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PreSessionThreads

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Pre-session threads are brought to you by:

Saša Sirk in Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Date: 1 January, 2008 - 13 January, 2008

Number of messages: from #2 to #362

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Who we are

  1. Coordinators
  2. Co-Moderators
  3. Participants

 

Table Of Contents

  1. Welcome
  2. Tools
  3. Live events
  4. Interesting

Welcome

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Welcome to BaW

Dafne

Dafne

#2

01/01/2008

Dear participants, Happy New Year!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to our fifth round of "Becoming aWebhead" (BaW). Our workshop officially begins on Jan. 14. However,since we already have some registrations, we decided to send this message to let you know we are here, working on getting our everythingready and accepting requests to join the workshop.

As you have probably realized, we will be using different web tools during the six weeks that you can start exploring while waiting for the workshop to start. The purpose of each of these tools is the following:

Yahoo Group: our "communications center" for general communication among all participants, essentially, email messaging http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/baw08

Wiki: where you find all the information about the session (syllabus,weekly activities, live sessions, hints, glossary, etc) and where you will also be "adding your own content" (your intros, products you createduring the sessions, etc). http://baw-08.pbwiki.com The wiki password for the pages where you can add content is: bawpart (very original ;-)) Make sure that the pages you are going to edit have this root URL: http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com

Blog: to discuss the weekly live guest presentations http://baw08.wordpress.com

Forum: to discuss our suggested weekly readings http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/baw08.html You can register to this forum, to be able to add your comments.

For starters, we suggest three additional tasks:

1. Complete a diagnostic survey at: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/survey

2. Take a good look at the "Hints" page: http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/webheads/baw08/hints.htm It will probably save you initial messages with questions about YahooGroups and other things. It's really useful. We'll be updating it along the 6 weeks of the workshop.

3. Check the "Glossary"page: http://dafnegonzalez.com/baw/glossary.html

For this workshop, we have invited previous BaW participants to moderate and co-moderate. They will be replying to your messages and helping you throughout the workshop. Teresa and I will also be participating, but we have decided to give them the chance to take a very active part in BaW08, so we will be more in the background, only surfacing in a timely fashion. Once again, welcome to our Becoming a Webhead 2008 workshop and make yourself at home. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask in our Yahoo Group list.

Looking forward to an exciting and fun learning experience,

Dafne and Teresa

BaW Coordinators since 2004

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Excel(lent) file

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#159

01/09/2008

Hello, everyone!

Welcome one and all, old friends from previous BaWs and colleagues/friends-to-be! :-) From the very first BaW in 2004, I have completed an Excel file - coined Excel(lent) file last year (by whom?! oh these "ageing" neurones!!!) - about participants and members. No... it's not "Big Brother" is watching you! It's basically to have a good idea of the countries, continents and time zones of our participants. And also of intros sent so far (9Jan08 at 17:00 GMT) we have 118 participants. The rest are moderators/mods, guest speakers and members of other EVO workshops that signed in to ours.

This is the info I have so far on 84 of the "participants" from 39 countries. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Argentina (9)

-- Brazil (5)

-- Cyprus (2) Ellada Evangelou, are you in Cyprus or the USA?

-- Czech Republic (2)

-- Denmark (1)

-- Ecuador (1)

-- England (1)

-- France (1)

-- Georgia (1)

-- Germany (3) Nergiz, are you in Germany?

-- Hong Kong (1)

-- India (3)

-- Iran (4)

-- Israel (4)

-- Italy (1)

-- Japan (1)

-- Jordan(1)

-- Kosovo (1)

-- Mexico (1)

-- Nigeria (1)

-- Oman (1)

-- Peru (1)

-- Philippines (1)

-- Poland (2)

-- Portugal (3)

-- Qatar (1)

-- Romania (2)

-- Russia (4)

-- Serbia (1)

-- Spain (4)

-- Sudan (1)

-- Switzerland (1)

-- Taiwan (1)

-- Tajikistan (1)

-- Togo (1)

-- Turkey (1)

-- UAE (1)

-- Uruguay (1)

-- USA (12)

We can already say that we are "a mini-UN" and I hope doing much better work for world peace and understanding.

We have participants from Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, N. America and S. America. We don't span all the continents yet, because there are no participants from Australia or New Zealand, as far as I know.

And, if my calculations are correct, we already span 18 time zones: GMT -8 (California and Oregon, USA) to GMT +9 (Japan). You can see how compicated it is for everyone to join in live/synchronous presentations by our guest speakers. That's why we always record everything and upload the audio and text files, as well as the presentations.That's all for now. Though I was organized, completing the database and getting together this info has taken some time. I will now give myself a nice afternoon snack. I think I deserve it. :-) Hope you all enjoy this journey across the world and through different cultures gathered together with one basic aim: to learn collaboratively and constructively how to use different communication tools that hopefully will make our teaching better, more motivating and enriching, and certainly globalized.

Best, Teresa

P.S. - I hope all my sums are right!

Richard Turnbull

Richard

#161

(Response to #159)

01/09/2008

Teresa, wow, that's amazing! 39 countries! And am I really the only onefrom England? It's going to be great to hear all the thought and opinion from thedifferent places around the globe.

Thanks

Richard

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#165

(Response to #161)

01/09/2008

Hi, Richard!

I also think that 39 countries in 9 days is amazing! The word does spread!!!And, yes, so far you are the "only" representative from England. Curiously, we've never had a big turnout from your neck of the woods.

You're very welcome!

Teresa

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

#166

(Response to #165)

01/09/2008

I can imagine how you feel. However, nothing comes for free. This is a direct response to all the effort you and all the other teachers who made this workshop possible are doing.I have been reading every post and the picture couldn't be better. Hope Monday arrives soon.

Cyber abraços from Brazil

((((bawers))))

Kyi Shwin

#187

01/09/2008

Hi Teresa,

Pls count me in your list.I'm from Myanmar (Burma).

Kyi Shwin

Professor

English Department

Mandalay University of Distance Education Mandalay

Myanmar

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#196

(Response to #189)

01/10/2008

Dear Kyi,

Please excuse the unintentional omission of a BaW friend and regular participant since 2005! Shame on me!!! > blushing >Yesterday the statistical results should have been 85 participants from 40 countries. Myanmar should have been placed between Mexixo and Nigeria. I will try to have a new stats overview by Sunday evening and will certainly not forget you, Kyi! :-)

Hugs, Teresa

jaya balasubramanian

Jaya

#189

(Response to #187)

01/09/2008

Hi Teresa,

What an amazing score 118 marvellous!!! Sure it is not going to stop with this.... Happy to know that 3 participants are form my country, India. I must be one among them. May I know the other participants and from which part of India they are from...

with regards,

jaya

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#197

(Response to #196)

01/10/2008

Hi, Jaya!

They are Amol Padwad (no city yet) and Nira Konar from Kolaghat, West Bengal. Do you know them?

