Learning2gether July 16-20 with the 30 Goals Challenge free online eConference

Learning2gether Episode 283


Learning2gether hitched a ride this weekend with the webcastathon 5-day 30 Goals free online e-conference. The event was smoothly staged with a simple web portal containing a promotional video, a schedule with tabs for each day and links to each presentation URL, a Chatwing text chat, and a Twitter feed display. There has since been added a Padlet for graphic reflections

Each presentation had a page where the speaker was introduced and the topic described. There was a Hangout on Air video embed there which streamed while the presentation was active and archived and played the recording moments after it was done. As with http://webheadsinaction.org/live, there was a Chatwing embed below that where participants could chat during the presentation and carry on the conversation after the event. The conversation pages were quite active for every presentation and can be viewed from the links at the conference portal, and for the convenience of readers of this blog, at the Recording links below.

This was a similar interface to what we use with Learning2gether Hangouts on Air, and it modeled a great interface for attending an online conference. As with L2g events, I recommend to participants that they open the Chatwing text chat in a separate window to the one with the video stream, to be better able to follow both at the same time.  This is what it looked like to me.

This screenshot shows how the chatwing is open in a separate window for viewing the stream and chat at the same time


or you can open the stream in YouTube and follow that in one window, chat in another


The conference started with a kickoff event on Thursday. Friday was officially Day 1 of the conference, which ended Monday on Day 4. Here is the play-by-play with recordiings:

Thu July 16 The Goal-Minded Teacher

Lisa Dabbs & Shelly S. Terrell @TeachwithSoul


Thu July 16 2000 GMT Edupitch Passion Pitch

Opening Remarks by Sarah Thomas

@Edu_Match Share your passion project! 5 Min, 2 slides!


Keynote: Joshua Williams of Joshua’s Heart Foundation Joshua Williams @joshuasheart

Passion Pitch Presentations


Fri July 17 – Day 1 of the 30 Goals free online conference

Reflect Through a Blog Sue Waters  @suewaters

Join us for a workshop to help you reflect through blogging! During this session you’ll learn helpful tips to get you started blogging or to take your blog to the next level. You can check out her personal educators blogging series here:



Edtech Stream and Soul: Give and Grow Sylvia Guinan @ESLBrain

This keynote will be a story of my own experiences and milestones in accomplishing The 30 Goals.


My Students Are My Champions! María J. García San Martín @mjgsm

With the aim of sharing how I accomplished the ‘Be someone’s champion’ and ‘Plant a Seed of Belief’ goals with my students, I’ll be talking about how my students have become my champions and it’s actually them who’ve planted a seed of belief and enthusiasm in me, as they bring the best of me as a teacher when I see them grow, improve and connect.

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/mjgsm.html

Mobile Devices & Productive Classroom Collaboration

Raquel Gonzaga @Rach_Gonzaga

In this keynote, I intend to share with the audience the successful experience of having students(adult and teenagers) enhance their lexical and communicative skills by collaborating in real time using the app Google Docs in their mobile phones.

I will show the evolution of their first drafts and attempts to their current usage and how that has impacted their written and oral production.


Is Talent a Myth? Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth

Are we born with natural talent or can we develop skills with determination and hard work? Drawing inspiration from the book “Bounce” by Matthew Syed, Sylvia will explore this question while she describes her journey from non-artist to sketchnoting fanatic.


One For All And All For One Tyson Seburn @seburnt

At its core, the 30 Goals Challenge inspires teacher development individually and as a connected group, in either order and for both ends. This same reflexive process beautifully draws students into their own learning—a reminder this talk will explore and exemplify.


The Impact of a Goal & The Vigor to Overcome Obstacles!

Cristina M. Silva @cristimsilva

One of the 1st cycle goals impacted the way my teaching evolved and changed. This keynote unveils this story and illustrates it with practical examples of what transformed in my classroom and motivated me to keep searching for better ways to engage in a 21st century teaching approach, providing the students with 21st century skills. Obstacles? We can handle them, because we are teachers!

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/cristinasilva.html

I Have Critical Moments for Breakfast David Dodgson @DaveDodgson

Critical Moments’ can strike at any moment, often when we least expect them. Recognising and embracing such moments is one of the best ways for teachers to develop. In this talk, David will tell us about four short stories of key critical moments from his career, starting with his breakfast.


Teaching Children With Mascot-Inspired Projects Malu Sciamarelli @malusciamarelli

In this talk, I will explore some basic features of project-based learning and show an example with the fluffy toy Brownie the Bear and its friends. Based on this project, teachers will be able to create and elaborate their own original and creative projects with a mascot of their choice.


Let’s Get Loud! Turn the Music Up! Maria Bossa @mariabossa

Music, one of the greatest motivators in class, has a lot of power when we add movement and action. I will provide activities to do in class with different pop songs.


Have We Closely Mirrored? A Balanced Reflection of Our Teaching Practice

Johannes Rojas @jodaro87

In this keynote, teachers will get a glimpse of a balanced teaching practice reflection based on the reality of the educational contexts involved. Teachers will also get the chance to reflect on their own practice (what they did, do and intend to do soon enough), check out their teaching identity (“I am teacher so what?”), reasons for keeping on teaching (Is there any?) and become aware of the changes they are able to make with just a tiny purpose and teaching passion. Teaching must be anchored to a variety of changes led by the context need, providing the adaptability it demands to make of it a teacher-student successful experience despite the cons it faces; resources, payment, low salaries and many other situations can break down all projects, but teachers need to be reminded that those things will not be embraced differently if they do not start making a difference on themselves.


Impact of social media on students’ communication skills

Rusul Alrubail

Have you ever wondered if texting, tweeting and snapchatting impact our students’ communication skills in the classroom? Well, they certainly do! This session will introduce different social media tools that students use for social communication and will explore the impact they have on their oral and writing communication in the classroom. Effective strategies will be discussed on how to manage this Impact and help students communicate effectively.


Sat July 18 – Day 2 of the 30 Goals free online conference

The Power of a PLN Nikki D Robertson @NikkiDRobertson

Join Nikki to learn how she went from a veteran educator in a rut doing the bare minimum to collect a paycheck to a renewed invigorated educator through connecting with Shelly Terrell’s 30 Goals Boot Camp and building a PLN through Twitter.


NuSkool: Real life learning & science of student engagement Abran Maldonado  @Aronic_MCPhD @NuSkool

Abran will give a keynote on NuSkool’s method of transforming pop culture into a learning experience. NuSkool finds teachable moments in all forms of entertainment, from TV to music and video games, creating lessons schools can use to engage struggling students. This subscription-based online platform allows teachers to create virtual classes, providing access to lessons based on trending topics that matter most in students’ lives. It’s relevant, real life learning.


Unity, Coherence, and Cohesion: The Keys to Better Academic Paragraph and Essay Writing Rosmery Ribera Ferrier @teacherroscba

In this keynote, Rosmery will show you how to teach students the keys to better academic writing- Unity, Coherence, and Cohesion. Participants will walk away with teaching guides and skeletons (writing outlines).


Beyond “We should do something about that”: Actually Doing Something Noah Geisel @senorg

Identifying a problem is a great start. Inspiring yourself and others to care is good too. Taking action to solve the problem is often a missing link and one reason why I embrace the 30 Goals Challenge. We’re not here to get ready, we’re here to get started!


Hear, Share, Ask! Rose Bard @rosemerebard

This presentation aims to share how I’ve achieved the goal of giving students reign by co-constructing our classes. Hear, Share, Ask! introduces three key principles to guide the process of negotiating the Whats, Hows and Whys to learn the language and developing skills.


