Learning2gether Episode #412
On Sunday June 23, 2019, Vance Stevens contributed the Learning2gether Zoom room so that Hanaa Khamis could host the latest in the current round of summertime Nile TESOL LTSIG Interactive Webinars
Where? In Zoom, hosted by Vance Stevens for Learning2gether.
The Zoom recording is available here
And an mp4 version of the Zoom video has been uploaded to YouTube here:
What was this about?
Hanaa Khamees skillfully interviewed Nik Peachey, Freelance Learning Consultant, on the topic of building your career and income through language learning materials writing.
Nik is the author of numerous materials himself and has produced a book called Becoming an E-Publisher which he markets through Payhip, https://payhip.com/b/w1x3. The price is only $2.99, but Nik kindly sent participants in the webinar a promo code which allowed us to download the book for free.
In the introduction to the book, Nik explains what the book covers, and why he thinks others should follow in his footsteps and self-publish, which is pretty much what he covered in his conversation with Hanaa during the interview. This was:
- Crowd Sourcing Funding
- The Writing Process
- Creating the Product
- Choosing a Distribution Platform
- Marketing your Book
In his talk, he explained how he had “decided to crowd source the funding to develop my book and launched my crowd sourcing campaign in January 2014. I managed to raise £5,000 in 3 months and used that money to produce – Digital Video – A Manual for Language Teachers. When I raised the money to create the book I thought it would take me around 3 months to produce. I finally finished and published the ebook in the summer of 2015 about a year over schedule.
In 2016 the ebook was shortlisted by the British Council for an ELTon – Innovations Award – in the Teacher Resources category and to my utter amazement, despite some really string competition from the established publishing houses, it won.
This may sound like a fairy tale success story, but it’s not, well at least not yet and it may well never be, but it is a story or a road map of how you can make your own book a reality.”
In the Zoom chat, Nik provided a number of links of interest relating to crowd sourcing, self-publishing, finding images, and so on
01:36:51 Hussein Hassan: what do theses links refer to? should we use them??
01:37:43 AMANY: will the chat with links be available in record?
01:40:31 Hany Said : thank you for your info
And here are the links as promised – Vance
You can find out more about Nik and his work in the links in his email footer
Nik Peachey | Learning Technology, Writer, Teacher Trainer, Course Designer
Editor – Edtech & ELT Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/technogogy/
Winner 2016 British Council ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources
Winner 2012 British Council ELTon Award for Excellence in Course Innovation
Nick and Hanaa are both frequent contributors to the Facebook group Webheads in Action, https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/
And Nik curates a number of interesting topics on Scoop-it, https://www.scoop.it/u/technogogy
Announcements of this Learning2gether event on Facebook Groups
- Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/
- Webheads in Action – https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/
- TESOL Arabia Ed Tech SIG – https://www.facebook.com/groups/TAEdTech/
- EVO Multiliteracies MOOC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomlit/
- Learning with Computers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/6577061586/
- NileTESOL Official Learning Technologies (LTSIG) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1819840121584656/
Wed May 15 Vance Stevens invited to present Learning2gether episode 411 on Gamification for NileTESOL LTSIG
Started May 6 and lasts 5 weeks – Heike Philp hosts free Guinevere course on building game activities in virtual worlds
You need to be enrolled in the course to see the link for the first webinar
According to the link
Moodle MOOC 14 (MM14) will take place from May 1 – 31, 2019 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.
The syllabus is here
Join in on June 12th for the fourth event in American English Live Series 5. During this session, “Motivating Your Students with Rules, Routines, and Rewards,” Lisa Morgan and Sara Denne-Bolton will discuss creating student buy-in for classroom rules, identifying successful opening and closing activities, and the pros and cons of using rewards.
To join the session, go to the American English for Educators Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AmericanEnglishforEducators) at 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. Eastern Time from Washington D.C. Check the local time in your region at:
You may need to refresh the page or go to “posts” if you don’t see the live session at exactly that time. Follow the page to make sure you receive notifications when we go live.
Check your local time: https://tinyurl.com/y4zgweun
Dorothy’s upcoming course sounds quite interesting. I am inspired to take her course though I can’t do it on such short notice. However for anyone with ideas they want to launch into the self-publishing stage, Dorothy would be an excellent mentor, and you would be working intensively for a month in a community of other writers.
Dorothy’s video of her plenary on “Sausage and the law: how textbooks are made” from the recent IATEFL conference, can be found here
and she mentioned that she would post this video on her FB page, so I’ll try to link to that.
This talk was one of a series in the iTDi Teacher’s Room, https://itdi.pro/itdihome/the-teachers-room/
Access to the TR is not free though there is a 6-month’s free trial available.
According to the link above, the Teacher’s Room operates currently on the following schedule
- 1st and 3rd Tuesday (12:00-13:00 UTC Check local time): Teacher Stories, Interviews & Open Mic sessions in Zoom with Steven Herder: The Teachers’ Room (Tuesdays) (Click to join) User ID: 251-907-5028.
- 2nd and 4th Saturday (01:00-02:00 UTC Check local time): Collaborative sessions in our Adobe room with Philip Shigeo Brown: The Teachers’ Room (Saturdays) (Click to join) (Type your name in the box, then click ENTER)
I like what iTDi does, they produce quality PD opportunities that have the potential to carry teachers into greater self sufficiency, and I admire that they are trying to support themselves through paid subscriptions.
Learning2gether promotes free PD opportunities, though of course there is no funding and no remuneration. Learning2gether has worked for me as a platform which had enough visibility that it could help me get my next paid job when needed, but for someone whose prospects for a next salaried position are tending more towards nil, the iTDi model would tend to attract increasing interest. One COULD do any of these together (just sayin’)