Teachers Learning2gether Summit on the New Normal to Survive Lockdown

Learning2gether Episode 494
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Fri-Sat 9-10 Oct Teachers Learning2gether Summit on the New Normal to Survive Lockdown

Learning2gether was asked to host an International 2-day PD Teachers Learning2gether Summit: on Oct 9-10, 06:30-21:00 UTC on Friday, and 08:00-21:30 UTC on Saturday. The theme is – The Internet for Education: The New Normal to Survive Lockdown

All 29 sessions were streamed and recorded on YouTube. However I recorded the Panel that Dr. Michael Kenteris, Claire Siskin, and I convened on Teaching Remotely: What’s New & Normal in Surviving Lockdown? using Camtasia to record my desktop, as we presented it. I wanted to have a backup, just in case, and I like the behind the scenes views that such desktop recordings reveal. All of the other recordings linked here were rendered from Zoom, including the Zoom video version of the panel shown here, at 1:22:20 in this video: https://youtu.be/ED1ACXU7_Iw.

1:17:40 – Presenters: Claire Siskin, Vance Stevens, and Dr. Michael Kenteris

The summit was organized at the initiative of Hanaa Khamis, former LTSIG Co-coordinator at NileTESOL. The event aimed at capturing international perspectives on how educators in various educational contexts have managed challenges of lockdown and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as sharing insights on best practices in teaching and learning over the coming few months.

Participants were invited to register free for the Teachers Learning2gether Summit Zoom rooms. The sessions were held in 6 different Zoom rooms, 4 on the first day and two on the second. Each required separate registration.

After registering, participants received a confirmation email containing information about joining the event, and reminders with the links repeated.  These alerts were followed by links to the recordings with their passwords, which also had buttons facilitating download of the associated Zoom mp4 and text chat files.

Day 1 Friday Oct 9

These countries were represented at the start of the first summit today

Fri 9 Oct 0630-0700 UTC – L2g Summit inaugural remarks by Vance Stevens

Teacher, are we in the New Normal yet?
8.30-9:00 am in Cairo. 14:30 pm in Malaysia

28:08 – Presenter: Vance Stevens

The Day 1 Part 1 Presentation Stream

The video above contains Hanaa Khamis’s introduction of Vance Stevens from the point where she started the Zoom recording. She tried to start a Facebook stream as well, but Facebook and Zoom are not working smoothly together these days, so the Part 1 presentations stream was not started on YouTube until midway through Vance’s introductory remarks, but streamed from that point onwards on https://youtu.be/R0nswgrmmE4.

The accompanying screen shots are mostly, if not all, mine. More screen shots and reflections on the event can be found at the Facebook aggregation of the conference tag #learning2gethersummit, and by exploring the profiles from these dates of the posters on that tag

2:05:24 – Presenters: Tom Robb, Dina El-Dakhs, and Işıl Boy Ergül

HK Conferencing recording, 2:18:22, with downloadable mp4 and text text file:
Passcode: vNZ#wy1E

Fri 9 Oct 0700-0740 UTC Thomas Robb

Teaching Reading in an Online World: How to Get them to Read at a Distance (Keynote)
9.00-9:40 am in Cairo

Fri 9 Oct 0745-0815 UTC Dina El-Dakhs

10 Tips for Student Engagement in Online Classes (Featured Talk)
9.45-10:15 am in Cairo

Fri 9 Oct 0815-0845 UTC Işıl Boy Ergül

A Road Map for Effective Instructional Design (Featured Talk)
10.15-10:45 am in Cairo

Friday Oct 9 – Part 2 presentations were streamed on 

1:01:30 – Presenters: Raafat Gabriel and Khadija Hamidani

HK Conferencing recording, 1:38, with downloadable mp4 and text text file:
Passcode: +B281jXs

Fri 9 Oct 0900-0930 UTC Raafat Gabriel

LOvVE (Learning Opportunities via Virtual Environments): The Context of Teaching English Online (Featured Talk)
11:30-12:00 am in Cairo

Fri 9 Oct 0930-1000 UTC Khadija Hamidani

Digital Learning Platforms, Applications & Tools for Primary English Language Education (Talk)
11:00-11:30 am in Cairo

Khadija Hamidani’s slides:

Khadija’s blog post for this presentation: https://englishlearninglabs.blogspot.com/2020/10/digital-learning-platforms-applications.html

Fri 9 Oct 1100-1140 UTC Csilla Jaray-Benn

Turning Online Lessons into a Humane, Meaningful and Enjoyable Experience (Keynote)
13:00-13:40 pm in Cairo

48:58 – Presenter: Csilla Jaray-Benn

Fri 9 Oct 1200-1330 UTC Heike Philp Workshop

No description available.

