The three G’s
- Global presenters from across the world, presented on a –
- Global theme – Globally Connected Learning in a –
- Google Hangout
Reinhard Marx sought interest from members of the HLW skypers group in presenting to teachers of English at a conference in Russia on the topic of “Globally Connected Learning” . The time suite me – 7pm my time, so I was in.
Steve Sherman from Sth Africa, Larisa from Serbia Russia, Maria del Carmen Colussa of Sth America Anna and Michael from Russia, Reinhard from Germany and me, from Australia logged into a google hangout to present to about 300 English teachers live at the Paedagogical University Chelyabinsk, Russia. The google hangout was chosen as it is free, could be recorded, allowed screen sharing and could be broadcast live on youtube.
Prior to the presentation
- a google presentation was set up so that we collaborate and add our slides.
- a google document and qr code was set up to allow for questions from the participants after the event.
- an online meeting in a hangout was held in late December
- extra messaging and chat took place in gmail or on skype
- the presenters logged into the hangout early to test sound and make sure all was ready.
However, we had many technical issues. I returned to school as the bandwidth is much stronger than at home, but my microphone did not work in the hangout, so switched to a computer lab desktop, which meant that I did not have a webcam. The first hangout link did not work well, so another had to be quickly booked by Steve in Sth Africa. We started a little late due to the difficulties.
- Steve and Reinhard co-ordinated the session virtually, whilst a technician in Russia ensured all was working there.
- Reinhard commenced the presentation and then the rest of us spoke to our slides for approximately 7 mins.
- being part of a presentation that involved speakers from so many continents
- seeing the theatre that our participants were in, in Russia – always amazing to think that this can be even done!
- having two experts on hangouts in our midst
- listening to my colleagues share their experiences with globally connected learning
- just being able to be part of a presentation that involved the globe!
- pioneering and paving the way for more presentations like this
- as always, technology does not always work as it should but we kept working at alternatives to ensure the presentation went ahead
- keeping all presenters, who all had so much to share, to their assigned time frame
- ensuring presenters had their mics on mute when not speaking as any movement often activated their image on the main screen
- learning to have the current presenter or speakers module highlighted so we could see the shared screen
- speaking slowly and clearly enough to allow for differing accents