You can grab the moment or you can let it pass. Ditch the plan.

Debbie Tebovich @datEnglish

How can we take learning to a different level? How can we bring some balance into planning and ditching the plan to bring real life, joy and fresh air into our class? How does trust benefit learning and teaching? We will explore these questions while I will share a story about how an event happening outside the walls of our classroom led us to an unplanned memorable learning moment.


Coaching: 7 Keys to Transforming Practice Chris Rogers @chrisrogers07

This keynote will inspire educators in all roles take positive action to be coaches for others in their schoolwide PLN.


Bouncing back! Resilience and survival as an educator

Jo Hart @JoHart

All the time I see Educators struggling to survive! Some of us do and some of us don’t. We stop teaching – change careers opt out completely OR we just hang in there! Why, and why, and what can we do to help us survive?


Silos and Connectivism: The Finnish Experiment Phil Hart @Philhart

Educational silos have been around for about a century. The damage that this does to students is only now being recognised. This session examines the changes that educators must embrace to eliminate that damage.


Sunday July 19 LEARNING2GETHER with Day 3 of the 30 Goals free online conference

The Human Touch Vicky Loras @vickyloras

There are various types of classrooms all over the world – their variety lies not only in the environment, but the classes, the educators and students. We know this either from seeing them, or hearing and reading about them in blogs, on social media and in our everyday teaching lives. Some have state-of-the-art equipment and everything an educator and students would dream of. Several have a few things that could assist the class in their learning, colourful walls and children’s work displayed on them. Some, however, have nothing at all, apart from dirt floors and bare walls. Why does this occur? How does this affect learning, if it does at all? What is the most important entity in the classroom?

Join me in a journey around the world, where we will be on a quest to search for where the importance lies.

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/vickyloras.html

Sun July 19 1400 Learning2gether with Marijana Smolcec at the 30 Goals free online conference

Marijana Smolcec,  Keep it Simple, Keep on Going


Keep it Simple, but Keep on Going Marijana Smolcec 30goals.com/marijana.html @MSCRO1

Everyone can achieve certain goals set for themselves, whether they are small or big, whether they are difficult or easy, we just need to keep it simple and keep on going. Never give up! In this short presentation we will share some suggestions about how to be a part of the overwhelming, but passionate EDU community. How to share, learn and motivate each other.

This is how we got Theodora to provide the link to Marijana’s slides.(Theodora was displaying the slides from her place in the Hangout.)



Help them SHINE! Playing Games When Teaching 1 to 1 Naomi Ganin – Epstein @naomishema

Students are not fools. They don’t believe the teacher who lets them win a game on purpose or pretends not to know the answer to the question. This talk will examine how we play games when teaching one-on-one, respecting the students but still helping them shine!


Explore.Create.Share- Be a Champion of Digital Citizenship André J. Spang @Tastenspieler

In this keynote, participants will learn how to help their students become great and responsible digital citizens who share and post online safely. Andre Spang will discuss the 4 C’s of 21st century learning and the Maker movement.


C.P.R. for the Drowning Teacher Sarah Thomas @sarahdateechur

PARCC. SLOs. Drowning in the alphabet soup? Learn how to bring new life to your teaching through the one acronym that just may save you, the C.P.R. method. Maximize productivity through COLLABORATION. Bring your PASSION to the classroom. Make your lessons more engaging through REINVENTION. Take a deep breath and dive in.

Teacher Zen


Weaving a fireproof suit to avoid burnout

Cecilia Lemos  @cecielt

Teachers are often known as people who are always willing to help, go the extra mile to plan and teach lessons that will foster the learning and development of students. But many times that takes a toll, and it’s not unusual to hear about burnout teachers – some go as far as abandoning education altogether. In this talk I’ll share my experience, common symptoms and especially things you can “weave” into a protective suit to keep the “fire” away and prevent burnout.


Be Someone’s Hero!

Theodora Papapanagiotou @dorapap72

Most of you would agree that being a teacher, does not only have to do with presenting a subject, but also be a role model and make students aware of situations and other people’s feelings. Could we raise students’ awareness? This is a presentation of a #30Goal that started as a blogpost and turned out to be a wonderful event.

Teacher Hero, Be Someone’s Champion!

Recording: http://www.30goals.com/theodorapap.html

The 30 Goals Challenge: Just When I Needed You Most! Fabiana Casella @FabianaLCasella

In this keynote, I share the reasons why I joined the 30 Goals Challenge, how much I have grown as a teacher since then, how being part of this community motivates me to go on teaching and innovate, as well as considering myself a continuous learner.


Teaching Kids to Stretch Dan Haesler @danhaesler

Too many students believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. Professor Carol Dweck contends that this is due to students developing a Fixed Mindset with regard to their capabilities. Dweck argues that learning is stunted and many social issues can arise by having a Fixed Mindset. She says in order to students to flourish, they need a Growth Mindset – a disposition that embraces challenge, seeks out feedback and values effort as the pathway to mastery. Could a Growth Mindset be the key to unlocking our students potential, and how can teachers and schools cultivate a culture of Growth in their classrooms and schools?

In addition to this, research suggests that the teacher’s mindset has a significant impact on the students in their care. How can we address our mindset in order to challenge expectations and improve our ability to recognise potential and learning in every one of our students? In particular we’ll consider the theory behind mindset, as well as strategies for feedback and assessment.


Monday July 20 – Day 4 of the 30 Goals free online conference

Blogging for the 30 Goals: Reflecting on My Teaching & Learning Experiences

Vicky Papageorgiou @vpapage

Blogs are great ways of gaining confidence, practicing writing, and

participating in networks of other teachers or learners. How has my experience of blogging for 30 Goals for Educators helped me learn more about myself, improved my writing and introduced me to dedicated educators from all over the world?


What Matters Most Shawn Storm @sstorm01

This keynote will follow the journey of a middle school teacher in discovering what really matters most in teaching.


Challenging Students – An Ongoing Journey

Christina Chorianopoulou @Kryftina

When we complete challenges and develop as educators, we can see the result of our efforts in ourselves and our classes. But what would happen if we invited our students to take a challenge with us? Inspired by the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, I asked students to join me in creating our video introductions to share with each other and the world. The idea, the interaction and the discoveries made our learning environment fun, engaging and safe and our journey even more worthwhile. This was our challenge.


Social Media for Student and Teacher Development Ayat Al-Tawel @ayatawel

Social media is not about collecting likes and followers. It’s about connecting to make a difference (Cress, 2013). This session will demonstrate how to make that difference with your students and for your own professional development with social media tools such as; FB, Twitter, Edmodo, Google + and Pinterest.

Recording: http://30goals.com/ayat.html

Focusing on the Learner First Barbara Bray @bbray27

I will share my story of being a creative, engaged learner when I was young and then how I became compliant to “do” school to get through school. I just didn’t fit, but I found my purpose. I will share the importance of finding our voice so we can own and drive our learning.


Learning2gether announcements

Earlier this week

Mon July 13 12:30 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Chris Fry about Story Recording live from Barcelona


Posted July 13 – Data Collection by Nellie Deutsch from Moodle MOOT 2015

This and other YouTube renditions of presentations from Moodle MOOT 2015


Learning2gether with Chris Fry about Story Recording live from Barcelona

Learning2gether Episode 282

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/learning2gether-with-chris-fry-about-story-recording-live-from-barcelona-imstondagmi.mp3?

