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Feb 28, 2009 version of Events Schedule

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Day to Day Schedule of Events, Jan 12 to Feb 22, 2009


Date Day Time in GMT Description of event
01/18/09 Sunday

Informal conversation with Kim Cofino in Elluminate (graciously provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/) to discuss Making the Shift Happen (Always Learning, Feb 24, 2008):


01/18/09 Sunday

Informal conversation with Vance Stevens in Elluminate (graciously provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/) to discuss developments since Revisiting Multiliteracies in Collaborative Learning Environments: Impact on Teacher Professional Development (TESL-EJ, Volume 10, Number 2: http://www.tesl-ej.org/ej38/int.html


01/19/09 Monday


We held a conversation with George Siemens about connectivism; talking on different ways in which learning can be described as networked...and the importance of looking past external connections to focus on conceptual connections as a measure of depth of understanding.


01/19/09 Monday   Starting today is a 3-week Open Educational Resources seminar discussion at SCoPE: http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=1222
SCoPE activities are free and open to the public. Invite your colleagues!
01/22/09 Thursday

Informal conversation with Gladys Baya at 11:00am GMT to discuss Pageflakes, in Elluminate,   

Gladys pageflakes is here:http://www.pageflakes.com/gladysbaya

01/23/09 Friday

We held a conversation with Doris Molero to discuss how she uses blogs and other web 2.0 tools to help her students get multiliterate, in Elluminate. 


You can read more about our writingmatrix project here:


Doris had connection problems midway through the session but Writingmatrix compatriots Nelba Quintana and Vance Stevens were on hand to complete the presentation and save the recording.


01/24/09 Saturday

Flatclassroom Conference in Doha starting by the time you read this and lasting 3 days Jan 24, 25, 26 with live events webcast on Edtechtalk or presented via Ustream or Elluminate.  Starts with Terry Freedman streaming live at 1400 GMT Jan 24; more information: http://vflatclassroom.ideationnation.net/
01/25/09 - 01/30/09

The Islands of jokaydia will be taking part in Linden Lab's Educational Support Faire from 25th January 2009 - 30 January 2009 in Second Life!
You can visit the jokaydia booth from the 25th Jan @ http://slurl.com/secondlife/Olde/145/42/35
There is a calendar of events scheduled for the fair @ http://tinyurl.com/9jb53p

01/26/09 Monday

Multiliteracies featured as a small but significant part of the first of the new year series of Emerging Sounds of the Bazaar broadcast today. The show was another of the Dragons Den Specials and featured the Moose and Open Habitat projects. Both projects have been developing and experimenting with Second Life for teaching and learning.

These were instructions for participating: "You can listen to today's the show by going to http://tinyurl.com/6df6ar in your browser. The url should open your MP3 player of choice.
And if you would like to join in the fun, Steven Warburton will be in our chatroom at http://tinyurl.com/sounds08. Just enter your name - there is no need for a password.
And you can come on the programme LIVE with your questions and comments - juts skype to Graham Attwell - skype name GrahamAttwell."


  • The sounds of the Bazaar podcast is here:


01/28/09 Wednesday

Curt Bonk (Indiana University) and Mimi Miyoung Lee et al (University of Houston) asked us to read four articles (see article citations at the end of the schedule). Two of their articles can be found online and the other two are in the files area of our YGroup (available to group members). In the end, Curt met with us in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh. There's more about Curt and Mimi here <-- click

We struggled to get Curt's ppt slides uploaded to Elluminate while Curt soldiered on 45 minutes into his presentation without them. We eventually got them there and Curt kindly and patiently guided us (briefly) back through all 52. Fascinating insights into the world of Wikibookians,


02/01/09 Sunday
Webheads weekly meeting for two hours—noon to 14:00 GMT at http://www.tappedin.org - Jen Verschoor showed us http://scribblar.com/rooms/index.cfm?r=9bdxdrk&c=50C4FF6B-1111-1701-BF25DAA7AE19D015; we enjoyed it!
02/01/09 Sunday

In an informal conversation with  Graham Stanley we discussed Language Learning & Web 2.0 Technologies for our 21st Century Language Learners: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Emerging Technologies,



02/03/09 Tuesday

Maggie Tsai Co founder of Diigo with teach us how to use Diigo effectively, in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh (graciously provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/)


02/05/09 Thursday

Informal conversation with Stuart Selber, author of Multiliteracies for a digital age, 9 a.m. EST, in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh (graciously provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/)


02/08/09 Sunday   Webheads weekly meeting for two hours—noon to 14:00 GMT at http://www.tappedin.org
02/09/09 Monday

Informal conversation with Cristina Costa to discuss http://www.knowmansland.com/ and http://www.slideshare.net/cristinacost/blogging-microblogginga-nd-podcasting-presentation 

in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh (graciously provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/)


02/10/09 Tuesday

Informal conversation with Kip Yellowjacket, Jennifer Verschoor and Nelba Quintana about Second Life 11:30 GMT, in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh (graciously provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/)


02/10/09 Tuesday

Amy Meckleborg and Vance Stevens hosted a CTS Pre-Service teachers and the EVO 2009 Multiliteracies group conversation with Mark Kramer http://mamk.research-update.info/ via Elluminate provided by http://www.learningtimes.org/).

