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Learning2gether all weekend Aug 1-3 with MMVC14 and iTDi

Englishbridges - Fri, 2014-08-01 13:07

There have been some remarkable events on this summer. July has seen at least one professional session a day with TTO MOOC and then iTDi. This post documents the last week in July and then takes us to the top of August with MMCV14, a three day conference organized by Nellie Deutsch. We start the week on Friday, Aug 1, 1300 GMT, with simultaneous events for each MOOC (had to choose!).  This carries on through Sunday, traditional Learning2gether day, with the final day of the MMVC14 conference.

I’ll be filling this in as the weekend progresses

Sunday August 3, Learning2gether with MMVC14, Moodle MOOT Virtual Conference

Saturday August 2, second day of MMVC14

Friday August 1, MMVC14 starts at the same time as iTDi MOOC

Fri Aug 1 1300 GMT simultaneous events iTDi MOOC event

Using Videos to Improve Reading Comprehension by Naomi Epstein

Obviously Naomi showed a number of videos meant to prompt reading and expression (as in writing, conversation)

In order to view the recording you’ll need to enroll in the iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers: Fly High With iTDi! runs July 20th – August 17th

In order to attend the live events or see the recordings

Fri Aug 1 thru Sun Aug 3 MMVC14 free online conference

Schedule: http://www.wiziq.com/teachblog/august-moodle-moot/

From Nellie: “You’re invited to join the 4th annual free 3-day online conference from August 1-3, 2014. Recordings will be available for anyone who is registered. You may also access the content and engage in discussions with the presenters and other participants. Certificates are available for those who reflect on 3 of the live classes or the recordings of the webinars.

Here’s the link to the conference: http://www.wiziq.com/course/30546-moodlemoot-2014-mmvc14

There are 26 webinars. Recordings and MP4 files will be available for download. You can check your timezone by clicking on the time scheduled for each session.”

Aug 1 1300 GMT Dr. Nellie Deutsch Opening Ceremony

Class link: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2016340-mmvc14-opening-ceremony-with-dr-nellie-deutsch

Following sessions for Aug 1

  • 1400 GMT Dr. Jukka Holm and Maija Loikkanen ActionTrack – Learning by Experiencing
  • 1500 GMT Brenda Mallinson Offline Solutions for Online Learning
Earlier this week

Wed Jul 23 Learning2gether with Joe Dale about AppSmashing with iPads

Thu Jul 24 Future of Museums free online conference
Future of Museums, this free, online event will give those of you who work in the museum and archives fields an opportunity to share your passion for the future of museum services, spaces, and innovations. Conference strands include Bring Your Own DeviceLocation-Based ServicesCrowdsourcing, and Makerspaces.

  • Twin Events on the Future of Museums: Wednesday + Thursday. This week will kick off twin events about the future of museums – July 23rd & 24th. Both events are focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition: Bring Your Own Device, Location-Based Services, Crowdsourcing, and Makerspaces.
    • Wednesday: NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums is an exclusive symposium for you, the curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators. In this limited-space event, engage with panels on these topics and help shape the conversation – get your burning questions answered! There are still spaces left, so please see more information at go.nmc.org/future-museums.
    • Thursday: The Future of Museums Conference will be a free, online, collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This event will be held from 9:30am – 5pm US-Eastern Time, and will feature keynote speakers Suse Cairns, Lath Carlson, Alex Freeman, Jeffrey Inscho, Barry Joseph, Elizabeth Merritt, and Holly Witchey, and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. We are looking forward to these fun events, and to your participation.

Are you planning to attend? Don’t forget to print out this flyer to hang on your door, letting your colleagues know what you’re up to and how they can join you!. More promotional materials are available at http://futureofmuseums.com/page/promotion.


Fri Jul 25  iTDi and Ana Maria Menezes and Jennifer Verschoor


Fri Jul 25 Shelly Terrell American TESOL webinar – 10+ ways to get tech into the classroom

The following screen with its many links live can be found at http://bit.ly/eltlinks which redirects to


Sun July 27  Learning2gether with iTDi MOOC and Chuck Sandy

Date & Time


Session Title and Description

July 27th

1 pm GMT

Chuck Sandy  believes that education has the power to change the world: one student, one teacher, one classroom at a time. He’s is a cofounder and director of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). He’s also  a teacher trainer, essayist, and author of several coursebooks such as the just published Passages 3rd Edition series from Cambridge University Press  which he wrote with Jack C.Richards. His most recent book which he coauthored with Dorothy Zemach is English For Scammers, a guide to writing effective business emails.  Read Chuck’s most recent essays about education on the iTDi Blog and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

This Is Just To Tell You … (about poetry, projects, and power) In this session we’ll explore the power of collaborative learning using a few simple poems as our starting point.  We’ll do some activities together, develop some additional possibilities, and then I’ll invite you and your students to participate in a collaborative online project in which we’ll build a database of recorded poetry. To prepare for this session please read my iTDi Blog post Invitation Standing: Bringing Poetry To The Classroom

This MOOC is open in the sense that it is free to sign up for and to enjoy, but not open in the sense that its artifacts are accessible to anyone online without pre-condition, which is that you must enroll in the iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers: Fly High With iTDi! runs July 20th – August 17th  in order to attend the live events or see the recordings


Mon Jul 28 IHAQ #15 The Ethics of Innovation


Mon July 28 2014 More than activities: #FlashmobELT by Ann Loseva & Michael Griffin


Mon Jul 28 1800 GMT Open Badges MOOC webinar on Cities of Learning


  • Nichole Pinkard, Associate Professor at DePaul University and Founder of DYN (Representing CoL overall)
  • Sybil Boyd-Madison, Learning Pathways Program Director at DYN (Representing Chicago)
  • Margaret Black, Director of Operations at Big Thought (Representing Dallas)
  • Luis Mora, Administrator at Beyond the Bell (Representing LA)
  • Megan Cole, The Badge Alliance

Our world is increasingly complex and connected. Today’s youth need learning that is powerful and relevant and that links the academics they study today to the real world they will live and work in tomorrow. This is a challenge that no single institution can solve. Our community must come together to connect our youth to rich learning experiences, both inside and outside of school, to discover and develop their talents and ambitions.

The Cities of Learning http://citiesoflearning.org/ offers just that. As a nationwide movement to leverage community and government resources, the Cities of Learning turns a whole city into a campus, opening doors across neighborhoods to ensure all youth have access to creative and academic opportunities in our libraries, museums, parks and other community institutions, as well as to exciting learning experiences online.

Cities of Learning are designed around the principles of Connected Learning, a new approach that builds on the basics, leveraging technology to make learning relevant to the demands and opportunities of the digital age. In addition, the Cities award digital open badges to showcase the knowledge and skills youth acquire during out-of-school learning.

Chicago launched the Cities of Learning movement in 2013 with a successful summer program that now continues year-round. This summer, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh have kicked off their Cities of Learning, with Columbus and Washington, D.C., joining the lineup this fall. More cities are planning to launch in 2015.

Join us for a live presentation as we dive deeper into the Cities of Learning movement. Megan Cole, Director of Marketing and Operations at the Badge Alliance, will facilitate the discussion between the key partners and open badges experts that are behind building the Cities of Learning infrastructure and badges systems, as well as local city officials that have had a direct hand in implementing the Cities of Learning program to-date.

  • Review the history of the Cities of Learning vision
  • Discuss what it takes to launch a Cities of Learning
  • Get details on the foundational Connected Learning principles used
  • Receive an overview of how badge systems are created within each city
  • Take a look at what will be happening in four major cities this summer
  • Get answers to questions you might have about the Cities of Learning
  • For more information, visit http://citiesoflearning.org.

To join the live sessions, please use the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conference link: http://tinyurl.com/OpenBadgesCollaborate

Looking forward to your ongoing participation in the Open Badges MOOC! You are welcome to continue to use the MOOC resources (badges.coursesites.com) and submit challenge assignments for review by our experts. You’ll also find an extremely useful set of resources on the Reconnect Learning site.