On Monday, July 13, Vance and Bobbi appeared at the British Council Amigo Center at 12:30 GMT to hear what Chris Fry had to say about Story Recording. The event was webcast live from Barcelona. Here we are setting up for it:


Chris Fry is a long-time Webhead in Action, part of the original group in 2002. We had never met f2f but he still lives in Barcelona where he and Vance met to discuss with his work with students Story Recording, a project Chris has been working on over the last few years, and posting about it on his blog here: http://onewaytotefl.blogspot.com.es/ . He is planning to present on this topic at an ELT conference at the British Council in Barcelona at the end of September and again to colleagues at the start of October. This unique Learning2gether session previews these later talks and was webcast live from the British Council, Barcelona Amigó Centre.

From: http://vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/webheads_evo.htm

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

Chris’s students recorded themselves in class every day for this course, usually re-telling a story. Some of them also recorded themselves out of class (see for example http://onewaytotefl.blogspot.com.es/2014/07/how-best-can-technology-help-students.html). Here are some sample recordings; i.e.

In this presentation, he compares his research this year with findings from the year before in an attempt to measure the effects of the small changes made based on his analysis of his first year results. which he’ll be putting on his blog http://onewaytotefl.blogspot.com.es/ and on his teachers’ portfolio at work.

Chat Logs

From the Hangout on Air text chat

To list all available commands enter “/?”.
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Sabrina Wilson 4:36 PM
Hi I’m here & have my mic switched off.

Robert Wachman 4:36 PM
Hi. What’s happening?
Looks like you’re in a classroom, Vance.

Sabrina Wilson 4:38 PM
Is that Bobbi moving around with the tablet?

me 4:38 PM
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Benjamin L. Stewart 4:41 PM
Sound is fine.
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Maria Colussa 4:45 PM
Hi all!

Nellie Deutsch 4:46 PM
Hi everyone

Rita Zeinstejer 4:46 PM
hi, Nellie and Maria
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Maria Colussa 4:46 PM
Hello Rita!
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Nellie Deutsch 4:49 PM
Hi Rita and Maria

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HI everyone
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me 4:52 PM
hi, I’ve got a chat wing going at http://chatwing.com/vancestev for chat with those in the stream

Rita Zeinstejer 4:53 PM
which tools did you use to do the recording, Chris?

Sabrina Wilson 4:53 PM
Hi Rita, I think the sts used their phones

Rita Zeinstejer 4:53 PM
thanks, Sabrina
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Nellie Deutsch 5:07 PM
How would you encourage students to listen to themselves?

Sabrina Wilson 5:08 PM

Nellie Deutsch 5:10 PM
Have you considered using badges?
My students love badges. I use Makewaves: http://makewav.es

Maria Colussa 5:14 PM
badges awarding in Edmodo is very easy

Rita Zeinstejer 5:17 PM
thanks for the link, Nellie, will try Makewaves

Maria Colussa 5:18 PM
I have never heard of makewaves before, thanks Nellie

Nellie Deutsch 5:18 PM
What about peer review? Was it mentioned?

Maria Colussa 5:18 PM
I don´t think so N

Nellie Deutsch 5:18 PM
Make Waves is amazing.

Rita Zeinstejer 5:19 PM
how do you integrate it, Nellie?

Nellie Deutsch 5:19 PM
I try to involve students in peer evaluation.
Rita, Make Waves has a great support system. It’s K-12 now but will be for higher education in September. I suggest you
contact them for further information.

Rita Zeinstejer 5:20 PM
great, Nellie, thanks

Nellie Deutsch 5:21 PM
I can also help, Rita. Contact me and I will walk you through it.

Rita Zeinstejer 5:21 PM
thank you so much, Nellie!

Maria Colussa 5:23 PM
I´d love to explore badges too, I´ve used credly but it requires awardees to register and they are not “portable”, that
is not a good idea, I ´ve found Mozilla very difficult to grasp, my brain has not adjusted to it yet 😉

Rita Zeinstejer 5:23 PM
podcasting is great

Nellie Deutsch 5:24 PM
I used to use Podomatic
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Rita Zeinstejer 5:25 PM
me too, Nellie, it keeps being great, very user friendly

Nellie Deutsch 5:25 PM
Sorry, https://www.podomatic.com

Rita Zeinstejer 5:25 PM
just a mic needed and stds’ voices are out
and having a blog format, it’s very useful for group work
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Nellie Deutsch 5:28 PM
I like movenotes

Rita Zeinstejer 5:29 PM
is it also a kind of hosting place for recordings?

Nellie Deutsch 5:30 PM
Yes, so true, Rita.
I thought Edmodo was more for kids than adults. Is that true?
I minute is long for many students.

Rita Zeinstejer 5:33 PM
I’ve used Edmodo with advanced stds, I think it’s quite adaptable

Nellie Deutsch 5:33 PM
Does pointing students to mistakes, help them improve?
Comparison might work
“Are you listening me?” is a mistake that I find hard to change in Spanish speakers.

Rita Zeinstejer 5:38 PM
YES!, Nellie, true!

Nellie Deutsch 5:38 PM
I have commented with are you listening to me as a response, but it never works. “(
Journal writing helps because you never criticize.

me 5:39 PM

Nellie Deutsch 5:40 PM
Yes, some people are stingy with compliments.
Learning a foreign language helps teachers understand language learners.

Maria Colussa 5:41 PM
Hey, Rita, are you going to FAAPI?

Nellie Deutsch 5:42 PM
some shy students open up in a foreign language

Rita Zeinstejer 5:42 PM
no, Maria, Im probably going to Dublin in October 😉

Nellie Deutsch 5:43 PM
I was in Dublin last year, Rita

Maria Colussa 5:43 PM
oh, ok enjoy your trip then and I hope to see you again soon!

Rita Zeinstejer 5:43 PM
you going to happy, Maria?
sorry, FAAPI!!!!

Sabrina Wilson 5:43 PM
Thanks Chris, Vance & Bobbie & all the rest of you. Chris see you in September at the BC conference :o)

Rita Zeinstejer 5:43 PM

Nellie Deutsch 5:43 PM
Clap, clap

Rita Zeinstejer 5:43 PM
thank you, Chris and Vance

Nellie Deutsch 5:44 PM
Thank you ,Chris, Vance and Bobbie

Maria Colussa 5:44 PM
thank you!
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Nellie Deutsch 5:45 PM
I copied it, Vance3

Sabrina Wilson 5:45 PM
Bye guys Enjoy the rest of your stay in Barcelona :o)

Rita Zeinstejer 5:45 PM
bye everybody!
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Nellie Deutsch 5:47 PM copied these logs to a Google Doc, here

