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

Learning2gether Episode 137

Elluminate (Bb Collaborate) recording, thanks to

Hangout recording

What was this about?

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

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

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

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Participants had these instructions:

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


What we planned would happen on Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

 – Those listening to the stream at can interact in text chat there

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

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

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

 – Participants in Elluminate can interact in audio and txt chat

 – Those in the stream at can listen only but interact in text chat there

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

Some caveats:

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

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

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

– It will be easier for Jeff to bring you into the Hangout if you will visit and bring up your profile

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

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

All are welcome



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Alex Hayes’s

Last words from Jeff Lebow:

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

Learning2gether Episode 136

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

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

Schedule and more information is at


YouTube Hangout recording: 

Presentation abstract

To tune in to the stream, participants could:


Other session recordings:

In the end we got recordings of the following sessions:

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

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

The call for participation at

links to

where it says that:

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

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

Where? Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


Denise De Felice on Neuroscience in Education: Braining-up your lessons

Learning2gether Episode 119


Sunday, September 23, 2012 – Neuroscience in Education

Braining-Up Your Lessons

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Much is already known about brain functioning during learning processes to orient the practice of teaching. The brain and learning are the bridge that teachers can and must cross with knowledge that effectively connects them to learners. The purpose of this presentation is to share some information about how the brain works during the learning process and to provide participants with helpful tips for their teaching practice.

Denise De Felice has been an EFL teacher in Brazil for over 25 years. Her field of study relates to bridging neuroscientific research and education.

A joint event: learning2gether and BrazTESOL Brasilia Pre-Seminar event (details of the event at )

Time: 13:00 gmt (Check your local time here.)

Access to Online Presentation:



Previewing the next Horizon Report: Michael Coghlan leads a discussion of what’s up and coming for educational technology

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In this screenshot, Vance and Michael on top, with Phil Cozens and Dan Bassill

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Michael Coghlan is seeking feedback on what’s up and coming for educational technology in the near and long terms for the next Horizon Report due to come out soon.  He will meet us at 13:00 GMT in Elluminate and brainstorm on the topic.  More information will be posted soon; meanwhile read Michael’s postings to the Webheads list:

These messages point us to:

For example, the two trends for the current round are:

5. Openness – concepts like open content, open data and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information – is moving from a trend to a value for much of the world. As authoritative sources lose their importance, there is need for more curation and other forms of validation to generate meaning in information and media.

6. Legal notions of ownership and privacy lag behind the practices 
common in society. In an age where so much of our information, records, and digital content are in the cloud, and often clouds in other legal jurisdictions, the very concept of ownership is blurry.

Michael asks us

  • What are the implications for each of these trends in your institution? 
  • What are you doing already to accommodate these trends? Or, what could you do to accommodate them?  

This was a F.U.N. session.  While we were chatting in Elluminate, Sand Rogers opened a Hangout which attracted some additional listeners who wanted to be seen as well as heard in Elluminate:

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We were soon joined there by Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Tuba Angay, and Nina LIakos

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Ater the session ended, the F.U.N. began anew with Sand, Tuba, and Nina taking Hangout for a spin.  We played with the Google effects and learned how the apps worked for YouTube, screenshare, and Slideshare.  We were disappointed though that Google has not rolled out one-click recording … yet …

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Recording: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)

Beliefs of members of an online CoP on the effects of membership on teaching and professional development

Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 12:00 GMT Beyza Yilmaz

tells us about her MA thesis entitled:

Beliefs of members of an online community of practice on the effects of membership on teaching and professional development

Read it here:


     This study investigated beliefs of members of an online Community of Practice (WIA) on the role of the community on professional development, teaching, and on Web 2.0 use. Through the analyses of the questionnaire, it was aimed at finding out the members’ ideas about the group as an online CoP and benefits of belonging to an online CoP.

     The data were collected from seventy nine members of the Webheads in Action from various countries by using an online questionnaire. Then, the responses to the multiple choice items were analyzed using PASSW. The data collected from the last section of the questionnairre were analyzed through content analysis and pattern coding.

     The findings revealed that the members believe that WIA plays an important role in the process of developing multiltiteracies skills and the Web 2.0 tools used in classroom teaching and for professional development. The findings further revealed that the participants believe that being a WIA member leads to motivation, collaboration and discovery. These beliefs are thought to provide insights about the advantages and disadvantages of learning in online CoPs and their effects on the members’ Web 2.0 use.

     The findings can also be beneficial for researchers, teacher trainers, and teachers wishing to join CoPs for professional development. They can understand the advantages and disadvantages, and the participation process in more detail. Moreover, these findings can indicate that online CoPs can provide a medium for coping with the increasing amount of information thanks to the recent technological developments, and acquiring new skills.