Best, Teresa

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#199

01/10/2008

Re: Bawers from England:

Isn't Cris Costa with us? or do you still count her as being from Portugal? I think you are counting country of residence, not origin, right? btw Bravenet offers a cute little widget called a "Guestmap". People canadd themselves to the map and include a greeting and their country's flag (I think the flag is a nice touch). I use it for my mixed ESL class here at the University of Maryland (on the class wiki). A downside is that there isan annoying welcome screen that pops up on top of the map and which is not easy to dispose of.Check out Bravenet's guestmap at http://bravenet.com/webtools/guestmap/

Nina (in Maryland)

PS Is Nina Lyulkun in the group again? Or am I the only Nina so far?

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#202

(Response to #199)

01/10/2008

Dear Nina,

I consider the country where people are working. Cristina Costa is in England, but these stats I sent only refer to Baw08 "participants", not Baw08 mods or mods from other EVO workshops.

And the 85 participants I refered to a while ago, after including Kyi, are participants about whom I have data either from the registration process or the intro sent to the list.

So far we have 134 "approved" participants and 35 other type of members, adding up to 169. We used the Bravenet map in the first two rounds, I believe, and then moved to Frappr.

Hugs, Teresa

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Pre-Session Activities

Dafne

Dafne

#75

01/07/2008

Dear participants, newcomers, semi-veterans, and veterans,

For five years now, at this time of the year, I get butterflies in mystomach when I read all the nice comments from previous participants andthe expectations of the new ones. It is a mixture of excitement andresponsibility. Then, I relax, because it is you, new and old participants who with your willingness to learn and share have made Baw successful, and this year, it seems we are having a great enthusiastic crowd ready to give Baw08 a go!

Behind curtains, a group of 13 dedicated professionals, the Baw08 team(all volunteers), is working tuning up the details for our grand opening on Jan 14. It is not only a work of creating pages, activities,contacting guest speakers, selecting readings, etc., it is also a rich learning experience regarding discussions on best approaches toe-learning in order to model them during the workshop. We are still one week from the real start, and we are all anxious to begin. So, I am going to graciously remind you of some tasks you can be completing in the mean time:

1. Completing the diagnostic survey at: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/survey

2. Posting your photo to our Yahoo Group at: http://tech.ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/baw08/photos

3. and also to our map located at: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com

When the session starts you will also be asked to post your introductions and photos to our wiki at: http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com

I am sure you are wondering "why so many photos?" We consider that photos are very important in online courses to give ideas a face. After a while, when you read a message from a participant, you have the mental image of the person, just as when you are on the phone, or reading a message from a person you know. In a nutshell, photos make the online experience more personal.

Since you are going to be writing on the wiki, I have created a"Playground" page, for you to practice using Pbwiki (our wikiprovider) if you have not worked with wikis before. The playground page is at:

http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/playground (password: bawpart). I think that Monica has mentioned this already ;-)

Well, this message is long enough for now ;-)

Looking forward to interacting and learning with and from you,

Daf

(BaW co-coordinator since 2004)

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#77

01/07/2008

Hi Dafne,

You are not alone. I also look forward to this time of year. This is really a very exciting learning and sharing experience. Thanks lot to the whole team for the energy and support.

Abraços

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Dafne

Dafne

#139

01/08/2008

Hi everybody!

Our group keeps growing :-)

As more participants get involved in adding photos, creating profiles in the wiki, etc., questions and doubts start to arise. This is the right time to start sharing and learning together. Sometimes, it will be one of the members of the BaW team who will reply, but as the workshop takes place, and you feel more comfortable, anybody in the group is entitled to reply to these messages. Usually, we have different solutions to a problem and this enriches our learning experience. This is a space for everybody to have his/her voice heard :-)

Therefore, it is important that you express your doubts and questions to this list, and not to me personally (through my e-mail or through the "contact the owner" link on the wiki. Of course, I can reply to these messages, but the whole group is missing a learning opportunity with each message I reply individually.

Btw, when the course officially starts, we will create a weekly thread summarizing the topics discussed in this group, and this document will be made available on the wiki.

Looking forward to Jan 14,

Daf

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Yahoo Group

Ralitza

#326

01/13/2008

Hello everybody,

... I'll probbaly have to use another yahoo address. I've never realised that I'd be receiving so many emails. I think I need to keep the baw08 separate from my personal ebox. I'll see how I'll do it.

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#352

01/13/2008

Hi Ralitza

To make your email more manageable I'd suggest you edit yourmembership and change it to 'daily digest' instead of 'individualemails'. Hope this helps. :-)

Kat

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Wiki

Nelba

Nelba

#119

01/08/2008

Hi, I am looking at our wiki and have seen that Nouamane ( who I usually chat in the evenings ) and María Lorena have added their info in the Participants' Gallery section but I cannot see their photos :( Any problem with their uploading? What about the rest? Please, post your photos and upload info about you ;)

Nelba

Dafne

Dafne

#121

(Response to #119)

01/08/2008

If you are having problems having your photos show on your profile, please upload a 100 x 100 photo to the wiki (Files), and it will be easier for me to give you a hand ;-)

Thanks!

Daf

lorena_recio

María Lorena Recio

#124

(Response to #121)

01/08/2008

Nelba, I had problems uploading the photo. I tried in different ways but I don't know much about uploading pictures in that style (I don't know even the name - see... I need this course!). I'm very insistent and I generally get things done but I couldn't. Can you help me? Thank you,

Lore

Dafne

Dafne

#125

(Response to #124)

01/08/2008

Hi everybody!

I have created a tutorial on how to upload documents to pbwiki. You will find it here: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials#Uploadingfiles

HTH (Hope this helps)

Daf

lorena_recio

María Lorena Recio

#126

(Response to #125)

01/08/2008

Thank you Daf for your help. I tried again uploading files today, as you suggested and I could do it. I will try to take another picture, though, because it is too small and it is blurred. See you soon,

Lore

Dafne

Dafne

#127

(Response to #126)

01/08/2008

Hi Lore

I fixed your picture. The problem was that it was too big and you used the same parameters I have on my photo. I resized your picture, uploaded it again, andit is fine now :-)

I have posted a tutorial on how to resize picturesusing Easy Thumbnails (a free application) on thetutorials page: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials#Resizingimages

hugs,

Daf

nelbaq

Nelba

#137

(Response to #127)

01/08/2008

Dear Lorena. I have checked the wiki and your photo is perfect . Congrats!

Nelba

lorena_recio

María Lorena Recio

#141

01/08/2008

Hi Daf,

Thank you for the tutorial. I've learnt lots of things already trying to upload and attach my picture. Now even more with the tutorial on Easy Thumbnails (a program I didn't know existed... I love learning!!!).

See you or "read" you soon,

Lore

Dafne

Dafne

#147

(Response to #141)

01/08/2008

And this is not even the beginning, Lore ;-)

Cheers,

Daf

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#168

(Response to #166)

01/09/2008

Hello all!

Can you please help me out? I have just read the wikistyle tips and decided to improve the look of my profile box. I succeeded in creating a list of my IDs and applying a bold font. But as a result of my experiment, the profile box itself disappeared :-( No matter where I put these vertical bars, the box vanished. Where's the glitch?

Thanks in advance.