From the Chatwing text chat

ok, it’s out
21 hours ago
I have to excuse myself for a late dinner. It’s 8:43 p.m. here.
I’ll be back.
21 hours ago
Just realized, I should exit the HOA to make room for more people. So I’ll do that.
21 hours ago
OK I’m here now too :o)
21 hours ago
Ha ha I’ve taught that lesson many times :o)
21 hours ago
But this would have added so much more to the learning experience. Great idea Chris.
21 hours ago
hi all
21 hours ago
Robert I think you can join again. Are you watching from a passive link?
21 hours ago
we can talk with you here
21 hours ago
i cant enter
21 hours ago
Zi, enter where? the hangout?
21 hours ago
21 hours ago
I like the idea of having a repository of students´performances a sort of archive of progress, could be highly motivating
21 hours ago
Yes, I agree with you Maria. I’ve been trying to keep them in a googledrive file but want something for the sts to record and keep themselves. As a backup to what I keep.
21 hours ago
How do you encourage students to listen to themselves or each other?
20 hours ago
Hi everyone. Better late….
20 hours ago
hi and all is recorded
20 hours ago
Of course 🙂
Coghlan :0
20 hours ago
Hi, Michael 😉
20 hours ago
of course i was thinkig BC
20 hours ago
Hi Michael
20 hours ago
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british council
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Does hangout not provide a chat for those who are not directly in the hangout?
20 hours ago
Nellie it does.. I know .. because I just tried it .. but I don’t think anyone is checking it. Thus I’m now here 🙂
Question – Are there any issues with protecting student privacy.. Do students ever have reservations about posting their recording to the general “public”? Perhaps you use this as a motivator to get them involved … authentic recordings.
20 hours ago
Good question James…private setting would be good. I’ll have a look later.
20 hours ago
20 hours ago
Do the students have control over the recordings? Can they delete them afterwards?
20 hours ago
James, can you add your comment in the google hangout chat?
20 hours ago
Will try again.
20 hours ago
can you com here nellie?
20 hours ago
OK I’ll have a look later. At the moment I’m using google drive to store 15 minute conversations which both student & myself have access to.
20 hours ago
My first EVO session was on Podcasting and there we used Podomatic
20 hours ago
I bring it up because it can be an issue. A student not wanting it to be “public” because of concerns that someone could be judging them on the quality of their learning or development.
.. an employer or colleague
20 hours ago
yes, students are very self conscious about their performances, one of them told me: You can burn it now!
20 hours ago
Sorry I didn’t get here earlier… and my apologies if I ended up bringing up issues that you may have already addressed .
20 hours ago
Yes, we share a lot of stories about our lives & don’t want these public.
20 hours ago
jim we’re going on yr thrad, good one
20 hours ago
Yes, that’s true Chris. Can you add the link to the review you wrote on google play please. I can ‘google’ it but this may be faster. Thanks
20 hours ago
Just think that “public” vs “private” becomes a wonderful authentic teaching / learning moment .. and authentic “discussion” point for students to be motivated to talk to.
20 hours ago
You’ll need to get a PHD student to get involved.
20 hours ago
Just curious.. how would a student know how to prepare and “succeed” in such “speaking exercises”? How to motivate them to attempt.. ?
20 hours ago
.. so should the focus be more on communicating an idea.. rather than on exact pronunciation? The pronunciation is rated according to how much it supports the communication of an idea.
20 hours ago
Like what Rita is saying.
20 hours ago
Great presentation Chris – thank you.
20 hours ago
Best wishes gentlemen.. Many thanks for sharing..
20 hours ago
Thanks to you too Sabrina..
20 hours ago
Thanks Chris, Vance & Bobbie & all the rest of you. Chris see you in September at the British Council conference :o)
20 hours ago
That was funny I was stuck & couldn’t leave. Enjoy Barcelona & see you guys online soon.
20 hours ago
James. That’s what my summer project is about.. recorded conversations via skype but my mini mountain is to create some sort of tasks for sts to listen to the recordings and learn how to evaluate their progress. Not sure where to start but have the summer off work to get this going.
20 hours ago
Nice one Thomas oops I mean Nellie :o)
20 hours ago
Oops, it turned out I left our much of the chat. Sorry… 😦
19 hours ago

Further Notes

Chris did not attend the CALL research conference in Tarragona (the reason Vance is in this part of Spain) although his work was represented in one of the sessions:

Paper session 8, Room 311, William Collins

Story recording and peer feedback in an online fórum improving motivation

MONDAY, 6 July 2015, 15:00


Earlier this week

Sun Jul 5 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens and Sabrina Wilson about Globally Connected Educators


Mon 6 July 1515 GMT Learning2gether with Vance Stevens about Minecraft as a model for gamification in PD


Learning2gether with Vance Stevens about Minecraft as a model for gamification in teacher professional development

Learning2gether Episode 281

Download mp3 https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/2015july6vance_tarragona-64k.mp3?

On Monday 6 July there was a Learning2gether session with Vance Stevens giving a presentation at the XVII CALL Research Conference about Minecraft as a model for gamification in teacher professional development

My talk at the conference was entitled Minecraft as a model for gamification in teacher training

There is a short paper about what I will talk about here


And the slides:

In a nutshell, the presentation is about the gamification of professional development, how learning the game of Minecraft (ultimately while trying to stay alive in Minecraft) can inform educators on how professional development can be structured in a more meaningful sense than that which many of us often encounter.

The problem is that the experience is ineffable, which makes it difficult to explain to others who might be amenable to such an approach or who might be appealed to to provide resources to support it. Such drawbacks are overcome in EVO sessions where the small number of participants who choose to join us are predisposed to this kind of learning. However, if I were to suggest to my colleagues at work that we hold future meetings, or even  just one meeting, in Minecraft … well the suggestion of meeting in any kind of virtual space goes against the grain of those who like to hear themselves talk in meetings (on the other hand, we used to have great success with departmental retreats at the U of Hawaii, which all were required to attend, leading to similar outcomes but in a more tangible environment).

So I’d like to see if I can pin down some of the affordances or components of such an approach with a mind to making recommendations on how they might be replicated in other contexts


My talk was scheduled in the conference preliminary program for Monday 6 July 17:15 to 17:45 in Tarragona

I webcast it via Bb Collaborate / Elluminate, since that is the least problematic way to webcast from a podium. The Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) room is at

Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/

Bb Collaborate Recording



Learning2gether with Sabrina Wilson about Globally Connected Educators

Learning2gether Episode 280

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/learning2gether-with-sabrina-wilson-about-globally-connected-educators-drlhgwdoprq.mp3

On Sunday Jul 5 Vance Stevens and Sabrina Wilson met at Sabrina and Gary’s house in Tarragona, Spain, to talk about how their PLNs converged to make them Globally Connected Educators

Vance was in Tarragona for the CALL Research Conf July 6-8

Sabrina Wilson often attends Learning2gether Hangout events, and she mentioned at a recent one that she lived in Altafulla on the coast of Spain between Barcelona and Tarragona. On Sunday July 5 Vance will be in Spain for the XVII International CALL Research Conference in Tarragona and Sabrina invited my wife and me to stop off at Altafulla for a Hangout on Air about how we have met in various online spaces associated with the Webheads in Action and Becoming a Webhead communities of practice before connecting face to face in Spain.

The discussion will be about whatever comes up, but we’ll be reflecting on the meetings of minds virtually online that often result in face-to-face hookups, and of course reviewing what will transpire the next few days at the XVII International CALL Research Conference in Tarragona, Spain, July 6-8,
http://wwwa.fundacio.urv.cat/congressos/call-conference-2015/. All are welcome to join us.

Benjamin Stewart was there and he told us a bit about Microsoft Word Online and how he has been using it with students. He and Vance compared notes on how they have been teaching writing, Vance with voice in Google Docs, and Docs Story Builder for brainstorming.

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

Sabrina introduced herself in Becoming a Webhead, BAW 2013like this

My name is Sabrina Wilson and I’m an English teacher at an after school academy in Spain. I teach children from 4 years old to teenagers and also adults. I joined the Becoming a Webhead group to learn more about using technology so that I can approach my boss about offering blended learning opportunities to teen and adult students asking for more activities outside of the classroom.

