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HELLO, BaW 08ers!!!


Hello and welcome to our virtual Graduation ceremony and party! Hope you have fun! Before we get on with the show, have you ever wondered about the meaning of Hello, probably one of the most used words in the English language?! I'm almost sure you've taken it for granted... so had I till I got this in an email.



A "mini UN"

Baw 2008, with its 261 participants from 64 countries spanning the 5 continents - Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo (the most recent country in the world!), Kuwait, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkey, UAE, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela - is truly a global community or, as I put it early on, a mini UN. I just wish the authentic UN worked as well and as collaboratively as we do!



All about BaW 08

"My Gift for the BaW08 Graduation Ceremony" is a FA-BU-LOUS slidecast that Daf made for us to remind us of the high tech and human touch involved in this edition of BaW that made it such a success and, hopefully, professional and life-changing experience for many of you!


Add baw to your page


Sorry, the sound is not good, but I am having serious problems with my old laptop and the new one is almost dead :-(

The sound is great Daf as is your narrated text. Kudos to you!!! Beijinhos, Teresa


Coping with stress!

No Becoming a Webhead workshop has ever lacked a 'must' ingredient - stress -, because a lot of activity, collaboration, participation and commitment are involved, together with many other things in our professional and personal lives. You can take a look at two Pixton comic strips created by Ronaldo and Marina.




BaW 08 was no exception. About halfway through we were all stressed out and still had 3 more weeks to go, so we needed a booster. I sent my favorite disco song, Gloria Gaynor's "I will survive", which always makes me jump off my chair, dance and unwind. I hoped it helped you.

I Will Survive BaW 2007


Let's party!

It's time for the party to start. No virtual Graduation party would be complete without a virtual cake to celebrate "not the end of a workshop, but the beginning of a new era... life after BaW 2008"! João, my husband, baked this BaW 2008 cake with eight candles, each one with its own very special meaning! Have a slice!




And no Graduation party is complete without gifts, food and drinks. Here's what some of our participants sent to make this celebration even more special.



Hi all,

I'd like to offer a Graduation Gift in advance before all the delicious food arrives and this is in particular for our Excel Queen (aka Tere).

Blist is a lovely looking modern spreadsheet and you can do wonders with it and very quickly. I've been setting up different ones for my learners and it really is intuitive. Uploading of images is great and you just move your mouse over it in the speadsheet and the whole image appears. It's in beta and other features are coming but it already rocks for me :-))

Have a look at the video and get a blist :-)

Moira :-))) (France)


I love it, Moira! Thank you! :-)

Beijinhos, Teresa


Hi Daf and Tere!

I'd like to take a very special dish from the northeast of Brazil to our party. It's called "bobó de camarão" (shrimp bobó) and the reason I would like to take is that, besides being a typical Brazilian dish and my favorite shrimp dish, it is pronounced "Shrimp baw-baw"! My mother makes the best one...

And to drink, of course, our famous "caipirinha", made of "cachaça" (an alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane), lime and sugar. Even though I don't drink alcohol, many people love caipirinhas.

There are pictures attached!

Ronaldo (Brazil)


Thank you, Ronaldo! I had both when I visited Brazil in 1980 and experienced a BIG hangover from too many caipirinhas. I even left the restaurant with my sandals in my hand!!! ;-)

Beijinhos, Teresa




Dear all,

Here is my graduation gift for you all:


I hope it gives you some idea about my city and my country.

Thank you for everything. I have enjoyed every moment here at BaW and

I have met so many lovely people. Of course, this isn't the end, it is

the beginning. I am looking forward to Sunday.


Natasa (Serbia)


Dear Natasa,

What a fabulous wiki you made for us. It's a fantastic gift. I'd love to visit your country and eat some of that appetizing food. Thank you! :-)

Beijinhos, Teresa


Nina Liakos

Hello Tere and the BaW08 graduating class,

Congratulations to all BaWers, mods, co-mods and participants who have made it through the past six weeks with their curiosity and desire to learn and use new technologies intact!

