Weekend Webcastathon with Graham Stanley Storytelling Saturday, and 18th Webheads Sandbox OpenMic-inar Sunday with Karaoke and Spacial Chat

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Learning2gether Episode 480
18th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
and TALIN webinar #34


Graham Stanley on Interactive storytelling games
The 18th Webheads Sandbox OpenMic-inar Sunday does Karaoke and Spacial Chat
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The groundwork for this event was laid as follows in a post to Groups.io which read in part as follows:

Hi everyone, with Jeff Lebow turning up at our last Webheads Open Mic-inar last Sunday July 19  I was reminded how long it’s been since we had a good old fashioned Webheads Webcastathon. So why not announce one this coming weekend?

First up will be Graham Stanley who will be hosting an IATEFL LTSIG workshop on Interactive Storytelling Games. This will take place on Saturday July 25 at 1400 UTC in Zoom. The event is announced at https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/

But wait, there’s more! Sunday will be time for the 18th Webheads Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar. There’s not anything in particular planned for that one at the moment, but note that it is an OPEN mic(inar). Come and discuss with us whatever’s on your mind.

Let’s see how this played out 🙂

Saturday 25 July – IATEFL LTSIG hosts Graham Stanley on Interactive storytelling games


At https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/ IATEFL LTSIG kicked off its new webinar season by looking at ‘Interactive storytelling games’ with Graham Stanley, who provided the following more detailed information (from the website):

Online interactive storytelling games are a great way to motivate language learners to speak and listen. They can also be easily adapted by the teacher to most levels and are suitable to play with a range of age groups. During this workshop, we will look at how best to approach online storytelling games with some examples and then discuss how teachers can best design their own games for their learners.

The event was held in Zoom (bravely, no password 🙂

The recording shared via Zoom can be played (but not embedded) here

Graham also made this offer and an appeal on Facebook

Doris Molero left a definitive record of Graham’s presentation on her Facebook page. I tried to embed it here but I believe a plugin is required on the host backend to enable that.


She shared these links in her post

I created something similar with my own notes and screenshots.

Here’s what Graham was doing when I arrived.


Here he is relating a story, pausing to let his volunteer fill in the gapped details. He developed the story of one of the wedding photos the photographer had taken, pausing from time to time to ask his volunteer to improvise what happens next.


Here, he frames the first story into the context of Interactive Storytelling Games, and introduces two other possiblities.


The first of these is Escape the Dinner party, where students must make small talk and then practice apologies and excuses.



The next possiblity is Get the Treasure and Escape the Island


Not a very helpful map, really …


Participants are encouraged to invent roles for themselves and imagine hidden agendas


Players also invent challenges which they can play at certain junctures


Here are some considerations in designing Interactive Storytelling Games


Meanwhile, the photographer’s story continues, or might take a different turn in the next iteration


Graham interacts a lot with this group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/497315184483521/


and with his fan-base …


Sunday 26 July – The 18th Webheads Sandbox OpenMic-inar Sunday does Karaoke and Spacial Chat

On Sunday July 26, at noon UTC, the webcastathon continued with the 18th Webheads Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar.

There wasn’t anything in particular planned, but it was an OPEN mic-inar, so we had F.U.N. with Karaoke and Spacial Chat, which Michael Birch had suggested we try out at the end of the Saturday session.


Sunday turned out to be Michael’s birthday so we all wished him a happy birchday using a Karaoke tool that Heike had been dying to try out. If you want to watch the video queued to where that happens, use this link, https://youtu.be/DWBuwXJ16j8?t=994

But if you are logged into YouTube and if you’ve been watching that video already, YouTube might just take you to where you were last watching. Apparently that part of the algorithm overrides your specific instructions as per the link above. If that happens then go manually to 994 seconds (16 min. 34 seconds) into the video. It goes on till about 27:30 when we all pretty much run out of steam and let Michael get on with his birthday without further intrusion on an otherwise happy day 🙂

Webheads have always loved to experiment. If you want to hear an example of what it’s SUPPOSED to sound like, you could listen to this:


At the end of the hour, Graham entertained us with some
Green Screen Magic


For example, we played Where’s Graham?

