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At last Sunday’s Learning2gether/Webheads webinar, Doris Molero invited Minnie (Michelle Wang) from China to join her project where she teaches English by having her students develop narratives that revolve around historical scenes set in virtual worlds. She invited Minnie to participate in the part described here.
As Doris says, this Sunday, I can show you what the project is about and maybe Minnie can give us some tips on how to make it more accurate. We already have in place a representation of what there is in the series in a creative way, but it’s not a historical site like the ones you find in a museum. We can talk about the terracotta army and the tomb.. This is episode 3 and 4 in the project. I have already set the site and the tools and the quest and gaming elements.
Doris has encouraged Minnie to contribute a musical background to the project. Last week, Minnie showed us two instruments that she plays. She said that she is “going to share at least one music on each instrument on the coming Sunday.”
Minnie explains about her instruments: In Chinese, we say Guzheng for the one with 21 strings. It used to have 38, 16, 8, and 25 strings in history, now mostly 21. It was first used as an instrument in 2500 years ago. And Guqin, the one with 7 strings, first appeared more than 3000 years ago. The culture behind the instruments is splendid, amazing. My English language is limited, but that would be in a long email in future.
Here are the names in Chinese and links where you can hear their correct pronunciation
Find [gǔ zhēng] pronunciation at https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%AD%9D/66910
Find [gǔ qín] pronunciation at
This kind of instrument is called Chinese zither, or gin,
Minnie sent me a website in Chinese which she translates as follows
The Guqin,is also called Chinese ancient zither or Qixianqin (Chinese severn-string zither). It was first made about 3000 years ago, according to the figure of a phoenix. It can also be said to correspond to the human body, and more than that.
The body of the Guqin is of a length that represents 365 or 366 days of the year (it is about 3 chi 6 cun and 5 or 6 fen long.[about 120-125cm). It has an arc-shaped face and a flat bottom, which symbolize heaven and earth respectively. Its head is six cun wide, symbolizing the six aspects, heaven, earth and four directions, in harmony; and the tail is four, symbolizing four seasons. Below the forehead of the Guqin is a high bridge called the “great mountain”. The strings look like water. High Mountain and Flowing Water are two Guqin masterpieces of music. Its two pegs, are called the goose feet (yanzhu), and are used to support its body, to tie the strings, and also to hang it on the wall.
The Guqin originally had only five strings, which are meant to represent the five elements, gold, wood, water, fire, and earth, with five notes, gōng shāng jué zhǐ yǔ [kind of do re mi so la], symbolizing the five social hierarchies of emperor, minister, people, matter, objects. Later, Zhou Wenwang and Zhou Wuwang [father and son,kings in Sang dynasty.] added two strings of wen and wu [whose characters mean letters and martial arts] to symbolize the harmony between the monarch and the minister.
The underside of the base has two sound holes, the larger of which is called the “dragon pond”, and the smaller “phoenix pool” . Each qin is given a unique name, which is engraved on the back side or inside of the instrument, along with date it was made, and poems and seals of the maker.
There are 13 dots of ivory, jade, or mother-of-pearl [the rich ones use gold ] that indicate pitch positions, the right place to make overtone, symbolize 12 months a year and the intercalary month added every few years to synchronize the lunar calendar with the solar calendar. In the middle there is the biggest dot, which represents the lord’s , the other are smaller ones represents the ministers’.
In performance Guqin symbolize the union of heaven, earth and mankind, which are represented by overtone, open sound and stopped sound. A stop sound could be amazing by adopting the four skills yin (quick trill), nao (slow trill), chuo (upward portamento [pitch bending]) and zhu (downward portamento).
In my point of view, it is the sound of nature and of peace, it is the sound of soothng and of healing.
Minnie also provided a link to recordings of her playing the Gugin.
There are five recordings here of me playing Guqin. The music, Threefold of Yangguan, was from a poem written by Wang Wei in Tang dynasty
A Farewell Song
No dust is raised on the road wet with morning rain;
The willows by the hotel look so fresh and green.
I invite you to drink a cup of wine again;
West of Sunny Pass no more friends will be seen.