Elfina

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#170

(Response to #168)

01/09/2008

Hi Elfina

I managed to rebuild the box, but removed the bullets (unordered list).Perhaps PBwiki doesn't like so many styles at the same time? We 'll waitfor our experts' opinion! :)

Beijinhos from Portugal

Fernanda

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#172

(Response to #170)

01/09/2008

Hello Fernanda,

Thank you for your help. But how did you rebuild my profile box? Did you just delete the bulleted list of my ids and put the vertical bars in place? Or was it something else? When I was creating the bulleted list, all the rows started to live their own lives. I'm just wondering if it is possible to have both a list and a profile box :-) Anyway, thanks.

Best,

Elfina

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#169

01/09/2008

Hi again, everyone!

A while ago, in my "statistical overview", I forgot to mention that 30 some participants have introduced themselves through the YG mailing list, but only four of you have inserted your intro and photo in the Baw08 wiki. (And there are lovely photos in the YG.)

So... I advise you to do that before next week to avoid a possible "wiki jam" in the Participants Gallery!!!Don't be afraid. Try it out first in the Playground, if you wish. You will have a lot of "trial and error" and exploring to do in the next 6 weeks. That's part of learning in a fun way. Enjoy! :-)

Hugs, Teresa

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#173

01/09/2008

Hello all,

The best way to learn something is to do it. That's what I tried. Perhaps some of you have seen what my profile box in PBwiki looked like before I asked for help. When I was working on improving the look of my profile box and was applying some of the wikistyle tips (I was arranging my IDs in a bulleted list), my profile box disappeared. Thanks to Fernanda, the profile box came back but without a bulleted list.

My questions are then:

1. Why did the box disappear?

2. Can I arrange my profile box with a bulleted list?

Though I toured Second Life a little, I often feel lost in there. I am not good with arrows (I am not a gamer) and I do not know this virtual environment well enough. But my question is about how I can transfer (or upload) my avatar (image) from SL to PBwiki page. And one more thing. I was trying to open the http://www.fl.nl.pt/unil/pol7/pol7_txt8.pdf page, it won't open. Instead the error message pops up (something about Premature End of Data). Could you please explain what's the problem?

Well, I'm out of my questions for the moment. Looking forward to hearing from you and learning how to deal with all these situations :-)

Best,

Elfina

Dafne

Dafne

#174

(Response to #173)

01/09/2008

Hi Elfina,

Let me try to answer some of your questions.

For a table to show on pbwiki, you should not click on enter to create a new paragraph, just add the code

and keep typing on the same line. Otherwise, the table does not show. Every time you add

the text that follows will show on the next line. So if you have a bulleted list, you should do something like this...

There are 2 communications modes:

  • asynchronous

    * synchronous

    I hope that what I am writing shows up how I wrote it. If not, I will look for the way to show it to you.

    Regarding your avatar image from SL, you might want to take a screenshot while you are at SL, then convert it to the jpg format and to the size you want it, to then upload it to the wiki.

    Finally, if you tell me where this file is located (what page): http://www.fl.nl.pt/unil/pol7/pol7_txt8.pdf I will be able to tell you what´s happening.

    Hope this helps :-)

    Daf

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#175

(Response to #174)

01/09/2008

Hi, Daf and Elfina!

The correct URL is http://www.fl.ul.pt/unil/pol7/pol7_txt8.pdf It's not "nl" before "pt", it's "ul". It stands for Universidade de Lisboa. Thanks for calling our attention, Elfina!

Hugs, Teresa

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#176

(Response to #175)

01/09/2008

Hie Elfina,

I googled Teresa's article and here's the link, click to see if it works (it did for me): http://www.fl.ul.pt/unil/pol7/pol7_txt8.pdf

Hugs,

Mônica (Brazil)

sandy_wagner@sbcglobal.net

Sandy Wagner

#178

(Response to #176)

01/09/2008

Hi Elfina,

I hear and feel frustration in your email and wanted to just tell you that error messages and other frustrations happen all the time so dont think it is you and the good news is there is always someone who can fix it. I have found that online avicionados and especially the WIA moderators are kind, understanding, and so knowledgeable that they can probably fix anything.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Sandy

Dafne

Dafne

#179

(Response to #178)

01/09/2008

That's right, Sandy, I have learned to work on wikisthrough trial and error, and when I cannot solve the problem I ask webheads, if they don´t know (very difficult), then I ask the support team of the application, who are always very willing to help, too. I have a wiki that I use as a playground, I practice new things there before applying them to a working wiki. Just a few minutes ago, I was with Teresa trying to look for an virtual room where I could carry out what I want to do in a workshop about wikis. Well, I had to try different rooms, with the help of my friend to see which one was the right one, and I was using my playground wiki for the practice. We finally found the right place :-)

hugs,

Daf

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#180

(Response to #179)

01/09/2008

Thank you all for your help and support. I will try more things tomorrow as it is almost 2am in Moscow :-) now Hope you're having a good day!

Best,

Elfina

sandy_wagner@sbcglobal.net

Sandy Wagner

#215

01/10/2008

Hi Elfina,

I hope you got some rest. Email when you can.

Sandy

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#200

01/10/2008

Sorry, what's the password to baw-08.pbwiki.com?

Nina

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#201

(Response to #200)

01/10/2008

Hi, Nina, the password is: bawpart

Mônica

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#203

(Response to #201)

01/10/2008

Nina and Monica,

There is a main wiki - baw08 - just for the coordinators and mods, and only we can edit it. The participants baw08 wiki, the one participants deal with, is embedded in the main wiki and that's the one with the pw below.

Hugs, Teresa

Dafne

Dafne

#204

(Response to #203)

01/10/2008

If you happen to forget the participant wiki password. There is a document in the Files section of this YG where you can find it. Nina, since I know you contribute to more than one pbwiki, you might like to consider opening an account in https://my.pbwiki.com Here you can have all your pbwikis in one place and manage them with only one password. It is very handy. I have more than 40 pbwikis, and this is how I handle them :-)

hugs,

Daf

jaya balasubramanian

Jaya

#233

(Response to #225)

01/11/2008

Hi Jose,

While trying to post my profile in our wiki, I clicked the icon "Edit page", then wrote my name and introduced myself but I could not understand the instruction "Add URL" when I tried to post my photo. So I have problem in adding my photo in Baw08pb wiki. Please help

regards,

jaya

Dafne

Dafne

#234

01/11/2008

Hi Jaya,

In order to post your photo you need first to uploadit to the wiki.There's a tutorial here: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials#Uploadingfiles Make sure your photo is 100 x 100

Hope this helps,

Daf

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#235

(Response to #234)

01/11/2008

H Jaya,

Dafne had already told you about the tutorial. Just in case you still have problems just let us know again. I checked your intro and the picture was not there yet. I guess you are still working on it.

Good luck

Ps.: Remember we are here to help.

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#240

(Response to #239)

01/11/2008

Hi Pedro,

Your profile is not in the wiki yet. The link is http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/ you just have to click on edit. The password to the wiki is bawpart. What I did the first time I had to work with wiki was to copy what my colleagues had done (the codes and symbols and all that). I have already posted the lind to your blog on the Side Bar under TOOLS CREATED BY PARTICIPANTS.