Anne Derryberry, Deb Everhart, and Erin Knight

MOOC leaders


Tue Jul 29 iTDi MOOC Chuck Sandy and Barbara Sakamoto


Tue Jul 29 iTDi MOOC Marijana Smolcec and Marcia Lima

Link shared during the presentation:

(my badge)

This MOOC is open in the sense that it is free to sign up for and to enjoy, but not open in the sense that its artifacts are accessible to anyone online without pre-condition, which is that you must enroll in the iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers: Fly High With iTDi! runs July 20th – August 17th  in order to attend the live events or see the recordings


Tue Jul 29 Appy Hour – SimCity

Tuesday, July 29th Appy Hour: Inspiring Students to Design Great Cities with SimCity, SimCity is an always-online, fast-paced, intuitive, and forgiving city simulator that lets kids build (and destroy) single-player cities in multiplayer regions. Students can learn about what makes a great city, city management by keeping a budget, running a surplus, or issue bonds to keep afloat. Kids can play together in the same region, or as a single player who manages all the cities in it. In this Appy Hour, videogame journalist, critic, and teacher David Thomas will present on how SimCity can be used by teachers.

For a full calendar of more upcoming events and conferences, click here.


Wed Jul 30 Debora Tebovich and Roseli Serra


Wed Jul 30 Teachers Teaching Teachers

  • Wednesday, July 30th at 9pm Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community. For more information, click here.


Thu Jul 31 Strategies for a Whole-Community Approach to Digital Citizenship 

  • Thursday, July 31st Strategies for a Whole-Community Approach to Digital Citizenship, How has your school built a positive culture around digital citizenship? How have you involved students, faculty, staff, leadership, and parents? In our community’s next webinar, learn about the three elements necessary to take a whole-community approach to digital citizenship at your school or district: educating students, engaging parents, and enriching leadership. See examples from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida, which is a Digital Citizenship Certified School by Common Sense Media. Learn how the school a taught students digital citizenship, see examples of how the school has engaged parents, and hear examples of school leadership. Join Susan and Brad on July 31st and walk away with specific ideas and examples of how you can build a positive school culture around digital citizenship, and involve all stakeholders. Register here.
  • Thursday, July 31st Laura Candler: Active Engagement – Simple Strategies for Success, Another exciting webinar by Laura Candler to jump-start your new school year with simple strategies that you can use to make your classroom more engaging and help kids retain what they are learning. During this free webinar, Laura will share strategies for making every lesson more effective with active engagement. Strategies will include cooperative learning methods, team formation tips, how to use dry erase boards effectively, classroom management ideas, and more. You are also invited to share your own strategies via the online chat during the webinar. If you can’t attend the live session, register to receive the link to the recording. Participants who attend the live session will be able to download an attendance certificate that they may be able to use for PD credit. Register here.


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Teach English and Travel Solo...Like a GRRRL (with GRRRL Traveler)

Koreabridge - Wed, 2014-07-30 09:42


Teach English and Travel Solo...Like a GRRRL (with GRRRL Traveler)Hiya, friends! Who wants to hangout with me and the coolest travel chick in the world?! Hear the ins and outs of solo travel and teaching English on this Hangout with Christine Kaaloa aka GRRRL Traveler and ME! Christine is a popular, respected blogger by both readers and fellow backpackers/solo travelers. She got her start by teaching English in Korea of all places

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Sealed in Seoul!

Koreabridge - Wed, 2014-07-30 00:48
Sealed in Seoul!

Yet another reason to be a foreigner in Korea:

You get to do some really cool things for free! You just need to know where to look, register with all the details and show up on time.It really is that simple! Global centers in Seoul really take the cake in providing some awesome activities. I had signed up for the Seal Making activity held by the Seoul Global Culture and Tourism center along with my sons aged 16 and 10 as they are in vacation right now. It was a morning I would never forget. Nor would my sons!

The art of Seal makingPerfectly timed with the return of the Royal Seals of Korea by President Obama, the activity was conducted at the National Museum of Korea, which made the setting so perfect to dive into the realms of the art of engraving Seals. (한국을 새기다) The activity was conducted by a well renowned professor who went on to give us an introduction about the history of seals in Korea and around the world.
It was quite interesting to know that the seals and amulets in ancient Korea was made from the wood of the Jujube tree which was struck by lightening in the olden days. It was believed to provide protection for the holder. And the seals later on were made by different materials, with exquisite and sophisticated designs depending on the social class of the person making it so that it couldn't be imitated.
The top part of the Royal seals
The top part of the seal, called the Nyu (뉴) was decorated with elaborate designs for the royalty like the dragon (to denote the seal of the emperor), the tiger, turtle. The body or the Insin (인신) of the seal is the part which is used to hold the seal. To expel the possibility of an upside down impression, the date when the seal is made is engraved on the place where the thumb is held (Whew! that is a handy trick :)

D's Insi(g)n  
 The face of the seal or the InMyeon (인면) is where the name engraving is done. The Inmun (이문) is the letters or the patterns or design that is used to represent the person for whom the seal is being made. Apparently seals were made carrying the name of the person or a favorite phrase or a cherished design or even the zodiac symbol.

All professionally set for the engraving! My name in Korean, which i wanted to engrave. But later decided to add in a flowerGetting the design on to the seal ~ The easy partEngraving the design on to the stone ~ The fun partAdding more personality to the seal! ~ Dh styleDh's seal all done and tested.D was brave enough to try both the back ground carving and letter carving techniques!Dh was all enthusiasm :)

Sealed on the Board of Fame!
The huge pond in the museum was sporting lilles and lotuses
I could sit here all day, looking at the lotuses

A serene spot in the heart of bustling Seoul

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Seoul’s Ban of Uber is a Classic Example of Asian Mercantilism

Koreabridge - Mon, 2014-07-28 19:38
Seoul’s Ban of Uber is a Classic Example of Asian Mercantilism


So this is a blog about Asian security, but regular readers will know that I write a lot about political economy too. And nothing drives me up the wall so much as the endless NTB gimmickry so common in Asian to prevent free-trade outcomes that national elites and entrenched mega-corporations don’t like. If you live in Asia and want to know why everything is so outrageously expensive, or why you can’t get technologies/products your friends take for granted in the West, here it is: endless crony protection, tariff or otherwise, to block imports that are superior and/or bring price competition. If the US has had too much deregulation, Asia desperately, desperately needs it. Romney for president of Korea!

Image Credit: REUTERS/Lee Jae-WonUber and Classic Asian Mercantilism

Seoul’s decision to ban a popular app is the latest of many examples of mercantilist policies in Asia.

The debate over the political economy in Asia is often harsh. A long-standing Western criticism is that Asian states use all manner nebulous maneuvers to inhibit local penetration by Western firms or goods that Asian countries would prefer they made themselves. This often applies to new devices or platforms particularly. Hot new items in new markets, where Asian states have few local participants, could mean an entire market is captured by a foreign firm’s trendy new device or service. The government of Korea, for example, blocked the iPhone for almost two years, most suspect, in order to give Korean tech firms time to build a competitor. (Apple, of course, would argue that Samsung simply ripped off its product.) The Korean government did not want a market (phone gadgets) it thought its firms should be good at, to be overtaken by a hot foreign product.

This conflict goes back at least the 1970s, when the penetration of Japanese electronics and cars placed enormous pressure on Western firms. This is the era when Honda and Sony became household words in the West. Western governments were discomforted, but the clearly superior quality of Japanese products in these areas made raw protectionism a hard sell. Instead the argument was to open Japanese markets to Western goods, to pursue, in the language of trade theory, “diffuse reciprocity.” X opens its market to Y, and vice versa, and on the level playing field, firms would fight it out without recourse to government interventions, tariffs, import counting, and so on.

