Learning2gether from TESOL 2014 Portland March 25-29

April 2, 2014 at 1:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Actually this post was published my mistake in this blog. It was meant for http://learning2gether.net
eposting there ūüôā

PCI (Preconvention Institute) entitled Integrating CALL with Web 2 0 and Social Media, presentation on March 25, 2014 at the TESOL Conference, Portland

Thu Mar 27 0030 PST Surin Pitsuwan streamed live from TESOL 2014 in Portland

Opening Keynote, Surin Pitsuwan

Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 5:30 pm‚Äď7 pm in Portland; 04:30 in UAE

English as A Powerful Instrument of Community Building in East Asia

For the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), English has been designated as an official “working language” for the regional organization. In such a diverse group of countries, one common language is not possible. And ASEAN’s success has been instrumental in bringing other larger and more powerful countries of East Asia and the Pacific together under the ASEAN-ledarchitecture of cooperation. The only language that is widely accepted as an instrument of integration for the emerging East Asian community is English. How a ‚Äúforeign language‚ÄĚ can bind and build an emerging community of nations in East Asia is another ‚ÄúAsian Miracle.‚ÄĚ

Thu Mar 27 1500 GMT David Graddol streamed live from TESOL 2014 in Portland

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 8 am‚Äď9 am in Portland; 7 p.m. in UAE

Five Megatrends Shaping the Future of TESOL

English has become a centrepiece of education reform in many countries. I show how this is often in response to developments in economics, demographics, and technology‚ÄĒwhich are reshaping the nature of teaching and learning English around the world.

David Graddol is director of The English Company (UK) Ltd, which provides consultancy and publishing services in applied linguistics, with a special focus on English language and education policy. In The Future of English? (1997), David set out a new agenda for understanding the growing importance of English as an international language and its role in globalisation. English Next (2006), provided an update on English in global education.  English Next India (2010) explores the changing status of English in India. Profiling English in China: The Pearl River Delta (2013) examines public discourses and the linguistic landscapes of a part of China that is experiencing rapid change. English Next Brazil will be published in March 2014.

More about TESOL Portland feature speakers here

where it says:

Free Live Stream of Keynote Speakers
Not able to attend the convention? The opening keynote speaker Surin Pitsuwan on Wednesday evening, and the James E. Alatis Plenary speaker David Graddol on Thursday morning will be live streamed at no charge for those not able to attend the convention. You can watch live or watch the recording later. Watch your email for information on how to connect.

Thu Mar 27 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

The Webheads Elluminate room http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/ was used for TESOL 2014 CALL-IS webcasts unless otherwise indicated. Details here: http://callis2014.pbworks.com/

Fri Mar 28 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon

  • 15:00¬†– 16:15 PM GMT¬†(08:00 to 09:15¬†in Portland):¬†Hot Topics:¬†Technology Use to Help Avoid Plagiarism: Resources for Teachers and Students
    Mar 28, 2014, [Fri] 09:53 AM Eastern (EDT, North America/US) (04:29:50)[36.3712 MB]
  • 16:30 – 18:15 GMT¬†(9:30 to 11:15 in Portland): EFL-IS InterSection (with CALL-IS) Experiences Integrating Mobile Learning in Language Classrooms Around the Globe
  • 20:00 – 21:45 GMT¬†(13:00 to 14:45 in Portland): CALL-IS Academic Session: Teacher Education in CALL
    Mar 28, 2014, [Fri] 02:34 PM Eastern (EDT, North America/US) (03:07:47)[19.1651 MB]
    (resolved sound issues after Phil Hubbard’s talk)
  • 21:00 to 21:50 GMT¬†(14:00 to 14:50 in Portland): EV Fair Classics¬†(Rick Rosenberg, Nina Liakos, Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Randall Davis, Jose Antonio da Silva, Larisa Olesova) – These simultaneous presentations are not in the Webheads BbC room, see links next to each presenter
    • Trace Effects: 3D Immersive Learning through Gaming, Rick Rosenberg, U.S. Department of State. To join the webcast, click here:¬†http://tinyurl.com/tesol1-collaborate
    • Getting to Know the Electronic Village Online, Nina Liakos, University of Maryland, USA and Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, University of Oregon-AEI, USA. To join the webcast, click here:¬†http://tinyurl.com/tesol2-collaborate
    • Beyond Googling: Online Resources for Maximizing Search Results, Randall Davis, University of Utah. To join the webcast, click here:¬†http://tinyurl.com/tesol3-collaborate
    • ICT4ELT: Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers, Jose Antonio da Silva, Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil and Larisa Olesova, President of Yakutsk TESOL, Yakutsk, Republic Sakha (Yakutia). To join the webcast, click here:¬†http://tinyurl.com/tesol4-collaborate

Sat Mar 29 CALL-IS events streamed live from TESOL in Portland Oregon


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iPads in Teaching – What Are They For?