Good luck

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#245

01/11/2008

Dear Daf,

my.pbwiki.com is of course a great idea and I have already opened anaccount there, but I have experienced some difficulty adding all of mywikis. I have managed to add 3 of them so far. Can I also add wikisthat I did not create personally, such as the baw08 wikis?

Hugs,

Nina

Dafne

Dafne

#246

(Response to #245)

01/11/2008

Dear Nina,

As soon as you are invited to collaborate on a wiki, it shows on your "my.pbwiki" page. I have never had any problem, but others including Sasha and Tere have had some problems, and they have solved it by loging out and in again.

Hope this helps. Report back :-)

Daf

jaya balasubramanian

Jaya

#285

01/12/2008

Hi Jose,

I went through Dafne's message. I have uploaded my photo only in the map in pbwiki. Its size may not be 100X100. Please check it out and say me iis it alright. In the profile I have not worked out. The problem is I don't know how to upload in the wiki.

regards,

jaya

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#297

01/12/2008

Hi Jaya,

I saw that your picture is really in the map, but it is not in the wiki image files. Why don´t you try to do what I told Marcia to do. I like flicker because the thumbnail images are only 100 X 75. So try this:

1. Upload it to flickr http://www.flickr.com/

2. Click on the picture

3. Click on the icon on the top that reads ALL SIZES

4. Click on thumbnails and copy the URL code that appears under the embedding code.

5. Paste the code in the wiki space reserved for the picture.

I hope it helps. If it doesn´t plese let me know. My yahoo ID is: joseaokc

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Anna Rolinska

Anna Rolinska

#290

01/12/2008

Hi

Hmmm ... I've tried to post my profile on the wiki and everything was going fine ... but then something happened and everything disappeared, all the profiles! Sorry guys! Didn't mean to!

Could anybody explain to me what happened? And how could that be fixed?

Best

Ania

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#291

(Response to #290)

01/12/2008

Hi Anna,

Don´t worry it can be fixed. Let me share some ideas on editing wikis with you. The best way to work editing wikis is to always PREVIEW before SAVE. Everytime you make some change click on the PREVIEW buttom so that you can see how it looks. This way, if there is a problem you can always back.

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Dafne

Dafne

#293

(Response to #292)

01/12/2008

Hi Anna

Don´t panick ;-) Everything is back to normal. Ireverted the page to a previous version, and now you can see all the profiles again :-) Without noticing you might have highlighted all the content on the page and click on the back key and everything was deleted. But that's the wonders of wikis, you can always go back to previous versions of the page. Every little edition keeps in the history of each of the pages on the wiki :-)

hugs,

Daf

Ania Rolinska

Ania Rolinska

#294

(Response to #293)

01/12/2008

Jose Antonio

Hi, thanks for the prompt reply. I've noticed that you've managed to fix it :) While posting my profile I did click on Preview and while previewing the stuff disappeared. Maybe I accidently clicked on something else. And then I guess I saved it anyway, instead of cancelling. Silly me. Well, I'll try again. Wish me luck!

Ania

Ania Rolinska

Ania Rolinska

#295

(Response to #294)

01/12/2008

Hi Daf

Gosh! Yeah, I felt this heat of panic coming up to my throat ;) But luckily, everything's ok now. Thanks.I must have highlighted the other profiles and deleted them as you said. And then saved it. Right, I'll try to post my stuff again :)

Hugs

Ania

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#296

(Response to #295)

01/12/2008

Hi Anna,

Dafne was the one who fixed it. Thanks anyway. As she told you, no need to panic. That is why wikis are so wonderful.

Hugs

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Dafne

Dafne

#299

(Response to #297)

01/12/2008

Hi Jaya,

I have taken a thumbnail from your Frappr map photo, and uploaded it to the wiki. This is the URL you can use to add it to the profile on the wiki: http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/f/jaya.jpg

Cheers,

Daf

jaya balasubramanian

Jaya

#325

01/12/2008

Hi Daf,

Thank you. oh it was you who did it. very nice. Actually I followed the instuctions of jose and created in flickr.com and when I wanted to copy my url reading http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2185/2188018994_a8ed076d40_t.jpg in wiki and when I opened the edit page it said Jose is working and now again when I tried somebody was working and it asked me to steal lock. When I went through the homepage I found my photo there. You have done a great job.

My doubts and questions:

1. When somebody edits, is it not possible for the others to edit , and if possible how to do it

2. How did you take a thumbnail from frappr map and uploaded it?

Ania Rolinska

Ania Rolinska

#300

01/12/2008

Hi there

It's happened again! I posted my profile and it was ok. Then I wanted to add my photo, put the URL, previewed and it was ok. And when I saved it some of the stuff (including my profile) didn't turn up. I was careful not to highlight anything and click on anything unnecessarily. What is going wrong? Would appreciate some help!

Thanks

Ania

Ania Rolinska

Ania Rolinska

#301

01/12/2008

Daf

Hi again! You've fixed it just now! Thanks. I must have accidently highlighted half the profiles again! Can I revert my 'tampering' just by going to history and deleting my entry? Is that how you fix it?

Best

Ania

Dafne

Dafne

#304

(Response to #301)

01/12/2008

Hi Ania,

You just need to go to history (at the bottom of thepage), and revert to the previous version of the page.I added your photo, too :-)

bfn,

Daf

Ania Rolinska

Ania Rolinska

#305

(Response to #304)

01/12/2008

Hi Daf,

I've noticed. Wanted to repost it and it was already there. Many thanks! That was a good lesson! All the (re)posting, (re) editing:)

Take care

Ania

Dafne

Dafne

#306

(Response to #305)

01/12/2008

Trial and error is the best learning experience ;-)

hugs,

Daf

pwiernasaravia

Pato

#308

01/12/2008

To anyone,

I'm trying to add my profile to the participats gallery. It says I have to add the URL my photo. I undestrand what the URL is, but I have no idea which I have to write here or where I can get it. May be this is a stupid question but, I REALLY DON'T KNOW. PLEASE HELP

Thanks

Pato

Dafne

Dafne

#309

(Response to #308)

01/12/2008

Dear Pato,

The first thing you need to do, is to upload your picture to the wiki. Once it is there it is very easy. Please, take a look at this tutorial: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials#Uploadingfiles If you still have problems, let us know.

Cheers,

Daf

Patricia Wierna Saravia

Patricia Wierna Saravia

#310

(Response to #309)

01/12/2008

Dear Daf,

Thank you very much for your quick response. I did look at the tutorial and after that I did verything right, but when I saved the changes someone stole my lock as it took more than five minutes to do so. I'm not happy, but I already know what to do so I'll wait and try again.

Thanks again for being so kind.

La Pato

Dafne

Dafne

#311

(Response to #310)

01/12/2008

Hi Pato,

I am glad you are now clear on what to do :-) We need to be patient because we will have what Terecalls "wiki jam" due to the number of people trying toedit the wiki. It is a good idea to write what you want to post on a notepad or on Word so you don´t loose all what you have written, in case someone steals the lock.

