Learning2gether with Week 3 EVO Moderator Professional Development – Online spaces, certificates, and badges

Learning2gether Episode 427

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EVO coordinators today hosted their third meeting of the EVO Moderators Professional Development month but this one was different from the previous ones. This week’s event was hosted by Vance Stevens and Jane Chien and was a discussion of free online spaces appropriate to facilitation of EVO sessions and the pros and cons of offering badges and certificates.

Recordings of all EVO Moderator Professional Development live events are here:

This was the program for today:

Week 3 in EVO Moderator PD is about Developing the Content

The week begins with a live online kickoff event on Sunday Nov 3 at 13:00 UTC

The meeting today will be conversational.
Please come prepared to ask questions
and share your expertise with one another.

By the end of this week, we hope you will have

  • made substantial progress on your syllabus
  • revised your original proposal in the EVO Proposals wiki to transform it into a ready-for-the-public-eye session page which will be tranferred to the public Call for Participation wiki.
  • begun to add content to your online space(s).
  • learned about Certificates of Participation and digital badges options for your session(s)
  • posted your questions and comments in the appropriate threads.

We began with a review the Week 2 discussion on Online Spaces, here

You can only open that link if you are registered in the Schoology course, but he following suggestions for spaces appropriate to EVO were made in that discussion

  • Some platform or LMS where students can view the content, conduct discussions, ask questions, share content and connect with each other; e.g.
    • Canvas Instructure
    • Moodle
    • Google Classroom
    • Edmodo
    • Schoology
    • Nellie suggests that Groups.io, Facebook groups, What’s APP, Linkedin groups, Twitter, Google Groups, and Slack can all work as LMSs
  • Blogs and wikis for hosting and discussing content; e.g.
  • Additional tutorial and digital storytelling tools; e.g.
    • Padlet, VoiceThread, YouTube Video tutorials, Presentations on Slideshare
    • Screen capture tools; e.g. Jing, Screencast-o-matic
  • If you are still searching for platforms you like, try exploring some of the tools listed on former Coordinator Carla Arena’s Pinterest Board.

Week 3 asks moderators what other online space/Learning Management System will you use for your session’s content and interactive hub(s)? Can you explain to others how to use and navigate your space(s)?

Rather than work from a slide deck, Jane and Vance instead screen-shared from Schoology, and set all participant mics to open to encourage discussion. This posed no problem during the event, as all participants voluntarily muted themselves until they wished to speak. We expected that this format would create an opportunity for participants to discuss what they had learned about potential community spaces, and whether or not to promise badges or certificates in their EVO sessions.

Because the event would be of benefit to the Learning2gether community, Vance hosted it in the guise of Learning2gether episode 427.

  • However it was not announced in advance as such since the event was intended for EVO 2020 coordinators and session moderators.
  • Vance extended the invitation to others who would have something to contribute; e.g. previous moderators and participants of EVO sessions.
  • As coordinators are modeling best principles and practices of online discussions in our weekly events, as we know them from our experience, this was intended to suggest that moderators might want to branch out beyond just their session participants and include members of wider networks, if that seems appropriate to their purposes. That is after all the theory underpinning the first cMOOCs; see Stevens, V. (2013). What’s with the MOOCs? TESL-EJ, Volume 16, Number 4, pp. 1-14: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej64/int.pdf. Also available at: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume16/ej64/ej64int/.

The event took place in Nellie Deutsch’s Zoom room. Vance took these screen shots during the event, when



  • Aaron arrived then disappeared,



Sorry I didn’t get a screen shot of Judy aboard here ship! Maybe someone else did 🙂

