Weekly Webheads Sunday Revival Meeting #10

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Learning2gether Episode 468
Webheads Revival #10
and TALIN webinar #23


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On Sunday, May, 31, at the usual time of noon UTC – Webheads in Action members convened from around the planet for the 10th consecutive weekly Webheads Revival Meeting.

At these meetings we talk about whatever those present want to talk about.
Very relaxed, these Sunday meetings

There were 11 of us present (in order of appearance in the chat logs):

  1. Maha Hassan
  2. Michael Coghlan
  3. Heike Philp
  4. Graham Stanley, himself and in various Face Rigged guises
  5. Thomas Leverett
  6. Laine Marshall
  7. Alicia Barbitta
  8. Nina Liakos
  9. Vance Stevens
  10. Maru Del Campo Velasco
  11. Vicky Saumell

Plus we had a Zoom bomber.
Eventually he became bored with us and buggered off.2020-06-01_1104bomber

The video was recorded in Zoom, https://youtu.be/kGnITr-0v2M
We also 
streamed from Zoom onto Facebook at

Direct link: https://www.facebook.com/vance.stevens.3/videos/10158264529204719/

Promotion and Feedback

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

And announced here: https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32635

This was our TALIN event masthead for the week

This badge was designed by Ibrahim Rustamov for the 2008 EVO sesson
Becoming a Webhead,

Zoom Chat Logs

20:10:31 From Maha Hassan : Good afternoon everyone 🙂
20:11:28 From Michael Coghlan : Hello Maha
20:18:12 From Heike Philp : facerig
20:18:12 From Graham Stanley : Face Rig
20:18:41 From Heike Philp : https://facerig.com/
20:19:09 From Thomas Leverett : hello Maha
20:29:28 From Laine Marshall : He’s getting back at you for kicking him out that time!!!
20:29:56 From Alicia Barbitta : asking permission from my computer
20:36:12 From Michael Coghlan : latency
20:38:24 From Nina Liakos (USA) : Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir
20:38:31 From Nina Liakos (USA) : TED search
20:40:51 From Nina Liakos (USA) : https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_whitacre_a_choir_as_big_as_the_internet
20:41:16 From Michael Coghlan : audio interface controllers
20:41:24 From Heike Philp : Audio interface controller
20:43:16 From Webhead soldier : https://www.facebook.com/stevenieveofficial/
20:46:33 From Heike Philp : this tiger is lovely
20:46:37 From Heike Philp : Webhead Tiger


20:48:01 From Webhead Tiger : Schools are opening in Uruguay now…the first country in Latin America that has announced the reopening of schools
20:51:41 From Alicia Barbitta – Focus Inglés Empresarial : yes
20:52:45 From Vance Stevens : How to stream Zoom to FB https://docs.google.com/document/d/12cNCX-aWOLs7mJNDLybXlrbIqFE74anIywRhUV-XtQ4/edit#heading=h.uqxalxdxrvpg
20:52:51 From Michael Coghlan : Sounds like very like what happened here in Australia
20:52:59 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : thanks Vance
20:53:09 From Vance Stevens : 🙂
20:58:43 From Michael Coghlan : Australia
20:59:13 From Michael Coghlan : NZ
20:59:40 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Applies to Mexico too. Data is not real, Mexico is not testing till sympthoms are heavy
21:02:16 From Alicia Barbitta – Focus Inglés Empresarial : ThanksVance for the link.
21:05:57 From Vicky Saumell : Hi, everybody, sorry I’m late. Good to see you!
21:06:21 From Alicia Barbitta – Focus Inglés Empresarial : Hi Vicky!


21:07:52 From Michael Coghlan : I need to go folks – see you next time 🙂
21:08:03 From Vicky Saumell : Bye, Michael
21:08:04 From Nina Liakos (USA) : Grahamburger reminds me of a frog
21:08:05 From Maha Hassan : See u
21:08:31 From Nina Liakos (USA) : Leaving, Maha? We haven’t heard from you at all
21:08:45 From Vicky Saumell : In Argentina, it depends on the type of schools
21:08:50 From Vicky Saumell : But many have
21:09:03 From Maha Hassan : I am just listening. I can share a few points
21:09:18 From Vicky Saumell : It also depends on the geographical location and connectivity issues
21:09:20 From Vicky Saumell : I have
21:09:21 From Grey Ham Burger : I think UNESCO has data on this
21:09:55 From Maha Hassan : Heike would you repeat the question please 🙂
21:09:58 From Grey Ham Burger : https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse


21:11:48 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Mexico is being schooled live, where technology allows it. Many large areas do not have internet Very similar that Argentina
21:12:25 From Grey Ham Burger : In some countries (Cuba, Peru, for example) they are using TV and radion for school lessons
21:12:26 From Heike Philp : Thank you so much for the link to the Unesco overview
21:13:11 From Heike Philp : no
21:13:43 From Grey Ham Burger : Do you have the link, Vance?
21:14:45 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Nice to see you all, I still feel like I am dreaming
21:15:11 From Vance Stevens : https://m.facebook.com/events/elt-news/1st-online-foreign-languages-forum/532937884041182/
21:15:35 From Vance Stevens : http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded#SunMay3107001500Day2ofUTCnbspELTNews1stOnlineForeignLanguagesForum
21:16:31 From Nina Liakos (USA) : I have to go now. Great to see all of you!
21:17:16 From Thomas Leverett : me too thank you everyone!
21:17:27 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Thank you all
21:17:54 From Alicia Barbitta – Focus Inglés Empresarial : Thanks a lot. Nice seeing you live!

More about TALIN

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

Learning2gether can host TALIN events in Zoom during times of isolation/lockdown if they are intended to be recorded and shared with the wider community, and if they take place between 02:00-14:00 UTC

TALIN events here are open to all and free to attend.

If you would like to propose an event or invite others to meet in conversation

  1. Visit this page https://tinyurl.com/talin2020
  2. Click on “Request Edit Access” to the left of your profile picture at the top of the page
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Write in your event on the schedule. Give the time in UTC if you can, and give the time in your location also as a double check on time

You can host the event yourself, but if you want Learning2gether to host it and promote it, please allow enough time to check that I am available, at least a few days in advance.

After the Virtual Round Table Conference May 8-9, 2020, there’s even more about TALIN here:
https://bit.ly/talin2020 and https://youtu.be/iOYPkmWPAiY

Earlier Events

Wed 27 May noon UTC Susan Marandi and Laine Marshall co-host An Inside Look into CALL Professional Development in Iran


Thu 28 May 1600 EDT 4th episode of the weekly interview series Reinventing School


This week is our fourth episode of the weekly interview series “REINVENTING.SCHOOL,” being held live on Thursdays at 4:00 pm US-EDT and hosted by Howard Blumenthal.

Last week, the topic was distance learning. The recording is now available on the www.reinventing.school section of LearningRevolution.com, on YouTube, and soon by audio podcast (we’ll let you know the link in future announcements).

This week, the topic is “What About My Job at School?” — the employment of teachers and support staff, and the potential for fewer adults per school building. In the U.S., this is a particularly threatening situation because it builds upon decades of unequal treatment, but the size and depth of the global economic catastrophe provide the necessary ingredients for a long-time nightmare. Then again, this is a time of great opportunity to revise, rethink, and reconsider the best uses of available resources, both locally and globally. As with every episode, there is a larger meta layer–in this case, why the jobs exist in the first place, and whether we are providing nearly 2 billion children and teenagers with the best solutions to the problem of learning.To watch the live show at 4:00 pm US-EDT, or to access the recordings afterward, please go to http://www.reinventing.school (or https://learningrevolution.com/reinventingschool). 

For today’s topic, host Howard Blumenthal welcomes Diane Ravitch, New York University Research Professor in the Dept. of Education, author of 12 books including the recent Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Danger to Our Public Schools; Cindy Cisneros, Vice President of Education Programs at the Committee for Economic Development at The Conference Board; and Gavin Dykes, from England, Managing Director of Cellcove, Ltd. and the Chair and Co-Founder of Education Fast Forward (EFF), which brings together leading global experts and change agents from the world of education. As always, we will be joined by two students from the U.S. and elsewhere. Please join us for the live show, or visit www.reinventing.school early next week to watch the recorded edition.

More about this week’s guests:


Dr. Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She is the Founder and President of the Network for Public Education (NPE). Her blog is dianeravitch.net and has received more than 36 million hits. Her extensive background in education and public policy includes a role as Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander under George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. A leading advocate of conservative ideas for fixing America’s education system, including charter schools, standards, accountability, and high-stakes standardized testing, she began to realize that these policies were not working in 2006-2007. She began to criticize them and to criticize the federal law called “No child left behind.” with the publication of the death and life of the great American school system: how testing and choice are undermining education, she became one of the most outspoken critics of ideas she once championed.