Sabrina, Bobbi, and Vance in Altafulla prepare for the upcoming Hangout

Benjamin Stewart had a unique perspective


Earlier this week

Sun June 28 1230 GMT LEARNING2GETHER about iPadagogy live from ISTE Philadelphia


Tue June 30 Kern Kelly demonstrates Hangout on Air in the Classroom at ISTE 2015


Fri June 26 ISTE Unplugged through July 1

Friday, June 26th – July 1st in Philadelphia, PA 2015 ISTE Unplugged, Each year hundreds of educators interested in social media, technology, teaching, and learning gather to build and participate in “unplugged”-style activities as a part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference. Go to www.isteunplugged.com and read below for details of this year’s events. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanks to our generous friends at ISTE.org, our NINTH annual set of extra-curricular events at the ISTE conference this year will launch on the Friday before ISTE (June 26th) with an all-day open Maker Day–expect lots of table, activities, and fun for all ages, geared toward education. Saturday’s all-day unconference features special guest Audrey Watters again this year, and huge shout-out to this year’s unconference and evening party sponsor, StudyBlue and Shutterfly. Sunday is our fourth annual Global Education Summit, a three-hour event + connecting party you don’t want to miss. The Bloggers’ Cafe will be open Friday – Wednesday, and we’re really hoping to add an education slam poetry event still. Stay tuned for all events at http://www.ISTEunplugged.com, which also has Facebook event links for each activity.

Learning2gether about iPadagogy live from ISTE Philadelphia

Learning2gether Episode 279

Download mp3:

The audio features a distance presentation by Anthony Cashin speaking via Skype from Australia on how to successfully implement iPads in an educational setting from an administrative point of view. We were not recording, unfortunately, when Mary Kay Polly gave her very interesting talk about using Minecraft with her students e.g. getting them to justify their use of Minecraft as a means of meeting curriculum goals.

On Sunday June 28 Vance was in Philadelphia with comely colleagues from work Dani Coelho, Nery Alvarado, and Ellen Dougherty, to give a pre-conference workshop called iPadagogy: A Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach, live from ISTE Philadelphia 2015

Dani Coelho, Nery Alvarado, Vance Stevens, and  Ellen Dougherty

We set the tone: A Portuguese, a Mexican, an American, and a Canadian turn up at a conference, and …

having traveled all the way from Al Ain UAE converge in Philadelphia to trot out their internationally acclaimed dog and pony show on iPadagogy: A Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach. The hangout recording starts as the workshop begins. Without knowing how long we’d be able to sustain it, we tried to convey some of  the flavor of ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia and as best we could to try to bring an international audience into the event.

Where? Google Hangout on Air

The first part of this event was recorded as a Hangout on Air (HoA). Vance had set up a laptop PC to manage the stream and was walking around the room with an iPad that was participating in the event and recording video and audio. The hub PC was muted and Vance was using earbuds on the iPad to prevent remote participants in the HoA from intruding on the live session (but they could interact with Vance and Vance could interact with them sotto voce but that interaction appears in the recording). Surprisingly the bandwidth held out and the experiment worked in concept, though the next stage will clearly need to address managing the handheld iPad camera movement. If you get dizzy then the mp3 recording is worth listening to.

Vance’s contribution was entitled Teaching writing on iPads and other voice-enabled mobile devices

Here are the …

Captured text chat from the Hangout

  1. http://screencast.com/t/8fQyMVLX
  2. http://screencast.com/t/xHzdUtZ7N
  3. http://screencast.com/t/iXbiRs44ZpWG
  4. http://screencast.com/t/PadL0SxB
  5. http://screencast.com/t/cZPfj8jog6


Chatwing archive

thanks for covering chatwing
my first chance to be here
Curious what attendees are looking at on each respective device.
Is Anthony Cashin speaking?
I think so — that is who is on the schedule
Anthony Cashin speaking about how to successfully implement iPads from an administrative point of view…
excellent Benjamin, thanks
We’re chatting next Wednesday related to TESOL, if anyone would like to join. http://is.gd/0JUEFd
just checked it out — looks interesting —


Earlier this week

Mon Jun 22 Learning2gether at a Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content


Wednesday, June 24th from 11am – 7:15pm EDT Future Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit

Each year TICAL holds an annual School Leadership Summit. This year’s Summit, on June 24th from 8:00-4:30 PDT, will focus on the pillars of the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Pledge. The Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future ReadyFuture Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. The event will be free for all to attend and to watch the recordings. You must register to watch the event live or to see the recordings. This is truly a collaborative event made possible by the leading organization and event partners. For more information and to register, please go tohttp://www.futureready.education.

Wed 24 June 1600 EDT edWeb – Are you ready for BYOD?

Wednesday, June 24th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Are You Ready for BYOD?, Have you been thinking about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)? Are you ready to learn more? In this webinar, Rachelle Wooten, Digital Learning Specialist at Fort Bend ISD, will provide a primer on BYOD, including digital tool recommendations, classroom management tips, lesson planning, and teaching tips. Rachelle facilitates the BYOD training in her district and has developed her own model: R.E.A.D.I.E.E to help teachers be Ready for BYOD. Whether you’re new or familiar with BYOD, get some helpful tips for your program during this live, interactive session. Rachelle will field questions from attendees after her presentation. Registration information here.

Thu 25 June 1600 EDT edWeb – Art of Procurement

Thursday, June 25th at 3pm edWeb Webinar: The Art of Procurement: Balancing Price versus Performance, Common Sense Education’s Essential Elements for 1:1 Learning is a monthly webinar series that details strategies and practical advice about 1:1 learning programs. Learn how to personalize these essential elements for your schools. The series is presented by Jeff Mao and Steve Garton, who lead the Maine Learning Technology Initiative program for a decade. Registration information here.

Fri June 26 1500 EDT Homeschooling

Friday, June 26th at 3pm Starting to Homeschool: The Teenage Years, How can a teen’s needs best be met by homeschooling? Let’s talk about unschooling and homeschooling high school, how to decide if college is right for you, and how to take on internships, apprenticeships, work, and travel. We will explore the many different ways teens and young adults can join the adult world and make their way into meaningful work with or without a college degree. We’ll explore the college admission process for homeschoolers and present resources for creating successful applications. We’ll also talk about Uncollege and DIY College, among other options that are available. Register to view here.

Sat Jun 27 Maria Colussa Hangout on Air presentation


Global Education Day at ISTE 2015, June 28th

Join Lucy Gray, Steve Hargadon, VIF International Education and many members of the Global Education Conference community on Sunday, June 28th from 2-5 PM at the Philadelphia Convention Center (Room 103BC) for a special face-to-face meeting in which you can connect and collaborate with other globally-minded educators.

Here is some follow-up from Steve Hargadon on the June 28th for Global Education Day meet up for those interested in globally connective opportunities for teachers and students.

An exciting time was had by all, and it was particularly wonderful to see so many GEC friends gather from around the globe. Thank you to all who were able to attend and we are particularly indebted to the many people who shared their expertise through ignite talks, roundtable discussions and cool tool sharing. For a full list of these participants and their contact information, please see our agenda for the day.

Here is a quick list of related resources that you may want to browse:

Also, take a look at these excellent blog post reflections from Elizabeth Calhoon and Michelle Cordy. These recaps will give you an idea of what transpired on GED. Let us know if you write a reflection piece, too!

Again, thanks to all who participated in GED. We are particularly grateful to VIF and to ISTE!

Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content

Learning2gether Episode 278

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/russellstannard8jun2015.mp3?

On Mon Jun 22 Learning2gether were invited to attend a Russell Stannard GLOBINAR on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content. The event was a globinar hosted by Jürgen Wagner.