But Japan balked at this notion. Much of its uncompetitive service and agricultural sectors were weak, and the deep kereitsu-government networks made it easy for large market players in Japan to push for protection. As tariffs became harder to defend with tightening GATT and WTO rules, Japan – and the many Asian states, like Korea, Taiwan, and now China, who have patterned their political economy on it – turned to non-tariff barriers (NTBs) such as health and safety restrictions, cultural quotas, “critical sector” opt-outs from trade rules, and so on. Frequently, these are preposterous. At one point in the nasty 1980s fights with Japan, the apparently unique qualities of Japanese snow meant that U.S. ski companies should not sell skiing equipment in Japan. Such flim-flam provoked U.S. counter-pressures, such as of voluntary export restraints (VERs), the Plaza Accord, and thegeneral anti-Japan hysteria of the 1980s, captured most memorably in Rising SunThis mercantilist strategy of high exports, plus gimmicky NTBs to block otherwise competitive imports, is well-described here.

Korea unfortunately has adopted a lot of these bad habits, and the recent ban of the car-ride app uber by the city of Seoul is an almost textbook illustration of why Asian economics is better described as mercantilist than liberal, why Asian-Western trade friction is so persistent, and why Asia-Pacific free-trade rules are both desperately needed and simultaneously evaded.

1. Hot new products that threaten to up-end local markets are blocked by informally government-sanctioned oligopolies.

Examples of this in Korea and elsewhere in Asia are notorious. Hollywood routinely encounters very strict quotas, ostensibly to prevent a “cultural takeover”; this is worst in China. The iPhone and iPad met a torrent of protectionism when they exploded onto the scene a few years ago. Mid-priced Western cars that might directly compete with Toyota or Hyundai were regularly impeded through all sorts of production and sourcing requirements to give Asian national champions a secure local market in which they could charge dramatically higher prices than elsewhere. Electronics too enjoy stiff NTBs. Things like foreign TVs, vacuums, computer parts, and so on are shrouded in bizarre NTBs like “education services” or wildly expensive shipping insurance charges.

Seoul’s slap-down of uber follows this gimmicky, mercantilist pattern. Taxi cab services everywhere have fought uber. It challenges their local monopoly, but of course that is the whole point. This is why start-ups are so valuable and should be nourished, not quashed. They potentially bring new value to consumers and shake up staid markets extracting rents from consumers because of oligopoly. But this manner of creative destruction is particularly feared and resisted in Asia, where medium and especially large firms almost always have deep relationships with government and use that to protect themselves. This is frequently called “industrial policy” – a better term would be “government capture” by interest groups. It is no surprise that large firms in Asia almost never go bankrupt. Indeed Korea does not even have a bankruptcy law, because government bail-outs are so common.

2. Foreign products that are disruptive draw government ire.

The uber coverage in Korea has focused on its lack of a local office and argued that the company is therefore a predator or speculator. It does not create local jobs and “drains” capital out of Korea, because its payment processing center is offshore. This too fits the classic mercantilist pattern, which relies on economic nationalism to discourage import consumption. Economics has long known that consumers display a home country bias. If good H (made in the home country) and F (made in a foreign country) do the same thing more or less and cost roughly the same, consumers are more likely to buy H. All things being equal, they would rather support the home-made product. This is the root impulse of campaigns like “buy American.”

The problem here of course is that such behavior fundamentally violates the spirit of free trade deals, such as the WTO rounds or the recent Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. The whole point of such deals is to move beyond economic nationalism and encourage rational consumption: consumers would evaluate goods solely by the ratio of quality (how good is the product) to price (how much they are paying). Americans will recognize that the U.S. cheats on the principle of nondiscrimination with its automotive certificate of origin (COO) rules. Korea is even worse: foreign products are aggressively labeled and often placed side-by-side with their cheaper local clone (see point 3) on store shelves. The foreign product, its price bumped up by all sorts of NTBs, stands in sharp contrast to the local import substitute. Foreign firms, too, routinely face levels of bureaucratic red-tape and politicized auditing in Korea (especially in the banking sector) that lead them to shrink their presence.

3. Import substitution

The great irony of the uber ban is how well the firm actually fits into the current Korean government’s supposed push into services and information. Korea is a manufacturing-heavy economy that is not very competitive in post-industrial sectors. Current President Park Geun-hye has moved to improve this with her “Creative Korea” initiative (CK). This provides seed money to firms and universities around the country to encourage innovative start-ups in a country dominated by massive, slow-moving, rent-extracting conglomerates. Uber is precisely the sort of cool, future-ish app that CK is supposed to inspire. It shows how deep the mercantilist impulse runs in Korea that the government’s first instinct was nonetheless to slap it down, because it was foreign and profitable. The next step is then to clone that successful foreign product, so as to capture its benefits, but deny the foreign firm local penetration. As Samsung in conjunction with the Korean government did five years ago on the iPhone, so Seoul City has said it will do with uber.

Not surprisingly, these practices draw tremendous ire from Asia and Korea’s trade partners, particularly the United States. They strike many in the West as unfair, and the necessary flirtation with xenophobia is deeply disturbing. America’s own economic nationalists, such as Michael Lind or Clyde Prestowitz, counsel the U.S. to mimic these strategies so as to prevent “de-industrialization.” While perhaps appealing to those in the West hardest hit by globalization, mutual mercantilism would push the world economy back toward the 1930s. Far better is to relentlessly push the West’s Asian trading partners to open – which has worked somewhat; the trade environment is certainly much better than it was forty years ago – and increasingly tie them into trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that make such mercantilist cheating illegal.


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Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University


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IHAQ#15 - The Ethics of Innovation

Worldbridges Megafeed - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:43

44:10 minutes (20.22 MB)

I Have A Question#15
July 27, 2014 

Featured Question:
The Ethics of Innovation


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IHAQ#15 - The Ethics of Innovation

EdTechTalk - Mon, 2014-07-28 02:43

44:10 minutes (20.22 MB)

I Have A Question#15
July 27, 2014 

Featured Question:
The Ethics of Innovation


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Busan's Hidden Gem

Koreabridge - Fri, 2014-07-25 07:35
Busan's Hidden Gem

With a spread of vividly colorful houses sitting atop a seaside cliff, Taegeukdo Village in Busan (aka Gamcheon Culture Village) looks more like the scenery you’d expect to find in South America or along the shores of coastal Italy even, not South Korea.

This stark contrast to the ultra sleek buildings found in Gangnam, the pale high rise industrial-esque residential apartment towers that swallow most of Seoul and even the traditional Korean Hanok homes, has made the area a popular sightseeing destination for locals and foreigners over the years.

The village, originally formed in 1918 as a community for followers of the Taegeukdo religion, and later refugees during the Korean War, derives it’s name from the ‘taegeuk’ – more commonly known to westerners as the yin and yang symbols, which represent the balance of the universe.

Far from the busy beach scene where most frolic to in Busan, Taegeukdo Village is a perfect retreat to get lost in European-like narrow alley ways and explore a different, more humbling side of South Korea.

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Criminal Justice in Korea: Jury Trials

Koreabridge - Thu, 2014-07-24 07:57
Criminal Justice in Korea: Jury Trials

We have continued our column from two weeks ago regarding criminal justice, now discussing the relatively new jury trial system in Korea.  We thank the Korea Herald and remind you to read the disclaimer.

Criminal justice: Jury trials in Korea In continuing our discussion of criminal law in Korea, today we discuss a recent addition to the Korean judicial system: the jury trial. 

Before July 2012, all criminal trials in Korea were bench trials, in which the judge decides what is true. This contrasts with a jury trial system where the judge acts like a referee, making sure the two sides follow the law, and the jury of ordinary people decides who to believe.

To qualify for a jury trial, the crime a defendant is charged with must carry a possible sentence of more than one year of imprisonment. Lesser crimes do not carry a right to a jury trial. This is actually not so different from California, where infractions (maximum penalty six months) are tried by bench and not jury. 

Even when the charge is sufficient to warrant a jury trial, a trial by judge may still occur if the defendant waives his right to a jury, or if certain circumstances make the case inappropriate for a jury trial. Those circumstances include if the jurors are so intimidated by violence or loss of property that they cannot complete their duty, or if codefendants do not want a jury trial.