Creative ways of running a webinar – Featured 90min workshop (requires separate preregistration)
14:00-1530 pm in Cairo

The Part 3 workshop was streamed on 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aKc_zB5AXc; or https://youtu.be/4aKc_zB5AXc

1:49:16 – Presenter: Heike Philp

HK Conferencing recording, 1:33, with downloadable mp4 and text text file:
Passcode: 7SX9q#G1

Pre-work required for attending the webinar (takes approx. 15-20min): 

  1. Intro-Video (2min13sec): https://tinyurl.com/summit-oct9-vid1
  2. Input presentation (7min28sec): https://tinyurl.com/summit-oct9-vid2
  3. Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/workshop-preform
  4. Preregistration after completing the above: 

Part 4 presentations were streamed and recorded on  

3:21:50 – Presenters: Nellie Deutsch, Amira Mohsen, Fatmah Azam Ali, Hind Elyas, Yomna Mohamed, and Mbarek Akaddar

Fri 9 Oct 1500-1540 UTC Nellie Deutsch

Self-Care for Educators (Keynote)
17:00-17:40 pm in Cairo

Fri 9 Oct 1545-1615 UTC Amira Mohsen

Virtual Instruction: Making a Real Impact in the Digital Classroom (Talk)
17:45-18:15 pm in Cairo

Fri 9 Oct 1615-1645 UTC Fatmah Azam Ali

Positive Mindset for Online Teaching: The Educator’s Perspective (Talk)
18:15-18:45 pm in Cairo

Fri 9 Oct 1645-1715 UTC Hind Elyas

Coping with Covid-19 (Talk)
18:45-19:15 pm in Cairo

Some of the slides produced by “The queen of positivity”

Fri 9 Oct 1715-1745 UTC Yomna Mohamed

Breakout Rooms: A World of Blending, Empowerment and Integration (Demo)
19:15-19:45 pm in Cairo

Yomna Youssefs slides: 

Fri 9 Oct 1745-1815 UTC Mbarek Akaddar

The Seven Layers of an Online Teacher (Talk)
19:45-20:15 pm in Cairo

Mbarek Akaddar’s slides:

Fri 9 Oct 1830-1900 UTC Alison Larkin Koushki

No description available.

Poetry in the Pandemic: Social-Emotional Language Learning for Wellbeing (Featured Session)
20:30-21:00 pm in Cairo

57:19 – Presenter: Alison Larkin Koushki

Day 2 Saturday Oct 10

The Day 2 part 1 presentations were streamed on

2:43:58 – Presenters: Georgios Kormpas, Margo Abdel Aziz, Marisa Constantinedes, Basma Abd El Khalek, and Ola Hosny

HK Conferencing recording, 2:54, with downloadable mp4 and text text file:
Passcode: rU?RBn2n

Sat 10 Oct 0800-0840 UTC Georgios Kormpas

The Role of the English Language Teacher During COVID-19 (Keynote)
10.00-10:40 am in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 0845-0915 UTC Margo Abdel Aziz

Times of Lockdown: How to Build Positivity and Resilience (Featured Talk)
10.45-11:15 am in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 0915-0945 UTC Marisa Constantinedes

Problems and Solutions with Trainees and Tutors New to Online Teaching (Featured Talk)
11.15-11:45 am in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 0945-10.15 UTC Basma Abd El Khalek

The Ebb and Flow of Online Teaching Challenges (Talk)
11.45-12:15 am-pm in Cairo
Basma Abdel Khalek’s slides: 

Sat 10 Oct 1015-1045 UTC Ola Hosny

Closing the Gap of Online Teaching; Goals & Hands-on Activities (Talk)
12.15-12:45 pm in Cairo

The Saturday, Day 2 part 2 presentations were streamed on 
https://youtu.be/ED1ACXU7_Iw; https://youtu.be/ED1ACXU7_Iw

3:36:35 – Presenters: Amany Alkhayat, Abdelmajid Bouziane; at 1:22:20 Panel 1 (Claire Siskin, Vance Stevens, & Mike Kenteris), and Lilika Couri

HK Conferencing recording, 5:50, with downloadable mp4 and text text file:
Passcode: s1&vhB5%
[Blogger’s bias – the Stevens, Kenteris & Siskin panel is at 1:21:40]

Sat 10 Oct 1130-1200 UTC Amany Alkhayat

Why It’s Time to Transform your Classroom with Artificial Intelligence Tools for Language Learning (Featured Talk)
13:30-14:00 pm in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 1205-1245 UTC Abdelmajid Bouziane

The Online Provisions in ESL/EFL: Towards an Integrated Policy (Keynote)
14:05-14:45 pm in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 1250-1400 UTC Mike Kenteris, Claire Siskin and Vance Stevens

