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New Year Offerings

Posted by Illya on 12 January 2013

Happy New Year! It’s beginning with two great opportunities to learn and grow as a teacher.
ETAS AGM in Sierre – 26th-27th January
Yes, as you all know, it’s arriving quickly! If you haven’t signed up yet, you can still register on-site. Be aware that this is with a 20.- surcharge.
Hotels are in short supply, but you might want to try in Sion, which is just 10 minutes away by train.
There is a great selection of workshops to choose from, and here are three that touch on learning technologies:
C1- Carol Waites:   Beyond the grammar book and dictionary: resources for teaching advanced writing skills.
C4- Martyn Clarke:   How to make sure homework makes sense
D7- John Hughes:   Twenty-first century business writing skills

If you’ve misplaced your program, you can find it on the ETAS website:  http://e-tas.ch/downloads/events/AGM_programme_2013_web.pdf
I hope to see many of you in Sierre!



EVO free on-line sessions beginning 14th January

Starting soon is the annual EVO (Electronic Village Online) sessions which are free of cost.
Every year a dedicated group of educators from all over the world join together to share their knowledge with others.
The session topics as do the moderators leading the sessions, and as their interests and knowledge expand.
The sessions last 5 weeks between mid-January and mid-February and I can speak from experience both as a moderator and a participant.
Some deal directly with digital media, while others are platforms for topics such as drama and mentoring.

You can find the full program and how to sign up here: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/61742103/Call_for_Participation2013

Topics this year are:

  • The Wonderful World of Drama
  • Digital Storytelling for Young Learners
  • Designed for Business
  • Neuroscience in Education: Braining up your English lessons
  • Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments
  • MachinEVO: Video Productions of Language Learning Conversations (in Second Life)
  • Mentoring
  • MOODLE for Teachers
  • Podcasting for the ESL-EFL classroom
  • Becoming a Webhead (term for this group of educators who are dedicated to growing and sharing with others their knowledge on-line)

Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other their!


Becoming an assistant SIG coordinator

Finally, I’m looking for someone who would like to join me in coordinating this SIG group. As I have taken on new responsibilities in my job, I am finding it more difficult to keep everyone up to date and keep up the etasblog as well.
If you have some experience in learning technologies, and would be interested in becoming more involved behind the scenes of the ETAS, please let me know. I’ll gladly give you more information about what is involved and we can negotiate how to share the task.

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