Thursday, March 13, 2014

Live Stream of Hangout on Air from TESOL Arabia, Dubai, March 14, 2014

TESOL Arabia Live Stream

At 1000 a.m. GMT, 1400 in UAE, Vance Stevens gives a presentation at the TESOL Arabia conference in Dubai UAE. 
Extending Google+ Hangouts to way beyond 10 participants
 
At the conference I intend to set up a Hangout live and invite conference participants to join it. Of course anyone in our online PLN is welcome to join us as well.
 
The live stream will be set up during the presentation, which was proposed as a workshop to be held in a computer lab setting, starting at 1000 GMT (2pm in Dubai).
 
You could set this up by TELLING people
 
Or you can set up an online space where you provide the above information plus
  • The embed to the live stream
  • The embed of the Etherpad chat below that 

The embed the YouTube video above, streamed during the event, and now it should play the recording

Meanwhile you can find all you need to know about how to join us at this link below:
http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded#Nextupcomingevents

During the simulcast you can chat with Hangout participants here

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The iPads are coming! Preparation ...

Where I work we have been anticipating imminent delivery of iPads for the cohort of young freshmen college students air college pilot cadets where I teach. Last Sunday March 2 we had a discussion during our regular weekly Learning2gether time on how we could go from teacher professional development to boots on the ground: suddenly your students each have iPads in your classroom, and what do you do?

At some point, Rita Zeinstejer recommended Joyce Valenza's excellent collection of Digital Storytelling Tools here: https://edshelf.com/profile/joycevalenza/digital-storytelling-tools

and I asked those present if they had heard Valenza's "Wizard of Apps", a skit done by students and filmed on location in the library where she works, which debued at the 2009 K-12 Online annual asynchronous presentation conference http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=443:





The iPads did not arrive last week but they appear to be even closer over the horizon, maybe in days, so I've called for another brainstorming session and decided to blog it here so that we can invite comments from those who might benefit from some of the resources listed here and who might, in comments, add more.  Please do!

Of course, as we develop our expertise we'll be able to hold more Learning2gether sessions that are less about "what do we do now?" and more about what we did and what we learned.

Meanwhile

Here are some other resources my colleagues where I work have been looking at:

Another fire hose opens up at http://www.educatorstechnology.com/. There is a huge body of material here.

These are the apps that our students will download onto their iPads during the setup process. 
Any suggestions for using these?


Apps Store
Calendar
Camera 
Clock
Contacts
 
Face Time
Garage Band
iBooks
iMovie
iPhoto
iTunes
iTunes Store
iTunes U
Keynote 
Mail 
Maps 
Messages
Music 
Newsstand
Notes
 
Numbers 
Pages 
Photos

Photo Booth
Podcasts
Remote
Safari
Siri
Video

These apps are recommended for our students as "must have" to download in addition to the above bundle

DropBox                                                    Free
Tense Buster                                             Free
Spelling City                                              Free
Road to IELTS                                          Free
Showbie                                                    Free
Lockdown Browers                                    Free
BBLearn                                                    Free
HCT Mobile App                                       Free
PDF Reader                                              Free
Adobe Reader                                          Free
Neu Annotate PDF                                  10AED ($1 U.S. = 3.68 AED)
Dictionary Apps
Google Translate                                     Free
Collins Mini Gem English-Arabic             20AED
Oxford Word Power Dictionary for
Arabic Speakers Learning English          115AED
Wordflex                                              50AED
Note Taking Apps
Penultimate                                             Free
Mobile Notetaker                                   Free
Notes Plus                                              38AED
Noteshelf                                               22AED
Webclipping/Notetaking
Evernote - http://www.edudemic.com/the-evernote-experiment/   Free
One Note                                                Free
Sling Note                                              11AED
Photon – Flash Browser                          20AED

These apps are specified as "Recommended" for our students as opposed to 'must have'
Explain Everything                                  12AED
British Council (series of Apps)
Educreations
Popplet
Socrative
Quizlet
Flashcardlet
Haiku Deck
Grammoropolis
Action Words
Opposites
Flipboard
Nearpod
Voice Record
Socrative
Prezi

My colleague at work gives the following advice about using DropBox
  1. Use http://dropbox.com on the web to manage DropBox (on a PC or Mac) rather than doing this through the app
  2. You'll work in two spaces
    1. A folder in your DropBox which you share with groups of students
      1. You put documents here that all students can access
      2. Any student can erase documents here so be careful; keep backups
      3. You can easily copy from back up space back to here to replenish everyone's shared DropBox despite what anyone might inadvertently delete IF you keep a mirror backup handy.
    2. Folders that individual students share with you
      1. Students submit work to you through their individual shared folders
      2. Such folders are private only to the student and anyone s/he shares it with (i.e. the teacher)
  3. How to start your students off in dropbox
    1. make a list of their e-mail addresses, one per line, ready to paste
    2. create a folder where you can push items out to students
    3. Share the folder with them as shown in the screen shots below




























Students will now get an email inviting them to set up their dropbox at the email address you have sent their mail to. 

Presumably this is an email address where you can easily identify your students. If they are not using DropBox at this address already then they can set up a DropBox account dedicated to their class work. This will create ideal conditions for working with them (pushing files out and getting files submitted back), but I haven't tried it yet, so I'll let you know the pitfalls (I've been told they lie in wait for the unwary).

Once this is set up you can send PDF files to the folder shared with all students, and they can use Adobe Reader to mark them up and then share them with you through their teacher share file.  You can then mark them up with your corrections and feedback.  Paperless!

Wait, there's more



Nalini Malhotra gave colleagues and I a series of PD sessions on apps she finds useful for the following skill areas.  The trick here is to check out each app and discover its affordance for that skill. There are some duplications in from the list above, but categorized by Nalini in her lists:

Assessment and course management
  • Socrative
  • Bb Mobile Learn
  • Showbie 
  • Edmodo
  • iFiles
Grammar
  • Tense Buster
  • Grammaropolis (not free)
  • Action Words
  • Elementary Pearson Grammar app
  • ESL Tests
  • Make Dice Lite
Vocabulary and spelling
  • Vocabulary Spelling City
  • Notability
  • Word: 4 pics 1 Word
  • Opposities
  • Bluster
  • iSpeak Word Wizard
Listening and speaking
  • Haiku Deck
  • Natura ...er HD
  • Voice Recod
  • British Council LearnEnglish weekly radio show podcasts
Reading
  • Oxford Bookworms
  • VocabKitchen (processes online texts)
Writing
  • prompts
    • Think About
    • Write About
  • Mindmapping
    • Mindmeister
    • Popplet lite
  • Timeline
  • My Journal
  • T-Charts
  • Venn
  • Book creator
  • Ask3
IELTS
  • AWL Builder
  • IELTS writing
  • IELTS Skills
  • Writefix
Tools / Utility apps
  • TedEd
  • Knowmia Teach
  • Educreations
  • ShowMe
  • Explain Everything
  • Outline
  • Skitch
  • Side by Side

What else should they have? (comment to suggest more apps please)