22nd Weekly Webheads – Back to School Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar


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Learning2gether Episode 487
22nd Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar

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On Sunday, August 30, at the usual time of noon UTC, Webheads in Action held its 22nd Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar, this one on the topic of Back to School in the New Normal.

We planned to talk about going back to school in the midst of a pandemic and the elephant in your classroom.

Is this the elephant in your classroom?

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Webheads in action are at it yet again.

On Sun 30 Aug noon UTC it’s Back-to-School for the 22nd Weekly Webheads Open Mic Sandbox FUNinar.

A lot of us are returning to Teaching and Learning in the New Normal, either virtually or face-to-face or in some combination of these.

Come tell us, how is that going for you?

If you have something to share with us or want to hear from colleagues about how they are coping in the new school year, please join us.

About a dozen turned up. Minnie arrived first and played for us on her gǔ zhēng
古筝 (弹拨乐器)so that as the others trickled in they were treated to musical candy. Marijana was next to tell us about her situation in Croatia, followed by others including Cheikh Oumar from Dakar Senegal, who had found our topic online and decided to join in. It was a lively discussion.

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Zoom and Facebook Chat Logs

20:05:31 From Mike Kenteris : Hi everyone
20:05:55 From Vance Stevens : hi mike we’re opening with a musical overture tonight
20:06:44 From Vance Stevens : please mute while Minnie is playing otherwise you might grab the camera inadvertently
20:07:02 From Mike Kenteris : Great!
20:24:05 From cheikh oumar ba : hi can I say something
20:25:35 From Marijana Smolcec : Since March 16 we had remote learning and we mainly used MS Teams
20:25:52 From Nina Liakos : MS?
20:26:08 From Marijana Smolcec : SInce Vidoeconferencing in Teams was not suggested due to many Internet problems, many collegues used Zoom and I also used Google Meet.
20:26:19 From Marijana Smolcec : @Ninam Microsoft Teams 🙂
20:26:24 From Nina Liakos : Thx
20:28:02 From Marijana Smolcec : Something like that was mentioned in Croatia, 3+2 solution, where some kids would come certain day in schools
20:30:53 From Marijana Smolcec : Forbes on Mr Kim https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2013/08/11/south-korean-tutor-makes-4-million-a-year-can-you/#5808db9b697c
20:31:10 From Barbara Dieu : Hello, good morning/evening everyone!
20:31:47 From Marijana Smolcec : hi
20:31:59 From Nina Liakos : med cram?
20:32:14 From Marijana Smolcec : Is it this https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos
20:32:15 From Nina Liakos : medcram
20:38:00 From Marijana Smolcec : wow!
20:38:43 From Barbara Dieu to Vance Stevens : Thank you for the certificate, Vance. It was submerged in the mail I got, so only saw it today. I have not been attending any weekend lives for my own sanity, as I stay connected the whole week for my classes, preparing, correcting and attending synchronous meetings – made an exception today 🙂
20:39:13 From Marijana Smolcec : I totally understand what Chee is explaining, using Technology also motivated my students to learn langugaes and to get more self-confident 🙂
20:40:27 From Vance Stevens to Barbara Dieu : nice to see you here 🙂
20:41:07 From Barbara Dieu to Vance Stevens : big hug to Bobbie – have been following your photos on Face 🙂
20:41:15 From Vance Stevens to Graham Stanley : hi graham are you engaged here and can I call on you?
20:44:26 From Graham Stanley to Vance Stevens : yes, of course. let me turn on my camera
20:45:11 From Marijana Smolcec : Great background Graham 🙂
20:47:44 From Barbara Dieu : Agree, Graham.
20:48:14 From Mike Kenteris : Sad… but realistic…
20:49:45 From Barbara Dieu : I read a good article this week which sums up well the situation of going back to school. It is for the US but I can relate to it in Brazil. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-08-26/how-to-reopen-schools-in-person-and-remotely?srnd=citylab&sref=aGTrSb9U
20:49:48 From cheikh oumar ba : thanks a lot graham
20:49:58 From Phil Brown : Hi everyone. I’ve been watching via FB live but just able to join you here, too.
20:51:04 From Phil Brown : Lots of great resources archived on TeachingEnglish – British Council & edutopia over the past few months to support teachers during the pandemic 🙂
20:53:01 From Graham Stanley : https://www.britishcouncil.com.sn/en/digital-library-senegal
20:53:21 From Graham Stanley : https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/support-teachers-teacher-educators
20:54:10 From Phil Brown : Nice one @Graham. Here’s the edutopia link:
20:54:10 From Phil Brown : https://www.edutopia.org/topic/online-learning
20:54:18 From Vance Stevens : thanks

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20:55:37 From Graham Stanley : https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/teaching-remotely-limited-technology-getting-started
20:59:22 From Graham Stanley : This free course could help your teachers, Stephanie https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/teaching-young-learners-online
21:00:14 From Vance Stevens : Here are some blended learning and curriculum tips http://workshops2020.pbworks.com
21:00:04 From Barbara Dieu : I have resources in French if you are interested Stephanie21:00:17 From Barbara Dieu : I teach English at a French school
21:01:19 From Graham Stanley : Re. parents supporting remote learning, this may help: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=255969049038124
21:01:47 From Vance Stevens : Can I call on Bee and Phil? for any last words?
21:02:06 From Graham Stanley : and this https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/helping-parents-caregivers-support-remote-learning-home
21:02:27 From Vance Stevens : cheers Graham, always helpful with the links
21:02:39 From Heike Philp to Vance Stevens : Can I close with a song?
21:03:01 From Barbara Dieu : Must go now…some other time. Thanks for all and see you.
21:03:49 From Vance Stevens : nice to see you bee, thanks for joining us
21:05:24 From Phil Brown : For each of our contexts, there are significant questions to address relating to (1) Teachers, (2) Students, (3) Parents, (4) Technology (access as well as use, (5) Attitudes & beliefs, plus expectations, … and more, no doubt, but these seem to be recurring considerations and talking points for teachers I’ve heard from around the globe (Phil posted details in the Facebook chat, see below)
21:05:58 From Vance Stevens : I wanted to ask you to give us a last word phil, are you up for it?
21:06:23 From Nina Liakos : Fascinating discussion, thank you all! I have to hop off now. Wishing you a terrific school year, as well as health for you, your families, and your students.
21:06:54 From Vance Stevens to Heike Philp : heike we’re getting into dinner time, can we do the song next week? We can schedule it 🙂
21:12:36 From Vance Stevens to Heike Philp : next week we can start with a song
21:08:56 From Heike Philp to Vance Stevens : am running a workshop this week
21:08:56 From Phil Brown : Thanks but still percolating a bit, to be honest, and thinking how to add something meaningful and useful in a nutshell 😉
21:17:19 From Mike Kenteris : There’s a nice free MOOC starting soon on Virtual worlds for teaching. Have a look here https://www.facebook.com/groups/vwmooc/
21:18:05 From Vance Stevens : Lot’s of other free webinar opportunities are listed at http://learning2gether.pbworks.com
21:18:33 From Phil Brown : We had a FB Live, yesterday, too on the same topic: https://www.facebook.com/iTDi.Pro/videos/337367387688138/
21:18:51 From Phil Brown : Back to School: From Reactive to Proactive (iTDi Monthly Roundup)
In the past half year, teachers worldwide have stepped up to the challenge of Emergency Remote Teaching. However, we often found ourselves in a reactive mode and struggling with multiple issues.
Now, as many of us head back to school, how are we taking control over our situation with a more proactive approach?
21:19:22 From Phil Brown : Thanks!
21:19:23 From c chee : YouTube. Tai chi baytalk

 

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Maru Del Campo · 8:00 Nicely played Minnie, thanks for sharing your music
Marijana Smolčec · 0:00 Sorry guys I got disconnected abrubtly but we had a sudden power loss and I couldn’t get online for hours!
Philip Shigeo Brown · 1:10:18 Just returning to share 5 practical things for schools/teachers to do/consider … and would love to see other people add theirs, too!

A) Returning face-to-face with social distancing, etc in place
1. Managing ATTITUDES and EXPECTATIONS
– whilst there’s been inevitable and legitimate frustration, concerns, and stress, how we process and deal with it so as not to affect our kids/students is worthy of attention and support.
For example, whilst hearing a couple of teachers naturally lament about all the things they wouldn’t be able to do in class on top of all the new rules they would have to get kids to follow, rather than feeling sorry for the kids, etc some teachers spun the situation for their young learners to treat it as a new game. They invited kids to follow the new path to find their seat, for example, and to use bigger gestures and body language to communicate across the physical gaps. I think we’re being challenged to get more creative but we’ll always find teachers to inspire us along the way when we can’t think of something ourselves.
2. The need for PHYSICAL ACTIVITY and BRAIN BREAKS as so many kids here in Malaysia came back from school inevitably complaining after sitting down for most of 4 hours everyday since schools weren’t allowed to let students out of class. I’m hoping, however, that they can find ways to do this and if short-staffed, invite parents to volunteer on rotation to enable some classes to be taken outside under adequate supervision (e.g. for a nature walk or biology experiment).
3. Be PREPARED to return to online classes in the event of a local outbreak or second wave (as we’ve seen in a number of countries already).
B) Online classes
A few schools I’ve observed and/or consulted with took certain helpful steps to support their teachers with the transition to Emergency Remote Teaching, notably:
1. Having 2 teachers and/or a staff member host in each online class. Firstly, this mitigated against a teacher losing their internet connection (as the other teacher could step in if needed), and, secondly, enabled teachers to focus on their teaching, whilst someone else focused on the tech and admin.
2. Lesson rehearsals online with other teachers (i.e. peer-teaching practice). Although this added to teachers’ prep time, it evitably led to better quality classes with peer-support and feedback. From checking technology to improving instructions as well as seeing how well activities might run online compared to the classroom – teachers really benefitted from this. Many teachers needed to think how they could FLIP learning or use a BLENDED approach to ensure greater interaction and personalisation online – and this was completely new territory for most of them.

 

Philip Shigeo Brown · 31:03 @Chee – a lot of teachers and parents initially hoped that we’d be back in school after a couple of weeks, then a month. But after 6 months of closure, and May came around, the reality sunk in that it was going to be a few months. Combined with the fact that everyone had begun to get used to the range of SOPs governing our daily lives, it seemed to make it easy to get everyone onboard with putting things online more consistently. However, there were notable differences between what individuals could do, either due to technological know-how, access, work-family-life situation, etc.
However, it was apparent that with better coordination regionally as well as nationally, teachers’ workload could have been substantially reduced simply by not having everyone reinventing the wheel for their own classes. For example, if they’d set up teams across the region or country for each subject and year group, they could feasibly have created online Quizizzes, video lessons, and PDFs for the entire term. A team of leading teachers in each district could have worked on one unit each, for example, then just compiled the efforts from around the region/country.
Anyway, at least Quizizz were easy to copy and edit plus share, so these quickly became popular among teachers from the ground up, esp as they were very well received by the kids.
On returning to schools, as a parent, I wish they’d kept the Google Classrooms and/or at least continued to update parents (e.g. via Whatsapp) with what’s being covered at school since not all students have chosen or been able to return to school, even if the majority have. It’s also a pity that they haven’t continued to use Quizizz which (a) lead to students trying and retrying questions repeatedly and enjoyably, plus (b) reduce teachers’ marking load. Overall, the tech used during ERT basically seems to have been a stopgap with a missed opportunity to innovate teaching and learning, unfortunately, at least for now.
Philip Shigeo Brown · 27:37 Thanks for sharing, @Cheikh Oumar Ba. Like yourself, Malaysia is mostly characterised by more traditional teaching approaches (i.e. teacher-centred, chalk and talk) and large class numbers with no real use of tech.
When classes switched to online in April one month after lockdown, public schools just used Google Classroom to post assignments but mostly communicated via WhatsApp. Many students, as well as parents and teachers, didn’t necessarily have access to the internet (either due to coverage and/or lack of devices).
At first, kids didn’t have their schoolbooks so some teachers made worksheets or quizzes with Google Forms or Quizizz. Once parents were able to collect their books, most teachers just informed students/parents which pages to read in their textbook and what workbook pages to complete. Some lessons were shared via Youtube and national TV.
Philip Shigeo Brown · 22:30 Marijana Smolčec – must be a lot of stress/anxiety but hopefully as decisions are made and issues resolved, teachers and parents will have more certainty which will help with planning, etc.
Here in Malaysia, government schools started to go back from July after 4 months of lockdown. There are up to 40 students to class with 1m social distancing and optional masks. Later, they recommended wear masks after a small outbreak in one part of the country. New case numbers have, however, been under 30 news cases/day, thankfully for the past month. Kids have to stay at their desks for 4 hours, except to go to the toilet.
Private kindergartens and tuition centre had more stringent SOPs.
Philip Shigeo Brown · 18:09 Great suggestion, Heike Philp, to use a mobile phone as a mic to pass around.
Do you get feedback issues or can that be resolved by just muting/unmuting the main computer and mobile device?
Philip Shigeo Brown · 9:06 Good to use art and music in class, too, even if only for brain breaks!
Philip Shigeo Brown · 7:43 Nice idea, Heike, to do art during that, too! 🙂
Philip Shigeo Brown · 3:20 Beautiful playing, Minnie. So glad it was recorded 🙂 Thank you!
Marijana Smolčec · 7:25 clap, clap
Marijana Smolčec · 4:08 I am a bit late, love the music 🙂


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Earlier Events

Sat 29 Aug noon UTC – Vance Stevens and Heike Philp present Bouncing Talk to teachers in Egypt

https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/29/vance-stevens-and-heike-philp-present-on-blended-learning-and-the-future-of-education-at-teaching-esl-hub-bouncing-talks-series/

Sat 29 Aug 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

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

VSTE recommends setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here:
https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

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

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

Time where you are Aug 15, 9-11 am EDT, 1300 UTC

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Sat+Aug+29%2C+9-11+EDT+-+VSTE+Second+Life+Saturdays&iso=20200829T09&p1=212&ah=2

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.

Please follow us 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.

Sat 29 Aug 3 pm UK Phil Longwell at IATEFL webinar on student collaboration in Zoom breakout rooms

See https://twitter.com/teacherphili/status/1298152168701276160 to find where

Phil Longwell @teacherphili invites people via twitter to join him this Saturday for an in-depth look at Breakout Rooms (Groups).

This will be the second @iatefl_ltsig Monthly webinar, a workshop where you are invited to fully take an active part!

DM @teacherphili for the classroom link!

Many appear to be going according to the lengthy Twitter thread. Most of the messages are about how to DM Phil, since you can’t DM someone unless they follow you. So when someone tweets they have a problem, Phil DMs that he’s followed them. Problem solved, sort of.

Sat 29 Aug 1730 ET Catlin Tucker on Silver Lining for Learning

Silver Lining for Learning is a podcast by Scott McLeod which takes place every Saturday, presumably at around this time

Episode 24 | Blended and online learning with Catlin Tucker

by Scott McLeod

Over the spring and summer there was one name I heard on the lips of P-12 educators more than any other. On August 29 at 5:30pm Eastern (USA), we are delighted to have Dr. Catlin Tucker as our guest on Silver Lining for Learning. Hope you can join us!

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Vance Stevens and Heike Philp present on blended learning and the future of education at Teaching ESL Hub Bouncing Talks series

Learning2gether Episode 486
During this event I said it was episode 485. That was just an estimate 🙂

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Vance recorded the event in full desktop view using Camtasia

In this webinar, Maha interviewed Vance Stevens and Heike Philp about “comparing and contrasting ideas on blended learning … ” She asked us to consider these 4 questions:

  • What  do you think  of blended learning? Is it the best choice?
  • How has this changed along your experiences?
  • What practical examples of teachers you trained reflect this?
  • What do you think of the future of education?

Vance wrote out his answers here: https://tinyurl.com/bouncing2020blended

Maha Hassan had invited Heike Philp and Vance Stevens to participate in
“a new round of talks in August. We call it Bouncing Talks where we will invite two guests as a kind of panel where they would talk about similar topics comparing and contrasting their points of view.”

Maha’s invitation said:

We will be meeting @Heike Philp and @Vance Stevens for the Second Bouncing Talk about Blended Learning and the future of education.

