Learning2gether with Vance Stevens and many others at MMVC15 – Moodle Moot Virtual Conference hosted by Nellie Deutsch

Learning2gether Episode 286

Fri Aug 7 through Sun Aug 9 – Moodle Moot MMVC15

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Sun Aug 9 1300 GMT 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



This presentation updates earlier ones on how to use the voice affordances of iPads and other mobile devices to make writing as well as teaching writing and giving feedback increasingly easier and more effective when students are using such devices than when voice tools are not appropriately enlisted. The presenter learns more every day about how to use these tools in teaching, and here he conveys what he has learned in hopes it will help other teachers of writing whose students are challenged when trying to write effectively on mobile devices.

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Rated a ‘double-really’ from Marijana 🙂 glad you liked it!

Here are links to all the MMVC15 recordings …

Sun Aug 9  – Moodle Moot MMVC15 final day 3

Sat Aug 8  – Moodle Moot MMVC15 day 2

Fri Aug 7  – Moodle Moot MMVC15 opening day 1

This is all according to the schedule posted online on Aug 10, 2015. Check here for further details:

Earlier this week

Sunday July 26 1400 UTC Learning2gether with Ljubica Damevska and Sabrina Wilson and on Tandem MOOC


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


Sat Aug 1 1430 UTC Wes Fryer and Amy – STEAMseeds11: Lesson Ideas with Vanessa Perez

Join Amy and Wes as they interview Vanessa Perez, an amazing, energetic, inspirational and always-sharing teacher at Tomlinson Middle School in Lawton, Oklahoma. Vanessa will share some of the STEAM lessons she’s done with students in the past as well as lessons she’s planning for the upcoming school year. She’ll also discuss her strategies for success writing small grants for classroom supplies and furniture, as well as share about her innovative classroom space designs. Vanessa recently started a #notreadytour Challenge for teachers on http://discover.oklaed.us and will talk about the goals for the project as well as how it’s going. Please join us for an hour of great Saturday professional development on August 1st!

Hangout on Air


Aug 5 first 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 OLAsThere 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.

Ten days in August: Learning2gether with iTDi Summer Intensive for Teachers

Learning2gether Episode 285

August is a great month for professional development, with iTDi following up on last year’s Flying High with iTDi

with a ten-day event featuring up to three presentations a day. This one was called Summer Intensive for Teachers and it started July 31, 2015 with the following event.

Important note: For definitive info on all these presentations, see the Google Doc here

These events were free and they were archived, but in order to view archives, you must first sign up for a free iTDi account at http://iTDi.pro and agree to receive the iTDi Newsletter each month by email. Registration then grants you access to the archived recordings.

The record that appears here is to document what Learning2gether was up to at this time and for the convenience of participants in L2g in accessing the event after the fact. Please keep in mind that registration with iTDi is required to view the recordings and that the definitive archive is as noted above.

Fri Jul 31 iTDi Summer Intensive webinars begin with Juan Uribe

Date & Time


Session Title and Description

July 31st

8 am GMT


Juan Uribe  is a teacher trainer whose passion is studying & sharing how children learn languages affectively through play, games, storytelling, & puppeteering. He has been in an amazing journey visiting language schools for children around the world where he has both conducted teacher development programs as well as enchanted young audiences with Buddy the Frog. He writes a well-known blog called Children Learning English Affectively.

Special Preview Session

Being Affective Is Truly Effective!

Come learn how affective learning can engage and empower your students’ learning and your teaching. During this presentation we will explore how practical affective pedagogical practices can create nurturing mental models about student’s own learning, language uses, and their own linguistic competence. Join me in a journey with lots of play, imagination, and curiosity. Destination: language learning ownership.

Juan’s blog post on this event is called My first webinar on Affective Language Learning!

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Sat Aug 1 1330 UTC Jason Levine, Chuck Sandy, Scott Thornbury at iTDi Summer Intensive webinars

Jason R. Levine & Chuck Sandy

Opening Session Chuck & Jason welcome you to the Summer Intensive with news, updates, and prizes for those attending the session live. Learn more about the course and  how to qualify for Certificates & Professional Development Credit from iTDi.pro

Scott Thornburyis a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. He is currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where he lives), and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. Scott  is series editor for theCambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP), co-founder of the dogme ELT group and an associate of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). Finally, here’s a link to Scott’s Amazon site.