Info: http://v.gd/snagit

FREE webinar with RUSSELL STANNARD: “Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content” and

  • FREE webinar with Russell Stannard: Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content
    • A focus on key tools that are simple to use and create immediate results
    • Create content that you can use to blend, flip or make distance courses from
    • These ideas and technologies can have a huge impact on your teaching and learning
    • Your teaching and learning won’t be the same after this session ( I hope!!-Russell)
  • Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages
  • Russell Stannard Russell Stannard is the founder of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com
    • It is a website that offers free training videos that help teachers incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning.
    • It won the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Initiative in ICT’ and the British Council ‘Technology’ award.
    • The site receives more than 300,000 visitors a year.
    • Russell trains teachers in ICT all over the world and also runs on-line courses which are accessed by hundreds of teachers.
    • Russell teaches part-time at the University of Warwick and is a NILE associate trainer.

Click on the link below for
The full version of Juergen’s post-conference documentation
« post-paratory »  mail includes 

Jürgen issued a post-postparatory notice on this event with the following related information

He invites feedback in his webinar feedback Padlet

Here’s some more Info about Russell

Russell Stannard Russell Stannard is the founder of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com. It is a website that offers free training videos that help teachers incorporate ICT into their teaching and learning. It won the Times Higher ‘Outstanding Initiative in ICT’ and the British Council ‘Technology’ award. The site receives more than 300,000 visitors a year. Russell trains teachers in ICT all over the world and also runs on-line courses which are accessed by hundreds of teachers. Moodle is one of his areas of expertise. Russell has also been

  • Winner of British Council ELTons Innovation Award
  • Winner of Times Higher Outstanding Initiative in ICT
  • Awarded  University of Westminster Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Learning2gether is proud that our logo was displayed during Russell’s presentation

Earlier this week

Sunday June 15 1400 GMT Learning2gether with David Winet about the potential of Oculus Rift in language learning


May 11- June 15 Shaping the Way We Teach English MOOC course 2 ends

For those interested in the upcoming MOOC, Shaping the Way We Teach English” sponsored by the US Department of State and the University of Oregon …

in the past year thousands of language teachers from around the world have enrolled in the first two iterations of the course, creating a rich conversation about best practices in language teaching. Both courses are publicly available at no cost and may be taken together or separately in any order.

E-Teacher MOOC: Shaping the Way We Teach English

Wed June 17 NCSS C3 Literacy Collaborative Webinar “Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners”

Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners

This investigation has been designed to familiarize you with unique characteristics of English learners and their distinct learning needs. The presenters will share how these distinct learning needs can be supported in the social studies classroom through the integrated implementation of the C3 Framework and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz & Dr. Stephen J. Thornton

Social Science Education
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of South Florida

Event: Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners
When: Wednesday 17 June 2015, 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) (Please note that Daylight Saving Time (+01:00 hr) is in effect during this time)
Audio Conference Details:

To register now, please visit the following link:


To know more about the event, please visit our website:


Sat 20 June Classroom 2.0 live event

Saturday, June 20th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show – Ten Marks Math Program, Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other member of the community in regular “live” web meetings. Details to join the webinar at http://live.classroom20.com. You can follow us on Twitter at#liveclass20.

Sun 21 June TechEducator podcast on ISTE conference

Sunday, June 21st at 7pm TechEducator Podcast: Get your ISTE on!, The ISTE Conference is just one week away. What do I need to do to have a successful conference? What should I pack? What sessions should I attend? Join us LIVE to talk about this amazing week of networking.

Find the YouTube and mp3 at the podcast archive here: http://www.teachercast.net/2015-iste-conference/

and please enter your feedback into Padlet

Learning2gether with David Winet about the potential of Oculus Rift in language learning

Learning2gether Episode 277

Download the mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/learning2gether-with-david-winet-about-the-potential-of-oculus-rift-in-language-learning-psg94wwampk.mp3?

David Winet has just written an article on his work the past two decades with StudyCom and English for Internet. In it he describes how he has pushed the envelope throughout that time finding new ways to adapt available cutting edge technologies to creating environments in which language learners would opt to learn by doing and by communicating with one another and with native speakers; see: Winet, David. (2015). Reflections on StudyCom.TESL-EJ 19, 1 (1-18). Available: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej73/int.pdf. Also (unpaginated) http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume-19/ej73/ej73int/.

On page 10, David discusses Oculus Rift as part of “A Peek into the Future”

Virtual Reality headsets such as Oculus Rift will provide an even more 3-D realistic experience for students (James, 2014). Furthermore, pairing these with robots will allow “telepresence”. For example, imagine a student whose body is in Beijing walking around New York City with the aid of a robot there, who transmits a live picture of everything it sees in the Big Apple and turns when the student wearing the Oculus Rift turns, walks when the student walks, and of course speaks with English speakers the words uttered in China by the student (Sofge, 2015).

James, P. (2014). This is the beginning of VR education, and it will only get better. Road to VR. Available:

Sofge, E. (2015). Oculus rift and robotic heads: A match made in geek heaven. Popular Science. Available:http://www.popsci.com/oculus-rift-and-robotic-heads-match-made-geek-heaven-0.


Join us in the stream or live in Hangout on Air to find out more about Oculus Rift and why David is drawn to this particular technology for its potential to engage students using augmented reality enhanced virtual spaces for language learning.

In David’s words:
“Recreating the five senses virtually and adding remote presence through robots plus laying on additional information using Augmented Reality should result in a very realistic sort of environment conducive to immersive, natural, ‘biological’ learning.

“However, in order to really reproduce a real-ish learning environment we need to have desire, need and the means to satisfy those desires and needs in our artificially created learning environment.  Doing this is not as difficult as it might seem: witness people buying and selling on Second Life, the ability to buy and sell remotely even just using Amazon.com much less using remote robots, the ability to satisfy the need for human contact through chat rooms, and so on.  You might not be able to eat a hamburger remotely but you will be able to smell one cooking and then order one delivered from your local burger shop…”

See the annotated compilation of links and final thoughts that David compiled in conjunction with this session

Where? Hangout on Air

How this worked at showtime June 14, 2015


Finally, the archived chatwing chat from this session

That’s the direct link to the hangout
we have a viewer, who’s there?
Exactly – who’s looking after the robot?
We are watching this URL
can you see our video?
we are watching
one of those should work
thanks for the links — I’m going to have to get back into Gdocs habit with Chromebook

Earlier this week

Sun June 7 Learning2gether with Vance Stevens – Teaching Writing on iPad and mobile devices using Voice Tools


Sat June 13 Classroom 2.0

Date: Sat., June 13, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, June 13th, when our special guest will be Colleen King The topic for this webinar is “Math Playground Games and Apps”We are so excited to have Colleen King back on Classroom 2.0 LIVE to share her latest updates to the Math Playground including new games, iPad apps and videos. Colleen is the publisher of Math Playground, a website for elementary and middle school students, and the developer of Thinking Blocks, a series of iPad apps that teach children how to model and solve word problems. Colleen has been an educator and math consultant in the Boston area for 20+ years and has worked with students from preschool to college. She is the co-founder of two STEM programs, a hands-on science lab and a math enrichment center. Colleen is very passionate about math education and is always looking for new and innovative ways to engage students.

Colleen King created Math Playground in 2002 for students in her classes who needed a fun way to practice math facts. Since then, Math Playground has grown to include a wide variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math and thinking games. When she’s not developing new activities for Math Playground, she teaches at a mathematics learning center. She enjoys sharing math strategies with other educators and has presented her work at conferences like NCTM and ISTE. Whenever she has free time, she can be found playing with her Golden Retrievers, practicing drums with her band, or exploring New England on her bicycle.

More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link athttp://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned.

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “Capturing Creativity” session with our special guest Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4U). Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!

Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Learning2gether with Vance Stevens – Teaching Writing on iPad and mobile devices using Voice Tools

Learning2gether Episode 276

Download the mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/learning2gether-with-vance-stevens-teaching-writing-on-ipad-and-mobile-devices-using-voice-tools-7qp_hs1jjl8.mp3?
On Sunday June 7 at 1400 GMT  Vance Stevens presented at Learning2gether on Teaching Writing on iPad and Mobile Devices using Voice Tools.. Here, find the YouTube recording of the Google+ Hangout on Air and a downloadable mp3 rendition of the audio. What is this about? Vance Stevens has been exploring techniques for teaching writing on iPads and mobile devices using voice tools for leaving comments in Google Docs, and in speaking what students write on paper into Google Docs for them, so they can revise more easily. He’s also fathomed the trick of importing images into Google Docs on iPad to allow students to incorporate Word Clouds and other images into their documents using iPads.

In this session, Vance will attempt at a distance some of what he will demonstrate at the latter event. Here is a playlist for URLs to be used in this session:

Here is a document I started to practice with this presentation https://docs.google.com/document/d/15slghOdDHtAj1PIqVpvGhFEWPia2g_hkHXwiRUQ2o7k/edit?usp=sharing Do you want to try?

  1. Create a Google Doc
  2. Give it your name and today’s date or event
  3. Get its shareable link and post it at http://chatwing.com/vancestev
  4. If on iPad or mobile device, record a brief introduction
  5. Upload a picture to it. If on iPad or mobile, you can use a photo in camera roll or take one on the fly
  6. Share it for editing with VanceStev@gmail.com (my picture should appear)
  7. I’ll use voice to add comments to your document

Where?  Google Hangout on Air (HoA)



Here is a copy/paste from the Chatwing space for today’s event

Vance Stevens Vance has arrived on June 7 and I’ll be posting the HoA link here shortly. Let me know if you want to join me.  URL playlist here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
Find the slides I will use here http://tinyurl.com/vance2015writing
+Vance I liked Your slides.
hello, I’m ready to begin, just waiting for people
I am a poor typist – wishing for voice-to-text way to chat, lol.
hi art
would you like to join the HoA?
I’m waiting for someone to join me so I can begin
or should i just start?
you can voice to text chat on an iPad or mobile if you visit this in a browser
I will begin at 14:15 and speak to ISTE participants
stream has begun
my iPad is having connectivity problems.
Where 2 or more are gathered, lol. we have a quorum
That’s right
I’m downloading Google docs on my ipad now so everything I’ve written was done on my PC
I can hear her
I hear her
Nor fearing failure – learning by trying
I can hear you both
back — sort of. I can hear OK now but speaking is not working on my end
my limping back-up computer has audio problems to begin with
— or maybe mic/headset problems, but I can hear and type, just not speak
the voice at my end is very clear
online is a series of workarounds, one after another…life too
I need to add a microphone to my PC for the next hangout attempt. I always learn/grow within these hangouts.
great art. thanks for joining us
I liked today’s presentation! Thank You!
Thank you.
great presentation — even with all the patches I missed getting set up. I’m going to share this writing instructors who teach online — and hybrid/CAI/flipped etc
thanks, sorry about the sound issues, suspect it might have been at my end
or both — this laptop already had sound issues and I need a new headset too (if only for the comfort of better padding on my ears)
thanks for coming, settling into dinner mode

Earlier this week

Sun May 31 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Maria Colussa about Mystery Location Calls


Tue June 2 0400 GMT Shelly Terrell at Edutech 2015

Find the collaborative handout at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MtyJ1XgKoVJISO9pnEGf9ZuFVtnuZZJOqVH-mZ3Qt3w/edit?usp=sharing and the slides here, http://shellyterrell.com/edutech2015

Thu June 4 1800 GMT Jo Gakonga on Vocabulary tools in a digital world

Learning2gether with Maria Colussa about Mystery Location Calls

Learning2gether Episode 275

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/learning2gether-with-maria-colussa-about-mystery-location-calls-zvwtvnyyb00.mp3? On Sunday May 31 LEARNING2GETHER  was priviledged to meet with Maria Colussa and her colleagues in Hello LIttle World about Mystery Location Calls. In her presentation she demonstrated how she stimulates student interest in culture and language with “mystery location” Skype calls. Here are

The event took place in Google+ Hangout on Air

Links mentioned in the text chat

Copy / paste of chatwing text chat for this session

Hi Maria and others
Lionel Messi!
Hi David!
Either on the equator or a visitor from another world?
Ah, Europe……western, central or eastern? OK, my guess is Hungary.
But it must be northern hemisphere
You were right Dave!
I bet you are wrong sometimes 🙂

Mais bien sur… 🙂 Because she doesn’t have a slavic accent – so it had to be a non-slavic eastern european country near Austria. You’re right, I am often wrong in truth.


I came in late. How do we find people online to play this game with? Is there a good way?

Can you put the link for the pres here?

yep! it’s me
ok, gimme a sec
I’m happy here 🙂
slow computer, digging out the slideshare link

Thanks V

Ah, so this is a classroom exchange kind of thing set up by teachers working with other teachers in other countries?

yes Dave.

Ah, thanks Mike. And how does the initiating teacher locate willing teachers in toher countries?

would you lkke to join the HO and ask or do you want me to relay the question?

Me, me… but how?

(btw I sent you a couple of private messages)

scroll up for the link

ah, sorry, multitasking 🙂

Ah, ok.

Although I gather sometimes Maria works with students 1-1


her first time?

there’s a lot of HO chat, I can never get peple in the HO to use chatwing

If someone wants to join the Hangout live, I’ll leave.

Michael c?

Michael says he’s happy there, but there’s an offer

Anyone else, just let me know.

Maria – this has been great. Thank you. I need to go. Bye.

I’m going to leave the Hangout now. Thanks a lot.

ok robert, thanks for joining

Maria’s previous version of this presentation https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cpgpka8onula4k56rk7gmsq2014?authkey=CIS1n5nJpIDXPQ Posted with Permission from Maria Colussa


Earlier this week

Sun May 24 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello


Tue May 26 1800 GMT Shelly Terrell on eTwinning

Presumed time (CET?) http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Shelly+Terrell+on+eTwinning&iso=20150526T20&p1=168&ah=1 Marijana informs me that “logging in requires email and special password, and you need to be EU teacher tio attend it as a memeber of eTwinning. But there will be a recording and I will try to make a summary of her talk, maybe when I get the recording I will do a short youtube video. will see. But, thank you for sharing it :-)” Normally I try and post announcements here of only open events, but I also post on behalf of people I like 🙂 As there will be a recording, and if it too is available on open access, I’ll include this in the archive for next week.