We’ll be in Zoom but if you can’t find the link you can join us on Facebook: Teaching ESL HUB [LIVE]
https://www.facebook.com/events/655499558705891/

 


Facebook Chat Logs

Teaching ESL HUB was live.
Ayat Tawel · 1:42 Hi lovely people.. can’t find the zoom link . So will follow on FB
Rochelle Jauod Ubiña · 2:50 Good evening from Commonwealth, Quezon City, Philippines
Nesreen Sayed · 7:13 Hi
Houcine Fendou · 8:46 Good afternoon
Ma Eleta M Asuncion · 11:19 Blessed day
Ayat Tawel · 12:34 Maha Hassan can you post the zoom link here ?
Ahmed Magdy El-Nagar · 14:06 Ahmed Gohar
Rikki Evanz · 14:27 Blended learning is a hybrid of of asynchronous and synchronous learning.
Ahmed Magdy El-Nagar · 15:34 Good luck, Miss Maha Hassan 🙂
Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul · 15:48 hello From Bangladesh
Heike Philp · 16:53 May I ask you all, what is blended learning for you? and how does this work for your students?
Heike Philp · 17:57 Thank you Rikki, a hybrid of asynchronous and synchronous learning
Heike Philp · 19:35 hi Ayat, I will paste the link to Zoom in privat chat ok?
Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul · 22:08 hello From Bangladesh
Heike Philp · 23:59 hi Ahsan, great you joined
Heike Philp · 24:05 and Ionela, lovely to see you
Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul · 24:48 Heike Philp @thanks
Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul · 28:11 excellent presentation
Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul · 30:23 thanks From Bangladesh Open University. Bangladesh 🇧🇩
MT Hoque · 32:25 Hi teachers, l an so happy to have you. Thank you very much for so much beneficial live class.
Heike Philp · 33:33 so what do you use?
Teaching ESL HUB · 33:26 Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul thank you Ahsan for joining us
Ahsan Ul Kabir Mukul · 35:12 I am so happy to with you
Hari Singh Karki · 36:07 Glad to join you from Nepal
Ionela C. Mateș · 19:23 Hello from Romania
Heike Philp · 38:34 May I ask the question to all of you: what do you think of blended learning and what do you use?
Heike Philp · 38:48 do you have an LMS in place and which one?
Michael Birch · 43:48 It’s easy to assume that the passive ones are underachievers, but it’s not necessarily the case. Maybe they find the MOOC materials too limited or prescriptive.
Heike Philp · 56:18 what apps or tools do you know about on doing assessment
Hanaa M. Khamis · 59:10 ELSA Speak
Heike Philp · 1:02:08 hi Hanaa – lovely to hear from you
Heike Philp · 1:02:10 🙂
Julie Diamantakou · 1:03:45 It is definitely going to be less time consuming for students.
Heike Philp · 1:05:16 Julie, fabulous point, special educational needs
Heike Philp · 1:05:50 this is a big question
Heike Philp · 1:06:24 oh, big point
Heike Philp · 1:05:45 could technology help provide access for learners or prevent them from having access
Hanaa M. Khamis · 1:07:26 Same issue v equity
Rikki Evanz · 1:09:35 Thank you everyone. 🍀
Heike Philp · 1:10:12 http://www.menti.com 4438955
Heike Philp · 1:10:22 thank you so much
Julie Diamantakou · 1:10:39 thank you very much!!!!
Nesreen Sayed · 1:11:08 Thanks alot
Julie Diamantakou · 1:11:03 appreciate it.!!!
Nesreen Sayed · 1:11:49 Bye
Heike Philp · 58:56 and last question: what do you think is the future of education
Hanaa M. Khamis · 1:01:06 Less of traditional test types
Teaching ESL HUB · 0:00 Sure Hanaa M. Khamis I totally agree 🙂
Rikki Evanz · 46:56 Ever since, we teachers have been stepping up to make our lesson or instruction engaging and effective. I reckon we need to leverage technologies to humanize teaching and learning.
Teaching ESL HUB · 1:02:42 If you have any questions for Vance or Heike please write it here in the comments.
Hanaa M. Khamis · 1:06:24 Q: Is MS Teams an efficient n user-friendly platform?
Julie Diamantakou · 1:02:22 Online learning is not going to work with young learners.and especially for those with dyslexic and those with attention deficit.
Teaching ESL HUB · 0:00 Julie Diamantakou The problem is that they need a guide or a parent to be with them. I have heard for a specialist that special needs students enjoy the private attention they get from online sessions. Do you agree with this?
Syeda Fozia Naz · 1:05 HELLO

 


Promotion and Feedback

The event was promoted on Learning2gether in the usual way as follows

An event was set at Learning2gether and shared with the following Facebook groups
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And posted as a message at this Groups.io
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And on twitter:
https://twitter.com/VanceS/status/1299931471847632896

Maha promoted her event at the Teaching ESL Hub
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The event was streamed on Facebook

 

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This says: Here is the link to our latest Bouncing Talk with Heike Philp and Vance Stevens last Saturday on our You Tube Channel
https://youtu.be/S5QTHtsNUEM

 


Earlier Events

Tue 25 Aug 0001 UTC or Mon 24 Aug ET Minecraft Monday – All about banners

https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/25/vste-minecraft-mondays-for-aug-24-2020-learning-how-to-make-banners/#EarlierEvents

 

Tue 25 Aug 16:00 EDT TESOL RCIS Social Hour on Race and Racial (In)justice for English Learner Students Around the World

Ilene Winokur hosts the RCIS Social Hour on Tuesday, August 25th at 4:00 PM EDT. The Social Hour is an informal monthly event for sharing casual conversation and ideas about a topic of interest to TESOL members. This month’s topic is Race and Racial (In)justice for English Learner Students Around the World.

We’ll talk about the challenges teachers and students face and discuss different approaches to overcoming those challenges to create an equitable and inclusive space for our learners and ourselves. Your questions and suggestions are highly encouraged and valued since it’s a conversation among professional colleagues.

The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88644767481

 

Wed 26 Aug noon UTC Create Connection & Build Community Through Play!

Judy Wong wants us to know “It’s Free!!!! Join Me!!! …Especially my tribe on the other side of the globe!!!!…Join me and the amazing Magoa Hanke…Wednesday!! August 26th at 8am NY time… Click here for your time: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/…&

RSVP here now:”

https://www.globalplaybrigade.org/event/create-connection-build-community-through-play-10/?fbclid=IwAR1JUGmrjGQK4nknoyuh64qlOrTNUU0_IlrQrFjCnsW2AuyGs_9L_Tpxu1w

Here is the session description at the link above

Join our weekly hour-long play “workout” for people of all ages around the world! Take a play break with your family or on your own – suitable for children, teens, adults and elders! Create connection and community while having fun – alleviate stress and anxiety through play. Bring whatever you have to play with … emotions, language, humor, your challenges and your hopes for our world. Hosted by international performance activist and comic educator, Marian Rich, and an international team of co-facilitators. This week’s co-facilitator is Judy Wong. Sessions are conducted in English.

I had another event at that time but I attended this one when it began. It started out with music playing which was disorienting for newcomers since it prevented communication with others (I was let into the room 8 minutes after the top of the hour – it was possible I had been let in late after the meeting had already started through I was on time). The music had a purpose as a mood-setter, and we were then to put in our feelings into the text chat. By then I said I was feeling conflicted since I was already late for my other meeting, and excused myself that I needed to leave. I existed as another musical segment started playing.

https://www.globalplaybrigade.org/events/

 

Wed 26 Aug 1700 UTC- TESOL Intercultural Communication Interest Section Coffee Hour on Building classroom community

TESOL’s Intercultural Communication Interest Section will be hosting their next coffee hour on Wednesday, 8/26 at 1:00 p.m. EST on the topic of building inclusive classroom community in language and intercultural communication courses.

Coffee hours start with about 15 minutes of welcome and sharing content, 25 minutes in breakout rooms with others, and about 15 minutes for sharing out ideas as a whole group. Come share your thoughts and walk away with some new ideas!

Zoom invitation:
Time: Aug 26, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://psu.zoom.us/j/96373160021

 

Wed 26 Aug 1800 UTC 6th NileTESOL PD Coffee Night

Hanaa M. Khamis wants to know …

Have you ever seen any bizarre/unique customs & traditions around the world as an ESOL practitioner in some international cultural encounters? Participate with a 3~5-min talk in which you express how this may have caused funny/awkward/uneasy moments of misunderstanding, but has become a teachable moment about tolerance and openness to others.

Speakers: Achama Isaac, Anastasia Jean, Fatmah Azam Ali, Hind Elkhatim Elyas, Maria Bossa, Salma Tarek Al-Feqqi 

 

Fri 28 Aug noon UTC Mick King on TESOL Career Path PD Net

The requisite screenshot selfie:

Here’s the recording with chat logs and transcription of the spoken audio

https://su.zoom.us/rec/play/vZZ8I7itqmg3E9bAtQSDV6N5W42-f_qs2iFK-foMzxm3BiECOgWiNbITYbPxTliOcwfOTNfORrbo1EjZ?continueMode=true&fbclid=IwAR3SkKBI_gayp2EHXU-qS4QqfyC1XNQhC_F7g4VDl8PZg_w49zMdovoaA4o

Liz follows up with thoughts on resiliance

 

Fri-Sun 28-30 Aug VWEDU Opensim Fest 2020

#VWEDU: Update 8/17/2020 . Opensim Fest 2020 coming August 28-30 STÖMOL is a feature-length sci-fi video done in Second Life®

https://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2020/08/vwedu-update-8132020-opensim-fest-2020.html

Information at the above link is robo-churned, but there is a website for Opensim Fest here
https://web.opensimfest.org/

There are buttons there for:

There is a video you can watch: https://youtu.be/mrDuZ7urdHc

The video says that with 60 days to go all the “performers” were signed up, but they were looking for “exhibitors, merchants, and volunteers”

and then there is this stipulation …

And that’s all I know …

 

 

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VSTE Minecraft Mondays for Aug 24, 2020 – Learning how to make banners

Learning2gether Episode 485

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Minecraft Mondays met this month on August 24th instead of the normal first Monday of the month. Because there were no students present I was granted permission to record it. This one was …

All About Banners

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K4sons says, “I believe it was Mainecakes who suggested this topic. How do you make banners in Minecraft? So, We will explore banners in creative and survival. I’ve been trading for banners of various colors from villagers so we will have plenty to choose from there.

Come make banners with us! We will be in creative at /warp banners. Bring your knowledge because we don’t know it all.

Let’s have fun creating patterns and using color. In this image I turned my banner into a shield. Do you think my flowered shield will scare away mobs?”

K4sons posted the link to her slide show on Discord:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lbpJEy0icWhBaE3VA7VB6VGwdJiOBAzDDZmx7FYEYTQ/edit#slide=id.p


How to join the regular VSTE events

About this intitiative, https://vste.org/upcoming-events-virtual-environments-pln/
Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VSTEVEPLN/

Basic directions to join VSTE Place, VSTE’s Minecraft world

The VSTE Virtual Environments PLN is proud to maintain a Minecraft world for educators who want to learn more about Minecraft for teaching and learning and for educators who just love to play in Minecraft. We meet nearly every month on the first Monday of the month from 8 to 9 PM eastern time. The server is open all the time.

You must have a computer Minecraft account from https://minecraft.net/en/ to join.

  • There is a one time fee of $26.95.
  • Download and install the software.
  • Choose multiplayer
  • Add a server: Suggested name VSTE Place; it’s IP address: minecraft.vste.org:11002.
  • Our server is protected. You will need to be whitelisted to enter. Email Kim Harrison at K4sons@gmail.com from an educational email address with your real name and Minecraft account name.

Please note the new server address:  minecraft.vste.org:11002

The old address still works. Visit it for a unique and changing experience! 
VSTE Place IP 69.175.17.26:25565

Voice chat with other players in Discord

Discord is a voice and screen sharing application that will run on your computer or mobile device.

  1. Download and install it for free.
  2. Create an account. Many of us use the same name for our Discord account as our Minecraft account to keep things simple.
  3. Our channel is https://discord.gg/nDX4mZv

It helps us to be able to play Minecraft in one screen and listen via Discord with earbuds or headphones.

Here are directions for joining the VSTE VE PLN in Second Life

If you don’t have a Second Life account get one

  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.


Earlier Events

Sun 16 Aug noon UTC Doris and Minnie at the 21st Weekly Webheads Revival Open Mic FUNinar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/16/doris-molero-and-minnie-wang-edutain-us-at-the-21st-weekly-webheads-sandbox-open-mic-funinar/
 

Tue 18 Aug Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy: Bridging the Gap hosted by TESOL’s Social Responsibility Interest Section (SRIS)

Thank you TESOL’s Social Responsibility Interest Section (SRIS)
for posting the link to the recording of Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy: Bridging the Gap, and here is the link to the webinar recording: https://youtu.be/W1va-ljSaiA

Wed 19 Aug 1800 UTC NileTESOL IATEFL debate on physical classroom vs remote learning

https://tinyurl.com/niletesol-pd-debate3 to connect with Zoom room

Wed-Fri 19-21 Aug free online Conference on English Studies in India

There is a 3-day National Conference on ENGLISH STUDIES IN INDIA : CHALLENGES, POLICIES AND POSSIBILITIES during August 19 – 21, 2020.

There is no Conference Registration Fee.
Here is the link to register online : http://thegaes.org/conference-registration

Sat 22 Aug 1100 UTC MAPSTAMP Workshop on Digital Imagery, Motion Graphics, Visual Communication

MAPSTAMP is pleased to invite you to attend one of the many series of our Professional Development Workshop this weekend.

In this workshop, we will introduce you to Digital Imagery, Motion Graphics, Visual Communication

The workshop will run for 3hrs if all goes well

https://meet.google.com/bvp-igfa-brc

I attended the introductions, but becuase I had a bandage on my face that I didn’t think looked well in my web cam, I did not remain in the Google Meet. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a recording.

Sat 22 Aug 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

I dropped by to chat with the ladies and Driver Fallen

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.

You can join us next Saturday.  If you don’t have a Second Life account get one for free.

VSTE recommends setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here (I have no idea why): https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

 

Sat 22 Aug 1400 UTC Maha Hassan hosts Patrice Palmer and Heather Donnelly in Bouncing Talk on Teacher well-being and self-care

Patrice Palmer and Heather Donnelly will be joining Maha Hassan for the First Bouncing Talk 🙂
Both will bounce talks on Teacher well-being and self-care.

Register on the following Link
https://forms.gle/kC8zeRCpspmCWMAo8
Note that the form requires that you submit a phone number. If you don’t have one you wish to provide, you can join the event on this Facebook PAGE: Teaching ESL HUB [LIVE]

EVENT LINK and recording
https://www.facebook.com/events/655499558705891/

 

Sun 23 Aug Claire Siskin speaks at ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 on Supporting Learners in Autonomous Learning

ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 – Session 18
“Supporting Learners in Autonomous Learning”
23 August 2020 (Sunday) – 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Register at https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/ELTAI18

Moderator:
Dr Harleen Kaur
ELT@I NCR-Greater Noida Chapter

Speaker:
Dr Claire Bradin Siskin

I’m writng Claire to see if there is a recording
https://www.screencast.com/t/M0ijh4gRUK

She replied: Here is the recording of Sunday’s webinar on autonomous learning:
https://event.webinarjam.com/go/replay/23/y1vy4i0uzumur

It asks for name, email, and phone number, but actually you can just type in anything, and it will let you in. (When I tried this, it needed any text string, any string with an @ and a .com in in it, and any number – I used 1234567).

This Webinarjam platform is disconcerting because there seems to be no controller bar to control the video in terms of fast forwarding, going back, etc.   If you can figure out a way to control the video, please let me know! 🙂 (I discovered you could click on the video to stop it and click again and it would resume, but that’s all.)

Mon 24 Aug noon ET B-MEIS Webinar: Do Black Lives Matter in Bilingual Education?

B-MEIS Webinar: Do Black Lives Matter in Bilingual Education?”.
Date Time: Aug 24, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Doris Molero and Minnie Wang edutain us at the 21st Weekly Webheads Sandbox Open Mic FUNinar


You are welcome to download this audio:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/2020-08-16-21stwebheads_audio_only.m4a?

Learning2gether Episode 484
21st Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
38th TALIN webinar in a series of 38

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At last Sunday’s Learning2gether/Webheads webinar, Doris Molero invited Minnie (Michelle Wang) from China to join her project where she teaches English by having her students develop narratives that revolve around historical scenes set in virtual worlds. She invited Minnie to participate in the part described here.

As Doris says, this Sunday, I can show you what the project is about and maybe Minnie can give us some tips on how to make it more accurate. We already have in place a representation of what there is in the series in a creative way, but it’s not a historical site like the ones you find in a museum. We can talk about the terracotta army and the tomb.. This is episode 3 and 4 in the project. I have already set the site and the tools and the quest and gaming elements.

Doris has encouraged Minnie to contribute a musical background to the project. Last week, Minnie showed us two instruments that she plays. She said that she is “going to share at least one music on each instrument on the coming Sunday.”

Minnie explains about her instruments: In Chinese, we say Guzheng for the one with 21 strings. It used to have 38, 16, 8, and 25 strings in history, now mostly 21. It was first used as an instrument in 2500 years ago.  And Guqin, the one with 7 strings, first appeared more than 3000 years ago. The culture behind the instruments is splendid, amazing. My English language is limited, but that would be in a long email in future.