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Correct Me If I’m Wrong

Based on the speaker’s own recent experience of ‘de-fossilizing’ his Spanish, a case is made for the key role that correction (including explicit negative feedback) plays in boosting student achievement and enhancing teacher effectiveness. In our well-intentioned efforts to promote authentic communication in the classroom we sometimes overlook the one component of classroom interaction that distinguishes it from other forms of interaction, and which makes it especially effective: i.e. corrective feedback. In this class we will look at different options for the form, frequency and timing of corrective feedback, with special reference to oral production, and discuss how these might impact on learning.

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Sun Aug 2 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto is a Director of the  International Teacher Development Institute and co-author of the iTDi’s online course, English for Teachers. Barbara is also co-author of one of the world’s best-selling English courses for children, Let’s Go (OUP). She has taught ESL in the US and EFL in Japan, and has conducted teacher training workshops around the world. She blogs at Teaching Village and Teaching Children English.

Teaching for the 21st century, and beyond

What are 21st century skills, really? And, do they have any place in language class, where time is limited and the focus is on learning English?  Fifteen years into the new century, researchers have had time to look at innovative teaching practices around the globe to identify those approaches make the greatest impact in preparing our students for life in the 21st century, and beyond. In this session we’ll look at teaching techniques that will help your learners become strong English users and also critical and creative thinkers. By making every moment of class time count, you can help your students succeed – whatever their future holds.

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Sun Aug 2 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Alexandra Chistyakova

Alexandra Chistyakova is an English teacher at the Physics faculty of Moscow State University, Russia. She also works as a freelance teacher giving one-to-one English lessons to the large range of learners: from preschoolers to senior adults. She’s always been engaged in the continuing professional development, taking teacher-training courses, studying specialized literature and taking part in ELT conferences and seminars. She received her CELTA at BKC-in, Moscow, in 2011. Her professional interests include: professional development, ELT methodology, teaching 1-2-1, and language course design.

A Journey into the World of ELT Methods

All aboard! Our hot air balloon is departing soon! We are going to take a nice ride across the vast world of ELT methods, looking at the most prominent and the most interesting ones from the height of our experience and knowledge. As we go from one method to another we will consider the benefits each approach can give and will pick up some practical ideas of how to make the most of the existing ELT methods in our classrooms.

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Mon Aug 3 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Barbi Bujtas

Barbi Bujtas is a freelance EFL instructor in Hungary. She has been teaching for 15 years in various teaching environments from one-to-one to high school, depending on local demands. Her professional interests are dogme, ICT, engagement, materials design, teachers’ communities.

Fake it till you Make it Do you know this huge gap between what your students want to say and what they can say in English? Nowadays technology allows you to create cool videos in which your students actually speak a level of English far beyond their actual stage in their interlanguage. They are based on their ideas and choices, which means an ownership of their learning, it also means a higher level of motivation and more effort than usual. The end product shows them a possible future self that can say what they want in English. This session shows you some examples and ideas of how to use ‘fake it till you make it’ video projects with young learners.

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Mon Aug 3 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Theodora Papapanagiotouis


Theodora Papapanagiotouis a teacher of EFL and DaF in Greece since 1992. She has worked  at various language schools in Thessaloniki with various levels and ages. In the past few years she has been taking part in conventions, webinars and online courses, trying to become a better teacher. Currently working as an educational consultant at Hyphen SA. She isthe author of Keep on Teaching and alsoblogs for iTDi. Find her on Twitter:@DoraPap72.

Be Different!  Are you bored with the traditional foreign language lesson? Tired of performing your lessons based on a course book? Have you ever thought of integrating your students’ personalities and interests in your teaching? In this presentation I am going to show you how my last year has been, trying out revolutionary methods in my classrooms, using the differentiated instruction approach and blended learning.

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Tue Aug 4 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Kevin Stein

August 4th

1 pm GMT

Check your local time

1 pm Kevin Stein is a high school teacher, curator of the iTDi blog, and singer of silly songs.  He also believes in the power of students to find their own path forward and the importance of relationships in building a community of learners, whether it be students, teachers, or a mixture of the two.

But That’s Not Literature, is it?

There is all kinds of literature out there in the world and much of it is just waiting to be used in a language classroom.  In this lesson we will take a look at some short poetry and stories and explore why students might have difficulty engaging with and understanding ‘literature.’ Participants will walk away with some concrete techniques for helping students engage with a text and ideas for how to use literature as a jumping off point for classroom activities and conversations which can engage our learners on a deeper, more intellectually challenging level.

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Wed Aug 5 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like UNESCO Bangkok, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times,NPR, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and webinars. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by the National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat.


Teaching the Emoji Generation Our learners are fluent in different languages, especially emoji! They translate, decode, read and write in emoji throughout the day. Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell for an active session learning emoji. We will also learn ways to get students motivated to learn English and improve their fluency by integrating text speak and emoji activities into our curriculum. We will also participate in icebreakers to help us effectively teach digital literacy and citizenship.

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Wed Aug 5 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Tyson Seburn


Tyson Seburn

As an EAP teacher in higher education, Tyson focuses on meaningfully engaging students with their L2 reading to afford stronger application of academic writing skills. This led to authoring Academic Reading Circles(the round). As a teacher within the ELT community, he is driven to create new public spaces for and aid self-directed action among language teachers to increase agency in their own development paths. These have led him to his MA in Educational Technology & TESOL, writing at 4CinELT, and organizing #tleap.

Beyond the Comprehension Question: Digging Deeper into Texts While the comprehension question prevails in reading-focussed lessons as one tool for validating understanding of text concepts, supplementing it with learner-centred, co-constructive activities can engage students further and improve their comprehension. In this talk, we will explore ways in which we can complement this tool, by equipping learners with methods that encourage deeper questioning of a text and more collaborative interactivity with it. Activities from the book, Academic Reading Circles (the round), will be used and built upon so that participants will leave with enough ideas to adapt them to their teaching contexts.

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Thu Aug 6 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Josette LeBlanc

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Josette LeBlanc has been working with English language teachers in Korea since 2010. During this time, she developed an interest in reflective practice for professional development and writes about it on her blogThrowing Back Tokens. This experience also motivated her to research the topic of teacher well-being as many spoke of feeling unhappy and burnt-out. As a result, she now curates a website,www.redthumbforlove.wordpress.com, where teachers from around the world share their stories and strategies for self-care and self-compassion. You can find her on Twitter at@JosetteLB or on Facebook at,KMU-SIT Professional TESOL Certificate.

Play Big: Start Small   You may have heard ofS.M.A.R.T. action plans when it comes to creating lesson objectives or teaching goals. Although “smart” in theory, these action plans may leave teachers feeling dissatisfied to the point of inaction. One way to change this is to turn S.M.A.R.T. into a S.M.I.L.E. Based on research in neuropsychology and personal development, S.M.I.L.E. is an approach to action planning that can relieve the weight of overwhelm or perfectionism, and enhances our sense of satisfaction. During the session, we will examine this approach in order to develop the type of teaching practice we desire.

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Thu Aug 6 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Divya Madhavan

Divya Madhavanis a Senior Lecturer in Language and Education at Centrale-Supélec, Université Paris-Saclay. She teaches English language courses, and lectures on Education and Society. Her areas of research include, Critical Pedagogy, Assessment and English as a Medium of Instruction. She is the current Website Editor for the IATEFL Teacher Development SIG and an iTDi Mentor. Divya has just completed an MEd in Education Research, and has an MA in Language Education. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Action Research and Your Teacher Voice  This session is a step-by-step description of what an action research project looks like, from broad questions like “why do it?” to specific questions like “how can I write up data?”. This will be your chance to talk to me and other people interested in action research, and think about why you might want to become an action researcher.

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Thu Aug 6 iTDi Summer Intensive webinars with Debbie Tebovich

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Debbie Tebovich is a freelance English Language Trainer and iTDI mentor based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been teaching English for over 20 years and teaches General English and Business English on a 1-1 basis online and offline.She is passionate about teaching and learning and she is a technology enthusiast to create memorable learning moments. Above all, she strongly believes in the power of Education to transform people’s lives, to help and encourage freedom of thought and to develop bonds to make our world a better place for all of us and for future generations.

Unplugged Goals and Outcomes

How can we predict goals and outcomes when we ditch lesson plans? How can this free us up and allow learners to lead the journey? As connected educators, we will explore these questions from a Rhizomatic Learning perspective. I will share an example of a real Business class which emerged as we started searching for answers to my learner’s feelings and questions.

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Fri Aug 7 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Luke Meddings

August 7th

1 pm GMT

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1 pm Luke Meddings is an award-winning author, international speaker and teacher trainer. In 2000 he co-founded Dogme in ELT with Scott Thornbury, and their book Teaching Unplugged (Delta, 2009)won a British Council ELTon award in 2010. He co-founded e-publishing collective The Round with Lindsay Clandfield in 2011, and their book 52: A year of subversive activity for the ELT classroom, was published in 2012. 2015 will see plenaries in Mexico, Greece, Ireland and Malta.

Punctuation Marks?! Exploring Learner Stories and Teacher Interventions in the Unplugged Classroom… Teaching unplugged means responding to information, eliciting contributions and offering on the spot language help and advice. This session uses punctuation marks as an analogy for different kinds of teacher intervention – both during conversation, and when conversation is paused for language development. Punctuation may not carry the content of a text, but it helps to make sense of it – and these little marks are an essential part of the story.

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Fri Aug 7 1500 UTC iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Karen Frasier Tsai

Karen Frazier Tsai 

earned a BA in Speech, with an emphasis on Speech Pathology, and an MA in Linguistics. She has over 30 years’ of EFL/ESL experience, at various levels, in Taiwan and the U.S. Karen conducts teacher-training workshops, online presentations, and currently helps provide international people of all ages with a variety of English learning opportunities in Seattle WA, including a story-time for international toddlers & mentoring international mothers about reading to their toddlers in English. She also serves on a school district committee that is setting updated guidelines to ensure all students succeed in school. She is co-author of Let’s Go, one of the world’s best-selling English courses for children, published by Oxford University Press. Sheblogs at Teaching Children English,

Children Playing with Words

Play is a fundamental way that young children learn. Child’s play is also a valuable tool that can be utilized to help students learn the rudimentary skills they need to begin reading. Blocks, rebus words, word cards, flannel posters and more can be used to create an understanding of the English sound/spelling patterns and simple word families.Learn about some hands-on activities, which creatively engage young learners and are designed to build phonemic awareness, knowledge of phonics and beginning reading skills.

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Sat Aug 8 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Vivian Wang

Vivian Wang M.A. English and American Literature, B.A. English Language, Linguistics and Literature, is an experienced teacher with thirteen years of teaching experience. She has taught practically every age group, from toddlers to adults, and has worked for private language schools, high school and educational corporation. She is a certified trainer of Oxford Teacher’s Academy. She has also been a university instructor for seven years. Vivian is particularly interested in skills of motivating students in learning English. She currently teaches in Shih Hsin University, works as ELT Trainer (Taiwan) for Oxford University Press, and continues to enjoy sharing ideas with teachers.

Teach English Within a Framework of 21st Century Skills

We live in an age of rapid change. Students in the 21stcentury need to do more than acquire information. The way we teach needs to take into account the students that are in front of us, the skills they have, what interests and motivates them and, perhaps most importantly, what we can and should offer them. This session is for teachers who believe that learning and creativity go hand in hand; and for teachers who want to spice up their curriculum, break the mold and meet the needs of 21stcentury students.

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Sat Aug 8 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with A.K. Syke


SYKE A.K. holds a Bachelors of Education as well as a Masters in English, and has been teaching English for the past 13 years in high schools and universities in his home state in India. He is an iTDi Mentor, presenter, materials writer and a coordinator/host of webinars and virtual conferences. Syke has presented papers at many national and international conferences.He spoke at the Associates’ Day of IATEFL Manchester 2015 , representing the ELTAI.

Teaching English Through Poetry of Other Languages  Poetry is definitely the soul of a language ….an embodiment of its cultural identity..   Have you ever thought of using poems in  other languages in your English class room ? Here, I would like to show you , how the poems in L1 or L3 can be used effectively in an ESL classroom.

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Sat Aug 8 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Matthew Noble

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Matthew Noble is a teacher and teacher trainer from Boston, MA who joined the ELT field as a volunteer in Sri Lanka in 2004. Since then he has taught children and adults abroad and in the US, helped train new and experienced teachers F2F and online, and discovered the wonderful world of web-based professional development at iTDi and elsewhere. He’s thrilled to be a part of this amazing event for a 2nd time and looking forward to learning and sharing along with teachers all over the planet this summer! Tweet him here.

(Un)consciousness & (In)competence: Tracing & Traversing Routes, Roots, Ruts, & Rules in Learning & Teaching

There are things we don’t know we don’t know, things we know we don’t know, things we know we know, and things we don’t know we know. Ya know? Come explore the use of an intuitive skills acquisition process matrix to sketch, stretch, scaffold, and vitalize planning, teaching, and learning. Sound a bit theoretical, perhaps even a pinch poetical? Well, it’s both…but extremely practical applications are also guaranteed! 🙂

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Sun Aug 9 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Andy Boon


Andy Boon is an associate professor at Toyo Gakuen University, Japan. He has been teaching for over 17 years and is near completion of a  PhD. He has presented at many conferences, and has published articles on teacher development, motivation, ER, and methodology. He is the co-author of textbooks – Discover the News (Language Solutions, 2013), Inspire (National Geographic Learning), author of Research & Write (Macmillan), and author of various graded readers (Macmillan and Atama-ii).

Setting up an Extensive Reading Program: The Beginning, the Middle, and the End  This session will provide an outline of how to set up an extensive reading (ER) course or program at your school. It will describe how you can orient students to ER, how you can finance ER, what students can do in the ER classroom, how you can assess ER, and how ER can help to improve your students’ English.

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Sun Aug 9 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Steven Herder


Steven Herder has been teaching within the Japanese EFL context for over 25 years. Having many years teaching experience at the elementary and junior/senior high school level, he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, teaching TOEFL iBT preparation, and a 3rd/4th year seminar on Exploring Leadership.He is an author and editor of two Palgrave Macmillan teacher resources, Innovating EFL Teaching in Asia (2012) and Exploring EFL Fluency in Asia (2014).  In 2012, he and a network of like-minded educators co-founded the International Teacher Development Institute (http://itdi.pro), an online community for teachers by teachers, with over 5000 members and a global reach into over 100 countries.

Online Tools that Spur Improvements in TOEFL iBT Essay Writing  Japanese students planning to study abroad at a foreign university for a year need to score significant points in the TOEFL iBT or IELTS exam. Over the past 5 years, I have helped hundreds of students improve (to varying degrees) their essay writing for such a standardized test. In this session, I will share approaches and techniques that have been the most successful to date. These include collaboration, fluency, reflection, data analysis, cohesion, coherence, and error correction.

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Sun Aug 9 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Rose Bard

Rose Bard

has been an English teacher in Brazil for more than 17 years. She’s an iTDi MENTOR/BLOGGER and the CO-Moderator of BRELT FB community. She’s been actively learning and sharing online through her blog ELT Diary and PD opportunities since 2012, and also with and from iTDi community.

Creating Activities with GForms

Have you ever used Google Forms? Have you ever thought of using them to expand the contact hours with English which learners need to continue improving their reading and listening skills as well as their language knowledge?  GForm is a free online tool that can be easily embedded in other free online spaces (Wiki, Blog, Google Site, etc.) . In this session, let’s look at the possibilities of using GForm to engage, support, test and collect feedback in order to make homework more interesting to learners and personalize learning.

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Peggy George posted this link in the text chat
Tom Barrett’s crowdsourced slide show documenting how teachers use GForms in class

Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Jason Levine

Jason R. Levine

is Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at Gallery Languages, where he conducts webinars and workshops for English students and teachers at schools worldwide. He is the creator ofColloLearn, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. He also writes songs and chants for several publishers, including Oxford University Press. As an English Specialist with the U.S. Department of State, Jason has led teacher training programs in fourteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

Practice Makes Perfect…Perfect Opportunities to Use English

Practicing English, like practicing a sport or a musical instrument, leads to accurate and fluent performance. Yet most English learners do not get the practice they need to use English with confidence in or out of the classroom. As a result, they lose motivation. In this talk we will discuss what we can do as teachers to help students get the language practice they need to achieve their communicative goals.

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Mon Aug 10 iTDi Summer Intensive webinar with Vicky Loras


Vicky Loras is an English teacher,born in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching English as a foreign language and literature to students of all ages, since 1997. She now lives in Switzerland and she is the co-founder and owner ofThe Loras English Network, a school she has opened with her sister Eugenia. They teach English, train teachers and also hold children’s events.

She blogs at:http://www.vickyloras.wordpress.com

Not Only Staying Afloat, But Also Making Waves  There are a lot of teachers around the world, more than ever, who have to face a lot of difficulties when teaching – budget cuts, restrictions, little or no support from their administrators. Do they give up? No – and they do much more! We will look at this wonder of educators and what they do.

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Learning2gether with Chris Fry about Story Recording live from Barcelona

Learning2gether Episode 282

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


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

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

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

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

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

Chat Logs

From the Hangout on Air text chat

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Sabrina Wilson 4:36 PM
Hi I’m here & have my mic switched off.

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

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

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

Nellie Deutsch 4:46 PM
Hi everyone

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

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

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

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

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

Sabrina Wilson 5:08 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nellie Deutsch 5:18 PM
Make Waves is amazing.

