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This week's threads are brought to you by:

Fernanda Rodrigues in Setúbal, Portugal

Date: 27 January, 2008 - 03 February, 2008

Number of messages: from #1450 to #1779

Who we are

  1. Coordinators
  2. Co-Moderators
  3. Participants

 

Week 3 Threads

 

 

 

 

  1. Week 1
  2. Week 2
  3. Week 3
  4. Tools
  5. Live Sessions
  6. Interesting

Week 1

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Late Introduction

mmvcentro

#1450

01/27/2008

Hello Everyone!

It is nice to see you again!

My name is Maria Eugenia del Campo, please call me Maru.

My Yahoo ID is mmvcentro, I work at "MMV Centro Multidisciplinario de

Asesoría Integral" as a Psychologis giving therapy.

I joined this group to keep learning and to get more practice on e-

tools to teach English. I took BaW07 where I found a warm, caring and

giving community that opened my eyes to a new world which I would like

to continue discovering.

I am sorry to have joined on the 3rd week, I will pay more attention

next year!! I will work hard to cover all the assignments.

I want to express here my gratitude to all the moderators and co-

moderators who will be leading us in this fantastic adventure.

Love: Maru

Dafne

Dafne

#1451

01/27/2008

Hi Maru and welcome back to BaW!

It´s very nice to have you with us again. I am sure

you will be able to catch up in no time ;-)

Warm hugs,

Daf

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1460

(Response to #1451)

01/27/2008

Hi Maru,

Welcome back. Don´t worry about being late. It is never late to start learning and sharing. We did spend a great time in BaW07 last year. I am so glad to see you here. I was wondering "Where is Maru from Mexico? I haven´t seen her around" I remember having chats withyou and you were really participative. We all missed you.

Just let us know if you need any help

Abraços

José Antônio

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1461

(Response to #1460)

01/28/2008

Maru,

It is never too late to join and begin expanding your tool bucket.

Welcome to BAW08.

Sharon

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1474

(Response to #1461)

01/28/2008

Hola, Maru!

It's good to be in touch again! I remember you well from BaW07! Like

you, I've already decided to participate in next years BaW session.

I'm also grateful to the moderators and co-moderators--and also to the

BaW08 participants. The "warm, caring and giving community" that you

and I found in BaW07 has been created here as well, and a very rich

variety of e-resources has already been presented, with much more to come!

I remember that you're from México, Maru, so you're kind of my

"vecina" because I live in Arizona.

Con mis más finos deseos y un fuerte abrazo--

Dennis in Phoenix

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1478

01/28/2008

Dear Maru,

Welcome home!

Hala Fawzi

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1479

01/28/2008

Welcome back, Maru!

Better late than never!!

Hugs, Teresa

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1489

01/28/2008

Hey Maru, good to see you here again.

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1497

(Response to #1489)

01/28/2008

Thanks Daf!

I will do my best!!!

Today I will be reading the Baw08 digests to have a feeling of what's going on and then will proceed to do week 3 activities.

I do not have computer at home this year so I will be working from a cyber place. Last year I downloaded so many conflicting programs to my limited PC that it decided to crash so I am saving to get a new one!!! I need someone who knows about software by my side!

I would like to know what kind of hardware resources I need to have in a PC to avoid conflict and to support the software we are using. Could you direct me to a place to find out please?

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1500

(Response to #1497)

01/28/2008

Hi Jose Antonio!

Thanks for encouraging me!! Here I am, Maru from Mexico.

You are right, it is never late to start learning and sharing and we did spend a great time in BaW07. Now I see that you are moderator, congratulations!! All the new students will benefit from your experience and kind way of teaching.

I have missed you all too!!!

Though I am limited in resurces now, because we have a construction project and my computer crashed last year, the fact that I am working at a cyber place will help us with a future teaching project wich involves students that have no computer at home. I bet a lot of good will come from this year's experience!!

Lets continue learning having fun!

Thanks for the support, I will be asking!!!

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1501

(Response to #1500)

01/28/2008

Hi Sharon!

Thanks for your warm and encouraging welcome. Of course it is never too late to expand our tool bucket. I will check the threads to visit your creations.

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1521

01/28/2008

Hi Hala!

You are right... This is home!!!! It surely feels like home.

I am glad to hear from you. How many students do you have this year? Last year you had 400!!! How are your kids?, How is the weather in Sudan?

Please send me the links to your students work, I would like to visit.

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1522

01/28/2008

Thanks Teresa!

I hope next year it does not happen again!!

I will be more careful not to crash another computer!!! ha, ha, ha... poor thing, it was ideed limited!

Love: Maru

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Week 2

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Wrap up

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1456

01/27/2008

Thank you all for your care and support during week2!, which , in my opinion, has been much more challenging than week 1!

Hugs,

Silvia.

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1467

01/28/2008

Re Teresa's message #1438:

Dear Teresa and Dafne--and everyone,

I'd like to add my own sincere "Thank you!" to both of you, to J.A.,

to Fernanda, and to the many BaW08 participants who, through working

collaboratively, made Week 2 such a rich and robust learning

experience. Kudos!

I also agree that Michael Coghlan, Jeff Lebow, and Dave Cormier

deserve special thanks. They were indeed fabulous!

In addition, I was honored to see my name included in your message

even though I feel that I didn't actually contribute very much.

Finally, I'd like to add two names to the "Kudos" list: Derrall

Garrison and Pam Shoemaker. Derrall and Pam were the main facilitators

for the live sessions hosted by WorldBridges. I thought Derrall and

Pam did a wonderful job of introducing each session, keeping things

moving from topic to topic, addressing problems as they occurred, and

providing an effective exit from each session.

I also fully expect Week 3 to be another success and greatly look

forward to the co-teaching and co-learning that we are sure to experience!

Sincerely,

Dennis in Phoenix

Dafne

Dafne

#1468

(Response to #1467)

01/28/2008

Thanks for your message, Dennis :-)

I am not very clear what you mean by this:

> Finally, I'd like to add two names to the "Kudos"

> list: Derrall

> Garrison and Pam Shoemaker. Derrall and Pam were the

> main facilitators

> for the live sessions hosted by WorldBridges. I

> thought Derrall and

> Pam did a wonderful job of introducing each session,

> keeping things

> moving from topic to topic, addressing problems as

> they occurred, and

> providing an effective exit from each session.

> Dennis in Phoenix

Are you sure you are referring to the EVO/BaW session?

;-)

Cheers,

Daf

>

__________________________________________________________

Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your home page. http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs

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Tasks

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1458

01/27/2008

Hi Isabel,

We are glad to know you have explored the tools and answered the questions. About them being technical, you are right. Once we are dealing with two tools that require some technical skills, we do feel it is necessary to know how some of the most important features of these tools work. However, we did not forget the theoretical and practical part, that´s why we had the week 2 readings (which are just great), a forum to discuss them, and of course the yahoo group mailing list where people have posted their comments on how they use or would use these tools. Of course people could just pretend they know how to use them. We are here to help, if they decide tolearn at any time, during this course, or during the rest of the year, there will always be a webhead to help.

You are absolutely right "we learn by doing" and that is why we encourage people to test the tools throughout the course.

Thanks a lot for expressing your concerns. I am sure some other people feel that way too. This, actually, reminds me of what Dennis said "Rome was not built in a day"

Abraço grande

José Antônio

amma2jo

#1464

01/28/2008

BLOG:

1.A blog (short for weblog) :

is a frequently updated website that often resembles an online

journal. It's so easy to create and update a blog - it requires only

basic access to the Internet, and a minimum of technical know-how.

Because of this, it is one of the easiest ways to publish student

writing on the WWW. It's almost as easy as sending an email.

2.Weblog, or chronological, online personal journal with

reflections, comments, and often links to other Web sites provided by

the writer. Others may subscribe to a person's blog, which allows them

to read it and write comments in response.

BODCASTING:

Podcasting (a portemanteau of the words iPod and broadcasting) is

the name given to the publishing of audio (usually mp3 files) via the

Internet, designed to be downloaded and listened to on a portable mp3

player of any type, or on a personal computer.

Wiki

A type of Web site that allows visitors to easily add, remove, or

otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without

the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation

makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring.

RSS

Rich Site Summary (or Really Simple Syndication), a format for

aggregating Web content in one place. Say you're a social studies

teacher and you've found 20 or 30 Weblogs and media sites consistently

publishing relevant information. Finding the time to visit those sites

on a regular basis would be nearly impossible. A type of software

called an aggregator or feed collector checks the feeds you subscribe

to, usually every hour, and collects all the new content from those

sites and sends it to your desktop.

{{{ EH WHO MAKES NO MISTAKES MAKES NOTHING}}}

MHMD Y. NOFAL

pwiernasaravia

Pato

#1475

01/28/2008

Hi everyone,

Appart from this course I'm also attending Blogging4Educators and as

this week we're starting to deal with blogs, wikis and podcasts I'd

like to invite you all to visit my first try-out blog at http://reflectingonweb20.blogspot.com/. Hope you like the topic and

help me with the reflections posting your comments.

Thanks to all!

Patricia (Pato)

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1477

01/28/2008

Hi Patricia,

great first post, I look forward to further discussions! I left a

comment there. Congrats!

Let me just correct the url (there was an extra "." on the link):http://reflectingonweb20.blogspot.com

Um abraço,

Monica

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1481

01/28/2008

Hi Patricia,

Very nice blog. Congratulations and long life to your blog. I am sure it will grow fast and get really big.

José Antônio

adela_1234567

Mirian

#1513

01/28/2008

Dear all,

I've posted a new entry at my audioblog. Hope you like it . (Your

comments are welcomed!)http://matildos.podomatic.com/ <http://matildos.podomatic.com/>

Mirian. ;)

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1517

(Response to #1513)

01/28/2008

Hi Mirian,

that's a great audioblog! Unfortunately my headset doesn't seem to be

working too well, I guess, so the sound was very low.

Thank you for sending the link with another great tool to try with our

students!

Um abraço,

Mônica

butgems

#1529

01/29/2008

Hi Nina,

Teaching, I guess, is the same wherever you go. Students and teachers

seem to take after one another far and wide, be they in developed or

developing countries.

In this group I'm amongst you like a deaf person in a noisy ceremony

or a blind one before an eye-catching scenery. Need much time to

adapt..

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1537

01/29/2008

Hola, Mirian.

In baw08@yahoogroups.com (message #1513), you wrote:

Dear all,

I've posted a new entry at my audioblog. Hope you like it . (Your

comments are welcomed!)http://matildos.podomatic.com/ <http://matildos.podomatic.com/>

Mirian. ;)

COMMENTS:

I really, really liked your audioblog/podcasts, Mirian, and have left

several comments. I especially liked the fact that you've included

tasks for each listening; this is an excellent way of encouraging

students to listen actively. I also like the fact that you focus on

listening passages that feature children's voices.

Keep up the good work!

Felicitaciones!

Dennis in Phoenix

Sharon Betts

#1538

(Response to #1537)

01/29/2008

What a fabulous use of podcasting!

Sharon

adela_1234567

Mirian

#1558

01/29/2008

Well, I'm very grateful to you all for leaving me those wonderful

comments, and for having taken the time to do so. This encourages me to

go on searching for better and improved ideas. To Dennis, and about the

question posed, yes the students are supposed to write the answers on

another piece of paper. Thank you for all your suggestions as well.

Bye for now....

Mirian from Buenos Aires.

María Lorena

María Lorena

#1560

01/29/2008

Hi everyone, I just wanted to tell you that this week and the following

I'm going to be "away" because I'm in Cordoba (one province in

Argentina) and I don't have access to internet everyday. I will try to

keep up and attend all the live meetings, but you may not see me that

often. Thank you for everything,

Lore

Nelba

Nelba

#1561

(Response to #1560)

01/29/2008

Hi, Lorena. I am going to Córdoba , too ... this week and the following. Where are you staying? Nelba

María Lorena escribió: Hi everyone, I just wanted to tell you that this week and the following

I'm going to be "away" because I'm in Cordoba (one province in

Argentina) and I don't have access to internet everyday. I will try to

keep up and attend all the live meetings, but you may not see me that

often. Thank you for everything,

Lore

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1562

(Response to #1561)

01/29/2008

Bye Lonerea,

We will miss you. Enjoy your trip. Bring some pictures to share with the group. I would love to vistit Argentina one day.

Hugs

José Antônio

Janet

Janet

#1586

01/30/2008

I've been quietly lurking lately. The beginning of a new semester is

always busier than usual. I hope to get back into things soon.

Janet

Natalia Malkina

Natalia Malkina

#1588

(Response to #1586)

01/30/2008

Dear Janet,

Who said you are "falling behind"?. You are

keeeping your own pace !!!

And this is fine. Like you I am keeping my pace.

Good luck

Natalia

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1589

(Response to #1588)

01/30/2008

Don't worry, Janet, there's always so much to do when classes start!

Take your time and join us when you can - you can find the links to

all our activities and materials on the wiki, and don't forget that

help is only a click away, so let us know if you have any questions or

doubts!

Um abraço and good luck!

Monica

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1601

(Response to #1589)

01/30/2008

Hi Janet,

Lurking is also part of learning. It is not always that we can dedicate as much as we would like to. We all do our share of lurking. We will be waiting for your return whenever you are able to do so.

Hugs from Brazil

José Antônio

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1619

01/30/2008

Hi Janet!

Lurking? You are here keeping your own pace, enjoy the ride.

Love: Maru

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#1636

01/31/2008

Hello Everyone,

I have just visited the wiki page Tools Created by Participants http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/Tools-participants and it is

looking better and better as participants continue posted what they

have created there. I have see blogs and wikis. Some are newborn

babies and some are babies with some months of age. It is great to

see your learning process.

Just one observation, when posting links make sure there is no period

or comma or any other character close to it (always add a space,

sometimes spaces are added automatically and the links are broken and

you will have to remove the extra space).

There were two wikis I couldn´t access. One is Natasa's http://lunas994.pbwiki.com/Natasa%27s+wiki. There was a period as you can see after the URL and I could not visualize it. I just removed

the period and saw her baby wiki (congrats Natasha). The other one

was Nouamane's wiki which seems to require a password to visit. So

Nouamane, what you will need to do is change the settings.

Contgratulations to all those posting there. I have posted comments

of some of the blogs and will post some more later.

Kind regards

Jose Antônio

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#1640

01/31/2008

Dear Mod,

As requested I have just posted on the wiki page what I have done so

far, it isn't much... but I'm proud of what I was able to do on my

own...

A question: does anyone know where I can write online quizzes, besides

ESLvideo... It sometimes doesn't work very well with wiki(It tends to

disspear! Don't ask me why?) Do you make quizzes? / multiple choice

answers to questions - what do you use?

Thank you

Carlos

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1641

(Response to #1640)

01/31/2008

Hi Carlos,

Week 5 will be only about creating online exercises, but I can already tell

you that I use quia (www.quia.com - 30-day free trial), proprofs (

www.proprofs.com - free) and Script-O (www.readingmatrix.com/quizmaker

free).

Hope to have helped!

regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Lorena Recio

Lorena Recio

#1642

01/31/2008

Jose Antonio, you can come and visit if you want. I'm

taking some pictures, as soon as I can, I'll send you

some pictures so that you can see what a great country

Argentina is (politics apart!). I would also like to

visit Brazil, I haven't had the chance yet.

See you all around,

Lore

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1645

01/31/2008

Dear Natasha:

Have a nice trip. Do you want a bet? I bet you will manage to catch up, are you in?

Interesting questions, I have no idea but I am willing to learn.

Was there a chat yesterday? My goodness! I am missisng a lot!

Love: Maru

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#1664

01/31/2008

Hello, Ronaldo

Thank you for your help. I'll check the quizz sites you recommended

as soon as I have the chance. Thank you so much. I only knew ESL - http://www.eslvideo.com/ but it frequently doesn't show upproperly in

the wiki page. I'll give it a try. Thanks

Carlos

Maite Martinez

#1691

02/01/2008

Hi everyone!

Hope it is not too late to catch up work...I was so enthusiastic about

this 2008 EVO and then when it was about to start got compulsory work

to do and as always...little time for the rest.

I am not sure I shall be able to catch up with all that has been done

so far...last year I joined B4B and was of so much use and fun..so I

hope I am not too late this year...

I am a primary teacher and this year I have really little ones...a 7-8

year olds and EFL to 3 year olds...amazing, right? believe it or not I

love it.

this is my class blog: mozartsegundo2007@blogspot.com

it is in spanish....and mainly works as a resource room for them until

we get the computers started at school (hopefully soon it is a new

school)...

I am settling down to read most messages so far and hope to get to

e-know you all soon.

Maite

Maite Martinez

#1693

02/01/2008

Dear all,

I had a sloppy start I guess...in post 1691 i misstyped an add instead

of a dot...the blog adress is:

mozartsegundo2007.blogspot.com

sorry...Maite

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1697

(Response to #1691)

02/01/2008

Hello Maite,

That is beautiful name. Welcome to the group. It is never late to learn. We are all teachers and we know how hard all of us work. I ma a little quieter this week because I was a little busy in the afternoon and I missed all the excitment that goes around this group, but was able to catch up in the evening.

We are in the week of blogs, wikis and podcasts. So just choose a blog host and start playing with it and then move to the other tools, I am sure you will be able to catch up. If you aren´t, you can always continue lerning throughout the year. There is no hurry. You are a teacher already. By the way, teaching kids that age might be a fascinating experience.

José Antônio

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1751

02/02/2008

Welcome back, Maite, it is so nice to see you again!

Nina Liakos

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1698

(Response to #1693)

02/01/2008

Hi Maite,

I've just visited your blog and left a message! ;-)

Um abraco,

Monica

Sally La Luzerne

#1712

02/01/2008

Hi everyone,

I've just managed to put up my first blog although half of what I wrote seems to have disappeared! You can find it (I hope) at http://teachglobal.wordpress.com

A good weekend to all of you!

Sally La Luzerne-Oi

**Please disregard the name Bernice on the address.

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1713

(Response to #1712)

02/01/2008

Hello Sally,

Beutiful and interesting blog you have opened. I liked reading what yu have writte about blogs. It did not open at first bvecaus it had two extra spacesin the URL. Let me share with you and the group, what I do everytime a link does not open: I copy the URL and click CONTROL L ( a small window pops up on your screen) and paste the URL in this window and look for extra/weird characters and extra space (yours had two extra spaces and I revove them). Another thng I learned with Dafne is to put the URL in a line of their own. I ewill post the link again. I hope this time it will openhttp://teachglobal.wordpress.com

Thanks for sharing

José Antônio

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1722

(Response to #1713)

02/02/2008

Hi Sally,

great blog, and the choice of topic was excellent. I'm a big fan of

clean layouts and your page looks wonderful. Keep posting! :-)

Um abraco,

Monica

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1724

02/02/2008

Hi, Sally!

Your blog has a very soft, pleasant and peaceful template. And the content

is based on a very interesting topic. I liked what I read. Congrats! :-)

Teresa

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1734

02/02/2008

To answer the question in activity 1-week 3, I followed the link there

and ended up starting a new topic in the forum. Sorry if I wasn't

supposed to!

OcsovszkyZsóia

#1735

02/02/2008

Dear Cordinators, Moderators, fellows,

in the last days I could read some news about some who announced his/her lagging behind. Now I join to them: due some other duty I have to carry out in these weeks (English exam :-( mainly) I could not follow and implement the activites in the way I wanted to do.

As I have already told some of you: I am planning to set up a page (which tool could be the best-hmmm, thats the question for myself) for teachers in Hungary, to found a communitiy place soemhow and start a professional dialogue with them about using web in teaching, (since here, in Hungary is quite undeveloped) by giving them hints, best practicies from all around the world and encourage them.

So this is my plan and after the next week, I hope I can start to work on this, meanwhile Iam dreaming and learning through baw sessions and emails, shared experiences which I would like to thank you all.

I hope I will catch up soon.

Of course, Iam online most of the time and reading the emails, just I can not be as hard working as I would like to be..

See ya all

Zsofi

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1741

(Response to #1735)

02/02/2008

Hi Dear Zsofi,

at a course like this, you always have a reasonable number of tools to explore and other activities as well and it is common fo people to fall behind. Don€ ¦´t worry, you can always catch up and in the end you will see how much you have learned. I think BaW is such a great even because people have choices of tools and activities and this is conductive to learning. As you have said, you have learned quite a bit already (I am glad to hear you are thinkingor a project) and I am sure you will learn more in the next 3 weeks.

Please let us know if we can help you in any manner.

Cheers,

José Antônio

Sally La Luzerne

#1743

02/02/2008

Hi Jose Antonio,

Thank you for your kind comments, helpful advice and for reposting the link! As I wrote, part of the posting disappeared. (I had included a lesson plan that worked well for me.) I saved it repeatedly, so I'm not sure why it disappeared. Also the links within the blog kept running together even though they looked double spaced in the window I was typing in. I see two of them are still combined.

In anycase, this activity broke the ice for me, and I feel more confident about trying to use blogs in my classes.

Thanks again,

Sally

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1747

(Response to #1743)

02/02/2008

Hi Sally,

Thanks alot for your kind words. I am glad I could help. Blogs and lots of online tools are about trial and error. I have lost count of the times I felt frustrated with them. Just one thing I discovered about disappearning posts or comments in Wordpress. When you post a comment and ti disappears, pres the backspace key on top of your blog page and you will see what you have written. Then, you should copy it (just in case you lose what you have written) and try to post again, it has always waorked for me and my students. This also happesn in Blogger. Sometimes I have to submit a comment about three times. In Wordpress, when you have all your students submiting comments at the same time it says "Slow down cowboy, you going too fast" or something like that. Sometimes you get the post across, sometimes you just have to page back, like I said.

Thanks again for your reply.

José Antônio

Sally La Luzerne

#1750

(Response to #1747)

02/02/2008

Jose Antonio,

Thanks for another great tip!

Sally

Sally La Luzerne

#1752

(Response to #1750)

02/02/2008

Dear Hala, Monica, Ronaldo, and Jose Antonio,

Thank you for your comments to my blog. I enjoyed reading them.

Sally

Sally La Luzerne

#1746

02/02/2008

Thank you, Monica, for your comments! I'll try to keep posting.

Um abraco for you too,

Sally

Sally La Luzerne

#1748

02/02/2008

Hi Teresa,

Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you liked the topic. A colleague and I gave a talk on using global issues in language teaching at a 2006 Hawaii TESOL Conference. At that time, we did extensive research on the online materials available. Yesterday I was disappointed to find that many of those links no longer work or have materials. One is now even charging for materials that were free downloads in the past.

All the best,

Sally

Melanie Ellis

#1761

02/03/2008

Hello everyone,

I'm participating here, a bit slowly, but just about keeping track. I've just set up my first, very basic, blog and I'd love you to visit and add some comments about what you do to proofread a piece of writing after you have written the first draft. You will find it at http://nkjowriting.blogspot.com

Looking forward to hearing from you

Melanie Ellis

Dafne

Dafne

#1770

02/03/2008

Very useful blog, Melanie :-) I have just left a

message there :-)

cheers,

Daf

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1766

02/03/2008

Dear all

Though I feel myself lagging behind with Szofi and others , I 'm still

hopeful to catch up with the group one day. Meanwhile , I invite you to

have a look at my blog where I embedded some google gadgets , youtube ,

vaestro etc

www.akaddar.blogspot.com

plenty of google gadgets are at

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open&source=gghp"> http://www.google.com/ig/directory?synd=open&source=gghp

Good luck

Dafne

Dafne

#1768

02/03/2008

Awesome blog!!! Congratulations :-) I left a voice

message ;-)

Cheers,

Daf

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1769

(Response to #1768)

02/03/2008

Hi Mbarek,

Nice Blog. I left a comment there.

Thanks for sharing.

José Antônio

Susan Carroll

Sue

#1772

(Response to #1769)

02/03/2008

Dear Akaddar,

What a wonderful blog. It inspires me to learn how to do it myself. Do you know if you can put a 'menu' at the top of your blog, as you have so many interesting things in it?

Susan

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1786

(Response to #1772)

02/03/2008

Dear Daf , José Antonio , Hala ,Susan , Tereza ,Nina , Monica ,Ronaldo

Thank you very much for your motivating and encouraging audio and

text comments.

I m very happy to share it with you.

best Wishes

Sabrina

#1775

02/03/2008

Hi Everybody! I have just arrived from my holidays and that's the

reason why I haven't participated much during these three weeks. i

have read as much as I could but I couldn't devote too much time to do

the things we were asked to do during the course because I didn't have

access to a good internet conection. However, I will try to do my best

during these three weeks. I haven't been able to create a new blog but

i would like to share with you the blog we have created at the

institute where I work during 2007:

www.challengeeducation.blogspot.com

It would be great if you can

tell me what you think about it and how we can improve it this year.

Kind regards

Sabrina

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1776

(Response to #1775)

02/03/2008

Hi Sabrina,

I see you have been blogging for a while. Your blog www.challengeeducation.blogspot.com (there were some extra spaces in the URL) looks so beautiful. I like the way you customized it. I also checked and liked your voice thread post with a story with an open end for readers to finish. Teat is a great idea to work with voice tools. I am sure you will be able to catch up.

Kind regards

José Antônio

Sharon Betts

#1778

(Response to #1776)

02/03/2008

Welcome Sabrina,

Your company blog is very well setup and inviting. Don't hesitate to jump

in with the week 4 activities and review weeks 1-3 as you find the time. We

are happy to have you here.

Sharon

isabelcneves

Isabel Neves

#1777

02/03/2008

I have been having problems in dealing with all the tasks to be done

and since I have projects already going on , I decided not to create

anything new. I have posted my links onto the database and if you want

to have a look at my webprojects visit me at

isabelcneves.googlepages.com

Something I would like to experiment with are podcasts and I'll try to

have a look at the resources on the wiki.

Uploading a video requires html or the url , you just have to edit the

page on html.

If you want to invite people to write in your blog you have to make

them authors, I guess and insert their e-mail. Inserting a photo in

your blog is also easy to do...

Well

all the best

isabel neves

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1783

(Response to #1777)

02/03/2008

Hello Isabel,

Sometimes it is difficult to cope with so many tasks because we have other things to do. About the projects you have, I browsed some of your pages. The wiki you have is very interesting, I like the songs you have there. I think it is a great idea having a page like yours with songs for students to listen and sing along. A very nice idea. You have also opened a wiki on podcasts and videos and see that you are still working on it, but I saw you have some listening activities there. There are other blogs also with collaborative projects you have. I liked the way you set up a google pages to post all the links. This is great because your students won´t have to memorize so many links, they would just have to go to the google pages and they will find what they are looking for.

I agree with you, you really don´t need to ceate any new blogs or wikis, if you already have those. Sharing them with the rest of the group gives us an opportunity to learn with you. Thanks for sharing such an interesting way of integrating your online work.

Abraços

José Antônio

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#1787

02/03/2008

I've done my best to realise all the tasks. Unfortunately, a bit like

Isabel we had a crazy week at school and I haven't been able to cope

with all of it.

I had, before Baw08, built my own blog and stsrted a wiki. This week, I

started creating, along with Isabelle Aub, a joint blog for our

stufents from both schools to communicate... you may consider it as a

BAW08 baby... I went to chinswing and voicethread and, in both cases,

created materials I plan to use in lessons. All of this is in the

proper section of the wiki page - BAW08. Can't find questions to

answer, only found points to reflect upon, and that even in the little

time I had, I did... So I hope to go on to week 4...

I need a hand, with blogger - how do I introduce questions with the

possibility to include posts? I have tried but can't seem to find it.

Thanks again

Carlos

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1790

(Response to #1787)

02/03/2008

Hi Carlos,

Week 3 really has plenty of tools to explore and I think this variety makes it richer and gives participants an opportunity to pick up tools they think will be more useful for their realities. It is hectic and people do fall behind sometimes. Nonetheless they get a glimpse of blogs, wikis, and podcasts and will certainly be aware of their main features and will probably be able to utilize them in the future if they need with little or no help from others. I have visited the links you have just posted on the wiki and I liked what you did with voice thread. I understand a little French and enjoied the slide show with audio you set up in voice thread. That is the spirit.

About the questions in Week 3, in the item number 2 of the weekly activities there is a series of HOW TO questions (most of which you and many participant have already answered by creating your blogs or wikis).

About Blogger, I guess ( if I understood your question correctly), you would have to include the question in the post. In Blogger and other blog hosts, each post is separated from the other because they are organized by date and time. If there is a way to do that, someone will tell us about it and I will also learn

ABraços

José Antônio

Sharon Betts

#1792

(Response to #1790)

02/03/2008

Don't worry Carlos

You are actually using some of the tools from week 4 which means you can

continue your blog and experiments with those voice tools for another week.

Sharon

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Problems

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1459

01/27/2008

Hi Carlos,

Don´t worry. The server will certainly be ok today and you will be able to place your comment. We are looking forward to reading it.

A wonderful week 3 for you too.

José Antônio

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1472

(Response to #1459)

01/28/2008

Olá, Carlos.

In message #1448 you wrote that you had had

problems accessing the BaW blog and wished all of us a wonderful week 3.

I also had some problems with the BaW blog, but not in accessing it. I

opened it successfully twice (with no problems at all), but one of my

comments disappeared after it SEEMED to be posted successfully. I have

had the same experience with other blogs (using WordPress, Blogger,

and other blog hosts), however, so when the comment mysteriously

disappeared, I just shrugged my shoulders, aid to myself "This happens

sometimes," and considered this frustrating experience to be part of

the learning process.

I echo your good wishes for all in Week 3.

Good luck in making your next blogpost!

Até logo—

Dennis in Phoenix

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Live Sessions

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#1507

(Response to #1504)

01/28/2008

Hi, dear BaWers

I have finally managed to put the recording of Michael Coghlan's

presentation online.

You can find it here:http://streaming.prof2000.pt/

Here are some instructions:

Click on the URL, and you'll get a window requiring autentication; use

baw08 for the username and password;

then click on the folder baw08, and on the right window, click on the

file p2.mp3; then click on the player (arrow) on the left top. Enjoy!

Beijinhos

Fernanda

Fernanda Rodrigues

Setubal

Portugal

Dafne

Dafne

#1508

(Response to #1507)

01/28/2008

The recording and instructions have also been added to

Michael's page at:

http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Michael-YM

which is linked to our live sessions page.

hugs,

Daf

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Answers to Week 2 questions

is_aub

Isabelle

#1509

01/28/2008

Hey everyone !

I'm so sorry to be late to answer this week's questions. I've had a

wonderful week end at Mont Sainte Anne, been skiing for two days...

but now I have a lot of catching up to do (my, you guys post A LOT

of things in one day !!!).

*How do you start a conference and invite guests at Yahoo Messenger?

When I open YM, I click on "Actions", then "Invite to conference".

Then a new dialog bow will open, asking me who, from my contact

list, I would like to invite. I select the people and

press "Invite". The conference then starts.

*How do you save your chatlogs to your hard drive at YM?When the

conversation ends, click on "menu" and choose "save as". Give the

conversation a name (I personally choose the name of the person I've

been chatting with and the date!), and then click "save".

*How do you display your picture at YM?

Go to "Messenger" in the top bar, then click on "Display Image".

Click on "Share my picture", a new window will appear. You can

either choose one of the pics displayed or use the "Browse" button

to look into your files and upload your own pic. Once it appears

into the gallery of pictures on the left, select it and press OK.

Sorry if I'm pretty inactive on the forum and blog, I try to catch

up with all the stuff we're doing, listen to all the podcats,read

all the tutorials, but it's a lot of work for me. I teach full time,

and have little time left at all for this course.

Thanks to all the moderators and co-moderators for your help, as

well as to all participants for sharing great ideas and

techniques !! I'm learning so much from it !

Talk to you soon!

Isabelle

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1511

01/28/2008

Hi Isabelle,

don't worry, you're doing great! It's not easy to teach full time

and follow a course and that's why most things here happen in an

asynchronous fashion! ;-) So take your time, there's no need to

rush. All the links, texts and activities will be here long after

the course is over, so you can always go back and try something

different. Taking a break in the mountains sounds like a wonderful

idea!

Hope you can meet us tomorrow at 21.00GMT for Graham's session at

WiZiQ. Here's the link to follow:

http://tinyurl.com/2sf8m8

You can also check Dafne's message here (#1502) for details and

instructions.

Um abraço,

Monica

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1516

01/28/2008

Hello Iabelle,

It is never late to learn. I am so happy you are done with the week 2 tasks. We all deserve some rest and a vacation. So skiing? Wonderful. I wish I could ski. A Brazilian can€ ¦´t go that far. I have gone cross country skiing, though. It was really cool. I did not try skiing. I am too clumsy for that and I was afraid of breaking my neck

I am gald you are back in the game. Week 3 is really exciting. Please let us know ifyou need any help.

Hugs

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

http://joseantoniook.edublogs.org

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Week 3

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Welcome

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1444

01/27/2008

Dear participants,

As we move closer to wrapping up our very successful week 2, we

would first like to thank you all once again for joining this

session and for making it so special. Thanks must also be conveyed

to our industrious week 2 moderators – Fernanda, Jose Antonio and

Dennis - who seemed to be online 24/7 and were always around

helping with our questions and doubts, encouraging further

discussions and keeping the ball rolling. And many thanks to Dafne

and Teresa for doing such an amazing job as coordinators!

In week 3 we would like to invite you to explore the fascinating

world of blogs, wikis and podcasts. We know that some of you have

very impressive backgrounds using these tools in professional and

educational settings, so feel free to jump in anytime to help us;

the Webheads world is all about sharing and we will certainly

benefit from your expertise!

So have a look at what we have prepared for you visiting Week 3 page

in our wikihttp://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Week3

and exploring some of the tools and activities posted. Do not feel

that you need to try everything in one go; remember that the links

will always be available there, so you're welcome to come back at

any time to try new tools or revisit some of them!

Check our suggested readings for the week clicking on the widget athttp://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Readings

and post your comments and thoughts in our forum (click on week 3)

http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/baw08.html

Our guest speaker this week is Graham Stanley, a teacher and ICT

coordinator for the British Council in Barcelona and also a teacher

at the school of tourism of the Univ. of Ramon Llull. Meet us for a

chat in WiZiQ http://www.wiziq.com

on Tuesday, Jan 29, at 21.00 GMT. You can check your local time

clicking herehttp://www.qlock.com/time/gmaps?map=1

There are some great videos on blogs, wikis and web2.0 tools in

general in our Video gallery, check them out:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Videos

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to other important

links you can find on our wiki:http://dafnegonzalez.com/baw/glossary.html

containing a very useful glossary with some of the most relevant web

2.0 terms, http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tutorials

with explanations on how to use some of the most important tools

used in this course, andhttp://baw-08.pbwiki.com/UsesofTools

where you can find a collection of great ideas participants have

come up with on how to use with your students some of the tools we

have been exploring.

So fasten your seatbelts and get ready for take-off! And remember

that help is just a click away so do not hesitate to contact us at

any time if you have any questions.