The first step in a jury trial is of course to select a jury. Citizens 20 years old or older are selected at random by the court. Then the judge will exclude jurors who may be biased because they know the people or circumstances involved. After that, the attorneys for each side have a chance to ask questions to try to explore the personality of the jurors and each side has a certain number of preemptory challenges ― jurors they can remove even though the juror was not overly biased, based on the attorney’s preference.

The jury, which is composed of nine people, decides by majority rule. Most juries around the world operate on a majority or supermajority rule. Even in the U.S., where historically a conviction required a unanimous jury verdict, there are many states that have abolished the old rule in favor of majority or supermajority decision-making. So Korea’s approach, though less protective of defendants, is more in keeping with most modern jury systems.

Two factors make Korean jury deliberations very different, though: First, the jurors are allowed to receive the opinion of the judge(s) handling the case, a degree of judge-juror interaction forbidden in many other jury systems for fear the judge will overly influence the jury. In fact, if the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision, it must hear the judges’ opinions. And second, the jury’s decision is nonbinding ― the judge may disregard it. There are no specific criteria for when the judge should disregard the verdict, so it remains almost completely up to the discretion of the individual judge.

Besides deciding guilt and innocence, the jury is also expected to give an opinion regarding sentencing. This is different from in the U.S. or U.K., where generally the jury does not control punishment in any way, except for American death penalty cases, where the punishment of death must be separately assessed by the jury. 

This raises an interesting issue, as previous crimes are considered when determining punishment but not when considering guilt. Evidence of previous crimes is usually considered highly prejudicial, inflammatory and of questionable relevance when deciding whether the defendant committed another crime. But when punishing a person, courts usually consider the criminal’s overall conduct ― past and present ― in determining how severe a punishment is warranted. 

Since a Korean jury gives a verdict on both guilt and punishment at the same time, they will hear all the evidence, including highly inflammatory evidence about the defendant’s past crimes. Many lawyers think that this biases the jury in favor of guilt, as jurors often sway towards a guilty verdict if the defendant has a past record, irrespective of the evidence, particularly if those crimes are egregious.

As we mentioned earlier, the jury verdict is not necessarily binding, but it can have an effect on the prosecution’s ability to appeal. The Korean Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that, unless a prosecutor finds new evidence that would clearly establish guilt, a verdict of not guilty accepted by the lower court should stand.

But of course, that’s yet another situation we hope not to see you in.


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Learning2gether with Joe Dale about AppSmashing with iPads

Englishbridges - Wed, 2014-07-23 14:56

Wed Jul 23 - Joe Dale taking the multimedia appsmashing iPad challenge!

On Wednesday of this week I had the great pleasure of being one of the participants at Joe Dale’s remarkable presentation on appsmashing which was put on as one of a series of webinars offered by Saarland Landesinstitut fur Padagogik und Medien (LPM) and organized by Jürgen Wagner.

I first heard of Joe Dale through an interview by Darrel Branson and Tony Richards of the Ed Tech Crew, which was so interesting that I listened to it twice, and I since met him in Istanbul where he gave a plenary talk at a conference at Sabanci University.  This most recent webinar on appsmashing was 1.5 hours long which gave Joe ample time to take the topic out for a long ride. Appsmashing requires skill and experience with the apps utilized, and relies for example on creating products in one app and storing them on the device’s photoroll or in the cloud, and then developing that product through another app to produce a more elaborate product. For example, Joe showed how animated characters could be created in one app, greenscreened in another, and laid onto a background such as a photo of a local scene to create an animated character overlay on that scene. Joe described several such processes in fine detail and demonstrated considerable knowledge of the apps he was talking about.

Joe’s presentation is one that will be worth replaying hands-on with an iPad handy. I won’t have a chance to do that for week or two, so in this post I want to archive as much as I can in order to eventually make that possible. For this reason I have preserved Jürgen’s comments at the end of this post, after my own here:


  • Find further free webinars for teachers of foreign languages at http://v.gd/webinars
  • Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian.
  • He is host of the TES MFL forum, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning.
  • He has spoken at conferences and run training courses in Europe, North America, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia.
  • He was a member of the Ministerial Steering Group on languages for the current UK government and was short-listed for a NAACE Impact Award in 2013 too.
  • Joe was recently described in a Guardian article as an ‘MFL guru’ and ‘the man behind the #mfltwitterati.’
  • His blog http://www.joedale.typepad.com has been nominated for four Edublog Awards.

Here are the links I harvested at this session, all from posts in the text chat

General information

This is from Jürgen Wagner’s “post-paratory” email following the event. I have reproduced it verbatim here, as it is rich in content, but there will be some duplications from my own notes. In Jürgen’s words …

App-Smashing has developed into a craze in the US and though it can not even be found on Wikipedia blogposts, Pinterest-boards, YouTube- and Vimeo-clips and tweets about the phenomenon are “exploding” and I forecast that it will “arrive” in Europe soon, with Joe being the only European protagonist in Europe so far.

Thanks for contributing these links to the chat which I gladly share



Peggy George: so many of these multimedia projects can consume a lot of memory on an ipad! I’ve recently started using a wireless flash drive to remove things from my ipad and easily transfer to other devices. http://www.sandisk.com/products/wireless/flash-drive/




Peggy George: there are some great Thinglink examples compiled on this Listly by Shelly Terrell. http://list.ly/list/35b-thinglink-edu-examples






Peggy George: Doctopus How To: (great instructions) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m4Lq6x66Th3O5kCBDlB8KuzN0zMATbqH3fgIPVqIs4U/edit









Jenny Léger: I have read epub books using Aldiko on an Android tablet.
Mary Cooch: yes Jenny http://www.aldiko.com/features.html


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id730712409?mt=8 (ProCam 2)

Multimedia app smashing at #ettipad Boston
by Joe Dale http://youtu.be/J2xBslydHqE


My App Smash Live Challenge
by Joe Dale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3UZE7IgpTc

Joe Dale’s YouTube Channel

Yakit Kids: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yakit-kids/id794546203?mt=8

Yakit Kids tutorial from Sylvia Duckworth: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RETmEvdC8PRU93EK8Sm6LeUj1AOfM-xkEEqtWClLTlw/mobilebasic?pli=1






Peggy George: Livebinder link for Joe: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/718751?tabid=b0ea0e5d-32bb-f7e8-11c8-3abcc6e55564 – Classroom 2.0 LIVE January 2013



I’ll share some additional links and quotes from my article – to be published towards the end of the year – with you.

I submitted an extensive linklist to the publisher, hoping he will make it accessible along with the article.

What Joe might have stressed a little more is the central tenet of Ed Tech Teachers:
All the Good Apps Fit on One Screen as opposed to “There’s an app for that”.

or, what struck me most:Educators shouldnt think of iPads as repositories of apps but rather as portable media creationdevices.(Ed Tech Teachers Tom Daccord and Justin Reich)

I’ll just share a few here:

In my article you’ll find loads of links to App Smash App Packs, Task Challenges, Idea Cards, etc.

I must admit I am a bit annoyed concerning the recent Tellagami update, which introduced in app purchases and crippled !!! the free version

Here are two blopgposts that reflect my own thinking quite well

Tellagami published http://blog.tellagami.com/2014/06/14/message-to-educators/ but has not yet answered an email I sent them a week ago.

I submitted an article about Tellagami to German portal site http://lehrer-online.de and overnight my draft became worthless. I had to send a new one that is waiting to be published.

Towards the end of August I’ll take part in the Colloque CyberLangues in Rennes (France) with a workshop about Tellagami and had to scrap most of what I had planned. Can I expect participants to download the EDU-version for 5 dollars???

I suppose I can’t, so I’ll work with two iPads, one with the crippled FREE version, the other on with the paid version on it (for demonstration only).

Our calendar of webinars for teachers of foreign languages

I mentioned the iUSBport 2 in the chat as well, which can be used to address privacy issues. My friend and LPM-colleague Patrick Schäfer wrote an excellent article about that, due to be published in the next issue of http://www.lamultimedia.de/ and I’m planning to translate it into English, French and Spanish and have it published in suitable mags there.

