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Saturday February 1 (no record on file) and Sunday February 2, 2003 - wfw030202.htm - Sus's comments: We started in Tapped In as usual but moved to yahoo Messenger because a lot of webcams were at hand. I have one picture with nine cams up! Many of you seemed to have great fun with voice - unfortunately this feature has not yet been available to Mac computers, and although Ive tried hard to run the virtual PC emulator on mac, it does not cooperate with the webcam (or, not yet, I might have to work harder on this). So, today, my own WCam only mounted after a reinstall of the webcam plugin and one more reboot of the computer - so I was only present for the last period. Apart from that I can recall the happy faces of Aiden (with younger son), Tere (with husband and someone else), Vance (in relaxed shirt and tie), Chris(topher) with his hats-on show, Rita with a great smile , back from holidays), Michael (the man in Orange), Arnold (testing voice in vain?) plus Claire (looking stoned) and Scott (with a lot of bookshelves, too).
Tutors online today:
Vance in the UAE, Maggi in Germany, John in Pennsylvania and Michael in
Friends and students present: BJB in Pennsylvania, Arthur in Ireland, Susanne in Denmark, Ying Lan in Taiwan, ...
Saturday February 8 (I should have a log somewhere) and Sunday February 9, 2003
Teresa: "Last Sunday at Tapped In was certainly a fabulous 'entree' for the week and this Sunday a 'grand finale'! Wow! I was amazed at how well Wimba Voice Direct worked - after all, none of us were just around the corner! - and how 'democratically correct' it is with the turn taking. What a 'handy' attribute!"
Scott Lockman in Tokyo: Sunday's session was amazing (for me at least). Between webcams on my screen, text chat in the TI1 (no luck with TI2 for me), and the WIMBA voice direct chat, there was just too much going on on my monitor and over my headphones. The WIMBA experience was so captivating that I neglected the text messages in TI1. I apologize if I appeared to be ignoring any1.
Teresa made a wise move to get out of WIMBA when she did. I could tell that she was just as amazed as the rest of us were with the clarity of the sound and the ease of operation of the beta product (thanks to MichaelC for the heads up on this one). The reason I say it was wise of Teresa to get away when she did, is because she has been doing so much work and is in contact with so many people that she realized that she would have sacrificed some productive exchanges with other webheads not on WIMBA by lingering any longer.
For those of us who did stick it out in WIMBA for the duration, it may not have been productive in the utilitarian sense of the word. But OMG, it was fun and dazzling. And I think it was productive in the sense that a group of us became better acquainted with the package. Hopefully we will be able to provide some assistance to those of you who want to try to connect next Sunday. I heartily recommend that you give it a try.
Dafne pointed out that there appears to be no facility within WIMBA to create a transcript of the text portion of the chat. We also fumbled around with trying to make some form of audio recording of the conversations. More experimentation is required on this aspect. I was able to record my speech and Dafne's using the Sound Recorder program of Windows 98. But while I was talking, I realized that other room members were sending me text messages that they couldn't hear me. To make matters worse, I was unable to relinquish the microphone when I wanted to stop. This required my shutting down the browser and logging back in - Sorry about that.
As Michael pointed out, WIMBA voice direct is a beta software package. We at WIA are very fortunate to have the opportunity to check it out in this trial phase. That said, it would behoove us as well as WIMBA to offer comments and suggestions to the developers. Perhaps we can encourage them to include a transcription feature in a future version. The link to send comments is at the bottom of the WIMBA chatroom page.
Well, I'm sorry for rambling on like this. I know you all have more important things to do than read this. But I do think it would be useful to have a brief introduction to the WIMBA interface for future new users. Maybe a screenshot with graphics painted on describing what each of the buttons are for would be helpful. It would also be a way to introduce the concept of having the floor and relinquishing the mic, and requesting the floor. It is actually brilliant the way the WIMBA people have put it together, (but more than a few of us made the mistake of not relinquishing the mic on our first use of feature. I will try to put such a primer together. If any of you have suggestions, please feel free to send them my way.
Saturday February 15 and Sunday February 16, 2003 - The Sunday group broke into three sessions (1) WIA CoP Week 5 planning (2) Week 4 wrapup, and (3) Webheads in reception. Logs from later in the week are documented from Dafne's Week 5 web pages, and include
Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23, 2003 - Aiden has issued the following invitation for this Sunday:
I use CMC to augment my classroom activities while at the same time providing students the opportunity to interact and participate in an authentic form of discussion with people (in my case, usually, webheads teachers) who are competent speakers of English (regardless of ethnicity). The idea is to have the students speak out their thoughts and opinions about a particular topic. Discussions in the classroom will then follow (the next day) with chat logs and experiences in hand.
I intend to bring 6 groups of students in Tappedin this Sunday, February 23, 12:00 noon GMT. The students are 4th year University Level, majoring in Applied Foreign Languages, in Aiden's Advanced Communication Skills course. Click on the url to see some of the students you will be meeting this Sunday. http://www.geocities.com/aidenyeh/shih_chien/sy2002_1stsem/communication_skills_course.htm
Topic of Discussion: What's in a name?