Hugs (e um abraço!)

Jose Antonio, Monica and Nelba

Week 3 moderators

nelbaq

Nelba

#1471

01/28/2008

Hello, dear BaW08 participants and welcome to week 3 about blogs and

wikis. My name is Nelba Quintana and I will co-moderate this week with

José and Mónica.

I would be very pleased to help you with blogging. You will find me

online at Yaho chat in the mornings ( I live in Argentina ) My ID is

nelbaq.

Looking foward to meeting you :)

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1491

01/28/2008

Hi Nelba!

Thank you! I'm ready to start!

Silvia from Argentina.

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1520

01/28/2008

Hi Nelba!

Thanks afor your offer of help, be sure I will take advantage of it.

I am glad to "see" you again. I remember I met you for the first time last year and that you were then on holiday, I also remember myself thinking "This girl sure is a great teacher! Who on earth would be checking on a course being on Holiday?" You made a great blog along with Melba Quintana.

Well, after the time we shared on BaW07 I could confirm my idea, and now to my pleasure I find you as co-moderator for Baw08, thanks for being there.

I do not know in wich City you are, are you in Buenos Aires? Please let me know to try to contact you in the mornings. The whole country of Mexico has the same GMT time, is it the same in Argentina?

Love: Maru

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Help needed

Dolphin Blue

Elfina

#1498

01/28/2008

Hello all!

Do you know what the word HELLO means? If you visit Teresa€ ¦’²s website (http://fwe2.motime.com), you€ ¦’²ll find out what these 5 magic letters stand for:

H=How are you?

E=Everything all right?

L=Like to hear from you

L=Love to see you soon!

O=Obviously, I miss you€ ¦’¥

So, HELLO! (from http://fwe2.motime.com)

(I fell in love with your interpretation of HELLO, Teresa, the moment I saw it!)

I would also like to thank Teresa, Monica and Sharon for your comments on our little chinswing experiment.

I must confess it€ ¦’²s quite a challenge for me to keep up with all the events and activities happening here. I€ ¦’²m copying all the links, you are all sharing, to my Favourites folder to explore them later when I have more free time. I€ ¦’²m also printing out the articles from our Weekly readings to do some Metro reading :-)

I would also like to share a problem I€ ¦’²ve been experiencing for some time now. Perhaps some of you have had a similar one and might help me to fix it. It happened during the Week 1 live online session. It was full house and the participants were having some technical difficulties now and then. I was using a Sandbox A for audio streaming with RealPlayer when all of a sudden the RealPlayer Message window popped up. It was something about RealPlayer cannot play the clip. RealPlayer went dead. I managed to use iTunes to listen to the session to the end. But since then it has been and still is a problem to skype anybody. I€ ¦’²ve tried a Skype test call, I€ ¦’²ve asked several people to skype me. I can hear people speaking but they cannot hear me (there is something wrong with my settings).

I reinstalled RealPlayer, I checked the Volume Control settings (Microphone is not mute) but it didn€ ¦’²t help. The same thing happened when I took a tour to Second Life with David Winet and during our Week 2 live session (Part 2). I could hear others talking but my € ¦’±voice€ ¦’² was silent. Does anybody have an idea what might be the problem? What settings should I check or change to restore the microphone function? Or should I reinstall Skype? If I need to do so, how can my contacts be saved? I would very much appreciate your help.

Thank you.

Best,

Elfina

Sharon Betts

#1512

01/28/2008

Elfina,

Can you test your microphone by recording something? Does it work in

chinswing for example?

or if on windows try to record something using the built-in recorder at

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Recorder

If those work, your microphone works and it is probably a setting in Skype.

Sharon

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1536

01/29/2008

Dear Elfina,

Thank you for your enthusiasm with the meaning of "HELLO". Actually, I

didn't invent, but wish I had. I got it in a message and thought it was

appropriate for my students in that particular post.

Hugs, Teresa

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1543

01/29/2008

Dear Webheads:

I reserved today to check the Baw08 digest, and when I finally finished and wanted to check the weekly activities to start on them tomorrow I found out that the Weekly Activities Wiki Page shows only the Pre Sessions Threads.

I tried to find the history button to see if I could get back the whole list of activities but could not find it so I saved it without making changes. Could you please check that?

Love: Maru

Dafne

Dafne

#1544

(Response to #1543)

01/29/2008

Hi Maru,

I have just checked the activities page, and it has active links to

all the weekly activities, and the threads for pre-session, week-1

and week 2.

cheers,

Daf

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

Marcia Maria de Farias Nunes Martins

#1550

01/29/2008

I was esploring BaW blog as suggested in this week activities and this

is what I found:

"January 20, 2008...7:05 pm

Tapped In Tour Sunday 29th Jan

Jump to Comments

Thanks to BJB for sharing her wonderful world with us. We all had a

great tour of Tapped In today at 17.00 GMT"

JAn 29th: Can anyone explain what calendar are we following? ;=)

Thanks

Márcia

Dafne

Dafne

#1551

(Response to #1550)

01/29/2008

Hi Marcia,

This is our calendar of live sessions:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Live_Sessions

Daf

jaya balasubramanian

Jaya

#1576

01/30/2008

Dear all,

Could anyone tell me some of the ways to teach reading comprehension,paragraph writing and essay writing through wiki for adult learners?

I am a beginner.

regards,

jaya

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1593

01/30/2008

Hi Jaya,

one of the simplest things you can do with your students is to have

them edit a text on a wiki page. It's a simple activity but it's quite

effective and it gives them the opportunity to have a first contact

with wikis and how they work. You could focus on one aspect - grammar,

putting paragraphs in order, separating the text into paragraphs,

spelling, punctuation, word order, specific vocabulary, etc.

Alternatively, you could ask them to create one text together, with

each one adding to their classmates' sentences.

One activity I'm preparing to try with my students focuses on mini-

sagas (short stories with exactly 50 words). I tried it in the

traditional 'paper and pen' fashion last year and they loved it, so I

thought that wikis might be excellent for that!

Once you start, I'm sure you're going to find lots of different things

you can do with your students using wikis!

Um abraço,

Monica

Beyza YILMAZ

Beyza Yilmaz

#1605

01/30/2008

Dear jaya,

I've been using wikis for five months and as my sts need to write lots of paragraphs .What I sometimes do in my class wikis is to post two or three paragraphs to them and ask sts to find the best one and why they have chosen it as the best paragraph.As they know how I grade their paragraphs (criteria),they need to base their ideas on the criteria.Another activity I do with wikis is errror correction.After checking their first drafts, I post some of the problematic ones to the wiki (without writing the name of these sts) and ask the sts to give some advice to their friends about how to improve their paragraphs.I can send you some of my class wikis if you like.

Best wishes

Beyza

question on wiki

Posted by: "jaya balasubramanian" jaichelluin@yahoo.co.in jaichelluin

Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:28 am (PST)

Dear all,

Could anyone tell me some of the ways to teach reading comprehension, paragraph writing and essay writing through wiki for adult learners?

I am a beginner.

regards,

jaya

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1611

01/30/2008

Hi Jaya!

A beginner? That's an excellent question, you have great ideas. I would also like to know the answer.

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1628

01/30/2008

Dear Beyza

I will take your offer, I would love to see some of your class wikis, could you please send the links?

You mention that you have been using wikis with them for 5 months, could you also give me the profile of your students? I mean, age, grade, etc. How many students do you have per group?, Have you used blogs with them?

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1629

(Response to #1628)

01/30/2008

Dear Beyza

I will take your offer, I would love to see some of your class wikis, could you please send the links?

You mention that you have been using wikis with them for 5 months, could you also give me the profile of your students? I mean, age, grade, etc. How many students do you have per group?, Have you used blogs with them?

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1665

01/31/2008

Hi dear Bawers!

Could someone tell me please how to upload properly and excel page to a wiki?

After being uploaded the data shows alright but the format is lost!

Is it possible to upload an excel page? or do I have to create a table inside wiki?

The latter would mean a lot of pages re-doing but if that's the way a wiki works... Who am I to complain?

Love: Maru

Angelika Carlson

Angelika Carlson

#1705

02/01/2008

A question to all BaW-ers who use MP3 players in their classrooms:

I am looking to buy an MP3 player to play podcasts (and book-readings) in the classroom. What features do I need? Easy to read display is top of my list.

But what about technical details? Is it enough if it plays MP3 format or should it also play ogg and other formats? Should the player itself have bookmark facility? What else is important?

Thank you for your advice.

Angelika

P.S: Thank you, Jose Antonio, for your advice on del.ici.ous. Seems like you just have a better nomenclature system...

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1707

(Response to #1705)

02/01/2008

Hi Anglika,

I am sorry for not eading that yu already use delicious. For some reason, the window that opened in my e-mail just let me read half of it. Just now I saw that you had mentioned it. Besides that, I guess I am just abig fan of delicious. I try to tag things with as many anmes as possible and than it is always possible to find. I also use Delicious to find out new resources. If I think I don´t have enough articles or sites on a given topic, I click on the tab ALL on top and find everything other people tagged with delicious and if they are good, I save them. I did that with Connectivism and I found fantastic articles and presentaions. This is one of the jewels I came accross clicking on AAL in delicious http://media.dicole.com/presentations/eden2007/index.html It is a presentation called Serendipity 2.0 the Third Place of Learning. I found it simply fantastic. If you have some time, watch/listen to it.

About MP3, I generally fllok for the ones that have a good voice recorder, good memory capability. I guess other people will come along and give more suggestions. I export alot of things I record in audacity to my MP3 and then listen to them (especially presentations) while I am driving.

Cheers

José Antônio

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1719

(Response to #1707)

02/02/2008

I second JA on a voice recorder and big memory. :-)

Kat

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1725

(Response to #1719)

02/02/2008

Great advice so far. We also found that players with easy to use

buttons and ones that export directly to a USB port are very easy for

students. We have several of the Olympus (no affiliation with the

company) that plug directly in to the computer with no cords to lose.

Sharon

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1756

02/02/2008

Dear e-teachers:

I need your ideas and comments to set up my project. Could you give me your advice please?

Athough right now I am not teaching, I have a local group of teenagers who follow me (besides my nephews, nieces and friend€ ¦’²s kids that live in San Luis). I am determined to get a group of students and at the same time continue with my Apostolate and Community work.

In order to practice the e-tools presented here, I will set my heart to persuade most of them to join me as students, the challenge is to keep them interested because it would be an extra curricular class, they would have to spare time, f2f contact does not have a schedule, we neither have a classroom or computer at home and I need to learn how to use blogs, wikis, yahoo groups, podcasts, etc. first!!

The description of the local group is as follows:

Their age range is 14 to 18 years old

Some of them work and study

Some go to school in the mornig while others go in the afternoon

Non of them speaks English

The older ones use the computer to chat, the e-mail to send PPP presentations and have metroflogs to post images.

Some of them do not know how to use a computer. (Like me! :-) )

What I found at the Cybers around here is that:

The PC€ ¦’²s do not have graphic cards.

Only one of the Cybers has original programs.

Most of the PC€ ¦’²s have XP system though I found one with Milenium, none of them has Vista.

The PC€ ¦’²s memory varies: 248MB, 448MB, 480MB, 512MB, 1GB,

The PC's processors: 945 MHz, 1.2 GHz, 1.8 GHz

I am at the other end of Andy Pincon€ ¦’²s project, he works with imigrants in U.S.A and I have access to the children left in Mexico. As he found out there, we need to teach them how to use the computer first and then proceed with English lessons.

Which would be an effective course design?

How could I keep them going back to the cyber to learn? The lessons have to mean fun!

Do you know of an online test to find out their English level?

Could you direct me to computer tutorials in Spanish?

Should I leave it open to any teenager interested to join?

I am afraid I will have to set a course totally online, maybe if I start with the local group to see their reactions would be a good idea. To start and annual course sounds great! What do you think?

Thanks in advance. Love: Maru.

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1759

(Response to #1756)

02/03/2008

Dear Maru,

This seems to be an interesting and challenging project. From the tools we have seen, I guess twinning blog project would be good (a wiki would also work). The ideal thing would be finding a colleague who happens to have a group at about the same age and start the exchanges on a blog at the language level they are. You could have activities with introductions and so on having both groups posting to the blog and interacting. Having computers in the school or in students home helps, but if you don€ ´t have, a cyber cafe is a good solution. Their level of computer literacy won€ ´be a big problem, I bet they will learn how to use them in notime (this actually is going to make your classes very meaningful and interesting to them). It is very important that you plan ahead the activites you are going to doat the cyber cafe to avoid wasting precious time when you are there. You can always brainstorm the activity, have them talk about the subject, have them write a

draft or an outline if this is the case. This makes them more confident and sets the mood for the computer activity.

That is what I can think of for the moment. I am sure more people will come along with some other ideas. I am sure this will be a very interesting project.

José Antônio

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1760

(Response to #1757)

02/03/2008

Hello Isabelle,

I am not a specailist in blogger, but mine generally gives me all the bloggin options I need if I click on the buttom "Personalize/cutomize." The only think I could think of is the your role in the blog. Check the sttings to see if you are the author or just a collaborator, it might explain why your options are limited. I looked for it in the page "tools creaed by participants" and couldn€ ¦´t see how it looks. Maybe you could send us the link and post it there to get some feedback.

I hope I could help.

José Antônio

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1762

(Response to #1760)

02/03/2008

Hi Isabelle,

Are you sure you are talking about blogger (www.blogger.com)? Because those

("Connexion", "create a blog" or "personalize") are not the options given by

blogger. On the top right there is "dashboard", "help" and "sign out", and

in each blog's dashboard there are the options "view blog", "new post",

"manage posts", "manage settings" and "manage layout".

As JA said, give us more details, as the url, and I'm sure many people will

be willing to help.

Kindest regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1763

02/03/2008

Guys,

does anyone know if with the free version of PBwiki it is possible to remove

the "quickstart" and/or the "recent activity" sections of the sidebar?

Thanks!

Ronaldo

Dafne

Dafne

#1767

(Response to #1763)

02/03/2008

Hi Ronaldo,

Yes, you can delete the quick start, recent activity

and any page you wish to delete. Go to "show all

pages" at the bottom of any page, and then you will

see all the pages listed, and on the right of each

page there is a tab that says "delete". Click on it

:-)

I usually delete the quick start page, not so the

recent activity because I like to see who and from

where are the visitors to my wiki.

I delete all pages when I am going to use a wiki for a

presentation. In this way I have the whole page as a

PPT slide. Like in this one:http://wiki-wholelanguage.pbwiki.com

hugs,

Daf

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1771

02/03/2008

Dear Maru,

I'm actually working with my students on sudents unlimited project

at

www.iearn.org

As a facilitator , I have registered my

students ,I have given them passwords and got them to talk about

their project to other students and teachers from different parts of

the world .At this platform , you can find a variety of student

projects that may help you to decide on your own .Once your

registration is accepted , you are allowed to register your

students who will be allowed to log in and participate in different

forums and discussions with other students from all over the

world.Their need to communicate with others and to talk about their

project will motivate them to develop the linguistic and

technological skills to do so.I hope this would help.

Good luck

Mbarek

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1779

02/03/2008

Wow Daf, thanks a lot! Now I'm even more in love with pbwiki. Looking at

this menu (which I'm a little embarrassed to admit I hadn't seen yet...) not

only could I remove the quick start page, but I could also do other three

cool things:

I added tags to my wiki

- I got html code to have a little widget to promote my wiki (I added

the widget to the tools created by participants page of baw08 wiki)

- I submitted my wiki to google sitemaps (I didn't even know what that

was!)

About turning the wiki into one online PPT presentation, you said you delete

all pages. How different would that be from using the "portfolio" option?

Well, if you guys want to check my brand new wiki, I'd be glad to get some

feedback, but I'm still working on it (I guess I've done half the work so

far):http://strategiesproject.pbwiki.com

Thanks a lot Daf!

Kindest regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

malkinan

Natalia

#1781

(Response to #1779)

02/03/2008

Hi, Ronaldo ,

what a wonderful wiki. I like everything so much that I feel sorry

that my course on "Psycholonguistic Foundations for Foreign

language Learning and Teaching " is over. Strategies is one of the

topics in the course:my students do questionnaires, readings and we

have discussions.

I am personally very much interested in developing cognitive

strategies in L1 and L2 (FL1 - foreign language one) with primary

children learning FL2 in the school context.

I will have another group of students doing this course ( starts

next September) and visiting and contributing to your wiki page

could be one of the students' activities.

I hope you do not mind.

I am also interested in communication strategies in the classroom/ I

have some publications on this topic but they are in Russian.

Thanks for your site,

Natalia

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1784

(Response to #1781)

02/03/2008

Hello Ronaldo,

Waht a beautiful and interesting wiki you came up with. That shows how asking questions can be profitable. I really didn´t knwo how to get rid of that quick start tab, now I know and I have learned a little more. Thanks a lot for asking and sharing your progress. I am sure many of us have learned with you.

Abraços

José Antônio

Melanie Ellis

#1780

02/03/2008

Hi everyone,

I've had a good time looking through different blogs today and found quite a few where there are language exercises for EFL learners. If I want to make my own exercise, such as a reading text and then questions to go with that, that have an answer which only appears if you click on a button, which program can I use to do this? Is it HotPotatoes? Or what do other people recommend? I'm interested in different kinds of exercises- gap fill, multiple choice, true/false and quizzes.

Melanie

Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#1782

02/03/2008

Hi Melanie,

You are talking about Week 5 - we are going to have lots of fun exploring tools that allow us to make interactive exercises. I just activated a 30-free trial version of Quia. I am having so much fun creating exercises for my technology classes!!! It's easy to use and lots of different activities and quiz options to choose from.

Be patient and next week we will sort through all the possibilities:-)

Beijinhos until Week 5,

Ramona

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1788

02/03/2008

Hi Guys,

I have set a blog in blogger and I would like to change the language to English. How do I do that? I mean the tabs with editing options should be in English. How do I change that? http://thomastg.blogspot.com/

José Antônio

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#1789

(Response to #1788)

02/03/2008

Hi, JA

In Settings/Formatting, you can choose the language.

Fernanda

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1791

(Response to #1789)

02/03/2008

Thanks a lot Fernanda., I tried a lot and couldn´t find it.

Abraços

José Antônio

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Chaotic Days

Dafne

Dafne

#1666

(Response to #1665)

01/31/2008

Today, I had a "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad

day"

It started very late last night or very early in the

morning (depending on your view). At around 2 am I was

struggling with a pbwiki set with the Point & Click

editor to post two class modules that I planned for

Second Life. Every time I saved my work, all the

formatting of the pages changed: fonts became larger

or smaller, blank spaces showed on different parts of

the page, tables showed in different parts of the

pages, not to mention that while I was writing, the

screen became frozen :-(

Well, in the morning, I had a meeting with my boss in

Languagelab, and I my voice was choppy, he could not

understand what I was saying. We tried skype and the

problem remained. So, I decided to use my new laptop

(HP, with Vista Business, 180 GB hard disk, 2G RAM

memory, remote control, inbuilt webcam and mic, and

very light). Surprise!!!!! Windows Vista had vanished

from my two-month old laptop :-(

When we were about to cancell the meeting, I

remembered that my son has a Dell laptop, so I decided

to download Second Life, and we had our meeting with

clear sound, and easy movements :-)

I phoned the technician who always fixes my computers,

told him the problem, and left for the university for

a meeting with the Dean of Graduate Studies. The

meeting lasted 5 hours. After this long boring

meeting, I took my car and for unknown reasons, there

was such a traffic jam that I spent 3 hours to get

home (it usually takes me half an hour) :-(

When I got home, the technician was already working on

my laptops. He was able to restore the sound on my old

laptop. The problem was related to a router he

installed last week. Then, he started working on the

new one, there was no way to get WVista back. The

recovery CDs did not work either. Finally, he decided

to contact the support team via chat. After 2 hours

trying all the solutions they came up with, nothing

worked :-(

They finally asked for all my information and they

will send new recovery disks by special mail at no

cost for me. So, I have to wait for 7 to 10 days to

have my computer back to work, hopefully.

Of course, all my work is behind. However, I decided

that after this "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad

day", I should go to bed, and wish for a better day

tomorrow.

Hugs to all, and sorry for this long post, but I

needed get all this out of my system ;-)

Daf

Michael Coghlan

#1667

(Response to #1666)

01/31/2008

I really feel for you Daf. This all sounds very stressful. One day a

few years ago when I was travelling I had a day like this and I

wanted to give it all away because it seemed whether or not the tools

I needed to do my job worked properly was completely beyond my

control. But next day everything was working again and I'm still here

online :-) But days like you just had do test your patience and

resolve to stay in this 'business.'

- Michael

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1672

(Response to #1667)

01/31/2008

Hi Dafne,

I am so sorry to know about that. Technolog and computers can be really stressful sometimes. I have been lucky this time not to have anytbig problems with mine. Nelba is still having problems with hers. I wonder how you felt having to wait for this long and at the end having to wait for 10 more days.

José Antônio

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1674

(Response to #1672)

02/01/2008

Dear Dafninha,

I hope everything will get back to normal. Technology can be wonderful, but even it decides not to work it can be a huge pain!

I have had techie problems in the most inappropriate situations too and it just gets on my nerves. I am surprised you are so calm. I would have gone bald by now, as I would have probably released all my stress on pulling my hair ... and jogging for hours.

I hope it all comes back to normal very soon and that you are able to catch up with your work. These two first months of the year are so hectic...so I really hope everything gets back to normal really soon.

I have huge black circles under my eyes and I am not doing even half as much as you. I don't know how you manage it. You are my hero and my mentor. Hang in there and please do take a rest. I hope you have had great night sleep. The pillow sometimes is our best friend.

Beijinhos and tight hugs.

Cris

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1675

(Response to #1674)

02/01/2008

Dearest Dafinha,

Things like these, when happen, we say in Arabic "taati al masaaybu tibaan."

Meaning: bad things, or life crisis, combine together before reaching to you and then come one after another in no time. ( authentic translation!!)

Two weeks ago, I installed SL on my PC getting ready for a trial that could create a new bond between us ( me and SL). It crashed!

Last week I installed SL on my laptop for a tour with another session. It worked fine and I enjoyed the time I spent walking, flying, drowning, crashing and being dumb very much.So, I added my SL ID to our database.

The day before yesterday, Wednesday, I uninstalled SL from my laptop.Why? Weird things began to happen and it started to be very heavy.To upload or open a page, you can make a nice tasty cup of coffee and come back before it comes up on the scree.

I don't mean that the cause of this is SL ( I will be assassinated by SLanders.:-))

Great that you poured it out here and shared it with us. I am sure you had a good sleep and you will always be our wise cool Dafne!

tight hugs,

Hala

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1686

(Response to #1675)

02/01/2008

Dear Dafne,

it's amazing that the exact same technology that was supposed to

save you time and energy can actually make you more stressed, isn't

it? Computers that have a mind of their own, cell phone batteries

that go dead when you desperately need to make that call, cars that

don't start when you are already late... It really looks like you're

being tested, or that it's all just a really bad joke! Just like

Murphy's Cyclist's Law: "No matter where you're going, it's always

uphill and against the wind'! :-)

But one thing we can be sure of is that every problem we have

eventually becomes just an anecdote!

My mother, possibly the calmest person I've ever met, used to say

that on days like these we should think that maybe this whole mess

was just your guardian angel keeping you out of bigger trouble...

I'm glad things are working well now and it's certainly great to

have you back.

Um abraço,

Monica

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1683

02/01/2008

Dear Daf,

I also feel for you! So to help you survice through these frustrating times,

here's Gloria Gaynor singing "I will survive"!!!!! It always gets me in a

good mood! Get out of your chair, dance... enjoy! :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVqWV5UmJPo

Beijinhos, Teresa

Sally La Luzerne

#1694

02/01/2008

Hang in there Daf. Hope today is a better day!

Warm wishes,

Sally

Dafne

Dafne

#1700

02/01/2008

Thanks Michael, Jose Antonio, Tere, Monica, Berenice, Hala and Cristina

for your supportive messages :-)

I am here, with my oldie laptop. I've just had a successful 2 and a

half hour meeting at SL without any glitch ;-)

So, I am back and happy to be online :-)

warm hugs,

Daf

Susan Burg

#1706

02/01/2008

Dear all and dear Tere,

First of all, Daf, that was a bad day and glad it is over...! Then I

checked out the youtube video, Tere!! I was LOLing...it is so funny!!

thanks....

Susan in Italy

Elderbob

#1709

(Response to #1706)

02/01/2008

Actually, I prefer this version....makes me laugh.

elderbob

Antonella Berriolo

Antonella Berriolo

#1708

02/01/2008

Hi Dafne... it seems someone did vodoo to you ;o)) may be someone envious of your dancer qualities and habilities ;o)

for the pbwiki, and everything in codes, when the page get to messy (i admit, i make tables in word and then "paste"... that can be very dangerous!!!) i use this free tool, many of you will know already

http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/es/download.php notepad++

. You copy all the messy code, paste on the notepad++, save it as html...and all the code part is now in colours, beautiful, clear colours. and you can search words or codes in the document (you cannot in pbwiki), so it's easier to clean it or to spot where the problem is. Or to add some code, if you want to, for instance (I added anchors in a languagelab document).

And for the vodoo... garlic, i was told. it keeps everything away. lol.

Jocking. :o))

kisses.

antonella

Isabel Teixeira

Isabel Teixeira

#1711

(Response to #1708)

02/01/2008

Dear Daf,

I´m really sorry for what happened to you.I also bought a brand-new

HP, with Vista Business, 160 GB hard disk, 2G RAM

memory, remote control, inbuilt webcam and mic, and

very light last week. I also I had problem with the DVD driver and had to install Windows Vista again, but I had it back today.I hope I have no more problems with it because I´m really enjoyng it! I also hope you get yours working soon!

Hugs,

Isabel

Isabel Cristina de Araújo Teixeira

Elderbob

#1716

(Response to #1715)

02/02/2008

Smart cell phones and Linux....hmmmm..

elderbob

Lorena Recio

Lorena Recio

#1731

02/02/2008

Dear Daf,

What a horrible day! (and I felt short, but I can't

find a proper term for it). How an awful way to start

the following day... but don't worry, apparently

things are going to brighten up and you will have the

time and energy to catch up with everything.

Those days happen once in a while... and sometimes

even more than once, we just have to cope with them

and hope that someone else will also help us, which

was your case with your webhead friends.

Hope you are back and kicking! Have a nice day and

other good days too :)

Lore

Isabel Teixeira

Isabel Teixeira

#1753

02/02/2008

Dear Richard,

If this happened to me I' d go nuts! This new notebook cost me a fortune!

I hope you can get your computer fixed pretty soon.And let€ ¦´s pray that our HP notebooks just work fine .

warmly,

Isabel Teixeira Brazil

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Words from the Heart

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1668

01/31/2008

As a homage to the gate keepers of baw07 who rescued me more than once and to show newcomers that they are not alone in their pilgrimage to Become a Webhead at BaW08, I want to share my experiences and one anecdote.

When I surf the net I tend to get lost, I was born without an internal compass, the same happens to me in the streets of Toluca . Sometimes I kicked myself out of a live session and could not get back in , on another instances I arrived an hour late to wonder where all the participants were, on countless occasions I messed up the participant€ ¦’²s wiki page. Regardless the reasons I found myself recurrently in a state of panic, shame, regret, frustration, etc. I worked long hours, stayed up late, woke up very early or in the middle of the night to run to the PC.

As the course developed I realized that even when I was trying with all my might to mess things up€ ¦’¥ nothing terrible happened! I was even encouraged to continue messing around!?

To my utter surprise, I always (I mean ALWAYS) there was an Angel, someone who showed me the way. They seemed to be lurking behind the bushes to jump in as soon as they sensed that I was in trouble. They are the guard keepers, standing at the gate of every site to watch over us.

One day I was lost, for a change. I could not find Tapped Inn€ ¦’¥ although I had already registered! I did not know that I could mark a page as favorite! I ran in panic to Skype to find that Vance Stevens was online; I did not know who he was, I just knew that he was a Webhead that had allowed me to add him to my list of Skype contacts. I explained my situation and he willingly dropped me a salvation link to join the group; he even went to Tapped Inn as well.

When we arrived to the room, everyone started saying: Hi Vance! It is great that you dropped by! Long time no see! How was your conference in Arabia? When are you planning to held de EVO Conference? Then I started to wonder€ ¦’¥ Who is this nice guy? When later I found out that he was THE Vance Stevens, a Legend among e-teachers, I felt a hole in my stomach. Wow! Everyone helps out in this Community; the Gurus and the newcomers.

Love: Maru

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1673

(Response to #1670)

01/31/2008

Hi Maru,

This is one of the reasons I missed you at the beginning of the session: your kindness. Thank you so much for having this genuine appreciation for the webheads. What you have just said is absolutely true. There is always someone a click away to help. Sometimes people would come to us and be really embarassed thinking they are disturbing, interrupting, and it is never the case. In generall it is very easy to help. It is just copying and pasting a link, or just giving some directions, a piece of advice. We are a great community, not as big as we should be, but big enough to help those who need to learn and multiply the webhead way of being .

Hugs to all

Jos€ é Ant€ ônio

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1679

(Response to #1673)

02/01/2008

As my internet connection is miraculously holding on, I want to add

myself to the homage. I identify myself so much with Maru's words. I

can't stop wondering how you webheads manage to answer every query

with the tons of messages you have to read.

Thank you all!

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1687

(Response to #1679)

02/01/2008

Dear Maru,

that was a truly wonderful post and I second you 100%. It's amazing

how quickly and willingly people here simply jump in to help each

other in any situation, and how committed this community is to sharing

and collaborating. We do not necessarily find this spirit everywhere

we go and when we do encounter it, it should be treasured. Thank you

for reminding us that being there for the others is not only good and

fun, it's a terribly important thing to do in a world that will

certainly become a much better place when we 'contaminate' other

people with this virus!

Um abraco,

Monica

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1704

02/01/2008

Maru,

What a nice tribute - what I find absolutely amazing is the way

everyone grows and all of a sudden those that thought they were

complete novices are helping others.

More pats on everyones' backs.

Sharon

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Week 3 Wrap up

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1774

02/03/2008

Dear participants,

This is the end of our third week and we hope it has been as

exciting to you as it has been to us, week 3 moderators. On behalf

of the BaW08 team, we would like to thank you all for your active

participation, and for bringing your expertise and thought-provoking

comments into our discussions.

We would also like to thank Graham Stanley, our guest speaker this

week, for his fabulous live session on blogs and wikis at WiZiQ, and

to all of you who were there.

And thanks also to Dafne, Teresa and all our BaW08 co-mods for their

constant support and incredible hard work!

This week we investigated the world of blogs, wikis and podcasts; we

now invite you to join our week 4 moderators, Sharon Betts, Ibrahim

Rustamov and Kat Urbaniak, and explore virtual classrooms, voice and

video mail. We are sure you are going to discover an entire new

world of possibilities there!

If you would like to 'rewind the tape' and check what we did during

week 3, go to our wiki page where you will find all the activities,

readings etc.http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Week3

Also, don't forget to check some practical applications of web 2.0

tools suggested by some of youhttp://baw-08.pbwiki.com/UsesofTools

and links to some of the tools you have createdhttp://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/Tools-participants

New links will be posted there as we move on, so go back to these

pages regularly to see what's new!

And remember that we are looking forward to your comments and

reflections on the weekly readings, so visit our forum!http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/baw08.html

Thank you again for making this a truly collaborative experience and

for sharing not only what you know, but also your feelings and

thoughts.

A warm hug (e um grande abraço!)

Jose Antonio, Monica and Nelba - week 3 moderators

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Tools

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Second Life

Mary

Mary

#1452

01/27/2008

Thanks Monica! You are the best!

Obrigadão Monica! Você é a melhor!

Dafne

Dafne

#1453

(Response to #1452)

01/27/2008

Dear all,

We already have 20 participants interested in visiting

Second Life. I have created a page on our wiki with

preliminary instructions and some tutorial and

informational videos at:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/secondlife

On this page we will post all the plans for our visit

:-)

Great week 3 for all!

Daf

Mary

Mary

#1454

(Response to #1453)

01/27/2008

Sounds good, dear Dafne. my new computer does not have a good enough

graphic card to support second life. I asked if i can upgrade it and it

can't be upgraded.

My only recourse is to buy a better computer. I hope it arrives in time for

me to go on the tour with you all.

malkinan

Natalia

#1457

(Response to #1454)

01/27/2008

Count me in for the the TOUr , too.

Natalia

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1480

01/28/2008

Dear Natasa,

You're not alone. I haven't felt any attraction to SL, but I won't miss it

with Daf as our guide. Maybe the same thing that happened to Daf, myself and

other Webheads regarding blogs a year after we were introduced to them will

happen for me and SL: I'll get hooked!!!!!!!! ;-)

Hugs, Teresa

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1514

01/28/2008

Thanks Dafne!

A tour is a very good idea!

I am in the same boat Mary!!! I have asked the owner of the cyber cafe if I can download Second Life and he will let me know tomorrow, I would like to take the tour like you.

Keep your fingers crossed and I may join you!!!

Love: Maru

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1552

01/29/2008

Thanks Dafne! I AM taking lots of photos and I'd love to share them

(well... some) with you.

About the SL tour, when will it be? Sorry for asking, but I haven't

had time to check all the messages. I'll add my name to the database

as soon as I find out what my time zone is. Shame on me, I don't

know yet :-(

Love

Mary

Dafne

Dafne

#1555

(Response to #1552)

01/29/2008

No time set yet for the tour ;-) Maybe week 5.

All the info is here:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/secondlife

Looking forward to the photos :-)

Daf

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1585

01/30/2008

A little off the topic of EFL but here is an article about a woman

that used SL to overcome her agoraphobia.http://tinyurl.com/2zoaky

Kat

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1627

01/30/2008

Hi Kat!

Thanks for posting this link, it is very useful to me because I do not have access to second life for now. I will experience Second Life after all!

Love: Maru

Saša Sirk

Saša Sirk

#1633

01/31/2008

Thanks, Kat. A nice text to bring in class. I like the fact theat there

is also the video version of the story. Cool.

Hugs,

Saša

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1643

01/31/2008

Dear Kat:

Do I have to download SecondLife do review the articule? The PC`s at the cyber do not have the power for Second Life, I do not want to crash someone elses computer by following the link!!! My curiosity led me to trouble last year, I am like a cat scalded by hot water... never peep around, be cautios!!

Love: Maru

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1657

(Response to #1643)

01/31/2008

No, you'll be fine. It is normal HTML and a video. :-)

Kat

PS

Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought her back. Unfortunately

this doesn't work for computers.

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Cartoon Maker

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1455

01/27/2008

Thanks for sharing this tool with all of us!

Hugs,

Silvia.

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1493

01/28/2008

Thanks Sharon!

It is amazing to see that you keep producing, Congratulations!!!

I loved to hear from you again.

Let me catch up with week 1 and 2 to explore the site you shared.