Zoom text chat transcript logs

Marijana Smolcec : hi all! I have turned off my camera, as I am still in the process of making lunch, so will join shortly :)) hi :))
Naglaa Salem : Good morning everyone!
Rosmery : Good morning. Am I late?
Gamze : Hello everyone
Rosmery : Hi Gamze
Gamze : Hi Rosmery!
McCoy Family : Wow! That’s very lovely clock sound.
Rosmery : Thanks
McCoy Family : Welcome Rosmery! Welcome Gamze! Welcome N Salem! live video on Youtube from Zoom! Cool!
AyatAlTawel : Hi everyone 🙂
Marijana Smolcec : My first time, or maybe second in zoom, need to explore this tool more 🙂
Rosmery : Hello from Bolivia
AyatAlTawel : Joining audio only today
Marijana Smolcec : hi vance :)) Marijana in Croatia :))
McCoy Family : Hello AyatAITawel. Welcome!
AyatAlTawel : Hi from Egypt
Marijana Smolcec : ahaha, itz’s abput Minecraft! :)) Hi Ayat 🙂 barely, mostly cooking, but will come in soon
Rosmery : Hi Ayat and Marijana
Naglaa Salem : Naglaa from Toronto
Marijana Smolcec : Hi Rosmery, so great to see you here :)) We are interested in Schoology
Gamze : Gamze from Turkey
Jane Chien : Hi everyone! 🙂
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : hi From Bogota!!!
Harshita K : Hello from India 🙂
Judy Wong – usually NY /Barcelona : Can’t talk travelling to my boat
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : HI Judy
Mike Kenteris : Hi Carolina! Hi everyone!
Judy Wong – usually NY /Barcelona : Hi Everyone!! ����
Rosmery : Good morning Jane, Carolina, Judy Harshita, Mike
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : hey Rosmery!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : We are all mods including the members of the coordinating team for EVO20. I moderate TEFL2YL EVO20, M4TEVO20, and Tools for Student Collaboration : Schoology has its “bugs” : Schoology has its paid version which is interesting.
McCoy Family : yes to all questions
Gamze : I believe Edmodo is similar to Schoology in nature.
McCoy Family : Yes, I zoomed into Edmodo briefly.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Edmodo has less “bugs” than Schoology.
Marijana Smolcec : I like Moodle, missing Google+Community, but Edmodo, I mainly used with students, all in all I need to explore Cshoology
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I also listen3d to the Edmodo conference.
Marijana Smolcec : Schoology*
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Marijana, you would love https://groups.io
Marijana Smolcec : I didn’t have time for EdmodoCon, it was early for us in CRO, all in all, it’s a good social network site : I love WAKELet
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : edmodo is vey clean!
Marijana Smolcec : It’s awesome :)) : http://www.wakelet.com
Jane Chien : Thanks!
Marijana Smolcec : it’s not Microsoft : but they have many MS tools that are able to be integrated with wakelt
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, it is very clean, Carolina. We tried to use Edmodo for our PD a few years ago. Maybe, we can try again, next year.
Marijana Smolcec : such as Youtube, Immersive Reader and FlipGrid
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : that’s a good idea, Nellie!!!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : https://groups.io also has a wiki.
AyatAlTawel : yeah, we’ve been exploring it for some time. It’s a bookmarking collaboration tool : Edmodo is always there and never fails to be a reliable and safe tool
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : i’ve been meaning to explore wakelet…
Mike Kenteris : Wakelet
Marijana Smolcec : Yes Ayat, true, but it can be used as a website for resources, right?
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I use Jing and Snagit.
Mike Kenteris : Here’s a wakelet about my hometown I use with my Mystery Skype sessions: https://wakelet.com/wake/7e408b62-7ccc-44da-bdea-5496110ac4f8
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : wow Mike!! we have to talk about mystery skype!
Rosmery : I use Screen-cast-o-matic
Marijana Smolcec : My wakelet https://wakelet.com/@msmolcec
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : You can learn a lot when you use a learning environment. Just don’t get frustrated if things aren’t perfect.
Marijana Smolcec : I don’t have many public posts, but mostly private, but am thinking of using some public collections for my students : @Rosemery, yes, me too, it’s easy : thx Mike for sharing your wakelet, will follow you : I agree with Nellie
Rosmery : We need to explore, make mistakes, and learn….
Marijana Smolcec : the tools that work for you use them those that don’t lose them 🙂
Harshita K : Agreed…that’s the most practical and authentic advise @Dr.Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Don’t let the fact that technology is not perfect get you down. : Yes, very true, Marijana. : Perfection is not key. Things do go wrong. The process of learning is.
Marijana Smolcec : as we lways say “sharing is caring”
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : So true, Mike.
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : true Mike!!!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Our attitude as mods is very important.
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : we all love to share
Marijana Smolcec : True, Jane, EVO is like family 🙂
Harshita K : Am sure that’s interesting to learn, getting introduced to the platform- minecraft. Nice @Vance