Here are the names in Chinese and links where you can hear their correct pronunciation

Find [gǔ zhēng] pronunciation at https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%AD%9D/66910

古筝 (弹拨乐器)

Find [gǔ qín] pronunciation at
https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%90%B4/6153

古琴(弹拨乐器)

This kind of instrument is called Chinese zither, or gin,
https://www.britannica.com/art/qin-musical-instrument

Minnie sent me a website in Chinese which she translates as follows

The Guqin,is also called Chinese ancient zither or Qixianqin (Chinese severn-string zither). It was first made about 3000 years ago, according to the figure of a phoenix. It can also be said to correspond to the human body, and more than that.

The body of the Guqin is of a length that represents 365 or 366 days of the year (it is about 3 chi 6 cun and 5 or 6 fen long.[about 120-125cm). It has an arc-shaped face and a flat bottom, which symbolize heaven and earth respectively. Its head is six cun wide, symbolizing the six aspects, heaven, earth and four directions, in harmony; and the tail is four, symbolizing four seasons. Below the forehead of the Guqin is a high bridge called the “great mountain”. The strings look like water. High Mountain and Flowing Water are two Guqin masterpieces of music. Its two pegs, are called the goose feet (yanzhu), and are used to support its body, to tie the strings, and also to hang it on the wall.

The Guqin originally had only five strings, which are meant to represent the five elements, gold, wood, water, fire, and earth, with five notes, gōng shāng jué zhǐ yǔ [kind of do re mi so la], symbolizing the five social hierarchies of emperor, minister, people, matter, objects. Later, Zhou Wenwang and Zhou Wuwang [father and son,kings in Sang dynasty.] added two strings of wen and wu [whose characters mean letters and martial arts] to symbolize the harmony between the monarch and the minister.

The underside of the base has two sound holes, the larger of which is called the “dragon pond”, and the smaller “phoenix pool” . Each qin is given a unique name, which is engraved on the back side or inside of the instrument, along with date it was made, and poems and seals of the maker.

There are 13 dots of ivory, jade, or mother-of-pearl [the rich ones use gold ] that indicate pitch positions, the right place to make overtone, symbolize 12 months a year and the intercalary month added every few years to synchronize the lunar calendar with the solar calendar. In the middle there is the biggest dot, which represents the lord’s , the other are smaller ones represents the ministers’.

In performance Guqin symbolize the union of heaven, earth and mankind, which are represented by overtone, open sound and stopped sound. A stop sound could be amazing by adopting the four skills yin (quick trill), nao (slow trill), chuo (upward portamento [pitch bending]) and zhu (downward portamento).
In my point of view, it is the sound of nature and of peace, it is the sound of soothng and of healing.

Minnie also provided a link to recordings of her playing the Gugin.
https://www.ximalaya.com/yinyue/28733352/252645787

She explains
There are five recordings here of me playing Guqin. The music, Threefold of Yangguan, was from a poem written by Wang Wei in Tang dynasty

A Farewell Song

No dust is raised on the road wet with morning rain;
The willows by the hotel look so fresh and green.
I invite you to drink a cup of wine again;
West of Sunny Pass no more friends will be seen.

[Wangwei’s poem, song yuaner shi anxi, translated by Xu Yuanchong]


Zoom Chat Logs

2020-08-16webheads21

20:28:20 From Doris Molero : https://www.lucasinfografia.com/Terracotta-Warriors
20:29:58 From Doris Molero : https://www.chinadiscovery.com/shaanxi/xian/terracotta-warriors/terracotta-warriors-facts.html
20:30:25 From Doris Molero : http://39.104.142.130/html/public/zl/500yvr/bc726d2972a949c180c4f85216e6c5ea.html
20:33:32 From Doris Molero : https://edpuzzle.com/media/5ec3e32a9daeb23eef0b0f07/
20:36:57 From c chee : very interesting
20:37:33 From Helena : Doris the background music is loud. we can hear you
20:37:45 From Helena : yes Vance
20:40:23 From Helena : 259 BC
20:40:43 From Helena : oh that’s right
20:43:11 From Vance Stevens : thanks helena
20:43:32 From Doris Molero : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/65/154/514
20:43:34 From Helena : slurl
20:45:28 From Michael Birch : just googled second life china. It seems you do need a VPN
20:46:49 From Doris Molero : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/155/147/74
20:48:11 From Vance Stevens : we are recording, I’m getting sound cut outs too
20:49:48 From Michael Birch : but now I found another site which says secondlife is available in China! (shoulder shrug)
20:51:27 From Vance Stevens : [gǔ zhēng] Pronunciation at https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%AD%9D/66910 古筝 (弹拨乐器) [gǔ qín] pronunciation at https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8F%A4%E7%90%B4/6153 古琴(弹拨乐器) This kind of instrument is called Chinese zither, or gin, https://www.britannica.com/art/qin-musical-instrument
20:53:43 From Doris Molero : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit
20:53:52 From Doris Molero : This is the link to the VWMOOC 2020
20:54:11 From Vance Stevens : Thanks Doris
20:55:34 From Michael Birch : this post dates back to 2015 but the dns checker still works https://community.secondlife.com/forums/topic/362139-sl-acces-from-china-and-hong-kong/
20:58:53 From c chee : they have WeChat
20:59:16 From c chee : no they can’t
20:59:25 From c chee : China block
21:01:22 From Vance Stevens : https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/09/20th-weekly-webheads-revival-sandbox-minnie-demonstrates-dingtalk-for-language-learning/
21:03:26 From Doris Molero : Minnie Monday, August 17⋅9:00 – 10:00am Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77788288215?pwd=eTladzVGYzNZZHQ4ZWo1OVdHN2JNZz09
Description: ────────── Doris Molero le está invitando a una reunión de Zoom programada. Unirse a la reunión Zoom https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77788288215?pwd=eTladzVGYzNZZHQ4ZWo1OVdHN2JNZz09 ID de reunión: 777 8828 8215 Código de acceso: nDy1uj
21:04:05 From Vance Stevens : https://join.secondlife.com/
21:04:31 From Vance Stevens : https://secondlife.com/
21:07:52 From Vance Stevens : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ew-wl9hai5JcMDMxDzhjICell7N4pb4JWClr0JJk75U/edit
21:08:28 From Helena : EduNation Islands on SL and EVO Village have been a hive of teacher activity and I believe you will soon hear more about teaching in-world!
21:09:11 From Vance Stevens : http://evosessions.pbworks.com
21:16:21 From Helena : Thanks for this session, Vance. I’ll have to go earlier but my EVO team and I will be back with more news soon
21:16:52 From Helena : Sorry, I really must go earlier, everyone. See you soon!!
21:17:09 From Doris Molero : Besitos helena!
21:17:11 From Helena : Thanks Doris.
21:17:18 From Helena : Besitos!
21:17:26 From Mike Kenteris : 🙂 Bye Helena
21:17:38 From Helena : Bye, Mike7


Promotion and Feedback

This event was held in Zoom and was posted to these Facebook Groups

And posted as a message at this Groups.io
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/topic/76182840

And streamed from Zoom on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/

 

And this is what our friends were saying in the Facebook chat

Jane Chien · 43:54 Hello 👋 I’m here, too! Wow! I can hear traditional Chinese music. What dynasty is that?
Jane Chien · 52:46 Is that for EVO 2021?
Graham Stanley · 0:00 Hello! Watching on Facebook today.
Graham Stanley · 57:19 Fabulous
Jane Chien · 44:43 Are the emperors tomb gold and red?
Jane Chien · 47:57 Oh! Is that built for Emperor Qin Shihuang
Helena Galani · 11:42 Hello from me too!! 🙂
Graham Stanley · 1:12:51 Master Jedi lol
Jane Chien · 52:24 Virtual Mooc?


Farewell to TALIN¹ – Welcome to TALIN²

Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, a.k.a. TALIN1 has been retired,
but TALIN2 (TALIN squared, or Teaching and Learning in the New Normal)
continues as a subset of Learning2gether.net, and as a Facebook group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/talin2020.

You can find a listing of all 38 TALIN webinars between March 30 and August 16, 2020, here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SCMVUGgGXIPOVHru54Jd-KcvCL-R1U_9DieCZ1U2RXg/edit#heading=h.wqv9ty7zzl1l


Earlier Events

Sun 9 Aug noon UTC 20th Weekly Webheads Revival Sandbox and final TALIN1FUNinar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/09/20th-weekly-webheads-revival-sandbox-minnie-demonstrates-dingtalk-for-language-learning/

Mon 10 Aug 1400 ET TESOL TEIS Townhall on how teachers are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

TEIS Townhall (Monday, Aug. 10, 2:00-3:00pm ET): Language Teacher Educators & coping with the  COVID-19 Pandemic

Please join us for a TESOL Teacher Education Interest Section Town Hall on Monday, August 10th from 2:00-3:30 ET. We’ll discuss how teacher educators around the world are coping with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • flexible programming options,
  • teacher education classroom modalities,
  • innovative approaches to student teaching/practicum,
  • and student supports during this challenging time.

Michelle Benegas, TEIS Chair-Elect will moderate.

To join the town hall, register at: zoom.us/meeting/register/…

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

Below is more info from the TEIS’ first townhall on Monday, Aug. 10th
Textual Chat Summary: docs.google.com/document/d/…

You will see  in the text chat summary, feedback to the TESOL “mothership”  namely:

  • Flesh out our Teacher Ed Standards for Online Teaching.
  • Consider making next year (2021) a double-conference year i.e. one online and one in person. TESOL 2020 Virtual Conference was amazing!

Also you will see in the brief summary, current efforts etc. and video sources suggestions that emerged from one of the main concerns expressed i.e. how to provide meaningful practica to teachers.

We at TEIS are cheering on all our colleagues as we begin the new semester. We are in for a “wild ride,”! Whee!

Mon 10 Aug 1700 ET – Teacher’s Perceived Loss of Control During the Pandanemy

TESOL

Hosts:

  • Christel Broady, Ph.D. Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY and
  • Anastasia Khawaja, Ph.D., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

After the TESOL Convention, my TESOL Lounge started a My TESOL Lounge Live where educators/administrators etc from all over the world can come together on zoom various times a month on different days and times to accommodate different time zones to engage on a variety of topics related to TESOL.  It started back in May and went through June.  We took a break in July for the convention, and now the lounge is coming back.  This topic is all about us.  Join Christel Broady and myself on Monday, August 10th 5pm EST to discuss Teacher’s Perceived Loss of Control During the Pandanemy: Coping and Self Care Strategies.  Throughout the spring and summer, our focus has of course been on our students – their well-being, their engagement.  Our professional development has focused around how to work with new technology, new techniques, etc.  But this Monday, we will take a step back and take time to reconnect with ourselves and each other as we share self care strategies and talk about our own needs as we gear up for another busy and still quite unique semester.  Please click on the link below to join.

Topic: Teacher’s Perceived Loss of Control During the Pandanemy: Coping and Self Care Strategies.

For more details register here:
http://tesol.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT05NTAzOTI0JnA9MSZ1PTEwMDg0MzY1MTYmbGk9Nzk0MDg2Nzg/index.html

From me (Vance)
One of the questions when you register is, are you a TESOL member?
You can answer yes or no. I don’t know what happens if you answer no (probably it’s ok)

Christel Broady posted this to Facebook after this event

Christel’s comment: Tonight, I attended a super interesting meeting with reps of the Philippine Department of Education, the US Embassy in Manila, a Relo in Asia,and two English Language Specialists. We collaborate on a project to deliver Professional Development for teachers in the Philippines to address the challenges of the Pandemic. I am proud to be part of this group!

Wed 12 Aug 3 pm EST TESOL Social Responsibility and Teacher Ed  and AL Interest Sections webinar

Please join the Social Responsibility Interest Section an intersection webinar with the Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics Interest Sections! We will be discussing the intersection of social justice in teacher education and applied linguistics and how to bridge theories and practice. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 12th from 3pm-4:30pm EST which is 7pm GMT. Please note that by registering, you will get a recording of the webinar if you aren’t able to attend. But we hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please let me know:)
my.tesol.org/events/…

Sat 15 Aug 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

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

VSTE recommends setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here:
https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

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

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

 

Sat 15 Aug Silverlining Learning Episode 22 conversation with Stephen Heppel

https://silverliningforlearning.org/episode-22-a-conversation-with-stephen-heppell/

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The date of this update is August 25, 2020 06:00 UTC

20th Weekly Webheads Revival Sandbox – Minnie from China demonstrates DingTalk for language learning


You can download this audio here:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/2020-08-09-19_20thwebheads_audio_only.m4a?

Learning2gether Episode 483
20th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
and the 37th and final TALIN¹ webinar

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On August 9, 2020, Webheads in Action were at it again, in the usual open mic-inar format.

 

In this video: https://youtu.be/z71i0eZ0E00 Minnie from China shows us an app, DingTalk, that she and 70 other students in her group were using to learn English under the direction of Han Chee, a teacher living in Texas who has been involved in teaching English online to Chinese for some time. Chee joined us in the discussion, as did Doris Molero, Heike Philp, and Maru Del Campo. Doris asked Minnie to participate in her project where she is having her students develop personal narratives of a visit to the terracotta warriors in Xian, China. Minnie showed us her collection of Chinese classical musical instruments and promised us a concert soon. Stay tuned!

Before that, Vance had explained the transition from TALIN1 – Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, to TALIN Squared – Teaching and Learning in the New Normal, as explained at https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

Many of us realize that we are all passing through a world where the old normal was the problem. Many are hoping to return somehow to that old world, and hopefully some of the things we truly miss and wish to preserve will be recoverable. But if we see that in many glaring respects, the old way of doing things was unsustainable, so how do we escape the all too obvious untenabilities of the old order and carry ourselves into a more enlightened future? And as regards education, and so much else, what does that future look like when we do emerge from this pandemic and are in a position to recover from the overriding disease of which the pandemic was but a symptom, in our past?

Read more about this below


Zoom Chat Logs

20:07:17 From Heike Philp : Rethink
20:07:48 From Heike Philp : Podcasts
20:08:19 From Heike Philp : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08gt1ry/episodes/downloads
20:14:05 From Vance Stevens : http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/
20:14:52 From Heike Philp : I love Learning2gether
20:15:16 From Vance Stevens : https://www.facebook.com/groups/talin2020/
20:19:17 From Heike Philp : Dingtalk
20:19:25 From Heike Philp : looks like Skype

In the image below, Minnie is recording her voice as she talks us through the app

2020-08-09recording

Below, she converts the recording to text by selecting an option in the app

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Here is the result of the speech to text … 

2020-08-09recording2textResult

Now she requests a translation of the transcribed speech

2020-08-09recording2textTranslate

In this way, students can speak to one another, get text renditions of that speech, and translations of the speech to text into their native language, all in one app

2020-08-09recording2textTranslateResult

20:27:43 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : ROSETA stone
20:34:43 From Doris Molero : Can you write the name of the app in the chat?
20:41:12 From Vance Stevens : chromebook
20:41:15 From Doris Molero : chromebook
20:42:49 From Heike Philp : fyi, I am on the road now… am listening using mobile
20:44:25 From Doris Molero : Great! always connected!
20:49:25 From Vance Stevens : Stevens, V. (2002). A day in the life of an online language educator. TESL-EJ 6, 3. http://tesl-ej.org/ej23/int.html
20:51:01 From Vance Stevens : Wu, Junjie Gavin. (2018). Mobile Collaborative Learning in a Chinese Tertiary EFL Context.TESL-EJ, Volume 22, Number 2, Available: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume22/ej86/ej86int/. Also available at: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej86/int.pdf; pp. 1-15.
21:05:16 From Vance Stevens : Xian
21:07:20 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : You are so wonderful Doris!


Promotion and Feedback

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

And posted as a message at this Groups.io,:
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32695

And streamed from Zoom on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/


What is TALIN?

Sunday August 9 could be the last time we hold what we call a TALIN webinar, as we transition from TALIN¹ – Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN to TALIN Squared – Teaching and Learning in the New Normal, as explained at https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

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So, what does TALIN2, Teaching and Learning in New Normal, look like?

TALIN as an idea and concept continues as long as educators are operating under circumstances that force them to grapple with meeting their students online and engaging them in quality education. But now that this is becoming the new normal, speakers are less attracted to presenting in a forum dedicated to the purpose for which this movement was started. It has come time for TALIN to merge into mainstream Learning2gether, which has been going on since 2010 b.c. (before covid).

At my blog post here:
https://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2020/04/teacher-training-in-time-of-covid-19.html I noted that Webheads in Action had been experiencing a revival that

accelerated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This prompted me to take yet another initiative which I called TALIN, Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN. The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in “numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.”

