YOU can Participate in Electronic Village Online

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This is the kickoff for a course to introduce faculty and interested staff at Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, to Electronic Village Online, a series of professional development sessions put on by …

This is the kickoff for a course to introduce faculty and interested staff at Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, to Electronic Village Online, a series of professional development sessions put on by teachers and sponsored annually by TESOL CALL-IS since 2000. The course covers essential skills and tools needed for participation in EVO.

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  • 1. YOU can participate in Electronic Village Online, free Professional Development Sessions Sponsored by TESOL CALL-IS January 11 - February 21, 2010 Presentation by Vance Stevens at Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi AUP (Dept.) January 10, 2010
  • 2. Essential URLs for this presentation
    • Notes for the presentation http://tinyurl.com/21centuryskills4pdo
    • This slide show uploaded to http://slideshare.net/vances
    • Sessions are FREE to anyone
    • You DON’T have to be a TESOL member to participate
  • 3. What is EVO?
    • Free professional development sessions FOR teachers
    • Created and mounted BY volunteer teachers
    • Sponsored by TESOL (and CALL-IS)
    • Focus on
      • ESOL
      • Language teaching
      • Educational technology in general (e.g. digital images, video)
      • Other pedagogical issues (e.g. accessibility)
  • 4. Philosophy of EVO
    • From Stephen Downes, WiAOC 2007 http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/personal-learning-the-web-20-way
      • To teach is to
        • Model
        • Demonstrate
      • To Learn is to
        • Practice
        • Reflect
  • 5. Why is EVO so good?
    • Dedicated training and preparation of moderators
      • October - Call for Moderator participation
      • October-November - Moderator training sessions
      • early December
        • Sessions must have viable syllabus and outcomes, adhere to minimal standards
        • Peer reviewed and only then accepted
    • Experience and scaffolding
      • 10 years: each year since 2000
      • Inculcate 21 st century teaching methodologies
  • 6. Timeline for participants
    • January 4-10, 2010 Registration for sessions listed at: http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2010
    • January 10, 2010 at noon GMT (4pm UAE) Live webcast kickoff at http://webheadsinaction.org/live
    • January 11 – February 21, 2010 EVO sessions
      • Can be as intensive as you wish
      • Limit yourself to one or two sessions
    • March 24-27, 2010 TESOL Conference in Boston
  • 7. What do you do in EVO sessions?
    • Almost all start with an email list, usually Yahoo Groups – http://yahoogroups.com
    • Many have Nings – http://ning.com
    • Most use wikis ; e.g. http://pbworks.com or http://docs.google.com
    • Many use microblogging ; e.g. http://twitter.com
    • Many socially bookmark URLs using http://delicious.com or http://diigo.com
    • Most encourage reflective blogs ; e.g. http://blogger.com
  • 8. Friendly to newcomers
    • EVO moderators have all learned from one another
    • Some sessions cater to newcomers; especially Becoming a Webhead http://evosessions.pbworks.com/baw2010
    • Support continually available
      • Community-based learning
      • Both live and synchronous help
      • Attitude of sharing, scaffolding, enjoyment in, enthusiasm for learning
  • 9. Won’t you try it out? Hope to see you there, Vance Stevens http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com