!? The grand edtech buzzword bingo

For more information,

“Smartphones are not the answer!? The grand edtech buzzword bingo” provides¬†an overview of edtech myths & misconceptions (especially mobile learning) presenting hands-on toolkits taken from ‚ÄúMind the App 2.0‚ÄĚ for smartphones aficionados but also edtech critics who would like to explore the full potentials of smartphones without the bling-bling tech fuss.

– Which trends are promising?
– Which innovations are digital voodoo?
– What should a language teacher know?

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Strasser
Professor of language methodology and technology-enhanced learning and teaching and head of the department of Continuing Professional Development and Educational Cooperation at the University of Teacher Education Vienna. Language teacher, teacher trainer, ELT author, international speaker. | | @thomas_strasser

Host: Stephan Rinke
Deputy Director of VHS Essen  | @edumorph

When?¬†29. 05. 2018 | 19:00h ‚Äď 20:30h CEST
Where? Access Link:

  • You will need neither a username, nor a password.
  • Select the option ‚ÄúEnter as a guest‚ÄĚ and¬†enter¬†your full name¬†into the box. (All attendees are ‚Äúguests‚ÄĚ).


Wed May 30 1900 CEST РGlobinar on How to engage students with video РTools and tricks

E4.512-4578: How to engage students with video РTools and tricks
30. 05. 2018 | 19:00h – 20:30h CEST
Russell Stannard / Host: Tilly Harrison
Access link:


Thu May 31 Moodle MOOC ends, in progress since May 1

The next professional development event for past, current, and future teachers hosted by Nellie Deutsch is called Moodle MOOC 12 (MM12); see

MM12 will take place from May 1 Р31, 2018 on Moodle for Teachers and Moodle for Managers. The purpose of the MOOC is to connect educators for instruction and learning, reflective practice, social and collaborative learning, cultural exchange and peace, personal and professional development, community building, best practices and challenges involved in teaching with and without technology, student engagement with the content, peers, and the facilitator, and learning to teach online with Moodle course and learning management system.

You’re invited to enrol in Moodle MOOC 12 (MM12) now¬†

In week 1, you will get acquainted with Moodle MOOC 12, the Moodle layout and pedagogy, the participants, and Screencast-o-matic and SlideSpeech video tutorial tools.

You will:

  • start teaming up to develop a collaborative course in the practice area in weeks 3 and 4.
  • learn to navigate a Moodle course, use the rich editor
  • understand Moodle as a platform designed for authentic learning and pedagogy of engagement.
  • use Screencast-o-matic or SlideSpeech to create video tutorials

To join the webinar click here:

Please join us and invite your face-to-face colleagues and share the course link in your social networks and online communities.

Wed Jun 6 1900 CEST РGlobinar on Moodlebox for teachers

4.512-4378: Moodlebox for teachers
19.06.2018 | 19:00h Р20:30h CEST
Nicolas Martignoni & Mélanie Auriel
Access link:


Thu Jun 7 1200 PDT Library 2.018 presents Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession

We’re excited to announce our second Library 2.018 mini-conference:¬†“Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession,”¬†which will be held online (and for free) on¬†Thursday, June 7th, from12:00 – 3:00 pm¬†US-Pacific Daylight Time¬†(click for your own time zone).This is a free event, being held online.
This was the registration link

If you registered for the Library 2.018 “Blockchain” mini-conference then¬†Included in the final email before the conference was the link to the conference schedule page, which page has the links to the session recordings. That page is still available, and only visible to those who registered for the event. It’s at

Each session was recorded in the full, Blackboard Collaborate format. Also available are .mp3 (audio) and .mp4 (video) versions. Members of the general public can access the recordings on Library 2.0 by going through the (free) signup process,
This event was organized in partnership with Drs. Sue Alman and Sandra Hirsh from the San Jose State University School of Information as part of their IMLS-funded investigation of the potential uses of blockchain technology for the information professions.

Speakers include: Dan Blackaby, Todd A. Carpenter, Frank Cervone, Christina Cornejo,Miguel Figueroa, Patricia C. Franks, PhD, CA, CRM, IGP, Toby Greenwalt, Jason Griffey, M Ryan Hess, Amy Jiang, Stacey Johnson, Bohyun Kim, Heather A. McMorrow, Eric Meyer,Robert Norton, Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca, Ravi Singh, and Link Swanson.

Blockchain technology has the potential for libraries to accomplish much more than housing electronic credentials. The technology enables a broader impact within the community and around the globe. Some suggestions being explored for blockchain applications in libraries include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, and facilitating partnerships across organizations. This mini-conference will provide participants with an overview of blockchain technology and information about current applications within the information professions. Join the discussion on ways that blockchain technology can be used in libraries. 

See below for a list of the mini-conference topics, and full descriptions at

We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to participate in this event.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2018 and #libraryblockchain on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

Here is the link to all the recordings

Enjoy ūüôā


  • Applying Blockchain to the Information Professions
  • Blockchain and a Fair Art Market
  • Blockchain Issues (Keynote)
  • Credentialing using Blockchain for Globally Mobile and Disaster Affected Populations
  • From Healthcare to Information Organizations: Translating Blockchain Practice Across Disciplines
  • Legal Concerns about Blockchain That May Not Have Occurred to You
  • Security in Libraries: A Case for Blockchain Technology
  • Strategies for Libraries to Provide Blockchain Education, Tools, and Training
  • What Might Standards for Library Blockchain Systems Look Like?