I go on to report that TALIN

has held or is planning a webinar every two days through the first three weeks in April. I expect this to be sustained for as long as schools are closed for the pandemic, but the group is under my https://Learning2gether.net umbrella, and its activities should extend the number of podcasts produced under that project since 2010 to well over 450.

TALIN gained greater traction than expected, and by now, since March 30, we have had 37 open mic-inars and more formal webinars conducted under the TALIN umbrella and increased the number of Learning2gether episodes up to 483.

Looking back on this, we see that this set of webinars was prompted by a desire expressed by Webheads co-founder Michael Coghlan to revive the Webheads weekly meetings on the assumption that we all shared a need for online contact to help counteract the anomie of lockdown.

Soon afterwards Jane Chien and I organized our Best of EVO presentations in three separate sessions online in response to the cancelation of the on-site event scheduled at the Denver TESOL convention. These events were timed to take place in the same week in which they were originally scheduled to be held at the physical conference, as a proof of concept that such events need not be postponed due to inability of participants to convene face-to-face.

Over the next four months, we heard from Barbara Dieu and Susana Canelo from quarantine in Brazil and Argentina, and we learned about SOFLA (Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach) from Laine Marshall, Simplifica from Carla Arena, and what to expect from Jing’s replacement tool from Rita Zeinstejer. We had a tour of Minecraft conducted by the EVO Minecraft MOOC and VSTE communities at the 2020 Virtual Round Table conference, an introduction from Karen Schwarze on using Natural Language Processing in English Classes, and a webinar from Nick Peachey about useful tools while teaching in lockdown. An incident at Nick’s webinar caused Heike Philp and I to then carry out a systematic study on how to prevent Zoom bombers and present our findings in a series of TALIN webinars.

Dilip Barad in Maharashtra shared with us the remarkable means by which he conducted remote hands-on workshops for huge classes in India, and then he invited Heike Philp, Ania Lian, and I to participate in one such webinar a few weeks later. Meanwhile Heike had taken us on a Virtual Campus tour in OpenSim and Susan Marandi had introduced us to her students taking her CALL professional development courses in Iran.

When Graham Stanley started appearing regularly at our events in his virtual Facerig and real-world pandemic face mask guises, he had us play-testing Miro and interactive storytelling games. When Laine Marshall and Ilka Kostka produced an article for TESL-EJ on SOFLA for a column I was editing, I trialed the idea in a virtual workshop I was giving for doctoral students in Morocco.

When Gavin Dudeney thoughtfully broached the question recently, “Why the Obsession With Tools?” some of us realized we indeed had such an addiction which we have recently started to question, as well as develop, and justify as best we could, keeping in mind best practices.

We’ve had many engaged and engaging participants as well in our open mic sessions, and I may have even left out a presenter or two, but the full list of all 37 TALIN webinars can be found in our archive of TALIN1 webinars here,
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SCMVUGgGXIPOVHru54Jd-KcvCL-R1U_9DieCZ1U2RXg/edit#heading=h.yqegqcfk99e0

All this shows us that this effort has been thoroughly worthwhile, but now we are beyond the emergency online teaching stage for which TALIN1 was created. Now many of us are entering TALIN2 and having to decide how to cope with returning to school, or continuing to teach online, or both. So by moving into TALIN2, we enter a phase where we go beyond Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) and enter the era of school reopenings.

In taking that ongoing discussion back to Learning2gether, I have no intention of shutting off the flow of webinars; I only mean to channel it from Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, which was where we began and where we met teachers trying to grasp, and help each other with, Emergency Remote Teaching, into a New Normal which is hard to imagine at this writing.

Some schools are attempting to reopen across the board, some are opening fully virtual, and some are attempting a mix of blended, hybrid, covid, you name it. Teachers around the world are wondering how to plan, what to do, what will happen, and very soon now, we’ll all be wanting to know, what happened?

If you have something to contribute to that conversation, please join us at future Learning2gether events, which is where I’ll be channeling energies from now on, as we see what happens with TALIN Squared – Teaching and Learning in the New Normal. It has a new superscript, TALIN2, but same hash tag, #talin2020

We can continue to hear each other’s TALIN2 stories in the Facebook group community. The webinars continue as episodes here and at http://learning2gether.pbworks.com .


Earlier Events

Sun 2 Aug noon UTC – 19th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/08/02/fun-at-the-19th-webheads-revival-weekly-sunday-sandbox-openmic-inar-with-green-screens-and-facerig/

Sat 8 Aug 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

VSTE recommends setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

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

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

Sun 9 Aug 1630 India ELTAI Webinar Series on Techniques to learn ESL

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ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 – Session 17
“Multiple Techniques to Learn English as a Second Language”

09 August 2020 (Sunday) 4.30 pm – 5.30 pm

Register at https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/ELTAI17

Moderator: – Akansha Saxena

Speakers

  • Alex Anderson, USA
  • Vaishali Pradhan, Nepal

Special Guest:

  • Lalita Pradeep, Director, SIET, UP

Fri-Sun 7-9 Aug 9th annual 3-day MMVC20

Join educators worldwide at the 9th annual 3-day MMVC20
Moodle MOOT Virtual Conference 2020 (MMVC20)

August 7-9, 2020 (ZOOM Meetings)
https://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=249

Events are scheduled here, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QmO9ak_X2JQKYT3ut9t-9UIVVmemBAFrL60g8BYsE78/edit. Timings are:

  • Fri Aug 7 – from [ 0900 EST / 1300 UTC ] to [ 1500 EST / 1900 UTC ] 9 pm to 3 am in Malaysia
  • Sat Aug 8 – from [ 0900 EST / 1300 UTC ] to [ 1500 EST / 1900 UTC ] 9 pm to 3 am in Malaysia
  • Sun Aug 9 – from [ 0800 EST / 1200 UTC ] to [ 1500 EST / 1900 UTC ] 8 pm to 3 am in Malaysia

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The date of this update is August 12, 2020 04:00 UTC

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


You are free to download this audio
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/2020-08-02_19webheads_audio_only.m4a?

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

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

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

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

2020-08-02grahamBadDesign


Zoom Chat Logs

20:23:36 From GrahamStanley : Sorry…bandwidth issues. I keep dropping out
20:24:14 From Vance Stevens : np
20:24:20 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Don´t worry dear, keep trying please
20:41:17 From Heike Philp : How did you reverse the greenscreen effect Graham?
This was at 39:27  in the YouTube video, here – https://youtu.be/5cUlxrnTohE?t=2367
Graham said he had done it by mistake 🙂

2020-08-02grahamReverseEffect
20:48:23 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Congrats Minnie
20:57:28 From Heike Philp to Vance Stevens(Privately) : I am really happy you are saying this
Saying what?? Could this be at be at about 54:17? Why the obsession with tools? https://youtu.be/5cUlxrnTohE?t=3259
21:04:00 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : Sorry I keep crashing
21:04:06 From Maru Del Campo Velasco : crashing

2020-08-02dorisFaceRig


Promotion and Feedback

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

sl09fun

I asked participants planning to join us to find out what FUN stands for here, https://prosites-vstevens.homestead.com/files/efi/papers/tesol/arabia2007/09.htm

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

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

And at this Groups.io, as a calendar event:  https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32691

It was also streamed from Zoom on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/


What is TALIN?

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

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

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

I’ve altered the TALIN portal page here https://tinyurl.com/talin2020 to note that I won’t be continuing to schedule or archive our webinars as TALIN¹ ones on that page. The Facebook community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/talin2020 will continue with TALIN² events as before.

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

Webheads have had some remarkable meetings lately, and we’ve been experimenting with green screens and games and enjoying it more than ever. The videos are a hoot to watch as well, all at https://learning2gether.net.


Earlier Events

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

https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/29/gavin-dudeney-discusses-with-talin-on-why-the-obsession-with-tools/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From TESOL to Instructional Design: Experiences from the Trenches

 

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

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

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

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

PRESENTERS

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

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

To register, go to:  zoom.us/meeting/register/…

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

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

VSTE recommends setting one up at the Rockcliffe University Consortium’s Gateway here: https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

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

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

 

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

Gavin Dudeney discusses with TALIN: Why the Obsession With ‘Tools’?


You can download this audio here:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/2020-07-29_gavindudeney_audio_only.m4a?

Learning2gether Episode 481
and TALIN webinar #35

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This was a delightful wedinar with one of Gavin Dudeney’s impeccable slide presentations, this one on the appropriateness of tools when teaching and their necessity relative to pedagogy (or just plain dogme). Gavin’s prepared remarks took only half the available hour which left us plenty of time for discussion and conversation.

With us in the Zoom chat room were, besides Gavin and myself, Laine Marshall, Lorena Zurbano Ruiz-Casaux, and Carla Arena. In Facebook we had Helena Galani, Miguel Mendoza, Vicky Saumell, Jane Chien, Liliana Simón, Kelley Proctor, and Perry Christensen.

Gavin (a.k.a. ‘the voice of reason and common sense in ed tech’) Dudeney led a group discussion on Why the Obsession With ‘Tools’?  about education’s response to Covid, online teaching and our obsession with ‘tools’

Dudeney, G. (n.d. but c.2020). The Future of Online Learning. TransformELT.
https://transformelt.com/gavin-dudeney-the-future-of-online-learning/

See more of Gavin’s thoughts on this topic here
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pm4Q_jJbrWKu38-xv8-2QFrn-ialnZBT-qDofoXAWcY/edit#heading=h.tff5dbskgi25

As Gavin mentioned an interest in stir fry, let’s discuss an appropriate tool for that: Linguacuisine. Gavin and I talked about this before others had arrived at the webinar, and that discussion is on the recording.

Seedhouse, P.,  Heslop, P., & Kharrufa, R. (2020). Cooking as a language learning task. TESL-EJ, 24(1), 1-13. http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej93/int.pdf.


Zoom and Facebook Chat Logs

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There wasn’t much contributed to the Zoom chat this week.

22:07:22 From Lorena Zurbano Ruiz-Casaux : hello 🙂
22:11:45 From Vance Stevens : hi, welcome to show a web cam if you like
22:20:22 From Vance Stevens : https://transformelt.com/gavin-dudeney-the-future-of-online-learning/
This is the link to Gavin’s blog post which was anchoring out discussion
23:00:41 From Vance Stevens : http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej93/ej93int/
I posted the link to the Seedhouse et al. article on Linguacuisine, but without comment
23:03:27 From carlaarena : https://castbox.fm/episode/How-to-Make-Chocolate-Easter-Eggs-id1676846-id109580347?country=us

The Facebook chat was much livelier, though the conversation didn’t pick up until toward the end of the hour.

Vance Stevens · 39:52 Hi everyone
Helena Galani · 40:53 Hello!
Miguel Mendoza · 42:16 Hi, everyone!
Vance Stevens · 45:38 Join us if you like
Vicky Saumell · 47:36 Hi, I’m late to the party!
Vance Stevens · 53:41 Glad you’re here
Vicky Saumell · 58:19 Exactly! Some things are impracticable and we need to leave them out
Vicky Saumell · 59:28 Some schools in Argentina have decided to do this: reproduce the face to face schedule all day long. But not all
Manage
Helena Galani · 1:01:02 Same in Greece. State-school teachers tend to use their webex platform as a lecturing tool, which is not an easy task, I confess, given the technicalities and lack of experience on the part of both teachers and learners (and families)
Vicky Saumell · 1:01:48 And coordinators or heads who don’t know either
Vicky Saumell · 1:02:12 So they cannot lead the necessary change
Helena Galani · 1:02:39 No, they are not prepared for this, yet.
Vicky Saumell · 1:04:00 Well, many countries are still hoping for the curriculum to be taught
Vicky Saumell · 1:04:15 And teachers don;t have such freedom
Helena Galani · 1:04:50 But practice makes perfect… Perhaps, as of September, they will all be tempted to learn more in order to meet the needs of the new type of “school”
Helena Galani · 1:06:52 Thanks Gavin
Jane Chien · 1:07:17 Great! Thanks!!👍👍👍
Helena Galani · 1:07:08 Great to see you again everyone.
Miguel Mendoza · 1:07:25 Thanks, Gavin.
Liliana Simón · 1:07:31 Hi Gavin
Vicky Saumell · 1:08:01 Thanks, bye!
Miguel Mendoza · 1:08:24 Bye
Helena Galani · 1:08:36 Thanks bye!
Kelley Proctor · 26:26 Thanks Gavin, completely agree. Completed the Teaching Live Online course with Consultant E 4 years ago, it was so useful and, as a result, myself and my teachers were prepared.
Perry Christensen · 0:25 This was great. It reaffirmed that I don’t need to look for all the latest tools and that each teacher can can continue to do what works best for them and their students.

The next morning, I added this suggestion and appeal to the Facebook chat:

Vance Stevens · 0:00 Hi all, thanks for joining us. I wish there was some way we could integrate this chat each Sunday in a better way with what is happening in the Zoom room. Perhaps there could be a dedicated person who could join both.  I try to keep my eye on the FB chat but I have a lot going on hosting and managing the event to be able to do it effectively.

We need someone who is following the FB chat closely and could relay the gyst to those meeting in Zoom, to help create a more meaningful interaction between the zoom and FB participants. Any volunteers?


Promotion and Feedback

The event was posted to these Facebook groups

And posted to this Groups.io calendar
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32684

and streamed from the zoom room on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/

After participating in this event and the discusion afterwards, Carla Arena posted this on the Webheads in Action Groups.io page, https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32688

And so much clear now how Webheads’ spirit is more alive than ever before and the world needs all of us who have been “preaching” to the crowd for so long… Now, as we mentioned in the call, we are being heard and looked for as never before!

and some feedback …

Marijana_gavinTweet

 


What is TALIN?

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

Learning2gether can host TALIN events in Zoom during times of isolation/lockdown if they are intended to be recorded and shared with the wider community, and if they take place between 02:00-14:00 UTC

TALIN events here are open to all and free to attend.

If you would like to propose an event or invite others to meet in conversation

  1. Visit this page https://tinyurl.com/talin2020
  2. Click on “Request Edit Access” to the left of your profile picture at the top of the page
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Write in your event on the schedule. Give the time in UTC if you can, and give the time in your location also as a double check on time

You can host the event yourself, but if you want Learning2gether to host it and promote it, please allow enough time to check that I am available, at least a few days in advance.

More about TALIN, as presented at international online conferences


Earlier Events

Sat 25 July 1400 UTC IATEFL LTSIG hosts Graham Stanley on Interactive storytelling games

https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/26/weekend-webcastathon-with-graham-stanley-storytelling-saturday-and-18th-webheads-sandbox-openmic-inar-sunday/#IATEFL

Sun 26 July noon UTC – 18th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/26/weekend-webcastathon-with-graham-stanley-storytelling-saturday-and-18th-webheads-sandbox-openmic-inar-sunday/#Webheads

Mon July 27 TESOL Career Path Development Professional Network Group

Maybe you have to be a member of the FB group in order to view the video at this link facebook.com/liz.england.79/videos/10161256875399616/

Wed 29 July 1400 UTC TESOL Supporting Students with Disabilities (SSDIS) Interest Section Webinar

TESOL’s Supporting Students with Disabilities (SSDIS) Interest Section is hosting a Webinar which looks at supporting and identifying English Learners with disabilities on:

July 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. US EST.

Description:

A framework for better understanding the interface with language learning and learning disabilities will be presented along with guides for reflection and tips for practice when working with English learners who have disabilities.

The information in this webinar is ideal for K-12 teachers and administrators who would like to learn more about English learners with and without disabilities, but the information can easily be applied to post-secondary students as well.

Here is the Link:  my.tesol.org/events/…

Please pass along to teachers, administrators, and graduate students and professionals who might be interested!

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Weekend Webcastathon with Graham Stanley Storytelling Saturday, and 18th Webheads Sandbox OpenMic-inar Sunday with Karaoke and Spacial Chat


Download this audio from the Sunday July 26 Webheads open mic-inar
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/2020-07-26-18thwebheads_audio_only.m4a?

Learning2gether Episode 480
18th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
and TALIN webinar #34

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Graham Stanley on Interactive storytelling games
The 18th Webheads Sandbox OpenMic-inar Sunday does Karaoke and Spacial Chat
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See our promotion and feedback for this event
Find out more about TALIN
Skip down to Earlier Events that happened since the previous Learning2gther post

The groundwork for this event was laid as follows in a post to Groups.io which read in part as follows:

Hi everyone, with Jeff Lebow turning up at our last Webheads Open Mic-inar last Sunday July 19  I was reminded how long it’s been since we had a good old fashioned Webheads Webcastathon. So why not announce one this coming weekend?

First up will be Graham Stanley who will be hosting an IATEFL LTSIG workshop on Interactive Storytelling Games. This will take place on Saturday July 25 at 1400 UTC in Zoom. The event is announced at https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/

But wait, there’s more! Sunday will be time for the 18th Webheads Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar. There’s not anything in particular planned for that one at the moment, but note that it is an OPEN mic(inar). Come and discuss with us whatever’s on your mind.

