26th Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar with Ayat Tawel on SOFLA

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Learning2gether Episode 492
26th Webheads Weekly Sandbox Open Mic FUNinar


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For this week’s Sunday, September 27 Weekly Webheads in Action Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar there was nothing special planned, but we exploited that as an opportunity to return to our original premise: whoever turns up grabs the mic and sets the direction of the conversation.

The conversation was chatty until Ayat Tawel took the mic and related how she had used Laine Marshall’s SOFLA framework (synchonous online flipped learning approach) in a series of classes she had recently conducted online.  She explained how she had implemented and adapted the approach by patterning her work on Laine’s seminal material and my explanation of it when I had modeled it to the extent possible in an online seminar for Moroccan PhD students (the links can be found in the chat logs below).

Zoom Chat Logs

20:23:57 From Hanaa Khamis : hi
20:24:04 From Hanaa Khamis : Joined!
20:24:31 From c chee : hi
20:31:55 From Ayat AlTawel : If there’s a chance, I would like to share with you a few things I did with SOFLA
20:32:55 From Mike B : Hello all!
20:33:08 From Hanaa Khamis : Hiiii
20:35:40 From Hanaa Khamis : Love the expression!
20:36:17 From Hanaa Khamis : wow
20:36:25 From Hanaa Khamis : gr8 job Ayat
20:36:38 From Vance Stevens : blabberize?
20:37:28 From Hanaa Khamis : Lovely Ayat!
20:38:10 From Hanaa Khamis : Interesting
20:40:22 From Vance Stevens : http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej94/ej94int/

This is a link to Marshall, H.W. & Kostka, I. (2020). Fostering teaching presence through the synchronous online flipped learning approach.TESL-EJ, 24(2), 1-15. http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej94/int.pdf. Unpaginated HTML version: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej94/ej94int/ 

20:40:51 From Mike B : I like this. It retains autonomous learning within structure
20:41:11 From Hanaa Khamis : Mr Kim
20:41:20 From Hanaa Khamis : South Korea
20:45:55 From c chee : forbes magazine article
20:47:48 From Vance Stevens : https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/16/vance-stevens-presents-to-moroccan-teachers-on-sofla-and-online-language-learning-and-teaching/

This is a link to Learning2gether Episode 478 – Thu July 16, 2020 – TALIN webinar #32 – Vance Stevens presents to Moroccan teachers on SOFLA and Online Language Learning and Teaching

20:48:27 From Hanaa Khamis : impressive work
20:49:11 From Hanaa Khamis : caught u at a bad moment Mike
20:49:30 From Mike B : Survived the sneeze haha
20:49:42 From Hanaa Khamis : 🙂
20:50:31 From Hanaa Khamis : Minnie .. was it u that had this performance when Heike n Nellie were there?
20:50:57 From Mike B : It’s almost a learning club rather than a school
20:53:08 From Hanaa Khamis : Gr8 Chee
20:53:35 From Hanaa Khamis : i guess i need to read more abt this topic
20:53:49 From Hanaa Khamis : i may be practicing w/o knowing it
20:55:18 From Hanaa Khamis : I am experimenting w those
20:55:39 From Hanaa Khamis : Can be tricky but they are really good
20:55:49 From Hanaa Khamis : To avoid lecturing mode
20:57:17 From Hanaa Khamis : Great idea Vance
20:57:26 From Hanaa Khamis : Challenging but worthwhile
20:57:41 From minnie : yea, indeed
21:01:13 From Hanaa Khamis : Lovely
21:01:18 From Hanaa Khamis : roleplaying
21:01:25 From Hanaa Khamis : This isnt me
21:01:35 From Hanaa Khamis : Bon appetite
21:04:42 From Hanaa Khamis to Vance Stevens(Privately) : We ll be in touch soon
21:05:01 From Hanaa Khamis to Vance Stevens(Privately) : got positive responses from all keynotes
21:05:34 From Hanaa Khamis to Vance Stevens(Privately) : and at least 3-4 panels
21:05:52 From Hanaa Khamis to Vance Stevens(Privately) : let alone all featured speakers
21:06:09 From Hanaa Khamis to Vance Stevens(Privately) : All i need is fix times
21:06:48 From Hanaa Khamis : Thanks Vance!
21:07:22 From Hanaa Khamis : wow
21:07:38 From Hanaa Khamis : oh no
21:07:50 From Hanaa Khamis : Alex my hometown

Promotion and Feedback

The event was announced at these Facebook groups

And announced on Webheads in Action groups.io here

And streamed onto Webheads in Action at https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/

Earlier Events

Sun 20 Sept noon UTC – 25th Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar – EVO Minecraft MOOC edition


Mon 21 Sept Do Black Lives Matter in Bilingual Education? hosted by TESOL’s Bilingual-Multilingual Education (B-MEIS)

Do Black Lives Matter in Bilingual Education? was hosted by
TESOL’s Bilingual-Multilingual Education (B-MEIS).