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

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

Rita Zeinstejer 5:20 PM
great, Nellie, thanks

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

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

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

Rita Zeinstejer 5:23 PM
podcasting is great

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

me 5:39 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rita Zeinstejer 5:43 PM

Nellie Deutsch 5:43 PM
Clap, clap

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

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

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

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

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

From the Chatwing text chat

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

Further Notes

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

Paper session 8, Room 311, William Collins

Story recording and peer feedback in an online fórum improving motivation

MONDAY, 6 July 2015, 15:00


Earlier this week

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


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


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

Learning2gether Episode 281

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

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

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

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


And the slides:

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

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

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


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

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

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

Bb Collaborate Recording



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

Learning2gether Episode 278

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

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

Info: http://v.gd/snagit

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

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

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

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

He invites feedback in his webinar feedback Padlet

Here’s some more Info about Russell

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

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


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

Earlier this week

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


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

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

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

E-Teacher MOOC: Shaping the Way We Teach English

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

Meeting the Common Core ELA: Strategies for English Learners

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

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

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

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

To register now, please visit the following link:


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


Sat 20 June Classroom 2.0 live event

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

Sun 21 June TechEducator podcast on ISTE conference

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

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

and please enter your feedback into Padlet

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

Learning2gether Episode 277

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Where? Hangout on Air

How this worked at showtime June 14, 2015


Finally, the archived chatwing chat from this session

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

Earlier this week

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


Sat June 13 Classroom 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning2gether with Mbarek Akaddar about managing EVO with Trello

Learning2gether Episode 274

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

What’s it about?

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

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

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

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

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air

Show notes

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith shared this Trello blog link



Copy / paste of chatwing text chat for this session

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

Earlier this week

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


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

Fostering Oral Fluency with Free Webtools


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

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

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

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

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

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

complete with

Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at

Thu May 21 1700 GMT Classroom Polling Options with Tilly Harrison

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

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

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

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

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


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



Playlist of other webinars in this series:

Learning2gether from Ayat Tawel about the Silent Way

Learning2gether Episode 269

On Sun Apr 19 at 1400 GMT Learning2gether met with Ayat Tawel to find out how she applies the Silent Way in teaching languages

Download mp3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/2014apr19ayat-64k.mp3?

What? Ayat Tawel will be talking with our community about her experimental practice with the silent way. For more information about what she will be talking about see Ayat’s blog post at: http://ayat-pdiary.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-silent-way.html

Ayat did an exemplary job for us, not only in preparing a remarkable presentation which wowed even three of us who had seen Caleb Categno demonstrate the silent way in person before his death in 1988, but also in using all available means to connect with us. It took her ten minutes to finally get a stable connection with us via her mobile phone, but she succeeded. After that, we could see how her dedication to the technique, as indicated by the amount of thought and practice she puts into playing with the rods for example, contributed to her success with the silent way. – Vance Here is what Maria Bossa said about Ayat’s presentation: http://mariabossa.blogspot.com.ar/2015/04/the-silent-way.html 2015-04-21_0340reflection

Links shared during the presentation

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/ Thanks to an ongoing grant from http://www.learningtimes.com/



Twitter follow-up

There was some interesting Twitter follow-up on this topic. Fanny Passeport (Silent Way Teacher, Google Certified Teacher and Educator, and Bharatnathyam Dancer https://twitter.com/fanny73779583) picked up on a remark I had made during the conversation that there should be a Cuisenaire rods app (a physical box of rods costs upwards of $70). I replied that I was just imagining, not aware that any such app in fact existed,


Simon Gregg (primary teacher, ICT coordinator in Toulouse) chimed in with a link to a Cuisenaire rod environment online – check it out: http://nrich.maths.org/4348


Note, does not run on iPad due to the use of Flash in the web URL



Earlier this week

Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester


Thu April 16 1800 GMT Developing a Research Plan

Class Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015 Class Time: 10:00 PM ((GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat) Class Duration: 60 minutes View complete information

Thu Apr 16 1800 GMT Thomas Strasser, Readers, and Digital Technology

Click on the link below to display the “post-paratory” mail relating to last night’s superb meeting.