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.


Thu June 14 Globaledchat on Maker Spaces

Mon June 25 Virtually attend Edmodo – A night at the Field Museum at ISTE Chicago


Are you a tech leader at your school? Do you want to be more than “just tech support”? Join Edmodo and friends for¬†A Night at The Field Museum¬†with interactive learning and networking! Find out how to lead tech adoption at your school and get some PD hours while you‚Äôre at it. After the workshop concludes, relax with drinks and explore the museum!

If you’ll be in Chicago, join us live on Monday, June 25th! Can’t make it in person? You’ll be able to participate remotely in the workshop. Register now on Eventbright to stay in the loop.

Workshop Schedule (all times in Central Daylight Time):

5:00 PM ‚Äď 5:30 PM:¬†Keynote by Professor Stan Silverman
5:30 PM ‚Äď 6:15 PM:¬†Panel Discussion with Tech Coaches
6:15 PM ‚Äď 7:30 PM:¬†Workshop on Providing Feedback That Makes A Difference
7:30 PM ‚Äď 9:30 PM:¬†Refreshments and free access to The Field Museum‚Äôs Ancient Egypt exhibit

Aug 3-5 Moodle Moot

The purpose of the 7th annual 3-day online conference is for educators to engage in learning best practices and challenges involved in teaching and learning face-to-face and online (blended and fully online learning) using Moodle and other technologies. The theme of MMVC18 is teaching and learning with or without technology.

MMVC18 will take place on Moodle MOOT Integrating Technology. Enrol in MMVC18 to get access the content before and after the conference, get your badges, final certificate for reflecting and presenting.

Recordings will be available to those who enrol on the LMS Moodle platform.


Aug 1-31 Virtual World MOOC VWMOOC18

VWMOOC18 took place from August 1-31, 2018,

Submit your proposal here:

Sept 17-21 Global Collaboration Week

This fourth-annual Global Collaboration event 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, but use the links below because new events will be added and others may change).
Here are some important links for you to keep handy:

Special thanks to Qatar Foundation International and TakingITGlobal, our sponsors this year!

Here’s an update on Global Collaboration Week! We have over 1000 participants and 500 schools registered from 85 countries. 44 projects are being hosted this week, too, by global educators and organizations from around the world!

Take a look at the following links for GCW. Please save this information for future reference.

-Our main website is located at
-Steve’s blog post about the event:
-Events are listed here:
-Best and most up to date method for viewing event details in YOUR timezone and directions for participation are located here:
-Contact individual project/event hosts with specific questions.
-Please share this flyer with interested friends and colleagues:
-Follow us on Twitter at @GlobalEdCon for updates. Our event hashtag is #globaled18.
-Promotional badges for events hosts and participants are available here:
-If you need help, please chat with us here: We will respond as soon as we are able.

Thanks, and please let us know if you have any questions! Let’s go global!

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at:

Global Collaboration Week 2018 had over 1200 individuals and 585 schools and organizations from 90 countries registered.

47 projects were hosted this week, too, by global educators and organizations from around the world. We deeply appreciate the professional generosity of our event hosts. Their work has impacted thousands of students and teachers and together, we’ve helped raise awareness of the need to develop global competence in teachers and students.

Here are some next steps for continuing to collaborate globally:

  • If you participated in a project listed on the¬†Global Collaboration Week¬†site,¬†you can receive a certificate of participation¬†by¬†filling out this form.
  • Many projects did not require live participation and these¬†asynchronous projects may still be going on¬†if you and your students would like to join in¬†
  • We encourage you to¬†contact all of our hosts¬†if you would like additional information about their work:¬†
  • Follow us on Twitter¬†at¬†GlobalEdCon¬†for updates and continue to use the hashtag is¬†#globaled18¬†to share ideas and resources. Post any photos, videos, and blog posts about GCW on Twitter to share with the global ed community!
  • Our next event is the free, online¬†Global Education Conference¬†taking place November 12-15. Register here:¬†
  • On March 15th, 2019, we will be co-hosting our fourth¬†Global Leadership Summit¬†with ASCD in Chicago at their Empower 19 conference. Registration for this event will be opening soon and make sure to reserve your space as this event sold out quickly last year!
  • Additional global education resources¬†are available to those who are members of our main community (free):¬†
  • If you represent a corporate or non-profit organization, please consider supporting our work so that most of our events can remain free for teachers.¬†Contact Steve Hargadon¬†at¬†¬†for a conversation on how we can partner.

Sun 23 Sept Edmodo Basics Webinar 1300 PDT

Want Edmodo Training?
Get a quick refresher in the Edmodo Basics Webinar, hosted by expert educators in our community. Who knows what you’ll discover with hands-on training from the comfort of your couch?
Register here:
We’ve got two upcoming sessions! Register above.

Session 1:¬†¬†Sunday, Sept 23rd, 1‚Äď2pm PDT

Session 2:¬†¬†Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 4‚Äď5pm PDT

Sept 25 Call for proposals deadline for EVO2019

My colleagues and I have submitted

Halima Ozimova and her team submitted

The following information is at

Submit your proposal here: