|Barbara Dieu, Brazil
Aaron P. Campbell, Japan
Graham Stanley, Spain
ESL/EFL teachers, with some experience in using Internet tools in
teaching (familiarity with word processors and the basics of Internet
navigation), who would like to use blogs with their classes or for
A weblog or blog is a an online journal that can be easily and
instantly updated. This online session will begin with a short review
of the EVO 2004 session on blogs in ESL/EFL - in which participants
explored possible uses and learned how to create their own blogs - and
proceed to examine a broader scope of the various blogging tools and
how they could be put to use with ESL/EFL learners.
Participants will start their own blogs and become familiar with the
possibilities that RSS, aggregation software, and various other
internet applications have to offer. Finally, participants will
take a look at existing weblogging projects in language teaching and
explore ways of cultivating and maintaining interest in a weblog
Weekly chats with guest speakers will be held to discuss different
aspects of blogging and offer participants a wider range of options and
perspectives. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience
different synchronous and asynchronous media.
Week by Week
Introductions, survey, getting acquainted with blogs
Participants will meet moderators and participants; complete an
exploratory survey to pool experience, needs and expectations; and set
guidelines and readings for course. A webquest activity will
allow participants to become acquainted with the EVO 2004 session on
the use of blogs in ESL/EFL, at the end of which participants will open
their own blog accounts.
speaker: Anne Davis
- Contrast and compare various
asynchronous tools, different weblog categories and uses
Participants will discuss webquest results, view different blog tools
(free and open source); compare and contrast them to forums, webpages,
and wikis; and examine various uses and categories (personal blogs,
class blogs, open, closed).
speakers: James Farmer, Dana Watson,
W. Jason Reagin, Yu Hua Chen (Stella)
Personalisation and RSS
Participants will configure and personalize their blogs, while learning
about how RSS and aggregation works. Participants will make sure
there is an RSS feed link on their weblogs and will begin using
aggregators to subscribe to relevant links. Various aggregation
software (like Bloglines and Sage), web-based search and tracking
services (like Feedster and Technorati), and other useful tools (like
Furl, Haloscan, etc.) will be introduced.
speakers: Will Richardson, Mary Harrsch
and Sounds: Latest Trends
In this section, participants will discover ways to enrich their
blogging activities by incorporating images and sound. Audblogs,
Photoblogs, and Moblogs will be discussed, along with the various
software applications that support working with images and sound.
speakers: Teresa Almeida Eça, Vance Stevens, Jason Ward
Participants will explore ways of using technology in the classroom by
examining and discussing several projects currently underway and speak
with the teachers and students involved. Some of the topics
to be covered include collaborative projects, blogging communities
(like Livejournal), and the use of E-portfolios.
speakers : Anne Davis , Janet Lindsay,
Aaron Campbell, Barbara Dieu
Building a community of practice
Finally, participants will explore how to cultivate and maintain a
thriving weblog-based learning community. Edu-blogs are those
that engage people and make them want to come back again and again, not
only to read posts, but also to participate. What can we do to
encourage this participation and convert our blogs into lively online
speakers: Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly
- Collective and personal blogs, wiki, and Yahoo Group
- Synchronous chats with experts (Alado, Tapped In, Learning Times)
Twice a finalist for the Global Schoolnet
Online Shared Learning Award, and a Webhead, Barbara (Bee) Dieu teaches
at the Lycée Pasteur, a
To join this group, beginning January
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Franco-Brazilian secondary school in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
teaches EFL at Ryukoku University in Seta, Japan and is the academic
coordinator of Friends World Program's East Asia Center in Kyoto.
teaches EFL at the British Council and ESP at Turismo
Sant Ignasi ESADE, Universitat de Ramon Llull, Barcelona.
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