Love: Maru

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Blogs and Wikis

Rita Zeinstejer

#1462

01/28/2008

Hi, beautiful people,

If I had to choose among all tools available "up there" I'd certainly

pick "blogs" and "wikis". They are the framework, the hosts, the home

for all other tools and apps, the "must-have" for every single teacher

on earth. In short, these are the reasons why "blogs" are already

popular with EFL teachers:

. They allow instant publishing to the Internet

. They cost little or nothing

. They provide a comment feature that allows interaction from others

. They are dynamic and focus on content from the participants -

listening, talking, collaborating, having a dialog, sharing

. They work for any subject

. They are empowering - they give everyone a voice

. They make writing THE focus - send the message that writing matters

. They promote ownership of work

. They allow us to learn from our students

. They allow us to reflect on our teaching and our student's learning

think, review, rethink, an endless process

. They allow the interchange of thoughts and ideas

. They are exciting - seeing others comment on your

thoughts/anticipating comments and replies

And what can a blog be seen as?

. a way to improve our own writing

. a just in time learning arena

. a place to share

. an easy way to create a website quickly

. a way to connect with others and make connections to learning

. a perfect spot for quick writes

. a writing room you can make it be what you want it to be

. a place to visit daily, which provides elements of surprise

. a way to give students ownership of a personal web space, which

encourages active engagement

. a place to collaborate

. a personal way to include parents in the process

What can we, as teachers, use a blog for?

. to post short current events/ articles to invite students thoughts,

reactions, and possible solutions

. to create a literature circle

. to post photos and ask students to create captions

. to foster book discussions in the form of an online book club

. to encourage student writing to demonstrate learning

. to direct students to curriculum web sites and have them read and

make responses

. to communicate with another classroom

. to react to teacher entries about what they are learning and make

connections to how this learning is relevant for them

. to post quotes and have students write their interpretation and

apply it to something in their life

. to invite one student a day to post a summary and reflections on the

day's learning

. to observe the growth of plants or animals or keep records of

science experiments

. to spot and record student kindnesses or good deeds

. to develop new vocabulary by writing about the new word and having

students create sentences or a brief paragraph using new vocabulary

. enable students to post their ideas for the classroom or school

. let students write short reviews of books they are enjoying reading

. showcase their best writing pieces

. maintain communication with absent students

. challenge students by placing quizzes and tests online

. get parents more involved by giving them access to their children's

assignments

Students can create their own blog to:

. complete class writing assignments

. create an ongoing portfolio of samples of their writing

. express their opinions on topics you are studying in class

. write comments, opinions, or questions on daily news items or issues

of interest

. discuss activities they did in class and tell what they think about

them

. write about class curriculum topics, newly-learned vocabulary words

and idioms

Blogs features:

. Comment feature

. Archiving entries

. Linking

. Permalink

. Blogrolls

. RSS feeds

. Photos/images

. Audio/video

. Moblogging

. Ipodding

This is part of a ppt presentation I gave on blogging a couple of

years ago in my area, and I can tell you most of the people in the

audience ignored the existence of blogs. I can remember my sense of

frustration at the general lack of enthusiasm for opening up one,

though I must say that I met some very responsive followers, like

three wonderful colleagues who are here in this group today! –Silvia,

Noemi and Mary!!--, which proves Webheads seeds sprout up and flourish

at the end of the day!!!

As to "wikis", they :

• are flexible

• are intensively collaborative

• focus on content

• are open to anybody

• are editable by anyone

• can be organized in innumerable ways

What can we use wikis for?

• instructions, manuals, glossaries

• a class or group project with a bibliographic format

• a letter or statement presented on behalf of the class

• a handbook or textbook: build a guide to correct punctuation

• any project not requiring authorship

I have also extracted these excerpts from another presentation I gave

on the use of Wikis for language learning, and I hope they can give

you a closer idea of similarities and differences between these two

unmatchably useful tools the web offers us for free.

My hat off to mods and comods in this incredibly hard-working team of

experts and experts-to-be ;-)

Rita

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1463

(Response to #1462)

01/28/2008

Hello Rita,

Thanks a lot for such a robust and comprehensive description of blogs and wikis covering yur reasons for enjoying using them, their use, their advantages, and such a clear summary on their relevance. Your presentation sounds really interesting, if you still have it you could share it with the group. I am sure many of us would like to see it.

I am also a fan of these tools and totally agree with you that they are the framework, the cornestone of all other applicatins. Most of them gravitate around these two.

About your surprise in discovering that many teachers did not know what a blog was, it is the same here. Some teachers don´t know what they are, some others think they are just personal diaries, others know what they are, but do not use them in class. This tells us that lots of seeds will sprout at the end of the day as you said.

Hugs and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

http://joseantoniook.edublogs.org

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1465

(Response to #1463)

01/28/2008

Dear Rita,

thank you for giving us such a comprehensive view of the

characteristics and uses of blogs and wikis. I'm a huge fan of both

tools and have been trying to incorporate them in my teaching, and

trying to 'contaminate' other teachers with the web2.0 virus (with

mixed results, I must admit).

You're right, there are still many teachers who completely ignore

the existence and the potential of these tools. It is the same where

I live but I'm glad to say we're slowly seeing some changes. What

worries me most is not that some teachers ignore them, but the fact

that some simply dismiss them as fads and refuse to even investigate

the possibilities. Hearing that from educators absolutely baffles

me; we should be the first oned to be curious and interested in

finding out what there is 'in the real world' that we can bring into

our teaching to make it more meaningful and interesting to our

students.

Thanks for your message!

Um abraço,

Monica

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1466

(Response to #1465)

01/28/2008

Regarding Rita Zeinstejer's message #1462:

Hola, my dear friend and colleague Rita.

What a wonderfully detailed post on blogs and wikis! It provided a

wealth of food for thought and also gave many, many suggestions for

using these dynamic, engaging teaching-learning platforms

advantageously. Your ideas are more than enough to get someone started

with blogs and wikis, and they also serve as inspirations for moving

to other topics and tasks.

I know, from having seen many examples of work you and your students

have done, how blogs and wikis can become a rich source of highly

participative and collaborative activities. I also know, from my own

experience with blogs, what a powerful resource they can be in helping

students "find their voices" and use English (or any language) for

truly communicative purposes.

Thanks, Rita, for this outstanding post! (Because it was so long, I

haven't repeated it here.)

Gratefully,

Dennis in Phoenix

noemi_cavalaro

#1469

(Response to #1466)

01/28/2008

Hi, Rita !!!

Many thanks Rita for your comprehensive explanation about Blogs and

Wikies. I could add nothing new to it but my gratitude for being so

patient with us for such a long time. You opened up our horizons in

such a way that we´ll remain grateful to you for life. Thanks to your

constant encoragement and coaching we are here to learn and interact

with colleagues from all over the world. I´m enjoying a lot this

experience and we´ll certainly have a lot to discuss and investigate

in our future sessions.

Best regards,

Noemí ;-)

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1470

(Response to #1469)

01/28/2008

Dear Rita,

this is a very thorough explanation of blogs and wikis. I have put together also something about this in a wiki, but mine looks very basis compared to yours.

Still, I would like to share it here with you all: http://blogs-and-wikis.wikispaces.com/blogsandwikis

xxx

Cris

Sharon Betts

#1488

01/28/2008

Rita - I would like to use your extensive list of blog and wiki criteria in

a wiki of my own. Can I have your permission to do so?

Sharon

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1490

(Response to #1488)

01/28/2008

Hi dear Rita!

I remember attending your presentation! What a wonderful experience! It showed us a new approach to ESL/ EFL teaching! At that moment very few educators in our place knew about these innovative tools and you became a pionner in this field. You've been doing an excellent job with your learners judging by your students' contributions to your CAE blogs. When students are motivated they can obtain amazing results!

Noe, Mary and I have been learning with you about these collaborative online tools and have experimented their different "apps" on our CALL Sig blog and wiki. Now, it's time to start blogging with our students and bring "the real world" into our classrooms!

Cheers,

Silvia from Argentina!

Rita Zeinstejer

#1515

01/28/2008

Sure you can, Sharon! I'm glad you can make good use of it! ;-)

Rita

BTW, thanks, my dear Silvia, Noemi and Mary, I am grateful to YOU for

having backed me and followed me for so many years! Your constant

support gave me the stamina to go on "preaching"... Now we are FOUR!!! ;-)

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1519

(Response to #1515)

01/28/2008

Dear Rita:

I am glad to "see" you again! Wow!! I confirm that you are very creative indeed. Thanks for sharing in a comprehensive way the uses and differences between wikis and blogs, you have grat ideas!! I still need a lot of practice but will get there sometime.

When are you coming back to Toluca? I really enjoyed your last visit.

Love: Maru

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1622

01/30/2008

Hi everyone,

My master's project involved the use of different internet tools to

help advanced students work collaboratively to produce film reviews.

They interacted using Yahoo Groups, a wiki and two blogs (one to

post relevant input material, the other to publish their final

texts). What interested me most was to see at what stage(s) of the

writing process this collaboration would emerge, how and my

students' perceptions of these interactions.

The YG page isn't public, but you can access the initial wiki page

with some activities and the drafts and discussions,http://moviereviews.wikispaces.com

and the blog about films, with articles and activities posted to

help them in the process of writing their texts.http://manyreviews.blogspot.com

On the blog sidebar on the right, under 'My Students' Reviews' you

can find links to their final articles (there are six movies, and

the common topic was 'adapting novels to the big screen').

If you would like to read some of them and perhaps post a comment,

I'm sure my students will be thrilled (some visitors have already

done that). Right now I'm analyzing all the data and the recorded

interviews and the work should be ready (hopefully) by May. :-)

Um abraco,

Monica

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Daniela

#1623

01/30/2008

Dear Dennis, Thank you for checking on my blog! You are right -

Moldovan people speak Romanian, too. thank you for sharing the blog on

international exchange - I will try to use it in my class with my

international students!

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1682

02/01/2008

Awesome, Monica! An impressive demonstration of how different tools

can be used to help students develop their skills by working

collaboratively. If I've understood this correctly (sorry I'm a

complete newbie here) sts use the wiki to construct their text

collaboratively and then they post it in the blog.

By the way, I think the instructions are very clear and easy to

follow, which is not a minor detail.

You know, my daughter is a fan of flixster where she is in touch with

people from all over the world who discuss different movies. Sometimes

I'm amazed by the quality of the reviews they produce. Do you think it

could be a good idea to invite our advanced students to join a site

like that? You know, as a kind of follow-up activity.

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1685

(Response to #1682)

02/01/2008

Dear Mary,

I think it's a great idea! My students love to talk about films they

have seen and discuss them in class. I don't usually show an entire

movie in class, but more often than not they end up renting it or

seeing it at the cinema. I really believe that the more we can involve

our students and get them to interact with the 'real world' in a

meaningful way, and exchange ideas with other people, the better!

You're right, my students used the wiki to develop their texts and the

blogs to get some input (particularly in terms of vocabulary and to

help them during the planning phase) and to post their final texts.

Thanks for visiting the project!

Um abraco,

Carina Llosa

Carina Llosa

#1729

02/02/2008

Hi

I just wanted to invite you to my two blogs:

http://preintermediate.motime.com

http://englishlevel4.motime.com

I haven't updated them recently, because most courses stop in summer (in

Argentina). But this week has really inspired me! As soon as I find the

time, I' ll do it.

I' ve just started a wiki:

http://englishclassesforadults.pbwiki.com

But again, I do need to find the time to get down to it, so I don't think

I'll add much at least till this course finishes!

Feedback more than welcome!

Thanks

Carina

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1730

(Response to #1729)

02/02/2008

Hi Carina,

I've been to your blogs, you have quite interesting things there! It's

great to know that this session has inspired you not only to keep on

blogging but also to expand your options by exploring wikis as well.

Congrats!

Um abraco,

Monica

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

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Forum

Nelba

Nelba

#1473

(Response to #1471)

01/28/2008

Hi, again. I would like to remind you about the Forum Section.

If you want to start blogging, I would recommend Graham Stanley's article "Blogging for ELT". ( In "Readings" section of our wiki)

Then you can go to the forum and leave there your comments at:http://www.hostingphpbb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7&mforum=baw08

You will also find links to some blogs you can take as examples.

Nelba

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Text to Speech

tosallyhirst

#1482

01/28/2008

Hello all,

I'm adding to the melee of mail as I am exasperated with the forum.

In the first week it let me post without registering, but this week

it is having none of that, so when I wanted to respond to what I had

read, it put up a form for me to register. I filled out the form and

it said an activation mail had been sent, but that was an hour ago.

Maybe it will arrive yet, but if I don't send this now, my resolution

to achieve some kind of active participation in the group for this

week will have been scuppered, so I apologise for filling up in boxes

with comments that should really be on the reading forum.

I've just read the article about text to speech software. Did you

know that you can get adobe acrobat documents to read themselves

aloud too ? It is not great as it is really very mechanical / robotic

in the way it reads, but it is better than nothing and for some

learners it seems to help.

It doesn't work for all documents, they have to have been created in

acrobat, not scanned into it, but you can check quite quickly whether

any given document has the function or not. It gives the details of

how to herehttp://www.webaim.org/resources/reader/

Reading this made me wonder about pronunciation and production. On my

old computer I used to have dragon software which I had to `train' by

reading passages into it and correcting any misinterpretations on its

part and then when I spoke, it wrote and for lengthy typing it

worked well. Then when I got a new computer the software just

wouldn't co-operate with Windows XP so I gave upon it, but I've

always had this vague idea that that would be the ultimate phonology

practice for learners. It literally writes what you say and you have

to adapt what you say until it sounds near enough to the word you

write. I guess there must be pronunciation software out there by now

that works in this way. Has anyone come across any such thing ?

Sally

Sharon Betts

#1487

01/28/2008

Hi Sally,

Sorry about the forum issue. I have also used Dragon Dictate with students

- but didn't know about the Adobe reader fuctionality. I will try that out

today as I have a lot of teachers that publish their materials in pdf

files.

Sharon

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1523

01/28/2008

Dear Sally:

I did not know that you can get adobe acrobat documents to read themselves aloud too, thanks for letting us know. It is a very useful tool to improve our pronunciation, specially for some of us who are non native English speakers.

I understand your feelings, do not freet, we know you are participating. You will be able to use the forum soon.

I guess Dennis Oliver may know about some pronunciation software, lets wait to see. I bet we will learn about many options!!!

Love: Maru

Evelyn Izquierdo

#1566

01/29/2008

Dear Sally and all:

1. Thanks so much for sharing with us the Adobe Acrobat Read-Out-Loud feature. I had no idea about it. I tried it. The sound is not that great but it works. I think it can be useful for a blind a student I have. This info might be useful: http://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/reader6/sec2.html

2. I'm currently using Bluegrind. It's totally free and has better sound.

3. Searching in the Web I found Text Aloud 2 , which is not free but offers a 30-day trial.

TextAloud 2 'converts any text into voice and even to MP3. Listen to email, web pages and documents on your computer or portable MP3 player. TextAloud uses voice synthesis to convert text into spoken audio. Listen on your PC or create MP3 or WMA files for use on portable devices like iPods, PocketPCs, and CD players.'

It looks and sounds interesting.

4. If you know more about read aloud features or software, please let me know. Thanks

Regards,

Evelyn

P.S. I don't work for Text Aloud.

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1568

(Response to #1566)

01/29/2008

Evelyn

I used to work in web testing and accessibility a long time ago (well,

5 years ago, haha.)

I've used TextAloud more recently.http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.htm

is another tool I have played with a little.

Hope this helps. :-)

Kat

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1571

01/29/2008

Hello,

Thanks for the information about Adobe Acrobat and others.

Is there any online software that converts voice or speech to text apart from the one that comes with Microsoft Word?

Have a good day.

Hala

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1718

02/02/2008

Hello there!

I remember some time ago somebody gave a great hint about using Adobe

Reader's speaking aloud tool. Then, I remembered one interesting site which

has text-to-speech tools for entertainment, and today I found another one.

In both of them you create an avatar and then give it voice by recording a

message with your own voice, or writing a text. Check them out:

www.voki.com

www.munkyourself.com (I saw this one today in Larry Ferlazzo's blog

larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)

Voki has a much better text-to-speech tool, though, where you can choose

from a number of voices and accents. Both of them give you html code for you

to embed your avatar at your blog/wiki/page.

Have fun!

Kind regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1723

(Response to #1721)

02/02/2008

Dear Marina,

don't worry, lurking doesn't mean you are not doing anything, it means

you are taking your time and doing things at your own pace. There is

always time to come back to the activities and try them when you have

time.

Let us know if you need any help with your blog! I've never tried to

embed Voki on a wiki page but I've seen it in wikis before - perhaps

it will depend on the wiki host (I've seen it in Wikispaces)? Here's

an example of an embedded wiki I found:

http://langwitch.wikispaces.com/Make+a+Voki

Um abraco,

Monica

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1726

02/02/2008

If you are a windows user, their is a free download at:

http://www.microsoft.com/reader/developers/downloads/tts.mspx

to install a good text to speech tool as an addon for Microsoft

Reader. The reader must be installed before the text to speech component:

http://www.microsoft.com/reader/downloads/default.mspx

Sharon

Adobe Reader's speaking aloud tool.

www.voki.com

www.munkyourself.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1728

02/02/2008

Hi Marina,

Take your time. Don€ ¦´t worry about catching up. Like Ronaldo said, you willhave the whole year to go over thngs we are seeing here. Some of them won€ ¦´t be that useful right now and some will. At the end of the day you would have picked up what is really of value to you and to your learning process.

Hugs

José Antônio

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1733

(Response to #1728)

02/02/2008

Hi Marina!