If when we try to edit someone else is editing, we should wait until the page is free again. Of course sometimes, when we see that it has been busy for morethan 30 minutes, we could think that the person who was editing forgot to leave the page. In that case, itis ok to steal the lock. So, if you see that you are spending too much time in your edition, it is advisable to save before continuing.

My 2 cents ;-)

hugs,

Daf

Susan Carroll

Sue

#357

01/13/2008

Hello anybody,

I see that some kind person put my photo into the participants gallery for me. Thank you! I messed around with my photo trying to do it myself - then gave up (I'm ashamed) What perplexed me the most was that I didn't know how to find the URL for my photo. Also, is the URL just my e-mail address and if so, this yahoo one or my 'normal' one?

Thanks for any help that's sent.

Sue

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#358

(Response to #357)

01/13/2008

Hi, Susan!

Your URL is not your email address. The latter is just for mail, while the URL is for a page on the Web. So if you put your photo on a certain site online, you'll get a URL or Web address, comparable to the snail mail address we have at home. URL stands for Universal Resource Locator. It's a "unique" address.

Hugs, Teresa

Susan Carroll

Sue

#361

(Response to #360)

01/13/2008

Thanks Teresa.

Sue

Saša Sirk

Saša Sirk

#359

(Response to #358)

01/13/2008

Dear Sue,

My guess is this kind person taking care of your photo was our Daf. :-)

Your photo's url is the adress where your photo is located online.

Here's how you find it, if your photo is located in our wiki:

After uploading your photo to the files section of the wiki and clicking on "edit this page", you see your photo on the right side of the page. Put your cursor where you want your picture to show, and click on your photo; the url will show between these signs < >. Or right-click on your photo to copy its URL in brackets.

Some others have their photos hosted on other sites and they simply provided the urls of those sites (e.g. Jose Antonio on Flickr)

Hope that helps.

Hugs,

Saša

Susan Carroll

Sue

#360

(Response to #359)

01/13/2008

Thanks Sasa, I'll have a look.
Dafne

Dafne

#362

(Response to #361)

01/13/2008

Hi Susan,

I added your photo ;-)

The URL of a photo or any image can be found like this:

1. Click on the photo (it has to be online somewhere) using the right button of your mouse

2. A pop-up window will show with different alternatives

3. Select: properties (usually at the bottom)

4. Another pop up window will show and you will see the URL of the photo. These URLs usuallly have the ending .jpg or .gif

5. Copy this URL

5. When you click on "edit page" on the wiki, you need to copy the url between brackets URL

HTH,

Daf

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Resizing pictures

Janet

Janet

#267

01/12/2008

Hi all,

Perhaps someone can help me resize my picture. Through a great deal of trial and error, I finally figured out how to find the url of my picture and upload it. The only problem is that it is too big. The tutorial on resizing wasn't helpful because I can't use the easy thumbnails program. It requires windows or vista and I am working on a Mac (OS X 10.5.1). I used iphoto and chose "small", but can't find an option for anything smaller than what I have. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Janet

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#269

(Response to #267)

01/12/2008

Hi Janet,

I fixed it for you. Since you said you couldn't ruse the resizing program, I did another way. Let me tell you how I did and you can try it next time. I am sure there will be lots of occasions to use picture. First I upload the picture to flickr then I clicked on the picture and then on the icon all sizes that appear on the top and clicked thumbnails. Next I copied the url of the picture and pasted it to the wiki.

I had that with mine but could not remeber all the steps. Next time you and I will be able to help other people.

Hugs

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Dafne

Dafne

#281

01/12/2008

This is a great tip, JA :-)

Thanks!

Daf

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#270

(Response to #269)

01/12/2008

Hi Janet

There are some online tools you can try:

Online Image Resizer http://www.resize2mail.com/

Shrink Pictures http://www.shrinkpictures.com/

I'm not familiar with Macs, so I performed a search: here's some software you can try:

CocoViewX http://www.stalkingwolf.net/software/cocoviewx/

and Graphic Converter http://www.lemkesoft.com/public/content/index._cGlkPTg4_.html

Unfortunately there's no Irfanview for Mac.

I also found these instructions, to me they make no sense, but perhaps they do to you:

*****

you can use Automator to make a plugin for Finder, so that you can just right-click a photo file and resize it to whatever resolution you want.for automator, open it and drag these into the construction area:

Ask for Finder Items

Copy Finder Items

Scale Images

Then go to File> Save as Plugin> For Finder, and name it whatever you want. Then right-click picture> Automator> click the name of the plugin, and it will then ask to what resolution you want to resize it.

*****

I hope it helps

Fernanda

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

#272

01/12/2008

Hi, cyberfriends!

I need some help. I posted my photo to the wiki and it was so huge I had to delete. What do I need to do?

Thanks for your help.

Hugs from Brazil.

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#280

(Response to #272)

01/12/2008

Hi Márcia,

How are you doing. It is great to have other Brazilians in the group. About the the picture, let me teach my path.

1. Upload it to flickr http://www.flickr.com/

2. Click on the picture

3. Click on the icon on the top that reads ALL SIZES

4. Click on thumbnails and copy the URL code that appears under the embedding code.

5. Paste the code in the wiki space reserved for the picture.

I hope it helps. If it doesn´t plese let me know. My yahoo ID is: joseaokc

Abraço grande

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

#288

(Response to #280)

01/12/2008

Thank you so much for your quick answer. As soon as I posted my question I noticed I had missed Fernanda's answer suggesting some sites. I tried one and got a smaller picture. It could be smaller but it is much better than the one I first uploaded. I hope to have more time this year to try the tools you suggest. Thanks again for being there to help us.

Hugs from Niteroi

Márcia

Dafne

Dafne

#289

(Response to #288)

01/12/2008

Hi Marcia,

I noticed yesterday that you had uploaded a photo tothe wiki and that it was big; so I resized it, but I failed to let you know about that. Anyway, this is theURL to your tn photo: http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/f/tn_Mom.jpg

Cheers,

Daf

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

#302

(Response to #298)

01/12/2008

Thanks, Daf

In a way I'm glad you forgot because I had the chance of learning how to resize photos. After all this is the point of being here, isn't it? You are all very kind. This is the reason why people keep coming back. We have an online meeting tomrrow, haven't we?

((())) from Brazil

Marcia

Dafne

Dafne

#307

(Response to #303)

01/12/2008

That's right, Marcia! That's the webheads spirit :-) I just like to help out because at the beginning it can be frustrating when we cannot do something ;-)

beijinhos,

Daf

Susana Canelo

Susana Canelo

#298

01/12/2008

Hi Marcia:

you have to download a programme like: Easy Thumbnails. (It's free and very small). There you can resize any picture. After that go to the wiki again.

Hugs

Susana

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

#303

(Response to #302)

01/12/2008

Thank you, Susana!

Because you are so helpful I learned various ways to resize my pictures.