Invitation to free webinar with Thomas Strasser: “Making the Most of Readers and the Latest Interactive Digital Technology”

  • Extensive reading as a means to improve all language skills and fluency
  • increasing students’ motivation and confidence
  • changing their attitudes to learning another language
  • the many benefits of extensive reading for pleasure (e.g. with graded readers)
  • practical, fun ideas and classroom activities to help you make extensive reading an integral part of every language-learning programme
  • the importance and benefits of incorporating the latest technology in the reading lesson
  • various Web 2.0-tools which make working with readers a lot easier and more fun for you and for your students

Presenter: Mag. Dr. Thomas Strasser  – Vienna School of Teacher Education Host: Tilly Harrison – University of Warwick Upcoming events in this seminar series Thu May 7 1800 GMT Joe Dale – Planning a virtual field trip to New Orleans

Thu May 4 1800 GMT Sandrine Pac-Kenny – Using apps for better oral proficiency

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

Mon 21 May 1800 GMT Tilly Harrison on A survey of classroom polling options

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

Mon Jun 22 1800 GMT Russell Stannard on Tools that Flip, Blend and Create Distance Learning Content

E4.111-1245: The Secrets of using Camtasia

Mon 23 Nov 1800 GMT Henry Rademacher From Newbie to Near-Pro: Making the most of Moodle’s tools in a listening course

See also the complete webinar schedule with conferences in German, French or Spanish

Sat Apr 19 IATEFL Webinar with Rebecca Oxford


Learning2gether with Second Life MOOC and IATEFL Manchester

Learning2gether Episode 268

Mon Apr 6-30 Second Life MOOC

Fri Apr 10 – Minecraft in the classroom with Dr. Lisa Graham on SLMOOC 15


Sun Apr 12 Nancy Zingrone on Basic SL Skills at SLMOOC

11am Eastern

Nancy Zingrone aka Maggie Larimore in SL

Nancy Zingrone, PhD is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Psychology at Northcentral University, as well as an edupreneur working on the WizIQ platform and in Second Life.

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Basic Second Life Skills Workshop #2

Eating, Drinking, Managing Landmarks, Shopping, Exploring, SL Etiquette, and more Dancing 🙂

After the WizIQ session meet at the SLMOOC2015 HQ in the IT4ALL Building:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madhupak/108/86/63

Fri 11 to Tue 14 Apr IATEFL Conference in Manchester Online


Online coverage of the Annual International IATEFL Conference & Exhibition



Many listed here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/sessions

Live Schedule: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2015/live-plenary-schedule

Opening address by Carol Read


Plenary by Donald Freeman


Ayat Tawel’s reflections: http://ayat-pdiary.blogspot.ae/2015/04/opening-plenary-by-donald-freeman-iatefl.html

Sun 12 Apr Joy Egbert plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Mon 13 Apr Ann Cotton plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Tue 14 Apr Harry Kuchah in plenary from IATEFL Manchester


Thu-Sat Mar 26-28 CALL-IS Webcasts from TESOL 2015 Toronto


This post includes a TESOL invited / featured presentation mp3 recording and slides online from Vance Stevens

Learning2gether with CALL-IS Webcasting from the 2015 TESOL Convention in Toronto

Learning2gether Episode 267

Vance Stevens recorded his featured presentation Sat Mar 28 at TESOL 2015 Toronto

Download mp3:

Any updates to these slides will be made here: http://tinyurl.com/vance2015featured

Vance made three other presentations at this conference

  • Thursday March 26 from 15:00-16:30 EST, Nery Alvarado, Daniela Coelho, Ellen Dougherty and Vance Stevens held a workshop on “iPad-agogy: a Bloomin’ Better Way to Teach”
    Listed in the CALL-IS Electronic Village program: http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php
    Our wiki provided the information, applications, lesson plans, project-based learning exemplars, and web links covered in the workshop: http://tesol2015ipadogogyabloominbetterwaytoteach.pbworks.com/
    Links associated with Vance’s part of this presentation can be found here http://tinyurl.com/vance2015writing
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:45 in room 203D at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Betsy Gilliland, Maggie Sokolik, Micah Risher, Vance Stevens, and Robert Connor convened a panel on Second Language Writing MOOCs in Theory and Practice;
    Links associated with my part of this presentation can be found here http://tinyurl.com/tesol2015vance-mooc
  • Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM in room 703 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Jeong-Bae Son, Phil Hubbard, Tom Robb, Tyson Seburn, and Vance Stevens convened a panel on “Self-directed professional development in computer-assisted language learning”;
    Links associated with my part of this presentation can be found at http://tinyurl.com/vance2015pd


CALL-IS webcasts live from TESOL Toronto

These webcasts are staged apart from the official program by the TESOL CALL-IS. They were made possible in most cases (all the links to sas.elluminate below) thanks to http://www.learningtimes.com for an ongoing grant to Learning2gether and Webheads in Action for free and open use for educational purposes of a Bb Collaborate meeting room