[Wangwei’s poem, song yuaner shi anxi, translated by Xu Yuanchong]
20:28:20 From Doris Molero : https://www.lucasinfografia.com/Terracotta-Warriors
20:29:58 From Doris Molero : https://www.chinadiscovery.com/shaanxi/xian/terracotta-warriors/terracotta-warriors-facts.html
20:30:25 From Doris Molero : http://184.108.40.206/html/public/zl/500yvr/bc726d2972a949c180c4f85216e6c5ea.html
20:33:32 From Doris Molero : https://edpuzzle.com/media/5ec3e32a9daeb23eef0b0f07/
20:36:57 From c chee : very interesting
20:37:33 From Helena : Doris the background music is loud. we can hear you
20:37:45 From Helena : yes Vance
20:40:23 From Helena : 259 BC
20:40:43 From Helena : oh that’s right
20:43:11 From Vance Stevens : thanks helena
20:43:32 From Doris Molero : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/65/154/514
20:43:34 From Helena : slurl
20:45:28 From Michael Birch : just googled second life china. It seems you do need a VPN
20:46:49 From Doris Molero : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/155/147/74
20:48:11 From Vance Stevens : we are recording, I’m getting sound cut outs too
20:49:48 From Michael Birch : but now I found another site which says secondlife is available in China! (shoulder shrug)
20:51:27 From Vance Stevens : [gǔ zhēng] Pronunciation at https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%AD%9D/66910 古筝 (弹拨乐器） [gǔ qín] pronunciation at https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%90%B4/6153 古琴（弹拨乐器） This kind of instrument is called Chinese zither, or gin, https://www.britannica.com/art/qin-musical-instrument
20:53:43 From Doris Molero : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit
20:53:52 From Doris Molero : This is the link to the VWMOOC 2020
20:54:11 From Vance Stevens : Thanks Doris
20:55:34 From Michael Birch : this post dates back to 2015 but the dns checker still works https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/362139-sl-acces-from-china-and-hong-kong/
20:58:53 From c chee : they have WeChat
20:59:16 From c chee : no they can’t
20:59:25 From c chee : China block
21:01:22 From Vance Stevens : https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/09/20th-weekly-webheads-revival-sandbox-minnie-demonstrates-dingtalk-for-language-learning/
21:03:26 From Doris Molero : Minnie Monday, August 17⋅9:00 – 10:00am Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77788288215?pwd=eTladzVGYzNZZHQ4ZWo1OVdHN2JNZz09
Description: ────────── Doris Molero le está invitando a una reunión de Zoom programada. Unirse a la reunión Zoom https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77788288215?pwd=eTladzVGYzNZZHQ4ZWo1OVdHN2JNZz09 ID de reunión: 777 8828 8215 Código de acceso: nDy1uj
21:04:05 From Vance Stevens : https://join.secondlife.com/
21:04:31 From Vance Stevens : https://secondlife.com/
21:07:52 From Vance Stevens : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit
21:08:28 From Helena : EduNation Islands on SL and EVO Village have been a hive of teacher activity and I believe you will soon hear more about teaching in-world!
21:09:11 From Vance Stevens : http://evosessions.pbworks.com
21:16:21 From Helena : Thanks for this session, Vance. I’ll have to go earlier but my EVO team and I will be back with more news soon
21:16:52 From Helena : Sorry, I really must go earlier, everyone. See you soon!!
21:17:09 From Doris Molero : Besitos helena!
21:17:11 From Helena : Thanks Doris.
21:17:18 From Helena : Besitos!
21:17:26 From Mike Kenteris : 🙂 Bye Helena
21:17:38 From Helena : Bye, Mike7
This event was held in Zoom and was posted to these Facebook Groups
- An event was set at Learning2gether – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/, and shared with …
- 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/
- TALIN – Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN – https://www.facebook.com/groups/talin2020
And posted as a message at this Groups.io
And streamed from Zoom on
And this is what our friends were saying in the Facebook chat
Jane Chien · 43:54 Hello 👋 I’m here, too! Wow! I can hear traditional Chinese music. What dynasty is that?
Jane Chien · 52:46 Is that for EVO 2021?
Graham Stanley · 0:00 Hello! Watching on Facebook today.
Graham Stanley · 57:19 Fabulous
Jane Chien · 44:43 Are the emperors tomb gold and red?
