Friday, January 24, 2014

REALize! Conference Jan. 24, 2014 ... 27 Great Sessions for English Educators

REALize! is a free online EAL/ ESL professional development conference where teachers and educators participate, join, chat, learn and share their experiences for a day. There are 27 sessions to choose from. Please, check the schedule to know more about these sessions.


It starts today January 24, 2014 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM CST 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

3 FREE e-courses 4 building mobile Apps
Retrieved Jan.7, 2014
My school is not technologically equipped. And not all of my students have PCs or laptops, however, all of them have mobile phones. I just want to make use of what they have to develop their creativity and create an engaging atmosphere for enjoyable learning. In short, I want to bring life into my traditional classrooms. There are a lot of apps that I can download for free, but this is not my ultimate goal. I want to build my own apps that suit my students' needs and levels. That's why I decided to search for some online courses that can help me to achieve my goals. I'd love to share them with +Clara Cordero Balcázar  and other friends who are interested in the same area:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

18 EVO Professional Development Sessions to Start 2014

EVO 2104
Retrieved Jan. 2, 2014
This is my fourth Electronic Village Online (EVO) session that I participate in. As an EFL teacher, I always search for such opportunities for professional development. It doesn't only help me to know more recent trends in teaching English and update my expertise, but it also connects me to a lot of educators and teachers from all the corners of the globe. In this crazy digital age, the emphasis is shifted from “how” and “what” to learn towards the question of “where to learn.” "Where" is the buzz word of the 21st century. In other words, “the pipe is more important than the content within the pipe” (Siemens, 2004). This means that the network itself is the basis and core of the learning processes. Once learners connect to a network, they share and find new information, change what they think according to what they learned, and then connect to the network again to share their insights and experiences. In this way, learning is a knowledge creation process rather than just knowledge consumption (Kop and Hill, 2008)