To have a better understanding why and how Chinese names come about. Names given to most Chinese people have meanings and many were based on fortune tellings and superstitions. But the most significant influence in this aspect is the number of strokes a single character has. For instance, a character that looks or sounds like "Si" with a strong downward tone is considered taboo because the word means 'death'. It's considered an omen and therefore, brings in badluck. This topic is interesting because you will find out the trouble a parent has to go through just to give his/her child a name, a name that would ensure happiness and prosperity.
So, I invite new and the savvy webheads to join my students this Sunday. Each group will have about 8-10 students. 1-2 webheads per group.
TappedIn. This is where you will be tested :-) I have an office in TI- AidenY's office at East 802. You could use my office or you could also set up your own office in TI, simply page in BJ Berquist, TI's helpdesk 'wonder' woman, hey, she's a super-dooper webhead, too. Or go to http://www.tappedin.org for details.
What's in it for students?
They get the chance to talk and be heard by intelligent folks like the webheads. They'll be there to learn, and to have fun. They have done this several times last semester, so they're familiar with TI's interface.
A similar topic has been used and posted in efiwebheads by my students from NKFUST, this time, the students from Shih Chien University will be doing this activity.
Feb 25, 2003 - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/files/2003/week6-feb24-mar2/022503chatlog.html
April 26 and April 28, 2003 - Webheads at the TESOL conference in Baltimore. Arlyn's reaction: "It took until the live demonstration in Baltimore for me to realize the full potential brought about by incorporating TI, YM, webcams, and voice. While it sounds like a huge mess -- and even the images give the impression at times that a lot is going on but nothing is happening -- this is not the case. Stimulating all those senses is more interactive than a "live" meeting, more invigorating, you are more atuned to all that is happening (because so much is!), but also so much more informative because of this heightened stimulation. For me, the downside is not being able to keep up with the pace -- I'm not certain if that improves with practice...." We've got lots of pics. From the Colloquium March 26, browse to http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/webheadsinaction/lst then browse to TESOLpix > 2003_Baltimore > March26_colloquium. From the March 28 Classic Internet Fair session, visit http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/webheadsinaction/lst and then browse to TESOLpix > 2003_Baltimore > March28ClassicsFair. There is also a video from this session here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/webheadsinaction/files/TESOL2003/vsj_sicjjbrwlhs.avi (huge) but if you have a Real player, the same thing compressed: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/webheadsinaction/files/TESOL2003/vsj_sicjjbrwlhs.rm
April 4, 2003 - Teresa has placed a report on her first audioconference with Webheads in Action Daf, Chris and Michael here: http://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/webheads/sessions/4apr03-fletras.htm
At the 23rd annual conference of the Morrocan Association of Teachers of English in Morocco on April 8 - 12, 2003, our Webheads friend Ismail Fayed is giving a presentation
Saturday April 19 (Maggi and Vance met in TI2 since TI classic was down; no record kept) and Sunday April 20, 2003 - wfw030420.htm - Mike Marzio and Vance bravely broadcast webcams but no others were in the mood for either broadcasting or viewing on this day (Chistopher was busy cooking Mexican food). Turnout was good and chat was lively. as usual
April 23, 2003 - The chat that Aiden did with Arnold Muhren on TPR integrated voice, text and video is available at http://www.geocities.com/nkfust2003/listening/tpr/tpr1
Saturday, April 26, from 15:40-16:40 GMT - wfw030426.htm - Webheads were invited to meet online at the GMTIV JORNADAS CETA "Teaching English: emotion in motion" conference April 25-27 2003 Universidad de Córdoba. http://www.infoceta.org/jornadasIV.htm. Dafne Gonzales and Maria Jordano organized a Webheads online event for this conference.
Title: Webheads a Community of Practice for Language Teachers Professional Development in CMC
Abstract: Summary of talk/workshop (only one paragraph of no more than 100 words) Language Teachers around the world are incorporating online components to their face to face classes to offer students the opportunity to communicate with speakers of the language. To take this challenge, teachers need to be e-literate and learn to take the best from the web tools available. Webheads in Action is a virtual Community of Practice comprising language teachers worldwide, with the purpose of exploring a/synchronous and web-based multimedia communications formats, and the best way to use them for the benefit of their learners. In this presentation, we will show how this community works with the live online participation of Webheads located in different countries via synchronous modes (text chat, voice, and webcams). Web pages product of the community collaborative work will be shown.
