Welcome address: The work of the ECML in support of multilingualism and plurilingual education - language education and technology
Thu 22 April 2010, 9am GMT (World time)
In this welcome address, Dr. Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director of ECML introduces the work of ECML in networking expertice throughout Europe to foster plurilingualism of citizens and intercultural education and to empower language teaching professionals through the strengthening of professional networks and the wider community of language educators.
Dr. Waldemar Martyniuk will outline how technlogy plays a role in language education and explains how the expertise of two current ECML projects DOTS - Developing on-line teaching skills and E-VOLLution, Exploring cutting edge applications of networked technologies in Vocationally Oriented Language Learning promotes innovation and reform in language teaching and learning.
About Waldemar Martyniuk
Image and Text in Second Life: Une littératie en devenir/ The Becoming of Literacy
Thu 22 April 2010, 9:30am GMT (World Time)
In this bilingual presentation (English/ French) Ilva Lindberg
of Finland presents her book 'Image et texte dans Second Life:
une littératie en devenir (Image and Text in Second Life: The
Becoming of Literacy)' which will be published in French this
year (2010). The book focuses on the image and on how visual and
textual images in the past and in the present help us to relate to
new technology, such as Second Life. In today's educational context
we are inclined to learn and apply new technology immediately,
without reflecting upon which consequences the usage has for the
teaching, particularly for language and literature teaching. This
book offers material to elaborate ones own idea of Second Life.
Ilva figures that this is the way not to be absorbed by it.
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|European Union language projects - resources for you; how to
Thu 22 April 2010 10am GMT (World Time)
The European Union Lifelong Learning Programme funds a huge
programme of education projects every year, but what projects are
being funded and how can you get involved?
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|Exploiting rich media web based content for receptive
Thu 22 April 2010 10am GMT (World Time)Exploiting a variety of rich media web based content raises a number of issues and challenges for teachers. However it is essential that we face these challenges in order to develop our students' digital literacies and their ability cope with and assimilate information from a number of web based sources.
This session will look at how teachers can quickly create web based receptive skills tasks that limit the amount of information students have to deal with, while still helping them to develop the necessary skills to process information in a web based environment.
About Nik Peachey
Nik Peachey is a freelance educational consultant, writer and teacher trainer specialising in web based technologies for language learning and development.
He has been involved in English language teaching since 1992 and has worked all over the world for companies like the British Council, International House and IATEFL. As well as working as teacher and teacher trainer, he has also been involved in managing a number of online and software projects including websites for teacher development, CD-ROM projects and has developed online and blended learning courses for the web and for virtual worlds such as Second Life.
At present he is based in Morocco.
As well as publishing in journals and with ELT publishers, he publishes his own work on 4 free websites.
His learning technology blog is aimed at supporting teachers and giving them practical ideas for using a range of new Web 2.0 type technologies with their students.
His Daily Activities blog has a range of tasks and activities that EFL and ESL students can use autonomously to develop their English and digital literacy.
His Quick shout blog has a range of new views, quick teaching tips and information about new and emerging technologies and how they can be used to have an impact on education.
He publishes a site ‘On Blogging and Social Media’ which aims to help teachers to develop their own professional development networks, get involved in online communities and become active participants in the online ELT knowledge community.
He has also written and published a short manual on Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers which can be downloaded free of charge from: http://www.scribd.com/doc/19576895/Web-20-Tools-for-Teachers
Nik holds an M.Ed in ELT and technology from Manchester University and is also a PRINCE 2 qualified Project Manager.
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Vyew, the collaborative WarRoom
Thu 22 April 2010 10am GMT (World Time)Vyew is the Collaborative WarRoom where content, communication and workflow is integrated and managed. Unlike a conference room, a WarRoom is dedicated to a specific objective where information is readily available and displayed at all times. Users can work independently over periods of time or in groups in real-time. Content and the discussions around it are collected in a persistent environment for process tracking and review.
Vyew is a virtual room with unlimited leafs of whiteboard. Users using a browser on any OS can enter to draw and author on these boards like a PowerPoint presentation. Multiple types of digital content or documents can be imported onto these boards where users can annotate and converse around them. Filtering and search tools are used to find, isolate and track users input and discussions. Real-time web conferencing tools such as webcam, VoIP, desktop sharing are built-in. These rooms can be shared and embedded in websites. Contents in these persistent rooms can be duplicated instantly for individual use or breakout meetings; yet, digital rights of all duplicated content can be managed.
About Henry Hon
Henry Hon is a senior operations and management executive with successful start-up experience and proven marketing and technical creativity. Currently, Henry is the CEO of Simulat, Inc (Vyew). Under Henry’s vision, creativity (3 patents pending) and leadership Vyew has stood out in the growing yet crowded market of collaboration software. Within five years, Vyew is now considered a leading collaborative browser software (picked by PC World as the top collaboration software) and it is profitable.
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Margita Perez Garcia
|MUVEnation and Discursive strategies to manage group
discussions and text based interaction in a multicultural
Thu 22 April 2010 11am GMT (World Time)
EU funded MUVEnation
Margarita Perez Gracia
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Unconference/ BarCamp/ EduCamp
Thu 22 April 2010, 11:30pm GMT (12:30pm London time)
An unconference is an event without set program. Conference participants get together and spontaneously talk about the topics they are interested in. The main topic today has been NING.
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Barbara (Bee) Dieu
VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION: EVOs global training camp
Thu 22 April 2010, 1pm GMT (World time)
This panel brings together those who have done exactly that,
namely invent the future.
Moderation Marisa Constantinides, CELT, Greece
Every year for 6 weeks starting mid January, the Internet buzzes with activities. Many hundreds of language teachers engage and train at the free-of-charge online training camp called EVO - Electronic Village Online.
What is absolutely amazing and truly mindblowing is that this workshop is organized and conducted by more than 60 moderators completely free of charge, is superbly organized and the training is of extremely high quality - and it is completely focused on language learning with technology.
About Barbara Dieu (Bee)
About Vance Stevens
Vance Stevens teaches computing at Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. After 20 years as lecturer in English language, doubling as CALL specialist and coordinator, he worked 2 years in ESL software development in California, then returned to the Middle East as educational technology consultant and CALL coordinator for a language institute in Abu Dhabi. There he founded the online community Webheads, http://webheads.info, resulting in involvement in many community-based online professional development endeavors which have formed the basis of his professional development life this past decade. There's more about Vance at http://www.vancestevens.com/vance.htm, and he blogs at http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com.
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Why learn a langauge in a virtual world?
Thu 22 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)
Since 2007 Myngle has been
offering language training online with real teacher and live
lessons. Around 300 teachers from around world have connected with
thousands of students for private lessons from the comfort of their
homes. Here is a snapshot of Myngle's history and a look towards
the future making the case for blended e-learning: asynchronous
& synchronous in a digital world.
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Web 2.0 tools that make a difference
Thu 22 April 2010, 3:20-3:40pm (World Time)
Web 2.0 tools are everywhere and many teachers are confused by
the choice. www.teachertrainingvideos.com
has become a major source of training for web 2.0 and in this talk
Russell Stannard will highlight the most effective tools for
language teaching based on feedback from over 10,000 users of his
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Technology .... What's in it for my students?
Thu 22 April 2010, 3:40-4:00pm GMT (World Time)
Alexandra Francisco is an EFL teacher in Madeira, Portugal. She
has been teaching for 15 years at the secondary level and has only
recently began to be involved in the teacher training area,
providing short workshops on the use of web2.0 tools in EFL
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Fire and Ice ESL! An all-inclusive blended learning experience to learn English at a distance
Thu 22 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)
Elluminate, Inc., the world’s leading provider of virtual
classroom technology, has created an engaging and fun opportunity
to learn English as Second Language. The Fire and Ice
ESL! program targets primary and secondary school
teachers and connects them to certified and native English
instructors using the power of the Internet.
About Mayte Esponda
About Holly Longstroth
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Making the Most of Free Web Applications
Thu 22 April 2010, 4:00pm GMT (World Time)
There is no doubt that we are living in the era of ICT and our
students are so computer-literate that it is a shame to waste this
tremendous potential to make use of their knowledge and interests
to our and their advantage. We have argued endlessly about theories
and concepts like the communicative use of language, CLIL, using
authentic materials, extending learning beyond class time,
motivating learners, collaborative learning, promoting autonomy and
self-directed learning. The time has come to blend all these
concepts into new, authentic and motivating tasks!
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Medieval role play in language acquisition
Thu 22 April 2010, 4pm GMT (World Time)
Are you ready to learn something about Sim role playing culture? Have you ever wondered what language activity in a virtual world could be like?
This is your opportunity to experience role playing in a
medieval sim. Join us in a tour to two wonderful fantasy worlds:
and Artstonia and help us explore how to take full
advantage of these virtual world environments to give students a
motivating and engaging experience in which they can learn a new
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Start to speak Arabic in minutes
Thu 22 April 2010, 4:00pm GMT (World Time)
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Arabic!
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Moderation: Marisa Constantinides/ Shelly Terrell
PECHA KUCHA Night
Thu 22 April 2010, 8pm GMT (World Time)
Panelists (in alphabetical order):
Pecha Kucha is a speedy presentation technique, which originated in Japan and which allows for 20 slides auto-advancing every 20sec. A total presentation of 6min 40sec, on any topic.
About Marsia Constantinides
About Seth Dickens
About Tamas Lorincz
About Nicholas Provenzana
About Heike Philp
About Berni Walls
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