Abraços from Niteroi, Brazil

Dafne

Dafne

#273

01/12/2008

Hi everybody,

I would like to revisit some information that I have mentioned in some other posts:

1. If you forget the password to the wiki, you can find it in a document located in the "Files" section of this YG.

2. The best image resizer I have found is Easy Thumbnails. It is free, user-friendly, keeps the ratio of your photo, and it lowers the weight of your picture. It is also important to know, that a photo for the web should not be more than 100 kb, otherwise it will make the page to be very slow to open. Regarding thumbnails for the profile, they should be no more than 100 x 100 (no more than 6 kb).

3. There are two tutorials regarding adding images to our wiki, one about uploading images to the pbwiki, and the other on how to use Easy Thumbnails. Both tutorials can be found at: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials

HTH!

Have a nice weekend :-)

Daf

pwiernasaravia

Pato

#315

01/12/2008

Hi again

I'm puzzle, I added my profile and photo to the participants gallery and my photo showed up absolutely HUGE. I like it, it makes me special, but I'd like to fit the other. How can I fix this?

Pato

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#317

(Response to #315)

01/12/2008

Hi Pato,

I don't know what photo editor you have on your computer. In case you have Microsoft Office Picture Manager, you can resize your pic on your computer before uploading the image. You open the picture in the photo editor and in the top menu line you choose Picture. Click on it and then select the option Resize. In the right-hand part of the window you will see different parameters such as Original size and New size. Make the new size approx.100x100. You can change the size by decreasing the percentage of the original height and width. That's what I did.

In case you don't have this photo editor you can do what Dafne suggests:

"2. The best image resizer I have found is Easy Thumbnails. It is free, user-friendly, keeps the ratio of your photo, and it lowers the weight of your picture. It is also important to know, that a photo for the web should not be more than 100 kb, otherwise it will make the page to be very slow to open. Regarding thumbnails for the profile, they should be no more than 100 x 100 (no more than 6 kb).3. There are two tutorials regarding adding images to our wiki, one about uploading images to the pbwiki, and the other on how to use Easy Thumbnails. Both tutorials can be found at:http://baw-08. pbwiki.com/ Tutorials "

Hope it helps.

Best,

Elfina

Dafne

Dafne

#320

(Response to #318)

01/12/2008

Great Elfina!

This is scaffolding :-) It seems you are a born webhead ;-)

hugs,

Daf

Patricia Wierna Saravia

Patricia Wierna Saravia

#324

(Response to #322)

01/12/2008

Thanks a lot Elfina for your help. I'm learning a lot and I've been with the group just for a couple of days!

Thanks a lot again

Pato

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#321

(Response to #320)

01/12/2008

Thanks, Dafne.

Honestly, I do not know many things about webtools and terms. That's why it's difficult for me sometimes to explain how to do something. Btw, is scaffolding something to do with resizing? You see I have a lot to learn :-) Thanks for being supportive and encouraging, Dafne! It's great to be here.

Best,

Elfina

Dafne

Dafne

#322

01/12/2008

Check here, Elfina:http://dafnegonzalez.com/baw/glossary.html#s

Have a great day! I am off to bed now ;-)

Daf

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#347

01/13/2008

Hi, Elfina!

I've just added your "hint" to the Hints page (link in the wiki SideBar)! Yes, you're a born Webhead or Bawer, whichever you prefer. :-)

Hugs, Teresa

Dafne

Dafne

#318

(Response to #317)

01/12/2008

Don´t worry, Pato, I have resized it :-)

To learn how to resize an image, check out this tutorial: http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials#Resizingimages

Another easy way without using any application is this:

1. Upload your photo to the Photo section of this Yahoo Group. Yahoo will create a thumbnail

2. Put your cursor over the photo

3. Click with the right button of your mouse

4. A pop up window will show different alternatives. Select: "save picture as"

5. Save the picture to your computer

6. Upload it to the wiki

7. Use it on your profile (this photo will have a goodsize for the profile)

We cannot use the URLs generated by YG because ours is a private group and the photos will not show anywhere else.

Hope this helps!

Daf

Patricia Wierna Saravia

Patricia Wierna Saravia

#323

01/12/2008

I'm very sorry Daf for being so annoying, but I did everything you told but it isn't right anyway. My profile doesn't appear as it should. Can you tell me what I did wrong? And sorry again, I feel like a donkey.

Pato

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BaW Forum

Dafne

Dafne

#232

01/11/2008

Hi everybody!

I have received some private messages asking for the password of the forum. There is no general password. You need to register to the forum and then you will have your own username and password. A piece of advice: You will be registering for many applications during this session, please write down your usernames and passwords and have them handy ;-)

Cheers,

Daf

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Blogs

Pedro Maleno

Pedro Maleno

#206

01/10/2008

Hi everyone in baw08,

I have recently heard from you and you're said to be great professionals. Therefore, I'll take advantage of your knowledge and experience to make you some questions about teaching throughout blogs. Who can give me some pieces of advice to teach English throughout blogs, I mean, writing English as I feel it to be the most practical skill to develop on the students' side. I'd be very grateful if you would send me some helpful feedback.

Thanks in advance,

Pedro

P.S. By the way, I'm running a blog but still starting....I'll inform you about the url when first entries have been published.

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#207

(Response to #206)

01/10/2008

Hi Pedro,

I am José Antônio from Brazil. First, I would like to welcome you to the group. Then, I would also like to thank you for the "great professionals". You are right, this group has lots of great professionals and you must be a great professional too, because you are interested in learning, and that is what makes this group special. Everyone here has something to share and is willing to learn a bit more with the others.

I have been using blogs extensively in my class. I have found it a very useful tool to help my students develop their writing skills. Something I have tried is designing written tasks based on what we are studying in class. These are some examples of a 2nd semester group of students. One about family http://thomasja.wordpress.com/2007/10/23/my-family/ Another one on their neighborhood http://thomasja.wordpress.com/2007/09/27/my-neighborhood/ in these entries, I provided them with a model paragraph and they departed from there. I did not make a point of correcting their mistakes, if they called and asked for feedback, I would give it to them.

With a group of intermediate students, as we were learning passive voice, I asked them to create news stories, illustrate them and then I posted them to the blog and had them write an update on the story. I called it Class News; http://thomasja.wordpress.com This was the last activity on my blog in the semester.

Hope it is helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hugs from Brazil

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#210

(Response to #207)

01/10/2008

Hi again Pedro,

Let me address your question is a more organized fashion. Here are some things I have learned about blogging.

Elicit your students own ideas by asking questions, posting pictures or videos. Always brainstorm blog activities before having students post comments or create blog entries. This way when your students are in front of the computer, they know what they are expected to do. The focus should be more on content then on form. If correction is an issue, you can have some peer correction. If they write freely, they are more fluent. In my experience, shy students are generally the ones who blossom in blogs. It is good to give students feedback on their posts or comments. You can do that in written form or verbally in class. It is important to let them know you read what they wrote. It is also important to have an audience for your blog. The idea twining projects (having another class participating) is always good. I am a strong believer in Connectivism. So, I think you should have diversity in your blogs, having different levels posting instead of creating a blog to one level only.

