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Background information, statistics, types of sessions since it began in 1999. Electronic Village Online started as TESOL Special Project of the CALL Interest Section in 1999. It was founded in 2000 by Christine- Bauer Ramazani, Tom Robb and Susan Gaer.
Abstract:’ We live in an era of individual “personalization and customization”. The read and write web has helped develop a new concept - “do it yourself and your own way”. The phenomenon has had implications in our society at different levels - from the way people learn to the new, emerging jobs and employment needs. The worksop aims at providing awareness of the way the web can empower the individual not only to learn, but also to present what, how and with whom he/she learns.’ I first experienced the wonder and adventure of EVO in 2009, when I started on my e-learning journey. One of the moderators was Dr Nellie Deutsch, to whom I owe a lot!
Discuss what I learned, quote from an email
Abstract: ‘In this six-week online workshop, participants will be introduced to various online image manipulation tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. They will explore how images can be used in educational settings for photo sharing, storytelling, slideshows and comics creation, as well as understand how Creative Commons licensing can be beneficial for classroom use. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to develop a plan to begin incorporating digital production into their lesson plans.’ This dynamic and exciting session introduced many useful tools to use to enhance my lessons. Inspired me to create presentations and upload them to Slideshare. Tools such as Bighugelabs, Animoto, Flickr were used in a powerful way and they are still to this day amongst my favourite tools to use, as they do an excellent job. The application of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy was introduced and opportunities were provided to apply this in a creative way. Digital storytelling with images was explored in depth. This is when I began experimenting with using my own images for projects. Ning, Flickr, Diigo and wiki were used as platforms for discussion and to share our work.
One of the many engaging tasks we were given was to highlight a special image showing where we wanted to be and post it to the special EVO Images4ducation Flickr group.
..and this is where I still want to be after all these years! Image taken from the same spot in January 2015 during the recent very heavy snowfall in Abruzzo.
This is where I learned more about storytelling techniques to use with my learners. The benefits of what I learned in this session are still felt by me to this day. Helped create an interest in this area. Abstract:‘In this five-week online workshop offered through the Electronic Village Online, participants will be introduced to various online tools and will learn how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices. They will explore how images, music, slideshows and web tools can be used in educational settings for storytelling. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the chance to develop a digital storytelling plan to promote students' creativity, engagement and learning through the incorporation of digital production into their lesson plans.’
The ideas and inspiration gained from the 2011 Digital Storytelling session helped me to create this presentation for the international Reform Symposium e-conference...
The dilemma of which session to choose was constant and each choice I made was the right one for me at the time! I created this comic from one of the tools I had learned about in previous EVO sessions. ToonDoo, a visual way to express ideas
Abstract:’This workshop aims at providing basic proficiency related to the production and publishing of digital media files (podcasts) and its implementation in the language classroom to enhance communication in speaking and listening skills.’
This session was revolutionary for me as it got me interested in the use of podcasts. It was expertly moderated and a lot of practical advice was imparted. It was a ‘hands on’ experience and I created my own podcasting blog to showcase all the projects we undertook in the 5 weeks. We learned about Podbean, Podomatic, AudioBoom, Vocaroo, Skype Recorder and other voice recording tools. It was the first time I came across Audacity, and I have been using it ever since.
This is where I first stepped in by chance to moderate on an EVO session, by kind invitation of the moderating team, led by Shelly Terrell. It was another enriching experience and I loved developing and learning about ways to tell stories creatively. Abstract: ‘How do we encourage young learners to use the English they learn in a meaningful context? Children can have access to various online creation and publication tools to share stories. Participants will explore various applications that motivate learners to share stories through comic creation tools, free Web 2.0 tools, mobile devices, and more.’ My Fun with Comics presentation was used as a discussion prompt – I was thrilled about this and delighted! As a result of this EVO session, it has been viewed over 30,000 times and downloaded over 100 times on Slideshare.net.
In this 2013 session, I experimented with different tools as seen in the slide. Edmodo was used as a platform for discussion, and Posterous was used to keep all the different projects in one place. Storybird, Edmodo, Build Your Wild Self
Tagxedo word cloud outlining my thoughts on the session
The huge array of tools to exploit in a sound pedagogical manner was very exciting and I enjoyed learning how to create stories with a variety of web 2.0 tools collaborative projects with other teachers voicethread, comics, audio tools
Abstract: ‘Collaborate with over 500 teachers worldwide to design the 1st chapter of an e-textbook that meets your students' needs. In addition, receive support from 15+ moderators, with experience in publishing and materials design’.
A mind map to outline my thoughts on the EVO textbook sessions 2014 & 2015
Using a variety of tools in both years included fodey newspaper, Voki for audio messages, promotional posters (Smore), Brainy Box cube, Animoto, Photogrid for collages, Dvolver animation, Photovisi for collage effect, and many more tools!
Smore.com, a powerful tool used for creating flyers to promote the EVO ebook session 2015.
Each of the above excellent EVO sessions have affected my life in a powerful way. They have helped me to become a more confident user of tools and also made me more aware of how these topics can be exploited in the classroom. I have been encouraged to create presentations as a result of these courses, and have presented talks for webinars and e-conferences, including this talk today! You can view all my presentations on Slideshare. Please feel free to use them in seminars or lessons if you feel they will be helpful.
My Slideshare presentations have now been viewed over 100,000 times and all the hard work that goes behind creating each and every one of them, is all worth it, if they can help or inspire other teachers in any way! This ethos of sharing came about as a direct result of my EVO experience... My Scoop.it curation site hosts a lot of links and resources on comics, again my keen interest in using comics and cartoons in my teaching contexts extends back to EVO sessions attended in the past....
This was written after a very motivating and engaging session and summarizes my feelings for the ‘high’ I feel during and after EVO!
Thanks to Dr Nellie Deutsch for inviting me to do this presentation, and to IATFL YLT – Sig for giving me this opportunity to talk about my exciting learning journey with Tesol Electronic Village Online sessions!
The EVOlution of Jan!
A teacher’s personal and EVOlving
journey in the annual TESOL
Electronic Village Online sessions
by Janet Bianchini
Introduction to EVO
My years from 2009 – 2015
as a participant and
currently, co-moderator of
an EVO session
Examples of work
Digifolios & Personal
for Young Learners
The EVO adventure
•Creating an online profile
•Develop an online presence
Diigo, ning, wiki, WiZIQ, Twitter, blogs
Special tag: evo2009pdi
“ Working with Ning and the
Digifolios and Personal
Learning session has been a
huge influence on me and my
How to make our classes ‘visually
engaging, motivating and pleasing to
‘When you fully immerse yourself into a project
and time flies, you know that you are in the
'flow'. The thing to do is to take each day and try
to live it as if you know that it will have to end by
nightfall. Enjoy every moment, try everything
out, be happy, have fun, make mistakes, learn
from them, observe others, praise their efforts,
enjoy their contributions, share as much as
possible, live your life free!’