Here's my favorite dessert: hot fudge sundae! Enjoy it!

Cyberhugs from Maryland!

Nina Liakos (USA)


Thanks, dear Nina! It's one of my favotite American desserts together with apple pie.

Beijinhos, Teresa

BTW, Nina and I have made plans to have a hot fudge sundae together in New York! :-)



Carlos Ferreira

Dear Dafne,

As requested, I spent the whole afternoon cooking these recipes for next sunday. Please keep them in the fridge until next sunday as they were carefully

cooked and wrapped to be consumed. You'll find a full meal from starters to dessert. Don't you dare to taste them before sunday!

Going to take care of my tuxedo now, as it needs to be ironed!

See you on Sunday

Carlos (Portugal)


Hi, Carlos!

Thanks for the great typical Portuguese recipes. I love them all! :-)

Beijinhos, Teresa




Ahoj Bawers,

I'm not much of a cook... so be happy I'm not sending you guys food for

tomorrow ;-). Instead, I'm sending you some fresh air and a waterfall

splash from the Sunny side of the Alps, some strawberries from my

father in law's backyard and some violets from mine, some wine from a

cellar near my home and some smiling faces of kids here and there, but

mostly in my hometown... Some glimpses of Slovenia through my lense.



Sasa (Slovenia)


Dear Sasha,

I'd love to visit your country. What beautiful landscape and set of photos you put together! Thank you!! :-)

Beijinhos, Teresa




Here's my graduation gift! Sharon


Yummyyyyyy, Sharon!! Thanks!!!

Hugs, Teresa






Once again, I (Teresa) present you with my cyber famous oven-baked codfish together with great Portuguese red wine. The recipe is included in a cooking lesson page that I created as a Webhead back in Jul. 2002 together with Dafne and Susanne Nyrop, who had their own recipes. Links at the bottom of the page). Enjoy!



Silvia Colombo

Hi everybody!

Here's my modest gift for our graduation ceremony. I've uploaded some sites and recipes to my blog for you to learn about my hometown and country.

I hope you can enjoy it!


Silvia from Argentina


Thank you, Silvia!

Hugs, Teresa




José Antônio


Dear BaWers,

I bring you from Brazil, our favorite snack and breafast food. This is our cheese bread. It is delicious and all Brazilians really love it. Hope you like it. You can have it with black coffee.





Hi Bawers,

I've included a video with tourist attractions of my country. Hope you enjoy it.

See you tomorrow,

Marina (Argentina)


Thanks, Marina!

Hugs, Teresa




Hi everybody,

I added some images from my country to share with you all.

It was great to share with this group. There are so many technological

tools to work in class that sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but things

are clearing up and I'll continue trying during the year.

Thanks to the moderators, (you're great) and to the other 'students'

for this fantastic session, I learnt a lot from all of you.

Claudia (Uruguay)


Lovely, Claudia!

Hugs, Teresa




Daf, Tere and I made a tasty collaboration project for the Tapped In

carnival 2002 celebrating Webheads in Action We cooked our favorite dishes

and took pictures, and made homepages, linking to each other. And, chatting

a lot in between with help and advice for the process. We did not have smart

Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, or wikis, or Flickr and slideshare albums by

then, just plain HTML and digital photos, uploaded by FTP. More cumbersome,

hard work.




For tomorrow, I'll put on my best silk dress, lipstick and perfume - you

never know what will happen after a few caipirinha drinks:-)


Sus in Denmark


What a F.U.Ntastic session that was, Sus!

Beijinhos, Teresa




Dear Teresa, Dafne, and all of you,

Iam sorry but can not attend the ceremony tonight, so I would like to say MILLION and more thanks that I could be here. Thank you Teresa for invited me!!

Thank you all for your support, help, and even I still have a gap, so I still have to catch up, but the world you opened for me is wonderful.