Marijana Smolcec : I started playing games because of my sons, but I am still trying to be better at Minecraft 🙂
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : EVO is about teachers’ generosity to share their expertise with other eachers worldwide .
Marijana Smolcec : Caroline, can you write the name of the tool in chat_
Jane Chien : Anvil?
Naglaa Salem : Usually how many participants sign up for a session?
Marijana Smolcec : It could be from 50 to 300 it depends 🙂 : But, I know for our ICT4ELT, we have from 100-150 more or less : IN Minecraft EVO, I think Vance knows more
Naglaa Salem : Thank you, Caroline!
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : @Marijana The tool is ANVILL
Marijana Smolcec : Thank youCarolina, Mike has already send the link to me : :)) : @Vance is EVO himself :))
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : 🙂
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I’m available to help any mod before, during, and after EVO20 sessions.
Marijana Smolcec : @nellie, you mean helping on Moodle
Rosmery : Thanks
Mike Kenteris : 🙂
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : I mean any help on any platform
Marijana Smolcec : You have to give credit, Copyrights : I agree with Nellie
Harshita K : Depends on the CreativeCommons involved.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : What platform will you be using for your live online meetings? : I also teach young learners. : We use Education Suite. : Google Education Suite : I used Google Classroom in the past with my young learners, too. : This year I got the school a Moodle site.
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : Yes, Google classroom is very complete! it would suffice
Rosmery : Creating a Gmail account is the first task I give my students. They do not use it as much as we do.
Marijana Smolcec : I need to go, but I do know Microsoft teams : I use it with my students : it’s free for us in CRO, in Office365 : will join Schology and will add more info there, about Teams : Talk more later guys, hugs and have a nice Sunday : bye
Mike Kenteris : 🙂
McCoy Family : Here is a comparison chat; I’ll find the Microsoft: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-for-Education/Teams-Vs-Moodle-Vs-Google-Classroom/m-p/215942
Jane Chien : Bye, Marijana!
McCoy Family : Here is the Microsoft Teams descriptions:
Rosmery : I find that the live sessions are useful
McCoy Family : https://teams.microsoft.com/download
Naglaa Salem : Live sessions can be helpful for my session (when I get over my camera shyness) : Practice will do it I guess 🙂
McCoy Family : I think that the live video is awesome. When I first started, I had no clue what to do. As I listened, I decided that I’d try to talk and share.
Harshita K : I also feel live sessions are useful. If the participants are unable to attend they do watch the recordings.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : What platform do you plan to use for your live meetings?
Meriyem : Escape the classroom – Zoom
Naglaa Salem : I’ve signed up for Zoom, but not sure about the recording bit
Harshita K : Zoom
Rosmery : Live sessions give us learners the opportunity of meeting moderators and experts, and ask questions
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : Yes Rosmery. Somehow live sessions make it all real!
Rosmery : That’s what I meant!
McCoy Family : Yes, I’ve reduced my FB presence for those reasons.
Judy Wong -NYC, USA : I’m back!
Vance Stevens : wbJ
Jane Chien : Hi Aaron! 🙂 : WB, Judy! 🙂
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : I have to step out, I’m sorry!
Vance Stevens : bye carolina
Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago : bye Vance! : and all!
Jane Chien : bye Caroline! 🙂
Judy Wong -NYC, USA : The perils and challenges of being truly mobile! Hahaha! : On a boal in Barcelona : oat : boat
Vance Stevens : hey aaron!
McCoy Family : Even closed captions for the video. : yes
Naglaa Salem : Would love to help with Arabic! 🙂
Rosmery : It is a problem here
McCoy Family : The teachers need to be at least a B2 teacher. : a B2 level of English
Naglaa Salem : May be translation can help with dealing with technological tools : *issues
Harshita K : Thank you Dr Nellie, Vance, Jane and everyone for a helpful session. Have to leave.
Rosmery : EFL environments
Vance Stevens : thank you Harshita
Gamze : Thank you for the session. Have to leave for now. Happy Sunday!
Rosmery : Just translate instructions not content
McCoy Family : Yes, is everyone finding sources for their badges?
Naglaa Salem : Is it ok to do without the badges? : All this is new to me : I don’t know how to have these ready for participants
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : badges are motivating like gamification
Jane Chien : Yes, I think it’s okay to do without badges.
McCoy Family : That’s great. : agreed : vance
Naglaa Salem : Is there like a progress bar on Moodle? I can’t remember
Jane Chien : Love Badges from Nellie’s moodle session!
Mike Kenteris : @Salem yes there is
Rosmery : I like badges, too. They are great to show off in social media! LOL
Naglaa Salem : Yes! I loved those as well
Rosmery : LOL
McCoy Family : yes they are.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Credly : I also use Credly and Canva for badges and certificates. : Badgr is the new Mozilla Open badges
Vance Stevens : badgr, I like it
Dr. Nellie Deutsch : Yes, Vance, Badgr took over for Mozilla.