WIA url: http://www.geocities.com/vance_stevens/papers/evonline2002/webheads.htm
Here's what will happen, according to Dafne: "We will be at Tapped In in the ASO. The presentation starts at 15:40 until 16:40 GMT. I have prepared a web page and a power point presentation, as well as some written notes. In the first part of the presentation, I will introduce webheads, where we are (that was the purpose of the interactive map), what do teachers get from WiA, and how we learned in WiA. Then, you will be able to interact with the audience at Tapped In. We might use Yahoo Messenger for voice but we are not so sure yet. Maria and I were trying it today, and she could listen to me, but I could not hear her (we think it was her mic). In any case, people could write the question in Tapped In and those in YM could answer using voice. We will see how technology behaves this time. I have plans A B C, and hope plan D (which has not been prepared) is not needed. While I present there, you will be shown the webpages, you can also read the paper or follow the presentation through the power point slides, depending on what fits your cognitive style ;-)
Sunday April 27, 2003 - wfw030427.htm -
April 29, Tuesday, from 08.30 to 09.30 GMT Teresa Almeida d'Eca organized a Webheads online event at the April 28-30, 2003 - APPI (Portuguese Assn. of English Language Teachers) conference in Sesimbra, Portugal on Rethinking Language Teaching Resources, http://www.appi.pt. Teresa made a short presentation (about 15 mins.) of the Webheads in Action and then had Webheads come in through voice chat to talk a little about us and the work we've done, and answer any questions the audience may ask. There is a short paper based on the content of the presentation at http://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/papers/appi2003/meet-wia.htm
Thursday June 19, 14:00 GMT at the TI2 interface at http://ti2.sri.com/tappedin/index.jsp - - Elizabeth Hanson-Smith and Michael Marzio held a video chat for the Real English YahooGroup <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Real_English_Online/>. There is considerable overlap between Real English and Webheads in Action, whose moderators (Elizabeth and Michael) have a similar approach to online shenanegans. Elizabeth's synopsis of this one is: "We had a really good chat on Thursday, with some interesting ideas for video use. Susanne Nyrop has suggested we join with Webheads in Action, another excellent Yahoo Group, at the Tapped In Festival on July 19 with a focus on video. More details to follow. I'll have the chat log posted to our group soon--look for Vance's Shark Whale, face painting, and other intriguing ideas!" and she posted the chat logs here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Real_English_Online/files/Chat_log_06-19-03.html
June 25th GMT 23.30 - 00.30 (June 26)- LearningTimes member Michael Coghlan will be presenting at the "ED-MEDIA: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications" in Hawaii. Major portions of his session will be taking place live on the Web. SESSION ABSTRACT: The majority of Internet communications between student and teacher in online educational interactions is still based predominantly on asynchronous written text, with email absorbing the lion's share of that communication. While there are technical difficulties facing those who might wish to explore more dynamic forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), there are also significant pedagogical barriers preventing teaching staff adopting these tools as part of their core teaching repertoire or practice. This paper and accompanying presentation will demonstrate how the use of online voice technologies can improve the delivery of both campus based and distance learning programs, and pose some suggestions as to what methodological approaches can maximise their effectiveness.
Live from ED-MEDIA Conference in Hawaii: "Voice - The Missing Link?" http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=183640 . Here's what you'll find at that URL:
MICHAEL COGHLAN will be joined remotely (online) for his Hawaii-based presentation by the following panel of guests:
- AIDEN YEH of National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, in TAIWAN http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=183643
- DAFNE GONZALEZ of Universidad de Valencia, in SPAIN http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=183642
- JONATHAN FINKELSTEIN of LearningTimes, in NEW YORK CITY; and
- ANDY PINCON of the Inner City Computing Society, in CHICAGO http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=183641
More information on this session is available on Michael's ED-MEDIA website: http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/edmedia/mcsession.htm
Tune in ahead of time to download the new Aldo java applet (this applet only works on PC's) Here's the link: http://www.alado.net/sbdc/id9.html You don't need a password, just your name. You will have two popup screens the first time around. Michael's presentation will also take place in Tapped In. If you haven't logged in to the new version of Tapped In yet, go to http://www.tappedin.org/new
Afterwards: Dafne writes: "The event turned out to be a complete success. We were 19 people online, and Michael reported that even though at the beginning of the pres. there were only 10 people, at the end the room was at its full capacity. Michael did a superb job as planner, speaker, and moderator of the session. It was a WOW event."
Aiden comments: "Michael's Ed-Media conference ... In this kind of presentation, it's not what you say that's important, it's how you say it. Making sure that f2f participants understand what you're saying. The way Michael presented and the way things are organized fit very well in such a way that it answers and supplements the title of his presentation: Voice: the missing link? People were very much interested in the tool rather than the way it¡¦s used. This is a good because it signifies that EFL/ESL teachers nowadays know why such tools are used in and out of the classroom. Perhaps, many of the participants have tried applying the methods but are only missing the right tool. Alado is certainly the right tool if we want to integrate voice and text, plus all other features without the fear of losing voice."
Damian has placed a recording of the lead-in to the session at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/webheadsinaction/files/ - the name of the recording is AladorRecording.wma and this might be a direct link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/webheadsinaction/files/AladorRecording.wma. This file is available to the general public without password protection. Either Michael or Alado will try to place a recording of the actual presentation up somewhere, or so they had said when Damian stopped his recording at 2:30 a.m. his time.