Sat May 30 1500 BST IATEFL Seminar – Charles Hadfield on Creative Grammar


May 1-31 Moodle MOOC 6

http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/whats-ahead-2015/ YouTube playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxnQ4IcAENQdh3RrtzAjIhrD

Sat May 30 noon EST Letia Cooper on Classroom 2.0 Webinar

Date: Sat., May 30, 2015 Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us on Saturday, May 30th, when our special guest will be Letia Cooper The topic for this webinar is “Connect, Create, and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps”We are excited to welcome back one of our favorite presenters for today’s show, Letia Cooper (@techwithtia). Her enthusiasm coupled with amazing tips for using the tools, apps and websites she will share with us will make you immediately want to get started using them with your students! Would you like to discover ways for your students to connect, create, and collaborate as they investigate and explore a variety of scientific ideas, models, and concepts! Are you looking for new ways to jazz up your science curriculum? This webinar will focus on a variety of interactive science, websites, web tools and apps that will enhance learning! Join Letia Cooper as she shares examples of how to use these tools and discusses easy ways to integrate technology in science classrooms for all grade levels.Tia is passionate about teaching and learning through technology. She believes that “When technology is integrated into the classroom, all students are motivated to learn.” She is proud to offer you a variety of resources and ideas that will help you to integrate technology into your classroom. She is a 1998 graduate of South Carolina State University and a 2008 graduate of Grand Canyon University with a M.Ed in Instructional Technology. She currently works for CCEL (Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning) as a Instructional Technology Specialist for grades K-12. Letia has presented at various conferences such as SC Edtech, NCTIES, SCEA Common Core, GAETC & FETC. She is a Verizon Thinkfinity Field Trainer and Promethean Social Media Council Member and Simple K12 presenter. Feel free to email Letia at techwithtia@live.com or visit her blog at http://www.techwithtia.com. Don’t forget to visit her Livebinders page or download one of her free “website of the month” calendars for teachers and students.More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned. On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “How to Help Your Visual Students Learn Using Movie Magic” session with our special guest Sydney Sheren. Click on the Archives and Resources tab. When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate! Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Learning2gether with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello

Learning2gether Episode 274

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On Sunday May 24 at the usual time of 1400 GMT Learning2gether was pleased to meet with Mbarek Akaddar on the topic of managing the Electronic Village Onilne coordination team for the coming year with the Trello project management tool.

What’s it about?

Mbarek Akaddar is well-known in #webheadsinaction and #EVO circles for his edtech skills. He has recently taken on the task of head coordinator of EVO (Electronic Village Online) coordination team where he has introduced Trello as a coordination portal. In this meeting Mbarek will present Trello, which is a management and collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards, lists and cards. We’ll also talk about his plans and vision for EVO in 2016 and beyond. Before his talk he referred us to these links:

EVO Portal: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/

EVO CoP for 2014: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2014

Trello Tutorial, explains cards, the back of the card, etc: https://youtu.be/aaDf1RqeLfo

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

Show notes

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith shared this Trello blog link



Copy / paste of chatwing text chat for this session

Learning2gether is about to start now with Mbarek Akaddar, details http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
4 days ago
If you want to join the hangout I can step out–let me know
3 days ago
Listening to Mbarek Akaddar talk about EVO plans for 2015 and beyond.
3 days ago
great, there are 8 in the HoA now
3 days ago
Hi, I can’t join HOA, am on tablet. A bit slow for me, but am watching live stream! Hi everyone, hi Mbarek
3 days ago
great nice to see you Marijana
3 days ago
Hi Daniel and Marijana!
3 days ago
Hi Nina, Vance, Marjana and all. Happy to be able to join you today.
3 days ago
Haha Nina ,you were the to encourage Mbarek!.
Hi one more time to all, Vance, Daniel, Nina 🙂
3 days ago
Daniel I wonder what you think about this task management tool
3 days ago
ElizHS compares a card on Trello to a forum thread. I think That makes sense.
3 days ago
I can see some applications. How hard will it be to attract other people in a group to Trello?
What I mean is that as early adaptor, I find others may not be as motivated to go where I go.
3 days ago
in this case the manager has implemented trello (or the manager of a company might) and others are simply included
3 days ago
I think you need to have a group and then have everyone use it.
3 days ago
seems that trello is convinient and easy to handle
3 days ago
Fellow is managing tool, organizational tool,we can use it for collaboration,but for our personal use as well. I don’ t know if we can use it for storing images files. How much is the capacity or storage? My question for Vance, thx
3 days ago
I’ll ask
when I have a chance 🙂
3 days ago
Hi Marijana and Daniel 🙂
3 days ago
A card is like a word; a list is a phrase; and a board is a sentence!
3 days ago
Is there a limit to the number of members in a Trello group?
3 days ago
Thx for asking Vance and thx for your answer Mbarek! 🙂
3 days ago
Obrigada JA!
3 days ago
I promise to work more this week on Trello, but am soon busy lately.
3 days ago
Good question Nina, trello is a nice tool, but as any other tool we need to get use to it. My two cents, asTeresa would say 🙂
3 days ago
Vance, could you see this used to plan Learning2Gether events?
3 days ago
no, it would not apply well to L2g, this is for managing people with assigned tasks and roles
3 days ago
Need to go guys, family fun is coming! See you soon, hugs to all! Bye
3 days ago
Bye, Marijana!
3 days ago
ok, thanks Marijana
3 days ago
Exactly, Marijana. Nothing is 100% intuitive
3 days ago
ElizHS: She was asking about the email features
I think Trello is less a communication system than a way to manage projects.
I’d like to see a digest feature.
You have to go into each card when you do it only online.
Jose – I don’t see the little wheel to change the announcements to digest?
I found it —
You can have Never, every hour, or instantly. Not exactly a digest, e.g., every 24 hrs would be better.
3 days ago
ElizHS: There is a voting feature, so that could stand in for short comments like “I like it”
3 days ago
ElizHS: I notice in some of the advertising videos on the Trello site, that their own management team is using Trello with a bunch of other apps for communication. http://blog.trello.com/tips-for-managing-a-remote-team/?utm_source=notification%20link%20&utm_medium=email%20&utm_campaign=manage%20remote%20team
3 days ago
Thanks for hosting. Good information.
3 days ago
Thank you to ALL!!!!!
3 days ago
thanks, we always manage in the end 🙂
the recording should be on YouTube any minute now
3 days ago
This event has been blogged with embedded YouTube recording and mp3 download available, enjoy:https://learning2gether.net/2015/05/24/learning2gether-with-mbarek-akaddar-about-managing-evo-with-trello/
3 days ago

Earlier this week

May 17 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with David Winet on teaching f2f writing using WeChat and Polleverywhere


Mon 18 May 1800 GMT Rita Zeinstejer on Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools

Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools


– using English in everyday situations: the best way to practise and improve non native English speakers’ / EFL learners’ oral skills

– free sites which provide English speaking practice will be explored and shared

– three different categories of sites: – language exchange sites, – social communication networks  – educational programs will be examined

– where to find educational programs provided by different educational and cultural institutes

–  effective webtools which help EFL teachers aid their students in their difficult quest for oral fluency will be shared

The following link will take you to the documentation of our webinar

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Thu May 21 1700 GMT Classroom Polling Options with Tilly Harrison

Free webinar with Tilly Harrison: A survey of classroom polling options

  • Find out what your students think: A survey of classroom polling options
  • Rationale for classroom polling
  • Feasibility of classroom polling
  • Types of poll
  • Survey of free options and use
  • Survey and comparison with commercial options
  • The session will include (of course!) plenty of chances to participate in polls
  • Tilly Harrison is a Principal Teaching Fellow (University of Warwick

Thu May 21 1230 EST EdTechMojo hosts Cathy Cavanaugh on eLearning for Engagement

SUNY Delhi in NY is happy to host Cathy Cavanaugh, the Director of Teaching and Learning with Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Unit, for a 1-hour webinar on engaging eLearning practices. This is a free Zoom online webinar, and will interest eLearning faculty, instructional designers, and instructional technologists.

Talk information: 
eLearning for Engagement: Research-based Practices for Student Success
By, Cathy Cavanaugh, PhD.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Worldwide Education, Microsoft


Keys to engaged teaching have been identified and can be enhanced in online, blended, and mobile learning environments. This session highlights teaching approaches that align to research in engagement and new learning environments, and offers practical suggestions and references for teaching and learning.



Playlist of other webinars in this series: