Today is the official start of TESOL's Electronic Village Online (EVO2007) , which is an annual event of free workshops run by volunteers and open to educators from all over the globe. This is my third time as a session moderator - I keep coming back for more!
Proceedings kicked off grandly with a World Bridges webcast, which can be heard at http://webheadsinaction.org/
There are a total of active 13 sessions this year, in what promises to be a fun and lively 6 weeks (The sessions run until February 25th).
Personally, I'm involved in three of the sessions. The Digital Gaming & Language Learning one will be looking at all aspects of gaming and language learning, and includes an optional module focusing on Second Life, which promises to be very active, and we have started a wiki, where most of our collaborative efforts will end up. I'll be moderating this with Nicholas Noakes, who is based in Hong Kong, and Rita Zeinstejer, in Argentina.
I'm also co-moderating the Open Webpublishing EVO session, but not until week 4. Before then, Bee (Barbara Dieu) and Patricia Glogowski will be leading the way, concentrating on blogs, wikis and other non-audio Web 2.0 tools for teachers. The last half of the session will concentrate on podcasting, and I'll be co-moderating that with Nicholas Noakes and Scott Lockman.
Finally, I'm also going to be helping out with the Webcast Academy EVO, which will look at live, interactive webcasting. this is something I'm involved with at EFL Bridges, one of the World Bridges community sites. Jeff Lebow is at the helm of this session, with Vance Stevens, Lee Baber, and other Webcast Academy graduates and internees helping out. The Webheads in Action site will be one of the homes of this EVO, and there is also a Webcast Academy Yahoo Group too.
These are just a few of the sessions that are going on - EVO is always a great meeting of minds and full of people who are very giving and willing to learn from each other - make the most of the opportunity if you think you have time. I'm sure you won't regret it.