March 22, 2014 at 5:28 am (Uncategorized)

iPads in Teaching – What Are They For?.

A nice graphic on a napkin by Sean Hampton-Cole, published in his blog at

showing how to go from stale Canned Curriculum through the master chef teacher to filter through an iPad and create palatable delights for student consumption, in a process which is then reflected, refined, and repeated through the iPad.

I clicked on “Press this” to publish it to my default WordPress blog (this one). I then left a comment on Sean’s blog asking if I could repost the picture, shown below and at the two links above


Permission to post here granted


Thanks Sean, I plan to post it here as well. I’ll let you know when I do ūüôā

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Electronic Village Online – Where teacher networking impacts student learning

September 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm (Uncategorized)

This was posted by mistake at this blog.  See the updated posting here



Sun Sept 22 at 13:00 GMT – Electronic Village Online – Where teacher networking impacts student learning

Proposals for the TESOL-sponsored EVO are due today, or by the end of this week, so that acceptances can be sent out by October 6 as promised.

Today’s discussion seeks to call attention to this worthy effort, to encourage you to submit a proposal soon if you haven’t done so already (about half a dozen have been received for far with several known to be in the works), and also to suggest to all others that it would be a very worthwhile investment of time to participate in EVO this January and February by following a course or two, if not actively moderating one.

Who: A discussion hosted by Vance Stevens

What: What’s going on with networked learning and how should this inform our teaching practices

Where; Google+ Hangout on Air

When: starting at 1300 GMT

This discussion can take place in a wider context including some special recent events such as the CIDER seminars where Terry Anderson just presented, and the STEMx free online conference that ended yesterday.  The latter was organized by Steve Hargadon, who teams up with Shelly Terrell in the 4th Reform Symposium (RSCON4) scheduled Oct 11-13 <http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/2013-reform-symposium>, and the TESOL CALL-IS and IATEFL LTSIG one-day conference to be held on Oct 12 <http://ltsig.org.uk/events/13-future-events/318-121013-special-event-using-technology-in-teaching-principles-in-practice.html>.

These are but two (that happened to take place in the past week) in a firehose of events that have been increasing in frequency, often not weeks, but days apart. The MOOC concept, whether xMOOC or cMOOC, provides steady often overlapping opportunities for deeper, more prolonged engagement not only with niche topics, but more importantly with others interested in those niches.  Google Hangouts on Air now make it possible for anyone to simulcast an event, and many do, extending invitations to colleagues in a mushroom field of communities.  It seems there is something of this nature going on every minute, and social media is working virally to spread the word among educators.  Stepping back to a wider perspective on this phenomenon, what is going on every minute is networked, connectivist learning.  Every minute! Open education, driven by learners connecting with other learners, is taking place around the clock, around the globe, in countless free spaces, bound only by the amount of time participants can make to engage and absorb the knowledge inherent in their networks.

So our discussion can touch on how we might rethink our role as educators, or perhaps more importantly, encourage others to follow our example. The Hangout today is another example of how participants in social networks acquire the tools for re-thinking how they engage their students.  Networked learning is ineffable in that it must be experienced to be understood, and those without that experience have difficulty grasping a full range of its affordances. As the behavior of participants in online networked learning changes, so their teaching styles change, and the better they are able to model for their students characteristics of what they find most effectively leads to their learning what they want to know in an increasingly interconnected world.

(This happens to be what Vance will be talking about at the upcoming RSCON4 conference in October, and I hope today’s discussion will help us conceptualize some of the issues to be addressed.)

What happened at the event:

This conversation was two hours long. ¬†There’s not much we can do about the¬†YouTube video without putting in considerable effort, but I can cut the mp3¬†rendition into Part 1 (when most people left) and Part 2, where it was me¬†staying out of the way of a conversation between David Weksler, Rob Perhamus,¬†and Scott Lockman.