Anyone offering there help in proofreading my translation?

Best regards


I suppose there were quite a few particpants who may be presenters in their own right. Please feel free to tell me what subjects you’d like to share with us.

By the way

On the occasion of the publication of my Newsletter 100 for teachers of foreign languages I created 2 padlets for feedback:

http://padlet.com/wagjuer/newsletter / (still open)

http://padlet.com/wagjuer/feedback / (still open)

You can subscribe and consult the newsletter archives here

I’ve only just realised that I’ve passed the 100-mark for webinars without noticing, thus I created a webinar feedback padlet to which I hope you will contribute: http://padlet.com/wagjuer/webinars

Following Joe’s example I started my own Pinterest-Board about App-Smashing

Mit freundlichem Gruß

Jürgen Wagner


Earlier this week

Sun Jul 20 Catching our breath: Reflecting on RSCON5, iDTi MOOC, TTO MOOC, and MMVC14



Mon Jul 21 00:01 GMT IHAQ 14

with Jeff Lebow, Dave Cormier, Jennifer Maddrell, and John Schinker





Mon Jul 21 1400 GMT Roseli Serra on What teenagers want – on iTDi MOOC

In WizIQ – For connection details or to view recordings, enroll in the course at http://bit.ly/iTDiSummerSchoolMOOC

This MOOC is open in the sense that it is free to sign up for and to enjoy, but not open in the sense that its artifacts are accessible to anyone online without pre-condition, which is that you must enroll in the iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers: Fly High With iTDi! runs July 20th – August 17th  in order to attend the live events or see the recordings


Mon Jul 21 EdWeb.net presents Selecting Mobile Apps for K-5 Learners


Introducing Mobile Devices and Selecting Mobile Apps for Your K-5 Learners

Mon, July 21, 4pm – 5pm (not sure what time zone this is) found this NOTE:  All of our webinar start times are listed in Eastern Time

Calendar edWebinars Created by lynn@edweb.net Description Presented by Liz Kolb, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Click here  for more information and to pre-register for the live session. Join the live session at the scheduled time at: www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet3 . Join the Mobile Learning Explorations  community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources. This webinar is co-hosted by CoSN, ISTE MLN, and SIIA.


Tue Jul 22 1500 GMT EdWeb.net presents Concrete Ways to Use OER in the Classroom 


Concrete Ways to Use OER in the Classroom

Tue, July 22, 11am – 12pm NOTE:  All of our webinar start times are listed in Eastern Time

There is a time zone conversion tool at the registration link

Calendar edWebinars Created by lisa@edweb.net Description Presented by Michelle Comen, 5th Grade Teacher at Orange Grove Elementary Charter School Click here  for more information and to pre-register for the live session. Join the live session at the scheduled time at: www.instantpresenter.com/edwebnet22 . Join the Open Educational Resources (OER) in the K-12 Classroom  community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources. This webinar is sponsored by Net Texts, Inc.

A plethora of links in this one:


July 22 iTDi rapping with Jason in Fresh (fresher freshest)

‘Fresh (fresher freshest) * * Thru Rhythm & Rhyme by Jason R. Levine’.

This MOOC is open in the sense that it is free to sign up for and to enjoy, but not open in the sense that its artifacts are accessible to anyone online without pre-condition, which is that you must enroll in the iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers: Fly High With iTDi! runs July 20th – August 17th

In order to attend the live events or see the recordings



Wednesday, July 23rd Teachers Teaching Teachers, Weekly conversations hosted by EdTechTalk, a collaborative open webcasting community.

For more information, click here.


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Yo soy coreano

Koreabridge - Wed, 2014-07-23 07:01
Yo soy coreano Latin America (South America), Here We Are !

Today, we’ll explore the brief rundown of the migration that occurred which only depicts a handful of events and occurrences amongst a sea of information.  The aim of this article is to promote a general understanding of how the mass emigration occurred, how the Koreans survived and made a living, and anything interesting that we did given our unique circumstances.  Enjoy.

How Did We End Up Here ? 

In 1962, the Overseas Emigration Law was enacted by both countries with a huge intention to strengthen the textile trade.  However, migration to Latin America occurred on a sizeable scale (120,000 Koreans) in Paraguay between 1975 and 1990.

Also, this Law aimed to specifically send Korean farmers and peasants to Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia.  This was the plan anyway.

Even though peasants and farmers made the journey to South America, in 1977, only about 1 percent of the Korean migrants were still farmers, the other 99% moved into other vocations.

Hold on second.

Every single farmer or peasant who was Korean just decided to give up farming?!

It turned out that many of the Koreans who made the voyage to Paraguay weren’t all peasants and farmers. They were actually middle-class and had a bit of cash flow as well!  Furthermore, when the Koreans did arrive, the soils weren’t exactly fertile, and so the land was not suitable for farming anyway.

Where Are We Now? 

Now, as far as documentations, the government did keep track of many things and the Koreans weren’t much help in this sector.  Unlike the Swedish, South America had a hard time keeping track of what was what.  Paraguayan visas don’t distinguish between immigrants, long-term residents, temporary workers, and tourists.  So really, there’s no way to tell how many actual residents are living in Paraguay as of now.

To make matters more interesting, Brazil was an attractive place for many people because of their economic and technological sophistication.  Many Koreans moved there without registering themselves with the South Korea’s Representatives, and many just decided not to.

Yup, we just decided not to.
Because we boss like that.

So then, where are we now exactly?

In Brazil, 90% of Koreans live in Sao Paulo in Liberdade, Bom Retiro, or Brás. (48,400 in total)

In Paraguay the majority of Koreans live in Asunción or in Puerto Stroessner. (5200 in total)

In Argentina, the 35,000 population is split between Flores and Balvanera.

Chile has about 2000 people or so.

Each country has their own background and population on wiki: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile.

So roughly, 90,600 Koreans (documented) are in South America.

Characteristic of Koreans in South America

Sometimes, when you’re not Asian, it’s hard to distinguish between a Chinese or Japanese from a Korean.  But we stood out and for the right reasons too.

Compared to the Chinese and Japanese, Koreans brought around $30,000 in order to financially secure ourselves, which was a lot more than what others brought.  You will never see a Korean in the agricultural department.  Nope, you just won’t.

Also, if you ever come to Paraguay and Brazil, you’ll notice that many families have brothers, sisters, cousins, in other countries including the United States and Canada.  Many Koreans who grow up in South America also end up moving to another country to work, giving them a linguistic advantage over other contenders.  So if you’re in the states, don’t be surprised to hear perfect Spanish or Portuguese coming from a Korean person.  I attended an SAT school in Rowland Heights run by a Korean teacher who grew up in Argentina so I can attest to this!

Oh, Siestas ? We don’t do siestas.

Many Hispanic cultures do a siesta (a nap) during the day, and consequently, their shops remain closed for a few hours.  Well, many Koreans who opened up a store remained opened while most were having a snooze.

As more and more second generations are made, many can be heard referring to themselves as “Porteño” meaning people from Buenos Aires. It’s probably synonymous to Korean-Americans saying they’re “American”.

What Kind of Work Do We Do ?

Well, we did the normal stuff like beekeeping and door-to-door sales.  In the end, many Koreans found their way by opening up their own businesses.

Today, there are about 2500 businesses owned and run by Koreans, mainly in textile industry, electronic engineering, and export-import trades.

Keeping Us Culturally Rooted


With respect to our native roots, in 1972, the Colegio Coreano del Parguay was established and it aimed to bring the Korean culture and language to Paraguay.  You can find this school in San Vicente, in Asunción.

The Kimchi Bus campaign has been touring all over South America so you if you’re lucky, you might be able to eat some homemade kimchi!

To conclude, we’ve only scratched the surface of the Korean diaspora in the South-Western Hemisphere.  If you’d like to read a detailed paper on South Korea’s engagement in Latin America, go here.