Zoom Chat Logs from the Sunday July 26

20:10:20 From Vance Stevens : https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/26/weekend-webcastathon-with-graham-stanley-storytelling-saturday-and-18th-webheads-sandbox-openmic-inar-sunday/ (I screenshared the earlier work from this page in Zoom)
20:14:05 From Heike Philp to Vance Stevens(Privately) : Can you fiddle a bit with our audio settings, for some reason it sounds a bit overmodulated
(Heike was asking me to turn my mic volume down 🙂
20:16:07 From Heike Philp : Social bookmarking tool
20:18:14 From Vance Stevens : delicious, diigo
20:22:39 From Heike Philp : https://www.watch2gether.com/?lang=de
20:22:48 From Graham Stanley : delicious! That’s what i used to use
20:22:59 From Heike Philp : https://www.watch2gether.com/rooms/6lhvbyjy67qa3egkre?lang=de
(Heike set up a watch-together for us where we could all do a Happy Birthday Karaoke and see if it would come out in synch)
20:33:54 From Doris Molero : https://spatial.chat/
20:40:57 From Heike Philp : https://spatial.chat/s/Heikephilp
20:57:48 From Vance Stevens : the losers come around
(I was taking dictation from one of the songs Graham put up at Spacial Chat)

Promotion and Feedback

This events were posted to these Facebook Groups

And posted as this Groups.io calendar event: https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32682

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What is 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.

More about TALIN, as presented at international online conferences

Earlier Events

Sun 19 July noon UTC – 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar


Sat 20 July PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing

There was a PAIS Webinar on July 20th, titled “PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing,” with presenters Rosario Giraldez, Eric Moore and Pamela Smart-Smith, Michael Joseph Ennis, Daniel Brengel, and Jessica Hill

For those of you who were not able to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, you can view the webinar in its entirety on Youtube by following this link: PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing.

Tue 21 July last day of TESOL affiliate meetings

If interested you can activate these links here


Tue-Wed July 21-23 Virtual Education Connect online conference on challenges from COVID-19

Educational Reset: Digital Ecosystems for the human development

INSPIRATION, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES – The leading virtual meeting in education

Virtual event that precedes the World Congress, to address the most urgent issues arising from the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to the educational community globally. The implementation of technology in education and training will also be discussed, which will help fulfill the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda.

Register for free: https://virtualeduca.org/connect/

See the program here

I just received this email from Educa, Aug 5, 2020

If you missed the largest virtual education leader in education, which has brought together more than 85,000 participants , you can still enjoy this successful event.

Get your 1 month access to the platform.

For only 10 euros * you will have access to more than 200 hours of high academic content and access to the commercial exhibition with large companies in the educational sector.

Loss of innocence …

Wed 22 July 10 am EST – TESOL B-MEIS Webinar on Designing for diversity, equity and inclusion

B-MEIS Webinar (Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10: 00-11: 00 AM, EST): Designing for diversity, equity and inclusion: exploring innovative curriculum models in bilingual education and beyond.

“A complete model of bilingualism must capture the diversity of language use in this ecosystem, and the field has now recognized that it is insufficient to simply talk about “monolinguals” vs. “bilinguals” in terms of cognitive control and the advantage or disadvantage therein.” (Ping Li, 2015).

At this panel, we will explore an array of perspectives, experiences and strategies about leveraging campus diversity to foster intercultural understanding and multilingual awareness. The B-MEIS Webinar Series is dedicated to re-imagining bi/multilingual education in the era of changing linguistic landscapes. The webinar will be recorded and shared with a broader TESOL community. 

Speakers and discussants:

  • Zohreh R. Eslami (Texas A&M University)
  • Keith M. Graham (National Taiwan Normal University)
  • Kathleen Richards (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
  • Zeynep Ayasli Harkness (University of North Alabama)
  • M. Cristina Zaccarini (Adelphi University)

For those of you who were not able to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, here is the link to the recording: youtu.be/8zwyNcLjMpQ.