This are just some hints that came to my mind now. I am sure other members will add something.

Hugs

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#211

(Response to #210)

01/10/2008

Hi Pedro,

Just one correction, about item 7. About having one blog for one class. There is no problem with that. What I meant was that diversity is important. There should be diversity of tasks, media used and audience. To guarantee audience, you can have them read posts and reply to their peers. If you happen to have a very small group of students, it is good to have other groups even if they are from different level involved to keep the diverse nature of the blog.

Abraços

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

pedromaleno

Pedro Maleno

#212

(Response to #211)

01/10/2008

Jesus Christ, José Antônio!

That was really quick and helpful advice! I wouldn't expect anyone toreply that quickly to my questions. Thanks very much again and hope to give you some feedback on the lesson plans you've just sent me. I guess monitoring what they're writing about is advisory as it's oneof the easiest way to get started with low-level English students. As for other different level students committing into blogging, I'm very very willing to do it because of the students' academic and behaviourist characteristics, that is to say, I've just started a blogwith a group with the biggest potential in the college and not the others whose behaviour and intelligence don't make it to this level of commitment. Anyway, I'd love to do it with all my classes but, firstly, we haven't got a fully equipped classroom with internet connection (Can you imagine it?) secondly, the other groups are not playable regarding carrying out diverse activities and thirdly, I'm just a nobody in English teaching with such IT resources as blogs.

Thanks again, José and hope to hear from you soon

Pedro

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#217

(Response to #213)

01/10/2008

Hello Pedro,

I am glad you liked what I said. My promptness in responding is greatly due to the enthusiasm I have for blogs and I love helping people out if I can. You are right. Of course you have to cater to the needs of students. Internet connection can really be a problem in many schools. In the school where I work, we have a good computer lab with broadband connection. Even though, planning is necessary because there lots of teachers to use the computers and we have to plan activities well, brainstorming them in class and then when we get to the lab, we do the activities. Of course, those of us working with web 2.0 have to let go the "go to the lab and do grammar exercise" approach (what most of the teachers still do). Do not say you are a nobody in IT. You are already blogging and asking questions about it. The majority of teachers don´t even consider doing it.

Hugs

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Dafne

Dafne

#213

(Response to #212)

01/10/2008

Hi and welcome to BaW, Pedro,

This discussion about blogs is very interesting and I think it would be a pitty that the participants coming from today until Monday could not participate in it. During week 3, we will be discussing blogs and I think it would be a good idea to follow this thread then. In the meantime, I invite you to explore the sites we will be using during the session, to add your profile to the wiki, complete the diagnostic survey if you haven´t do so already, and even reply to the welcome message on our forum and blog.

Looking forward to learning with and from you,

Daf

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#222

(Response to #220)

01/11/2008

Hi Pedro,

Dafne is right. Concerning the introductory tasks she mentioned ( adding your profile to the wiki, posting your picture to yahoo, etc) let me know ir you need any help.

Hugs

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

jaya balasubramanian

Jaya

#220

(Response to #217)

01/10/2008

Hi Jose Antonio,

This is Jaya from India. I teach English to engineering graduates. I aspire to enhance the reading and writing skills of my students through wiki and blog. This is the reason behing joining Baw 08. I wanted to know how reading comprehensions, paragraph writing and essay writing can be taught through blogs and wiki in particular. I went through your information to Pedro and I am sure you would help me out also.

regards,

jaya

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#225

01/11/2008

HI Jaya,

Very nice to meet you. I have also taught computer engineering students some years ago. Unfortunately, back then I didn´t know anything about wikis or blogs. You are asking very interesting questions and I am already thinking of some ideas to help you achieve your goals. We will have a whole week on wikis, blogs, and podcasts which Dennis Oliver, Monica Veado and I will be moderating. So let´s keep this thread to discuss on week 3 when we will have more people around and more ideas will certainly come. While we wait, you can post your profile to our wiki (if you haven´t done it yet), and to our yahoo group. Please let us know if youhave any doubts while doing it.

Looking forward to week 3

Warm regards

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Nelba

Nelba

#229

01/11/2008

Dear Perdro: welcome to Baw08. My name is Nelba Quintana from Argentina and I co-moderte week 3 (blogs and wikis) with José and Mónica. I cannot add much more information about blogging. José has already given you very good advice... but let me make some comments.

First, read all the suggested material in our wiki. That will give you a theoretical background.

Second, I may add some timps because I am in the same situation "we haven't got a fully equipped classroom with internet connection (Can you imagine it?) " Yes, I can imagine. Well, this is a disadvantage because you cannot show students what a blog exactly is and that takes time without a computer - I mean when students blog from their homes or cybercafes. We imagine that people ( specially teenagers) are familiar with the Internet, but the truth is ( at least that is what happens in my country) that they only chat, have a photolog and look up info for their homework ( most of them "cut and paste").

Tips:

Be patient

Don´t get discouraged : remember you are teaching not only a language but also a new tool, and do not underestimate any subject.

A good resource for writing is the British Council Newsletter.

Well, that is all for now. I hope we have helped you...

Best, Nelba

pedromaleno

Pedro Maleno

#238

01/11/2008

Dear Nelba,

Thanks very much for your help and such good advice considering writing in blogs as the British Council Newsletter. I'll get down toit ASAP. My blog is http://2blogdelasolana.blogspot.

There's nothing great nor highly interesting but the guys' big project to make it real. I hope they come up with something they like and take advantage of all the effort they're making. Hope you'll see the progress made soon.

Thanks again, Nelba

Pedro

pedromaleno

Pedro Maleno

#237

(Response to #235)

01/11/2008

Hi José Antônio,

Thanks very much for your support. I guess I've already added myprofile to the wiki, if not...do you mind helping me again? I'm building my blog as it's http://2blogdelasolana.blogspot.com If you visit it now, you won't see much but first introduction entry and stuff like that.

Again, thanks

Pedro

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#239

(Response to #237)

01/11/2008

Hi Pedro,

You are welcome. I took a look at your blog. Really impressive. I liked the picture you placed in the header (2 blog). The colors are bright and it seems appealing to teenagers. Blogs are not born big babies, but they grow really fast. I will your blog to our wiki for everyone to see it.

Abraços

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

pedromaleno

Pedro Maleno

#242

(Response to #240)

01/11/2008

Thanks very much, but it's not big stuff! Hope it grows not only quantitatively but qualitatively.

Thanks again,

Pedro

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Webquest

Daniela

#162

01/09/2008

Hello, everybody! I have created a webquest for my ESL studenst who were not familiar with the concept of blogging. It requires them to go over the most popular entertainment and education blogs, create their own top 10 Best ESL Blogs and then create their own and share them with the rest of the world. Have a look at that and tell me what you think. Also, I would be grateful if you suggested other ESL Webquests I can use with my ESL students.

http://zunal.com/webquest.php?user=4636

Thank you!