International Association for Citizenship, Social & Economics Education: "Global Challenges: Local Responses" to be held in Egmond, Holland (June 30 - July 2). Dafne Gonzalez and Arnold Muhren's proposal "Webheads in Action" was accepted . Dafne and Arnold will be there physically, and are counting on Webheads and others to be there virtually (if not physically, too :-)
The Internet: Collaborative Tasks and Project Work > Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney > A new online course for EFL teachers interested in exploring the potential of the Internet for use in their own classes. The course will cover 4 weeks in July 2003, comprising 6-8 hours of online collaborative group work per week coupled with tutorial time and offline reading and reflection. You will receive a detailed study timetable to help you organise your workload effectively. The course looks at a variety of types of Internet-based collaborative tasks which are applicable in EFL situations. The focus will be on short writing projects, and especially on webquests.
Sunday July 6, 2003 - wfw030706.htm - In which we discuss the shaky job market for educators of our ilk and with it the need to augment our skills with server side scripting skills, so we find links to ASP and PHP training sites. We also discuss how we might teach simpler HTML skills to ESL/EFL students, and Buthaina shows us numerous examples. Present were: Maggi in Germany | Vance in Abu Dhabi | Fernanda in Portugal | Heather, Amy, and Leanne in Bernie Dodge's course in San Diego | Susanne in Denmark | Christopher in Germany| Buthaina in Kuwait | BJB in Pennsylvania | Rita in Argentina | Kelly in San Diego perhaps? | Teresa in Portugal | Amanda | Juani in Chile | Nancy in Michigan | Guohuaye in China | Sandy | Maria in Cordoba | and Sara .
July 16 - all day, the annual Tapped In Summer Festival - Come help us launch the new version of Tapped In during the 12+ hour TI2 Launch Festival on July 16. There are lots of extra pre-festival tours and tips scheduled to help you get the most of your festival experience. Certificates of Participation will be offered for members and guests who register for three hours of events. (Continuing Ed Credits for the certificates are determined by individual educational institutions.) See http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/festival03.html for the Festival schedule and Festival information updates.
REO meets the Webheads: Experience Our Collaboration! This Tapped In Festival Event is scheduled for 8am PDT/11am EDT/3pm GMT on July 16 in the ASO. Real English Online is a project for teachers who use video and CD. We discuss teaching strategies, try out new videos and movies, and generally help each other with the pedagogy of CD, tape-based, and online video. Teams are working on new ways of using video, new tools, and Hot Potatoes exercises to supplement hours of free Real English movies online
Lots of chats in here not logged, esp one with Elluminate with screen shots
Sunday August 17, 2003 - wfw030817.htm - From Buth right after the chat: Dear Webheads, I would like to express gratitude to Vance, Michael, Sus, Maggie, Fernanda, Maria, Venny, and Claire, for joining me at the vClass/Conference Room of Compu.Ed, on Sunday, Aug 17. I appreciate your support and hope you enjoyed the informal presentation on "how to use this vClass as a moderator". Actually, being a moderator of this Conference Room, despite the unexpected technical troubles that faced some of us, gave me the chance to learn more about this kind of CMC tool. Your comments, feedback and questions during our "action" at the Conference Room helped me to ponder and discover for myself new issues related to e- learning and teaching,in general. This experience has also given me the opportunity to implement a number of skills and e-learning attitude learned from Webheads in action. Followed by a short chat/discussion at Tapped In later, where Arif and other colleagues were also available, I can proudly announce to you that this event was a new learning moment to me. Moreover, it was one of those "EYES Wide Opened" moments I/we keep searching for individually or in groups and they suddenly occur urging us/me to continue, starting a new advanced search. Furthermore, I believe, the example, which was given by Vance Stevens at TI when he was trying to explain an issue realted to an educational theory, can beautifully summarize the point: "Like Webheads, no one controls it, people make it happen through individual efforts that cannot be described except through very complex analysis." Finally, I would also like to thank two Compu.Ed representatives, Geoffrey Kaye in Australia and Henry Kaye in UK, who joined us yesterday as a moderator, for inviting all Webheads to use a Compu.Ed vClass, on Sundays for a couple of hours or so. So, please feel free to contact them if you are interested. Much Obliged WIA, Buth
Sunday August 24, 2003 - wfw030824.htm - A small summer time group met and discussed topics such as MMS vs. SMS and audioblogging (not free, unfortunately). Participants: Claire in Pennsylvania | Christopher in Germany | Maggi in Germany | Aiden in Taiwain | Jahido in Amman | Susanne in Denmark | Dafne in Spain | Corrinne | Michael in Australia | Jiang from China | Vance up before dawn and about to fly home to Abu Dhabi from Southern California
Thursday, August 28th, at GMT 4.15 Michael Coghlan, eLearning Coordinator Douglas Mawson Institute of Technology, introduced a group of staff in Adelaide to the thrills and spills of using Voice Online! We gathered in the Wimba voice chat room in LearningTimes (http://www.learningtimes.org/). He had written: "it would be great if there were some people there for them to talk to. So if you're around and willing to drop by to join in a voice chat Michael would appreciate it. It will be very informal with no set topic other than the general focus of use/application of voice online tools." There turned out to be about 20 people there from Australia and around the world and when the main body moved off we ended up in the Elluminate 'Meeting Room' exploring that tool with its developers.