Here is the link to the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/rjYmMtrLIms


Wed 23 Sept 1230 UTC Education Superheroes interactive webinar on Flipped Learning

Education Superheroes is an initiative to connect education leaders and young professionals with a global community of teachers interested in student centred approaches to revolutionise education.

The community meets every week to share best practices discuss prominent issues in education across contexts, co-creating solutions through discussion and debate. We sign off our interactive webinars with actionable solutions that teachers can employ in their unique contexts. Participants are encouraged to try out these solutions and share their experiences during follow-up sessions.

As an educational leader, we hope you would be interested in collaborating. We feel that you and your teachers could contribute fresh ideas to enrich our webinars.

Join us this Wednesday at 8:30 PM SGT for an interactive webinar on Flipped Learning.

Connect on LinkedIn to learn more:

Interactive Webinar on Flipped Learning

Shyam Nair English Professor
Score Campus

Wed 23 Sept 2359 UTC 1st 2020 SLWIS Interactive Online Discussion Series session – Nigel Caplan and Tanita Saenkhum on tips on adapting writing assignments online

Aylin Atilgan Relyea writes on myTESOL Lounge: I’m happy to invite you to our first 2020 SLWIS Interactive Online Discussion Series session. We will host at least two more sessions. Please join us this THIS WEDNESDAY to discuss some pedagogical approaches and tips on adapting writing assignments online!

Date: Sept 23, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm PST,  8:00 pm EST – Midnight UTC and 8 am Sept 24 in Malaysia

Topic: Adapting Writing Assignments Online and How to Use Google Drive for Student Engagement and Collaboration

Link to join Zoom santarosa-edu.zoom.us/j/98444408886…

Interactive Online Discussion Series Session 1
Speakers: Dr. Nigel Caplan and Dr. Tanita Saenkhum

Fri 25 Sept 1100 EDT TESOL ALIS webinar on Teacher Identity, Awareness, and Critical Autoethnography

Dr. Polina Vinogradova has invited us to
Please join ALIS for the second webinar in our EL Teacher Identity series “Teacher Identity, Awareness, and Critical Autoethnography.“WHEN: Friday, September 25th, 11:00am-12:00pm (Eastern US Time); 23:00 in Malaysia


Kristen Lindahl, University of Texas at San Antonio
speaking on Identity and Awareness in Teacher Education

As language teachers develop and negotiate intersectional (and sometimes conflicting) identities, their awareness of language itself may also evolve. This presentation highlights empirical mixed methods studies that discuss critical/teacher language awareness via an identity lens.

Bedrettin Yazan, University of Texas at San Antonio
speaking on Critical Autoethnography as an Identity-focused Teacher Learning Activity

This presentation responds to Reeves’ (2018) call to incorporate “explicit, guided teacher identity work” in teacher education. It discusses the presenter’s practices using critical auto-ethnography as a language teacher-learning activity that provides teacher candidates with a discursive space to narrate and analyze their identities through experiences within political contexts.

Register in advance for this meeting: zoom.us/meeting/register/…

Mon-Fri 21-26 Sept Webinars on Engaging Learners in Online Remote Teaching from the Gujarat Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English

The Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English, (SCOPE) Department of Education, Government of Gujarat is pleased to inform you that we are holding Webinars on “Engaging Learners in Online Remote Teaching “ as per the direction and orders of Director Higher Education. It is proposed to enhance teachers’ online remote teaching skills and knowledge through systematic orientation and methodologies. Designed especially for the faculty of English however the methodology can be used by any subject teacher. Details: Date: 21st to 26th September, 2020. The details are attached in the following broachers.

Sat 26 Sept 1730 somewhere KSAALT Webinar Series event


Sat 26 Sept 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

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

Jaz and Thunder are at VSTE Space in Second Life every Saturday morning from 5 am to 7 am Pacific time. Feel free to come learn more about the VSTE VE PLN there, and you can follow them on Facebook:

Below are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life and Minecraft

Basic directions to join VSTE Spaces

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/

  1. Download and install the software.
  2. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58
  3. and voila! Look for an avatar on VSTE Island and say, “Hey, I’m new!” We will take care of the rest.

Fri 25 Sept – Learning Revolution summit on Emergency Home Learning & More

When you register for this you will receive email notifications of Summit sessions as they are released.

The basic level of registration (free) allows you to attend the events live and access “content” whatever that is.

You have to pay if you wish to have available the replays mentioned below.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Today we’re announcing the call for proposals for a two-month LearningRevolution.com online event, The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit. The Summit opens on September 25th and will run for two months.

