However this “old blog” has
good archives about Real English and
and other items of interest to
ESL EFL students & teachers,
especially Real English users :-)Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
I am a member of EVO (Electronic Village Online) sponsored by the CALL Interest Section of the 40-year-old, 14,000 member TESOL organization. Every January/February there are free workshops which each last 6 weeks. It is not necessary to be a member of TESOL to participate. The sessions are all powered by volunteers, mostly Webheads, and include experts in many fields related to EFL / ESL. Last year, I helped moderate the Video workshop, and this year I am one of 318 members of a new group called Images4Education (Also a must-see http://images4education.ning.com/ )
Be sure to see the summaries of all the workshops at http://evosessions.pbwiki.com/Call_for_Participation09
This is clearly the best year for EVO workshops, with so many competent experts and facilitators taking the time necessary to do great work.
This video is my first contribution to the session I joined. One of the tasks for the first week in Images4Education is to introduce yourself and to add a few words about your general use of images for education. One member of the team of moderators had the idea of asking all participants to post a picture of the view from their window. The results show that this was a brilliant task for all of us, a pleasure for all concerned, as we see at
and so many other URLs!
This video is my way of completing this task. I could have used photos and text instead, but I had this idea…Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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.
A very happy holiday season to you all,
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 mp3 file is on this Wikispace, in case you want to download Michael’s song like I did.
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.
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.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 6 so far )