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Welcome to the EVO 2011 Launch Webcast

Launch Webcast: Sunday, January 9, noonGMT
During this live webcast, we aim to speak with many of the organizers and session leaders for the Electonic Village Online.  
Below are some tips on how to participate in this amazing (and sometimes chaotic) opening event.

 (updates in progress - some pages might not be ready until about 0900GMT)
You  DO NOT need to skype in to listen to the webcast.
There are several ways to listen to the webcast and particiapte in a text chat room.
If you have a relatively slow internet connection, we stongly suggest using the Live Lite  interface .
If you have a relatively fast internet connection, give the Main Live Page a try.

If you would like to join the conversation (not just listen) at some point,
you will need to follow these steps (dont' skype us, we'll skype you :)

Information about participating in EVO sessions below and at:




2011 Electronic Village Online (EVO) 

A Project of TESOL's    CALL Interest Section

January 10 - February 13, 2011

--> Registration is Jan 3-9, 2011

Past EVO's

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   The Electronic Village Online Sessions



For five weeks in January-February, participants and ESOL experts can engage in collaborative, online discussion or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions will bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by the land-based convention a nd will allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.


Sessions are  free  and open to anyone around the globe. Bring your colleagues!



  • Click on the name of a session below  to view the complete   session   description.
  • Join  a session by following the link to the online platform at the bottom of each description.



----> We  strongly recommend  that you sign up for no more than two sessions.


Sessions  Moderators  Brief Description 
Becoming a Webhead 2011 
Sponsor: CALL-IS 
Dafne González
Teresa Almeida d'Eça,
Jose Antônio Da Silva
Mbarek Akaddar
Helen Davies
Fernanda Rodrígues
Sharon Betts
Larissa Olesova
Dennis Oliver 
Webheads in Action is a long-standing community of practice of language teachers worldwide, coordinated by Vance Stevens. In the Becoming a Webhead workshop, which is an introduction to Webheads in Action,  we  explore  Web communication tools and  share  the best ways of using them in our teaching practices,  engage  with students in virtual classes,  collaborate  in projects, andparticipate  in conferences as audience and presenters. This collaboration takes place online, as we are all geographically apart.  Would you like to join us?
Re-playing Process Drama
TESOL Drama E-Group
SPLIS (Speech, Pronunication,
Listening Interest Section)
Gary Carkin
Shin-Mei Kao
Susan Hillyard
Fernanda Molla
Nigel Caplan
Holly Dilatush
George Plautz
Leslie Sapp   
TESOL-Drama began looking at process drama in the 2010 workshop. This year, we will approach process drama from the more practical perspective of process drama activities and conventions, and then move to the discussion of how these may be utilized within different contexts.
The workshop will thoroughly examine the techniques and strategies used in forming a process drama, explaining what they are and how they may be implemented, in what contexts they might be used, and through what roles the emerging drama might best be expressed.  We will call upon workshop participants to contribute examples of techniques and strategies that they have found successful and the contexts to which they were applied.
Finally, we will solicit examples of lesson plans that illustrate the use of the strategies in an ongoing fashion and how they were, or could be, utilized to fashion a complete process drama.
Digital Storytelling 
Carla Arena
Cheryl Oakes
Dennis Oliver
Erika Cruvinel
Daniela Munca
Kathy Epps
Nina Lyulkun
Saša Sirk
How can adding stories to your in-class and online activities raise student interest? How can you help learners develop 21st century multiliteracy skills through active learning enhanced by those stories? 
In this five-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online, participants will be introduced to various online tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. They will explore how images, music, slideshows and web tools can be used in educational settings for storytelling.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to develop a digital storytelling plan to promote students' creativity, engagement and learning through the incorporation of digital production into their lesson plans.
PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Learning Competencies
Susan Burg
Daniela Cuccurullo
Letizia Cinganotto
Sandra Rogers
Sandy Wagner
In recent years there has been a new array of learning management systems (LMS). Tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts and social bookmarking have created a significant shift in the educational experience. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) enable learners to have greater control over their own learning experience. This session will take a look at the current situation by clarifying the concepts of personal learning environments and networks (PLNs). Participants will learn by doing, creating their own Personal Learning Environment and adding tools relevant to their individual needs as the 5-week session evolves.
Creating  Vocabulary Activities
Hands-on workshops and discussions 
Materials Writers IS
John Allan
Stephen Roney
This session will introduce instructors to simple tools and techniques used by their educational-technology-savvy peers to produce professional, functional and recyclable resources for teaching vocabulary.  Each of these exercises has been used extensively in classes across the globe. Participants will be given the opportunity to share their experience with these tools. This collaboration takes place online.  Would you like to join us?
  Multiliteracies for Social Networking and
  Collaborative Learning Environments
Vance Stevens        
Dennis Oliver
Jennifer Verschoor
Nelba Quintana
Multiliterate individuals are aware of the pitfalls inherent in technology while striving for empowerment through effective strategies for first discerning and then taking advantage of those aspects of changing technologies most appropriate to their situations. These strategies include managing, processing, and interpreting a constant influx of information, filtering what is useful, and then enhancing the learning environment with the most appropriate applications. This course seeks to heighten awareness of these considerations, and to enable participants to explore ways of dealing with them in professional and interpersonal development as well as work with students. 
  Language Learning and Community Building in Second Life
Dr. Kalyan Chattopadhyay
[Kalyan Horatio] 
Dennis Newson [Osnacnatab Nesterov]
Heike Philp [Gwen Gwasi]
Mary Pinto [Mary Roussell]
Nahir Aparicio M [Nahiram Vaniva]
VILLAGE  is the name of the EVO Session  Language Learning and Community Building  in Second Life and is a 5 week workshop on how to use virtual worlds for language teaching and learning. (VILLAGE is an acronym for Virtual Language Learning and Group Experience).

Our activities will take place in the virtual world of Second Life, which is free to join.

Mentoring TESOL
Teachers for Social Responsibility IS (SR IS)
Valerie Jakar
Shafali Ray
Marina Gonzalez
Eleanor Adika  
This series of sessions  on mentoring skills such as coaching, counseling, consulting, and peer  dialoguing is intended for those teachers of English as an Additional Language (in countries of native English speakers and in non English speaking environments)  interested in mentoring new or struggling ESOL teachers. Through discussion, case studies, and role play we will share our ideas and hone our skills. Guest experts will guide discussion as we identify and share our own mentoring strengths and possibilities. Towards the end of the series, we will begin work on creating an ongoing TESOL mentor-support community, encouraging  others to join us in this important aspect of all teachers' lives. 
Podcasts for the EFL/ESL Classroom 
Evelyn Izquierdo  
Miguel Mendoza
José Rodríguez
This  EVO 2011 workshop  aims at providing basic proficiency related to the production and publishing of digital media files (podcasts) and its implementation in the language classroom to enhance communication in speaking and listening skills.
Reflection and Practice: Virtual Education 
Malcolm Peñaranda
Marcela Jaramillo
This session intends to foster a reflection process on the integration of virtual and physical classrooms through the use of different technological tools and strategies that will give participants some ideas on how to deal with such integration. 

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