The New York Times had an archive about the migration history from real Koreans titled Don’t Cry, This Land Is Rich in Kims and Lees. This was also written in 1995 so if you have a story to tell, please do via email.

If you’d like to learn more about the Korean diaspora in Latin America, here are a few sources I used in writing this article:
Korea, migration late 19thcentury to present by John Lie, Asians in South America by Jeffrey Lesser, and Wikipedia.

Till next time.

your Kyopo friend,


Kyopos all around the World





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Fully Booked - Busan's Used Bookstore Closing Sale (July 22~30)

Koreabridge - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:01


From: https://www.facebook.com/fullybooked1

It's the end of the world as we know it!! 

Sadly, Fully Booked must announce it will be closing its doors on July 31st! 

All books are on sale starting today! 

Fiction/Self-help paperbacks - $1, Fiction/Self-help Hardcovers - $2
Non-fiction paperbacks - $2, Non-fiction Hardcovers - $4

We will be open July 22, 25, 26, 27, 29, and 30. So get in here soon to stock up.

 Weekdays:  Open at 7pm  

  Weekend: Open at 2pm 

Fully Booked - Busan's Used Bookstore Closing Sale (July 22~30)
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Budget Travel Tip: Gangwon Shuttle Service

Koreabridge - Tue, 2014-07-22 05:28
Budget Travel Tip: Gangwon Shuttle Service Traveling in Korea doesn't have to break the bank. It's also easier than one might imagine, even for foreigners. Especially for foreigners.

In an effort to increase tourism in their regions, many provincial governments have begun to offer special services to international guests. Lucky us! One such example is the Gangwon Shuttle Service sponsored by Gangwon Province. This shuttle bus is a great way for foreigners to experience Korea's most breathtaking natural landmarks as well as some of its best festivals.

The bus operates on a lottery system, as seats are limited, but it seems that the masses have not yet discovered this fantastic service, as there are almost always available seats. Still, guests are encouraged to book a few weeks in advance to ensure a spot. The cost is 5,000 won ($5USD) for a round trip ticket, which is a STEAL, and the bus goes directly to the destination rather than a bus terminal like the inner-city buses do. Also, the bus departs from Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, making it convenient for travelers and foreign residents alike. Additionally, guests can opt to return to Seoul on the same day or stay overnight, depending on their travel preferences.

I first used this service back in January when I traveled to Hwacheon for the Sancheoneo Ice Festival and once again a few weeks ago to get away from the city and wander around Seoraksan National Park in Sokcho. Although guests are on their own when they arrive at the shuttle's destination, the guides are very helpful in explaining the destinations and answering any questions passengers may have.

It seems that the shuttle has added a number of Gangwon cities and festivals to its travel itinerary from now until January 2015. The destinations change each week, which is great for those hoping to see a lot of the province. Although I'll be the first to admit I haven't heard of some of the events on the list, they seem intriguing, nonetheless. A few that stick out are Cheolwon's Real DMZ Project, Sokcho's Korea Music Festival (K-pop concerts) and Yangyang's Salmon Festival. For a complete listing of dates and festivals, click here.

Shots from the Gangneung Coffee Festival, one of the spots featured on the Gangwon Shuttle Service itinerary. Photo
Finally, there are a few tips to follow to ensure a pleasant trip on the Gangwon Shuttle Service:

- Remember to bring your printed confirmation ticket and your passport to prove your foreigner status when you board.
- Book your seat at least two weeks prior to your desired departure date to ensure a spot on the bus.
- There's no bathroom on the bus, so be sure to take care of your business ahead of time.
- Out of respect for others, eating is not permitted on the shuttle. Be sure to eat before boarding. There are a few convenience stores where you can grab a breakfast snack near the Dongwha Duty Free Shop in Gwanghwamun.
- Take lots of pictures and enjoy the beauty of Korea!

 Surfers in Yangyang, a popular coastal destination the shuttle service will include in its schedule this autumn. Photo 
Words and photos by Mimsie Ladner of Seoul Searching, unless otherwise noted. Content may not be reproduced unless authorized.

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Catching our breath: Reflecting on RSCON5, iDTi MOOC, TTO MOOC, and MMVC14

Englishbridges - Mon, 2014-07-21 17:05

Download MP3: https://learning2getherdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/2014july20-l2g-64k.mp3

Sun Jul 20 1400 GMT Learning2gether reflects on summer of RSCON5, TTO MOOC, iTDi, and MMVC14


Many of us are anticipating summer holidays, some like me, Vance, are traveling and can’t connect with all the events happening this summer when they are synchronously online. From a presenter’s or participants point of view, even if you did connect, perhaps you didn’t have time to explore or explain your topic in detail, or perhaps there was too little time to discuss it.

If you can relate to the educators’ dilemma in the paragraph above and would like to take a moment to join us to revisit or reflect on topics of interest to you, whether as a presenter or participant, or most likely both, in either of the events mentioned above, or any other you have enjoyed this summer, please join us at 1400 GMT this Sunday July 20. We are going To The Ocean, to the virtual beach, spread a virtual beach mat, maybe kick a few beach balls around, and share stories, data, whatever.

Hangout or Bb/Collaborate Elluminate?  Any preference? As RSCON5 was held in that environment, should we go there? Why not, anyone can join, and its mat spreads well at the beach. It is summertime, let’s meet there then, shall we?

In Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate)


Dress comfortably, come as you are, all are welcome, hope to see you there

RSCON5 follow-up

We hope you were inspired by the Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) events that took place July 10-13th. The online global event featured 50+ presentations11 keynote speakers3 panel discussions, and a tech/app swapalooza. Our plenary, Dean Shareski, began the conference by challenging us to spread joy in our practice. Our keynotes came from 9 countries and our presenters from over 15 countries. Topics included mobile learning, gamification, differentiation, writing web tools, passion based learning, maker education, teaching english language learners, demand high teaching, Chess, puppets, Minecraft, digital portfolios, and much more! Two of our keynotes were students who started their own companies and one of our presenters was a 10 year-old Youtuber who walked us through machinima and Mindcraft.

If you missed any of the sessions, find all the recordings here, http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/recordings-2014

On July 10th, we hosted our first pre-conference Author Spotlight. Find the short video interviews here,http://www.futureofeducation.com/page/recordings-2014

Here is important information:

Thank you for supporting our presenters, keynotes, and plenary who dedicate time to inspiring you! Please share their presentations and resources. Don’t forget to thank them for the inspiration.

Conference Organizers:

Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Peggy George Marcia Lima, Heike Philp, Marijana Smolcec, Amy Brinkley and Steve Hargadon

Visit The Future of Education at: http://www.futureofeducation.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


Participants in the Sunday Learning2gether session:

  • Leo JC [Juiz de Fora]
  • Peggy George [Phoenix AZ]
  • Marijana [Croatia]
  • Marcia Lima [Brazil]
  • Maria Colussa [Santo Tomé Argentina]
  • Claire Bradin Siskin [Pittsburgh]

Links mentioned

We were followed by Vicki Hollett

Earlier today!

Sun Jul 20 1230 GMT Jason Levine kicks off iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers

Jason Levine started another MOOC in conjunction with iTDI scheduled to run today through August 17, 2014

This MOOC is open in the sense that it is free to sign up for and to enjoy, but not open in the sense that its artifacts are accessible to anyone online without pre-condition, which is that you must enroll in the course in order to attend the live events or see the recordings (fair enough; though Jason has expressed intention to make the recordings available through a YouTube channel, at which point they will become open for access to anyone wishing to view them)

The iTDi Summer School MOOC For English Teachers: Fly High With iTDi! runs July 20th – August 17th

Sun Jul 20 1300 GMT iTDi Keynote by Vicky Loras – The human touch

In WizIQ – For connection details or to view recordings, enroll in the course at http://bit.ly/iTDiSummerSchoolMOOC

Earlier this week

Wed Jul 16 OBANZ – Open Badges Australia and New Zealand Hangout

Created by OBANZ – Open Badges Australia and New Zealand  -  Invited by Dean Groom

Community call for open badges users in Australia and New Zealand, or those who are interested in learning more about open badges.

