Learning2gether Episode 445
Skip down to Friday April 3 Part 1 audio and video recordings
– Skip down to Apr 3 Zoom chat logs
Skip down to Saturday April 4 morning Part 2 audio and video recordings
– Skip down to Apr 4 a.m. Zoom chat logs
Skip down to Saturday April 4 evening Part 3 audio and video recordings
– Skip down to Apr 4 p.m. Zoom chat logs
For the record, here are some events that WERE cancelled when the conference did not take place
Skip down to most recent Earlier Events prior to this latest episode
On Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, 2020, the Best of EVO 2020 – NOT cancelled! Moved ONLINE!! was held in Zoom, inviting moderators of EVO sessions to present for 20 minutes on their 5-week workshops held in January and February of this year. Moderators convened in three separate webinars, one on Friday, and two webinars on Saturday 12 hours apart, schedules and presentation details at http://tinyurl.com/best2020evo
Best of EVO 2020, Electronic Village Online, presented online
Electronic Village Online (EVO) is an annual event where participants and ESOL experts engage in collaborative, online discussion or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. This happens every year, for five weeks in January-February, since 2001. For more information see http://evosessions.org.
This “Best of EVO 2020” session highlights all the outstanding sessions from EVO 2020 which took place earlier this year. Originally scheduled to be held as a blended event at two time slots in the Technology Showcase: Exhibition Hall at the annual TESOL conference at TESOL 2020 in Denver, the Best of EVO is being organized this year as an ONLINE event by Electronic Village Online (EVO) Coordinators and session moderators Vance Stevens and Jane Chien on behalf of all EVO Coordinators and EVO session moderators
What is this about?
Coordinators, moderators, and participants in Electronic Village Online speak about their EVO 2020 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.
See and hear Christine Bauer-Ramazani talking at the EVO 2020 closing ceremony Feb 16, 2020 about the Best of EVO event being organized here, and about the 20 years of EVO anniversary celebrations coming up with display of the EVO flag in Denver, and the actual coming of age birthday party at TESOL 2021 in Houston, Texas, in this video: https://youtu.be/pL0Z-CtAahw?t=1161 (embedded above),
How is this organized?
- Information was crowd-sourced into a shared Google Doc here
Where? in https://zoom.us/join
Part 1 audio from Friday April 3, 2020
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As many as 57 attended this session, recorded in YouTube here: https://youtu.be/vo6WQcNNZ_0
Link to details on the main program for Friday April 3 – 14:00 to 16:00 UTC
- Lidia Casalini, Ruben Mazzei, Mariana Serra (tbc) – Classroom-Based Research
- Richard Smith & Seden Eraldemir Tuyan – Mentoring Teacher-research
- Daniela Cuccurullo & Letizia Cinganotto – Techno-CLIL 2020
- Maha Hassan – CEFR Vs. Assessment: How Can New Revisions Help?
- Nellie Deutsch – Moodle for Teachers EVO20
- Nellie Deutsch – Tools for Student Collaboration
Maha’s presentation on CEFR
Nellie made her own recording of these presentations and shared it here: https://youtu.be/Bc7O1DKffHE
Part 2 audio from the Saturday April 4, 2020 morning session
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7 attended this session, recorded in YouTube here: https://youtu.be/6fec0xa9Ndo
Link to details on the main program for Saturday AM April 4 – 02:00 to 04:00 UTC
- Harshita Kapoor – Getting Online as a Teacherpreneur
- Rosmery Ribera – Tools for Student Collaboration: Padlet
Part 3 audio from the Saturday April 4, 2020 late session
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About 35 were in this session at any one count, recorded in YouTube here: https://youtu.be/gYIlkYvDryM
Screen shot from Dennis Newson
Link to details on the main program for Saturday PM April 4 – 14:00 to 16:00 UTC
- Vance Stevens, Jane Chien, and Don Carroll – EVO Minecraft MOOC
Watch the video queued to the scene shown above –
- Kirsten Waechter, Katrin Lichterfeld and Virginia Lopez – English for the workplace
- Martha Ramírez, Jeff Magoto, Mike Kenteris, Diana Salazar, Carolina Rodriguez – Flipped Learning for Language Learning
- Naglaa Salem – Grammar in TESOL
- Heike Philp – Immersive Language Learning
- Judy Wong and Sheryl McCoy – Teaching EFL to Young Learners
Here’s a teaser for Heike’s presentation
Announcements made on these Facebook Grous
- Electronic Village Online – https://www.facebook.com/groups/electronicvillageonline/
- Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/
- Webheads in Action – https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/
- EVO Multiliteracies MOOC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomlit/
- Learning with Computers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/6577061586/
- TESOL Arabia Ed Tech SIG – https://www.facebook.com/groups/TAEdTech/
- EVO Minecraft MOOC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/evomc/
- TECHNO-CLIL forEVer – https://www.facebook.com/groups/650753401732995/
To these groups.io lists
- EVO Community –
- Invitation to present to EVO moderators (closed group)
- Invitation to present to EVO coordinators (closed group)
On 3 myTESOL community lists
- myTESOL Lounge
- Applied Linguistics Interest Section
- Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section
See the Twitter search on #BestofEVO2020,
A round of applause
EVO20 playlist on the EVO Youtube channel
These are all events that the writer of this blog post was due to take part in. I’m just parking them here in case I need to refer to them again.
Wed Apr 1 – 1 pm to 2:45 pm – Creating materials in a digital world – Panel at TESOL 2020 – canceled
“Creating Materials in a Digital World,” has been included in the TESOL 2020 convention program, held on 31 March – 3 April in Denver, Colorado, USA.