Announcements on Facebook Groups

Earlier events

Tue Oct 15 noon UTC – Steven Herder Interviews Vance Stevens in the iTDi Teachers Room


Sun Oct 20 1400 UTC Opening ceremony of EVO 2020 Moderator Development Month

The opening moderator professional development session was held in Zoom, hosted by Nellie Deutsch and attended by all the moderators listed below:

You can see all the EVO MPD videos on the playlist maintained by Nellie Deutsch here


and the video of this event is here

Oct 21-25 1700 and 1900 UTC-5th Annual Pearson ELT free Webinar Series

Joe McVeigh has just announced on the MyTESOL listserv the 5th Annual Pearson ELT free Webinar Series, Oct 21-25, 2019


Joe’s post says: “beginning on Monday, October 21 and continuing through the rest of the week, you can join in a series of free professional development webinars, sponsored by Pearson. The webinars are free, but you do need to register in advance. Here’s the link to register.

Times are listed as Eastern Daylight (New York) times, so convert as needed for your own time zone. After you click on the link that takes you to the main sign-up page, you do need to register individually for each session.  I have simplified and abbreviated the titles of the sessions below for speed of reading. See the link for the exact titles and a description.”

Learning2gether value added: Click on the time links to see when this webinar is in your time zone

Monday, October 21, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Steve Marshall Plurilingual Pedagogy
Tuesday October 22, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Carol Numrich

Frances Boyd

Higher Order Academic Skills
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT Lia Conklin Olson The Transitions Classroom
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Joan Saslow Teaching Pronunciation
Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Dr. Ken Beatty Measuring Success
Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT Sara Davila Language Learning and Skills
Friday, October 25, 2019 1:00 p.m. EDT Christina Cavage University Success
Friday, October 25, 2019 3:00 p.m. EDT Sara Davila Adapting materials for your students

Tue Oct 22 1800 UTC – Susan Mirandi hosts Mirjam Hauck on Virtual_exchange for digital literacy skills development

A #webinar on #virtual_exchange for (critical) #digital_literacy_skills development by Dr. Mirjam Hauck (#EUROCALL President) hosted by Dr. S. Susan Marandi October 22, 2019, 18 GMT

Register at https://eltacademia.com/4th

This one is also hard to register for and is likely not free. When I created an account I got this screen.

I don’t speak Farsi, and I don’t click on buttons that are in any way suspicious

but I think that was a screen to verify my address, since when I tried to log in I was blocked

It looks like this is where we were heading at any rate, to a payment page

Meanwhile I received an email with a link that let me verify my address, so I successfully logged in and clicked on the online payment form and this took me again to the screen in Farsi that I posted above.

So as much as I admire the work of these two remarkable ladies, I stopped my efforts at that point.

The webinar is being held at 2 am for me here in Malaysia, but I was hoping that by registering, I might be notified of a recording. If others are interested. I would certainly recommend the webinar to anyone able to register and willing to pay.

Hang on, it worked! I got an email back …

Thank you for registering for the “Virtual Exchange for (critical) digital literacy skills development” webinar on Tuesday, October 22 at 18 GMT


Mirjam Hauck

You can enter the room as guest. But make sure to enter your full name so that the host can accept your request.

The webinar starts at 18 and lasts for an hour.

Login to the Webinar

We look forward to you joining us!

The ELTacademia Team

And finally, having registered for the event, I was notified in email that
the webinar materials (video, audio, and PowerPoint files) are now available on my profile page. To access my profile, I only need to log in to my account on ELTacademia.com.