Cindy Cisneros is Vice President, Education Programs at the Committee for Economic Development (CED). She is responsible for leading the portfolio of education work, which includes early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce development. Ms. Cisneros most recently served as Director of Member Practice at Public Education Network (PEN). In this position, she led strategies for improving the capacity of member local education funds across the country to affect policy change, engage the public, and ensure that all children, especially underserved populations, graduate ready for college and career. Prior to her work at PEN, Ms. Cisneros was a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Her projects at AIR involved leading state technical assistance support and implementation for college and career readiness, including as Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the National High School Center. Before joining AIR, Ms. Cisneros worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Education and Development Center. Her primary responsibilities were to evaluate school district math and science program quality and the role of teacher leaders and to provide technical assistance to urban school districts on administrative leadership practices. Ms. Cisneros received her BA in political science and economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Gavin Dykes is a Director of the Education World Forum and the Asian Summit on Education and Skills. These are annual meetings for ministers of education and government policymakers. Gavin’s responsibilities include setting the themes for developing the agenda and negotiating the program. In January 2019, 93 Ministers attended the Education World Forum, and more than 100 countries were represented. Gavin is co-founder and chair of Education Fast Forward’s debates. He also serves on Advisory Boards for Ed-Tech organisations including the University of the People and BoClips and is an advisor to the “Educate – Better Edtech Better Learning” Project in London and Lumiar Schools in Brazil. He has worked in consultancy and advisory roles for the OECD, UNESCO, the World Bank, and for governments, agencies and foundations in countries from Ireland to India, and from Jordan to the US.


Howard Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

Visit Learning Revolution at: https://learningrevolution.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Fri 29 May 0900 and noon UTC Live chat sessons from Virtual Round Table exhibitors

This is from Heike Philp

Dear members and fans of the Virtual Round Table,

We trust you enjoyed the recordings of the Virtual Round Table – more than 1300 clicks on the YouTube playlist – thank you so much for your interest!

We also saw many visitors at our innovative Virtual Expo, which closes this coming Sunday, 31st of May 2020 and I am pleased to announce that – prior to closing – our exhibitors are offering two live chat sessions on Friday, 29 May 2020 at 9am GMT and 12pm noon GMT (10am and 1pm London time) with live video and text chats at the booths of the virtual expo.

Not every exhibitor will be present at both times mentioned above. If you are interested in hearing more about their products and services, stay tuned as I will be publishing a schedule nearer the time.

The following exhibitors are at Virtual Expo https://virtualexpo.info/exhibition/Virtual-Round-Table_7yddxpdawn

  • DELTA Publishing (new publications are ‘Bloggers’ and ‘On Point’ and preview samples can be downloaded at the booth)
  • Cornelsen and National Geographic Learning ELT (Basis for Business series by Mike Hogan)
  • PeacheyPublications – Nick Peachey’s popular and ‘pret-a-utiliser’ digital publications
  • Wayzgoose Press – essays, novels and EFL / ESL educational material
  • LinguaTV – language learning videos designed for blended and online courses
  • LearnMatch – the popular app of Phase6 to compete at learning vocabulary
  • CELT Athens – Online CELTA and DELTA training center
  • HMKW University of Applied Science in Berlin, a private university specialized in media, communication and economy

There are pdf downloads and other expo freebies and we look forward to you joining the live text and video chats.

For more information, please email heikephilp@gmail.com

Sat 30 May 1300-1500 utc – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free. We recommend setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/

May 30 Nellie Deutsch ends free online course on how to teach online using free tools – since April 1

All are invited to join an 8-week free online professional development course on how to teach online using free tools from April 1 – May 30, 2020 – https://moodle4teachers.org/enrol/index.php?id=276

This is where you login here https://moodle4teachers.org/login/index.php
and this is how you log in https://youtu.be/n9Oh46Pe07U

You may wish to share the information with your colleagues.


End of May – 2020 Learning Revolution online conference started April 1 and goes on for 2 months

FULL STEAM AHEAD with the 2020 Learning Revolution Conference!

Here’s how you can participate:

REGISTER: sign up to attend the event. It’s free. There will a calendar of sessions for every day for two months, all free to attend, and available to see in your own time zone. Presenters have been invited to present on a broad range of education, teaching, and learning topics. We’ve also invited individuals to host topic conversations (not formal presentations) that you can join.
PRESENT: submit to on an education topic. You can see the long list of potential strand here. All presentations will be free for participants to attend live. Presentations will also be recorded and be made available to you for your own personal or professional use. (If you’re used to getting paid to present, email admin@learningrevolution.com to discuss how you can work with an sponsoring organization to be a “sponsored speaker.”)

Previously, I had pointed out that in a slight shift on the concept of free conferences, this one is free to attend. However, it was originally stated that access to recordings will cost $99.

  • I’m not sure if this is true any more. It appears that as of April 12, recordings are on open access.
  • On May 7, they are still on open access, ALL linked from the recordings page, https://learningrevolution.com/recordings

Here is what it said originally, but it appears that, like Woodstock, the gates have been opened to all 🙂

The 2020 Learning Revolution online conference will be an historic event. Conference sessions on all aspects of teaching and learning will be held daily over the course of two months, all free to attend live.

A calendar will list all sessions as they are scheduled on a rolling basis, and a daily email will give the final schedule for each day. The sessions will also be recorded. Access to the archive of recordings will be available for $99.