Fri 24 July 1100 ET TESOL Applied Linguistics Interest Section webinar with Dr. Quanisha Charles on Black Teachers of English in South Korea

Applied Linguistics Interest Section (ALIS) is pleased to announce our new webinar series: Perspectives on Multifaceted Teacher Identities

Please join us for the first webinar of the series on Friday, July 24, 11:00am-12:00pm (Eastern US Time)

In this webinar, Dr. Quanisha Charles will present her recent TESOL Journal article “Black Teachers of English in South Korea: Constructing Identities as a Black Native English Speaker and English Language Teaching Professional.”

Abstract: Through CRT and narrative inquiry, this study examines how two black teachers of English rendered their identity as a NES and ELT professional. This article highlights the perceived privileges afforded to these teachers as an NES from the U.S. and the ramifications of how their race impacted their approaches as ELT professionals. Concepts of privilege and marginalization within the language classroom is explored, along with meanings of being a cultural ambassador outside of the U.S., namely in South Korea. Lastly, this study calls for ongoing, accountable, ELT training, language policy, and hiring practices, that is keen on dialogue and deliverables embodying race and culture that shapes both teacher identities and pedagogical approaches.

Author Bio: Dr. Quanisha Charles grounds her research in narrative inquiry through the lens of critical race theory as a means of capturing important stories and intricate identities that impact how individuals understand themselves and their positionality within society. Charles’s most recent qualitative study examined social (in)justices through literacy narratives in a community college writing course. Charles has taught the English language in not only the U.S. but also South Korea, China, and Vietnam. In addition to teaching, she leads the newly developed TESOL program at Jefferson Community & Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The recording of Black Teachers of English in South Korea: Constructing Identities as a Black Native English Speaker and English Language Teaching Professional (Quanisha Charles) is here: youtu.be/fr7gkmJJejY

Sat 25 July 0700 GMT+7 Transforming from traditional to online teaching

And Nellie Deutsch points out … Here’s the recording of the second video

Sat 25 July 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/


Sat 25 July 1430 UTC TESOL Career Path Development hosts Patrice Palmer – Self-care for Online English Language Teachers

TESOL Career Path Development welcomes you to our next presentation in our TESOL Career Path Development Summer 2020 Webinar Series. Please watch this space for your Zoom invitation!

Patrice Palmer on “Self-care for Online English Language Teachers,” Saturday, July 25, 10:30-11:30 AM ET (2:30 PM GMT)

There’s most likely a recording. Meanwhile, there’s this …


Sun 26 July 11:00 UTC ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 Art and Craft of the Short Story

ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 – Session 16

“The Art and Craft of the Short Story”
26 July 2020 (Sunday)  4.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Register at https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/ELTAI16

To double check the time, there is a countdown timer on the registration page

For long, storytelling has been a source of language teaching, imparting social values and making learners life-ready. This webinar revisits using short stories, flash fiction, mini-sagas, dribbles and drabbles to enhance creative and critical skills in today’s context. Like to know how? Join us in this webinar.


  • Dr. Bandana Chakrabarty (President, ELT@I Jaipur Chapter)


  • Dr. Shaila Mahan (Secretary, ELT@I Jaipur Chapter)
  • Dr. Sanjay Kumar (Author and Consultant for English and Soft Skills Development Training)
  • Prof. Vinita Dhondiyal Bhatnagar (Professor, UIT, RGPV, Bhopal)



  • e-Certificate of Participation will be sent to only those who attend the entire session and submit feedback after the session.
  • The webinar will be held in Webinarjam platform. There is no need to download and install any app/software in your device.

Become a member of ELTAI by filling out the membership form at
https://forms.gle/vjC9ovXm3uBARXq28. You can find details of the membership fee at

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Subscribe to our Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ELTAIIndia to get quick notifications about our future live broadcasts.

The Organising Committee
ELTAI Webinar Series 2020
The English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELT@I)

This blog is written and maintained by Vance Stevens
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The date of this update is August 2, 2020 06:00 UTC

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