I know the feeling! After being away for two weeks, I feel I'll never

be able to catch up. I haven't even started to experiment with the

text-to-speech tools!

To make matters worse, I made some kind of mess with the password to

my google account and now I can't access the blog I started in

December :-((

Anyway, I was comforted by the warm answers you got from our dear

webheads. Let's just take it easy.

A fellow sufferer :-))

Mary

Dafne

Dafne

#1745

(Response to #1733)

02/02/2008

After trying different text-to-speech applications I

have found that Bluegrind meets my students needs.

There is no restriction as to the number of words,

long articles are accepted, the recording can be

downloaded and students can add it to their MP3

players to listen to it whenever they want, and the

recording also stays online. The only downside is that

you cannot select the gender of the robot ;-)

My 2 cents,

Daf

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Twitter

janettucker

#1483

01/28/2008

To find out more about Twitter, visit the link below:http://twitter.com/i/9f6c1e89492198acff4d8b3b085298e7be62232e

Thanks,

-The Twitter Team

About Twitter

Twitter is a unique approach to communication and networking based on the simple concept of status. What are you doing? What are your friends doing-right now? With Twitter, you may answer this question over SMS, IM, or the Web and the responses are shared between contacts.

Dafne

Dafne

#1484

(Response to #1483)

01/28/2008

Hi Janet,

My twitter ID is Dafwebhead :-)

cheers,

Daf

zsofia

#1485

01/28/2008

To find out more about Twitter, visit the link below:http://twitter.com/i/7001c5e8278ee6c9a30aa1107a66216b1d4426b6

Thanks,

-The Twitter Team

About Twitter

Twitter is a unique approach to communication and networking based on the simple concept of status. What are you doing? What are your friends doing€ ¢â’ ’´right now? With Twitter, you may answer this question over SMS, IM, or the Web and the responses are shared between contacts.

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1524

01/28/2008

Hi Daf!

You are everywhere, aren't you?

Let me get there and I will try it out. If you have an ID that program sure it is useful!!

Love: Maru

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1578

(Response to #1577)

01/30/2008

Hi Ronaldo,

Taht was a good idea. I have added myself there.

José Antônio

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1591

01/30/2008

Great idea, Ronaldo! I have a Twitter ID but never did

start 'twittering'. I guess now it's the perfect time! ;-)

Um abraço,

Monica

Nelba

Nelba

#1635

01/31/2008

Hi, I have added myself to the list :)

Nelba

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1676

(Response to #1669)

02/01/2008

Hi all,

A very easy question:

How do I write on Dafne's, or any twitterian, home page?

I am looking for 15 minutes now to her/mine home page but can't find the "button" or a place to click to do so!

See! Very easy question!

Hala Fawzi

nelbaq

Nelba

#1680

(Response to #1676)

02/01/2008

Hi, Hala. That is a very good question. I hardly find that option,

too. I think that every Twitter user should make this possible.

For example, I can leave a message to Graham but not to many other

people because the option "send a message " is not available.

In fact, I am not a Twitter fan , just have a look at it once or

twice a week...depending on the mood. But it is interesting to see

what your friends are doing... kind of sharing (web 2.0) isn€ ¦´t it?

Hugs, Nelba

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1695

02/01/2008

Hi Hala Adn Nelba,

I have just starte twittering, but I guess you won´t be allowed to post straight on someone else´s twitter page. What you would be able to do would be post a twitter in your page and that person would see it, if he/she is following you and of course the rest of your "followers" as well. So, in twitter, there is no "privacy". Am I right?

Hugs

José Antônio

Dafne

Dafne

#1699

(Response to #1695)

02/01/2008

Hi guys!

To send a message to a specific person in Twitter, you write @

followed by the username. For example to send me a message you write:

@Dafwebhead and then the message

hugs,

Daf (Happy Online) ;-)

Hala

Hala

#1714

02/01/2008

Thanks Daf!

I have just post my first 'tiwitterian' post on your twitter page.

hugs,

Hala

Dafne

Dafne

#1737

02/02/2008

Hey guys!

Hope you are having a nice weekend :-)

I´ve come across this blog entry about twitter, with several replies

that might be interested in reading, especially if you are not very

sure on the usefulness of Twitter.

Hugs,

Daf

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1738

(Response to #1737)

02/02/2008

Could you provides with the link dear Dafne!

thanks

Cris

Dafne

Dafne

#1739

(Response to #1738)

02/02/2008

Oops I forgot to add the link to the blog :-(

Here it is:http://gnuosphere.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/questioning-twitter/

Daf

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1742

(Response to #1739)

02/02/2008

Hi Dafne,

Wish you the same, especially that the computer problem is soon solved. I think twitter is really great to follow people's activiites and leaning with them.

José Antônio

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1744

(Response to #1742)

02/02/2008

Hi Dafne,

Wish you the same, especially that the computer problem is soon solved. I think twitter is really great to follow people's activiites and leaning with them.

Jos€ ¦é Ant€ ¦ônio

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#1754

02/02/2008

I like twitter and think about it as a quick way to know about

updates, links, interesting things and news.

It was amazing for me to notice that I read some events earlier in

twitter and hours later I watched them in the TV news.

I'm not using it with my Ss in this moment but think it can be a good

way to comunnicate and to know about their interests in the web.

I am angelesb in twitter :-)

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Chinswing

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1492

01/28/2008

Hi all!

Here's a simple and interesting tool to use with your students.

Chinswing allows you to create online threads and everybody can join

in and express their opinion. I created one if you would like to give

it a try; all you need to do is sign up and get your microphone.

Click on the red dot on the right to record your message, or click on

anybody's thread to hear their comments!

Chinswing is one of my students' favourite internet tools.

http://tiny.cc/chinswing

Um abraço,

Monica

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1494

(Response to #1492)

01/28/2008

Hi Monica and everybody,

you know what? Chinswing is definitely a very powerful tool! Last year,

during BaW07, I created a thread about stereotypes and invited webheads to

contribute, which they did in a fantastic way. But later I found out that

other people surfing the web, and to whom I had not given the url to my

thread, had also joined it, making my test-drive become a

1-hour-and-30-minute-long discussion. If you guys want to check it out and

even contribute more, here goes the link:

http://tinyurl.com/2m6b46

*Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo*

*

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1495

(Response to #1494)

01/28/2008

Hi Monia and all,

Chinswing is a very interesting tool. It is great for threaded discussions. It is also good for other activies. Elfina for example posted a link to her chinswing page where students were telling stories. By the way Elfina, I loved all the sotries, jus did not know which one to vote for.

Thanks for sharing that Monica

Hugs

José Antônio

Mary

Mary

#1499

(Response to #1495)

01/28/2008

Great, Monica--just what I was looking for!

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=8f2333c3-a4ba-4e63-ac8d-451e79352b84

I started a thread for the online learning partners in englishmates and

englishexperts, 2 yahoo groups I moderate. Who knows, maybe Alessandro will

include it in the englishexperts blog to which I sometimes contribute:

http://www.englishexperts.com.br/

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1505

(Response to #1499)

01/28/2008

Hi Mary,

that was great! Hope you get lots of comments from your group.

Unfortunately I don't have a mic right now, but I'll certainly leave a

message when I get back home.

Um abraço,

Monica

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1506

(Response to #1505)

01/28/2008

Hi Ronaldo,

the same thing happened to me last year! :-) I had started a thread

with other Webheads, discussing 'adapting novels to the big screen'

and, to my surprise, there have also been a few contributions from

other Chinswing users. It was really interesting. If anyone would like

to join in and make a comment, here's the link:http://tiny.cc/moviesnovels

Um abraço,

Monicahttp://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Sharon Betts

#1510

01/28/2008

I love chinswing and plan on having folks play with it in week 4 if they

don't start before then.

Thank you for your example. I left my mic at work, but will test it out

tomorrow

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Voice and Video Tools

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1496

01/28/2008

Dear Teresa:

Your two euro cents?? My God, I cannot imagine what would be your contribution of an euro!!!! Your contributios are unvaluable, your shared experiences make us all grow.

I have a lot to do to catch up though I will explore all the links you provided.

Thanks for being there!!! God bless you. Love: Maru

k.ergiz

Nergiz

#1597

01/30/2008

Hi all

Does any of you have VoiceThread pro? I really like it bu Is it worth paying $30?

Is there an alternative which is not that limited (the free version of VoiceThread is limited to

three threads).

Thanks for your help in advance.

Best

Nergiz

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1603

(Response to #1597)

01/30/2008

Hi Nergis

I don€ ¦´t have the Voice Thread pro version. I really don€ ¦´t the need to have it. You can create a post and have a very long threaded discussion without paying. Later you can delete that and make a new one. Besides that, there are other tools for free threaded discussions, like chinswing, for example.

Jos€ ¦é Ant€ ¦ônio

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1616

01/30/2008

Nergiz,

I know that in the US you can get VoiceThread pro for free as an

educator. Just click the Go Pro button, then the educator link at the

bottom of the window that opens. I thought that was world wide - does

anyone know?

Without pro, you can only do 3 active VoiceThreads.

Sharon

k.ergiz

Nergiz

#1630

(Response to #1616)

01/30/2008

Hi Sharon

Thanks a lot for the tip. I've checked it out immediately but it says it's for "k-12

educators" and asks for school name and address. I don't work at a school. Too bad!

I really liked Voicethread.

Best

Nergiz

k.ergiz

Nergiz

#1631

(Response to #1630)

01/30/2008

Jos€ ¦é, thanks a lot for your tip with Chinswing. It seems to be a great simple tool for

discussions and I will sure use it (I've just signed up).

What I like about Voicethread though is that you or your students can for example upload a

picture and tell a story or describe the picture. You could even give a presentation with it and

ask students to do the same. A lot of potential there.

Also, in Voicethread you can keep it private or just give the password to whoever you want.

I'm not sure but I think with Chinswing it seems to be always public. I have to try it out.

Thanks a lot once again.

Best

Nergiz

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1634

01/31/2008

Hi Nergis,

I am gald you liked Cninswing, it is a good tool. One of the things I like about it is that many times you just post a thread there for you and your students and other would just join in and give their opinions. I agree with you that voicethead looks better and you have more of a whole picture of everyone posting thier comments and, as you said, the fact taht yu can also upload images makes it really nice.

Kind regards.

José Antônio

Evelyn Izquierdo

#1652

01/31/2008

Hi dear all:

I joined Chingswing this morning and could hear some Bawers' discussions. How interesting! What a great tool! I love it!

Thanks,

Evelyn

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1659

(Response to #1652)

01/31/2008

H Evelyn,

Chinswing and Voicethread are great tools. It is good to know you are trying so many different tools and applications. That is the spitirit.

Hugs

Jos€ ¦é Ant€ ¦ônio

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Webcast

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ePortfolio

minjungj

#1546

01/29/2008

Hi all,

I am recently interested in ePortfolio in ESL and EFL. Does anyone here

who knows good research papers on the topic?

Best,

Min Jung

Evelyn Izquierdo

#1559

(Response to #1546)

01/29/2008

Dear Ming:

I recommend you to visit Dr. Helen Barrett's wiki at http://eportfolios.wikispaces.com/. That helped me a lot. I also invite

you to visit my wiki. It's about text-typology e-portfolios created by

my undergraduate students.http://ingles2componentedocente2007.wetpaint.com/

Warm greetings from Caracas-Venezuela.

Evelyn

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1548

01/29/2008

Hello, Min Jung,

Check this onehttp://electronicportfolios.org/blog/

Hope you will find it useful

Hala

Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#1549

(Response to #1548)

01/29/2008

Hala,

Wow! This link has loads of info on e-portfolios (a very hot topic).

Thanks for sharing.

Beijinhos,

Ramona

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1557

(Response to #1549)

01/29/2008

Dear Hala,

great blog about e-portfolios, thanks for sending the link!

Um abraço,

Monica

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Blogs

Natalia Malkina

Natalia Malkina

#1587

01/30/2008

Hi, everybody !

I am very much interested in blogging and would like

to start a blog of my own. My classes start next week

and blogging could become a very important part of

the course.

there are so many of them

Blogger

Edublogs

Motime

wordpress and more

Which one to choose for my blog I don't know. My

Question is

What factors should I consider when choosing a place

to set up my blog?

Thanks a lot

Natalia

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1590

(Response to #1587)

01/30/2008

Hi Natalia,

you've raised a very important question, there are indeed many

different bloghosts and the blog you create is going to depend on

various aspects.

For instance, what is the purpose of your blog? Are you going to

post your students' work there? Are you going to create one special

project and have all students working on it together? Are you going

to post extra class activities?

Are you going to do all (or most of) the posting yourself or would

you like your students to post too? I find Blogger more intuitive

and easier to start with when students and teachers have little or

no previous experience with blogging. I've started using WordPress

and Edublogs recently and the blogs look great, but it took me a

little longer to figure out how the platforms work; once I got used,

though, it worked very well.

Are you going to create one class blog or would you like your

students to create their own blogs and have them all linked? I find

it easier, more motivating and more collaborative to have one class

blog and get students to work together. Later they can start their

own blogs. It also gives you more control as a teacher, especially

when you have very young learners.

The best thing to do is perhaps choose one of the bloghosts - they

are all excellent - and create an experimental blog, play with it

for a while and see how you like it. I'm a Blogger fan, but I try to

create pages on different hosts to find out how they work; different

aims may require blogs with different characteristics!

Let us know if you need any help creating your blog once you've

decided which host to use.

Um abraço,

Monica

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1592

(Response to #1590)

01/30/2008

Exactly the same with me, Monica. I love blogger, but now I've started using

wordpress and edublogs (mostly because many people seem to see those as

superior when compared to blogger...) and I gotta admit that things are

a little slower for me, until I get totaly familiar with these plataforms, I

guess.... I think it is also a question of personal preference...

Ronaldo

Monica:

I find Blogger more intuitive

and easier to start with when students and teachers have little or

no previous experience with blogging. I've started using WordPress

and Edublogs recently and the blogs look great, but it took me a

little longer to figure out how the platforms work; once I got used,

though, it worked very well.

Nelba

Nelba

#1617

01/30/2008

Sorry Bawers for not being on line ... I still have with problem conection. Can You believe it? When I need it most !

well, thanks José for your comment on BLOGGER and companies. I did not know that ... I am not a wordpress fan... but I will have to consider it. :)

Warm regards, Nelba

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1626

(Response to #1617)

01/30/2008

One thing I like about Wordpress is that you can put your posts into

categories, which Blogger doesn't let you do. See for examplehttp://englishpower.wordpress.com, where I have categorized posts

according to level ( beginning, intermediate, advanced, all levels)

and skill area (listening, speaking, reading, writing) or other rea

(grammar, vocabulary). But like many others I have used Blogger the

most and feel the most comfortable with it.

Cheers,

Nina

Nelba

Nelba

#1620

01/30/2008

Hi, I agree with Monica that you blog will depend on what are you going to use it for, tech availability, etc.

That is why I recommend Graham's article (in our suggested Readings) ... it makes you reflect on this topic.

I also use blogger mostly because it is very user friendly and people find it easy "to start" exploring blogging...but Motime and Wordpress have some other advantages, too.

Nelba

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1639

01/31/2008

Hi Ronaldo,

I think that is a great idea and will give participants an idea of pros and cons of each blog host.

Let the combat begin.

Abraços

JA

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1660

(Response to #1654)

01/31/2008

Hi Rita,

It is never late for a good piece of advice. Everything you said makes a lot of sense to me and I am sure it will be helpful to the whole group. I think it wise to choose a blog host and stick with it, as you said. This allows you to see your online work in a more holistic, integrated way.

I ahve browsed your blogs and allof them look really fantastic.

Thanks for sharing.

José Antônio

http://thomasja.wordpress.com

http://joseantoniook.edublogs.org

ronaldo.limajr@gmail.com

#1638

01/31/2008

I've shared a document with you called "Blogging combat": http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dft9v67j_21cfrhzzhm&invite=gjd62h7 It's

not an attachment -- it's stored online at Google Docs. To open this

document, just click the link above. --- Hey guys, this is the

invitation to collaborate with the blogging combat doc.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1637

01/31/2008

Hey everybody!

Here is Brazil there is a very popular magazine about cars called 4 Rodas (*4

wheels*), and, in every issue, they make a "combat" of two cars of the same

category. The title of the articles are usually "PALIO vs. CORSA", for

example. So I thought we could write about blogging spaces in this style. I

have created a googledoc (http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dft9v67j_21cfrhzzhm)

with my (limited) impressions and will send to the group in a few seconds an

invitation to collaborate with this document, this way we can make the list

of characteristics grow (since some people have more experience with this or

that host than others). What do you think? I guess a good rule to get things

organized would be: add items, but don't delete other people's items.

Also, I've been playing a lot with pbwiki for one year, and a couple of days

ago I started one wiki at wikispaces, so later a could open a wiki combat!

That's it!

Kind regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

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Google Docs

natasabozicgrojic

Nataša Bozic Grojic

#1609

01/30/2008

Hello everybody,

I was wondering if anyone has used Google Docs in class. They were

mentioned in the chat yesterday, so my question was whether they could

be used like a wiki, since they can be changed by anyone who has

access to them.

My question number two: how do you use blogs and wikis for portfolio

assessment. I know the question is very general, but I would be very

grateful for any practical ideas.

Finally, I will be away from 2nd to 9th February. I am looking forward

to the trip, of course, but I won't have access to the Internet for a

whole week. Will I be able to catch up when I come back? I love the

seminar and I don't want to fall behind more than I have to.

Thank you in advance.