Let’s see how this played out 🙂


Saturday 25 July – IATEFL LTSIG hosts Graham Stanley on Interactive storytelling games

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At https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/ IATEFL LTSIG kicked off its new webinar season by looking at ‘Interactive storytelling games’ with Graham Stanley, who provided the following more detailed information (from the website):

Online interactive storytelling games are a great way to motivate language learners to speak and listen. They can also be easily adapted by the teacher to most levels and are suitable to play with a range of age groups. During this workshop, we will look at how best to approach online storytelling games with some examples and then discuss how teachers can best design their own games for their learners.

The event was held in Zoom (bravely, no password 🙂

The recording shared via Zoom can be played (but not embedded) here
https://zoom.us/rec/play/vpEtJe6t-j43T9yTuASDVqItW9Xuf_ms1SlNq_VZmUayU3EBOlSkZbQTM-SnCb-RvUc7kcVt33jA13D1?autoplay=true

Graham also made this offer and an appeal on Facebook

Doris Molero left a definitive record of Graham’s presentation on her Facebook page. I tried to embed it here but I believe a plugin is required on the host backend to enable that.

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She shared these links in her post

I created something similar with my own notes and screenshots.

Here’s what Graham was doing when I arrived.

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Here he is relating a story, pausing to let his volunteer fill in the gapped details. He developed the story of one of the wedding photos the photographer had taken, pausing from time to time to ask his volunteer to improvise what happens next.

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Here, he frames the first story into the context of Interactive Storytelling Games, and introduces two other possiblities.

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The first of these is Escape the Dinner party, where students must make small talk and then practice apologies and excuses.

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The next possiblity is Get the Treasure and Escape the Island

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Not a very helpful map, really …

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Participants are encouraged to invent roles for themselves and imagine hidden agendas

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Players also invent challenges which they can play at certain junctures

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Here are some considerations in designing Interactive Storytelling Games

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Meanwhile, the photographer’s story continues, or might take a different turn in the next iteration

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Graham interacts a lot with this group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/497315184483521/

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and with his fan-base …

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Sunday 26 July – The 18th Webheads Sandbox OpenMic-inar Sunday does Karaoke and Spacial Chat

On Sunday July 26, at noon UTC, the webcastathon continued with the 18th Webheads Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar.

There wasn’t anything in particular planned, but it was an OPEN mic-inar, so we had F.U.N. with Karaoke and Spacial Chat, which Michael Birch had suggested we try out at the end of the Saturday session.

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Sunday turned out to be Michael’s birthday so we all wished him a happy birchday using a Karaoke tool that Heike had been dying to try out. If you want to watch the video queued to where that happens, use this link, https://youtu.be/DWBuwXJ16j8?t=994

But if you are logged into YouTube and if you’ve been watching that video already, YouTube might just take you to where you were last watching. Apparently that part of the algorithm overrides your specific instructions as per the link above. If that happens then go manually to 994 seconds (16 min. 34 seconds) into the video. It goes on till about 27:30 when we all pretty much run out of steam and let Michael get on with his birthday without further intrusion on an otherwise happy day 🙂

Webheads have always loved to experiment. If you want to hear an example of what it’s SUPPOSED to sound like, you could listen to this:
https://enchantmentathamilton.org/20200601ForTheLongestTime.mp4

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At the end of the hour, Graham entertained us with some
Green Screen Magic

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For example, we played Where’s Graham?


Zoom Chat Logs from the Sunday July 26

20:10:20 From Vance Stevens : https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/26/weekend-webcastathon-with-graham-stanley-storytelling-saturday-and-18th-webheads-sandbox-openmic-inar-sunday/ (I screenshared the earlier work from this page in Zoom)
20:14:05 From Heike Philp to Vance Stevens(Privately) : Can you fiddle a bit with our audio settings, for some reason it sounds a bit overmodulated
(Heike was asking me to turn my mic volume down 🙂
20:16:07 From Heike Philp : Social bookmarking tool
20:18:14 From Vance Stevens : delicious, diigo
20:22:39 From Heike Philp : https://www.watch2gether.com/?lang=de
20:22:48 From Graham Stanley : delicious! That’s what i used to use
20:22:59 From Heike Philp : https://www.watch2gether.com/rooms/6lhvbyjy67qa3egkre?lang=de
(Heike set up a watch-together for us where we could all do a Happy Birthday Karaoke and see if it would come out in synch)
20:33:54 From Doris Molero : https://spatial.chat/
20:40:57 From Heike Philp : https://spatial.chat/s/Heikephilp
20:57:48 From Vance Stevens : the losers come around
(I was taking dictation from one of the songs Graham put up at Spacial Chat)


Promotion and Feedback

This events were posted to these Facebook Groups

And posted as this Groups.io calendar event: https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32682

streamed from Zoom on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/


What is TALIN?

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

Learning2gether can host TALIN events in Zoom during times of isolation/lockdown if they are intended to be recorded and shared with the wider community, and if they take place between 02:00-14:00 UTC

TALIN events here are open to all and free to attend.

If you would like to propose an event or invite others to meet in conversation

  1. Visit this page https://tinyurl.com/talin2020
  2. Click on “Request Edit Access” to the left of your profile picture at the top of the page
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Write in your event on the schedule. Give the time in UTC if you can, and give the time in your location also as a double check on time

You can host the event yourself, but if you want Learning2gether to host it and promote it, please allow enough time to check that I am available, at least a few days in advance.

More about TALIN, as presented at international online conferences


Earlier Events

Sun 19 July noon UTC – 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/19/sofla-critiqued-at-the-17th-webheads-revival-weekly-sunday-sandbox-openmic-inar/

Sat 20 July PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing

There was a PAIS Webinar on July 20th, titled “PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing,” with presenters Rosario Giraldez, Eric Moore and Pamela Smart-Smith, Michael Joseph Ennis, Daniel Brengel, and Jessica Hill

For those of you who were not able to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, you can view the webinar in its entirety on Youtube by following this link: PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing.

Tue 21 July last day of TESOL affiliate meetings

If interested you can activate these links here

https://www.tesol.org/docs/default-source/affiliate-library/affiliate-network-sessions-online-july-17-2020.pdf?sfvrsn=46f8f5dc_2

Tue-Wed July 21-23 Virtual Education Connect online conference on challenges from COVID-19

Educational Reset: Digital Ecosystems for the human development

INSPIRATION, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES – The leading virtual meeting in education

Virtual event that precedes the World Congress, to address the most urgent issues arising from the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to the educational community globally. The implementation of technology in education and training will also be discussed, which will help fulfill the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda.

Register for free: https://virtualeduca.org/connect/

See the program here
https://virtualeduca.org/connect/programa?langs=en

I just received this email from Educa, Aug 5, 2020

ACCESS TO ALL CONTENTS
If you missed the largest virtual education leader in education, which has brought together more than 85,000 participants , you can still enjoy this successful event.

Get your 1 month access to the platform.

For only 10 euros * you will have access to more than 200 hours of high academic content and access to the commercial exhibition with large companies in the educational sector.

Loss of innocence …

Wed 22 July 10 am EST – TESOL B-MEIS Webinar on Designing for diversity, equity and inclusion

B-MEIS Webinar (Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10: 00-11: 00 AM, EST): Designing for diversity, equity and inclusion: exploring innovative curriculum models in bilingual education and beyond.

“A complete model of bilingualism must capture the diversity of language use in this ecosystem, and the field has now recognized that it is insufficient to simply talk about “monolinguals” vs. “bilinguals” in terms of cognitive control and the advantage or disadvantage therein.” (Ping Li, 2015).

At this panel, we will explore an array of perspectives, experiences and strategies about leveraging campus diversity to foster intercultural understanding and multilingual awareness. The B-MEIS Webinar Series is dedicated to re-imagining bi/multilingual education in the era of changing linguistic landscapes. The webinar will be recorded and shared with a broader TESOL community. 

Speakers and discussants:

  • Zohreh R. Eslami (Texas A&M University)
  • Keith M. Graham (National Taiwan Normal University)
  • Kathleen Richards (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
  • Zeynep Ayasli Harkness (University of North Alabama)
  • M. Cristina Zaccarini (Adelphi University)

For those of you who were not able to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, here is the link to the recording: youtu.be/8zwyNcLjMpQ.

Fri 24 July 1100 ET TESOL Applied Linguistics Interest Section webinar with Dr. Quanisha Charles on Black Teachers of English in South Korea

Applied Linguistics Interest Section (ALIS) is pleased to announce our new webinar series: Perspectives on Multifaceted Teacher Identities

Please join us for the first webinar of the series on Friday, July 24, 11:00am-12:00pm (Eastern US Time)
https://my.tesol.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=886e0714-9a62-4507-95cd-d7ebcb555e85&Home=%2fhome

In this webinar, Dr. Quanisha Charles will present her recent TESOL Journal article “Black Teachers of English in South Korea: Constructing Identities as a Black Native English Speaker and English Language Teaching Professional.”

Abstract: Through CRT and narrative inquiry, this study examines how two black teachers of English rendered their identity as a NES and ELT professional. This article highlights the perceived privileges afforded to these teachers as an NES from the U.S. and the ramifications of how their race impacted their approaches as ELT professionals. Concepts of privilege and marginalization within the language classroom is explored, along with meanings of being a cultural ambassador outside of the U.S., namely in South Korea. Lastly, this study calls for ongoing, accountable, ELT training, language policy, and hiring practices, that is keen on dialogue and deliverables embodying race and culture that shapes both teacher identities and pedagogical approaches.

Author Bio: Dr. Quanisha Charles grounds her research in narrative inquiry through the lens of critical race theory as a means of capturing important stories and intricate identities that impact how individuals understand themselves and their positionality within society. Charles’s most recent qualitative study examined social (in)justices through literacy narratives in a community college writing course. Charles has taught the English language in not only the U.S. but also South Korea, China, and Vietnam. In addition to teaching, she leads the newly developed TESOL program at Jefferson Community & Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYldO2rrDgtG9U69R03ceQlqwjBrTL36A7d

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The recording of Black Teachers of English in South Korea: Constructing Identities as a Black Native English Speaker and English Language Teaching Professional (Quanisha Charles) is here: youtu.be/fr7gkmJJejY

Sat 25 July 0700 GMT+7 Transforming from traditional to online teaching

And Nellie Deutsch points out … Here’s the recording of the second video
https://youtu.be/YwjXc4wMDuY

Sat 25 July 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

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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/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

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

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

 

Sat 25 July 1430 UTC TESOL Career Path Development hosts Patrice Palmer – Self-care for Online English Language Teachers

TESOL Career Path Development welcomes you to our next presentation in our TESOL Career Path Development Summer 2020 Webinar Series. Please watch this space for your Zoom invitation!

Patrice Palmer on “Self-care for Online English Language Teachers,” Saturday, July 25, 10:30-11:30 AM ET (2:30 PM GMT)

There’s most likely a recording. Meanwhile, there’s this …

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Sun 26 July 11:00 UTC ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 Art and Craft of the Short Story

ELTAI Webinar Series 2020 – Session 16

“The Art and Craft of the Short Story”
26 July 2020 (Sunday)  4.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Register at https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/ELTAI16

To double check the time, there is a countdown timer on the registration page

For long, storytelling has been a source of language teaching, imparting social values and making learners life-ready. This webinar revisits using short stories, flash fiction, mini-sagas, dribbles and drabbles to enhance creative and critical skills in today’s context. Like to know how? Join us in this webinar.

Moderator:

  • Dr. Bandana Chakrabarty (President, ELT@I Jaipur Chapter)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Shaila Mahan (Secretary, ELT@I Jaipur Chapter)
  • Dr. Sanjay Kumar (Author and Consultant for English and Soft Skills Development Training)
  • Prof. Vinita Dhondiyal Bhatnagar (Professor, UIT, RGPV, Bhopal)

https://event.webinarjam.com/register/18/51ovkir

Note

  • e-Certificate of Participation will be sent to only those who attend the entire session and submit feedback after the session.
  • The webinar will be held in Webinarjam platform. There is no need to download and install any app/software in your device.

Become a member of ELTAI by filling out the membership form at
https://forms.gle/vjC9ovXm3uBARXq28. You can find details of the membership fee at
http://eltai.in/subscription/

Follow us on

Subscribe to our Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/ELTAIIndia to get quick notifications about our future live broadcasts.

The Organising Committee
ELTAI Webinar Series 2020
The English Language Teachers’ Association of India (ELT@I)
www.eltai.in

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The date of this update is August 2, 2020 06:00 UTC

SOFLA advanced and critiqued at the 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar


Download this audio:
https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/2020-07-19_17thwebheads-audio_only.m4a?

Learning2gether Episode 479
17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
and TALIN webinar #33

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Skip down to Earlier Events that happened since the previous Learning2gther post

Vance Stevens and Graham Stanley agreed to meet at our weekly open mic-inar on Sunday July 19 to compare notes on what works well and what can be improved when adapting Laine Marshall’s SOFLA framework to audiences engaged in teacher professional development. SOFLA stands for Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach, though Jeff Lebow spun this into Synchronous Online Flipped Learning (is) Awsome. Jeff has always had a way with words, ever since the old webcastathon days.

Graham suggested this meeting to help him plan his attack on this upcoming workshop where he plans to apply the SOFLA model.

https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/

I posted roughly this note on my social media sites and the rest it history

For this week’s 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar, the 33rd TALIN webinar since March 30, and Learning2gether episode 479, I will be meeting Graham Stanley, Heike Philp, and with any luck Laine Marshall, to talk about SOFLA in Action, as demonstrated here, https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/16/vance-stevens-presents-to-moroccan-teachers-on-sofla-and-online-language-learning-and-teaching/. I’ll be comparing notes with Graham, who will be adapting SOFLA to one of his upcoming webinars.

The chat logs and Feeback section below have been annotated to explain what happened in this session.

This is the third of three webinars in a series, where I prepared, modeled, and then debriefed my workshop on SOFLA, which stands for Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach

  1. Preparation on Sun July 12, 2020 – Vance Stevens and Laine Marshall discuss SOFLA in detail at the 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
    https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/12/vance-stevens-and-laine-marshall-discuss-sofla-in-detail-at-the-16th-webheads-revival-weekly-sunday-sandbox-open-mic-inar/
  2. Delivery on Thu July 16, 2020 – Vance Stevens presents a workshop to Moroccan teachers on SOFLA and Online Language Learning and Teaching
    https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/16/vance-stevens-presents-to-moroccan-teachers-on-sofla-and-online-language-learning-and-teaching/
  3. Debrief on Sun July 19, 2020 – SOFLA advanced and critiqued at the 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar, with Vance Stevens, Laine Marxhall, Graham Stanley, Jeff Lebow, and Heike Philp (this blog post)


Zoom Chat Logs

We had a great turnout and a very serious and fruitful conversation about SOFLA. Laine was there, despite it being a bit early in the morning.  Graham started off by taking roll call, welcoming Jeff Lebow in Pusan, Korea, Heike Philp poolside in sunny Germany, and Minnie in China, studying English online there under longtime Webhead Han Chee. In addition, Ayat Tawel had joined us from Egypt, and Cristina Greene from Lisbon, Portugal.

Additionally in the Facebook stream chat we had Helena Galani, Jane Chien, Doris Molero, Harshita Kapoor, Mercedes Viola Deambrosis, and Humanist Kamil.