Sat Mar 28 CALL-IS Webcasts from Technology Showcase at TESOL 2015 Toronto

The complete CALL-IS Electronic Village program: http://call-is.org/ev/schedule.php
More information at http://callis2015.pbworks.com/

Susan Gaer’s Evernote public link to the paper handouts she received from the conference. There were only a few sessions with paper handouts “and this is the only way I could think of to share those” – thanks, Susan, very thoughtful:

Useable MP3s will be harvested from Elluminate recordings and posted here when time allows

Thanks to Bertha Leiva for the photo from the last webcast of the conference

Sat Mar 28 1300 to 1415 GMT Hot Topic: Managing the Darker Side of Classroom Technology

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Hot Topic: Managing the Darker Side of Classroom Technology – 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

Sat Mar 28 1400 to 1450 CALL-IS EV Fair Classic – Electronic Village Online 2015

Electronic Village Online 2015 – 10:00 to 10:50 – Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, U of Oregon and Nina Liakos,  U of Maryland, USA

Sat Mar 28 1600 to 1715 GMT Hot Topic: Gaming and Gamification

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Hot Topic: Gaming and Gamification in Our Classrooms – 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm GMT

Fri Mar 27 CALL-IS Webcasts from TESOL 2015 Toronto


Fri Mar 27 1300 to 1415 GMT Hot Topic: BYOD

Hot Topic: BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Your Classroom – 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

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Fri Mar 27 1500 GMT Robert Wachman at TESOL Toronto on HoA

On Friday, March 27th, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (UTC -4)
http://bit.ly/1EzyUG4 and again at 11:25 a.m. Robert Wachman conducts a Tech Fair presentation in the Electronic Village at TESOL 2015 in Toronto, on Google Hangouts On Air, including how to set up and launch one.  The official invitations to these HOAs will be sent during the presentations as I cover that step.

Link to ongoing HOA will be here:

Second HOA:


Recording link for the first Hangout

YouTube: https://youtu.be/0W4Uty_iClc
Thanks to Arturo who joined on his smart phone so we could have video and audio from the conference, since it wasn’t available on the computers in the Electronic Village.

Robert’s handout, with  working links

Article by Vance Stevens explaining how to set up a HoA and embed a text chat to handle overflow participants:

Fri Mar 27 1700 to 1845 GMT CALL-IS Academic Session – Games in the Classroom

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CALL-IS Academic Session: Games in the Classroom: From Principle to Practice – 1 pm – 2:45 pm EST

Fri Mar 27 1830 to 1920 CALL-IS EV Fair Classic – Using Multimodal Modes on Social Networking

Using Multimodal Modes on Social Networking for Autonomous Learning – 14:30 to 15:20 EDT – SoHee Kim, Korea U, South Korea

  • Recording: Did not appear on UNB Elluminate server

Fri Mar 27 1830 to 1920 CALL-IS EV Fair Classic – E-Teacher Scholarship Program

E-Teacher Scholarship Program – 14:30 to 15:20 EDT – Leslie Opp-Beckman, U of Oregon, David Fay, US Department of State, USA

Thu Mar 26 CALL-IS Webcasts from Technology Showcase at TESOL 2015 Toronto


Thu Mar 26 1300 to 1415 GMT Hot Topic: Flipping the Classroom

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Hot Topic: Flipping the Classroom – 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

Thu Mar 26 1430 to 1615 GMT Mobile Apps for Education Showcase

Download mp3:

Mobile Apps for Education Showcase – 10:30 am – 12:15 pm EST

Thu Mar 26 1700 to 1845 GMT CALL-IS InterSection with SLW-IS

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CALL-IS InterSection with SLW-IS: Automated Writing Evaluation: When is it Right for Your Students? – 1 pm – 2:45 pm EST

Thu Mar 26 1900 to 2050 GMT CALL-IS Developers’ Showcase

Developers’ Showcase 1500 to 16:50 pm EST

  • To join the webcast, click here
  • Not sure where the recording is. It might be appended to the recording above.

Thu Mar 26 2115 to 2245 GMT CALL-IS Open Meeting

CALL-IS Open Meeting – 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm EST

More handouts


Earlier this week

Sat Mar 21 1800 GMT LEARNING2GETHER with Vance Stevens, Stephen Downes, and others at the Spring Blog Festival


Mon Mar 25 Holodecking with Randall Sadler

Carol Rainbow reports that the video is here

https://youtu.be/oRlS9HvGpYc; she says Anne Christel recorded it

Was getting the embed code but encountered this http://screencast.com/t/3q7gaJMhf

Checking to see if it’s ok