Friday, August 29 at 01:30 a.m. GMT, which was the middle of the night or very early morning for most participants. Frank Chou from Wimba Taiwan invited Aiden and Webheads interested in collaborating with Aiden in a research project for her Communications Skills course, for a hands-on training on how to use Blackboard. Aiden has been given a free Blackboard account and 5-6 Wimba accounts (to be incorporated on the Blackboard site). Participants met for a view of how Wimba worked with Blackboard. The live synch chat opened in a separate window but other Wimba components appeared as components to the BB interface. These included Wimba voice discussion board and voice email. We tried sending voice emails and posting recordings to the discussion board while in the synch voice chat and had varying degrees of success though we could hear recordings playing simultaneously with people talking in voice chat. We spent a couple of hours putting the interface through its paces. Webhead participants included Vance, Aiden, Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Dafne Gonzales, Susanne Nyrop, and Michael Coghlan. Here's what Aiden had to say afterwards:
The site that Frank showed us today is a demo site and the features that were in there were created to show us what's in BB and what can be created using Wimba. The voice conference rooms can be created by the moderator and he/she can create as many as he/she wants as long as the total number of participants does not exceed 50. The groups can have simultaneous voice conferences but a participant can only join one conference at a time. If she/he tries to join another conference, he/she will lose the existing voice conference that he/she was currently at and a new voice applet will appear. The ability to create simultaneous voice conferences in one BB account is good enough for my project. I could assign groups and decide on a schedule for simultaneous voice chats. Still, saving chat logs and voice is still a dilemma, not until Wimba's upgraded version is released. I'll try install Total Recorder and see if this will do. The voice board is also great for archiving oral responses.
Frank has requested Wimba France to grant me a free BB account for my research. Webheads Instructors will also be given free access to this account.
Wednesday, September 24 - Aiden Yeh hosted chat sessions with her students.
Saturday, October 3Teresa created a Web page on the chat with Louise and Saranda. It's at http://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/webheads/sessions/2oct03-street-life-chat.htm
Saturday, October 11 - GLD VII warms up with a virtual "training" session, aimed both at presenters and technologists interested in how we hold a 24 hour interactive event with large reach and small budget http://www.bfranklin.edu/gld7/training.htm.
Sunday, October 12 - Children's Day and Global Learn Day in Brazil. GLD VII's Brazilian partners will be celebrating Children Day which Franklin will be webcasting. This celebration will last about four hours. On Global Learn Day VII, November 16, we will return to Brazil and feature highlights from Children's Day plus subsequent commentary about novel learning programs in Brazil http://www.bfranklin.edu/gld7/brazil.htm.
Maria Rendon and Diane MacEachern will be doing a presentation of vClass and a class simulation in Learning Times on Sunday, October 19 at 2 am GMT (check the time difference with your zone at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/). The presentation will be held at http://www.learningtimes.org. You will need to become a member of Learning Times to use the services. Once you log in as a member, go to "Members offices" and click on Diane MacEachern's office, where the presentation will take place for one hour. And there will be a Q/A session afterwards.
When you access the virtual classroom (vClass) for the first time, you may be prompted to download Sun Microsystem's Java Web Start (or OpenJNLP for Mac), a pre-requisite for the virtual classroom. To do this beforehand please go to http://www.learningtimes.org, go to "Meeting Room" and then click "Enter now" to get the software. If you have a microphone, please have it plugged in on the day of the presentation. It will be a pleasure to have you there! Let me know if you are interested in attending. If you can't make it on that date, still let me know you are interested. We may change the date if it is not suitable for many people. Please contact me at m.rendon at pgrad.unimelb.edu.au or monina37au at yahoo.com -thanks- Maria Rendon. MA CALL Candidate The University of Melbourne Melbourne, Australia.
Sunday, October 19 * Webheads in Action/Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru lang. learning 5:00-7:00am PDT/8:00-10:00am EDT/12:00-13:00 GMT ; meet at http://www.tappedin.org/new and go from there. See http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/software.htm to fathom possibilities inherent in 'go from there'
On this day we experimented with Andy Pinchon's tweaking of http://www.alado.net/webheads (on port 430) and http://www.alado.net/login --> test portal on port 80 (which sends packets allowed in by the phone company watchdogs as http packets). Andy tweaked their portal at http://www.alado.net so that we could reach it on port 80 in order to get around the blocks on telephony imposed by service providers in UAE and Argentina (two we know about) who have vested interest in preventing voice communications on port 443, which http://www.alado.net/webheads has been set up to use. I think Andy might shift that one to port 80 (if he hasn't already) but he had set up a special portal from http://www.alado.net/login (port 430) where you click on the test link (upper right of window) to patch in on port 80. The only downside was we could only get ten users in each portal and we had more than that, all in different countries, so Andy (who had two computers) put a mic up to the speakers of one so we could talk to each other in the different rooms. Our chaos navigation multitasking challenge for the evening was to keep up the banter in Tapped In while staying coherent in the voice chat.
