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Moodle Mooc 7

Here we go again another wonderful online learning experience to join with other colleagues in expanding and sharing our own knowledge or experiences in teaching and life long learning. The activities will be carried out within the Moodle4Teachers moodle site run by Dr Nellie Deutsch our great leader in this online learning experience.

I should stress here that sometimes when one hears the word ‘learning’ they may react with a facial expression that equals ‘I’ve done with my learning!‘ be that it may be true of some, I would like to point out that learning does occur at any age. There is no way that we are born knowing everything, or that simply attending more ‘schooling’ gives anyone the right to say “I have learnt all there is to learn” which unfortunately I have heard all too often within my experience in Teaching as a Teacher collaborator on Language projects. Sometimes Teachers give themselves far too much credit, we (yes me too) think that the title Teacher means that we know more than our students or whoever surrounds our daily lives. Often times when out and about friends will look to me and say things like “Well you’re the Teacher what do you think we should be doing?” – this is totally wrong and embarrassing! Being a Teacher does not make me an expert at anything and I mean anything, in fact the more I teach students at school the more I realize that even if I think to understand something more than they do there will be a moment in the class when someone will ask that question which incites a blank expression on my face. Sometimes it’s out of context, sometimes it’s something so banal that even I am confused and need to look it up – doing this in front of my students is great because it demonstrates how much I too am human and infallible. What a relief!

Anyway enough of dilly dallying and back to the topic at hand… The Moodle Mooc 7 is another great opportunity to join a wonderful line up of presenters, listen and interactively comment during the webinar then to carry on participating and commenting within the Moodle site following a step by step process. The moodle itself set up by Dr Nellie will take everyone through the motions of actively participating in the MM7 and also track progress leading to the goals of badges and final certificate when all steps have been completed.

My own presentation revolves around learning and teaching in fact this is the title  Teaching and Learning Along the Way”  Reflecting on Teaching and Understanding our own Learning curve.
In this presentation I will endeavour to explain my own learning curve and my experiences with Teaching F2F and Online, as a facilitator in a Mooc and collaborating online with other Teachers. The aims of preparing video tutorials for teaching and learning. Working together with other colleagues using Google Drive, Skype or other online apps to connect and share information. Understanding the benefits of creating a PLN and how to create one. Why sharing among colleagues is part of the learning process. The use of Social networks for communicating, keeping abreast of education challenges/changes. But more importantly why using a Blog/s to reflect as part of a growth in learning aids in the improvement of our own Teaching methods. Creating a Teaching method that encompasses the use of technology, and learning to use textbooks ‘outside the box’.

Perhaps I am being a little overly zealous in wanting to talk about all these things in such a short span of time, but I will try my hardest in completing a well documented presentation in slide form and will be sharing the link here (after the presentation) and during the presentation.

If you want to join in to listen to all the presentations then check the Moodle site, Moodle Twitter, MM7 Hashtag, or the countdown to my presentation.

Hope to see you all active in the Moodle course! Remember this is a great opportunity to improve your moodling skills too.

Please add a comment or question below, thanks and I will answer promptly.

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Fall Blog Festival 21 September, 2015

The Fall Blog Festival is underway well into it’s third hour and while I wait to listen in to the next presenter I thought I would begin my Blog entry to mark the occasion. Firstly getting into the event was in itself an exercise in patience and stamina, as the ‘link’ was not allowing anyone to stay inside the virtual classroom as it was a generic link to be used by one access only and not multiple access entries. Which is a shame because most likely many would not have had the patience to keep on trying or even communicating their difficulty and hence may have been put off by attending all-together. I fully missed the opening Ceremony and just made it in by a hair during the latter half of Vance Steven’s presention. The good thing is Dr Nellie Deutsch organizer extraordinaire of this online event is video taping every presenter and then uploading to YouTube as seperate entries. Now that is a feat in itself!

The present situation is that anyone using the link as direct access is not going to get in so the best solution is for that person to Register for the event in their own name and then ‘join’ the live session. The link/s to join are as follows:

WizIQ FBF Course link

Moodle FBF Course on Moodle Area

Youtube FBF intro

Smore banner of the event

I created a PLOTAGON for the Event too, here is the YouTube version:

or go to Plotagon link

So now I will listen in to all the presenters and then get back here to write my own reflection.

Check back in soon :-)

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M4TEVO15 Final Presentation

The M4TEVO15 was a massive learning experience which I have summarized into the following presentation – it has been waiting in the folder to see the light of day and somehow has been collecting dust as I soon forgot all about putting it on display.  Further down are also the Certificate of Completion and Certificate of Appreciation for Moderating. Thanks again to the organizers for a whirlwind online teaching and learning as teachers course. Looking forward to the next one in 2016.



Certificate for M4T_completion


Certificate for EVO15_moderator

The rest of my reflection can be found on my M4TEVO15 blog page. Feedback welcome. 