They also said: “You can be updated for our next events by visiting the website or joining our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/eltacademia/.”

In retrospect: It PAYS to REGISTER for ONLINE EVENTS
even if you won’t be able to attend at the time of the event itself.


Thu Oct 24 2130 in Brasilia – BrazTESOL webinar with Claire Venables

https://bit.ly/riochapCV which redirects to http://braztesol.org.br/riochapterwebinar

Unfortunately, though there is no charge for this event, and therefore in theory no tax liability,

you can’t register for this if you don’t have a CPF number

What is a CPF number in Brasil?


Tried 1234567890 but that didn’t work, gave up – Vance

Fri Oct 25 1300 UTC There is an iTDi Live on Facebook event on Vocabulary

International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi)


Join our next #iTDi #MonthlyRoundup (FB LIVE) with Philip Shigeo Brown & Steven Herder on Fri, Oct 25th, 1300 UTC/GMT: https://www.facebook.com/iTDi.Pro/

Here’s the video link


Links referred to during the event

Fri Oct 25 1400 UTC – Sun Oct 27 2200 UTC IATEFL YLTSIG Web Conference

The IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group (YLTSIG) hosted a free three-day online event later in October.

Opening up the ‘YL’ umbrella: age-appropriate pedagogies featuredseveral talks by renowned experts in the field of young learners and teenagers. Find out more here,

The Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group (YLTSIG) 2019 Web Conference took place over three days, 25, 26 and 27 October 2019. Sessions took place from 14.00 – 22.00 GMT each day.

Register here:

Completing the registration form will allow IATEFL

to send you the link to join this online event

as well as the finalised programme and reminders.

These details will be sent nearer to the date of the event

The complete program pdf is here: https://members.iatefl.org/downloads/sigs/YLTSIG_2019_Web_%20Conference_%20Programme.pdf

Wed Oct 30 – The 3rd free Library 2.019 mini-conference on Emerging Technology

The third Library 2.019 mini-conference: “Emerging Technology,” will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

Tomorrow’s technologies are shaping our world today, revolutionizing the way we live and learn. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Drones, Personalization, the Quantified Self. Libraries can and should be the epicenter of exploring, building and promoting these emerging techs, assuring the better futures and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. Learn what libraries are doing right now with these cutting-edge technologies, what they’re planning next and how you can implement these ideas in your own organization.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
REGISTER HERE or the conference registration page https://www.library20.com/emergingtech
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.
Participants are encouraged to use #library2019 and #libraryemergingtech on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

To attend the conference live please go to the conference schedule page link below, choose your specific time zone, then expand the calendar events to see the links to join each session (sessions and links will only appear a day or two before the event).

This event happens entirely between 3 am and 6 am in Malaysia,  home of Learning2gether


Christina Mune
Associate Dean of Innovation and Resource Management, University Library at San Jose State University
@bibliopathicChristina Mune is the Associate Dean of Innovation and Resources Management at San Jose State University’s King Library. Her passion is supporting discovery, creativity and digital scholarship by designing technology-enabled spaces and services in libraries. She is currently working on her upcoming book Libraries Supporting Online Learning: Digital Literacy, Open Access and Local Connectivity from ABC-CLIO. Her research interests include online instructional design, discovery and digital literacy.

Jim Hahn
Associate Professor, Orientation Services & Environments Librarian
@phobiaofthisJim Hahn is an Associate Professor in the Undergraduate Library at the University of Illinois. His research into technology-enhanced learning has led to many software development projects within library settings and provides unique insights into new student’s expectations and needs and helps inform the work that he does as the Orientation Services and Environments Librarian for undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. He founded and manages the Minrva project (https://minrvaproject.org) and currently serves as project PI for a research & development grant funded through the University of Illinois Campus Research Board, entitled, “Information and Environment: Integration of an IoT-powered recommender system within the FOLIO open source platform,” the aims of which are to incorporate Internet of Things functionality into a FOLIO wayfinder application (https://github.com/minrva/ui-wayfinder) and make the resulting software available in the open source.

