Michiyo joins EVO Minecraft MOOC participants in a deliberately executed tomb raid

Learning2gether Episode 401

On Feb 8, 2019 the EVO Minecraft MOOC temple busting team of Abu Fletcher, Dakotah Redstone, Jane Chien, Mattie Tsai, Michiyo, and Teacher Vance applied logic and geometry (or at least Dak did) to the puzzle of getting into a desert temple by excavating around the side of it and under it, exposing and rendering harmless the TNT that booby-traps the bottom of every unexplored temple, and helping ourselves to what was in the zombie chests.

Dak got the diamond horse armor since he was most deserving and most instrumental in the excavation and had the greatest appreciation for horses in Minecraft as you can hear in the video, here:

The event was announced on Google+ at this link, good only through March 2019

Michiyo wanted to make ‘her house’ much nicer, with the help of +Olivetree Lighthouse, so she posted, “I explored the desert area. I have collected cactuses in order to make green things. Then collected some sands to make glasses. If I have some time to continue “my house” building, I may be in the world at around 14:00 UTC on the Feb. 7th or 8th. It would depend on how early I could get back from work. If I were there, I would. If not, next day or time.”

She wasn’t able to make it on Feb 7, but she kept her Feb 8 appointment.  Meanwhile, here’s what we did on Feb 7:

Thu Feb 7 EVO Minecraft MOOC moderators Teacher Vance and Dakotah Redstone follow Abufletcher to newly-discovered temple

Michiyo was not able to make it back from work in time, so Dakotah Redstone and Teacher Vance followed Abufletcher to a temple he found buried in a village just north of the one we had all visited last week on our adventure trek. We looked it over but didn’t crack it. We hoped to find others in our community who would want to explore it with us. We posted to our Google+ Community that they could find it on the map just north up the river from our recent trek destination and inside the big grey wall Dak erected around it while we chatting in Discord. I attached this picture:

So when Michiyo appeared next day, apparently Abufletcher, Michiyo’s teacher in Japan, encouraged her to visit the new temple, which is where I met the group when I arrived, having just emerged from a cab at my apartment which had brought me from the bus station in Penang where I had just left a bus that had left Kuala Lumpur 6 hours earlier. I  joined Michiyo, Abu Fletcher, Dak, Jane, and Mattie in Minecraft just as they were all about to head down the polished stone road that Dak had created leading over to the Temple Under Town that Abu Fletcher had found the previous day, where we would see if we could unlock its secrets in a systematic manner.

The event was on the 2019 EVO Minecraft MOOC Live Events schedule, which is linked from the sidebar at the #evomc19 landing page at http://missions4evomc.pbworks.com/. That link should be working far into the foreseeable future.

The event was organized on the EVOMC Google+ Community, which we’ll hate to loose after March 2019. The event evolved in these two posts, the first from Michiyo,
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+VanceStevens/posts/Hp1FEvSXqbf where I had replied the day before, “+Michiyo Toshima joined us today, but not for house building. We went on a temple tour and excavated around the Temple Under Town.”

Don Carroll then made a longer post here
which I reconstruct here since these links to Google+ will no longer work after March.

Don Carroll (Abufletcher)

A most unusual temple!!!  Come and help us explore (but not pillage) both the temple and the village on top of it!  Dak is busy building a protective wall around the village (immigrants welcome).

OliveTree Lighthouse

Great find 🙂  Sorry I couldn’t join. I was fighting with command blocks and was reading and watching things online trying to get them to work as I wanted.

Vance Stevens

The /warp is templeundervillage. I had to go there to test the /warp, and I found that someone, probably one of the villagers, agitated at the recent interest shown by bothersome explorers from another dimension, placed an iron door over the entrance to the most sacred part of the temple. I guess they make iron doors in the blacksmith shop adjacent to the temple precincts. To open the door, you have to know how to operate the ‘device’.  Once inside, the way is, hmmm not exactly clear, but the direction down is (whatever you do, don’t jump down there!)

In another post I invited participants to come help us “loot” this temple but I withdraw that poorly worded invitation and leave the disposal of this one to my esteemed colleague and co-moderator, Abu Fletcher.

If interested in looting a temple I can invite you to another one, if it hasn’t been looted already (I wouldn’t know for sure until I went there and tried to loot it). Sign up for the expedition in the reply area below.

Don Carroll

I’m more interested in how the temple and several village structures seem to have become intertwined.  I’d like to see if we can untangle the parts before damaging anything with a “smash and grab” approach.  Honestly, after looting a few temples, it all gets to be pretty routine.  Often I don’t even bother.

I’ll be in-game at about 14:00 UTC.

Vance Stevens

+Don Carroll Yes, exactly, by “looting” a temple I mean to approach what lays beneath the blue and red tiles in a calm and systematic manner, avoid setting off the TNT, which we know is down there. By working systematically and on arriving safely in the space below, I suggest that we open the lids on the chests that will also be there and peek inside.

I think this is one of those constructive activities that show Minecraft in its most collaborative mode, and reveal to participants how critical language is in the process (for example when Abu Fletcher told me once, in text, DON’T STEP THERE. Step is probably a useful word in English, as is its appearance in a negative imperative.) But more importantly, the instructions to one another as we work toward a common goal are the point of the exercise.

Hope to see you at 1400 UTC if the bus I’m on reaches Penang in time.

If anyone would like to join us in the exploration of this temple and / or others, please click REPLY below.

Don Carroll

Here’s an aerial view of the temple/village (from the dynamic map).

Actually, Vance I would suggest that we entirely leave the “loot” alone.  It’s really not interesting.  Instead, I’d like to see us work creatively and in unison to “map out” how the temple and village structures are intertwined.  For example, can we find minimally invasive ways to get into the main temple structure WITHOUT damaging ANY of the exteriors of any of the village structures?

In fact, anyone who just wants the loot is welcome to get it through a diagonal tunnel (as I have done before on many temples).

Or maybe I should just go in and grab the loot myself now so we can focus on the archeologically interesting aspects of the site. : )

Vance Stevens

+Don Carroll I liked +Dakotah Redstone’s spiral approach, as evident in the video.

The event took place on the EVO Minecraft MOOC 1.12.2 server with voice in Discord


Earlier events

Tue Feb 5 Learning2gether episode 400 – EVO Minecraft MOOC visits East Coast Miners for VSTE Minecraft Monday


While EVO Minecraft MOOC is in session through Mid February, earlier events are being archived here:


Learning2gether episode 400 – EVO Minecraft MOOC visits East Coast Miners for VSTE Minecraft Monday

Learning2gether Episode 400


On Tuesday, February 5 in Europe and points east of there, but still February 4 in the USA, Kim Harrison a.k.a. K4sons invited EVO (Electronic Village Online) Minecraft MOOC  participants to visit VSTE’s Minecraft Monday, a regular monthly event hosted by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. Dakotah_Redstone and Beth O’Connell helped plan it with her. The VSTE events are held on the first Monday of each month from 8 to 9 PM EST (New York time).

Today they were visiting East Coast Miners, a building guild for under-16s patterned on the work of Jo Kay’s Jokaydia, http://www.jokaydia.com/. East Coast Miners provided a tour of what that the teachers are doing with kids after hours.

