Booking starts: Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:00 AM (US/Central)
Booking ends: Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:00 AM (US/Central)
For them starts:Thursday, September 26, 2019 11:00 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur)
Duration: 1 hour
Title of event/project:
Connective and Collaborative Tools for Impacting Social and Climate Change
Participants should go to this link to start the project. URL to project/event starting point: http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
Learning2 gether, let’s talk online, Electronic Village (EVO), TESOL and IATEFL interest sections, Global Education Conference Network, and other online communities of practice have been connecting thousands of teachers and students through their overlapping networks to create significant change in themselves and their students via the Internet. Looking back on these two decades of connectivism, educators have been bringing to the table their know-how to bring peace to this planet, to reverse climate change, to reduce plastic waste and to reverse this warfare against nature.
The moderators of this session represent communities that have been meeting and collaborating online for well over a decade now. In this event we discuss how we have formed, developed, and intertwined our online communities; how we are continuing to keep each other up to date about the latest developments in connective, social, and collaborative tools and resources; and how we are leveraging them to effect positive changes in education, and for the climate and planet.
Why September 26?
The 26th of September, 2019 is the European Day of Languages organized on high ministerial level by European Commission for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe. This event is being announced for Sept 26 on the European Day of Languages website https://edl.ecml.at/. It is also being promoted as Learning2gether episode 422.
Who are we?
Learning2gether is a participant-driven professional development series that has produced over 420 podcasts since its inception in 2009. L2g derives from the ongoing Webheads in Action (WiA) community of practice and professional development movement, http://webheads.info, which has been putting teachers and students in touch with one another digitally, at a distance, since 1998. Stevens (2014, p.162) characterizes L2g as “an ongoing project where presentations are organized weekly by volunteers collaborating on a wiki. They are free for all, online, recorded, and archived at http://learning2gether.net. There is also an index that gives a clear overview of all presentations so far and how to access their recordings (http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/archiveindex).Learning2gether events perpetuate the spirit and goals of Webheads in Action … and are an excellent example of teachers continuing to learn from one another how to experience connectivist ways of sharing expertise in distributed knowledge spaces. It often happens that teachers present projects with their students which are examples of how they are transferring what they learn from each other online to their blended and hybrid classroom learning ecologies.”
Learning2gether has connected over the years with numerous communities of practice worldwide, including two whose representatives will appear in our discussion
Let’s talk online http://www.letstalkonline.com/ has been involved in language teaching and learning at a distance in real-time via internet for more than 15 years.
Electronic Village Online (EVO) has developed as a community of practice that in 2001 facilitated a program of online discussions and workshops that have been held every year since then each January-February. According to its website, http://evosessions.pbworks.com/, EVO sessions can serve as
“a discussion of an issue in the field of teaching language, or experiments with and pedagogy of new technology tools … or to carry on a discussion of topics important to your member group … EVO is a long-standing project of TESOL’s CALL-IS, and we have joined forces in our coordination and moderation teams with IATEFL and national Teaching Associations to offer sessions that relate to IATEFL’s special interest groups (SIGs) and the IATEFL conventions and webinars.”
The moderators of this GWC event have chosen the important topic of climate change to focus our discussion, and as a bridge to illustrate how the communities of practice we have been building over the past decades can be directed through connectivist means at collaborating on addressing one of the world’s most intractable yet, as far as the members of our communities are concerned, least controversial conundrums (e.g. this CNN The Daily Show where Trevor Noah interviews Greta Thunberg: https://youtu.be/rhQVustYV24, and this screen shot from the interview, which is trending on Facebook: https://www.screencast.com/t/Mtx6DeYHS7
Stevens, V. (2014). Connectivist Learning: Reaching Students through Teacher Professional Development. In Son, J.-B. (Ed.). Computer-assisted language learning: Learners, teachers and tools. APACALL Book Series Volume 3. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Available: http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/archive/2014connectivist_learning.pdf
Project/event directions for participation:
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This event can be categorized as a:
Asynchronous Long Term Project, Synchronous Long Term Project, Guided Virtual Tour, Informational Session, Panel Discussion, Tool Demo, Webinar
This event is intended for the following audience(s): college or university students, pre-service teachers, teachers, administrators, organization leaders
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Contact First Name: Vance
Contact Last Name: Stevens
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Contact Twitter Handle: @vances
Host school or organization: Learning2gether.net
Host School or Organization Website URL: https://learning2gether.net/
Host Location and Time Zone (UTC): UTC + 8
This event is organized by: A non-profit organization
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Vance Stevens representing Learning2gether.net
Heike Philp representing lets talk online
Mbarek Akaddar representing EVO
Hanaa Khamis representing NileTESOL LT SIG free webinar series presented with support from Learning2gether
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