Together Remotely: What’s New and Normal in Surviving Lockdown? (Panel 1)
14.50-15:50 pm Cairo. 12.50-13:50 pm UTC

Streamed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED1ACXU7_Iw

Panel 1 on YouTube (can be found embedded at the top of this blog post)

Same thing but from YouTube

Sat 10 Oct 1400-1430 UTC Minnie Wang (Featured Session)

Internet Plays an Important Role in Self-education
16:00-16:30 pm in Cairo

This presentations had to be cancelled on the day scheduled because Minnie could not reach zoom.us from China due to something unusual about that Zoom URL (normally she can reach private Zoom rooms)

However, the presentation was rescheduled for Oct 18, noon UTC

This was performed as Learning2gether episode 495 at https://learning2gether.net/2020/10/18/minnie-wang-presents-internet-plays-an-important-role-in-self-education-from-teachers-learning2gether-summit/

Sat 10 Oct 1430-1510 UTC Lilika Couri

Beyond the Pandemic, What? Empower, Inspire, Connect (Keynote)
16:30-17:10 pm in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 1600-1700 UTC Rana Khan; Georgios Kormpas; Christine Coombe, Sandra Stein; Alison Larkin Koushki; Mashael Al-Hamly

The Role of Professional Associations: Past, Present and Future Directions (Panel 2)
18:00-19:00 pm in Cairo

Streamed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzO7uPaY8tw

2:20:30 – Presenters: Panel 2 (Rana Khan, Georgios Kormpas, Christine Combe, Sandra Stein, Alison Larkin Koushki, & Mashael Al-Hamly) and at 1:08:30 Panel 3 (Deborah Healey, Grazia Maria Mendoza Chirinos, Kathy Lobo, and Okon Effiong)

Sat 10 Oct 1710-1830 UTC Deborah Healey, Grazia Maria Mendoza Chirinos; Kathy Lobo, Okon Effiong

Coping Around the World: TESOL International Association Perspectives (Panel 3) 
19:10-20:10 pm in Cairo

Sat 10 Oct 1830-1900 UTC Rob Howard

Taking the Upper Hand Online: Focusing on Speaking, Pronunciation and Accuracy (Featured Talk)
20:30-21:00 pm in Cairo

Streamed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxheixP-JeE

1:23:15Presenters: Ron Howard, and at 38:11, Anastasia Khawaja

Sat 10 Oct 1900-1930 UTC Anastasia Khawaja

Cameras Off, Engagement Still On: Exploring Remote Classroom Engagement as a Partnership Between Educators and Students (Featured Talk)
21:00-21:30 pm in Cairo


Zoom Chat Logs

Chats took place in Zoom for 10 hours the first day and 11 the next. Chat also took place in YouTube but that would be tedious to fetch. 

Here are the logs from my (Vance’s) introductory talk on the first day of the summit:

01:12:56 Dina El-Dakhs : Good morning, Hanaa. A great program! Looking forward to the talks.
01:13:07 Csilla Benn: Hi everyone from France!
01:14:04 Heike Philps: germany
01:14:26 Sibel Sezer: Hi Heike
01:15:11 Sibel Sezer: a Webhead
01:15:22 Sibel Sezer: Hi Vance
01:15:46 Vance Stevens : Hi all
01:17:48 Amira Mohsen : Hi all
01:18:06 Ahmed Ibrahem Wahba Ibrahem: Welcome
01:19:10 Sibel Sezer: can you put the link in the chat?
01:19:24 Sibel Sezer: ok
01:19:57 HK Conferencing: The slides for this talk are available at https://tinyurl.com/Vance2020summit
01:20:00 Sibel Sezer: https://tinyurl.com/Vance2020summit
01:20:53 HK Conferencing: Alex Egypt
01:20:59 HK Conferencing: J Cross
01:21:03 HK Conferencing: RIP
01:22:19 Heike Philps: Jay Cross RIP amazing pioneer in informal corporate learning
01:22:51 Heike Philps: met him many a times in Berlin for Online Educa
01:23:16 HK Conferencing: No
01:23:19 Sibel Sezer: No
01:23:26 Raafat Gabriel: NO
01:23:41 Sibel Sezer: RIP
01:25:41 HK Conferencing: Frivolous Unanticipated Nonsense
01:25:43 HK Conferencing: FUN
01:26:05 HK Conferencing: Livestreaming on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0nswgrmmE4
01:26:55 Sibel Sezer: Almost everything was converted into virtual equivalents
01:30:10 HK Conferencing: TALIN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020
01:30:53 HK Conferencing: Teachers … Learning in Isolation
01:31:13 HK Conferencing: Painful
01:31:16 HK Conferencing: hurtful
01:31:20 HK Conferencing: LOL
01:31:26 HK Conferencing: 24/7
01:32:36 Sibel Sezer: Great archive, https://tinyurl.com/covid19teaching
01:33:13 Sibel Sezer: I love Open Mic sessions
01:33:20 Sibel Sezer: oooh good old Yahoo
01:33:54 HK Conferencing: Share on yr networks plz
01:34:02 HK Conferencing: Funinars
01:34:05 HK Conferencing: LOL
01:36:07 Asma Maaoui: Greetings from Tunisia
01:36:27 Dina El-Dakhs : Thank you very much for your informative talk.
01:37:00 Hanine Ghosn: Thank you Mr Vance!

