Friday, August 13, 2010
Vance Stevens visited La Plata and gave a presentation on PLN.
More than twenty teachers enjoyed his presence. Susana Canelo from Del Valle , province of Buenos Aires, drove 400km to share this event with us.
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We'd like to share Vance's slideshow with you.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We are pleased to announce that the Social Networking 2009 moodle forums were officially opened today, Nov 1st, at 12:00 am GMT. With 567 English teachers from all over the world registered in our Moodle, we had the pleasure to start what promises to be one of the most successful online events of the year.
Thank you for your support and enthusiastic participation. We hope you join the discussions, the Second Life Tour and all WiZiQ videoconferences. Don't miss any.
Enjoy the conference!
Social Networking Team
Saturday, September 19, 2009
We are delighted to inform you that from November 5-8, 2009, we will be running the Social Networking 2009 Conference. This open-knowledge event will be completely online and free and it is aimed at elluminating ELT practitioners to grow in the use of social networks as learning development tools.
This event is being jointly organized by AVEALMEC and ARCALL, two Latin-American associations, one based in Venezuela and the other in Argentina, interested in promoting the use of ICT in the language classroom.
For this event, we invited conference speakers from different parts of the world:
George Siemens -Canada
Etienne Wenger -US
Vance Stevens -UAE
Nik Peachey -UK
Charalambos Vrasidas and Maria Solomou -Cyprus
Nicky Hockly -Spain
Erika Cruvinel and Ronaldo Lima –Brazil
Rita Zeinstejer and Paula Ledesma -Argentina
Nellie Müller Deustch –Israel
Carla Arena –Brazil
Graham Stanley –Spain
Jennifer Verschoor, Evelyn Izquierdo and Erika Cruvinel –Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil
During four days, our guest speakers will be sharing their experiences and expertise with participants and will help us grasp a better picture of how social networks can be used in the language teaching and learning field. We will be discussing about the concepts and theories around social networks, communities of practice and the Web 2.0, as well as about the use, advantages and drawbacks of social networking tools.
Join us and participate in this amazing learning experience!
Spread the word! Let´s get socially connected!
While we can say that most teachers are acquainted with some tools, such as CD ROMs, online dictionaries and blogs, there were many questions about podcasts, authoring software and concordancers. The greatest technological gap we noticed in terms of equipment was probably the widespread use of Interactive Whiteboards in the British school system, which certainly aroused a great deal of curiosity among the local EFL professionals.
However, as Sharma pointed out, the most important considerations are still pedagogical, how teachers can make the equation technology - materials - learning relevant, instead of just recreating old practices in interactive formats. Most importantly, how the access to ubiquitous digital content and an always updated "world wide corpus" is changing the very nature of the language we teach.
Photo: Macmillan Santa Fe