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20:08:04 From Graham Stanley : Jeff!
20:08:15 From Graham Stanley : Helaine!
20:08:21 From Graham Stanley : Heike!
20:08:29 From Graham Stanley : Vance!
20:08:34 From Graham Stanley : Minnie!
20:18:37 From Ayat AlTawel : Hi Vance and everyone
20:19:14 From Cristina : hi!
20:22:09 From Vance Stevens : https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/16/vance-stevens-presents-to-moroccan-teachers-on-sofla-and-online-language-learning-and-teaching/
20:29:15 From Vance Stevens : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dBFlzsa_EEjmF-1gTDQRKnvkcT_HSXx3sEULx5hveMo/edit?usp=sharing

Graham had asked how my session on Thursday had gone. I had just documented it in detail so I shared my screen and showed what the participants had done while in my session. The first link above is to my blog archive of he webinar and the second link shows the 14 responses received from the more than 4 dozen doctoral candidate participants who might have participated in the webinar either synchronously or asynchronously prior to the webinar. There is more about this in the Promotion and Feedback secton below:

20:41:58 From Graham Stanley : AFK need some more coffee
20:44:06 From Graham Stanley : Do you have a link to an article about the PD verion of SOFLA, Laine?
20:51:14 From Vance Stevens : Prepublication: http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej94/ej94int/
20:53:18 From Ayat AlTawel : that’s true Heike
20:54:59 From Vance Stevens : a clue, Graham’s webinar is next Saturday
20:56:29 From Ayat AlTawel : @Graham, how would you handle questions about the pre-task during the session?
20:56:46 From Graham Stanley : yes! Watch this space…Aha! Now it is announced and the pre-task is there
20:56:48 From Graham Stanley : https://ltsig.iatefl.org/ltsig-monthly/
21:06:13 From Vance Stevens : thanks Graham
21:12:37 From Helaine Marshall : SOFLA – Steps 1-3 https://youtu.be/CBYvxQUXcNU
21:13:18 From Helaine Marshall : SOFLA – Steps 4-8 https://youtu.be/WGQnhaqy4xw
21:14:50 From Minnie : Can I get the links after this webinar?
21:15:08 From Jeff Lebow : Yes. Vance will post them along with the recording
21:15:29 From Minnie : Ok, thanks
21:15:49 From Vance Stevens : it will be posted at https://learning2gether.net
21:16:17 From Helaine Marshall : at 7 minutes into the first video of Steps 1- 3, I talk about PD pre-work
21:16:33 From Minnie : Good! Thank you for replying me.
21:28:23 From Heike Philp : hahahaha
21:28:38 From Heike Philp : thanks Vance
21:28:56 From Minnie : Thank you all
21:28:57 From Heike Philp : got many more great ideas today
21:29:50 From Minnie : Yea, really wonderful being here
21:29:55 From Ayat AlTawel : Thanks Vance, Helaine and everyone for all the great ideas
21:30:06 From Cristina : Cristina Greene
21:30:27 From Cristina : from Lisbon, Portugal
21:31:07 From Cristina : thx! loved attending my 1st Talin
21:32:13 From Heike Philp : I love learning2gether
21:32:46 From Cristina : thx !
21:33:16 From Heike Philp : byeeee

At some point during the chat we mentioned that Shelly Terrell had posted on an alternative agenda for online teaching and had included in her post a suggested allocation of time for the different parts of the lesson. Here is that post, and the link to the template if you want to see the original, http://buff.ly/3eATgmB

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Promotion and Feedback

This is the logo I selected for the TALIN Facebook event that I created on the TALIN page below and then shared via TALIN with the other four FB groups:

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The Community of Inquiry diagram is from https://coi.athabascau.ca/coi-model/

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

And posted as this Groups.io calendar event:
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32678

And streamed from Zoom on
https://www.facebook.com/groups/webheadsinaction/

Comments from the stream
Helena Galani · 1:32 Hello Vance
Jane Chien · 2:31 Wow, nice!!!
Helena Galani · 2:19 WOW Heike !!
Helena Galani · 2:30 Great glasses!
Jane Chien · 3:27 Nice pool!
Jane Chien · 4:13 We’re already jealous
Helena Galani · 4:05 Glorious weather!
Helena Galani · 4:23 🙂
Helena Galani · 4:26 ❤
Helena Galani · 7:11 !!!! 🙂
Doris Molero · 8:21 Hello!!! besitos
Helena Galani · 11:27 Hi Jane 🙂
Helena Galani · 10:23 Heello Doris XO
Harshita Kapoor · 15:53 Hello
Helena Galani · 15:05 Do you also flip your classes Doris & Jane ?
Jane Chien · 22:14 Yes, I do, but I also heard from some students complaining that a professor flipped too much. They were assigned too many videos to watch on their own, and too little feedback or input from the professor.
Helena Galani · 23:52 Yes Jane, finding the right balance is key here as well!
Doris Molero · 23:49 I think you can’t do just one thing. Some will love it.. some will hate it.. So, keep working with something till you can’t do it anymore.. 😉
Jane Chien · 27:29 Can you share the URL to the TESOL-EJ article?
Helena Galani · 28:45 Using one approach as a panacea is a good question but finding the right pace for SOFLA in one’s classes can make the difference
Doris Molero · 37:30 https://youtu.be/gLW1mNWlo_0
Part of the LTSIG Fridays Webinar Series 2020. Abstract: The Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA) closely replicates actual classroom teachin…Helaine W. Marshall – SOFLA –…
Helena Galani · 39:44 The 8 steps of SOFLA & Reflection https://bit.ly/2BenRc3
Jane Chien · 46:57 Thank you!!
Doris Molero · 47:39 waves
Jane Chien · 52:58 Would it be too much to ask the teachers to record a flipgrid video as a pre-task for a workshop?
Jane Chien · 54:40 XD
Doris Molero · 55:13 You are German, Heike.. you are always a good girl! 😉
,  · 55:12 Glad to be here
Jane Chien · 1:02:37 Heike Philp Do you have any suggestions how best to apply SOFLA?
Jane Chien · 1:13:31 I think students would be more prepared to participate once they know how it works
Doris Molero · 1:14:45 Definitely.. You will profit more. Since you would be able to connect faster and engage.
Harshita Kapoor · 1:15:22 I believe it makes it more flexible which is basically what elearning is all about.
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:15:40 Its up to the participants. You are giving participants the opportunity to engage as much as they want or can
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:17:27 Is there a link to thos zoom room?
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:17:47 *this
Helena Galani · 1:18:21 Learner training (metacognitive strategies) is always part and parcel of the educational experience
Doris Molero · 1:22:41 😘
Vance Stevens · 2:53 I’m so sorry it’s so difficult for me to respond to this chat while monitoring zoom
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:26:24 I couldn’t have access either to TESOL
Doris Molero · 1:27:30 Besitos to you all.. Great Webhead FUN!
Jane Chien · 1:27:56 Thank you 😊
Helena Galani · 1:28:03 Great OpenMicinar! Great topic! Thank you Helaine ! Great to have you with us today! Thanks everyone
Harshita Kapoor · 1:28:18 Thank you
Doris Molero · 1:26:45 It was not free..
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:28:43 Thanks a lot to all of you!!
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:29:07 Very enriching, thanks!!
Humanist Kamil · 1:29:49
Helena Galani · 1:30:04 Thank you Vance Heike , enjoy the sun!
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:29:54 Bye all
Mercedes Viola Deambrosis · 1:30:54 When’s your session, Graham Stanley? Is it possible to join?
Ayat Tawel · 0:00 Vance Stevens where can I find the links that were shared in the chat?

@ayat .. Right here 🙂 – Vance


Feedback

As I mentioned during this follow-up session, I had been checking responses from my Google Form since setting the pre-work mission days before my workshop on July 16 and in the hour or two just prior to the workshop I found that there had been only 4 responses from participants. During the workshop I opened my view of my responses to the form in a shared screen and noticed then that ten more responses had appeared.

There was a suggestion during today’s critique session that I could have used my pre-work Google form to include questions to find out more about the participants, but if I had included such questions, I would have had only 4 responses beforehand, and ten more after the webinar had already begun. Clearly, I could not have acted on these in tailoring the workshop specifically for the participants, so this format would not have been much use in finding out about the participants. This would not necessarily be the case in an online class context, where teachers have a more longitudinal time frame for getting to know their students, but in this one-off webinar context, the pre-work instrument was not a tool that would have been useful for this purpose.

This is what I had been told about my audience

Regarding the Google Classroom, I wrote the organizers to say that since I couldn’t see the classroom myself I couldn’t visualize how this would be used exactly with the audience I was dealing with. They responded two days before the event by making me a co-teacher in the classroom, and one of the organizers seeded the discussion with instructions on what their students should do for my pre-work assignment.

The Google Classroom would have been the best place to get to know the students. However, there was not much traffic there in the few days I had access to it — but I did learn in all the interactions with these participants that their knowledge of English was quite skilled, and the ones I heard from seemed positive about the workshop coming up.

Here is what the Google Classroom looked like, visible only to registered users
https://classroom.google.com/c/ODU4OTU1NTk3Mzda

2020-07-20_googleClassroom

On July 14, the organizer who had just made me a co-teacher in the course posted this:

Hello everyone, please consider the following in preparation for prof Vance’s workshop on online language learning and teaching. The link to the pre-workshop missions is :  http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#STARTHEREHowtoparticipateinthisworkshop  it is in the last email sent by Vance.  The link will take you to the workshop orientation as shown below . 

He went on to explain further, but I followed up with some clarification, same day:

Thank you Professor for announcing the Pre-work mission for my webinar coming up on July 16. To be clear, this is what you should be working on BEFORE coming to the workshop on Online Language Learing and Teaching (OLLT). Click on this link to arrive at the part of the portal shown below: http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#STARTHEREHowtoparticipateinthisworkshop

At that link you will see:
START HERE: How to participate in this workshop
Pre-work mission:  — Purpose
MIssion step 1 – Select a URL to view and report on
Mission step 2 – Fill in the Google Form
Mission Accomplished!

Please plan to spend at least an hour looking over these materials and focusing on at least ONE link given in Mission step 1. When you have put an hour into it, you may go on to Mission step 2 (complete and submit the Google Form, 5 or 10 min.)

If you want to spend more than one hour (hopefully because you find the materials interesting 🙂 then please continue beyond an hour. If you want to explore more than one link, you are welcome to submit addtional Google Forms reporting your findings. But at the very least, set aside an hour to accomplish this one Pre-work mission so that you will be prepared for what to expect during the workshop.

This is a method you might employ in your own online language teaching. The workshop will model for you this and other methods you can employ in the SOFLA model explained in the link above.

If you have any questions, I believe you can ask them here, and I should be able to see them and respond.

I’m looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming workshop on July 16,

Vance Stevens
http://vancestevens.com/papers/
https://learning2gether.net

The following morning, I awoke to my first response to my Google Forms so I posted in the Google Classroom in such a way as to encourage others to do the same

Vance Stevens July 15
Thanks Bendaoud for being the first in your class to have accomplished this mission! This has taken us from ZERO (responses) and put us on the way to HERO. Well done Bendaoud!!

Later that day, after spending most of the day working on my workshop materials, I posted this:

Vance Stevens July 15
Hi everyone, Vance Stevens here, I just wanted to let you know that i have completed a write-up of what I plan to talk about on Online Language Learning and Teaching at 1300 UTC tomorrow and you can find it online at https://tinyurl.com/vance2020ollt.

If you are able to complete the pre-work mission by examining just one link and filling in a Google form to report on what you see there, that will help us in our session. What you need to do is explained here, http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#STARTHEREHowtoparticipateinthisworkshop

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow in Zoom

This post resulted in the following forum conversation, which took place on the day of the workshop …

Ezzahra  July 16
Thank you very much for all your efforts, sir. I really enjoyed your discussion with your other colleagues about the SOFLA approach. It sounds very interesting and fun and I am looking forward to using in the future while teaching online.

Ezzahra  July 16
I also like Prof. Stanley’s mask collections, you should ask him to send us links to the online websites where he bought them.

Vance Stevens July 16
Thank you Ezzahra, it is good to know that you enjoyed the pre-work materials, and also wonderful to see that it is possible to communicate with participants at my session in this Google Classroom. This is my first indication that this space is serving that purpose, so critical to the establishment of social and teacher presence in an online class.

Regarding Graham’s masks, I believe he gets them at street markets in Mexico where he is living now. He will appreciate knowing that you like them.

Ezzahra  July 16
Absolutely. I believe that all my colleagues have access to this space. I am looking forward to your workshop. Thank you for your response.

Vance Stevens July 16
Hi, Ezzahra,  I’m just waiting for the workshop to start. All my materials are here http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/

As noted above I was not sure until this exchange who was reading my messages, but when Ezzahra assured me that all her colleagues had access to the space, I followed up with the following note, making sure, as I had with my previous postings, that it was delivered to all in the course:

Vance Stevens July 16
Dear all, I was pleased to receive Ezzahra’s message here in Google Classrooms and to know that this is a space where it is possible to communicate with participants at my session. Some of you will have realized that SOFLA draws heavily on the Community of Inquiry framework, with emphasis on the teacher presence aspect, which I can establish here before we meet.

If you have any questions or suggestions before our webinar, you are welcome to post them here. I will monitor this space throughout the day.

Looking forward to meeting you in a few hours from now 🙂

This post too elicited a response

Abdelmalek July 16
Marshall and Kostka’s article makes that point very clear and offers a very basic and interesting introduction.

Thank you for sharing

Looking forward to meeting you too 🙂

and my reply

Thank you Abdelmalek, thanks for your comment, and glad you liked Laine and Ilka’s article

Meanwhile I had  been tracking responses in both Google Forms and in Google Classroom throughout the day leading up to the workshop. That morning I had updated my Google Doc writeup with this information (the “following day” is the day after I created the Google Form on July 13):

2020-07-20_responsesGdoc

But I stopped working on that document early on the day of my workshop and began tracking responses in my wiki portal. Here I noted that at the start of the workshop I had discovered ten more responses, http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#GoogleForms

2020-07-20_gForms

I’m providing this detail here to show that the pre-work really occurred in two spaces, a Google form on open-access where I had set a task, what I prefer to call a mission, and a Google Classroom space which was not on open access and where getting to know the participants could better have been facilitated among registered participants, if there had been sufficient lead time for that.

During the critique session (the one blogged here) a participant response was read out (and recorded in the video) which was useful to have, and any response is valued and appreciated, but that response was sent in personal email to one of the other participants after the webinar on Thursday. Assuming that the participant quoted was registered on the forum shown here, that response should have been posted on the forum itself, where it could have been seen by other participants and could have been responded to appropriately.

Participating in a forum would have been another option, not only for establishing teacher and social presence prior to the workshop, but for follow up and Step 8 reflection for all the participants. Keeping in mind that I had no access to the Google Classroom until two days before the workshop, and that I did not receive feedback (from Ezzahra) to indicate that my participants were even following messages in Google classroom until the day of the webinar, you can see why I did not build this option into the materials for the workshop I was by then about to deliver.

Noting these facts, and critiquing what happened, are all valid and useful exercises. But as can be seen from reading the chat logs here and in the archive of the sesson on Thursday, for example, all the questions on how much time to allocate to each of the steps in the delivery of SOFLA, as with teaching through any method, are infinitely nuanced. SOFLA was meant to be used in onine classes (most immediately in response to COVID-19), and must be significantly adapted to circumstances where presenters are meeting only once with participants.

I chose to deliver a workshop rather than a webinar, where I might have prepared a PowerPoint and explained to participants what SOFLA was. This might have been of some use, but as a workshop, it allowed me to attempt to model and demonstrate, and participants to experience through practice and reflection, something of the look and feel of SOFLA (and setting up this reflection was reason for my warm-up activity following our experiment with Survey Monkey at the beginning of my workshop).

As a workshop, it was also much more enjoyable for me to prepare and, I hope, for the participants to have experienced. I mean, I don’t think anyone fell asleep during my workshop, despite whether it met their expectations or not :-). But as with any teaching / learning dynamic, there are many points of tension between presenter and participant, and whereas ideally we could attenuate some of these through having more data on one another and knowing particulars about the individuals involved, in practice, and given time constraints, it is impractical in an offhand/one-off workshop to control for all of these.

Participants are right to examine and professonally critique what happened, but from there they would apply what they have observed and experienced to their own present and future situations, and adapt what they have learned to their contexts, as I did in presenting my workshop.


What is TALIN?

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

Learning2gether can host TALIN events in Zoom during times of isolation/lockdown if they are intended to be recorded and shared with the wider community, and if they take place between 02:00-14:00 UTC

TALIN events here are open to all and free to attend.

If you would like to propose an event or invite others to meet in conversation

  1. Visit this page https://tinyurl.com/talin2020
  2. Click on “Request Edit Access” to the left of your profile picture at the top of the page
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Write in your event on the schedule. Give the time in UTC if you can, and give the time in your location also as a double check on time

You can host the event yourself, but if you want Learning2gether to host it and promote it, please allow enough time to check that I am available, at least a few days in advance.

More about TALIN, as presented at international online conferences


Earlier Events

Thu 16 July 1300-14:30 UTC Vance Stevens presents to Moroccan teachers on Online Language Learning and Teaching

https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/16/vance-stevens-presents-to-moroccan-teachers-on-sofla-and-online-language-learning-and-teaching/

Thu-Sat 16-18 July TESOL Virtual Convention

For more information, including announcement of some sessions, see https://www.tesol.org/conventiononline2020

Registration for the first-ever TESOL Virtual Convention & English Language Expo required by 11:59pm EDT on 12 July!

Plan now to attend the first-ever TESOL Virtual Convention & English Language Expo, 16 – 18 July. Register before July 8 here

https://youtu.be/exl8D-fwKMM

Using the latest technology and interactive tools from the comfort of your couch, your home office, or wherever you choose, you will be able to:

  • Hear from our engaging keynote presenters
  • Gather strategies, tools, and practices and learn about new research with 100+ sessions
  • Connect online and exchange ideas with English language colleagues around the world
  • Discuss ELT products and services with representatives in the Virtual Expo
Not free – registration rates apply – even in time of COVID-19

  • TESOL Members: $99
  • Nonmembers: $149
  • TESOL Global & Student Members: $35
I read on Facebook that sessions at the conference (plenaries included) were being recorded and will be on the platform 60 days after the convention.