After settling into the environment, we started recording at a turtle farm where one of the kids was raising turtles. The new release of Minecraft 1.13.2 contains an underwater environment that spawns corals and a variety of sea creatures, so after swimming with the turtles, we moved to a coral reef where we swam with dolphins and other creatures, and visited an underwater shipwreck. There DarkKnight tossed some treasure maps into the water and you can see on the video where your map shows your location and allows you to use your F3 coordinates to navigate to X-marks-the-spot, where there was buried treasure. We all went there and eventually uncovered a treasure chest full of goodies.

We then lapsed into a reflection of how this might work for learners of a variety of topics, including learning languages. Jane in Taipei related how her son Mattie was interacting with the East Coast Miners and developing his English and problem solving skills.

Here is Jane’s reflection

Thank you, +Kim Harrison for inviting us on the East Coast Miners server. Treasure hunting was a lot of fun! The coral reef and tropical fish are so beautiful! I think that kids can learn far more by collaborating and communicating with players in Minecraft than they can by taking online synchronous language lessons (Online language tutoring/learning has been a trend lately). I see a lot of creativity, problem-solving, and peer-teaching with patience in Minecraft. I was taught by Cats, a teenage east coast miner, how to fly. She gave me lots of tips and feedback to my repeated failing attempts, and with her help, I re-learned how to fly in survival mode in Minecraft!

===Info on East Coast Miners from the website: http://www.eastcoastminers.org/====
The East Coast Miners Minecraft Community is operated by two educators and one geek (engineer) in the hopes to enrich STEAM skills science, technology, engineering, art and math as well as communication and collaboration skills.


How to join the VSTE server?

You need the latest release 1.13.2
connect to server.eastcoastminers.org

VSTE is the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, https://vste.org/about-vste/. VSTE Minecraft Mondays occur the first Monday of every month and lead into the annual VEPLN summer of survival (for last year’s event see https://vste.org/vepln-summer-of-survival/ and https://sites.google.com/view/vstesofs17/. There is also a Google+ Community until early April,
https://plus.google.com/communities/106561495889390694090 )

We’ll all be sad to see this and so many other fruitful communities disappear from Google+, a real blow to educational collaboration when that happens.


Earlier events


Sun Jan 27 Rose Bard, Dakota Redstone, and Jane Chien host a Building Challenge on the EVO Minecraft 1.12.2 server



Fri Feb 1 Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear lead sandbox adventure trekking on EVO Minecraft 1.12.2 server

Teacher Vance and Bobbi Bear led an adventure trek to some desert temples in the 21k area.

The challenge

Anyone can join us. If you need gear we’ll equip you before we set out.

We meet in the 24k area and trek north to a river. We’ll have to trailblaze to the right river system.

From there we take boats to a village full of husks and villagers who will trade emeralds for rotten flesh and coal.

The temples are near there.

On this first meeting we embarked on the journey to see what would happen. In a little over an hour we had reached the temples.

Here are two YouTube recordings

Vance’s version, sound problems

Dak’s version below, with Discord chatter

If you wanted to join us, here’s how

Learning2gether with Jeff Magoto about the new ANVILL-LTI

Learning2gether Episode 297

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On Sunday Oct 18 Learning2gether were treated to a nearly-two hour tour of ANVILL-LTI by its managing developer Jeff Magoto, who talked to us about

Interactions in ANVILL from the Formulaic to the Pragmatically Pleasing

ANVILL-LTI is web-based software that has three aims: 1) to provide language teachers with a set of speech and lesson creation tools that make it easy to practice and assess spoken language, 2) to build a community of teachers who are willing to share their lessons and ideas around listening and speaking, and 3) to understand (from a CALL developer’s perspective) what kinds of computer-based interactions teachers and students find most beneficial and interesting. We explored these by looking at some of the most popular tasks teachers assign in ANVILL—from telecollaborations to listen n’ repeat, and the results those tasks yield.

ANVILL is a free and versatile LMS that focuses on allowing learners to interact in voice with teachers and each other in a tastefully designed flipped learning environment. That environment is succinctly defined in a 10-page manual available here, http://babel-old.uoregon.edu/ylc/downloads/anvill-LTI%20overview-v.3.pdf;  with a page each devoted to ANVILL’s main features (voiceboards, portfolios, chat, and integration with other LMS’s such as MOODLE).

This screen shot was made at a point where most participants who attended the Bb Collaborate event online were present. They are shown in the detachable participants list, above)

Where? The event will be held in Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Elluminate Recordng

If you need help with BbC Elluminate,


Earlier this week

Mon Oct 12 LEARNING2GETHER with Christel Broady about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20


Mon Oct 12 Globinar with Imelda Elliott – Formative assessment, collaborative learning, gamification

E4.111-1545: Formative assessment and collaborative learning – interactive quizzes, exercises and gamification

Juergen’s email, copy-pasted ‘as-is’:

free webinar with Imelda ELLIOTT: Formative assessment and collaborative learning – interactive quizzes, exercices and gamification

Sat Oct 17 0900 Pacific Time Classroom 2.0 – Jennifer Garcia –Green Screens + iPads = iMagic!

Date: Sat., October 17, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)

Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.

We are very excited to have Jennifer Garcia joining us as our special guest presenter on Saturday, October 17, for her presentation: “Green Screens + iPads = iMagic!” She will be sharing projects her students have done using green screens on the iPads with DoInk’s Green Screen App. We’ll get a guided tour of the entire process including setup, equipment, apps, workflow, assessment strategies and possible issues to be aware of. We’ll also get to see a few examples of her student work and have access to the online lessonsshe created to help you as you build your own projects. We’ll also get to see some examples from other teachers along with their resources. This will be most beneficial to teachers who have access to iPads in their classrooms, but it’s always exciting to learn about tools, apps and the possibilities for enhancing digital story telling with any tools you may have access to and we would welcome participants willing to share the tools and project examples for digital storytelling projects you are using in your classrooms.

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

On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “MineCraftEDU” session with our special guests Laura Briggs, Kim Harrison and Trish Cloud. Click on the Archives and Resources tab.

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

Sun Oct 18 noon GMT Jeff Lebow proposed a Hangout on Air

This is a follow-up discussion in the ELT Live G+ Community to a pre-conference workshop Jeff did last weekend at KOTESOL2015, http://jefflebow.net/node/339. Not sure if anyone from that will show up, but I will be hanging out and delighted to connect with any ELTLivers out there. Regular tune-in spot at http://eltlive.com/live

Two hours later (at 1400UTC) +Vance Stevens  will be back with another Learning2gether. Info at: https://plus.google.com/events/c19ep347c5milv6e0l0p9svmn5s?authkey=CPP7pJTMs7m3xgE

I got there about when Jeff decided it was bedtime …

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Learning2gether with Christel Broady about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-2

Learning2gether Episode 296

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On Monday October 12 Christel Broady presented to Learning2gether about Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20

Dr. Christel @BroadyESL  discussed with us Improving Language Learning and Teaching by Using Free Google Tools in K-20. Participants were able to visit http://webheadsinaction.org/live to watch the event stream live and interact with folks in the Hangout on Air via http://chatwing.com/vancestev. At showtime Monday we posted the direct link to the HoA live for all those who wanted to join us there. Several did, we were near our maximum capacity with other viewers in the stream/

Event description: An overview on how free tools can assist ELT professionals and learners in all everyday professional activities. Practical ideas that can be implemented immediately as well as training sources to deepen the understanding how the tools work.

Where? In Hangout on Air



Chat logs from the Hangout on Air:


Chat logs from Chatwing

Vance, You’ve messaged that today we have more chats,
are they before or after?
Hi, sorry I didn’t check here yesterday. There was an IATEFL YLSIG event on Sunday, and today Monday we are meeting with Dr. Christel Broady in Hangout, more information here http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether or athttp://webheadsinaction.org/live
That starts in about half an hour
Christel is in the Hangout now. You are welcome to join us there, we start in ten minutes:https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/hoaevent/AP36tYf56YrJcTErVcePnTocXFvC5PtGqArFetAP5iFM4WG6gOj9iw?hl=en&authuser=0
Hello all!
Seems OK for me here …ouf
(in chrome)
Looks good in Chromium (linux)…
I find there’s quite a few things that don’t work in Chrome …. I daren’t go linux 😦
Removing barriers for me means making learning more equitable…
hi everyone
Hi Maha, nice to see you
I tried to join but it takes me to an empty hangout where I am on my own 🙂 .. I will watch and comment here 🙂
thanks Vance I am happy I could join
We saw you in the Hangout
Love forms in Google Drive!
…for polls, instant feedback in class, etc.
I love forms for the students to write comprehension questions … they love it
🙂 me too
The links are ab fab – I’ve made my own copy to be sure I don’t loose them …. big thanks
Are MGuhlin and CloudHQ free?
I think MGuhlin is a blog
Miguel Guhlin, a K-12 blogger
Google drive integrates well with gmail as well…
the hangout is a bit slow for me I think . I couldn’t even hear anything. But I am good here .. good place to participate with you 🙂
HOA is fine at this end…
great, ahlan
I like spanning my google drive: https://freetools.spanning.com/stats/
we’ll get you to explain that in a moment in the Hangout
Yes Dr Christel, I have had many Teachers say that to me too! I use Google drive sharing documents or folders with my students.
Using Google drive to flip the classroom…
People who are afraid of these tools often do their banking on line (and belong FB)
Sharing documents as long as they are CC or one has rights to do so.
Google Drive also integrates well with Google Sites…
Sharing documents and videos is what I do too!
Hi Vance 🙂
Hi Nives, glad you could join us
Sometimes it’s easier to share videos in Google drive rather than Youtube which is not accessible to all students. Plus I love creating Lesson slides directly in the drive and adding it to the class materials folder for students to access whenever.
Google docs are good for student collaborative projects…
lol yes but how big of a loss .. That must’ve been really awful to loose years worth of work
I am disappointed that Google Classroom is not available for Private Tutoring or Teacher Training 😦
Me too Nives!
I usually backup what I really care about and I don’t usually trust the cloud alone
It’s such a great tool (Google Classroom) that it’s a dying shame that Google have such strict access to it.
yes me too Nives 😦
@Benjamin and @Maha 🙂
Interesting about videos … I wonder if that’s only with Classroom, because I did try once unsuccessfully
Also, Google Sites!
another one to tell us about, feel free to grab the mic, speak up when you hear ‘next
Social apps in schools is a bit touchy here in Italy, but using sites like Twiducate is safe and private offering social interaction without the public interaction. I’m looking at EdMettle too for the same, has anyone tried it?
feel free to comment on this, or ask in the live h/a
OMG – I’ve lost the sound altogether now (on my super duper brand new machine ) so I’m giving up all together – please say a BIG thanks for all the great links …. very useful indeed.
oooh this is great.. I’ve been trying to do this but couldn’t see how.. thank you
I agree…all teachers should have a YouTube channel.
thanks Elizabeth, your thanks will be in the show notes
I like Google Maps too for a class on ‘directions’ in English language. I get the students to create their own location and give directions in a dialogue.
what do you use to leave comments on a non apple computer?
Great idea a ‘photo story’ with photos, thank you Dr Christel 🙂
in what application, Maha?
Maha, are you asking about Google Docs?
What system are you running Maha?
windows 7
I insert comments into Google Docs from PC, Ctrl-alt-m
As far as I know Maha, leaving comments in Google Docs is the same for all operating systems…
ok thank you both I will try them later 🙂
I select the text, then right-click…
Or click “Insert”, then “comment”…
Hm this looks interesting for Reading Comprehension must give it a try … thanks 🙂
voice comments Benjamin?
I agree using images to express or expand their vocab is a great tool even with adult learners not just kids
Great Idea picture dictionaries for beginners
Vance is the expert on voice comments…I think there is an addon or extension, right?
You can enter comments by voice using android and tablet devices
Thanks for the link to the slides Vance 🙂
What slide are we on Vance??
ah android ok thanks
Hi Brian 🙂 nice to see you here
slide 26
Brian it’s slide 29
Got it now
Hi Brian
I have installed that Ben but for some reason couldn’t do voice in my doc. will try again
Hi Nives
Hi Vance
IATEFL SIG Bi-Monthly Webinars 2015-2016
Waiting for explanation on how to create schedules for webathones alco chains of events
U r welcome Brian 🙂
uh oh, connection lost and call ended
Google Docs addons I use: Consistency Checker, EasyBib, Kaizena, and Thesaurus…
Yes hear you Christel 🙂
I’m looking at slides on my google docs
Brian move to slide 31
Google Drive = transparent education
@Benjamin I agree
But they want to learn free
Thanks all for a great chat! Off to class!
ciao @Benjamin enjoy your class
have a great day Benjamin
I like the reference of the Backchannel chat to ‘digital brother’ Dr Christel
I keep dropping out
I think it may still be recording
yes I hear you
it’s trying to reconnect
great idea 🙂 Christel
the voice is lost
can you hear now Halima?
Thank you Dr Christel, your slides are powerful as always you have so much to share it’s wonderful learning from you, thank you 🙂
Dr Christel is that Native Speaking tool only available in Classroom?
Looks like we’re back online here
is Exit ticket a written reflection?
Bravo Vance 🙂 I live with technology hassles everyday living in the Italian countryside so am glad today is going ‘great’ so far 🙂
the voice lag is back, not a good sign
yes you are online just heard you Vance
we are doing fine so far .. It may be only on your side Vance
I think it is on my side
HoA is a great tool for Teaching online, I have used it but what I really look for is an interactive whiteboard to use when tutoring students online live
I recently have used EZTalks which has a great screen sharing tool and interactive whiteboard plus it’s free for up to 3 in a session
wish you could talk with us in Hangout but your comments will appear in the show notes at http://learning2gether.net
or a quick journal or something .
Nice cat Vance
thank you I like the idea
Nives, have you tried WizIq?
Hi Glenys, yes I am currently using WizIQ as a Teacher also with Dr Nellie’s moodle team
@Glenys my problem is that sometimes WizIQ is too heavy to run on a low internet connection
I tried Wisiq and also some separate boards but for some reason they are usually buggy . even Wiziq staff told me that my bandwidth was not good enough so I usually use hangouts
@Maha I understand exactly what you mean 🙂 even if I have used WizIQ for nearly 3 years
A BIG THANK YOU DR CHRISTEL for a great presentation and magnificent very informative slides 🙂
thank you so much for all the information and resources Dr. Christel
Thank you Dr Christel for a very interesting talk
Ciao Vance, Brian, Dr Christel great to connect again online 🙂
Thank You Dr.Christel!!!
I think she is talking about the webenthons
how to design something for her university
I agree it is wonderful to connect across the globe 🙂
you’re breaking up a bit Vance
anyone can join us for the NileTESSOL ? 🙂
yes thank you all again thanks a lot Vance for organizing it
have a good day/evening
Christel asked me to share links on how to set up these hangouts. Here is one I archived when streaming from a conference where I was presenting on the topic https://learning2gether.net/2014/03/14/extending-google-hangouts-to-way-beyond-10-participants-vance-stevenss-presentation-at-the-tesol-arabia-conference-in-dubai-uae/
There is a link there to an article I published explaining more concisely: Stevens, V. (2013) Tweaking Technology: How Communities Meet Online Using Google+ Hangouts On Air with Unlimited Participants. TESL-EJ, November 2013–Volume 17, Number 3. Available http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/issues/volume17/ej67/ej67int/


Earlier this week

Sun Oct 4 0900-0400 UTC – EFLTalks 10 in 10 for 10 hosted by Rob Howard & Stephen Greene


Fri Oct 9 1100 UK time – Kieran Donaghy – Using short films in language teaching

Carol Rainbow announced

Webinar: Using short films in language teaching

Kieran Donaghy, ELT Writer and Teacher Trainer

Fri, 9th October at 11am UK time

To attend log into http://breeze01.uclan.ac.uk/kierandonaghy/ with your chosen name and country.

Sat Oct 10 1600 UTC Classroom 2.0 – Engaging students with MinecraftEDU

Date: Sat., October 10, 2015 in Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)
Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore hosted another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.You can replay the recording and explore the comprehensive archive here:

This is an archive of a Classroom 2.0 presentation on MinecraftEDU with Laura Briggs (@LauraBTRT), Kim Harrison (@k4sons) and Trish Cloud (@trishcloud) sharing their experiences and stories about how they are engaging their students with MinecraftEDU both during the school day and in an after school club and summer camp. MinecraftEDU is a special version of Minecraft designed specifically for classroom use. It has been used to teach a wide range of subjects and is designed to be open-ended which allows content to be built around any subject area. Teachers have used the game to teach history, math, art, programming, creative writing, science, music, digital citizenship and more! It hosts a library of lessons and activities that are available for free and there is an active teacher community exploring and sharing uses of Minecraft in the classroom.
On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinders on the Archives and Resources tab.

Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned.

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

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

Sun Oct 11 YLTSIG webinar with Jamie Keddie

Nellie Deutsh has arranged an IATEFL YLTSIG webinar on October 11


Where? Adobe Connect


Jamie Keddie is a teacher, trainer and international conference speaker. He is the founder of the recently-relaunched Lessonstream. Jamie’s areas of interest include the use of visual materials, storytelling and video technologies in the classroom. His publications include ‘Images’ (OUP 2009) and ‘Bringing online video into the classroom’ (OUP 2014).

In the last few years, online video has been embraced and reinvented by young people. In this webinar, I would like to examine a number of recent case studies which serve to introduce YouTube youth cultures to teachers. Be warned – you may be shocked! I will also talk about why understanding this can be useful to those of us who work with teenagers.

Learning2gether participates in EFLTalks 10 in 10 for 10 hosted by Rob Howard

Learning2gether Episode 295

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On Sunday October 4 Learning2gether participated for 10 minutes in EFLTalks,10 slides in 10 minutes for almost 10 hours, from 0900-0400 UTC at any rate, hosted by Rob Howard & Stephen Greene

Main page: http://www.efltalks.com/

Here is the timetable

And the one-stop link for all

Or Register at http://efltalks.com/ and use that entry

Archive of all talks:
(as of Oct 11 still a work in progress)

According to http://www.efltalks.com/Events.html

This event is being held to celebrate World Teacher’s Day with a 10 in 10 for 10, a free 10 hour marathon of webinars. Each webinar will be 10 minutes long and utilize 10 slides only. The idea is to get to the heart of the subject. We will open one webinar room lasting 10 hours so there is only one link to enter the webathon.

Or Register at http://efltalks.com/ and use the entry you will be taken to immediately on registration.

The host or hosts will have a 2 minute window to thank the presenter, mention the speaker’s site or email and then introduce the next speaker. This will allow for 5 speakers per hour so we hope to have 50 speakers during the course of the marathon.

All presentations were recorded and are now posted on http://www.efltalks.com/Videos.html (organized and set up like the TED talks page).

This is a free and non-profit event. Helping new and future teachers is our goal, and we also want to have fun.


Earlier this week

Sun Sep 27 LEARNING2GETHER, the Interview with Rob Howard on EFL Talks 10 in 10 for 10 – What, why, and how can you participate?


Tue Sep 29 0030 UTC Chris Betcher in Hangout on Air from Adelaide Summit for Google for Education

Hangout on Air:

This was a streamed featured talk being delivered live at a conference in Adelaide, session 5 on this schedule


The link “Tightening the Feedback Cycle” takes you to a session description in a Google Doc


Session Description

Current educational research tells us that one of the most effective things we can do to help our students learn better is to tighten up the feedback cycle, giving them faster and more timely comment and critique on their work. This session will provide you with ideas techniques and tools for improving student progress by providing better and more effective feedback with+Google Drive.

And this links to a complete paper on the topic here:


LIVE from the SOLD OUT Adelaide Summit ft +Google for Education  Summit, join us for an interactive session with +Chris Betcher

Backchannel at todaysmeet.com/edtechteam


Shared publicly
Backchannel at todaysmeet.com/edtechteam and prize available;

check full resources here:


Sat Oct 3 0730 UTC TESOL Arabia Chapter SIG Conference with Jim Buckingham on-site and Vance Stevens at a distance


Sat Oct 3 Classroom 2.0 LIVE Stephanie Suter on Edu.Buncee

Date: Sat., October 3, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.We are very excited to be able to feature Stephanie Suter. Stephanie is an experienced and inspired Edu.Buncee Ambassador who is a fantastic elementary teacher in Southold Elementary School, New York. Edu.Buncee is a web-based creation and presentation tool that is really simple to use and enables you to easily bring together all kinds of content (Buncee artwork, photos, videos, drawings, audio, and links) onto one digital canvas, making a cloud-based, shareable creation. Student’s can use Buncee to turn their experiences and lessons into multimedia digital stories, travel scrapbooks, research projects, and more. Teachers can create interactive lessons and multimedia presentations, flip their classrooms, and send home beautiful newsletters and invitations to parents and the local community. Stephanie will describe Edu.Buncee and provide us with examples and stories about how she uses it in her classroom.More information and session details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pmEastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent “eCyberMission” session with our special guest Matt Hartman. Click on the Archives and Resourcestab.

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

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

Learning2gether with Rob Howard on EFL Talks 10 in 10 for 10 – What, why, and how can you participate?

Learning2gether Episode 293

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On Sunday September 27 at the usual time of 1400 UTC Learning2gether met with Rob Howard to talk about the upcoming EFL Talks 10 in 10 for 10 – What, why, and how can you participate? Participating with us in the chat were Rita Zeinstejer from Argentina and Halima Ozimova from Tashkent. Nellie Deutsch was also there; she will be helping Rob mount his event from a single URL at WizIQ.  Maha Abdulmoneim and Art Oglesby were known to be in the stream

Next Sunday Oct 4 Learning2gether will be a part of the EFLTalks program, at http://efltalks.com/

EFLtalks is a non-profit mission to produce an open and free space to share advice, tips and ideas to the next generation of EFL professionals. The project mixes the ideas of a webathon with a Pecha Kucha and TED talks all into one. Real blended teaching.

For the event, celebrating World Teachers’ Day, Rob and his team will kick-off a free 10-hour marathon of mini-webinars. Each speaker will have only 10 minutes using only PowerPoint 10 slides to make their point about their subject. We will open one webinar room lasting all 10 hours so there is only one link to enter the webathon, and viewers may come and go as time permits.

Our chat wth Rob on Sept 27 was in Google+ Hangout on Air

Rob gave a talk on this topic at the Fall Blog Festival Monday Sept 21

We preserved two chat archives from this event

One was from the Hangout on Air, saved to a Google Doc

The other was from http;//chatwing.com/vancestev, reproduced below

Here is the link to our video:
hi viewer, are you in Chatwing (we have 1 viewer)
Chatwing as a Pre-hang out is Great!!!!
Art Oglesby aka ARTiFactor dropped in for a bit
So happy to see the link and the opportunity to see so many presentations.
thanks, welcome to the hoa
I remember Oct 10, 2010 – always do blog posts on numbers like 11-11-11 http://artifactor.org/11-11-11/
I need to be at Free Geek @ 10:10 (lol) Minnesota time so will watch more later. Thanks for always reminding me of these hangouts.


Earlier this week

Mon September 21 Learning2gether with the Blog Festival


Mon Sep 21 1930 EDT Richard Byrne on marketing your teaching materials on TES

Monday night, September 21st, at 7:30pm EDT Richard Byrnewill be presenting a free one-hour Webinar on strategies for using blogs, social media, and email to promote the resources that you can sell through the TES Marketplace.

Register to attend live, or to receive a link to watch the recording, HERE.

This event is sponsored by TES. The TES Marketplace is open to any educator who wants to offers free and or premium resources to other educators. Educators who sell their resources through the TES Marketplace receive 100% for resources purchased in the U.S. There’s no limit to how much you can earn.

In the Webinar Richard will share his best strategies for promoting the materials without feeling like you’re turning yourself into a sales person. A TES representative will also be on the webinar show the unique features of the TES Marketplace.

Thu Sept 24 European Day of Languages 2015 in Hangout

Event page here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/ceu8ss68rthrni4bpef8dcj75c0?authkey=CJOOrquzl4K_Vw

Says you have to register to receive the Hangout link; what if you just want to watch the stream?

The event passed before the organizers would provide a solution, but they posted a document detailing how they would meet with others in their circle (see link at end of this post)

Reinhard Marx Shared privately

Welcome to the European Day of Languages 2015 we will celebrate on 24th September 2015. Because the 26th September is a Saturday and our school is closed that day we want to celebrate that event on the 24th September already.

This event is set up every year by the European Council in Brussels for all kind of schools in Europe to raise awareness about one common Europe community on one hand and to express the lingual diversity of all members of the EU on the other hand: “Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes pluralingualism in the whole of Europe.” Fourty-seven member countries belong to this community including the islands outside the European continent which belong to the EC as well.

When you are interested in joining this event register for one (or more) certain time slot(s) by this website:

Learning2gether with the Fall Blog Festival

Learning2gether Episode 292

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/fall-blog-festival-with-vance-stevens-lhm-mae_ick.mp3?
On Monday September 21 Learning2gether joined forces with the Fall Blog Festival organized by Nellie Deutsch. The annual Fall Blog Festival #fallblogfest is a one day blog festival event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for blogging for reflective practice, work with students, business and other reasons.

Highlights include: Why blog, background to blogging, influential bloggers, getting started, and best practices and challenges involved in blogging. Certificates of Participation will be available to those who attend 60% of the webinars and write a blog post about the event. Submission of the links to the blog posts and attendance area are on Moodle for Teachers website. Click to http://moodle4teachers.org/course/view.php?id=92 to enrol in the webathon for 2015, though no need to sign up for the class with your name unless you want the certificate.

Here are some links

Rogue’s Gallery of Presenters

Participants are invited to enrol in the FBF15 and get your certificate (free) here:

One of the presentations was
Connecting Learning2gether with events like the Fall Blog Festival from Vance Stevens

On YouTubehttps://youtu.be/LHm-mae_ICk


http://www.slideshare.net/vances/connecting-learning2gether-with-events-like-the-fall-blog-festival; or available via http://tinyurl.com/vance2015fbf 


Here is an excerpt of text chat during this session, copied from WizIQ

Some of the conversation below has to do with the fact that Nellie set up the link to the event on the assumption that anyone could easily join without pre-registration, but when we tried to get in, the system would drop us from the event (because another unregistered person was already using that link). Some of us worked out that the way in was to register through our WizIQ accounts (in my case, in the nick of time for my session!). The chat shows where Nellie and others were dealing with the problem and helping to get people in.

Peggy: Today’s blogging event is right at the top of Vance’s page:
Tiziana: In Italy it is 4 pm and I need to be up till late to follow a lot of events but…
it is worth doing!! It is my CPD on line
Nives: Hi Tiziana 🙂
Susan:  Aloha Everyone! Not sure how long I can be here. Bad internet and on a chromebook. Sound not very clear but slides are GREAT.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Nives, ‘m sharing link with you
Peggy: time zones can be so confusing! I rely on timeanddate.com to help me!
Tiziana: Hi NIVES! HI PEGGY!!
Peggy: Hi Tiziana! Great to see you!
Nives: Thank you Dr Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Peggy, I also use timetable links
Nives: Brian is trying now
Peggy: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109504049211076695836
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Nives, the link is for one person
Tiziana: Hi ! PLESED to be on line and learn from so many communities on line which are really engaging!!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Hi Brian
Nives: Ok Dr Nellie no problem
Brian B: Hi Dr Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Let me know if your friends need a unique link to come in
Peggy: I don’t know how Vance keeps up with so many networks but he is amazing!!!!
Peggy: http://webheadsinaction.org/live
Brian B: Thanks for the link Dr Nellie
Nives: Great to see you here Brian … no idea how long this will last but let’s enjoy it while we can 🙂
Peggy: http://chatwing.com/vancestev
Tom: Nives, do not leave the session. It’s a continuous class, all day long.
Nives: There are many ways to have BackChannel chats when not all can join a HOA
Nives: Thanks for letting me know TOM 🙂
Brian B: Its taken along time to get here so I will not be leaving yet.
Peggy: http://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej67/int.pdf
Nives: Good Brian let’s hang out here today 🙂
Peggy: Chatwing helps you to feel connected with other people in the same event 🙂
Rob Howard: Good question
Nives: Dr Nellie – what will happen with people following the Twitter or FB links which are not working ?
Nives: Hi Rob 🙂
Rob Howard: Hi Nives!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: good question
Nives: I agree Peggy – chatting during an event in a backchannel keeps (me) motivated and engaged.
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Nives, you can tell them to register ﷯
Peggy: love that description! you know it’s working when you’re learning new things is when your practice changes 🙂
Nives: Register … I did that and it did not work…!
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Maybe the link I shared will work for them if they add their names
Peggy: yes Nives! I find that if there is no way to chat during webinars it’s easy to get up and walk away and get distracted. 🙂
Nives: Let’s hope so Dr Nellie
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: Smore is more ﷯
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: http://tinyurl.com/vance2015fbf
Peggy: Thank you Vance for all you do to bring these amazing professional learning experiences to all of us through Learning2gether!!!!!
Nives: Yes Peggy or do something else on another page and not really ‘pay attention’ just listen passively
Peggy: exactly Nives!
Nives: 🙂 @Peggy
Peggy: you can’t get the link with your name unless you register. That’s how I finally got it.
Nives: Will the recording also have the same problem Dr Nellie when trying to access it ?
Rob Howard: I hope we learn!
Peggy: good question Nives 🙂
Nives: Peggy I did register twice with 2 diverse emails and still no luck until magically it just happened…
Rob Howard: Very positive!
Nives: I think we always learn as long as we experience something, no?
Nives: Or at least I do …
Peggy: will the recordings for these sessions be separate recordings for each session or one long recording?
Peggy: sorry Nellie. Not prepared to take the microphone today.
Tom: Going to grab a cup of tea! ﷯
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: One long one and my Youtube for each one
Peggy: we did a show yesterday that was a preview of the K12 Online Conference. The recording and Livebinder links are here: http://live.classroom20.com/archive-and-resources/k12-online-conference-preview
Peggy: thanks Nellie
Peggy: what is the url for your youtube channel?
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: I think it will work, Nives
Nives: Oh good idea YouTube one for each Dr Nellie – I will rely on those recordings.
Peggy: Thank you Vance for this great presentation!
Tom: Thanks Vance! ﷯﷯﷯﷯﷯
Dr. Nellie Deutsch: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8JUcjyABKxnNx8kpdaBkmTcFEP9shyi9
Peggy: I guess Vance can’t see our chat today
Peggy: thanks Nellie!!

Peggy was right, the text chat was underneath another module in my view of the WizIQ interface and I wasn’t able to see it during the event. However, I see it now, and I certainly appreciate the nice things people said about Learning2gether 🙂



Other sessions at this event

Dr. Nellie DeutschOpening Ceremony and What’s Ahead, Introduction to the Fall Blog Festival

Rob HowardEFLtalks talks for teachers, A preview of our upcoming web event “10 in 10 for 10” being held on October 4th

Anita AdnanHow to Start Selling Courses Through Blogs: A guide for Teachers, How to earn money by selling courses and becoming an affiliate to online products, http://www.anita-adnan.webnode.com

Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, How to build your professional network through blogging and research collaboration through blogging, http://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/user/351

Anne FoxBlogging for cultural responsiveness, what culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is and why we need to address the issue in our classrooms (from K12 to adult), http://www.absolutely-intercultural.com/?page_id=3140

Sylvia GuinanA teacher for all seasons, The relevance of journalling: mission, values & the bigger picture of your teaching life.

Ed-Links-Morocco, Khalil Zakari, Blog for your own teacher professional identity development, Social capital theory knows  blogging can facilitate access to resources of value to individuals or groups for specific purposes


Earlier this week

Sun Sept 13 1300 UTC Learning2gether with Lucy Gray on Global Collaboration Day


Thu Sept 17 – all day – Global Collaboration Day

GEC members are welcome to participate in Global Collaboration Day onSeptember 17, 2015. Companies, non-profits, and schools will be coming together in a global demonstration of global collaboration. There are activities available for individuals and for classrooms. If you browse our separate site for Global Collaboration Day, you’ll find something for everyone!

  • To get started, we recommend that you take a look at our overview page.
  • We also have new videos that will help you understand this event.
  • Activities are posted in our calendars and event directory. More will be posted soon.
  • It is NOT too late to host a simple collaboration online for participants. Check out our host page for details.
  • We are sending out updates via text and email using the free Remind app. Sign up here.
  • A few GlobalEdCon (our November online conference) keynotes will be announced on Thursday! Stay tuned!

New items for GCD include:

Finally, many, many thanks to our sponsors for making this day possible:

Looking forward to September 17th! Hope you all can join us!

Lucy Gray & Steve Hargadon

@GlobalEdCon on Twitter

Thu Sep 17 1900 GMT Free webinar on Let them Teach with Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Where? Online here:



Thu Sep 17, 2015 7pm – 8:30pm GMT

Thu Sep 17 2000 GMT Maria Colussa – Let’s talk about collaborating globally


Because this link was shared privately, it requires me to log on to Google to access it

Benjamin Stewart has a comment there that the link to the event is here


And this  points us to the YouTube video here:



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Conversation about Learning2gether starts at 27 minutes into the audio, minute 38, 43 etc.

Sat Sep 19 1400 UTC Anna Uhl Chamot – IATEFL LASIG Learner Autonomy SIG Webinar

The LASIG, Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group of the IATEFL, would like to invite you to take part in its first webinar on Saturday 19th September 2015 at 3pm BST / 2pm UTC /4pm CEST. In this webinar Anna Uhl Chamot is going to explain How language learning strategies can foster Learner Autonomy.

Learning2gether with ELTLive and TILL – Benjamin Stewart and Piry Herrera on Office 365

Learning2gether Episode 290

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/learning2gether-with-elt-live-and-till-office-365-zdtrwanoglw.mp3?

On Sunday, September 6, 1400 UTC, Learning2gether joined forces with ELTLive (#eltlive http://eltlive.com), and TILL, Teachers for Interactive Language Learning, a Google+ Community with well over 3000 members, at  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106289715383230353120.

The topic was Office 365, a Microsoft ecosystem that provides a suite of apps for sharing Office documents online and for working on them collaboratively. There are a number of other features that facilitate the interaction between student and teachers in the online or blended environment.

We were joined by Benjamin Stewart and Piry Herrera, both colleagues and teacher-trainers at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in Mexico, where both use Office 365 in innovative ways. We were particularly impressed by the ideas the presenters shared for exploring the affordances of the environment with their future-teacher students in ways that were clearly modeling to them a very humanistic and engaging pedagogical approach to leveraging technology as an enabler of learning.

We noted that the university in Aguascalientes has a licence that makes possible all teachers and students to use this tool and to maintain ePortfolios for the duration of their stay at the university, but we naturally discussed what the students could do with these ePortfolios (i.e. how they could retrieve their content) when they left the Office 365 environment, and also how they could port what they were learning about Office 365 into a free web 2.0 ecosystem they might design for their own students when they go to work in less well-endowed workplaces after graduation.

Benjamin and Piry proved themselves knowledgeable presenters whom the participants in Hangout and in-stream engaged in lively dialog (via text chat in the latter case). The result was a discussion lasting around 1.5 hours, but well worth reviewing, and we hope you enjoy it.

The event had been planned with Jeff Lebow and ELTLive, but Jeff had to bow out at the last moment, rare for Jeff. However he had set up two notices at his ELTLive community spaces

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air (HoA)

  • You could have listened to the stream in a video embed while chatting with us in real-time in the Chatwing window embedded in the location of your choice (both pointing to the same stream and Chatwing live text chat)
  • or you can
  • When there is space available (up to 10 people) you are welcome to join us in the Hangout on Air
    • It is a public hangout in the profile of Vance Stevens on Google+
    • Join the conversation and catch the stream on the Google+ event page, this one at:
    • You can join us in HoA via its direct link posted here at show time
      and posted to Twitter hash tag #learning2gether and #eltlive
    • If the Hangout is full, listen to the stream and interact with us in the text chat
      • You can let us know if you want to join the Hangout
      • We will let you know via the stream when space comes available
      • When you enter the Hangout
        • Wear a HEADSET to avoid broadcasting speaker sound back into the Hangout
        • Switch OFF the stream as it is on a delay and will create an echo for you
        • Please MUTE YOUR MIC when not actually speaking into it during the HoA


The following is copy / pasted from the Chatwing chat from this session

Good morning! Set my alarm so I could tune in although I’m not an Office 365 user. Always love to learn from Jeff and Vance! Greetings from Phoenix AZ.
I’m starting the hoa now, welcome
stream ok?
So sorry Jeff isn’t able to be with us today! But I’ll enjoy meeting Benjamin Stewart and the other people in the hangout. 🙂
Hello! Greetings from sunny Argentina!
I know but I don´t know anything about this, so I prefer to lurk
welcome if you want to comment
you know about educational philosophy 🙂
audio and video is coming through great for me! watching on youtube 🙂
always great to see you Peggy, you inspire us with your interest
Hi Peggy, ok Vance I will prob jump in later I´m taking notes like crazy right now ;))
Hi Maria! Great to see you! 🙂
so happy to see the emphasis on reflection in lesson planning for those future teachers! so important!
I noted that as well Peggy, so important!
also teacher trainers as models is critical
by using Office 365 does that make it possible for all of the students to see each other’s work so it’s not just going to the professors?
thanks for asking my question Vance! You are an excellent facilitator!
great response! once they get going further along in their training it will be a great way for them to help each other with peer feedback/suggestions realizing that is a great way to learn together. 🙂
I’m sure the students really appreciate knowing exactly when they will be observed and what the tutor will be looking for via the calendar. Great idea!
seeing the screensharing great!
Hi all. Trying to watch on my cell. Laptop is acting up these days
do the students get automatic notification of the calendar events via email?
Hi Maha!
it must give them alerts on their mobile devices, but I’ll ask
I’m really enjoying hearing about this teacher education program because I was a teacher education professor for Arizona State University for many years before I retired. 🙂
great 🙂
thanks! so exciting to see the use of mobile devices with the students! very accommodating to match them up for notifications via these devices!
seeing the screensharing now on youtube 🙂
it works well
do the students have to pay for Office 365 or is it provided by the university?
they are fortunate they have a license
it’s similar to Google Docs with office apps
lots of similarities between OneDrive and Google Drive 🙂
what is one drive?
I’m guessing office equivalent to dropbox etc?
Hi – I’m wondering if everyone can use the email from any provider – I guess they just have to use Outlook – but can it be used with a gmail fro example
you can ask that …
that is what he is showing us now
One drive is the MS online space – yep like dropbox or icloud
woops 🙂
Microsoft One Drive and One Note
I just signed up for One Note this week because Angela Maiers used it to distribute her free ebook called Liberating Genius. 🙂
I’m glad you guys are backing me up, I guess I missed it when I got up a moment to turn on the lights here
no problem!!! 🙂
How can we get Angela’s book?
One Drive seems to really help them to personalize/individualize the instruction and support for the students!
can you do about the same in Google ecosystem or are there clear affordances with Microsoft?
Last year my teacher trainers used onedrive for exchanging files – i.e. they were uploading and downloading rather than collaborating live in a Google doc!
I’m not completely clear about what the students are recording. Is it their reflection/synthesis of the lesson or is it the actual lesson being delivered in the classroom with students?
Hi Elizabeth! Welcome to the merry chat!
thanks! they are recording their sessions together to review later. Great idea!!
by having the students capture all of this documentation in One Drive throughout the program it will make it really easy for them to create a digital portfolio to use for many purposes including job searching 🙂
great question Vance!
excellent point! it’s good for students to learn multiple platforms/tools so they can move easily between them for use later when they are no longer in the program.
haha Vance! not renting this auditorium 🙂 Definitely keep going! Very informative!
yes, and be exposed to them by use them then it´s up to them to decide eventually, as usual it all depends on the teacher, right?
great use of video tutorials and announcements!
flipped learning
are we able to see his blog (Piry) or is it only for his students?
yes, we would like to have the link to Piry´s blog
I’ve asked in HoA chat, chatwing crashed Piry’s connection
thanks 🙂 I’m sure it was too much bandwidth for him along with hangout and desktop sharing 🙂
we’ve been muting our web cams to help Piry’s bandwidth
the popup is showing great for me. I changed by resolution in youtube to the highest level (720HD) in Theater Mode 🙂
would love to have his OneNote link (Benjamin) that he offered
love that transparency of sharing work and comments!
But surely the students need their own subscription? – I just checked it’s $70 / year for an individual (that’s if they want to collaborate on a document rather than just view)
can you ask, Anne?
yes @eannegrenoble I was wondering that too.
great point about the format similarities with Word online and their desktop versions of Word. Interesting to hear this comparison between Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive.
so students can work on their documents off line and it will automatically save to their Word Online? did I understand that correctly?
I understood that it synchs in the cloud
but they open the doc in Word, so not sure, do they have to upload the new doc?
3 days ago
do you know if the students have actually seen the conversations in the forum?
love it! Benjamin takes pictures of things on the board to post online later to help the students 🙂 great idea!
this is such a great model and shows what close personal relationships are possible with instructors like Benjamin and Piry! Such great communication!
it’s great that students can help each other in the class conversations by being so transparent!
what happens with all of the student work/forums etc. after they leave the university? will they still be able to access everything they saved in One Drive or would they have to pay to subscribe to continue to access documents?
I also loved that Benjaming takes pics of boardnotes
aha! they can choose whether they want to edit in Word or Word Online
great job explaining this Benjamin!!!
Pity – I’m going to have to drop out – thought I would have liked to see what Benjamin can share with us (we who are outside the system)
It will be in the recording and we’ll post links here. So far all links posted in this chat have remained here forever
I’ll check back here later …. please say thanks for me …. bye all
I need to work on getting presenters in chatwing, set up and ready to go, prior to the show 🙂 (note to self_
very similar to Google Drive! Excellent demo of this!
I’m sure that’s a challenge, Vance because of the required bandwidth.
would the students have to personally pay for Office 365 after they leave the university to be able to continue to access those documents?
this has been REALLY informative! I’ve learned a lot! Thank you so much for providing this webinar!!
I say the same guys inspired and happy to hear about all of this! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you Benjamin, Piry and Vance! 🙂
so impressed with the very thoughtful way your university is approaching the adoption of these tools!
great points about the portfolios!
Once they leave university they´ve already got a backpack of evidence of work they´ve done, a live cv
I was also a teacher education professor after I was a principal 🙂 So great to be here with all of you!
Would be good if portfolios can imported for students to take away
Time flew!
Thank you so much for another interesting session
Thanks for checking on the availability of the blog 🙂 Will look forward to seeing it if that becomes possible!
Very nice to meet you Peggy and Piry
thanks very much for joining us
Excellent webinar!
you were all a very present part of our conversation
thanks again for coming

Earlier this week

Sun Aug 30 1900 UTC Jim Bronwyn Stuckey – Reboot Quest Atlantis


Learning2gether with Jim Buckingham about the Online PD Tutorials Project

Learning2gether Episode 288

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On Sunday August 23 Learning2gether met online with Jim Buckingham and Tony Waterman, teachers at Zayed University in UAE and at a defense academy in Muscat, Oman, respectively, to talk about innovation and mindset in teacher professional development and about Jim’s proposal that TESOL Arabia take on board his proposal for an online PD tutorials project.

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air – You could

Here are Jim’s notes on his proposal for the TESOL Arabia Online PD Tutorials Project

Pursuing ISTE Seal of Alignment 

Jim has made contact with ISTE Standards – Senior Project Manager  Mindy Frisbee to learn more about how any online programs or resources that we might realize could be awarded an ISTE Seal of Alignment. The idea of pursuing this is driven by a desire to have our work “internationally recognized” so that it has greater credibility in the eyes of both TESOL Arabia members AND those of us who will help realize these. By addressing such standards, we should gain some much valued and highly relevant PD.

An online, asynchronous “co-development consultancy” workshop is proposed to help realize this.  Details on all of this can be found in this Google folder – https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8r1jrc3n6aifmZ5dF9jQjBTc1JMcXVnbGtSMUhOMTVEMTdKSWp5cnhrdkdLSzRwTXNBN2s&usp=sharing

Documents include

  • ISTE Seal of Alignment – Program Benefits
  • ISTE Seal of Alignment – flyer
  • ISTE Co-Development – Consultancy – done online
  • ISTE Co-Development – Workshop – done online **

Identifying / Contacting those involved in a Similar Project 

There is also an Edtech Project (led by Carolyn Sykora) that is currently being supported by various Ministries of Education in the Gulf. The project – better known as ABEGS – is designed to provide sustainable support and training for up to 1.3 million classroom teachers on the effective use of technology and digital resources for learning across the whole of the GCC.


Earlier this week

Sun Aug 16 1400 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Phil Hubbard and Vance Stevens on Interactive Participatory Drama and Traci Talk


Tue Aug 18 NMC Horizon Report Library Edition Rollout


August 18th @ 9am Central US Time

Ready or not, here they come! We reveal the key trends, challenges, and developments in technology that are poised to disrupt academic and research libraries worldwide in this free, virtual event.

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You’re invited to the official release of the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition — a collaboration between the NMC, University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. Enjoy a front row seat to this “talk show” style event as the co-principal investigators of the project explore the findings from the report. Topics will include improving the user experience of libraries’ offerings, the evolving nature of the scholarly record, and makerspaces — among many others. Library professionals, join us to learn insights to continue advancing applications of technology at your institution.

The full list of topics selected by the expert panel for this year’s report can be viewed here.

Learning2gether with Phil Hubbard and Vance Stevens on Interactive Participatory Drama and Traci Talk

Learning2gether Episode 287

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Phil Hubbard joins Vance Stevens to discuss how the team at CPI (Courseware Publishing International in Cupertino California) developed Traci Talk and envisaged its use. The session was instigated by Sherry Schafer, an ESL professional with research interests in pronunciation and vocabulary teaching, who wrote us for more information after reading about Traci Talk, saying that “It seems like a very innovative program due to the integration of speech recognition technology. Also, the video game aspect of it seems to be very appealing and motivating to L2 users.” She will contribute her insights having used the program with some of her ESL students.

More generally we’d like to open up a discussion about whether there’s a place for interactive participatory dramas these days in language learning. Are there apps out there now that do something similar (branching dialogues with voice)? Would it be possible (or better) to have something like this embedded in a virtual world or other environment? Could a chatbot be programmed as a suitable “suspect”?


Chen, H.  (2001). Evaluating five speech recognition programs for ESL learners.  Papers from the ITMELT 2001 Conference. Available:

Hideto D. Harashima, H. (1999). Traci Talk – The Mystery. Software Review, Computer Assisted Language Learning, 12:3, 271-274. Available:

Hubbard, P. (2002). Interactive Participatory Dramas for Language Learning. Simulation & Gaming,33: 210-216. Abstract:

Stevens, V. (2002). Vance’s work with Speech Recognition in Traci Talk, up to 1997. ESL_Home. Available:

The Abu Dhabi Women’s College, Independent Learning Center, has this to say about Traci Talk in its online list of offerings:


You are involved in a plot … In this program, you are asked to solve a mystery by taking a train to “Cupervale” and posing as a visiting professor at Cupervale University. The person who requested your help has arranged for you to meet one suspect on the train to Cupervale, and for another to pick you up at the station in his cab. You are taken to your apartment where your neighbor is a third suspect, you meet a fourth at a dinner party, and so on.

The plot thickens … As you meet each character you have the opportunity for an extended conversation that can take many paths. You are able to talk to the characters using a microphone attached to the computer. In so doing, you are exposed to a large amount of natural and communicative English, which you hear, but can also see in text form if you wish. Many of your utterances are recycled in the program to reinforce learning.

Learn English while solving the mystery … At the beginning of the program, there is a basic training session where you can practice. Or, you can start conversing with the characters directly. Repeating the conversations allows you to obtain additional information by following the many different paths. When you feel you know each of the characters you can go to the next level by answering a series of 8 questions correctly (taken randomly from a pool of 60). If you pass this test, you can invite the suspects to your place for a chat and try to solve the mystery!!

Sophisticated, humorous, and satisfyingly rich in content, the story line has been designed to appeal to adult learners and engage them in an interesting and fruitful language learning experience

Legal Status of Traci Talk


Where? Hangout on Air


Earlier this week

Friday July 31 to Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive for Teachers


Sun Aug 9 LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens on Teaching Writing with Voice on iPads and Mobile Devices

At the MMVC15 – Moodle Moot Virtual Conference hosted by Nellie Deutsch


And on WizIQ: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2878405-mmvc15-writing-and-tablet-voice-tools

Aug 14 second of two SCoPE webinars for Creating Engaging Online Learning Activities

Welcome to Creating Engaging Online Learning Activities! We’ve had a big hiatus from SCoPE seminars, and it’s so exciting to be opening up the conversations again!

About this seminar

There are endless ideas for engaging learners online. However, turning those ideas into activities that can be implemented smoothly is a challenge. There are many details to consider, and potentially overlook!

The idea for this SCoPE seminar developed through reflections on a series of online workshops for educators across the British Columbia post-secondary system. In these workshops we experience the benefits of developing and testing online learning activities in a supportive but critical community of peers. It’s time to open up those opportunities to everyone!

During this 2-week seminar we will explore, discuss, and create engaging online learning activities together.

Week 1:  Exploring Options, Selecting Approaches Week 2:  Building and Testing OLAs

There are two webinars scheduled as part of this 2-week seminar discussion. They will take place in the SCoPE Blackboard Collaborate Room: http://urls.bccampus.ca/scopeevents. As always, the synchronous sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Fri Aug 14 Shelly Terrell Get Your Game On


http://bit.ly/atesolpd is the Adobe Connect room where the event took place