I was to be a panelist in this event to be held on
April 1st, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM in 402 at The Colorado Convention Center.
About the panel
It’s an Academic Panel Session hosted jointly by the Materials Writers Interest Section, in conjunction with Career Paths Professional Learning Network. They issued a call for panelists “who have experience adapting, creating, and using digital materials to teach English and train English teachers. … Such experience may include, but is not limited to, blended and hybrid learning, online learning, gamification, differentiated learning, building online learning communities and teacher education. Each panelist will be given between 10 and 20 minutes to share their expertise.” – from the proposal form,
The panel title and abstract were as follows:
Title of panel:
Creating Materials in a Digital World
As the world becomes more dependent on technology ELT professionals find ways to adapt. This presentation shows participants in all stages of their career paths various ways they can adapt, create, and develop materials for digital learning in a variety of contexts for language teaching and teacher training. – from their TESOL Communities call for panelists, here:
“Creating Materials in a Digital World,” has been included in the TESOL 2020 convention program, held on 31 March – 3 April in Denver, Colorado, USA. We invite you to attend the convention and present your session on April 1st, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:45 PM in 402 at The Colorado Convention Center.
The abstract that appeared in the program booklet is:
As the world becomes more dependent on technology ELT professionals find ways to adapt. This presentation shows participants in all stages of their career paths various ways they can adapt, create, and develop materials for digital learning in a variety of contexts for language teaching and teacher training.
Title of the presentation by Vance Stevens
Adapting to whatever happens: Transitioning suddenly from blended learning to having to go online
I have taught ESOL using digital materials for four decades and recently received a lifetime achievement award for my work in CALL. My involvement in creating digital materials for students began in the late 1970s but with the advent of the Internet in teaching ESOL my focus shifted into working through communities of practice. I maintain several communities to help teachers bring themselves up to speed through applying the affordances of networked digital tools for creating environments and materials for working with students in blended learning environments.
In my segment, I intend to use myself as an example of how I have remained current by continually fostering communities of practice (CoPs). This is critical for maintaining current skills but especially important when faced with having to cope with pandemic conditions, in which many teachers are discovering they must suddenly acquire new skills they didn’t already have.
Teachers who already have skills in online teaching have likely benefited from working in distributed communities of practice, which afford natural opportunities to practice with community members to boost each other’s skills. We see today how important it is for teachers and materials developers to form communities of practice in order to learn what they need to know about acquiring connectivity skills, and how to apply them with greatest effect to today’s learners.
For two months spanning January, February, and March of this year I was invited as an English Language Specialist to prepare a set of workshops in Thailand on various topics, which I based at http://workshops2020.pbworks.com/. One of these was entitled
Becoming a model teacher: Using multiliteracies and 21st century skills and tools in your own professional development
It had four units, the last designed for practice, so the three units with the content were these:
The second of these workshops was extended into an eLearning course entitled Learning How to Create and Use a Blended Learning Classroom, https://tinyurl.com/blended2020. The course ran for three weeks, and was meant as an opportunity for participants in the blended workshops in Thailand to pursue their knowledge of the tools for creating and using blended learning classrooms in greater detail, but in a completely online environment.
Ironically, or sadly as the case may be, many participants in the workshops were starting to find themselves in that exact predicament in their real-life teaching situations, and we saw that teachers who had already been blending their classrooms were in much better position to cope with classes having to meet virtually (just add Zoom as one webinar guest told us). This realization evolved over the course, until by week 3 we were addressing it directly.
These workshops and subsequent eLearning were all mounted in free and open spaces online, and I plan to introduce them as a resource that can be utilized by all. What is especially unique about them is that they were prepared help teachers understand blended learning settings by modeling one for them, and when requested to move to a fully-online environment, I ended up modeling what teachers were in some cases going to have to do quickly in their own contexts as schools closed in response to the global pandemic.
I was also scheduled to take part in these events at the Electronic Village …
Mon 30 March 11 am UTC – Michael Coghlan convenes Webhead in Action Reunion – helps Vance Stevens launch TALIN
Large-scale Dialogue around COVID: A Planning Call Open to All Facilitators (Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 8:00pm Asia/Dubai Time) This is an invitation for my American friends and colleagues. I’m sharing it on some international lists of dialogue facilitators, because there are probably efforts in other countries that are far ahead … More Info: (Posted by Lucas Cioffi.in QiqoChat)
Wed 1 April noon and 2100 UTC – Free Webinar 3 of 3 by National Geographic Learning for English Teachers who are new to online teaching
TESOL Global Partner National Geographic Learning is offering a Free Webinar Series for English Teachers who are new to online teaching featuring online teaching experts Dr. Joan Kang Shin and Dr. Jered Borup from George Mason Unviersity.
Part 3: Building a Supportive Learning Environment
Wed – April 1, 2020 8 am and 5pm EDT
- 8 am EDT is Noon UTC (8 pm Malaysia) – https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=April+1%2C+2020+8+am+EDT&iso=20200401T08&p1=263&ah=1
- 5 pm EDT is 2100 UTC (5 am Malaysia, next day) – https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=April+1%2C+2020+5pm+EDT&iso=20200401T17&p1=263&ah=1
You can register and access more resources here
There were two sessions scheduled
- 10:00 AM Europe/London
- 04:00 PM Europe/London
Free, but no opt out from this …
In fairness, you can opt out by sending them an email having first agreed to the digital storage and distribution among corporate entities of your email and demographics. Not Scott’s fault, but I really wish they wouldn’t do that. It’s not just me, there’s been some blow-back on social media over the issue.
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The date of this update is May 4, 2020 07:40 UTC