I can not say enough time: THANK YOU

As I have introduced to you my project created by me and two ladies, Sanja and Alfia, I would like to keep you informed about it:

we already have some signed up students who created their blog and made the quest:-)

we will continue this project, and as step by step exploring new tools I will add there

we created a voice thread to present our project. Take a look!

And if you would like check our site:


Have a wonderful ceremony tonight

Bye to you all, and hope to see you again


Zsofi (Hungary)


Dear Zsofi,

What an appropriate gift considering that TESOL 2008 will be held in New York City in five weeks' time and that many Webheads will be meeting f2f. "The Big Apple" rocks! And os does your project!! Our thanks to you, Alfia (Russi) and Sanja (Croatia) for a wonderful project already carried out by two students. Bravo! :-)

Hugs, Teresa





I'm Alfia from Russia. I've been a lurker most of the time, but I did learn a lot . Different tools which were used by participants are familiar to me now, because I followed the discussions. I wish I had done more. But still I am glad I've been a part of this wonderful group... Here the link to my small blog as a small graduation gift.



Wonderful, Alfia! Thank you!

Hugs, Teresa



Liliana Mihalachi

Here's Liliana's gift, a tour of her hometown, Suceava, in Romania!


It's beautiful! Thank you, Liliana!

Hugs, Teresa



Mary Ziller

This is my graduation gift, a powerpoint of my city, Philadelphia. I submitted my gift before the party, but it got lost in the shuffle. lol




This is a beautiful .ppt presentation of Philadelphia! There's a picture for each letter of the alphabet. It may take a couple of minutes to download, but it's worth the wait. Enjoy!

Thanks, Mary.

Hugs, Teresa



Finally, no BaW workshop would be complete without a symbolic Certificate of Participation.

Families - neglected husbands, wives and children - weren't forgotten! Here's our token of appreciation for your patience and understanding!


Time to join WiA

Six weeks ago many of you probably didn't have a clue about what you were getting into. Six weeks later you have come of age and are "full-fledged Webheads", ready to join the Webheads in Action community of practice (CoP). On behalf of Vance Stevens, our Webheads coordinator, Daf and I now invite you to join our "mother group", the Webheads in Action (WiA). Welcome! We hope you feel part of a big cyberfamily and as fulfilled and challenged as Daf and I have been for 6 years!


As Webheads, you are now entitled to the "Proud to be a Webhead" badge that Ibrahim Rustamov from Tajikistan created for us, his special gift to BaW08. It's very cute! You can embed it in your Web pages, blogs or wikis. I have. And Daf immediately embedded it in our wiki Sidebar.




Two BaW classics

Before we call it "a Graduation ceremony and party", maybe you'd like to reflect a little about the meaning of BaW through the lenses of two BaW classics.

Geese is a presentation about togetherness, collaboration and community spirit - some of the basic ingredients that are a big part of any "Becoming a Webhead" workshop!

(Please click the image below and enjoy!)



Becoming a Teacher is a curious and surprising text with "food for thought". Do read it. You won't regret it!


Once there was a man named Nathan. He wanted very much to be a teacher. So

he went to seek the advice of the wisest, most highly respected counselor

in the land.

"Wise counselor," Nathan began, "it has always been my dream to be a

teacher. I want to stimulate the minds of the young people of our land. I

want to lead them down the road of knowledge. Please tell me the secret of

becoming a teacher."

"Your goal is a commendable one, Nathan. However, it is also a very

difficult one to achieve. First you must overcome three major obstacles."

"I am ready to meet the challenge," answered Nathan bravely. "First you

must swim the Sea of Children," directed the knowing counselor.