Here is Rita's message just prior to this event
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003 23:57:17 -0300
From: "Rita Zeinstejer"
Subject: thanks, Andrew!
Hi, friends! Even though I've been more off than on lately, for personal reasons of various kinds, I try to follow you as much as possible, but only participate when I feel I can add something interesting to you, as it hopefully is the case today.
For many months now I've been trying to get into Alado, to join some of our WIA sessions there, unsuccessfully. For some reason, my computer refused to enter the chat room. It was during one of our meetings at TI that I met Andrew Pincon, a Webhead engineer who does technical support, and who offered to provide me with some help to allow me to enter Alado. It was rather difficult, due to timetables and differences, to agree on a certain day and time, but today Andrew sent me a message to find out whether I was still interested in sorting out my problem.
We met at TI and from there he started giving me precise instructions, as he wanted to find out what my problem was. We stayed connected for more than 2 hours and a half, on a Saturday afternoon, and first he thought it was a question of changing my settings in my Windows XP, as I seemed to go in and out, so he finally led me to download some software which enabled me to use another portal, and even sent me the url to go through an internet connection speed test. Finally, he concluded that here in Argentina, they have a router switch which blocks us from talking on the internet through our normal port. The Argentinian Government privatized the state owned phone company some time ago, and the company that now is the phone company knows how to block using the internet for voice, so that they won't lose any $$$ on overseas phone calls...
As a solution, Andrew decided he'd move webheads into a different portal that gets through the problems with this local phone company. That is, if I have not misunderstood Andrew, he'll have all the changes made for a different port entrance, just to allow other users like me, particularly me this time, to join the sessions at Alado.
Andrew is another committed, low-profile, most generous Webhead who will give out his precious time to help another Webhead in need, for almost three hours! Out of sheer gratitude, I felt the need to share this with all of you. Once again, it´s a privilege to belong to a community made up of people like Andrew Pincon.
Michael Coghlan's series of presentations on the use of online voice tools took place on Thursday, October 23rd at GMT: 3.30 am - 4.30 am as part of the Networking 2003 conference. (http://flexiblelearning.net.au/nw2003/) Many of you will remember NetWorking 2002. This year it is a physical conference. Anne Fox joined for part of the presentation to report on her recent voice chats with her students. The session is entitled Finding Your Voice Online http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/nw2003/mcsession.htm
Saturday, October 25, 08:10 GMT (to 9:00) Vance webcast his presentation at the Wen Shen conference, Taipei Taiwan. We gathered in Tapped In at http://www.tappedin.org, and we tried to Webcast through the meeting room at http://www.learningtimes.org but ended up using http://www.alado.net/webheads, where Andy Pinchon made us a special portal (on port 80; the reason was that voice quality from the conference site at 25 kbps was marginally better on Alado; otherwise we would have gone for the Mac compatibility and greater robustness of LT - 30 simultaneous users vs. 10 at Alado). Presentation slides are at: http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/webheads/taiwan/wenshan2003.htm. In preparation, Vance sent this email Fri, 24 Oct 2003 20:43:29 -0000 (Subject: last update before 8 a.m. GMT Oct 25)
Here's the plan for Oct 25
We have decided to use http://www.alado.net/webheads. We will meet anyone interested there at 8 a.m. GMT. If we can't webcast our presentation we will try to bring you into a demo at around 8:40 a.m. GMT.
Thanks very much to Maria in Melbourne, Buthaina in Kuwait, and Dafne in Spain who helped Venny and I test earler Fri Oct 24.
After many experiments we determined that Alado was working better than LearningTimes for us and that neither was working well. The reason is that the LAN at the conference site is only giving us 25 kbps throughput. Voice is breaking up.
Here's a possible solution. Aiden is getting about that with her Bluetooth connection but it's a consistent 26 kbps and we tested it this evening and found it acceptable. So we'll do this:
- We'll have my computer presenting at the conference site and possibly broadcasting a web cam on Yahoo Messenger
- We'll have Aiden on Bluetooth broadcasting voice on http://www.alado.net/webheads
- We'll have the conference computer at Tapped In to coordinate the whole thing.
- Together we'll have 75 kbps (no, wait, we'll each have a third of 25 kbps ... no that's not true, Aiden will have her own independent 25 kbps ... oh, nevermind, just join us and see what happens!
Ying Lan is here in Taipei and we had dinner last night and will go to the conference site together. Aiden has just arrived (and we tested her bluetooth). Venny has remained a remote participant but we expect to see him tomorrow.