Ida Joiner
Librarian at the Universal Academy, TX
@ida_joinerIda Arlene Joiner is the Senior Librarian at the Universal Academy in Texas. She is the author of the book Emerging Library Technologies: It’s Not Just for Geeks (Elsevier, 2018). Her forthcoming book on Drones in Libraries will be available in July 2020 (Elsevier). Ida has published numerous articles on emerging technologies. She is an international and national presenter on emerging technologies. Ida is a member of MIT’s Technology Review Global Panel. She discussed Are Drones Coming to Your Library on the Drone Radio Show. Ida is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Texas Wesleyan University’s Curriculum and Instruction program. She is a member of LITA’s Information Technology and Libraries board where she peer reviews articles for their peer reviewed open source journal. Ida peer reviews technology-related book proposals for Elsevier. She formerly co-chaired the Publications Committee for ALA’s International Relations Roundtable (IRRT). Ida holds her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA degree in Business Management from Chatham University. Her research focuses on emerging technologies such as drones, robotics, driverless vehicles, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and their use in libraries and education. In her role as a project management consultant, Ida saved PNC Bank, PPG, Tucker Arensberg, Las Colinas Cancer, and Texas Breast Care thousands of dollars in technical and training costs.

Bohyum Kim

CTO & Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island Libraries


Bohyun Kim is the Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island Libraries. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations and the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect Blog. She is the Past-President of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and serves on the advisory boards and committees of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, San Jose State University School of Information, and Library Pipeline. She holds a MA in philosophy from Harvard University and a MSLIS from Simmons College.



12:00 pm (noon)

Opening Keynote (see above)

1:00 pm

Creating A Virtual Reality Library Tour: How, Why, and What’s Next
Eliza Donne, Multimedia Specialist, Harrell Health Sciences Library

Introducing Immersive Technologies for Libraries
Chad Mairn, Librarian | Innovation Lab Manager, St. Petersburg College

Robotics in Libraries
Dan Lou, Senior Librarian, Palo Alto City Library | Michael Hibben, Senior Manager, Roanoke County Public Library | M Ryan Hess, Digital Initiatives Manager, Palo Alto City Library

Twitch & Discord in Public Libraries: New Opportunities for Adult Services
Michael Dunbar-Rodney – Librarian, San Antonio Public Library – Central Branch | Lorin Flores – Librarian

1:30 pm

Exploring and building virtual reality experiences on the web
Liv Erickson, Senior Product Manager Social Mixed Reality, Mozilla

Library Chatbots 101: Demystifying A.I. with the SJSU Chatbot Internship
Sharesly Rodriguez and Danica Ronquillo, San Jose State University

SUNY’s Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, Emerging Technologies Librarian & Head of Media Services, University at Buffalo Libraries, State University of New York | Cherie van Putten

Technology at the Learning Resources Centre, Academia Britanica Cuscatleca, El Salvador
Melissa Hernández / Library assistant, Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Academia Britanica Cuscatleca | Jennifer Garcia | Judith de Méndez | Hilda Gómez | Rodrigo Alfaro | Raul Martínez

2:00 pm

Breaking Down Barriers to Emerging & Innovative Technologies for Everyone
Sarah Norrell, Professional Librarian, Robert R. Muntz Library, The University of Texas at Tyler

Connect Communities with Technology that Matters
Amanda Sweet, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission

Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Information Systems
Amanda Rust (Associate Director for Services, Digital Scholarship Group, Northeastern University Library)

Information Gathering, AI and Manipulating Human Behaviour
Linda Feesey, librarian, Toronto Public Library

2:30 pm

Closing Keynote (see above) – 30 minutes.

When you register you receive this email:

Thank you for registering for the Library 2.019 virtual mini-conference, “Emerging Technology,” on Wednesday, October 30th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US Pacific Daylight Time (click https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Library+2.019+Emerging+Technology&iso=20191030T12&p1=283&ah=3 to see the time in your local time zone). This should be a great conference–we have over 5000 attendees registered!

This is a free event, thanks to our founding conference sponsor: School of Information at San José State University.

ATTENDING: To attend the conference live please go to the conference schedule page link below, choose your specific time zone, then expand the calendar events to see the links to join each session (sessions and links will only appear a day or two before the event). NOTE: the links to the actual virtual session rooms will not be available until the day of the conference.


The sessions are also listed below in US-PDT (GMT-8), but you will have to do your own time zone conversions if you use them.