Nathan started off to swim the Sea of Children. First he had to learn

their 38 names. He had to send the line cutters to the end of the line. He

made the paper throwers stay after school to clean the room. He commanded the

name callers, pushers, and punchers to apologize to their victims. He gave

candy to those who finished assignments and stars to those who were

sitting in their seats quietly. Nathan checked passes to see how many

children were in the bathroom. And he tracked down students who were gone longer

than was necessary. He arranged the desks in alphabetical order, then boy-girl,

boy-girl, and finally into small groups of four. He lined his children up

for physical education and music and library and lunch. Then stifled a cry

when the secretary came into the room with number 39.

Tired and shaken but still undefeated, Nathan returned to the counselor

for his second task.

"You are a very determined lad," said the advisor. "However, now you must

climb the Mountain of Paperwork."

Nathan set out at once. He wrote objectives and drew up lesson plans. He

made out report cards and graded papers. He filled out accident reports,

attendance reports and withdrawal reports. He completed inventories,

evaluations, surveys, and request forms. Finally, he made dittos and more

dittos. He ran them off until he was purple in the face.

But the courageous boy's resolve never dwindled. He went to the wise

counselor for his third task.

"You are indeed very strong, Nathan. But this third task will take all the

courage you can muster. You must now cross the country of Duties and


At first Nathan was hesitant. But his convictions remained steadfast. He

began his long journey across the country of Duties and Committees. Nathan

took lunch duty, bus duty, and recess duty. He was on the social

committee, patrol committee, and the faculty advisory committee. He was the

adult supervisor of the student government and ran the United Fund and Easter

Seal drives. He went to PTA meetings, AEA meetings, SST meetings, School

Site meetings, and in-service workshops. He organized bicentennial programs,

talent shows, and book drives. Finally, he was elected the building

representative of the union. At last Nathan reached the outskirts of

Duties and Committees.

Exhausted but happy, he returned to the knowledgeable counselor.

"I swam the Sea of Children. I climbed the Mountain of Paperwork. I

crossed the country of Duties and Committees," Nathan proclaimed. "Am I not

worthy of the title of Teacher?"

"Why, Nathan," began the counselor, "you have been a teacher all along."

Nathan protested, "But I have not stimulated any minds. I have not guided

anyone down the road to knowledge, I have not had any time to teach."

"Oh, you say you want to TEACH! I thought you said you wanted to be a

teacher. That is a completely different story!!

Surprised?! I was the first time I read it.



Thank you!




Before we turn this page and start another one tomorrow, Daf and I (Teresa) would like to thank all our fabulous guest speakers, moderators, and participants for a fantastic job and perseverance to the last day, and for having made this fifth round of the Becoming a Webhead workshop the success and life-changing event it was. Without you all, none of this would have happened.


Here's to you all!! Thank you!!!


See you in life after BaW 08!!!

Teresa on behalf of the BaW 2008 team!

Graduation ceremony

Venue: Worldbridges

Host: Jeff Lebow (USA)

Coordinators: Dafne (Venezuela), Teresa (Portugal)


Attendees: Angeles Berman, Mexico; Beyza Yilmaz, Turkey; Carlos Ferreira, Portugal; Charles Kelly, Japan; Dennis Oliver, USA; Eleni Nikiforou, Cyprus; Evelyn Izquierdo, Venezuela; Melanie Ellis, Poland; Hala Fawzi, Sudan; Isabel Neves, Portugal; Isabel Teixerira, Brazil; Janet Tucker, Israel; Jeff Lebow, USA; Jose Antonio, Brazil; Kat Urbaniak, Canada; Lenka Dvorakova, Czech Republic; Malila Prado, Brazil; Moira Hunter, France; Natalia Katasanova, Russia; Natasa Grojic, Serbia; Nergiz Kern, Turkey; Nina Liakos, USA; Ramona Dietrich, Portugal; Richard Turnbull, England; Ronaldo, Brazil; Sasha Sirk, Slovenia; Sharon Betts, USA; Susanne Nyrop, Denmark; Sylwia Pisarek, Poland; and, Vance Stevens, UAE


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