The call for proposals opens on March 23rd. Presentation acceptances will be made on a rolling basis almost immediately, and presenters will be given the opportunity to choose a presentation day / time that is convenient to their own schedule.

The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping when, where, and from whom we learn–and even how we think about learning. As the boundaries of these learning worlds increasingly overlap, we believe these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

The conference is being hosted by my Learning Revolution Project. I’ve held over 100 online and physical learning events during the past 10 year, and I have a combined audience membership of 160,000 educators, administrators, librarians, students, and parents.

How to attend

Log into LearningRevolution.com and click on Schedule in the main menu to see the session times and direct links for attending live. To see all sessions submitted so far, and to correspond with presenters, click here.

Recordings are listed on the Recordings page. The conference hashtag is #learningrevolution.


Sat-Sun May 30-31 0700-1500 UTC ELT News 1st Online Foreign Languages Forum

For more information, see

What started as an initiative to support teachers and school owners at a local level, has quickly turned to an international event with participants from 40 countries involving 4000 professionals who have registered for the event and all ELT publishers, examination institutions and ELT services providers for supporting this initiative.

Here are the Forum’s speakers for both days,
with annotations from the sessions I attended

30 May, 2020

Session Speaker(s)
Make The Grade Dr Dimitris Maroulis
A creative approach to teaching exam classes Dr Luke Prodromou
Webinar: CGE – EUROLTA Tutor Training – Enabling Internationalisation

Burlington Mindset B1, B1+ and B2

Elizabeth Mickiewicz

Anne Leventeris

Online or in class…Wonder is the beginning of wisdom! Yiannis Spyropoulos
Re-imagining Successful Language Schools: life after COVID Michael Carrier

Webinar: LanguageCert ESOL online delivery with live invigilation (B1-C2) + Introduction to LTE (Business English Qualification suite) Petros Apergis
Learning through play: Games in Junior classes. Maria Mpaka
Deree, the American College of Greece Jane Mandalios
Neither out of sight nor out of mind. What the realities of the pandemic have taught us. George Drivas
Investigating EFL at preschool level in Europe Dr Thomai Alexiou
Tips on enhancing speaking and listening skills through storytelling Zafi Mandali
Looking at the bright side: the beneficial impact of (a)synchronous online teaching on ADHD students. Vassiliki Lismani
Biting the bullet, changing the Greek ELT Eftychis Kantarakis
Teaching Young Junior Beginners via Skype Aris Mazarakis
To be a teacher or an examiner? Now THAT is the question. George Raptopoulos

31 May, 2020

Session Speaker(s)
Valutazione della produzione scritta: criteri e quantificazione del risultato Dr Anthony Ventouris
Happiness and ELT: Principles and Activities Nick Michelioudakis
Τι σημαινει να εισαι μεταφραστης; Αξιζει να επενδυσεις στο CIOL DipTrans; Vasiliki Prestidge
The Rose Platform – an online tool for teaching and learning english especially designed to accommodate students with special educational needs. Rosemary Babou
Get Qualified: Obtain internationally recognised TESOL qualifications and develop professionally Maria Davou
Assessment and feedback when teaching online Russell Stannard

Here’s Russell, getting set up to go, prior to doing his screenshare, and getting started2020-05-31_1711rs


One assessment tool he recommends is Padlet



Another is Answer Garden


For formative assessment, Google Forms


For summative assessment, E Portfolios


This was a sponsored session, so there was some promotion of the sponsor


and a kind offer of a special handout if you don’t mind writing Russell for it …


New Age, New Norms, New Tools: Developing a New Classroom Paradigm conducive to learning. Yiannis Spyropoulos
Webinar: The new specifications for the Michigan ECCE and ECPE from 2021 Anne Leventeris
Beyond the coursebook – Into the educational Cybersphere with National Geographic Learning Eftychis Kantarakis
QLS – Level Up for the New Decade: Synergy in Facing New Challenges Georgia PapasJoanna Scarligou
Sustaining Personal & Corporate Motivation while teaching online Maria Araxi-Sachpazian
Online but unplugged Roger House
Teaching adults: a manageable challenge Peppy Frytzala
Teaching Grammar without Teaching Grammar Maria Davou
Proctoring your online writing classes


Dr Mike Kenteris

Mike Kenteris made a powerful presentation on teaching writing online. The screenshots don’t really tell the story. I hope I’ll be able to embed a video of the presentation here.



I contacted Dr. Mike and he was able to send me a link to the Facebook permalink of his presentation. I’m not sure wher the others would be. Here is his:



The links themselves work, but the video won’t embed here, I think because this link needs code to be placed in the head of this HTML document to call in the special FB player.

Do you speak the language of Covid-19? Making the EFL speaking curriculum real and topical Evangelia Vassilakou
The good, the bad and the ugly of online teaching Cliff Parry

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The date of this update is June 5, 2020 08:00 UTC

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