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Brush up on technology in the New Year

Posted by Illya on 19 December 2008

I’d like to invite you, dear reader, to an excellent opportunity to expand your technology skills and get new ideas for teaching using technology and blended teaching.

Every year a group of educators called the Webheads offer a number of courses free of charge online between mid-January and mid-February. These experienced people are devoted to passing on their knowledge and helping others come to grips with new technology. It is here that I too have learned so much and made so many contacts around the world.

Have a look around, and I hope to see you there in the new year!

Don’t worry, there is something for everyone and even true beginners in this area. AND you get a chance to meet some of the most wonderful people (next to the ETAS gang, of course :-))

And here is the official invitation:

The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL
professional association is pleased to offer the
opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village
Online (EVO) 2009 sessions. This is a professional
development project and virtual extension of the TESOL
2009 Convention in Denver, CO . The intended audience
for this project includes both TESOL 2009 participants
and those who can participate only virtually.

You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in
a free, six-week, wholly online session of the EVO,
Jan 12 -Feb 22, 2009. Please visit our Announcement
Web page to select one among the various offerings.

Yours in TESOL,

The EVO coordination team

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SIG day 2008 with Graham Stanley

Posted by Illya on 4 December 2008

Graham Stanley came to give a talk full of exclamation points – Connect! Communicate! Collaborate! – on social networking.  There he presented many ways to connect, including using Facebook to collaborate with other teachers and give additional on-line support to learners, Second Life, where he has an island for young EFL learners, and lots of other fun ideas to enhance our on-line and off-line presence.

Graham was so kind as to open Social Learning Spaces for all to see. Please have a look around and maybe try out something new. I can only recommend connecting!
Here’s a peek into social networking.

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EDTAGS – social tagging for educational purposes

Posted by Illya on 14 July 2008

This is the website mentioned in the NECC 08 presentation (see last post) from Tuesday at 11am called Academic Social Tagging to Aid Learning and Assessment.

I strongly recommend listening to the presentation, especially if social tagging is a new idea to you. However, be aware that the sound sometimes goes.

Just to give you a summary, the idea is to bring together websites that are relevant in the educational area, including ESL/EFL. It is a place for you as a teacher to find resources, but also to add resources that you find so others can alos profit from them.

Social tagging also leaves the idea of folders with fixed names, becoming more flexible and more dynamic, i.e. you choose the key words that you find relevant. You can choose as many as you think apply so others may find the relevancy as well. They, in turn, may choose to use the same tags, but can choose other instead or in addition to make the tags more meaningful to themselves.

You will find this idea of social tagging in the delicious and blinklist, which are both under ‘Bookmarks’ on the left side bar, and also in diigo, from which I am posting this entry.

The difference to those mentioned above is simply that this site was made by educators explicitly for educators, so it is more limited in this way- not as expansive, at the same time perhaps making it more accessible to some teachers, librarians, etc.

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A course offer from Comenius

Posted by Illya on 1 March 2008

I just got this offer for a 7-day course in my mailbox and perhaps a couple of  you, dear readers, may find this worth your time in nearby (relatively speaking!) Heidelberg.


‘Designing activities for the 2.0 Language Classroom’

(A Comenius professional development course)


In conjunction with the Utrecht University SummerSchool the Faculties

of Education of Heidelberg and Utrecht Universities of Applied

Sciences offer a 7-day, international course exploring WEB 2.0

applications such as Wiki and Weblogging, real-time communication and

the LanguageQuest format for integrating the World Wide Web into

classroom teaching.

Besides, the course location in the brand-new building of the Faculty

of Education in Utrecht, the Netherlands, allows for demonstration of

good practices of and personal training in the use of Interactive

Whiteboards. Intended participants are practising (student) language

teachers, teacher trainers and materials developers. Persons eligible

for EU Comenius Grants can apply at their National Agency for

compensation of costs for travel, accomodation and course fees.

The deadline for grant applications is March 31.

More information available at:



Ton Koenraad

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Free online courses in January

Posted by Illya on 5 December 2007

After a long and busy November, I’m back to keep up the blog again. Sorry for the silence!

But now I have a great offer for you. It’s time to reserve the 14th January and the following 6 weeks in your diary because EVO is taking place.

What’s Evo? Electronic Village Online   is under the tesol wing and offors free 6-week courses to anyone interested. There is a large range with something I’m sure you’ll find useful.

Last year I joined 2 groups and profited immensely from both of them, so much in fact, that I’m back again this year as a moderator!

You will find the moderators there extremely supportive  and the level of learning high. It is well worthd your time!

But  don’t just believe me, have a look for yourself!

Here is the invitation:

Dear all,

The CALL Interest Section of the international TESOL
professional association is pleased to offer the
opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village
Online (EVO) 2008 season. This is a professional
development project and virtual extension of the TESOL
2008 Convention in New York. The intended audience
for this project includes both TESOL 2008 participants
and those who can participate only virtually.

You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate in
a free , six-week , wholly online session of the EVO,
Jan 14 – Feb 24, 2008. Please visit our Announcement
Page to select one or two among the various offerings.

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Welcome to SIG Day 2007

Posted by Illya on 11 May 2007

Hi everyone who is visiting this blog before, during or after this wonderful day here in Wil!

This post is especially for those who are in the session about the exploration of internet tools. Welcome to the workshop!

Below you will find the PowerPoint presentation from which you can access the many sites I’ve given as examples. You will also find other sites if you scroll down the blog or look to your left at the blogroll.

A quick tour through the internet

I hope you can profit from the information here and will leave a message. That’s what blogs live from – giving opinions, sharing, commenting, in short communicating.

So now, choose your RSS feeder and stay tuned for more 🙂

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What’s a wiki?

Posted by Illya on 7 May 2007

Some of you may be asking that very question. Well, you know Wikipedia. The concept is the same. It’s a versitile website that many people can contribute to. Listen to what other people are saying about what a wiki is.

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