Why not start 2010 with some professional development courtesy of TESOL's Electronic village Online?
The best place for educators to start, especially if they are new to teaching and learning languages with technology is the Becoming a Webhead (BaW2010) session. Run every year, this is the perfect introduction to the Webheads community of practice and it's specially suitable for those teachers who are interested in using technology but who are unsure of where to start.
After joining the BaW2010 Yahoo group, you'll be introduced to a dazzling array of possibilities and will be helped every step of the way by experienced and friendly mentors. By the end of the six week session, teachers will have a much better idea of how they can start to introduce technology into their classroom to enhance their lessons and will also be part of a supportive community of like-minded teachers they can draw on for inspiration and help.
For those of you with more experience, there are lots of other sessions to choose from:
- Adaptive Technology
- EVO Drama 2010
- Digital Materials Preparation Techniques
- Multiliteracies for social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments
- EVO Video 2010
- Online Games for ESL/EFL
- Smart Teaching with Interactive Whiteboards
- Teaching Languages in a Virtual World
- Virtual Language Travel
Enrolment has now just opened for these six-week long hands-on virtual sessions and this year there is a wide variety you can choose to join,details of which are in the EVO Call for Participation
I'm excited about co-moderating the Teaching Languages in a Virtual World EVO session - essentially it's a repeat of the session we did last year, but so much has happened in the last year, and we're expecting the participants to have more experience, so the discussions should be very interesting. We're also hoping that more people will bring actual virtual world teaching experience to the mix. If you want to join in the fun, then sign up here: http://tlinvw.ning.com/