Beyza’s Blog

Recording: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


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Scott Lockman fills us in on ds106

Learning2gether Episode 102

Sunday, April 29, 2012 ds106


Today, Scott Lockman describes his understanding of what ds106 is, how the system works, how to become involved, and some of his experience over the past year of teaching a computer studies class based on the ds106 model.

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Scott’s a lot of fun. Some proof:


  • On Sunday, January 15, 2012 we enjoyed a Super Sunday Streaming event with Scott leading us in a very entertaining PetchaFlickr. How entertaining?  Check it out:
  • This Sunday, Scott was at Tapped In two hours before he was due to go on, giving us plenty of time to set up the Elluminate room, but one thing led to another and we ended up at a place called Cypris Chat in Second Life <> where students come together and talk freely on interestingly abstract concepts. Here’s a screen shot of the F.U.N.

This engaged us in a round of getting our VOIP working in SL where we could hear the chat, necessitating our shutting off sound in Elluminate, and causing us to get so resource-challenged that we both had to reboot and barely made it back to Elluminate in time to get re-started there in time for …

getting back on the topic of tonight’s presentation on ds106 … 

Jim Groom and team try to help Stephen Downes and George Siemens with Change MOOC:

An Alan Levine take on Jim Groom: <>

Alan’s post points to a site illustrating DS106 inferentially: <>

Scott Lockman’s blog posts leading up to the event:

Recording: Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


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Learning2gether with Electronic Village Online, and EarthBridges: Earth Day at Virtual Round Table online conference

Learning2gether Episode 101

Learning2gether, Electronic Village Online, and EarthBridges

were all part of the 5th Virtual Round Table online conference

on language learning technologies – from April 20th (Friday) to 22nd (Sunday)

Sunday, April 22, 2012 13:00 GMT – EVO and Earth Day

Virtual Round Table Livestream recordings:


Event announcements:

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The EVO part 13:00-13:50 GMT

Vance Stevens, Nellie Deutsch, Robert Squires, Susan Burg, Carla Arena, Teresa Almeida d’Eca, Heike Philp, Scott Lockman, Laine Marshall, Kalyan Chattopadhyay, and Mary! … 

Projected events include:

  1. A pecha prezi to introduce the session: (Vance)
  2. A PowerPoint on Moodle for Teachers (Nellie)
  3. A PRESTO (Mary)
  4. A special EVO game show (Robert)
  5. A pecha kucha (Heike) – woops, slipped through the cracks 😦

The Earth Day part 13:50-14:30 GMT

With Peggy George, Jose Rodriguez, and Sheila Adams, from EarthBridges:

who shared some of their experiences over the years with Earthcast and

See the 2012 Earth Day Earthcast 2012 schedule wiki:

Explore Earth Day April 19-22, 2012

Check out what other students have done for past Earth Days


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On a personal note, see how Vance has spent past Earth Days:


A year later, this appeared on Facebook …


Dan Bassill: Tutor/Mentor Institute’s four part strategy and application to problem-solving in any social sector in any country

Learning2gether: Sunday, April 15, 2012

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Dan Bassill of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC describes the four part strategy he has developed to support the growth of a mentor-based youth-development strategy and how it might be applied to problem-solving process in any social sector and in any country. Dan will also talk about how youth in high schools and colleges can take a significant role in this process and how this will enhance their own learning, problem solving and communications skills while also creating future leaders who are better prepared to solve social and environmental problems via world-wide learning and collaboration.  Dan says “While I apply this strategy to what I do to help kids in poor neighborhoods of Chicago, I feel the model applies to any problem solving effort.” You can review the 4 part strategy at

Dan talked about how he conceives channeling knowledge into action through a 4-part strategy he articulated through mindmaps and other visuals. His work has a lot in common with that of Webheads, MOOCs, and EVO (which I have argued possibly IS a MOOC) in that he taps cognitive surplus to leverage volunteer effort while trying to scale and sustain through getting the attention of (i.e. the information out to) the business community to show them how their interests coincide with those of the Tutor/Mentor Institute. 

Dan points us to

Recording (Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate):


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This session was a follow-up to Dan’s Sunday, February 26, 2012 appearance on Learning2gether, to discuss


One hour before that, some of us attended the IATEFL ITsig session on


with Carol Rainbow

When: Sunday 15 April 2012 GMT 14:00

Find the time in your time zone by clicking this link.

Dan Bassill and the Tutormentor connection: In quest of easy to use, low-cost, socially networked webinar hosting solutions

For more information,on Dan Bassill’s creative expenditure of cognitive surplus, explore these URLs

Recording: from Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate) thanks to


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