CO15 : Micro Teaching in Pairs

Well finally I’m getting some time to update the information on my intervention in the Online Conference CO15 – Connecting Online 2015 organized by Dr Nellie Deutsch and run by the WizIQ platform.

The intervention was in conjunction with my online pair Teacher Thomas Hodgers and our slide presentation now on slideshare is shared with my readers here too.

Our experience in Micro Teaching is the culmination of much hard work and many online hours in research and communication that participating in the CO15 became a natural extension. We (Tom and I) have also collated our work into a book chapter which is now under review and hopefully will be accepted for publishing. I will keep you my faithful readers updated on any movements in that direction.

Presently Tom and I are working on an Action Research project and also recently prepared a WebQuest as part and parcel of our continuing learning experience in the course Teaching with Technology organized by Dr Nellie Deutsch on WizIQ. You will be able to follow our work and other meanderings on Tom’s blog of which I too am a part of – albeit a little behind in my blog posts as you will no doubt have noticed even from my own word press blog (s) that have been left in the land of no-words …

Some might downplay my lack of time and blame it on ‘time management’ but I will have you know that I plan my moments (minutes and hours) to the very narrowest of possibilities – I am after all a creature of structure and rules as without I would be lost. (And not in space !) In my honest opinion without a time structure for my own work of giving language lessons from preschoolers, to high school, to tutoring, to online teaching and to management levels – all hell would break loose !!

Then how would we put this lack of updating the blog site (s) be seen by you – my reader? I dare ask if you would so kindly add your say below I would be ever grateful, thank you.


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SL MOOC 15 on WizIQ

The SLMOOC15 is on now in the WizIQ platform, so if you are into exercising your virtual self and expressing your language ideas in a virtual reality then this is the place to be, join many others learning about virtual world for language learning. As many courses on WizIQ this is a FREE to join and listen in/download/watch later or just add your say in the Course feed or Live Chat during the Webinars.

Here is a YouTube video to give you an idea of what’s in store.

If you’re interested in getting a Certificate for attending then you may also join the Moodle section of the course to follow the theoretical and practical uses of SL in Language learning or Teaching subjects across the spectrum.

See you there.

Ps: Right now we are listening to Kip Boahn giving us all a great conversational piece on Second Life and the use of characters (Avatars) to create a story…join now Kip Boahn is the creator of Virtlantis check out the website.

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Spring Blog Festival

 Spring Blog Festival on March 21 will be LIVE ONLINE at WizIQ

The second annual Spring Blog Festival is preparing to get underway, if you are an avid blogger or avid reader of blogs then why not join in to see Educators from around the globe have their say on Blogging for Education.

If you are interested in presenting or having your say then file your request by filling in the following Google form

The link to the Festival is available here and you can also watch this great video clip prepared by the organizer Dr Nellie Deutsch available on Youtube.

Remember it’s free, and when you participate at the live online webinar you can still have your say in the live chat. When you join the WizIQ webinar link you can begin by introducing yourself in the coursefeed page or drop in a comment.

See you there! 

Want more info? Check out Dr Nellie’s SMORE flyer Spring Blog Festival info

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Finding your way around the CO15

CO15  Connecting  ONLINE  Conference

I just came across Dr Nellie Deutsch’s new video on getting around the WizIQ platform for the Connecting Online Conference which is slowly approaching – February 6-7-8 for three days of fully packed presentations by Educators from around the world. This is happening ONLINE LIVE and there will be RECORDED sessions if you miss out on one or more, also if it does not coincide with a suitable time your time zone.

Here is the Video now on YouTube:


The video will show you how to understand the schedule of Presenters such as About the Presenters, Time and Date of the Presentation and how to understand the WizIQ course feed and course schedule for the CO15 Conference which is Free to join with access to all recordings and slide presentations.

This is the link to the course on WizIQ and if you haven’t joined yet, then do so NOW it only takes a few minutes to create a free account and watch the LIVE ONLINE CONFERENCE from the comfort of your chair/couch/whatever.

Course Link: CO15 Connecting Online Conference

About the Presenters link: CO15 Presenters

Calendar of Events

Clickable links on Google Drive Public document : CO15 Connecting Online Conference Schedule

More information about the Conference on Google Drive document with clickable links

Remember you can be an active participant by having your say in the Live Chat online during the whole presentation and you can also keep a copy of the chat to save links that may be shared et cetera. The sessions are recorded so you can see them whenever as there is no ‘closing’ date on the Conference course link. But you must enroll to ensure you will have access to the recordings and slide presentations that will be made available by the presenters which can be located in the Course Schedule of the Course itself. Enrollment is also free on WizIQ.

If you have any queries or questions please feel free to drop me a line below in the comments, I will only be too happy to oblige.

Thank you for reading my post.


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