FUN at the 19th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar with green screens and Facerig

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Learning2gether Episode 482
19th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
and the penultimate TALIN webinar #36


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We had thought to carry on with the recent topic, do teachers really have an obsession with tools? — and of course we indulged in our own obsession with tools, and addressed how these obsessions might be utilized in leveraging language learning, when the tools become the prop, the dogme environment, which holds student attention while language happens within that environment. Vance Stevens and Graham Stanley showed off some green screen magic, while Heike Philp and Vicky Saumell morphed into their respective Facerig guises.

We had FUN playing with tools, such as Facerig and green screens. Tools are like arrows in a quiver and teachers need to know through familiarity born of trial and error, which to select and aim at a given pedagogical purpose. We concluded that, used correctly, tools can be useful in engaging learners (if our experience using them to engage one another in frivolous unanticipated nonsense is anything to go by).

Graham followed up with this post on Facebook. Click on the pic to reach the link.


Zoom Chat Logs

20:23:36 From GrahamStanley : Sorry…bandwidth issues. I keep dropping out
20:24:14 From Vance Stevens : np
20:24:20 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Don´t worry dear, keep trying please
20:41:17 From Heike Philp : How did you reverse the greenscreen effect Graham?
This was at 39:27  in the YouTube video, here –
Graham said he had done it by mistake 🙂

20:48:23 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Congrats Minnie
20:57:28 From Heike Philp to Vance Stevens(Privately) : I am really happy you are saying this
Saying what?? Could this be at be at about 54:17? Why the obsession with tools?
21:04:00 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Sorry I keep crashing
21:04:06 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : crashing


Promotion and Feedback

I used this as our event logo, or just the image part


I asked participants planning to join us to find out what FUN stands for here,

and I promised a pop quiz on this at the webinar, but forgot about it, so be ready,
at some future webinar, when you least expect it, nyaa haaah haaaa

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

And at this, as a calendar event:

It was also streamed from Zoom on

What is TALIN?

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN,

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.

TALIN has attracted speakers for 36 webinars under the TALIN brand in the past 4 months, but speakers have not been leaping from the woodwork as eagerly as before, and I think the webinar side of TALIN will be more manageable in future if it merges back with Learning2gether, certainly one less ball for me to juggle.

In practice, these past 4 months, I’ve been announcing TALIN events on Facebook and sharing them with my other Facebook communities. All the communities have been growing almost equally, so what will happen now is I’ll be creating events at Learning2gether and sharing them with the other communities including the TALIN Facebook group. Members of any one community shouldn’t notice much if any difference.

I’ve altered the TALIN portal page here to note that I won’t be continuing to schedule or archive our webinars as TALIN¹ ones on that page. The Facebook community at will continue with TALIN² events as before.

So in practice nothing will change, except that I won’t have to keep track of TALIN webinars any more, and things should go on as normal, with regularly scheduled webinars continuing under the auspices of Learning2gether and Webheads.

Webheads have had some remarkable meetings lately, and we’ve been experimenting with green screens and games and enjoying it more than ever. The videos are a hoot to watch as well, all at

Earlier Events

Wed 29 July Time 1400 UTC – Gavin Dudeney on Why the Obsession With ‘Tools’?

Thu 30 July 1300 EDT Sharon Tjaden-Glass and Jennifer Lacroix host conversation about listening and intercultural competence in the classroom

Please join us for a casual conversation about encouraging listening and intercultural competence in the classroom. Sharon Tjaden-Glass and Jennifer Lacroix will host a casual conversation about this topic.

What is listening competence? What is intercultural competence? How does the research overlap? Where are the gaps? How can teachers encourage both the development of listening and intercultural competence? Join us!

ICIS Coffee Hour Invitation, Thursday July 30th, 1:00 PM EST

Topic: ICIS Coffee Hour: Intercultural Listening
Time: Jul 30, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting…

Meeting ID: 952 3074 5689
Password: 414829
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I don’t think this was from this particular event, but it happened around this time …

From a post on Aug 8, 2020 by Sharon Tjaden-Glass, in the TESOL Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section community forum:

We had a successful networking session among 26 TESOL professionals who are looking to get into instructional design as well as those who have made the transition or in the process of doing so. I am grateful that I was joined by four other amazing professionals who shared their experiences getting into instructional design, proof again that it can totally be done!

From TESOL to Instructional Design: Experiences from the Trenches


Fri 31 July 0200 ET TESOL TEIS hosts webinar with Michelle Benegas and Amy O’Conner Stolpestad

Date and Time: July 31, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm ET

Presenters: Michelle Benegas (TEIS Chair Elect) and Amy O’Conner Stolpestad

TEIS continues its TEIS webinar series in July, discussing ESL teacher leadership in the context of the project, English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM).  Funded by a generous National Professional Development grant from the United States Department of Education, ELM draws from distributed leadership theory to train ESL teachers to be teacher leaders in order to better serve English learners throughout the school day. In tandem with state education associations, local education associations, and school building partners, the Benegas & Stolpestad support the development of leadership structures that fit within existing systems to make the work of the ESL teacher leader, referred to as an ELM peer coach, both feasible and successful. Participants in this session will learn about findings to date from this four-year study as well as be provided examples of how Hamline University has redesigned their ESL teacher preparation program to cultivate teacher leadership.


Michelle Benegas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Hamline University. In her work with teachers and schools, she promotes a model in which ESL teachers serve as site-based experts and coaches to their colleagues. Her research interests include ESL teacher leadership, teacher leader identity, and systemic approaches to improving EL services. She is also the TEIS Chair Elect.

Amy O’Connor Stolpestad currently serves as the director of The ELM Project and also consults with local, regional, state, and higher education institutions. Stolpestad is a Minnesota licensed K-12 ESL teacher and experienced teacher educator. Her research interests include teacher leadership, instructional coaching, teacher identity, and organizational change management.

To register, go to:…

Sat 1 Aug 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one, it’s free.

VSTE recommends setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here:

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link

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

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The date of this update is August 9, 2020 05:00 UTC

One thought on “FUN at the 19th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar with green screens and Facerig

  1. Pingback: 20th Weekly Webheads Revival Sandbox – Minnie demonstrates DingTalk for language learning | Learning2gether

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