Natasa

Nelba

Nelba

#1615

(Response to #1609)

01/30/2008

hi, Natasa: Yes, you can use Google docs in class as a wiki. I have used it in a project with Rita and it works fine.

Sure, you will be able to catch up with BaW08 after your trip.

Bawers are always ready to help ;)

No experience with blogs and wikis for portfolios assessment

:( Nelba

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RSS

Daniela

#1621

01/30/2008

Check on my new post on how to use RSS to help students organise their

favourite blogs on one page! You can also watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU

for more details on RSS and

how it can be used to keep track of your favourite blogs (I hope you

like Ugly Betty, too :))

http://dvmunca.blogspot.com/

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1624

(Response to #1621)

01/30/2008

Hi Daniela,

using RSS to keep track of our favourite blogs, wikis and websites is

a great idea and a wise thing to do - it's impossible to visit our

favourite cyber-addresses regularly, and we never know when something

new will be posted.

Thanks for the link to the YT video 'RSS in Plain English' - you can

also find it in our wiki

http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Videos

together with many other interesting videos on web 2.0 tools.

I see that you used Bloglines with your students:

http://www.bloglines.com/

It's a great aggregator (check our wiki for more ideas)

http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tools

I use Feedblitz on my blog. It allows you to receive updates directly

to your e-mail, which is sometimes quite convenient. You can see what

it looks like going to my blog

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

and checking the sidebar under 'subscribe to our blog'.

Um abraco,

Monica

Daniela

#1625

(Response to #1624)

01/30/2008

Dear Monica,

thanks for the feedback - I also checked on your blog - it looks

awsome! I will subscribe to it and do the same thing with my blog -

great suggestion!

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1632

(Response to #1625)

01/30/2008

Hi Daniela,

Your post on RSS is great. I have never watched Ugly Betty, because it is generally at a time I am busy, but I watch a lot of TV. I find it really relaxing. About RSS, I think it is rreally the best easier way to keeptrack of what we like to read about and it keeps us informed of what is really going on.

Thanks for sharing.

José Antônio

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Wikis

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1650

01/31/2008

Hey guys!

I've also created a wiki combat document for us to write positive and

negative points about wiki hosts

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dft9v67j_22g2fg8439

I've only used pbwiki

and wikispaces so far, so feel free to add more items to these and/or add

other wiki hosts. I believe these documents (blog combat and wiki combat)

might be of great use to everybody if many people contribute. I'll send the

invitation to contribute in a few seconds.

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1662

(Response to #1650)

01/31/2008

Hi Ronaldo,

that was a great idea! I'll join the discussions on blogs and wikis

this weekend. Like you, I've been using PbWiki and Wikispaces, and

they both have some very good features.

Um abra€ ¦ço,

Monica

ronaldo.limajr@gmail.com

#1651

01/31/2008

I've shared a document with you called "Wiki Combat": http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dft9v67j_22g2fg8439&invite=gh4qvv9 It's

not an attachment -- it's stored online at Google Docs. To open this

document, just click the link above. --- Come and help! Ronaldo

natasabozicgrojic

Nataša Bozic Grojic

#1655

01/31/2008

Thank you, Jose Antonio for fixing my link and for your kind words,

both here and in my blog. You are right, both my blog and my wiki are

still babies. Everything is so new and so fascinating.

Natasa

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1661

(Response to #1655)

01/31/2008

Hi Natasa,

You are welcome. It is always a pleasure ot read so many different views on blogging and the explosin of creativity in this group.

Cheers

Jos€ ¦é Ant€ ¦ônio

PBwiki User

#1656

01/31/2008

Hi!

Check this out. I've set up a PBwiki, a quick website that lets multiple people edit it, and I want to invite you to join mine.

This link will take you to the wiki and allow you to create and edit pages, add to discussions, and upload files.

https://maiziea.pbwiki.com/shared.php?aph=0

Sent by PBwiki on behalf of maizie@zahav.net.il

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1678

02/01/2008

Hi, Maizie!

I went to your wiki (one has to already have a pbwiki account, which I

do) but I was unable to edit it because I need a password to do that.

Nina

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1684

(Response to #1678)

02/01/2008

Hi Maizie!

If you would like anybody to see your wiki, you should go to settings (top

right), then click on public/private (menu on the left) and choose to make

your wiki public, this way everybody can see your wiki (if it is private,

only pbwiki members can see it). Now, if you want other people to edit your

wiki, then you have to send them the kew you create for that.

Hope to have helped!

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

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Bookmarking

Angelika Carlson

Angelika Carlson

#1690

02/01/2008

Thanks to everyone who has been sharing their interesting links!

I very much appreciate this. They all look good and I always want to explore them in more detail "when I'll have some time.." Apart from finding the time, this also requires a good filing system, something I find rather difficult to create.

Some links, like podcasts, I file according to learner level. Yet, many links seem to fit more than one category...I then decide to start a subfolder but when I actually need the site, weeks or months later, I cannot find it again because I don't remember what I called it.

Might anybody have a good workable system that helps you find your favourite links again. I have already tried using del.ici.ous but I just end up with too many tags and can't find the forest for the trees. IE "Favorites" works a little better, but even there I have too many folders.

Trying to get organized,

Angelika

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1696

(Response to #1690)

02/01/2008

Hi Angelika,

The best way of filing all those links is bookmarking. I use one called delicious http://del.icio.us/ This is a website that allows you to bookmark all links you find interesting. You can tag them with as many words as yu feel like and then access them by clicking on the categories you wish to consult. The advantage is that you will be able to access them from any computer. This is my delicious account http://del.icio.us/joseantoniook take a look to see for yurself. This is called social bookmarking and in my opinion is revolucianary. You have no idea of how much I have learned with this tool

Hope I could hlep

José Antônio

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1702

02/01/2008

Angelika,

I just started using Buzka.com

I really like it as a teaching tool and actually find myself going

their before my extensive del.icio.us site.

You can see the one I started at:

http://sharonbetts.buzka.com/

Isabel Teixeira

Isabel Teixeira

#1710

(Response to #1702)

02/01/2008

Dear Angelika,

Blinklist is also abery good bookmarker.You can try it at http://www.blinklist.com

warmly,

Isabel

Isabel Cristina de Araújo Teixeira

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1717

(Response to #1710)

02/02/2008

Hi Angelika!

There are three main advantages (in my opinion) of using some kind of social

bookmarking (like del.icio.us or blinlist) instead of IE favorites:

1. You can only access you favorites folder from your computer, but

your bookmarkings are available online, so you can easily access them from

any computer with internet access. Also, if your computer crashes, you lose

all your favorites folder...

2. When you start adding too many pages to you favorites folder, you

might get lost, in the sense that your classification system may be one when

you're adding the page, but another when you're searching for it. Tagging,

on the other hand, allows you to classify a certain page with all the

possible classifications, making it easier to find the page when you want

it. Let me give you an example, suppose you have the folders "education" and

"blogs" in your favorites. Then you come accross edublogs, for example.

Where would you classify it? And most importantly, would you remember where

you classified it when you look for it? Now, if you tag edublogs both

"education" and "blogs" (and more!) it is easier to find it later.

3. It is *social*. It means that you're sharing your classification

with the whole world. If you go to del.icio.us front page, for

example, and search for "pronunciation", del.icio.us will show the

sites that have the most "pronunciation" tags, this is people classifying

the internet, pretty cool, huh?

Hope to have helped!

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1720

(Response to #1717)

02/02/2008

Hello Angelika,

Ronaldo has presented three excellent reasons for using social

bookmarking sites. I've been using del.icio.us and despite its poor

visual appeal (couldn't they make it a bit more visually

interesting?), it works really well for me. I also have an account in

Blinklist, but for some unknown reason I occasionally have problems

adding sites and they end up not showing on my list...

Another great thing you can do with del.icio.us and other tools of

this kind is to create networks (using the tab 'my networks') and

follow what other friends have been adding to their lists. It's very

practical!

Um abraco,

Monica

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Live Sessions

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New Poll

baw08@yahoogroups.com

#1476

01/28/2008

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the

baw08 group:

On which of the following geographic areas of the planet do you live and work?

(this will help us plan a session convenient for your time zone)

o North America

o Latin America

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o Middle East

o Africa

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o So. East Asia

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Graham Stanley

Dafne

Dafne

#1502

01/28/2008

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to attend another live session. This time

our guest speaker is Graham Stanley who will be talking about blogs,

wikis and podcasts.

The session will be at WiZiQ, tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 29 at 21:00 GMT

This is the link to get in the virtual room:

http://www.wiziq.com/tutorsession/session.aspx?JuX%2bgH%

2b2Gba1prbUu56KofeozDiay9EAMzU4BLwnkqlXU1XYPDIxsvHa18fH8zYeOOC4g0AVbGw

%3d

You need to register (free).

The room will be open 15 minutes before the session.

We suggest you register to WiZiQ before the session. This is the URL:

http://www.wiziq.com

There is also a link to the room from our live sessions page at

http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Live_Sessions#Week3

I have created a table in our database section for those who will be

able to attend the session.

Thanks, and hope to see many of you there!

Daf

Dafne

Dafne

#1503

(Response to #1502)

01/28/2008

Since the URL is too long, it would be better to go

from our live sessions page.

Daf

Dafne

Dafne

#1504

(Response to #1503)

01/28/2008

Well, it is me again ;-)

This is the tiny URL to the session with Graham:

http://tinyurl.com/2sf8m8

Daf

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1530

01/29/2008

Hello, Dafne--and everyone.

I greatly look forward to the meeting with Graham Stanley. It's bound

to be both fun and full of useful information, I'm sure, on blogs,

wikis, and podcasts. Sessions in WiZiQ are also a lot of fun--and a

good source of ideas on how to use this learning platform for our own

individual purposes.

Dennis in Phoenix

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1531

01/29/2008

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder taht we will have a live session with Graham Stanley today at 19:00 GMT (remember that there is a clock on top of our wiki page http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/ displaying GMT time). Like Dennis has just pointed out in his reply, we will be using a different conference host Wiziq and, as he said, it is really interesting to work with it. The URL for the conference is http://tinyurl. com/2sf8m8 . Please remember to add your name to our database for the session in the yahoo group.

Looking forward to meeting you all there

Kind regards

José Antônio

Ocsovszky Zs€ ¦óia

#1534

(Response to #1531)

01/29/2008

Hello JA,

I am a bit confused :-(

thats a different session from the previously announced one, which supposed to be at 21.00 GMT at WIZIQ?

Under the link you gave the starting time is:

You are cordially invited to attend Graham

Stanley's session on "Blogs, wikis and podcasts at 21:00 GMT on

Tuesday, Jan 29. Don´t miss it! The room will be open 15 minutes before

21:00

Daf

on behalf of the BaW08 team

When actually the session will start?

Thank you!

Zsofi

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1532

01/29/2008

Hello everyone,

Jus a correction. Graham live session today is at 21:00 GMT, not 19:00. I am sorry for the mistake.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards

Jos€ ¦é Ant€ ¦ôniohttp://thomasja.wordpress.comhttp://joseantoniook.edublogs.org

Dafne

Dafne

#1535

01/29/2008

The session will be at 21 as previously stated Zsofi

:-)

cheers,

Daf

Sally La Luzerne

#1545

01/29/2008

Hi Daf,

In order to attend Graham's session, I guess I need to become a member of WiZiQ. Is that correct? I also see a tour tab. Is it important to take the tour before attending the session?

Still struggling along and trying to take it all in :-)

Sally

Dafne

Dafne

#1547

01/29/2008

Yes, Sally, you need to register, and if you take the

tour great :-)

hugs,

Daf

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1563

01/29/2008

I was greatly enjoying WiZiQ this afternoon with Graham S. I wish I

didn't have to leave so early as the chat was excellent. I must

listen to the recording.

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1564

01/29/2008

Hi all!

Those at WiZiQ today had a wonderful opportunity to learn and

discuss the world of blogs, wikis and podcasts with our very special

guest speaker. Thank you so much Graham, for another great

presentation!

We now invite you to share your impressions, comments and thoughts

by visiting our blog:http://baw08.wordpress.com/

For those who could not make it, had to leave early or would like to

go through the session again, a recording will soon be available, so

stay tuned! ;-)

Um abraço,

Monica

on behalf of the week3 moderators

Dafne

Dafne

#1565

(Response to #1564)

01/29/2008

Hi everybody,

Yes!!! it was a fabulous session :-)

Here's a page I created for this session. You will

find the slideshow and the recordinghttp://baw-08.pbwiki.com/GrahamS

Cheers,

Daf

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1567

(Response to #1565)

01/29/2008

Dear Dafne,

the wiki page looks great - I linked it to the blog post! :-)

Um abraço,

Monica

is_aub

Isabelle

#1569

(Response to #1567)

01/29/2008

Hi Daf !

I wasn't able to attend the session because the computer at work

didn't allow me tpo log on to WiziQ. I've been listening to partof

the recording and watching the slideshow, but I was just wondering

if it was possible to get a glimpse of what was being said in the

chatroom as well, since a lot of people were actively participating,

giving comments and ideas about wikis, blogs and podcasts.

Thanks a lot !

Isabelle

Dafne

Dafne

#1570

(Response to #1569)

01/29/2008

Dear Isabel,

I am really sorry. I just went to check the recording,

and it seems that with the changes they have made to

the platform, now the chat is not recorded. In the

past, you were able to read all the conversation in

the chat. It is really a pity because it was a very

interesting conversation, with lots of questions and

comments about what Graham was saying.

sadly,

Daf

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1572

01/29/2008

Hi Monica,

Wondeful session. I really loved it and already posted my comment on the blog.

José Antônio

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1573

01/29/2008

Hi Dafne,

I am just listening to it righ now. The recourding is so clear. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us.

José Antônio

Graham Stanley

#1574

(Response to #1573)

01/30/2008

Hi everyone,

Thankyou all for coming along last night - I had a great time, and it

was great to see so many enthusiastic participants. WizIQ is such a

great tool too, and very easy to use.

I'm going to do my best to join you for some of the other sessions.

Thanks again, and enjoy the rest of BaW2008!

All the best,

Graham

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1575

(Response to #1574)

01/30/2008

Thank "you", Graham!

It was a wonderful session, with great activity in the text chat area, but

it seems we didn't get it in the recording. :-(

Why couldn't WiZiQ be perfect??!!

Daf, Graham's wiki page looks great! Thanks.

Hugs, Teresa

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1607

01/30/2008

Thanks Monica!

It was a terrific session! I learned a lot, my eyes were wide open. The comments, links, ideas and sharing in the chat box are gold so I will listen to the recording to extract all the juice.

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1608

01/30/2008

Thanks Daf!

That recording is a treasure.

Love: Maru

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1610

(Response to #1608)

01/30/2008

Hi Graham!

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, I also had a great time and learned a lot.

I will post my comments on the blog. Indeed it seems very easy to use, I would like to held a session to practice. Could you tell me please how to book a space to do so?

Love: Maru

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Live Webcast

Elderbob

#1701

02/01/2008

Lee Baber and I are doing some live webcast centered around bringing

music into the classroom in the EVO 08 experience. We thought that

some of our speakers would be interesting to all of you, so we are

issuing an open invitation to anyone in this group or in the new BAW

08 group to join us. The information you need is below. Join us.

Lee Baber's new Live WebBridges (http://musicbridge.com/live) site is

up and running and to celebrate, we are bringing in Dr. James Frankel

as our first guest interview. You can also get to the Live area by

clicking on the "Live" tab at the MusicBridges

Drupal(http://musicbridge.com/).

Dr. Frankel is the Managing Director of

SoundTree(http://www.soundtree.com/welcome.asp), the educational

division of Korg USA(http://www.korgusa.com/korgusa/index.asp), a

registered Professional Development Provider for the State of New

Jersey, a teacher with more than 15 years of teaching instrumental and

general music at the elementary and middle school levels in New Jersey

where he has incorporated music technology throughout his teaching

environment, author of over 50 wonderful articles on music and

education, an Adjunct Faculty member at both Teachers College Columbia

University and Montclair State University where he teaches courses on

music technology, and creator of The Music Technology in Education

blog(http://jamesfrankel.musiced.net/). Take some time to peruse some

of his work at his archive at the Dr James Frankel

homepage(http://www.jamesfrankel.com/). What an awesome educator and

music promoter. We are so lucky to have him consent to an interview.

Again, we will be webcasting via Lee's Live WebBridges

(http://musicbridge.com/live). Just go to the page, and click on the

arrow in the EdTech Talk Ustream window on the right or text chat into

the text chat box (just choose a username, no password is required).

Everything is pretty self explanatory. Dr. Frankel will make a

presentation and answer some interview questions from Elderbob and

Lee, and then you will be invited to log in on Skype and ask questions

or make direct comment to Dr. Frankel.

If you miss the live session, we will also be recording it, and will

try to get it back online on the following day, so everyone will have

an opportunity to hear Dr. Frankel.

I hope to see you all there.

IF you have any questions about the applications, email or Skype

either me or Lee, and we will do our best to make sure you have a

satisfactory experience.

Elderbob

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Interesting

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Links/Resources

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1486

01/28/2008

Hi everyone!

Here's an interesting website containing Jane Hart's directory of

learning tools with more than 2,000 links (so bookmark it and take

your time to explore everything!). Some of them have been voted 'top

tools', so you may want to start there...http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/index.html

Um abraço,

Monica

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1525

01/28/2008

Thanks Monica!

I will look it up, soon I hope!!!

Love: Maru

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1533

(Response to #1525)

01/29/2008

Thanks for sharing this useful directory which I've just bookmarked.

I've been looking at your blog! Beautiful indeed!, with lots of interesting topics

Cheers,

Silvia from Argentina.

