Vance Stevens hosts EVO MultiMOOC HANGOUT and stream

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Vance Stevens hosted a live online session ostensibly to explain in greater detail how to get started with Google Reader, as described in this blog post:

http://evomlit.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/following-blogs-by-subscribing-to-their-rss-f/

You could use this technique to follow student blogs or blogs from any group or individual you wish to follow.  I had offered to help participants set up their Google Readers hands-on to find all the posts in blogs that have been written to reflect on certain EVO sessions.  But the participant mix took the conversation into other directions.

Session recording

Here are the text chat windows we embedded to provide a backchannel to the live stream

We encountered a problem through choice of Sync.in.  After 8 participants had joined the chat it would allow no more (and we were relying on that chat to disseminate the Hangout link on the fly).  We didn’t realize until 15 min. into the program that people could hear the stream but couldn’t communicate with us or figure out how to join the hangout, but eventually stragglers made it in and informed us, so tweeted the Hangout link and put it up at http://learning2gether.pbworks.com and created the second TitanPad text chat below.

Plan B Text Chat

Significance of the event

There is another very interesting aspect of the session this Sunday.  It was the first time I conducted such an event in a Hangout On Air, and streamed the video at http://webheadsinaction.org/live

The procedure is explained in the video show below, direct link to the video: http://webheadsinaction.org/painless-magic-vance-learning-jeff-lebow

This procedure overcomes two limitations of hangouts. One limitation is that you can only have 10 in a Hangout at a time.  The other is that it’s hard to tell people where you’ll be hanging out because hangouts are designed to be found through your circles and other social features of Google + so there is no URL to give out until the Hangout actually starts.  Thus, many Hangouts are announced, but participants can’t enter because there are ten there already, and the participants are left standing outside a locked door, which is not colleaguial.

http://webheadsinaction.org/live overcomes both these problems.  First, I can embed an Etherpad clone chat there where anyone can interact.  I can put the hangout URL there and others can click on it and join the chat, or if you are having problems you can get help in the chat (in practice we ran up against the 8 participant limit in Sync.in, which we will avoid for this purpose in future).  Secondly, since the YouTube embed that lets you play the recording later HAPPENS to stream the event while it’s in session, then anyone can visit the URL where that link is embedded and listen to the stream.  So if the Hangout is full, hundreds more can listen in and interact in the Titanpad chat (thousands? tens? no idea actually). We can also announce on the stream when places become available in the Hangout and participants in the Hangout can be rotated in and out that way.

So one purpose of the session will be to Learn2gether about Google Reader how to follow class sets of blogs. But in so doing we’ll see how to stream a Hangout so it can reach beyond just the ten in the hangout itself.

Testing prior to the actual event

I tested this at around 1300 GMT with Kalyan Chattopadhyay.

It worked fine as you can see from this recording

(sorry for messing around setting up, but I was checking on other computers that the stream was being broadcast, when Kalyan responded to my call to verify that it was being broadcast worldwide )

Learning how to do this

This is the video in which Jeff Lebow coached me on learning this technique.  It can be found also here: http://webheadsinaction.org/painless-magic-vance-learning-jeff-lebow

Announcements

Holly Dilatush graciously agreed to share her comments here which she posted to Google + as we were meeting together.  It seems she was having F.U.N.

I just heard Jeff’s Sae-hey-bok-mahn-ee-pah-deu-sey-yo! (or something close!) i will never forget that expression = Happy New Year in Korean!  Happy New Year, all!

I use the exercise balls, too… great idea for non-squeak!  [I’m typing more notes as I listen!]  Fun, fun, f.u.n.!

So much fun to see you all!

[EVO_Drama_2013 is rather quiet, too, though it’s picking up a lot today for some reason]

I haven’t signed up for kubbu = too many things to keep track of and testing my ability to say “No.” (or at least, “Not now”).  Every new post about it tempts me to go sign up and play, too.  But as of today I have not signed up.

Interesting observation…. watching the hangout recording = we don’t see who is talking…

psychedelic flashes!  (Why?) Are there really colors flashing in her room? (not sure who that is).

Oh… listening to Rita talking about Webheads… yes, yes, yes!

Grinning!

Jeff:  Worldbridges

“Learning is chaotic” (Vance)

Vance was punished?!  No, no, no… come back, Vance!

How quickly we feel frustrated!  So many options!  Isn’t it amazing that we are navigating all of these (or at least some of these) =  I used to give up but now keep trying most of the time = often without thinking twice.

Podcasting = I do need to revisit this… was frustrated with this in the past.  Isn’t it interesting what we choose to follow, why, and when/why we give up?

Anyone know Blog Talk Radio ?

“Can you hear me now?”  😀

Come to Paraguay!

no more isolation!

Vance is back!

Stael (sp) = how to pronounce

Nina lost in Google Hangout Toolbox?

free speech = debates = culture = discussion / “don’t/can’t” discuss culture

English language = helps change the culure (interesting)

I’ll put a plug in for everyone to check out process drama techniques as a way to enhance = check out EVO_Drama sessions

Vance’s voice gone again!   and back again!

😀

On WizIQ, it’s advised to close Skype and any other programs that use microphone… if you are the one who started the class… so I wonder if this is what caused Vance’s disconnects?  [But I do NOT know what I’m  talking about, do not understand the behind-the-scenes tech stuff! …just passing along a possible tip?]

Trace Effects game = another I’ve passed on for now…  How do we keep up with all the things we attempt to keep up on.

OK… sorry guys, have to stop listening… but these hangouts on Air recordings make me feel less left out (won’t make TESOL this year; didn’t make TESOL last year, and miss seeing everyone in person; this is the next best thing!).

keep sharing the “cognitive surplus” (Nina)

Smiles to all,

Holly

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Tuba Angay Crowder – Multimodality vs. Multiliteracy

  

Where?

Recording

Multimodality vs. Multiliteracies by Tuba Angay-Crowder

 

During the presentation, Tuba referred to the work of Joel Bloch, who was present at the online event:

  • Bloch, J. (2008). Blogging as a bridge between multiple forms of literacy: The use of blogs in an academic writing class. In D. Belcher & A. Hirvela (Eds). The Oral-Literate Connection: Perspectives on L2 speaking, writing, and other media interactions. . Michigan: The University of Mivhigan Press

Announcements:

 


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Dave Cormier discusses cMOOC and MultiMOOC, connectivism, and openness in learning

Venue

: Bb Collaborate / Elluminate, with thanks to http://learningtimes.org 

  • http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/
  • Elluminate has been chosen over Hangout because there is a TILL Sunday Hangout event on ePortfolios at 15:00 that some MultiMOOC participants will be attending, and it will be easier to transition there from Elluminate rather than stopping one Hangout and joining another.

Recording:

Reaction:

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Dave talks here about his ideas on learning and differentiates the nature of what needs to be learned into David Snowden’s simple, complicated, complex, and chaotic.  cMOOCs he said were expecially good at promoting learning at the complex and chaotic levels.  Listen here and find out why.

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From the Wikipedia article on Cynefin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynefin

We expected to ask Dave about 

http://davecormier.com/edblog/2010/08/08/response-to-critiques-of-open-course-educause-article-and-the-free-economy-generally/

And if conversation flags (not likely 🙂  …

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324339204578173421673664106.html

Announcements

Sun, Jan 20, 2013 – 15:00 GMT – Benjamin Stewart hosts TILL Sunday discussion of ePortfolios in Language Learning

The recording of the TILL Sunday event on ePortfolios in Language Learning, hosted by Benjamin Steward in a Hangout, is here
https://plus.google.com/102575233626552174136/posts/j8bQLxnNGxJ 


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On the agenda, 2 readings:

To this, Vance might add, for MultiMOOC participants: http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/61341848/Me-Portfolios_2013  

Hangouts are created on the fly, so their URLs are not generated until just before the event.  Normally they are shared within circles.

If Benjamin Stewart and/or Vance Stevens are sharing circles with you, there are two things you can try

  1. you can Skype vancestev for more information
  2.  Also Vance will likely still be in Elluminate http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ for the first 15 min of this event, with the recording off, and you can possibly find me there for text chat directions to the Hangout

 

If all else fails, try this next event
(looks like a GR8 DB8 but the Hangout will be interactive, whereas the following, though highly recommended, will be equally as entertaining as a recording) 

Sun, Jan 20, 2013 – 1500 GMT – IATEFL Webinar: ICT debate about IWBs

http://ltsig.org.uk/events/13-future-events/263-20113-webinar-the-great-ict-debate.html

The great ICT Debate

IWBs: a fantastic teaching tool or non-interactive white elephant?
with Pete Sharma and Gavin Dudeney

Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) have been around for a long time now. Few technologies have attracted such controversy. For some, they are a powerful teaching aid, while for others they are nothing more than an expensive waste of space, hopefully soon to RIP. Join us for this fascinating debate on the merits and future of the interactive whiteboard!

Pete Sharma will be defending IWBs, and Gavin Dudeney will be opposing.

Regarding the recording, at the above link, there is the following notice


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Vance Stevens presents to EVO session BaW on Webheads in Action and what Webheads has become’

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Where: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Recording:

Announcements:

I scooped this blog post where I put the Elluminate recording link (and also the link to the BaW wiki page with the nice screen shots).

Incidentally, after the session ended, I copied and pasted all the captured web cam shots on our whiteboard to a Paint bitmap so I could tease them apart into a collage where everyone was represented, and that’s the image you see at the top of this post.

I scooped the post AFTER I had rendered the mp3 audio from the Elluminate recording (if you want to do that for your recordings, download Publish from the Elluminate site for free – only works on Apple though!!). I uploaded the mp3 to the Posterous blog (this one) on which I have installed Feedburner. That makes the podcast feed link which you can see in the sidebar.

That might sound complicated, but when you set up Feedburner and give it your blog URL it asks you if you are a podcaster, and just by ticking YES at that point, your blog becomes a podcast, where any media you upload will be included in its RSS feed.

Now an interesting affordance of Scoop.it is that if your post includes an audio file, it sometimes (not always, 90% of the time, and the other 10% drives me nuts) puts your recording up at Scoop.it in a media player so anyone hitting on the scoop can play the audio right there.

What’ll they think of next? Try it:
http://www.scoop.it/t/multiliteracies/p/3995111118/learning2gether-the-podcast


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Jeff Lebow converges Hangout, Second Life, Elluminate, and WiZiQ for the EVO 2013 (Electronic Village Online) Mega-Launch

Learning2gether Episode 137

Elluminate (Bb Collaborate) recording, thanks to http://learningtimes.org

Hangout recording

What was this about?

This is an annual EVO event where moderators for the EVO sessions listed at http://evosessions.pbworks.com meet from noon GMT in Google Hangout to talk about their sessions and take questions from interested participants.

Venue was to be decided, and turned out to be Google+ Hangout, Second LIfe, WiZiQ and Elluminate: http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/, all skillfully juggled by master wizard behind the curtain Jeff Lebow.

Ten people at a time can be in a Hangout, but the event was streamed so that anyone could listen to the stream while it was being broadcast or later via the recording.  The stream bounced in and out of Google+ Hangout, Second LIfe, WiZiQ, and  Elluminate, where people met up to speak about their sessions and get help if they were having trouble with Google Hangout.


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Participants had these instructions:

  • The stream URL or widget will appear at http://webheadsinaction.org/. There is also a text chat there.  You can visit there now to see last year’s example.
  • Anyone wishing to comment on the stream, or get help with Hangout can come to http://webheadsinaction.org/ and use the text chat there, or visit http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ for text and possibly voice chat.
  • The URL for the hangout will be available in those places and will be revealed at launch time.

Recordings:

What we planned would happen on Sunday

13:00 GMT, Jeff will start the hangout and we’ll start posting it’s URL wherever we can think of

13:30 (all times GMT) we’ll start gathering in the Hangout for mic checks and whatnot

 – Jeff will set up the stream and we’ll check that it works

 – Jeff will plant his audiobot in the Webheads Elluminate room so that the stream can be heard there

14:00 Jeff starts recording what’s going on in the Hangout

 – Those in the hangout can interact with us via voice and video (or avatar if it’s too early for that for you 🙂

 – Those listening to the stream at http://webheadsinaction.org/live can interact in text chat there

 – Those in Elluminate can hear the stream and interact in txt chat there, but the audiobot will have the mic

15:00 apprx we assess whether to continue in Hangout or move the show over to Elluminate

 – Jeff’s audiobot in Elluminate will release the mic and feed what is happening there to the stream

 – Participants in Elluminate can interact in audio and txt chat

 – Those in the stream at http://webheadsinaction.org/live can listen only but interact in text chat there

16:00 is Jeff’s bedtime and Vance’s dinnertime

Some caveats:

 – It might be best if all participants try to txt chat in the stream while the Hangout is in progress.  Txt chat in Elluminate is not visible to the stream chat and visa versa

 – If you are listening to the stream and then join the hangout or Elluminate room, mute the stream to avoid double audio

 – If planning to speak in the Hangout, please use a headset to avoid echo.  Jeff is a notorious audio stickler and will mute any echomongers 🙂 but you’ll be invited to resolve the problem and return.

– It will be easier for Jeff to bring you into the Hangout if you will visit http://plus.google.com and bring up your profile

 – In order to help with planning, Jeff thinks “it would be lovely if mods could use the doc below to arrange a tentative speaking schedule”

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YXrrCeeOgyZUOv3YFLO1f8pUIFNyab-OG8LUJbCPny0/edit

And there is a screenshot at the bottom of this document showing how to activate your Google+ profile

All are welcome

Announcements:

Artifacts: 


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Last words from Jeff Lebow:

Jeff Lebow Hanging out at Vance Stevens’s live TAEdTech presentation on EVO at Al Hosn University Abu Dhabi

Learning2gether Episode 136

Vance Stevens presented on Teacher-centered PD via TESOL Electronic Village Online: Free, Annual, Online at this live face-to-face conference 12 January 2013 – 

TAEDTECH Sig w/ TA Abu Dhabi Chapter “Addressing language Learning Objectives with the Help of IT”

Schedule and more information is at http://buckinsand.titanpad.com/213

Download:

https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/vance-stevens-talks-evo2013-at-abu-dhabi-taedtech-sig.mp3

YouTube Hangout recording: 

Presentation abstract

To tune in to the stream, participants could:

Announcements

Other session recordings:

In the end we got recordings of the following sessions:

Vance Stevens, Ana Cristina Pratas, Claire Siskin discuss: What’s a MultiMOOC?


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MultiMOOC is one of the sessions at the annual EVO Electronic Village Online event starting next week.

The call for participation at http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/61742103/Call_for_Participation2013

links to http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/61739966/2013Multiliteracies

where it says that:

MultiMOOC “applies connectivist and multiliteracies approaches to exploring recent developments and issues in open learning, and how these might apply to more conventional settings.  The session is paced on Cormier’s 5 stages of MOOC participation: orient, declare, network, cluster, focus. Participants declare their personal goals for the course and trace their progress through eportfolios, either simple or elaborate. Any reasonable level of participation earns a badge in the course.”

In this recording, one of the moderators of the MultiMOOC session discusses with participants Nina, Susanna, and Lada how this session departs from others and why we call it a MOOC.

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Recording?

http://cristinaskybox.blogspot.com/p/sites-for-educators.html