This is a big Webheads event and we hope to see you / hear you online tomorrow 8 am GMT. Till then,
Sunday, November 2 * Annual Halloween Party at Webheads in Action/Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru lang. learning 5:00-7:00am PDT/8:00-10:00am EDT/12:00-13:00 GMT ; meet at http://www.tappedin.org/new and go from there. See http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/software.htm to fathom possibilities inherent in 'go from there'.
Thursday, November 13 Michael Coghlan (and other Flexible Learning Leaders from South Australia) facilitated 3 x 25 roundtable discussions on issues arising from Michael's study.
We will use the Elluminate vClass tool housed in LearningTimes (learningtimes.org) http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes?go=235631 and enter the Elluminate space from there.
From 10:00 a.m. - noon GMT on Sunday, November 16 - Vance Stevens and Michael Coghlan were physically present live and f2f for the very first time in Abu Dhabi, coordinating the Webheads program comprising presentations from Teresa Almeida d'Eca and Barbara Dieu in addition to their own: http://www.talkingcommunities.com/tc/gld7/speakers.htm. My link here http://users.voice-alert.com/gld7/7066.html was written by John Hibbs and does not accurately represent my views (not that I disagree, it just mentions areas I have not myself delved into; e.g. "I am particularly interested in the idea that a small radio station could serve both as broadcast and training center" is not me talking, but John - I never requested that this be changed to something I would have written).
Global Learn Day VII is an annual non-stop 24 hour event - with stops in 24 time zones and also kicks off International Education Week http://exchanges.state.gov/iew/. Along with other presenters, GLD VII will showcase the ten Founding Members of Friendship Through Education http://www.bfranklin.edu/gld7/friendshipmembers.htm. The theme will be Friendship Through Education.
Sunday Nov 30, 2003 - Teresa Almeida d'Eca has put up the transcript of a chat with EVO_2004 members (most of whom are Webheads) together with a link to a zipped file of the voice chat some of us had at http://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/webheads/sessions/30nov03-evo-chat.htm
Michael Coghlan did one last presentation for the year on the use of Online Voice tools on Friday, December 5th at 11.00 am QLD, Australia time (01.00 am GMT). "Jonathan Finkelstein (LearningTimes) and Anne Fox (Webhead from Denmark) will join me as co-presenters for this session that is part of the program for the Learning Technologies 2003 conference (http://videolinq.tafe.net/learning2003/index.html). We will be using the LearningTimes Meeting Room (the Elluminate vClass software) for this 30 minute presentation and I invite you to come along and participate in the session remotely. This session is for a live audience at the conference and it is always instructive for people in conferences to see how remote participants can join these types of virtual presentations."
Saturday, December 6 Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru language learning is held each Saturday 16:00-17:00 GMT (9:00-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT) at http://www.tappedin.org or http://www.tappedin.org/new. Longtime Webheads facilitator Maggi Doty would particularly like to meet ESL students at this time. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Sunday, December 7 * Webheads in Action/Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru lang. learning 5:00-7:00am PDT/8:00-10:00am EDT/12:00-14:00 GMT ; meet at http://www.tappedin.org/new and go from there. See http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/software.htm to fathom possibilities inherent in 'go from there'. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Sunday Dec 7, 2003 Teresa has posted the chat held for the EVOnline moderators' group, many of whom are Webheads - http://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/webheads/sessions/7dec03-evo-chat.htm.
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith files an interesting report:
Hi all-- this is the first chance I've had to report my great success in using Elluminate - VClass in LearningTimes last Sat/Sun (9:00 am GMT Dec 7). I was trying to join Michael at a voice chat, but couldn't find him and went to the larger Meeting Room in LT by mistake, as it were. So there were Venny and Raine, a teacher on the East Coast, who were voice chatting and using the white board. This is the very first time the whole setup appeared properly on my Mac OS X, and the audio was correctly initialized. I also got the other two to do their Webcams on YM simultaneously, so we could see, hear, and read each other all at the same time. I rejoiced in being able finally to get it all to work as envisioned.
But the following day, when I tried to enter the Webheads chat room in LT, which Vance wrote about, Java reported it could not set up the audio--same old message. I plugged and unplugged, booted and rebooted, but VClass would not recognize my audio equipment. Total bummer. If anyone has some clue as to what is going on, I love to hear from you.
I should also mention that about 2 hrs later I had a short text chat with Batasan, who is a computer lab person in Mongolia. This was on my mind during a voice chat at Alado on Sunday with Andy Pincon, who was justifying why Alado isn't made for Macs.
My feeling is still that no one is going to be using dialup in the future. Developing countries do not begin by installing phones--they install cable or microwave transmitters. I hear that in Italy or Brazil it takes 3 months to get a land phone, but cell phones are instaneous--wifi is the next good thing, and it takes a lot less infrastructure than phone lines. If you can receive a phone call on any cell phone, why not receive voice on any computer? While Mac may be only 7-8% of the world market, it may be 100% for any given teacher.