Parents, teachers, students, librarians, administrators, and others are facing dramatic challenges right now. A significant aspect of which is that learning at home, whether by circumstance or choice, is now the reality for a large number of students and their families.

The Summit will be a “how-to” event populated with 30-minute presentations, interviews, and bonus materials, and centered around supporting learning, especially when it is home-based. The audience will be parents, teachers, students, librarians, administrators, and anyone interested in helping students to learn. We will advertise the summit to my email list of 150,000. There will also be Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube promotions.

The Summit will be free to watch “live,” with each talk or presentation available for five days, then  placed, along with bonus materials, in a library that can be purchased with an inexpensive “all-access” pass. Presenters are able to use their presentation recording in any way they would like independent of the Summit, and will also receive an affiliate link for advertising the event if they would like to promote it and share in the all-access pass revenue.

We will also host “free replay” days where the full library of recordings will be available to watch without purchase, and we will have a generous scholarship program so that anyone who would benefit from this content but cannot afford it will be able to access it.

We encourage all who would like to present to submit at https://www.homelearningsummit.com/talks/submit-suggestion.

A potential list of topics is below my signature. Priority will be given to presentations that focus on “how-to” solutions to student learning needs, and with particular emphasis on the immediate demands on students, parents, teachers, and librarians in this difficult moment. A guiding question for potential presenters might be: “What do you know about learning that could dramatically help or change the lives of students, parents, teachers, or librarians at this moment?”

Presentations will not, for the most part, be live–we will record them in Zoom and then release them the following day. Presenters can submit to present more than once. Presenters who would consider recording a series of short (under 5 minute) tips and tricks for parents, students, and teachers can contact me directly. Presenters with accepted proposals will receive more detailed information.

I have run online conferences in the education and library worlds for ten years, and have hosted over 100 specific events. I do not think it is an exaggeration to say that I believe this will be the most important event I’ve undertaken so far. In order for this event to be sustainable, both organizationally and for the speakers, there has to be a stable financial component. I am open to having organizational sponsorship (contact me directly), but the last few years have shown me the importance of producing an event that pays for itself and supports presenters. I sincerely hope the structure and approach of this event will be seen favorably.

If you do not want to participate by presenting, I encourage you to provide feedback on the event topics using the Google Form here.

Thank you. And see you “online!”


Steve Hargadon

ADHD and Learning ∙ Alternative Education ∙ Balancing Home and School ∙ Brain-based Learning ∙ Classroom 2.0 ∙ College Admissions ∙ Defining Success ∙ Digital Citizenship ∙ Educational Technology ∙ Elementary Years ∙ ESL ∙ Family & Parenting ∙ Gap Years & Family Sabbaticals ∙ Global Collaborations ∙ Grades and the Game of School ∙ High School ∙ Higher Education ∙ Homeschooling ∙ Homework ∙ Hope and Healing ∙ Handling Homework ∙ Learning Coaching and Mentoring ∙ Libraries and Librarians ∙ Managing Stress ∙ Math Education ∙ Microschools ∙ Mindful Classrooms ∙ Pandemic Pods ∙ Play ∙ Positive Education ∙ Practical Student Tools (Email / Calendars / Organizers) ∙ Remote Teaching and Learning ∙ Self-Directed Learning ∙ Sleep and Rest ∙ Social and Emotional Learning ∙ Special Needs ∙ Student 2.0 ∙ Student Entrepreneurship ∙ Teacher 2.0 ∙ Teaching Online ∙ Temperament and Learning ∙ Test Taking ∙ Unschooling ∙ Virtual Schooling ∙ World Schooling

Visit The Global Education Conference Network at: https://www.globaleducationconference.org/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) taking place September 20-27, 2020

The 7th annual Virtual Worlds MOOC (VWMOOC20) is happening from September 1-30, 2020 https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=114. and Smore https://www.smore.com/wgv6s-teaching-as-a-way-to-learn

The theme of the current MOOC is peace through learning and connecting online for instruction and learning via web technologies such as Second Life and Virtual Worlds. The MOOC will focus on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching around the world through Second Life. The live presentations will include the speakers’ reflective process on teaching and learning in fully online and blended learning formats.


  1. Presentations https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit?usp=sharing
  2. YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxmbwi5hMdBtyIakQ7aDvD2L

VWMOOC20 Sun Sept 20 1900 UTC – Heather Ebey

Heather Ebey (Alexina Proctor)


ACRL Virtual World Interest Group presents a tour in Kitely
at the Sendalonde Library in Kitely

After losing five years of work due to a virtual world grid that is now defunct, Alex and Prax are rebuilding the Sendalonde library on the Kitely grid. On a sim called Wellspring, you will find library collections based on Sci-fi, Fantasy, Steampunk and Folklore: https://bit.ly/3kZN4J5

VWMOOC20 Tue Sept 22 1900 UTC – Eugenia Calderon

Virtual worlds as a Tool for Spanish Teaching

Virtual worlds such as Second Life and DigiWorldz most certainly offer the immersive environment necessary for learning languages. In the presentation we’ll talk about the advantages of using SL and DW and how these virtual worlds can be used to transmit knowledge of Spanish through their various and fun tools for learning. Also, we´ll make a tour through the sim Spanish Language Learning at Escape in  http://digiworldz.com/

Escape Playground in DigiWorldz

  1. Go to http://www.digiworldz.com/ and make a free account,
  2. create an avatar,
  3. download Firestorm for Open Simulator or Singularity,
  4. choose DigiWorldz from the grid menu, and you’re in.
  5. Click on the World map icon at the bottom of your viewer,
    1. put “Escape” into the search bar on the World and then
    2. click “Find” and then
    3. “Teleport” and you’ll be there!

You can also type “Escape” in the “region name” as you log on.

VWMOOC20 Wed Sept 23 1900 UTC – Dieter Heyne

Field Trip to a web based virtual world 

Learn how to teach and learn in virtual worlds straight from your browser (Chrome, FIrefox, Safari, Edge and so on) – no downloads required.

Presenter: Edward Tarber (RL: Dieter Heyne)
Topic: Field Trip to a web based virtual world

Web-based metaverse school:



VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 24 1700 UTC – Niela Miller

Niela Miller (Marly Milena in SL)

Exploring the Creative Process

We will do some real time creating (drawing at our computer stations, building symbolic objects in Second Life, creating haiku or songs)—and pay attention to HOW we create.  Let’s talk about the process, do a little show-and-tell, and learn from the various ways we manifest our creations!  Please have some writing tools and simple art supplies (several sheets of different size paper, colored markers, pen, pencil)  available near your computer.

Will be held at the Octagon Theater in Second Life:


VWMOOC20 Thu Sept 24 1900 UTC – Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable

A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/229/26/22

Contact: Sheila Yoshikawa

In this VWER session held in collaboration with VWMOOC20  we will discuss in text chat the different motivations of MOOC learners, using the Futurelearn archetypes of MOOC learner
(and follow links for part 2 and 3 of their explanation):  Advancers, Explorers, Preparers, Fixers, Flourishers, Hobbyists, Vitalisers.

People can identify what kind of MOOC learners they are, and what sort you have taught if you teach a MOOC. We will use an inworld tool for participants in Second Life, and have a poll for those participating via Zoom. We will also discuss the challenges  of teaching people with a big mix of motivations and goals.

VWMOOC20 Fri Sept 25 1530 UTC – Valerie Hill

Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg

Metaliteracy Symbolic Modeling- an interactive building process
Come watch! Building 3D models of literacy using the Symbolic Modeling Process (Marly MIlena)

Landmark: CVL Symbolic Modeling Platform


VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 25 1900 UTC – Eugenia Calderon

Virtual worlds as a Tool for Spanish Teaching

Virtual worlds such as Second Life and DigiWorldz most certainly offer the immersive environment necessary for learning languages. In the presentation we’ll talk about the advantages of using SL and DW and how these virtual worlds can be used to transmit knowledge of Spanish through their various and fun tools for learning. Also, we´ll make a tour through the sim Spanish Language Learning at Escape in  http://digiworldz.com/ V

Escape Playground in DigiWorldz

Go to http://www.digiworldz.com/ and make a free account, create an avatar, download Firestorm for Open Simulator or Singularity, choose DigiWorldz from the grid menu, and you’re in. Click on the World map icon at the bottom of your viewer, put “Escape” into the search bar on the World and then click “Find” and then “Teleport” and you’ll be there!

You can also type “Escape” in the “region name” as you log on.

VWMOOC20 Sat Sept 26 1900 UTC – Valerie Hill and Rossana I. Barrios-Llorens

Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg) & Rossana I. Barrios-Llorens (Pi Illios)

Banned Books Week Kick off with Podcast Session

Visit the Community Virtual Library podcast station to kick off Banned Books Week 2020 https://ncac.org/banned-books-week/banned-books-week-2020-launch

Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tkachiev/230/210/26

VWMOOC20 Sun Sept 27 1900 UTC – Dr. Doris Molero

Dr. Doris Molero (Pionia Destiny) and Gabriela Estrada


Transmedia Storytelling and Language Learning: Pucara de Tilcara

Following the Virtually Anywhere series,  we close our adventure with a read-aloud of the episode created by language students and visit Pucàra de Tilcara, a site in the North of Argentine. We will learn about its culture, lifestyle, food, and EL Carnaval.  We’ll also have the chance to see some of the work of the most representative painters in the Province  of Jujuy.

Pucara de Tilcara

From Doris’s follow-up Facebook post

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The date of this update is September 29, 2020 04:00 UTC

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