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These are quick lesson plans, good sites to bring your students to, or other kinds of resources you may find valuable for professional development.  Please be sure to mention my name if you adapt these materials for your own uses.

If you don't find what you need, please drop me a line and let me know.  We may be able to create something together! 
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Also check on my Communities of Practice page, which contain hundreds of resource files and links.

  QUICKSTEPS - lesson plans to teach writing


Virtual=Real - My educational technology blog focuses on new tools and media and ideas for teaching with them - continuously updated links in Diigo are reported in the sidebar

Nik Peachey's blog - Explores new tools and offers many tips for using them with EFL/ESL classes

The CALL IS Virtual Software List - social bookmarking on Diigo; you are welcome to join and contribute, or just
browse through bookmarks categorized by tags and in lists that may be viewed as slideshows. Numerous sites on Writing and Teaching Writing.


EVO Video Archives - Tools, teaching tips, and other resources for using video, slideshows, digital storytelling, etc.

Jing - Russell Stannard shows how to make movies of your monitor and mouse action with one of many free online screen recorders.

Video Online, by E. Hanson-Smith and M. Marzio, suggests good Websites using video for language practice and content- and project-based activities. A recording is found at Learning Times (use the large green button to enter and wait for the presentation to load).


Project-Based Learning and WebQuests: Using Authentic Content with ESOL Support - My page with tools and resources to help students with authentic content Web sites

WebQuests for Academic Writing  - Lists of good WebQuests, links to the WebQuest homepage, and queries and replies from Webheads about resources available
See also the list of links at the CALL IS Virtual Software Library - most with short abstracts: Project-Content-Problem-Based Learning


Constructing the Paragraph - Tutorials and Self-Tests

Quicksteps to a Short Essay: Descriptive Writing - uses two short videos of "perfect" houses as a prompt for descriptive writing

Building the Essay - use iTunes U to connect to the Broome Community College Writing Center for advice on essay writing

From Character Blogs to VoiceThreads: Exploring Points of View - article by Jane Petring discussing how to use blogs and digital media to teach literature and writing

Tools and Techniques for Teaching Writing Online and  Web-Blogs!!! Easy to Create and Publish - presentation by Buthaina Al Othman:  what's a blog and how to use one for teaching writing

WebQuests for Academic Writing  - Lists of good WebQuests, links to the WebQuest homepage, and queries and replies from Webheads about resources available


Teaching Poetry Writing

Teaching Short Story Writing


Overcoming Problems in Creating Online Communities

Communities of Practice References - detailed diagrams of CoP structures, "false" definitions of CoPs, places to join a CoP, etc.

Teacher Training Sites - free online professional development

  • The Electronic Village Online (2013--Call for Proposals for 2014 sessions will appear in August 2013) - offers 5-week online sessions annually in January-February for teachers all over the world.  Free and all-volunteer.
  • TeacherTube - like YouTube, but specifically for educators. May be hard to find exactly what you are looking for, however.
  • Teacher Training Videos - Russel Stannard's award-winning sites makes good use of screencasting to demonstrate how to do stuff with computers, but he also includes a large number of teacher education videos.
  • Shaping the Way We Teach English, YouTube channel produced by the University Oregon for the Department of State in the USA (2009); of very high production quality and demonstrates such approaches as Pair and Group Work and Alternative Assessment using a wide variety of student levels and ages.
  • MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) is a long-standing online community of teachers from a variety of disciplines who share peer-reviewed resources and advice about education across the entire spectrum of curricula; they have recently opend a YouTube channel and a Second Life campus, Clive Island.
  • - a British-based community online has a few videos directed toward instructors of EFL/ESL, but a very wide variety of others on such topics as teaching poetry and Shakespeare, maths and science, primary literacy, managing disruptive behavior, and working with disabled children; generally applicable to all classrooms, especially their series, From Good to Outstanding, which will make you a better teacher of any subject!

Online Presentations and References for selected papers

A Brief History of CALL: Theory & Research - a multimedia talk presented at the
25th Anniversary of CALL IS Colloquium, TESOL Denver, 26 March 2009.
(Based on the paper, a Brief History of CALL.)

The Effect of Technology on SLA and vice versa - A paper delivered at the CALL-IS Academic Session in New York City, 4 April 2008. (Includes audio.)
This presentation for the CALL IS Academic Session at TESOL NYC, April 4, 2008, reviews in general terms what is known about second language acquisition and discusses the implications of Landauer and Dumais' theory of Latent Semantic Analysis, a general learning mechanism that resolves Plato's problem of "excessive knowledge." LSA uses computer-based algebraic matrixes that in effect simulate the human brain's neural processing of inferred inductions. The presentation examines some of the reasons computers may be an optimal means to learn a language and explores some of the difficulties in CALL research in an open-ended media-rich environment.

Trends in Digital Media 2007 - A paper delivered online at the Webheads in Action Online Convergence, 19 May 2007. The published version is in TESL-EJ, 11(4) for March 2008. The recording of the presentation is no longer available.

Video_References to a paper from TESOL San Antonio: Video Online: What's New? What's Cool?  Links to sites with lessons based on movie trailers, lesson plans to use with the news, good content video for teaching culture, Webcam projects, etc. The text version, Video Online, by E. Hanson-Smith and M. Marzio, is available in pdf (originally published by the IATEFL journal, 2006, and presently housed at the Teaching English with Technology (TEwT) Journal). A recording is found at Learning Times (use the large green button to enter and wait for the presentation to load).

Communities of Practice References for the chapter, "Communities of practice for pre- and in-service teacher education," in Phil Hubbard and Michael Levy's 2006 book,  Teacher Education in CALL, pp. 301-315. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Detailed diagrams of CoP structures, "false" definitions of CoPs, places to join a CoP, etc. Updated fairly often.

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