I recorded the Zoom chat from the Panel that I did with Mike Kenteris and Claire Siskin and pasted it on our document of record here https://tinyurl.com/summit2020panel

Zoom chat logs from all the other sessions are available at the link given wherever the existence of an HK Conferencing recording with downloadable mp4 and text text file is noted in the foregoing show notes.

Promotion and Feedback

This was the 28th Weekly Webheads in Action FUNinar and Learning2gether Episode 494

The event was announced at these Facebook groups

And announced as a calendar event on the Webheads in Action groups.io here 

Hanaa Khamis has since created a wiki called
Teachers Learning2gether Summit, Oct 9-10, 2020 in a Nutshell
with stats and visual perspectives on the event

Hanaa’s feedback is much appreciated: referring to this blog post

Now that all is said and done, here is a video for your amusement of Vance and Hanaa sorting out certain logistics details, in particular how to manage Zoom bombers, and how to put the global time links into the conference program, as has been done for the sessions listed above .


From Hanaa Khamis to me

Dear Vance,

Thank you very much for supporting me all the way at Teachers Learning2gether Summit on 9-10 October 2020 (before, during, after). Please find attached a certificate of appreciation for making this an event to remember. I sincerely hope it is memorable to you as much as it is to me. Hoping for more fruitful collaboration in the near future.

Summit VS

Earlier Events

Sun 04 Oct noon UTC Weekly Webheads in Action FUNinar and Learning2gether Episode 493

Vance Stevens on sustaining online teacher professional development at the 5th EFLtalks and World Teachers’ Day hosted by Rob Howard


Posted 05 Oct: Free webinar  on Teacher Identity, Awareness, and Critical Autoethnography

Hosted by TESOL’s  Applied Linguistics Interest Section (ALIS)

Here is the link to the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/-Ve0B1j5krs

Thu 8 Oct 1900 EDT – Free Webinar with John Hattie on The Power of Student Feedback

A.J. Juliani announced this Free Webinar with John Hattie on The Power of Student Feedback, next Thursday, October 8th at 7pm EDT. 
Sign-up here.

Meet John Hattie, the international author of the Visible Learning Series and The Distance Learning Playbook for a one hour chat about the power of feedback and its impact on achievement.

Not all feedback is alike – according to John’s research.
We’ll be chatting with John about building a feedback culture in classrooms – whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person – and how the variations of feedback we use impact student achievement.

Learn what students have consistently maintained they need to grow their learning and tips

Fri 9 Oct noon UTC TESOL Career Path Development PLN webinar on Colored English – Okon Effion, Qatar University

The TESOL Career Path Development Professional Learning Network held a webinar on Colored English: (Mis)Perceptions 
Presenter:  Okon Effion, Qatar University  


Racism is alive and rife in many facets of our life. Sadly, it is pervasive in ELT and inflicts both emotional and professional damage on many English teachers. It goes far beyond skin color and accent because racism is also a characteristic manifestation of insecurity suffered by the perpetrators. This discussion draws on a true account of a black African English teacher who has passed through this dark tunnel.

Speaker’s bio:

Okon teaches English in the Foundation Programme, Qatar University. Before Qatar, Okon taught in Nigeria, UK, and Japan. He is a member of the Board of Directors, TESOL International Association, and was the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Chair-elect of the EFL Interest Section, and a member of the Nominating Committee of TESOL International Association. He is the Founder and Past President of Africa TESOL and was the President of Qatar TESOL (2014/15).

Okon has presented as invited, featured, and plenary speaker at internationally recognized conferences in different parts of the world. His research interests are in foreign language anxiety, task-based learning, and professional associations. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and co-edited a volume on the Role of Language Teacher Associations in Professional Development (Springer, 2018).

Okon is passionate about the professional development of English language teachers and has in the past five years been actively involved in organizing international conferences in Qatar and Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southampton, UK. He also has an MSc in Applied Genetics, MA TESOL, and a PG Diploma in Management and Information Technology.

The webinar was recorded: https://bit.ly/3jKuggb

Sat 10 Oct 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

About this intitiative, 

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.

Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

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. 



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The date of this update is November 3, 2020 09:00 UTC

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