Mary

Mary

#1528

01/29/2008

Some links from the educon2.0 conference in Philadelphia last weekend

This is a web page of some tools that one of the presenters at the

educon2.0 conference shared

http://teachingeverystudent.blogspot.com/2007/06/free-technology-toolkit-for-udl-in-all.html

http://educon20.wikispaces.com/search/view/ustream

the ustream links from

the educon conference

http://readwritethink.org/resources/index.asp

web resources for teachershttp://success20.pbwiki.com/ talks about inclusion of the struggling student

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

the story of stuff

http://www.webcastacademy.net/webcaster-kit

(this one was from the webcase academy skype chat which I watched during the lunch break)

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1542

01/29/2008

Hi, Mary.

Many thanks for the forwarding the links from Educon (message #1528).

These online resources will be particularly useful for me since I'm

also a Webcast Academy intern. Although I did an acceptable audio

intro and a two-way telephony recording and made a number of blogposts

and comments during the previous WA session (Class of 2.3), I want to

do new versions, so I'm currently lagging behind.

I'm sure that your Educon links will help me a great deal as I do the

above.

Again, many thanks!

Dennis in Phoenix

(I've not included your excellent links because of their length.)

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1553

01/29/2008

Hi Silvia,

thanks for visiting my blog! :-)

Jane Hart's directory is very comprehensive, I'm sure you're going to

find lots of interesting tools to explore.

Um abraço,

Monica

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1554

01/29/2008

Hi Mary,

thanks for sharing the links! I've bookmarked them to explore more

carefully later!

Um abraço,

Monica

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1663

01/31/2008

Hi everyone!

If you're looking for podcasts to use with your students, here are two

interesting links:http://www.oculture.com/2006/10/foreign_languag.html

Open Culture offers podcasts in different languages, with lots of

different topics (check the sidebar on the right)http://www.eslpodcards.com/index.php

Podcasts focusing on different aspects of English-speaking countries.

Hope you enjoy them!

Um abraco,

Monica

Daniela

#1669

01/31/2008

Blogs are wonderful free tools teachers can design to meet the needs of

their particula syllabus, curriculum, students' learning styles and

personal teaching philosophies. My students like our ESL class blog

because it incorporates a variety of tools they are using EVERY day in

and outside class. This is a list of 5 "must-have" tools I put together

and recommend to any ESL teacher who wants to use blogs as a tool

rather than as a simply instructional media:

http://dvmunca.blogspot.com/2008/01/5-must-have-tools-on-your-esl-class.html

What are your top 5 Must-have blog tools?

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1671

01/31/2008

Hi MOnica,

Very good sites.

Thankss for sharing.

José Antônio

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1677

02/01/2008

I know the topic of the week is wikis, blogs and podcasts, so I'm not

sure my comment will make much sense here :-( Anyway, I'd like to tell

you about my experience with online tools.

Last year I started a yahoo group (I don't know what category they

fall into) so that the students at our institute could choose the

videos they wanted to work with in their video classes (we generally

use music video clips with adolescents and young adults because that's

what they definitely enjoy the most)

The idea was for them to write a short paragraph about the video they

wanted to see. The video was then entered in a poll created before

every video class for sts to vote their favourites.

We found that being able to choose the material they would work with

was highly motivating for the sts plus their writing skills improved a

lot as a consequence of having to "go public" and learning from each

other.

Then we added other features like files with exercises I prepared

using Hot Potatoes, folders with pieces of writing by the sts, photos

and links.

Well, here's the link. http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/chooseyourfavouritevideo/

Unfortunately, you won't be able to see all the messages because I

decided to delete the ones that didn't belong to the latest poll

because they found it a little confusing to see so many messages.

Last month, I also started experimenting with blogs and created one

meant to be a sort of meeting place and communication line for the

teachers working at our institute. For some reason, I can't access it now.

Well, talking about tech problems, I have to dash to post this (I

started trying last night but couldn't do it) because my internet

connection is on and off all the time for God knows what reason :-(

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1688

(Response to #1677)

02/01/2008

Hi Mary,

the idea of inviting students to choose the videos they want to watch

is so brilliantly simple and effective, isn't it? Not only are the

learners happy to be able to do so, but they also feel empowered and

motivated to learn! These are simple things we can do in class that

can make a world of difference in the way we teach and learn. Thanks

for sharing your experience with us!

Um abraço,

Monica

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1689

02/01/2008

Thanks, Monica. I'm glad you liked the idea. About visiting your

project, it was my pleasure. I've already bookmarked it :-)

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1692

02/01/2008

Hello Mary,

Interesting experience this one you told us about. I have never used yahoo group for clas projects. It is true that giving students the option to choose materials increases their motivation. One thing that I don´t know if you did in this project would be having them posting their writing in a wiki or a blog. You said you deleted some of their comments because they would find it confusing. I agree with you that comments in a yahoo are difficult to follow, especially for yaoung learners. I myself have some trouble coping with threads in yahoo groups. Again, a good idea to see comments and make sense of them is to create different blog posts and then students would be able to understand whta is going on.

Your comment makes a lot of sense. We talked about yahoo groups last week and we are discussing blogs write now. About the tech problem, we have had our share of them. I sometimes get really mad at my PC because sometimes the sound is too low just when I amtrying a new application, or it is crashing and I have to re-start it to be able to finsh something I was doing. These machines have a life of their own.

Thanks for sharing. Please let us know how we can help setting up your blogs, wikis, or podcsts.

Kind Regards

José Antônio

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1703

02/01/2008

Hi there,

I believe what you did was start an actual social network through a

Yahoo group. Great project, I enjoyed browsing.

Sharon

Dafne

Dafne

#1785

(Response to #1784)

02/03/2008

Innovate (www.innovateonline.info) is published

bimonthly as a public

service by the Fischler School of Education and Human

Services at Nova Southeastern University and is

sponsored, in part, by Microsoft. The

articles in the February/March 2008 issue, guest

edited by Cathy Gunn

and Susan Patrick, offer a range of studies that

contribute to an

evidence-based framework to sustain further innovation

in online teaching and learning. Innovate-Live webcasts,

produced by our

partner, ULiveandLearn, allow you to synchronously

interact with

authors on the topics of their articles.

In the first article of this issue, Susan Lowes

focuses on the

"trans-classroom" teacher who works in both

face-to-face and online

classrooms, and attempts to track how such teachers

make shifts in

ideas, strategies, and practices that constrain or

improve their

practice in either venue. See

http://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=446&action=article

Her webcast is scheduled for March 26 at 3:00 PM

EST.

Rayenne Dekhinet, Keith Topping, David Duran, and

Silvia Blanch

studied a primary school program that linked

English-speaking

learners of Spanish with Spanish-speaking learners of

English. Their

study provides insight on how Internet technology can

be leveraged to

enhance language learning. [Seehttp://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=479&action=article

]. Their webcast is schedule for March 26 at 11:00 AM

EST.

To what degree do online learning environments sustain

high levels of

engagement in students? Pu-Shih Daniel Chen, Robert

Gonyea, and George

Kuh discuss the implications of their study of the

engagement of

distance learners versus their campus-based

counterparts at U.S.

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[Seehttp://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=438&action=article

]. Their webcast is schedule for March 26 at 2:00 PM

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Julie Foertsch and Morton Ann Gernsbacher describe the

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online instruction

by assessing an online course on autism against each

of the

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]. Their webcast is scheduled for February 22 at 2:00

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Len Annetta, Marta Klesath, and Shawn Holmes describe

virtual

learning environments and the use of avatars to foster

social

presence in these environments as they examine how

gaming and avatars

are engaging online students. [Seehttp://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=485&action=article

]. Their webcast is scheduled for February 19 at 1:00

PM EST.

Next, Lydia Arnold examines the learning concepts

incorporated in an

online bachelor's degree focused on experiential

learning and

examines the benefits and challenges integrating

learning into the

student's workplace in order to improve student

engagement. [Seehttp://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=494&action=article

]. Her webcast is scheduled for February 19 at 11:00

AM EST.

We end the issue with a new feature for Innovate: Reid

Cornwell's

multimedia interview column titled Perspectives. This

month's entry

features a discussion with Tony Gardner-Medwin about

certainty-based

marking, a computer-based assessment system that

scores answers to

objective questions based both on the correctness of

the answer and

on the student\'s assessment of his or her certainty

that the answer

is correct. [Seehttp://innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=552&action=article

]. Their webcast is scheduled for February 19 at 12:00

PM EST.

You may register for webcasts athttp://www.uliveandlearn.com/PortalInnovate/. Webcasts

will be

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article and in

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webcast. All times

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with your time

zone.

We hope that you enjoy this issue of Innovate. Please

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link to Innovate

in their resource section for open-access e-journals.

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Sharing

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1518

01/28/2008

Hi all,

have you been working with blogs, wikis and/or podcasts with your

students? Share your ideas and links with the rest of the group here,

we'd love to hear about your projects!

Um abraço,

Monica

http://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1526

(Response to #1518)

01/29/2008

Hi Monica and all,

I am a big fan of blogs and I have some for different purposes. One of my main blogs is the one that always appears on the bottom of my e-mails. It is mixed and I use it with various groups with different levels. I believe this approach brings diversity to blogging and builds a large audience. http://thomasja.wordpress.com

Under this umbrella blog, I have some activities such as storytelling. Students worked on a project called Beaver Dam last year. They had to retell classic fairy tales. I asked them to illustrate their stories and posted them on the blog. Check them out.

http://thomasja.wordpress.com/category/beaver-dam-stories/

http://thomasja.wordpress.com/

Stories told after we started learning the passive voice.

I also use blog as a follow up to topics discussed in class. I like this kind of activity because it allows them to improve their writing skills while expressing their own ideas or talking about themselves. They love reading what others have written. Under the tag class topics, there are posts of lots of students from different levels.

http://thomasja.wordpress.com/category/class-topics/page/2/

I also use blogs as sort of personal diary. Some examples

I love going to the movies and writing something about how I saw that particular movie. I used to do that a lot before blogs had been invented. Last week I decided to keep a blog on that. Check it out and leave a comment if you want.http://moviegoer.edublogs.org/

Reflectins on learning and the learning process. This is a blog I started last year when I took BaW07 and it always comes back to life in January ( I wonder why). Feel free to comment

http://joseantoniook.edublogs.org/

Finally, another blogging host [actually this is similar to twitter and this kind of blogging is being called microblogging and I discovered it in Carla Arena´s page who found out about it in GladdysBaya's page (both of them Webheads in moderating and coordinating B4ed)]. I thing this one is better for posting reflections and sharing new tools. It doesn't allow comments and it is better than twitter because you can post longer texts and it allows audio, video, etc. And you can subscribe to your friends Tumblr and follow up his activities. It is a good way of sharing activities

http://joseantoniook.tumblr.com/

My two Brazilian cents

Hugs to all from a cludy Brasilia morning

José Antônio

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1527

(Response to #1526)

01/29/2008

Hello again,

Just two more cents, I mean sites

Ablog I have for my adult students

http://topflex.wordpress.com/"> http://topflex.wordpress.com/

And Wikis, a great tool for collaborative projects. This is one I joined in with a group of teachers from Brazil and Argentina coordinated by Carla Raguseo. Students made movies using Dfilm. If you click on students' names you will see the films they have made. On the side bar you have other groups participating in the same project. This was huge

http://cartoonfestival.pbwiki.com/Class+74+-+CTJ+-+Jos€ ¦é+Ant€ ¦ônio

Have a great day

José Antônio

Sharon Betts

#1539

01/29/2008

My favorite wiki project now is an open international group (about 10 - 14

years old) who are starting to share cultural experiences at:http://classroombraids.wikispaces.com

Sharon

Ocsovszky Zs€ ¦óia

#1541

(Response to #1540)

01/29/2008

Sharon,

I can not open this web.

Can you check if is right?

Thank you

Zsofi

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1556

01/29/2008

Hi guys,

here are the links to the blogs I have already used with students:

general blog for adult advanced students:

http://my5a.blogspot.com

- writing project (many webheads helped me with this and I'll present

about it in New York - EV Fair):

http://my3b.blogspot.com

and

http://355north.blogspot.com

- Brazil-Argentina project (with Carla Raguseo):

my5b.blogspot.com

and

http://6thteen.blogspot.com/

- LatinAmerica-Russia project (with Lena and Kate):

http://ruslatproject.blogspot.com

(check out the video I did with my

students and Erika Cruvinel:

http://tinyurl.com/32ueyp

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#1579

01/30/2008

Dear all,

After the great session we have with Graham yesterday, it is time to

start creating, customizing, and sharing our blogs. I know many of

you are already playing with them. I have seen very nice blogs from

some participants who have shared them with us. So, something good

to do is sending a message to this mailing list with the URL and also

posting them to our wiki page called TOOLS CREATED BY PARTICIPANTS

http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/Tools-participants

We would love to see how you are applying what you have been learning this

week. If when trying to set up your blogs you have any question,

just ask to the group and someone will help you quicker than you can

imagine. Finally, I just want to say that one of the reasons I like

blogs is that they are very easy to change. All blog providers have

lots of templates with different colors and with a clikc of the mouse

yu can give them a new look.

Kind Regards

José Antônio

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1581

01/30/2008

Hi all,

I got this link at another EVO session and thought you might find it

interesting:

'Ten habits of bloggers that win'.

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/03/ten-habits-of-bloggers-that-win.html"> http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/03/ten-habits-of-bloggers-that-win.html

Um abraço,

Monica

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1600

01/30/2008

Hllo Monica,

Very interesting link indeed. There are lots of posts and important informatin to read I have delicioused it already.

Abraços

José Antônio

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1582

01/30/2008

Dear all,

sorry, my last post had a broken link. In fact, the whole website is

great, with very interesting and useful information for teachers, so I

think it's worth having a look at

http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/

On the right side you can find 'My most valuable posts' with very good

tips on how to use blogs and wikis with your students.

Um abraço,

Monica

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1583

01/30/2008

Thanks, Monica!

Interesting advice on blogs.

Hugs, Teresa

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1584

01/30/2008

Dear friends,

Hoping to spark some curiosity and new and brilliant ideas from you all, here are, I'm very proud to say, my two award-winning curricular and extracurricular blogs with my YLs in the 2005-2007 school years, together with the fabulous collaboration of many BaWers.

-- CALL 2005-2007

http://call05-06.motime.com (curricular blog with a post in the first page that includes the different tools I used)

-- Have Fun with English! 2 http://fwe2.motime.com"> http://fwe2.motime.com (extracurricular blog)

This school year we have two new blogs, though they keep the same name. They are for my two 5th grades.

-- CALL Lessons 2007-2008 http://call07.motime.com

-- Have Fun with English! 3 http://fwe3.motime.com

You're very welcome to leave comments in this year's blogs. If so, please include your name and country, so the students can locate you in the world.

BTW, I create a new set of blogs when I get a new group of students. I believe that they feel more ownership this way.

Hope you enjoy them!

Hugs, Teresa

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1599

(Response to #1584)

01/30/2008

Hi Teresa,

Beautiful blogs. Congratulations. I browsed them and listened to some of your studens audios. It was a great experience to listen to their voices. They sounded so enthusiastic about learning.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

José Antônio

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1612

01/30/2008

Awesome article by Vicki Davis! Such useful ideas, so clearly

articulated! Thanks for sharing this, Monica. I've bookmarked it.

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1613

01/30/2008

I've observed that many of you are posting broken links on purpose or

writing out urls and email addresses to prevent their being hotlinked,

e.g. nina.liakos AT gmail.com. I suspect there is a very good reason.

Can someone tell me why?

Nina

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1614

(Response to #1613)

01/30/2008

I'm not sure why people would want to post broken links but writing

out your email address makes it harder to be gathered by spam-bots

since they often search for the @ sign.

Kat

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1618

01/30/2008

Thanks Teresa!

Be sure that I will check them! Love: Maru

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1681

02/01/2008

Thanks for the link, Monica. I've also been moving around your blog

"projectplatypus2" I simply love it, the way the different activities

are organized and presented, the links to listening exercises and

quizzes... Great!

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1732

02/02/2008

Dear all,

may I share with you a great blog by a young-in-spirit-and attitude-blogger?

http://amis95.blogspot.com/

Enjoy. It is in Spanish, but hopefully you will be able to get it! Not

sure how great the online translation applications are....:-)

Cris

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1736

(Response to #1732)

02/02/2008

Hi Chris,

What a blog! Really fantastic. This tells us that it is never late to learn. I have met teachers who were in their ealy foruties and think it is too late for them to learn how to use technology. This blog is certainly a source of inspiration for all of us as teachers and students.

Thanks a lot for sharing.

José Antônio

Dafne

Dafne

#1740

(Response to #1736)

02/02/2008

JA, don´t talk about age, please ;-)

warm hugs,

Daf

Sally La Luzerne

#1749

(Response to #1740)

02/02/2008

Cris,

Thank you for sharing the blog! What fun it was to look at! It gave me inspiration and some Spanish practice!

Sally

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#1755

02/02/2008

Age is not as important as attitude. Not just from this woman but the

grandson (so cuteeeeee) that opened a blog for her and have enough

time to spend with her writing her thoughts.

Both of them are admirable :-)

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1758

(Response to #1755)

02/02/2008

dear Angeles,

you have just said it all.

it is all about joining everyone's strengths and come up with a cross-generation project which just make me think we are in the right tract. ICT as a means to an end can indeed be an effective way to bridge such differences.

Cris

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1765

02/03/2008

Dear Cris,

what an inspiration this lady is to all of us! She shows us that we

are never too old to learn new things and make the most of what life

gives us! Thanks for this fantastic link!

Um abraco,

Monica

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