Sharon Tjaden-Glass was kind enough to share hers entitled, “Instructional Design: An Alternate Career Path for TESOL Professionals,” on YouTube

Sat 18 July 1300-1500 UTC – VSTE Second Life Saturdays – repeats each Saturday

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/

Download and install the software. While your Second Life viewer (software) is open click this link http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulgiver/155/144/58

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

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

Sat 18 July 1600 UTC Africa TESOL Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Series

The first Africa TESOL Personal, Professional and Leadership Development Series from 16:00 to 17:30 GMT on Saturday 18 July 2020.

To join the event, please register in advance via
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T2iHhBu8ReaMnX0ykAuhSw
and you will receive your personalised access information.

The panel will also be streamed live on Africa TESOL’s Facebook page.

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The date of this update is July 21, 2020 03:00 UTC

Vance Stevens presents to Moroccan teachers on SOFLA and Online Language Learning and Teaching


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Learning2gether Episode 478
and TALIN webinar #32

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Including a BBC Flipped Learning Q&A with Laine Marshall and Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago on July 14, with embedded Facebook streamed recording

Vance Stevens was invited to give a workshop at the First Online Doctoral Seminar Series (May-July, 2020) on “Language, Culture and Society”, organized by the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Mohammed V University in Rabat

Here is the 150 word abstract submitted for the event

‘Traditional’ teaching and learning often refers to how these acts were conducted before the arrival of computers, and now that computers are ubiquitous, before the Internet became commonly used in learning. These have allowed teachers to divide their teaching into synchronous and asynchronous components, whether face-to-face or online, in so-called ‘flipped’ and ‘blended’ approaches. Because of the learning curve and technologies involved, not all teachers have been able to equally apply the affordances of technology in learning, but with the sudden closure of schools in time of pandemic it appears that those most capable of adapting have been those already adept at working in blended learning environments. This workshop is about approaches to teaching online that serve to maintain teacher presence and student engagement. The workshop will be conducted in a way that enables its participants to experiment with tools that will help them understand through experience the concepts discussed.

Related links

This is the second of three webinars in a series, where I prepared, modeled, and then debriefed my workshop on SOFLA, which stands for Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach

  1. Preparation on Sun July 12, 2020 – Vance Stevens and Laine Marshall discuss SOFLA in detail at the 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar
    https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/12/vance-stevens-and-laine-marshall-discuss-sofla-in-detail-at-the-16th-webheads-revival-weekly-sunday-sandbox-open-mic-inar/
  2. Delivery on Thu July 16, 2020 – Vance Stevens presents a workshop to Moroccan teachers on SOFLA and Online Language Learning and Teaching (this blog post)
  3. Debrief on Sun July 19, 2020 – SOFLA advanced and critiqued at the 17th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox Open Mic-inar, with Vance Stevens, Laine Marxhall, Graham Stanley, Jeff Lebow, and Heike Philp
    https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/19/sofla-critiqued-at-the-17th-webheads-revival-weekly-sunday-sandbox-openmic-inar/

 

Some notes on the topic Online Language Learning and Teaching

These notes were prepared during negotiation of the topic with the conference organizers:

To be optimally effective, this should be conducted more like a workshop than a lecture. In other words, it would have the greatest impact if I could not just introduce the tools, but if we could actually conduct the workshop using some of the most appropriate tools for engaging learners online.

So a key question is, what are my opportunities for engaging your students in online spaces before the presentation? Ideally it would be good to set up some simple pre-workshop activities so as to flip the event, have them review some materials beforehand, and come prepared for the presentation, and then use distance tools to interact with them during the presentation.

I have been developing my knowledge of tools for online engagement of students beyond http://workshops2020.pbworks.com/ which ended in March. We have been experimenting with these tools in TALIN: Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020, where you can see our 30 recorded presentations dealing with this issue since we started encountering school closures in March.

I’m framing my current efforts to engage teachers in online training in such a way that they can carry the same techniques into their online classes. I’m working on a set of articles which I am editing for TESL-EJ based in the SOFLA model of flipped learning and the Community of Inquiry approach, which according to https://coi.athabascau.ca/coi-model/  “represents a process of creating a deep and meaningful (collaborative-constructivist) learning experience through the development of three interdependent elements – social, cognitive and teaching presence.”

I would like to experiment with and model these techniques for the audience in Rabat and work with them a little in advance so that when they arrive at the presentation they would have some grounding in what they would be participating in.

Most recently I have been testing a tool called Miro with others in my CoP (community of practice). We have experimented with it the last two Sundays and I have just completed a blog post on the most recent test two days ago. You can find my findings and the recordings of our work here
https://learning2gether.net/2020/06/28/miro-redux-14th-webheads-weekly-sunday-sandbox-openmic-inar/#conclusions

 

About the audience:

  • About 50 doctoral students attend the Zoom sessions. All students are doing their doctoral research in English and belong to the department of English. Some are already practicing English language teachers.
  • Also, thousands of national and international doctoral students and aspiring junior researchers follow the Live Stream on our Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/Doctoral-Program-Language-Culture-and-Society-FLSHR-UM5R-100952624978994/?modal=admin_todo_tour
  • We can share any reading materials on our Google classroom platform for the students attending on Zoom (eventually they added me to their platform).

 

About Vance’s background in teaching online

At http://vancestevens.com/papers/ you can see all my recent publications and presentation topics

Regarding my current topics into 2020, my recent podcasts give an indication of both my interests and my expertise; here is an index with links to all:
http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/34456755/archiveindex

In January this year I gave a set of workshops on certain aspects of technology-based approaches to writing, on teaching coding in language classes, but focusing in particular on blended learning. I followed this up with an eLearning course in Feb-March which applied the principles of blended learning to the completely online environment, all archived online here, http://workshops2020.pbworks.com/

As this led into a time when schools were starting to close and people were scrambling for insights into applying what I had been teaching to their own immediate needs and contexts, I recorded the moment in this blog post,
https://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2020/04/teacher-training-in-time-of-covid-19.html.

This explains how I started a movement I called TALIN, Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, which has produced two dozen podcasts in the last two months, all indexed with links to the recordings at https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

Meanwhile we are starting our next round of EVO, Electronic Village Online, the online teacher training 5-week sessions which I have helped coordinate for the past 20 years. My most long-running contribution to that effort was a multiliteracies course I taught for ten years, http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/, but my most recent involvement is on teacher training in games and gamification using Minecraft, and we are about to start our 7th rendition of EVO Minecraft MOOC at http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/.

 


Zoom Chat Logs and screenshots

21:05:08 From Mustapha Mourchid : Hello everyone
21:06:00 From Bobbi : hello
21:09:15 From Mustapha Mourchid : It’s on fb
21:09:20 From sarah ibrahimi : it’s on facebook
21:09:34 From sana sadiq : good afternoon
21:12:41 From Mustapha Mourchid : You print it
21:13:37 From Mustapha Mourchid : You print it and it will appear as one page

I had been asked to show the poster I had been sent, but what I had to hand without going into my email for it was the screenshot I had put on the materials I was about to present, here, https://tinyurl.com/vance2020ollt. But the poster was so large that I’d had to make separate screen shots of the top and bottom and stitch them together on that document. The seam in the middle was visible and it would not display in Zoom from my PC as a single poster. The solution was to bring it up on my iPad, connect the iPad via my home wifi to my PC, and from my PC share my iPad screen. There I was able to pinch it down to a size that displayed perfectly in the Zoom window, to everyone’s relief 🙂

2020-07-16poster

21:17:09 From Mustapha Mourchid : A great expert; I already learnt a lot from the stuff he shared with us.
21:18:34 From Malak Al-gabsi : Could u pls provide us w/ the links here n the chat box??
21:19:02 From Zahra Benlahoussine : Here you go, Malak: http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Step1Prework
21:19:23 From SAIBARI ZINE EL ABIDINE : Thank you
21:19:23 From Malak Al-gabsi : Thanx a bunch!! Highly appreciated!!😊😊
21:19:44 From Vance Stevens – Penang : http://vancestevens.com/papers
This is the the link to my full text publications that had also been mentioned.
21:20:38 From Mustapha Mourchid : The Eight Steps of SOFLA 1 Pre-work 2 Sign-In Activity 3 Whole Group Application 4 Breakouts 5 Share-out 6 Preview & Discovery 7 Assignment Instructions 8 Reflection
21:22:52 From Mustapha Mourchid : (sharing the link to the pre-work “mission”)
http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage?fbclid=IwAR3s85sYPLpbR5LbC_CBwZjeBgB4aWoNkGjb_6WNT7ZHkGjPMnYIx7hnJ2k#STARTHEREHowtoparticipateinthisworkshop

2020-07-14_1524preworkForm
21:23:06 From Mustapha Mourchid : (this is the link to the writeup I had prepared in advance of what I was hoping to cover today) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yXuM9hxZfl7qrfnqca0NiWaJif4xJ5A7bdXtKeiT-LY/edit#
21:23:09 From Mustapha Mourchid : This one
21:23:10 From ELHASSANE EL HILALI : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yXuM9hxZfl7qrfnqca0NiWaJif4xJ5A7bdXtKeiT-LY/edit
21:23:30 From iPad de Glob Technology : Hi Professor Vance.
21:23:36 From Laaribi Manal : (sharing the link to my podcast, of which this webinar workshop was episode 478)  www.learning2gether.net
21:23:44 From Vance Stevens – Penang : http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/
This was the wiki which I had created as the portal for the workshop
21:24:41 From Mustapha Mourchid : “Technology has, in turn, moved from supporting instruction to being its focus, as teachers have relied heavily on technology to ensure that learning continues. The immediate future of instruction in the coming academic year remains uncertain; however, technology is likely to continue playing a crucial role in whatever the new normal in education becomes.” (Marshall & Kostka, 2020, forthcoming) Mustapha was quoting from the last paragraph in the article soon to be published here, http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej94/ej94int/
21:27:51 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : https://coi.athabascau.ca/coi-model/
This is the link to the Community of Inquiry portal page
21:30:55 From Mustapha Mourchid : Yes
21:30:56 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Yes
21:31:00 From Laaribi Manal : We can
21:31:30 From sana sadiq : Morocco also resorted to school closures starting from the 16th of March. but teaching and Learning continues through distance Learning methods using different platforms: zoom, Google classroom, Microsoft Teams or even whatsapp.
21:32:36 From Mustapha Mourchid : “SOFLA mirrors flipped learning in that work that is completed outside of class now moves to the asynchronous space, and in-class work is completed in synchronous class sessions when the teacher and students’ peers are present.” (Marshall & Kostka, 2020, forthcoming) – from the top of the section on “The SOFLA Framework, http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume24/ej94/ej94int/
21:34:04 From Vance Stevens – Penang : http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/
21:36:59 From Mustapha Mourchid : I read this article “Fostering Teaching Presence through the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach”. (Marshall & Kostka, 2020, forthcoming)
21:37:27 From Mustapha Mourchid : Of course
21:37:28 From Nadya Izzaanmiouine : yes
21:37:29 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Yes
21:40:00 From Ikram ESEGHIR : Thank you so much. No questions so far
21:43:55 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TKHY5CX

Here I had asked what devices everyone had. The tools I was using work best on laptops.
21:44:13 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Using laptops
21:44:13 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : laptops
21:44:17 From Wafaa Nachre : laptop
21:44:18 From Taha El Hadari : laptop
21:44:27 From Astaifi Hicham : ipad
21:44:27 From Ikram ESEGHIR : laptop
21:44:36 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Not fsmilisr
21:44:40 From Mounia El Jaouhari : Android phone
21:44:49 From Rabha Sahli : Not familiar
21:44:59 From Abderrahim El Hilali : Yes
21:45:15 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : We have
21:45:30 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TKHY5CX

Here, at about 40 minutes into the video recording, they have started doing the survey. You can see the questions in the survey and my follow up with the participants here
http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#SurveyMonkey
There you will find more images like the one below.

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21:46:26 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Done
21:46:48 From Ikram ESEGHIR : Done
21:46:55 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : done
21:47:11 From Taha El Hadari : Done
21:47:34 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : It’s gained through practice
21:47:37 From SAIBARI ZINE EL ABIDINE : Done
21:47:39 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : and reflection
21:47:41 From Mustapha Mourchid : Done
21:47:50 From Rabha Sahli : Done
21:47:52 From Wafaa Nachre : It depends on how we define teaching
21:47:53 From Ikram ESEGHIR : acquisition (some unconscious)
21:47:57 From Oumaima Elghazali : We need to agree on a definition of teaching first
21:47:58 From sarah ibrahimi : done
21:48:09 From Laaribi Manal : it depends on how you define teaching.
21:48:47 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : I can’t see how learners model and demonstrate!
21:50:57 From Ikram ESEGHIR : A good teacher is by definition a good lifelong learner
21:52:19 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Not so far

For the Whole Group Application stage in SOFLA we started off using Mentimeter (now about 48 minutes into the YouTube video). You can see how we did this here: 
http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Step3WholeGroupApplication

1-how-familiar-are-you-with-flipped-learning

21:53:48 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://www.menti.com/ggo37ry27z
21:54:20 From Vance Stevens – Penang : 18 88 72
21:55:46 From Mustapha Mourchid : Done
21:55:58 From Ikram ESEGHIR : Done
21:56:25 From Astaifi Hicham : Done
21:56:36 From sarah ibrahimi : done
21:56:37 From Taha El Hadari : Done
21:56:45 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : done
21:57:01 From Rabha Sahli : Done
21:57:22 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Done
21:57:23 From Ikram ESEGHIR : fine
21:57:26 From Rabha Sahli : Yes, we can move on
21:57:28 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : We can move on
21:57:29 From Oumaima Elghazali : all good!

2-what-are-your-favorite-tools-for-online-language-learning-and-teaching-enter

At around 52 minutes into the video, we are brainstorming tools on the second Mentimeter slide. Participants are articulating their choices in the text chat …
21:58:08 From Mustapha Mourchid : Zoom, Adobe Connect, WebinarJam, etc.
21:58:27 From sarah ibrahimi : zoom, Teams , ppt, google hangouts
21:58:55 From Adil Lakhdar : microsoft teams
21:58:59 From minnie : Hi, nice to meet you, sir, this is wonderful!
21:59:05 From Abderrahim El Hilali : Kahoot?
21:59:08 From Mustapha Mourchid : GoToWebinar
21:59:13 From Adil Lakhdar : Microsoft teams
21:59:15 From Mustapha Mourchid : Kahoot is about games
21:59:46 From minnie to Vance Stevens – Penang(Privately) : first time here, know you from Han chee
(thanks, Minnie, I didn’t see this during the event, but my regards to Chee – Vance)
21:59:49 From Mustapha Mourchid : Kahoot can be used when teaching children
21:59:50 From Laaribi Manal : No, we’re good.
21:59:52 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : We go on
21:59:55 From Oumaima Elghazali : all good
22:00:06 From sarah ibrahimi : all set

Here, at about 54 minutes into the video, I’d asked the participants if they were ready to move on to Jamboard. There remained some discussion of why PowerPoint might be preferable to Google Slides in the Moroccan context due to bandwidth issues.

22:00:29 From Rabha Sahli : Google Slides is better than PowerPoint, but there is always a problem of connectivity that hinders presenting the content
22:00:56 From Ikram ESEGHIR : offline Tools are more accessible to our students
22:01:25 From sana sadiq : digital divide is a big issue in online teaching
22:02:04 From Astaifi Hicham : I use discord with my students
22:02:04 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : No
22:02:08 From Mustapha Mourchid : There are lots of digital tools that can be used in online learning, but the in Morocco, there are issues that hinder this.
22:02:22 From Mustapha Mourchid : But in Morocco*
22:03:25 From Heike Philp : https://jamboard.google.com/d/1vcJdivdyjDckHLxLFyJ3wCpvkeyq70bmC6ru1HyKF6g/edit?usp=sharing

What we did with Jamboard is here, http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Jamboard
I started us off by presenting the doctoral students with this Jamboard palette and inviting them to complete it:

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Now the participants are trying to recall the next steps in the SOFLA model starting with step 4

22:05:34 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Share-out
22:06:39 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : It is share-out
22:08:03 From Laaribi Manal : Preview and discovery
22:08:21 From Laaribi Manal : assignment instructions, and reflection
22:08:22 From Mustapha Mourchid : 7 Assignment Instructions 8 Reflection
22:08:41 From sarah ibrahimi : assignment
22:08:47 From sarah ibrahimi : reflection
22:08:57 From Mustapha Mourchid : The Eight Steps of SOFLA 1 Pre-work 2 Sign-In Activity 3 Whole Group Application 4 Breakouts 5 Share-out 6 Preview & Discovery 7 Assignment Instructions 8 Reflection

In the video you can clearly see what was going on in Google Jamboard as we all collaborated on it. Here’s what the Jamboard looked like at the end of the process:

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At 1:04 (an hour and 4 minutes) in the video, I show the breakout mission, step 4 in the SOFLA process, which I had set up in a second frame in Jamboard. Here’s where you can see how it fit in to the sequence of the lesson for today:
http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Step4Breakouts

And here’s what the second frame looked like in Jamboard orginally,

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Here’s what it looked like when the yellow sticky note was moved aside

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Beneath the sticky note was the puzzle that the participants would take with them into the breakout rooms. I asked them if they had seen this kind of puzzle before.