Buthaina Alothman replies:
Elizabeth, Thanks for sharing your report on Webheads vRoom at LT by Eluminate.Actually, no educator or teacher in the world can resist it, as it's not very difficult to use and has that "funky" look that is suitable for young and adult learners. The voice facility is great as you don't have to hold the ctrl button or click and hold a button. In additon,the lay out of some of its features, such as, the tex-chat, voice box, and the White board are controlable by both a moderator and an attendant. Have a look at the following URL, created earlier, when Sus and I met to explore and learn more about it, I hope you find it useful: http://alothman-b.tripod.com/vclass-jennifer.htm
Saturday, December 13 Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru language learning is held each Saturday 16:00-17:00 GMT (9:00-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT) at http://www.tappedin.org or http://www.tappedin.org/new. Longtime Webheads facilitator Maggi Doty would particularly like to meet ESL students at this time. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Sunday, December 14* Webheads in Action/Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru lang. learning 5:00-7:00am PDT/8:00-10:00am EDT/12:00-14:00 GMT ; meet at http://www.tappedin.org/new and go from there. See http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/software.htm to fathom possibilities inherent in 'go from there'. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Saturday, December 20 Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru language learning is held each Saturday 16:00-17:00 GMT (9:00-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT) at http://www.tappedin.org or http://www.tappedin.org/new. Longtime Webheads facilitator Maggi Doty would particularly like to meet ESL students at this time. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Sunday, December 21* Webheads in Action/Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru lang. learning 5:00-7:00am PDT/8:00-10:00am EDT/12:00-14:00 GMT ; meet at http://www.tappedin.org/new and go from there. See http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/software.htm to fathom possibilities inherent in 'go from there'. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Saturday, December 27 Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru language learning is held each Saturday 16:00-17:00 GMT (9:00-10:00am PDT/12:00-1:00pm EDT) at http://www.tappedin.org or http://www.tappedin.org/new. Longtime Webheads facilitator Maggi Doty would particularly like to meet ESL students at this time. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Sunday, December 28* Webheads in Action/Writing for Webheads: World friendship thru lang. learning 5:00-7:00am PDT/8:00-10:00am EDT/12:00-14:00 GMT ; meet at http://www.tappedin.org/new and go from there. See http://sites.hsprofessional.com/vstevens/files/efi/software.htm to fathom possibilities inherent in 'go from there'. http://tappedin.org/ti2web/calendar/ti2dec03.html#lang2
Buthaina Al Othman ended the year for webheads on a high note with her broadcast of her EfS 162 science class at Kuwait University, during which 10 of her students web cast six different presentations as their final project via the Alado chat facility. The six presentations were held on two consecutive days, December 27 & 28, 2003, from 8 to 9 GMT. Duration of each group or individual presentation was 10 minutes, including interaction and discussion with the audience. Buth wrote us that she "would be very appreciative if ,at least, four (4) Webheads volunteer, two (2) to be present on each day and are welcome to ask or comment on a presentation. Two English instructors from the English Language Unit where I work at the College of Science, Dot and Eman, are to participate as well. For more details on the project and topics to be presented by my students, please check out this URL: http://www.geocities.com/esl_efl_ku/wia_162finalproj.htm Please note that EfS 162 students presnetations run for two weeks, from December 27 to January 7, 2004. I have scheduled students online presentations on December 27 & 28." Here are some reactions:
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2004 19:21:56 -0000
From: "Vance Stevens"
Subject: Happy New Year everyone
I'm reflecting on a remarkably productive past year with Webheads, one in which the community has shown itself to be truly organic, with many members taking numerous initiatives reflecting well on the group as a whole. We have also gained attention and respect this past year. Our work has been cited, mentioned, and featured in numerous professional circles and gatherings in 2003. I think we have a lot to be proud of, and I look forward to heightened collaboration in 2004.
The past six months have been especially challenging for me as I have met the demands of a forced career shift, but I think I've got my feet planted after my first semester in my new job and life should be easier when next semester I can concentrate on doing what is expected of me without having to spend so much time figuring out what that is. I'm hoping this can translate into a return to more time spent on Webheads. I certainly appreciate being a part of such a robust and competent community able to recover the ball and move it forward when team members are forced to devote attention elsewhere.
After mid January I will be in Cairo for a week giving a number of presentations. I haven't worked out yet exactly what those presentations will entail but I'm hoping to work in some online events involving Webheads, especially as we now have an expert there, Randa, who knows what we will need. I'll let you know of progress as people return to work after their Christmas holidays.
Happy New Year to all,
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Our next online chat is always this coming Saturday at 16:00 GMT and Sunday, noon GMT (for about 2 hours on Sunday, 1 hour on Saturday). What time is that where you are? Check: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html What will happen when we meet? Who knows? (Just about anything!) But click here to get an idea. Meet us at Tapped In, http://www.tappedin.org
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