Participants REGISTER for
the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2006
Sessions during the 2-week period:
- Monday, January 1 -
- Sunday January 15, 2006
2005 SESSIONS run for 6 weeks:
- Sunday, January 16 - Sunday, February
3. TESOL Convention 2006, Tampa Bay, FL, runs Wednesday, March 15
Saturday, March 18, 2006. There will be meetings with and
demonstrations by EVO session
participants. An Internet Fair session
will be held at the
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Several events in
convention's Electronic Village will be synchronously Webcast by WorldBridges (Skype: worldbridges)
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intended audience for this project includes both TESOL 2006
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Registration closes January 15.
Sessions run from January
16 to February 26.
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A New Way to Reach Students and Colleagues
workshop in how to podcast, what tools to use, and applications in
ESOL. Although the workshop is suitable for total beginners (no prior
knowledge of podcasting is expected), educators with experience are
also encouraged to join us in discussion and debate to help develop the
potential of this exciting new medium.
Podcasting (a portemanteau of the words iPod and broadcasting) is the
name given to the publishing of audio (usually mp3 files) via the
Internet, designed to be downloaded and listened to on a portable mp3
player of any type, or on a personal computer.
Podcasting, which is a recent development of the changing Web (often
referred to as Web 2.0), at its most basic level offers language
teachers and students a wide range of possibilities for extra listening
both inside and outside of the classroom. Apart from this, however, it
is also possible to extend the scope of the classroom when students
become involved in creating their own content for a real audience,
building community with other classes and students around the world, or
when teachers share good practice and new developments with colleagues
Our aim with this session is to examine the current and future uses of
podcasting (downloadable Internet audio) in English Language Teaching.
Participants will be examining existing podcasts and how best to find
them and integrate them into their own teaching and learning
situations. We will also give participants who want to produce their
own podcasts the opportunity to do so in a supportive community
environment where advice and encouragement will be given during every
stage of the process, from planning to production, and publication to
Weekly synchronous sessions (including participation by guest
podcasters) will be held to analyse various aspects of podcasting from
different perspectives and encourage discussion about the current
practice and future potential of this exciting new medium.
Any educator (school, college, university,
academy) interested in the potential of and current applications of
podcasting in ESL/EFL. This workshop is suitable for total beginners
(no prior knowledge of podcasting is expected) as well as educators
Participants should be familiar with and have access to an Internet
enabled computer (PC or MAC) with audio facilities (headphones and
microphone). Access to a portable mp3 player (with voice recording
facility) is desirable if participants want to record students in
class, but not essential. The other on-line tools that will be used
during the course are free.
We will be offering two modes of participation:
1) Active Podcaster: You will follow the workshop, learning the
practicalities of planning and producing your own podcast. Active
podcasters will be asked to enroll in the session's Moodle and will
finish the session having created their own podcast as well as having a
detailed understanding of how podcasting can benefit students and
2) Observer/Reviewer. For the busier
participant, who is encouraged to participate in the group as much or
as little as he/she wishes, reading and listening to the material, and
reviewing the podcasts. This mode is for educators who have less time
available and/or are interested in learning more about podcasts but who
do not necessarily want to produce their own.
- NB: This mode will require a substantial
time commitment (estimated 5 hours per week) on behalf of the
participant, and is aimed at educators who would like to produce their
own podcasts. The number of active participants will be restricted to
30 (this number may be revised depending on demand).
Observers/Reviewers are encouraged to participate in the the course
Moodle and will finish the session with a good understanding of
podcasting practice and theory.
- Week I – Introductions,
surveys, getting acquainted with our Yahoo group, Moodle, and each other
All participants will meet the moderators
and participants; complete a survey about prior knowledge, experience,
needs and expectations; and guidelines and the schedule will be set for
the course. At the end of this week, which participants will have
confirmed the mode of their participation and active participants will
have set up a blog to act as a base for their podcast.
Synchronous Session: Introduction to Podcasting and Participants
- Week II – What, Where,
When, How & Why?
All participants will be encouraged to:
* listen to different types of podcasts and start to
* make use of directories (both general and ESL/EFL)
to find them
* assisted in downloading and using a podcatching
client (iTunes, ipodder, etc) to subscribe to content
* engage in a discussion about how and why
podcasting can be integrated into a course
* debate about how best to use podcasts with
students and for professional development
- Week III - Do it
yourself part 1 - Planning your own podcast
Active Participants will be asked to put
forward their proposals for their own podcasting projects, deciding on:
* purpose, goals, and message
* whether they want to / how best to involve their
students in creating a podcast
Active participants will also be asked to download and install the free
audio tool Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) and begin to
learn how to use this tool. High-flying active participants will be
encouraged to produce their own podcast and share this with the group.
Observers / Reviewers will be asked to discuss:
* ideal length (time) for a podcast
* ideal frequency (how often?) for a podcast
* audience considerations
* the pros and cons of scripting vs spontaneous podcasting
* the role content plays in the process
Synchronous Session: Student podcasts with Scott Lockman (host)
and guests (to be confirmed)
- Week IV - Do it
yourself part 2 - Podcast Tools and promotion
In this section, active participants will
begin to experiment with recording (on the PC & MAC using Audacity
and/or other tools and/or in the classroom), and we will be looking at
technical considerations involving microphones and other equipment. We
will also be looking at on-line podcasting solutions (such as podOmatic
Observers / reviewers will be involved in looking at the role of RSS
and ways of promoting podcasts, as well as starting to listen to and
review the first podcasts produced by the active participants.
Synchronous Session: Technical Aspects /
Participants Progress (host/ guests to be confirmed)
- Week V - Bells & Whistles
Active Participants will be encouraged to explore ways of adding music
and effects to their podcasts and to experiment with recording VOIP
telephony (Skype) sessions, as well as being introduced to webcasting.
Observers / Reviewers will be asked to examine fine tuning, and to
discuss ways of learning from podcast listeners.
Synchronous Session: Webcasting / Participants Progress with
Graham Stanley (host) and guests (to be confirmed)
- Week VI -
Building a community of practice
Finally, all participants will be asked to share their conclusions,
examine possible future developments in podcasting and to debate the
value of podcasting in English language teaching.
Active participants who decide to continue with their podcasts will be
encouraged to keep in touch through the ELT Podcasting Yahoo Group
community, and future events will be announced.
- Session evaluation.
Session: Evaluation / The Future (to be confirmed)
Podcasting in ELT
Podcatcher client, e.g., iTunes
Free recorder, e.g.,
Audacity - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
e.g., podOmatic and Odeo
Skype (VOIP) - http://www.skype.com
Synchronous voice chat venues, e.g., World
Bridges, Alado, Tapped In, Learning Times
Stanley teaches EFL at the British Council and ESP at the
school of tourism of the University of Ramon Llull, in Barcelona, where
he has lived and worked for the last eleven years. He has an M.Ed. in
ELT & Educational Technology from the University of Manchester, UK.
Scott Lockman has been an English teacher in Japan since 1998.
He is currently enrolled in the MA in TESOL program at Teachers College
in Tokyo. Prior to coming to Japan, he worked in radio broadcasting. He
has been podcasting since October, 2004.
Robert Diem holds an M.A. in TESOL, and currently teaches at
university level in Japan. Originally from Seattle, WA, he has lived in
Japan for the past 13 years. Professional interests include educational
technology and curriculum design. In his free time, Robert likes hiking
in the back country and spending time with his wife and son.
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