If you have an experience you’d like to share, or question you’d like to ask, please get in touch!




Download mp3 here


TTO MOOC participant presentations

Wed Jul 16 Khaled Kamel - Keeping your students engaged

TTO Participant Presentation given by Khaled Kamel in the UAE on ‘Keeping Your Students Engaged

View complete information <– this link is tied to a particular WizIQ login (requiring you to supply password)

To view the presentation or its recording, join TTO MOOC


Thu Jul 17 Youssef Tamer on Google Apps in teaching, links posted in the WizIQ chat


Thu Jul 17 1900 GMT Preparing You and Your Students for the TOEFL IBT
View complete information <– this link is tied to a particular WizIQ login (requiring you to supply password)

To view the presentation or its recording, join TTO MOOC


Fri Jul 18 1400 GMT Julia Amlinskaya on TTO MOOC – Teaching online and managing online schools

Yulia has two online language schools and a blog:

Here are some examples of her webpresence:

In order to join this event in WizIQ or to access its recording afterwards, you need to enroll in TTO MOOC


Enroll for Free here


Fri Jul 18 2000 GMT Holger Gilruth at Edunation Language Community event in Second Life

The EdLC is the new name for an active group of language educators who meet twice a month to exchange best practise in language education. The meetings take place on EduNation every 1st Sunday of the month and every 3rd Friday of the month

at 8pm GMT/ 1pm SLT / 9pm UK time / 8am NZ time – 3 pm in Texas


WHERE? EduNation next to the Sandbox, bonfire in front of Irish Pub


- to learn from each other through practical sessions on building, scripting, machinima (‘workshops’)

- to exchange ideas on how to deal with students, methodology etc. (‘fireside chats’)

- invite guest speakers (‘coffee with…’)

If you want to volunteer, please contact Heike aka Gwen.

This was the final event in this series

For more information, visit and join the NING at http://virtualworldssig.ning.com/


Fri Jul 18 at 2000 GMT Shelly Terrell American TESOL webinar – Cloud computing and the ELT class

Note that times in GMT may vary because the timing is fixed to a local time zone where clocks are moved forward / back periodically

As an example, this is the one for May 16, 2014, 1600 EDT, 2000 GMT


The following screen with its many links live can be found at http://bit.ly/eltlinks which redirects to




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IHAQ#14 - Getting Ready for a 1:1 School System

Worldbridges Megafeed - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:20

29:13 minutes (13.37 MB)

I Have A Question#14
July 20, 2014 

Featured Question:
How do we prepare/motivate teachers for a 1:1 school system. 

Connect with us on..

   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq
   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community
   Facebook: EduQuestion  EdTechTalk

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IHAQ#14 - Getting Ready for a 1:1 School System

EdTechTalk - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:20

29:13 minutes (13.37 MB)

I Have A Question#14
July 20, 2014 

Featured Question:
How do we prepare/motivate teachers for a 1:1 school system. 

Connect with us on..

   Twitter:  @eduquestion    #ihaq
   Google+:  EdTechTalk Google+ Community
   Facebook: EduQuestion  EdTechTalk

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Habanero TexMex Restaurant (Nampodong Busan)

Koreabridge - Mon, 2014-07-21 03:24

  While living in Texas, I fell in love with Tex-Mex food.  After returning to Busan, I missed being able to eat real Mexican food, so I decided to open Habanero TexMex Restaurant in the heart of Nampodong.  I have done my best  provide authentic Mexican food options while also experimenting with some fusion options that might appeal to local tastes.  
  I also enjoyed drinking a lot of tasty beer in Texas, so have made sure we've got great beer options (on tap and bottled). Habanero also has a full bar, dart boards, and lots of food specials. My goal is for this to be a place where all Mexican food lovers can come to enjoy a great meal and have a fun time. I'd love to hear your feedback, requests, and ideas.  Hope to see you soon at Habanero. 

Jung Dong Chul
- The Habanero Guy

More about Habanero TexMex Restaurant

* 12 beers on tap
* Full bar (try our margaritas - frozen or on the rocks)* Vegetarian options available for most meals
* Free Wifi
* Electronic Dart Boards
* Available for private parties on our lower level* Post a photo or message about us on social media while you're here and receive 10% off your entire tab!

Daiy Specials  (20% off your entire tab)

  • Mondays:  Group Day - 4 people or more 
  • Tuesdays:  Ladies Day - tables of all women
  • Wednesdays:  Early Bird -  for parties who arive before 5pm
  • Thursdays:  Couple Day - all couples on a date
  • Sundays:  Family Day - for tables with children (under age 12)

Koreabridge Summer Special

 Show this coupon to your server (printed or on your mobile device)
and ask for the 'Koreabridge special' 

Hours: 11:30a.m~midnight
Phone: 051-254-6662
Website:  Habanerokorea.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/HabaneroKorea

Location: From Nampodong Subway stop, exit#1 walk down the alley past two small intersections.  Habanero will be on the left.   Google Map

View Busan Guide Map in a larger map

Our Menu

Habanero TexMex Restaurant (Nampodong Busan)
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Top 10 Attractions at Everland Theme Park

Koreabridge - Sun, 2014-07-20 05:20
Top 10 Attractions at Everland Theme Park Everland is, without a doubt, Korea's best amusement park. Modeled after Disney World- albeit on a much smaller scale- the theme park consists of plenty of fun attractions that draw in more than 7 million visitors a year. With those attendance numbers, one can only imagine what the weekend crowds are like, particularly at peak times, such as summer vacation.

Which is why I was happy to learn on on my most recent visit with my blogger buddy Ken that the park is actually delightful during the week. In fact, we weren't even bothered by the scorching summer temps, as there were practically no lines for the rides. This allowed us to see a lot of the park comfortably and at our own pace. Additionally, the shuttle bus we booked with Funko made getting there easy as pie.

Still, a weekend trip to Everland is the only option for some, so these guests should plan their visit ahead of time to get the most out of their visit. Not every attraction at the park is a must-see, but there are a few that are worth checking out.

So, which are worth waiting in those long lines, you ask? I've put together a list of the attractions that shouldn't be missed below to ensure you don't miss the good stuff.

10. Everland Tree: Upon entering the park, a gigantic, 13-meter-tall tree instantly attracts photo-crazy tourists, and for good reason. Depending on the season, the tree is decorated with thousands of real flowers, ghastly ghosts, or Christmas lights and plays music.

9. Sky Cruise & Skyway: Everland is spread out over a large, hilly area that requires a lot of walking, which can be rather hellacious in extreme weather. The Sky Cruise gondola and Skyway chair lift make navigating Everland easier. Additionally, there are some nice views to be had on both.

8. K-Pop Hologram Concert: Even if you're not a fan of K-Pop, this interactive concert experience is pretty darn cool. Guests gather in a small dark room where they watch holograms of their favorite YG artists (Big Bang, 2NE1 and Psy to be precise) perform their most popular hits. The projections are so realistic that it appears the artists are actually there. Unfortunately, they are not. Too bad because TOP was lookin' fly. Check the concert times to see when your favorites are performing.

7. Horror Maze II: This attraction is particularly popular during Halloween, when classic monsters and scary characters wander the grounds of the park, but it also operates in the summer. Guests must pay an additional 5,000 won to enter, but the fee is worth it if you're into getting spooked. Once inside, navigate your way through a madman's lair before he makes you his next victim.

6. Parades: With their impressive floats and beautifully costumed characters, Everland's parades are enchanting, to say the least. The parade themes change each season, and commit to those themes well. Ken and I watched the Splash Parade last week, which featured an under-the-sea cast, lots of bubble machines and water-spurting floats which soaked the crowds, a welcomed surprise in the hot weather.