22:11:48 From sana sadiq : no
22:11:50 From Lucy Alton : This has been delightful! Thanks so much for announcing it at Teaching and Learning In IsolatioN on Facebook. Sorry I have to leave early. Best wishes to all the teachers and learners everywhere.
22:11:51 From Mustapha Mourchid : No
22:12:01 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : 22
22:12:36 From Mustapha Mourchid : Where is the link?
22:12:37 From Amar FARYAT : 22
22:12:40 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://www.screencast.com/t/icNhL2kvmsS7
I managed to get this link at 1:07 into the YouTube video
22:12:57 From Heike Philp : yes we got it
22:13:22 From Mustapha Mourchid : Thanks Professor
22:13:42 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://www.screencast.com/t/icNhL2kvmsS7
22:14:34 From sarah ibrahimi : yes
22:14:38 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : yes
22:14:42 From minnie : yes
22:14:43 From Mounia El Jaouhari : yes
22:14:43 From Mustapha Mourchid : Yes

The breakout rooms were created at 1:08 in the video. I asked the participants if they were ready to go there (they are replying yes). Some participants called me from the breakout rooms and I joined them until at 1:14 i was called back to plenary. In that move, I arrived there muted. That was a mystery how that happened. But about two minutes went by before Dr. Yamina alerted me to the issue, and I unmuted myself.

After a few minutes I called them back to plenary for Step 5 of the SOFLA process, Share-out; see http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Step5Shareout.

Here they were to give the solution to the problem as they had decided in their break-out groups. By now we are at 1:18 in the video

22:17:53 From sarah ibrahimi : hello can you see the solution to the problem
22:23:26 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : We’re back!
22:23:33 From Ikram ESEGHIR : yes at last
22:23:50 From Laaribi Manal : yes
22:23:51 From Ikram ESEGHIR : yes
22:23:55 From Maria Suciu : yes
22:23:57 From SAIBARI ZINE EL ABIDINE : Yes
22:23:59 From Abdellah IDHSSAINE : yes
22:24:01 From Adil Errami : yes
22:24:04 From Amar FARYAT : yes sir
22:24:04 From KARIM ESSOUFI : yes
22:24:07 From sarah ibrahimi : yes
22:24:11 From Adil Lakhdar : of course
22:24:11 From Rabha Sahli : yes
22:24:15 From Adil Errami : we can hear you
22:24:16 From minnie : yes
22:24:20 From Bendaoud Nadif : We are back
22:24:26 From sarah ibrahimi : 62
22:24:31 From Rabha Sahli : 457
22:24:32 From Oumaima Elghazali : I came up with a number but its big
22:24:34 From Mounia El Jaouhari : 22
22:24:36 From Adil Errami : 765
22:24:37 From Oumaima Elghazali : 429
22:24:43 From sarah ibrahimi : my guess
22:24:43 From Taha El Hadari : 34
22:24:44 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : 22
22:24:49 From Bendaoud Nadif : 55
22:24:57 From sana sadiq : 48
22:25:02 From Mounia El Jaouhari : 22
22:25:06 From Ikram ESEGHIR : 25
22:25:10 From Astaifi Hicham : 237
22:25:21 From Adil Errami : 765
22:25:23 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Yes
22:25:26 From Mounia El Jaouhari : 22
22:25:27 From Taha El Hadari : 33
22:25:28 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Clocks are 7’s
22:25:38 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://jamboard.google.com/d/1vcJdivdyjDckHLxLFyJ3wCpvkeyq70bmC6ru1HyKF6g/edit?usp=sharing
22:25:53 From Oumaima Elghazali : two are 9 the third is a 3
22:26:05 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Yes
22:26:05 From Oumaima Elghazali : yes
22:26:05 From SAIBARI ZINE EL ABIDINE : yes
22:26:05 From Ikram ESEGHIR : YES
22:26:38 From Mustapha Mourchid : Finally, I could join the Zoom room. I don’t know what has happened.
22:26:50 From Adil Errami : no difference
22:26:51 From Oumaima Elghazali : they all look the same to me..
22:27:08 From Malak Al-gabsi : 414
22:27:35 From Oumaima Elghazali : + and a – is a zero
22:27:45 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : 15
22:27:46 From Ikram ESEGHIR : 15
22:27:47 From Oumaima Elghazali : a zero
22:27:51 From Adil Errami : 15
22:27:52 From Amar FARYAT : 15
22:28:52 From Oumaima Elghazali : 9
22:28:55 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : 64
22:29:04 From Adil Errami : 9
22:29:05 From Mustapha Mourchid : 9
22:29:20 From Malak Al-gabsi : 414 is the result
22:29:25 From Taha El Hadari : 30
22:29:25 From Adil Errami : 12
22:30:24 From Laaribi Manal : 333
22:30:45 From Taha El Hadari : 117
22:30:46 From Vance Stevens – Penang : no
22:30:55 From Tooba Kamil : 333
22:31:03 From Vance Stevens – Penang : Laarib MANAL … and Tooba Kamil both both got it!
22:31:06 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Manal
22:31:10 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Congrats
22:31:14 From Laaribi Manal : haha. Thank you.
22:31:27 From Mounia El Jaouhari : Congrats Manal!

I was ready to rush on to step 6, but the participants wanted to have the soluton explained, so we used the Jamboard to illustrate our explanation. I started sharing it at 1:20 into the video.

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22:32:42 From Laaribi Manal : 9+ (9*12*3)
22:32:48 From Taha El Hadari : 324
22:32:50 From Adil Errami : why 36? I think there is something wrong
22:33:13 From Laaribi Manal : 9+324=333
22:33:32 From Adil Errami : 12
22:34:27 From Abderrahim El Hilali : Multiplication comes before addition in Rules of Arithmetic Operations

I ask, “Are you happy with that? Any questions,” at 1:29 in the video – and it’s almost 11 at night for me, so we decide to wind things up 🙂
22:35:00 From Mustapha Mourchid : Yes
22:35:03 From Mustapha Mourchid : No questions
22:35:04 From Laaribi Manal : Yes
22:35:12 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Yes, it’s interesting
22:35:17 From Abdelmalek El Morabit : Thanks for sharing
22:35:23 From Oumaima Elghazali : Thank you! this is good
22:35:31 From SAIBARI ZINE EL ABIDINE : Yes ,thank you
22:36:12 From Mustapha Mourchid : El Attar
22:36:24 From Ikram ESEGHIR : Thank you for sharing these interesting tools
22:36:36 From minnie : thank you so much
22:37:11 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : Should we follow the same order why applying them??

At 1:37 in the YouTube video we jump to steps 6, 7, and 8, the reflection stage, all at once in Lino, see http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Lino, and from there move to a final Q & A session …
22:37:48 From Vance Stevens – Penang : http://linoit.com/users/VanceStevens/canvases/OLLT%20Morocco

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22:39:39 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : Should we follow the same order while applying the eight stages??
22:39:57 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://flipgrid.com/ollt2020
I had set up a Fliprid for the participants to provide final reflectons, but we had been going almost 2 hours (having fun, but getting hungry)
22:41:59 From Ikram ESEGHIR : Maybe Reflection should come before step 6 because learners should reflect on what has been done bfore Moving forward
22:42:07 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : Do the eight stages work for all categories of learners? I mean adults, kids…
22:43:03 From Vance Stevens – Penang : http://linoit.com/users/VanceStevens/canvases/OLLT%20Morocco
22:44:32 From Ikram ESEGHIR : What is needed is constructive precise feedback she can use to improve the model
22:45:25 From Mustapha Mourchid : Can you talk about formative and summative assessment in relation to online teaching and learning? Thanks a lot Professor.
22:47:05 From Heike Philp : Yes, I can give you the URL of the Zoom room
22:47:53 From Heike Philp : https://zoom.us/j/885028983
22:47:56 From iPad de Glob Technology : since we teach online , how can we test or assess online?
22:48:16 From Heike Philp : its on the 25th
22:48:27 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : Thank you, Heike Philp
22:48:29 From Mustapha Mourchid : That’s what I am asking about. We need to talk about assessing students online
22:49:04 From Vance Stevens – Penang : http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/
22:49:32 From Rabha Sahli : online assessment is still an issue, especially under these circumstances
22:50:02 From Mustapha Mourchid : But we are talking about online teaching and learning.
22:50:09 From Abderrahim El Hilali : Are there any other techniques that we could use with students with special needs (Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder)?
22:50:53 From Mustapha Mourchid : Can you talk about formative and summative assessment in relation to online teaching and learning? Thanks a lot Professor.
22:50:54 From Ezzahra Benlahoussine : It was very interesting. Thank you so much.
22:51:05 From Heike Philp : Ikram raised her hand
22:51:17 From Bendaoud Nadif : Thank you for this insightful and useful presentation.Could you share
22:51:21 From sana sadiq : thank you
22:51:26 From Mounia El Jaouhari : Thank you for your insightful lecture Professor!
22:51:40 From Bendaoud Nadif : Could you share the presenation, please?
22:51:49 From Mustapha Mourchid : Thanks a lot Professor for this informative webinar.
22:52:02 From SAIBARI ZINE EL ABIDINE : Thank you very much.
22:52:09 From minnie : thanks a lot
22:52:15 From Rabha Sahli : Thank you so much.
22:52:20 From Amar FARYAT : Thank you Professor
22:52:24 From Oumaima Elghazali : Thank you very much! this was very informative
22:52:28 From sarah ibrahimi : thank you so much Dr.stevens for such a transformative presentation thanks for sharing all the links.
22:52:31 From Adil Errami : Thank you so much Sir! Nice meeting you!
22:52:38 From Mustapha Mourchid : Don’t forget to clap!
22:52:56 From Heike Philp : How many were watching the livestream on FB?
22:53:02 From Mustapha Mourchid : A great presentation!
22:53:03 From Rabha Sahli : 👏👏👏👏👏
22:53:13 From Mustapha Mourchid : I gues 57
22:53:16 From Mustapha Mourchid : Guess*
22:53:33 From Mustapha Mourchid : 28 are still watching now
22:53:36 From Rabha Sahli : Excellent Workshop,much appreciated
22:53:44 From Heike Philp : thx Mustapha
22:53:59 From Ikram ESEGHIR : Thank you
22:54:05 From Vance Stevens – Penang : https://www.facebook.com/groups/learning2gether/
22:54:08 From Karima Mehanny : tha4
22:54:13 From Mustapha Mourchid : Welcome Heike
22:54:13 From Karima Mehanny : thank you
22:54:16 From sarah ibrahimi : thank you All
22:54:37 From Adil Errami : Thank you again
22:55:29 From Tooba Kamil : thanks
22:55:31 From sarah ibrahimi : 👏👏👏👏

I know I did not address a lot of these questions, but they could be asked in the Google Classroom set up for this course, for those who can access it: https://classroom.google.com/c/ODU4OTU1NTk3Mzda

And I did not really model the last 3 steps in the process, but what I had in mind, had we had more time, was in the plan here
http://ollt2020.pbworks.com/w/page/140637174/FrontPage#Step6PreviewampDiscovery


Promotion and Feedback

This event was posted to these Facebook Groups

And posted as a message to this Groups.io:
https://groups.io/g/webheadsinaction/message/32675

Also the Online Doctoral Seminar Series streamed the event on its Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Doctoral-Program-Language-Culture-and-Society-FLSHR-UM5R-100952624978994/

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I didn’t know in advance that they were streaming the event or I would have announced it in my own promotions – but I’m very glad that they did! (Vance 🙂

And from the series organizers:


What is TALIN?

TALIN stands for Teaching and Learning in IsolatioN, https://tinyurl.com/talin2020

The idea for TALIN was prompted by suggestions in numerous cross-fertilizing communities of practice that there was needed a space where members of these CoPs could meet online and talk informally to one another about how they are dealing with changes in their personal and professional contexts and what they are doing to help others in this trying time of pandemic.

Learning2gether can host TALIN events in Zoom during times of isolation/lockdown if they are intended to be recorded and shared with the wider community, and if they take place between 02:00-14:00 UTC

TALIN events here are open to all and free to attend.

If you would like to propose an event or invite others to meet in conversation

  1. Visit this page https://tinyurl.com/talin2020
  2. Click on “Request Edit Access” to the left of your profile picture at the top of the page
  3. Wait for approval
  4. Write in your event on the schedule. Give the time in UTC if you can, and give the time in your location also as a double check on time

You can host the event yourself, but if you want Learning2gether to host it and promote it, please allow enough time to check that I am available, at least a few days in advance.

More about TALIN, as presented at international online conferences


Earlier Events

Sun 12 July noon UTC – 16th Webheads Revival Weekly Sunday Sandbox OpenMic-inar

https://learning2gether.net/2020/07/12/vance-stevens-and-laine-marshall-discuss-sofla-in-detail-at-the-16th-webheads-revival-weekly-sunday-sandbox-open-mic-inar/

 

Tue 14 July noon UTC Flipped Learning Q&A with Laine Marshall and Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago

Graham Stanley invited us to this Flipped Learning Q&A with Laine Marshall and Carolina Rodriguez Buitrago

https://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil/posts/3543819558966239

The text says to join the live session here https://bit.ly/LiveSession-14July

This is what it looked like once it got going …

Here is how questions were handled by the BBC chat moderator, Monica

Major takeaway: The 4 E’s – Equity, Enrich, Engage, Empower

I like FB streams because you can visit the stream link later and get the watch video.

https://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil/videos/320587092667222/?v=320587092667222

When I put this link in my wordpress blog, usually it plays it.

 

Mon 13 July  2 am ET – Amira Salama on TESOL Career Path Development PD Network Summer 2020 Webinar Series

 

Wed 15 July 1800 UTC Liz England at NileTESOL PD Event

#NileTESOL#PD_Committee cordially invites you to the second session of its #PD#Debate Series.

We are excited and eternally grateful to our very special guest of honor Professor Liz England for accepting the invitation!

The Motion: #Women outnumber #men in the fields of language learning and teaching for #cognitive rather than #social/societal reasons.

Supporting the Motion:
Dr Haggag Mohamed, Associate Professor, South Valley University, Egypt
Ms Amira Erfan, Teacher Trainer, Egypt

Opposing the Motion:
Prof Liz England, Principal at Liz England & Associates, the US
Mr Wael Amer, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor, University Centers for Career Development, The American University in Cairo

 

Sun-Thu 12-16 July FLIP TECH 2020 online conference

FLIP TECH Attendee Form, free registration
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UwgWjI2TcXMpaSmO6N48MUSMXzzkcvFbzYFrUN7Gs2k/edit?usp=drive_web__;!!DeIc-uvKXH9G!rDujZCO6GWtB9KMZAx7vvP9eg2wH2zu8Mcez_51mpBt8QOY9zzLZc82J9ePNfnkR26u-$

Here is what the above form looks like after filling in.
It has a link to the 25-page schedule here: https://bit.ly/fliptech2020schedule

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FLIP TECH Flyer:
https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://drive.google.com/file/d/11_lDyKZmBP52gFC6DrUwXUmTKcTf3uHy/view?usp=drive_web__;!!DeIc-uvKXH9G!rDujZCO6GWtB9KMZAx7vvP9eg2wH2zu8Mcez_51mpBt8QOY9zzLZc82J9ePNftcMUbHF$

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Graham Stanley shared this to https://www.facebook.com/groups/RemoteTeaching/

Here is what Graham posted to Remote Teaching. The TinyURLs point to Laine’s links 

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Busy? Doesn’t fit your schedule? Missed it entirely??

Most presentations are already released online digitally for you to view even if you can’t make the 1 hour LIVE chat with the presenter.

FlipTech2020 is a grassroots online event by The Flipped Learning Network, EDU@YourBest, and #Flipclasschat as a community service to teachers and schools in this difficult time free of charge because everyone needs to more about…

“Making teaching work in 2020”


I’m not sure where to find the video recordings, but here is an example impressive session from 9 a.m. Sunday July 12

Flipping the Professional Development – Milica Vukadin created an interactive presentation with videos and a quiz. To explore it click on the yellow buttons.
CLICK HERE

The presentation was created in https://genial.ly/

 

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The date of this update is July 28, 2020 07:00 UTC