If you have friends or colleagues that wish to attend, this is a free event and we encourage you to share our information widely. However, please send them to the conference regis tration page (https://www.library20.com/emergingtech) rather than giving them the above link directly as it will allow us to track participation.

WEBINAR PLATFORM: The keynote sessions are in the Zoom platform, and you should be prompted for any individual computer/browser/mobile setup at the time. The concurrent (non-keynote) conference sessions are being held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate before, you may be prompted to download the Collaborate “launcher” in order to enter the virtual room. The download time on this can vary, so try entering the following empty session room b etween now and the conference in order to go through this process: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?password=D.4509CB0F221719A2897A1F1CF3494C&sid=2008350. Once you enter the test session room, then you’re computer is configured and you’re prepared for the event. If you do have any trouble, please review “First time user with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing” at https://blackboard.secure.force.com/apex/publickbarticleview?id=kA770000000CbIW.

Sessions can be attended using your mobile device. For Apple devices, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-collaborate-mobile/id546742528. For Android devices, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbcollaborate.collaborate.

RECORDINGS: The event recordings will appear shortly afterward on Library 2.0 and we will also email you a direct link to a special recordings page to let you know when the recordings have been posted. You need to be registered (free) and logged into the Library 2.0 network to view them.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please use #library2019 and/or #libraryemergingtech on any social media posts leading up to and during the event. And do encourage others to register in order to attend!


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.

Commentary from Vance:

This miniconference is one of many in a series whose archives can be found clearly accessible at this page


That page also mentions a webinar conducted by Dr. Steve Albrecht on October 17 entitled “Interacting with the homeless” (in general, but also directed at Library staff, who “should be mindful of their safety and security when dealing with certain parts of this population.” The webinar costs $95 to attend or to have access to the recording, which is unfortunate, but that’s how it is.

However, the email promotion of this webinar is free for anyone to read and gives an eye-opening list of resources associated with the situation of homeless people and their recourse to use of libraries as a space where they can find shelter and food for thought. Have a look at the following if you are concerned with public safety and the decay of social infrastructure in your own environment.


Sat Nov 2 1230 UTC – EdmodoCon free online web conference

EdmodoCon is a global professional development conference that you can attend from the convenience of your laptop or mobile device. Educators from around the world share inspiring stories and practical strategies from the best in the education community.

EdmodoCon was streamed live through Zoom Webinars starting Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 08:30 AM EDT (US and Canada)

You can register here: http://bit.ly/EdmodoCon2019. The link takes you to https://new.edmodo.com/pages/edmodocon

Here are some of the opening scenes from the online conference (no audience was shown while I watched)

Opening remarks: https://www.screencast.com/t/BHhz44I3c6M

Susan Kim: https://www.screencast.com/t/jStjCuzaqDlA

Molly introduces the first speaker: https://www.screencast.com/t/78N4Sof7

Kate Baker gives the keynote: https://www.screencast.com/t/PBELpPeb

It appears to be a flipped conference in so far as preview postings are appearing for some of the presenters. You can see the postings at the link above. For example, Sean Robinson, Empowering Students Through Connections-Based Learning


Sean’s presentation invites us to image:

What if we were to base teaching and learning on human connection? Projects, passions, competencies, and questions can still play a role. But relationships could be at the forefront of our minds. We could pursue learning partners that would help lead our students to acquire the needed skills, knowledge and understanding. Could we adopt a teaching approach that makes connection a priority?

When you register, you get an email that says

Thank you for registering for “EdmodoCon 2019”.
Use the links below (unique to you, not to be shared) to watch EdmodoCon live on Saturday, November 2 with educators all around the world. Follow our official EdmodoCon community page to get updates and resources, learn more about our speakers, and join the conversation with fellow teachers: https://new.edmodo.com/pages/edmodocon. See you there!

For more information, please visit: https://www.edmodocon.com
Please submit any questions to: community@edmodo.com


AFTER the event, Edmodo bots detected that I had been in the room so they sent me an email which included this:


Oh wow! A certificate! I clicked on the link and downloaded the PDF, and here it is:


If you right click on the image and download it to your computer, you can have a certificate too, for vicariously attending by reading this far in my blog post. Yaaaay !!

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