Jane Chien · 47:57 Oh! Is that built for Emperor Qin Shihuang
Helena Galani · 11:42 Hello from me too!! 🙂
Graham Stanley · 1:12:51 Master Jedi lol
Jane Chien · 52:24 Virtual Mooc?
Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, a.k.a. TALIN1 has been retired,
but TALIN2 (TALIN squared, or Teaching and Learning in the New Normal)
continues as a subset of Learning2gether.net, and as a Facebook group at
You can find a listing of all 38 TALIN webinars between March 30 and August 16, 2020, here
Sun 9 Aug noon UTC 20th Weekly Webheads Revival Sandbox and final TALIN1FUNinar
Mon 10 Aug 1400 ET TESOL TEIS Townhall on how teachers are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic
TEIS Townhall (Monday, Aug. 10, 2:00-3:00pm ET): Language Teacher Educators & coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please join us for a TESOL Teacher Education Interest Section Town Hall on Monday, August 10th from 2:00-3:30 ET. We’ll discuss how teacher educators around the world are coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools.
Topics of discussion will include:
- flexible programming options,
- teacher education classroom modalities,
- innovative approaches to student teaching/practicum,
- and student supports during this challenging time.
Michelle Benegas, TEIS Chair-Elect will moderate.
To join the town hall, register at: zoom.us/meeting/register/…
Here is the link to the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/v_yjhswyRvE
Below is more info from the TEIS’ first townhall on Monday, Aug. 10th
Textual Chat Summary: docs.google.com/document/d/…
You will see in the text chat summary, feedback to the TESOL “mothership” namely:
- Flesh out our Teacher Ed Standards for Online Teaching.
- Consider making next year (2021) a double-conference year i.e. one online and one in person. TESOL 2020 Virtual Conference was amazing!
Also you will see in the brief summary, current efforts etc. and video sources suggestions that emerged from one of the main concerns expressed i.e. how to provide meaningful practica to teachers.
We at TEIS are cheering on all our colleagues as we begin the new semester. We are in for a “wild ride,”! Whee!
Mon 10 Aug 1700 ET – Teacher’s Perceived Loss of Control During the Pandanemy
- Christel Broady, Ph.D. Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY and
- Anastasia Khawaja, Ph.D., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
After the TESOL Convention, my TESOL Lounge started a My TESOL Lounge Live where educators/administrators etc from all over the world can come together on zoom various times a month on different days and times to accommodate different time zones to engage on a variety of topics related to TESOL. It started back in May and went through June. We took a break in July for the convention, and now the lounge is coming back. This topic is all about us. Join Christel Broady and myself on Monday, August 10th 5pm EST to discuss Teacher’s Perceived Loss of Control During the Pandanemy: Coping and Self Care Strategies. Throughout the spring and summer, our focus has of course been on our students – their well-being, their engagement. Our professional development has focused around how to work with new technology, new techniques, etc. But this Monday, we will take a step back and take time to reconnect with ourselves and each other as we share self care strategies and talk about our own needs as we gear up for another busy and still quite unique semester. Please click on the link below to join.
Topic: Teacher’s Perceived Loss of Control During the Pandanemy: Coping and Self Care Strategies.
For more details register here:
From me (Vance)
One of the questions when you register is, are you a TESOL member?
You can answer yes or no. I don’t know what happens if you answer no (probably it’s ok)
Christel Broady posted this to Facebook after this event
Christel’s comment: Tonight, I attended a super interesting meeting with reps of the Philippine Department of Education, the US Embassy in Manila, a Relo in Asia,and two English Language Specialists. We collaborate on a project to deliver Professional Development for teachers in the Philippines to address the challenges of the Pandemic. I am proud to be part of this group!
Wed 12 Aug 3 pm EST TESOL Social Responsibility and Teacher Ed and AL Interest Sections webinar
Please join the Social Responsibility Interest Section an intersection webinar with the Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics Interest Sections! We will be discussing the intersection of social justice in teacher education and applied linguistics and how to bridge theories and practice. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 12th from 3pm-4:30pm EST which is 7pm GMT. Please note that by registering, you will get a recording of the webinar if you aren’t able to attend. But we hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please let me know:)
Sat 15 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.
About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/
Sat 15 Aug Silverlining Learning Episode 22 conversation with Stephen Heppel
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The date of this update is August 25, 2020 06:00 UTC