Webheads in Action

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Webheads in Action
Webheads in Action

December 28, 2008 – Listen to Michael Coughlin’s new song (click on play above).

Michael wrote on the Webheads YG:

“For ages I’ve wanted to write a song about being a webhead and I’ve finally had a first go at it…  It’s pretty raw at the moment as I recorded it straight on to my PC using Audacity and a standard PC mic.  Later in the (southern) summer I’ll record a better version of it.

But in the meantime consider it yours to play, sing, alter, adapt and share!
A very happy holiday season to you all, 
– Michael”.
It sounds great to me right now.  I can’t wait to hear the 120 track version!
I already told Michael I hear a Tom Petty influence (an obvious compliment), but I didn’t mention that he’s definitely singing not only my kind of music,  but also the music of my generation, and I wonder what the youngsters amongst us think of the musical aspect, the composition, as it were, as opposed to the lyrics?
(the lyrics are beyond criticism, if that is possible).


The mp3 file is on this Wikispace, in case you want to download Michael’s song like I did.

Lyrics of Michael Coughlin’s new song – A Webheads Theme (December 2008):

Webheads – all over the world
Webheads – we’re all over the world

24/7 – we’re online
It doesn’t really matter – whatever the time
Someone’s there to answer the CALL


You want to know how to do it right
Or maybe you’re lonely in the middle of the night
Someone’s there to answer your CALL


You want to join your class up across the world
Or you want an expert to talk to them live
Someone will answer your CALL


You’re going on a journey to a foreign land
Want to meet a friend there to show you around
There’ll be someone there to answer your CALL


Learning together – sharing our views
Living together – sharing our news
Always someone there – on the same wavelength


By Michael Coghlan


I updated an Introduction to the Webheads for those of you unfamiliar with us.

Who are the Webheads? What do they do?

Founded by Vance Stevens, “Webheads in Action” is the most active online community involved with computer mediated communication in the field of English as a Second or Foreign Language. Members from nearly every country on the planet are represented. Its 700+ active members represent the most robust online manifestation of the 40-year-old, 14,000 member TESOL organization. There are so many links and so much information on the internet about and by the Webheads, that it all seems a bit mind-boggling at first. In my opinion, the best way to get started is to subscribe to the main Webheads Yahoo Group and lurk for a few days to get a feel of the daily life of this community. You will find beginners and experts on various topics all mixed up in one exciting  thread after another. It’s also a very tight, caring group. Friendships run deep amongst members, so you will find almost as many personal messages as professional ones, which seems a bit strange to those who are familiar with more traditional forums. Don’t sign up if your aim is to promote a certain product or service. You probably won’t be blocked or removed in such a case, but you will be ignored. This is a place for serious self-help and professional development, with mutual sharing of resources and ideas, the more experienced always helping out the less experienced in any particular specialization, whether it be a question concerning Web 2.0 places of interest or how best to use software in the classroom…   A large percentage of members are ESL/EFL teachers, perhaps nearly half of them native speakers of English. 

Teresa d’Eça has compiled an historical account of many important moments in the life of the Group, as well as an Index of Webheads’ sites and blogs.

So if you’re a teacher interested in discovery, experimentation, and self-improvement in the realm of computer mediated communication, this is definitely a community you will want to explore.


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Thanks for this Michael. As Robert Burns said in so many words, no greater gift the giver give us than to see ourselves as others see us. By us I mean you, me, and all the rest of us. Thanks again for the nice description – /^V^\

Great description.!!! And as you know,beginners are respected as experts and experts don’t show themselves as the “owners” of the knowledge.
It’s a pleasure to share tools, sites,ways of teaching,etc.with everybody and you always find someone ready to help.
When someone in the group starts any project many of us encourage the experience and take part of it.

Thank you Michael for this. I always find it difficult to tell in a few words who the webheads are. There’s so much to tell…

Well, Mike!!! You have invited me to write about my dear webheads. Thanks so much for this Chocolate treat!!!! Webheads is a family of specialist on F.U.N! I still remember how i felt when i firt met Webheads… I was so lost in everything I didn’t dare to write or say anything but being around webheads taught me that i was just being silly…There’s a way to learn a lot and learn without pain… you’re learning from more experienced people than you but you don’t event notice it. friends working with friends… the best way to learn… I know people visiting our webhead community will be visitors for a very short time since they will feel welcome and at home. No longer visitors but family… webhead family.

Dear Michael, your definition is quite complete. Webheads family is always there ready to help. I learned a lot. At the beginning I did not understand a word… I found it very difficult to follow the rhythm of the group, but little by little I became more confident once I started trying all Web2.0 tools.

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