Nina asked in the chat if the Google+ text chat was preserved. The answer is¬†‘no’ unless someone ‘ding!’ copies the chat and pastes it into a text file in¬†some reduced and meaningful form, as I have done here.

Present in the Hangout

  • Elizabeth Anne
  • Rob Perhamus
  • David Weksler
  • Marilina Lonigro (on a mobile device)
  • Marijana Smolcec
  • Nina Liakos
  • Dafne Gonzalez
  • Claire Siskin
  • Sedat Akayoglu
  • Vance Stevens

The following URLs were mentioned:

Maker Faire http://makerfaire.com/

Rob showed us a free book by Ray Kurzweil, downloadable here


Marijana Smolcec told us about TeachMeets http://teachmeetinternational.org/

Sedat Akayoglu showed us oldman vs ipad


Nina Liakos showed us


Mindcraft came up, Vance suggested

David Weksler showed us http://minecraftedu.com/page/

Rob Perhamus kept mentioning

from the gemba

and Sarah Hill

We recalled Sunday, January 15, 2012 РSuper Sunday Streaming with Jeff Lebow: Hanging out in Second Life withHeike Philp, PetchaFlickr with Scott Lockman, and more


Rob Perhamus showed us pranav mistry no pads needed

David Weksler mentioned know your audience? Bob Fass РWBAI?

Rob Pehamus mentioned Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi;¬†scott lockman suggested this helpful mnemonic –¬†Chick Sent Me High

David Weksler offered this quote:

Do not forget as you walk these classic places you are here to enrich the¬†world, and you impoverish the world if you forget the errand — Woodrow Wilson


Two recent events alluded to in this presentation were

Wed Sept 18 1700 GMT CIDER features Terry Anderson – Exploring research issues

From https://landing.athabascau.ca/groups/profile/289790/cider/tab/359765/sessions

“In this session, Professor, former Canada Research Chair, and CIDER host Dr. Terry Anderson will overview the contents of a new open access book to be released by AU press this fall. The book overviews the major issues that researchers in online education are researching and on which they are publishing. But what are the issues that you are concerned with? Join your colleagues in some small group discussions, focussing on questions that really need research energy …¬†Please logon to the CIDER sessions –¬†https://connect.athabascau.ca/cidersession/¬†– as a “guest”. You will then be prompted for your name, and you could add your location or institution as well, if you wish.”

The Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) is a Centre for Distance Education research initiative at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University.¬†The next CIDER session is Wed Oct 2 1700 GMT

What Kinds of Learning Can We Scale with Online Resources and Activities (and what can’t we scale)?

Thomas Carey, Athabasca University

These events are free to anyone to attend.

There is no mention of recordings of these sessions at this site (that I can see)

But I have been passed this link: https://connect.athabascau.ca/p58595205/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

but more content is available to those who can log onto the site with one of the following credentials

September 19-21, 2013 – Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference

the Global 2013 STEMx Education Conference, the world’s first massively open online conference for educators focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and more. The conference will be held over the course of three days, September 19-21, 2013, and will be free to attend!

STEMxCon will be a highly inclusive event that will engage students and educators around the globe and will encourage primary, secondary, and tertiary (K-16) educators around the world to share and learn about innovative approaches to STEMx learning and teaching. The call for presentations has been issued. More information below.

Please register at http://www.stemxcon.com to attend and to be kept informed

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Taking over from WebheadLink

October 26, 2009 at 4:31 am (Uncategorized) ()

My Second Life avatar Webhead Link was blogging like crazy there for a while, but has lately been remiss in his postings. I’m not sure if I’ll do any better, but I thought I’d better take matters in hand with my own blog. If you want to see what Webhead Link was up to, visit his blog: http://webheadlink.wordpress.com/

I’m not sure how I’ll be using this blog.¬† At the moment Vance Stevens blogs mainly at http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com

In a lighter vein I update from time to time my http://vancestevens.tumblr.com/ and I sometimes blog my most provocative emails at http://vancestevens.posterous.com/.  You can also hear me in audio nattering on at my podcast site: http://vance_stevens.podomatic.com/

I guess at some point these links will get put to the sidebar, but I only just now started this particular blog.

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Hello world!

October 26, 2009 at 3:34 am (Uncategorized)

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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