Monday, January 31, 2011

Live Session with Claudio Azevedo

We had a fabulous live session with Claudio Azevedo at WiZiQ. It was great we didn't have audio problems today except some echo but the session stopped after an hour. It happened dur to the screen sharing at that time and Larisa was not able to add time to our session. However, all participants registered in advance and they were able to join the session easily. Some participants could talk (i.e., Svetlana). Claudio presented his blogs Movies Segments to Assess Grammar Goals and Movie Segments for Warm-ups and Follow-ups. The title of presentation sounds greatly "From Darkenss to Sparkling Connected ELT Community." Claudio gave us great examples of how movies can help move from darkness to sparkling. During his presentation Claudio stopped and asked questions. For information on participants, recording, and slides for presentation, please, visit our wiki page. WiZiQ recorded the session and we will make it available for those who could not attend the live session or would like to listen to recording. We would love to know your impressions through your comments in this blog.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Live Session with Michael Coghlan

We had a wonderful session with Michael Coghlan at yahoo messenger today. We did have some technical problems, i.e. audio. Some of us were not able to join the conference despite the efforts from moderators' part and other colleagues to help. However, this was a part of learning. In the session Michael discussed the use of synchronous and asynchronous tools for teaching in different contexts and environments by briefly reviewing background information. During the presentation he got participants involved asking them to talk about their experience and their context. He went beyond the tools we have covered and talked about other communication tools that making an impact on the way of teaching. It was a very socially lively session. Some participants asked questions and gave valuable contributions by using text chat area or mic. For information on participants, chat log, and slides to the presentation, please visit our wiki page. We have recorded the session and will also make it available for those who could not attend or would like to listen to recording. We would love to know your impressions and opinions about the session through your comments on this blog.

Larisa (mod week 4) and Mbarek (mod week 3)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Graham Stanley´s Presentation on Twitter

Graham Stanley took us on wonderful ride through twitter and its enormous potential as a tool for socializing, teaching, and learning. It was a very insightful session. He started by giving us a perspective of how twitter evolved in his own experience from being a tool for socializing only to being a tool used for teaching and learning. Then he moved on to give recommendations on how teachers should use twitter in class. It was really worth being there. He also gave precious advice on applications to use and also on who to follow on twitter. It was a very useful session for twitter fans and those just beginning to explore this tool. In case you were, please leave your impressions on the comment box. If you weren´t or want to listen to it once more click here.

Thanks a lot Graham for teaching us so much.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TappedIn Tour

We had a great enthusiastic tour of TappedIn hosted by BJ Berquist. Over 30 participants learned the ins-and-outs of this collaborative tool. Many even mentioned how much virtual exercise they were getting while scampering from room to room.
We would love to hear your comments on the experience. Or if you were unable to attend, review the TappedIn page in the wiki:
then join the conversation.

Thank you, BJ for another wonderful Live Session.