Dafne

Dafne

#163

(Response to #162)

01/09/2008

Hi Daniela,

Wonderful integration of blogs and webquests. Congratson a great job! We will be discussing blogs in week 3, and webquestsand other interactive activities in week 5. Stay tuned for all the resources that will be shared during the session :-)

Cheers,

Daf

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#164

(Response to #163)

01/09/2008

Hi, Daniela, and welcome to Baw08!

I loved your Webquest, as I believe I said in a private message, to avoid too many messages in BaW.I have a list of WQs in my EFL/ESL page that you're all welcome to look at. Click "Webquests" at the top. HTH.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/efl-eslpage.htm

Hugs, Teresa

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Live events

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EVO/BaW Kick-Off

Dafne

Dafne

#182

01/09/2008

Dear participants,

We are almost ready to start our EVO sessions. It has now become a tradition to hold an EVO Kick-Off ceremony where the moderators of each session give an overview of the coming 6 weeks, and talk about the registration process, and participants express their expectations and experiences so far. So, this is an event for all of us that marks the starting point of the TESOL Electronic Village Online 2008.

This is a live session that takes place in Skype and in the Webheads in Action chat room. We gather in the chat room at: http://webheadsinaction.org/chat , where we will be chatting with all the attendees, while taking turns to speak in Skype. This session is streamed and everybody will be able to listen while chatting. While we encourage everyone to participate with voice, it isn't required. You are welcome to just listen and join in the text chat.

The host of the ceremony is Jeff Lebow, a dear webhead from Worldbridges. He will also record the audio session and chat for those who cannot attend.

If you don´t have Skype, please download it at: http://www.skype.com (it is free, and you will love it). You will need headsets.

When: Sunday, January 13,

Time: 16:00 GMT

Looking forward to meeting many of you,

Dafne Gonzalez

On behalf of the EVO team

Dafne

Dafne

#312

01/12/2008

Dear all,

Just a reminder of the EVO Kick-Off ceremony where the moderators of each session give an overview of the coming 6 weeks, and talk about the registration process, and participants express their expectations and experiences so far. So, this is an event for all of us that marks the starting point of the TESOL Electronic Village Online 2008.This is a live session that takes place in Skype and in the Webheadsin Action chat room. We gather in the chat room at: http://webheadsinaction.org/chat , where we will be chatting with all the attendees, while taking turns to speak in Skype. This session is streamed and everybody will be able to listen while chatting. While we encourage everyone to participate with voice, it isn't required. You are welcome to just listen and join in the text chat.The host of the ceremony is Jeff Lebow, a dear webhead from Worldbridges. He will also record the audio session and chat for those who cannot attend.

If you don´t have Skype, please download it at: http://www.skype.com (it is free, and you will love it). You will need headsets.

When: Sunday, January 13,

Time: 16:00 GMT

See you there!!!

Dafne

On behalf of the EVO team

Jeff Lebow

#314

01/12/2008

Hello Webheads Class of '08,

I'm Jeff Lebow. I've taught elementary school in the U.S, and EFLin Thailand and Korea (will be returning to Korea in a year or two). For now, I live in New Hampshire, USA where I teach a CALL course andspend most of my time helping to build the community of communitiesknown as Worldbridges.

I've been renovating the http://webheadsinaction.org/ site ahead of tomorrow's EVO Launch Webcast. We will be using Ustream and Shoutcast to stream audio tomorrow. For those who have not listened to a Worldbridges Webcast, you can find some help information here: http://webheadsinaction.org/help/webcasts For those who would like to skype in and say hello at some point in the webcast, please take a look at these tips before skyping in: http://webheadsinaction.org/help/participate The main text chat interface will be at: http://webheadsinaction.org/chat For those who have trouble accessing that chat room, there is an alternative chat room set up at: http://webheadsinaction.org/chat2 I'm very much looking forward to another global EVO webcast of chaos and fun and to virtually meeting many of you tomorrow.

Best Wishes,

Jeff

P.S.

Past EVO Launch Webcasts are at: http://www.webheadsinaction.org/EVO2006 and http://www.webheadsinaction.org/EVO2007_Launch

Dafne

Dafne

#319

(Response to #314)

01/12/2008

Hey Jeff!

Welcome to BaW!

Looking forward to tomorrow's webcast :-)

<<>>

Daf

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#332

01/13/2008

Dear Jeff, thanks for the info pages on listening and skyping in. They are very helpful! One question: do we need to download Ustreambefore using it?

Nina

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#343

(Response to #332)

01/13/2008

Ustream is all online - there is no download. You should register for an account in order to use the chat room.

Sharon

Jeff Lebow

#346

(Response to #343)

01/13/2008

That's correct. You do not have to download anything to use Ustream.Also, you do NOT need to register with Webheadsinaction.org or thechat service ) in order to use the chat room. You should be able toenter an ID with no password.

Look forward to connecting soon,

Jeff

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Interesting

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presentation

Dafne

Dafne

#88

01/07/2008

I have just received this, and thought it might be of interest to some of you...

Providing Equal Access of Information to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Online Courses

Presented by: Dr. Sam Slike & Pam Berman, Bloomsburg University

When: January 8, 2008 : 2pm - 3pm EST

Where: Online on your computer - Register Here

Dr. Sam Slike, a professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will discuss his use of Wimba to provide college courses to deaf and hard of hearing students. His innovative courses use a sign language interpreter broadcast through a web cam (and simultaneously broadcast via a Sorenson videophone); closed captioning of spoken lecture material via Caption Colorado; Power Point slides; text chat; and spoken lecture.

Read the article about Dr. Slike and Berman in Campus Technology Magazine: http://campustechnology.com/articles/56259/

His presentation will provide an overview of the deaf/hh population; general challenges encountered in providing equal access of information for this group of individuals; and creating an online course for deaf/hh and hearing students using Wimba as the delivery tool.

Register now at: http://www.wimba.com/eventreg/participant/registration.php?eventid=1110

Don't forget that Wimba Classroom (the technology used to run this

webinar) is a virtual classroom tool that allows your organization to

satisfy many Section 508 guidelines.

nelbaq

Nelba

#117

01/08/2008

Thank you, Daf for this information.

I would like to invite you to visit a blog in Spanish and English about people with Hearing problems. I opened it with the intention of sharing this experience and informing people about achievements in the field.The URL is http://blena.wordpress.com

Nelba

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video

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#193

01/10/2008

LOL! Could that be an excited Webhead Dog 'warming up' for the EVO sessions? :-) I got this video earlier today and it has made my day... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sUL0KCIc48

Hugs from warm and sunny Brazil,

Monica

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#195

(Response to #193)

01/10/2008

Hi Mőnica,

What a refreshing inspiring video. That is what I call to have fun. Brasília is colder today because it´s been raining. Once we don´t have snow, we play with blogs, wikis, etc.

Thanks for sharing

JA

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#198

(Response to #195)

01/10/2008

Hi, Monica!

You'me made my day with this video. It's very cute and Bailey is having a ball!!!! I think it's very appropriate to say that it's Bailey, the excited Webhead dog, "warming up" for the EVO kickoff... :-) Anyway, what else could he do but run around excitedly to "warm up" in the midst of so much snow??!!

Hugs, Teresa

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