Due to time differences, Susan Waters and Alex Hayes were not able to join us however accessed their excellent resources at


02/12/09 Thursday

Informal conversation with Robin Good http://www.masternewmedia.org/about.htm on the paradox of 2.0, an EDUPUNK perspective on:

  1. What is learning?
  2. What should we really learn? (12 things to teach our kids)
  3. How do we make it possible? (new environments, modeling, new learning paradigms, resources & people needed)


02/15/09 Sunday  

Webheads weekly meeting for two hours—noon to 14:00 GMT at http://www.tappedin.org 

02/15/09 Sunday   Nick Peachey interviews Dennis Newson (aka: Osnacantab Nesterov) Formerly: University of Osnabrück, Webhead and member of SLexperiments.  In the show Nick will be talking to Dennis about his experiences of  starting off his Second Life as a digital immigrant, his observations of language teaching within Second Life and his recent foray into teacher training and development.
More information at:
02/17/09 Tuesday
What? More edupunk?? Vance's friend Rick Rosenberg (pictured below) will be live and online in Beirut Feb 17, 2009 at 09:30 GMT http://tinyurl.com/090217-1300 conducting a workshop on integrating technology in the classroom, designing engaged learning projects with the tools, training teachers how to develop online and multimedia teaching material, and on how to use technology in assessment. Rick welcomes having any like minds drop by to discuss these resources at http://statedept.connectsolutions.com/amman The time of the session will be Tuesday, Feb 17 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 pm Beirut time. Rick will be working wth them for an hour before that, and will keep an eye out for online participants.

02/17/09 Tuesday 20:00 GMT

Noam Chomsky was the first author requested by a group of language teachers in the framework of the newly launched 
Virtual Round Table on Demand program.


Tue, 17th of Feb 2009 at his local time 3pm at MIT University, Massachussets

World Time: http://snipurl.com/boiu5  [www_timeanddate_com]

[9pm Germany, 3pm New York, 7am Sydney]

Details of the overspill room will be announced on the following page
Those at the virtual round table (first room) will actively engage in a learning
conversation with Noam Chomsky, discussing the five questions which
are being formulated right now on the wiki we set up to collaboratively
work on formulating these questions. http://chomsky.pbwiki.com

All details to sign up and lateron where to find the links for access are
mentioned here.


The recording is in 5 video clips, from 4min to 8min long, one for each of the five questions asked Noam:


To view all of the five video clips one after another, use the following link:



There were 34 visitors from 10 nations in all. More questions are posted here:



The next virtual round table discussion is with Scott Thornbury. To sign up , click here


02/19/08 Thursday 18:00 GMT

Joint Multiliteracies and Enhancing Lessons EVO 2009 session at 18:00 GMT with Vance Stevens and Robert Squires, brainstorming on appropriate CoPs for continuing interaction beyond EVO, in Elluminate.  Vance took the opportunity to preview his slides for the following day.


02/19/09 Thursday  

George Siemens and others present a "Spaces for Interaction" conference organized by Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) on topic of increasing interaction with outside world from within F2F conferences, http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/


- Dates: Feb. 18-20
- Live Sessions: 9 AM, 3 PM, & 9 PM (CST, GMT-6) = 15:00 GMT, 21:00 GMT, 03:00 GMT
- Speaker schedule: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/speakers/
- To join the LIVE PRESENTATIONS, click on: http://aace.na4.acrobat.com/spaces/

Adobe Connect is the platform for presentations

- 4 min. introduction to the event here: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/intro/player.html .

There is a ning site http://aacecommunity.ning.com/ for conversation and brainstorming before, during, and after the presentations.

02/20/09 Friday

The talk was entitled "After a decade of inroads, SUCCESS in modeling blended learning in theory AND practice at F2F and online conferences" at AACE's Spaces of Interaction: An online conversation on improving traditional conferences.  


ABSTRACT: The presenter has been a long-time advocate and agitator for broadcasting online both into and out of on-site professional development events and conferences. The presenter describes inroads made during the past decade from 1999 to the present in making conferences accessible to many more than just their physically present delegates. Having debunked the myth that if conferences were open to online access on-site attendance would drop off, a case is made for the opposite scenario: that broadening channels for conversation at conference venues is a win-win situation in which everyone benefits, and conferences where these channels are blocked are the dinosaurs doomed to extinction.



What better opportunity to kick off the countdown to Webheads in Action Online Convergence 2009, http://wiaoc.org

02/22/09 Sunday noon GMT to 14:00

Webheads weekly meeting for two hours—noon to 14:00 GMT at http://www.tappedin.org


And then at 15:00 GMT we were all invited to attend the EVO 2009 End of Session Live Ceremony taking place in Skype and in the Webheads in Action chat room. What is this all about? It's about saying goodbye and sharing with others what you think of the sessions that you have joined. It's about expressing how pleased (or not) you are with the session, and share things that you learned, if any.


The host of the ceremony was Jeff Lebow, a dear webhead from Worldbridges (Daf's words :-).

Jeff recorded the audio session here: : http://webheadsinaction.org/EVO2009-closing


Using Elluminate


Elluminate is graciously provided to the Webheads as a professional courtesy by Learning Times (http://learningtimes.org).


First, register your session (reserve the room) at http://my.calendars.net/eslhome_conferen.


To become a moderator, follow these steps: 

  1. Log in at http://tinyurl.com/y3eh.
  2. Avoid the big green ENTER button.
  3. Scroll down to where it says Session Moderator Login.
  4. Click there and you will enter the session as moderator.


This screencast (at http://screencast.com/t/27G256Kcr) illustrates the steps: 






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