5. Beer Garden: Overlooking the beautifully landscaped Four Seasons Garden and surrounded by quaint replicas of Bavarian shops and homes, the beer garden of the European Adventure area is the perfect spot to rest in between rides. There are a few varieties of beer on tap (not just Korean beer, either!) and some tasty barbecued dishes for sale, all of which are a step up from the sub-par amusement park grub sold in other areas.

4. Amazon Express: Similar to Disney's Kali River Rapids, Everland's Amazon Express takes riders on a wild ride through caves and rapids set in a jungle-like atmosphere. Unlike the Disney version, however, guests are covered with a waterproof tarp so that they won't get too wet. How Korean.

3. Safari Rides: Everland has two safari rides. On Lost Valley, visitors board an open-air amphibious vehicle and can get up close and personal with elephants, giraffes, zebras and flamingos. Safari World has a similar concept but uses an enclosed bus to take guests into the world of the wild's predators such as white tigers, lions and grizzly bears. The highlight here is driving alongside a ginormous grizzly who quite literally walks on his hind legs along with the bus as the driver feeds him. Families and small groups can also arrange a private safari for an additional fee, of course; kids are even given a chance to hand-feed lions. For some reason, I feel like this would never fly in America.

2. Fireworks: Each night, Everland hosts a spectacular fireworks extravaganza which combines brilliant pyrotechnics, a character performance and high-energy music to impress visitors of all ages. Get to the Rose Garden at least thirty minutes before the show starts to procure a good viewing spot.

1. T Express: Touted as one of the world's coolest roller coasters, the T Express is the number one attraction at Everland. The wooden roller coaster is approximately 200 feet tall and utilizes 5,000 feet of track. At a 77-degree angle, the first drop both terrifies and delights riders and guarantees an adrenaline rush like no other. Never has any other roller coaster I've been on made me fear for my life and crack up laughing at the same time. Because of its popularity, guests should consider picking up a Q-PASS early in the day to avoid a long wait.

While the above attractions are my personal favorites, I also should mention a few that are NOT worth seeing. The Rolling X Train, while exhilarating, only lasts about a minute and is worth riding if and only if the wait time is less than 20 minutes. On Mystery Mansion, riders are instructed to shoot green targets with a laser gun, but the task takes the attention off of the haunted house props and special effects, which aren't that impressive to begin with.

There ya have it, folks! Enjoy your day at Everland and be sure to let me know which of the park's attractions were your favorite!

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More Information

Hours: Weekdays 10:00am-10:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am-8:00pm; Sundays, public holidays 9:30am-10:00pm

Admission: One-day Ticket 46,000 won; Afternoon Ticket (4:30pm-) 38,000 won; Two-day Ticket 74,000 won. For children admission prices and special discounts, click here.

Website: Click here

To Get There:

Subway: From Giheung StationFrom Giheung Station (Seoul Subway Bundang Line), transfer to the Yongin Everline. Take the train to the last stop, Jeondae Everland Station (about 30 minutes). Then, take the free shuttle bus to Everland.

Bus: From Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 10) walk about 300 meters to the bus stop. Take the red bus No. 5002 to Everland. (Approximately 45 minutes).
 Tour: Alternatively, you can book a discounted bus/ticket package via Funko. The bus departs from Seoul City Hall Station, Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station and Hongdae. (44,000 won for adults; 36,000 won for children)
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    Ganjeolgot Cape Beauty

    Koreabridge - Sat, 2014-07-19 23:49
    Ganjeolgot Cape Beauty

    The Jinha area around Ulsan is an area of stark contrasts. First, it is a beautiful beach area that sits next to a huge petrochemical complex. It is also an area that has been updated the slowest out of the beach/tourist areas in Ulsan. So you have a mix of new coffee shops and old seafood shops. However, the Ganjeolgot area is a different story altogether.

    If you are not familiar with this area, Ganjeolgot Cape is known for two things now. Most prominently is fact that it is the first place the sun hits on the Western coast. Thus, it draws thousands of people out each years to view the New Years sunrise. It was also another filming location for “May Queen” a Korean drama.

    The location is a little difficult to get to if you are coming in from Ulsan or for that matter anywhere because both entry points are single lane highways that can get congested. I usually take the petrochemical route as it is at least quicker thanks to the multi-lane roads built through the complex. Ganjeolgot sits just past Jinha beach on the top of the hillside. The signs are easy to follow and there is plenty of parking once you get there. Given the location, it is interesting to find cafes and museums built on a hill that is so far away from anything.

    The most popular site is of course the lighthouse and giant mailbox. However, taking a walk around you will find many great vistas along the coast towards the pier. Finally, you will arrive at the drama house. This is a set that was used for shooting the drama “May Queen” and a couple other show as well, I think. It is now a restaurant and cafe. The funny thing about this area is that most people come to enjoy the sunrise but most of the shops do not open until late morning or even lunchtime.

    Much like most places around Ulsan, the drama house opens late (11 am) and the grounds are securely locked. With that in mind, I would leave the drama house until the end of your shot and stick to the lighthouse in the morning. There is plenty to shoot on the other end of the cape anyway.

    I am thinking of planning a photowalk there around August 8th with the help of the Ulsan Photo Club and the Busan Lightstalkers. This will be an early sunrise shoot and these days the sun does not rise until around 5 am or so. Thus, it won’t be a photowalk for the lighthearted. However, there is good camping around the Jinha beach area. this means that you can camp out the night before if you are coming in from out of town. There are also affordable motels in the area too. There are buses that run regularly to the beach and up to the cape. I will be posting more information in both groups later this week.



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    Longer Ways To Go

    Koreabridge - Fri, 2014-07-18 12:46
    Longer Ways To Go

    It is a rain-filled Thursday and my last day of teaching at this school. We are doing a K-Pop quiz – the students have to guess which K-Pop song the English lyrics are from, and then I play part of the song. They get nearly ALL of them right, and then sing and dance along. Where they find the time to memorise so much I don’t know. But then, after three days I am humming and nodding along, so maybe it’s not too surprising… It’s not bad this K-Pop stuff.

    I will miss these girls – their grins and shrieks, their uniqueness and the long black hair that sheds daily all over the floor. Their giggled hellos; their thoughtfulness and sense of duty. It has been wonderful to be part of their lives for a while.

    I have started saying goodbye, to people and also to places. Goodbye to this town, this little neighborhood of mine – the flat green roofs and hidden temples, painted brightly in browns and reds and turquoise. The looming, mist-covered mountain and the narrow back streets that night time fills with the hum of cicadas and distant dogs barking their territory.

    The homesickness that grabbed me a few weeks back has passed. Now I am too busy to be anything other than busy. The days that are not wet are hot, and the mountain paths grow with leafy abundance. The cascades of small rocks, dry all winter, have become streams again, and as you trek along damp earth, underneath a green ceiling, you can hear water trickle somewhere in the undergrowth. Dragonflies are back in full force, playing dodge the humans back and forth over the red river-side paths. People carry umbrellas in sunshine and collect herbs from grassy banks.

    It is very kind this country. Kind and peaceful. I didn’t expect to love it here, but I do, very much. And I’m sure a new kind of homesickness is coming – the kind that sends me to London’s Korea town in search of Bibimbap, the background murmur of Korean conversation and maybe someone who has heard of Yangsan, or singing lampposts, or both.


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    CSA delivers Fresh organic local food to your house every week!

    Koreabridge - Wed, 2014-07-16 11:10


    Have you heard of Gachi CSA in Korea?

    Gachi CSA which delivers local organic food baskets to expat members' doors every week.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture which you may already be aware of. It's a mutually supportive relationship between producers and consumers based on trust. Also It’s not easy to find organic food in common markets or little pricy in Korea. There are a many Korean CSAs but this is the only one directed towards the expat, foreigner community and the only one offers vegan baskets! They have reasonable price as well.

    They are conscious of local farmers, and healthy food and environmental concerns.


    You can find more information or join on the website or FB :





    Our local farmers Juice Add on A Couple basket last week 10514279_763282180390803_62402893010118482_o.jpg 10431296_763219513730403_5708417388997648929_o.jpg Groove in July! CSA delivers Fresh organic local food to your house every week!
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