Contributors to my PLN for Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL)

Dear Readers,
This is a partial and random list of educators I follow in my personal learning network (PLN).  Some folks are new to my network, while others I have known for some time.  Of course, these are mainly virtual acquaintances only, as I only get to see some of these professionals if we both attend a TESOL convention or other live event.  I used this style of a blog post on my nonprofit blog and really liked how it looked.  I hope you do, too.  If you don’t know these folks, find them on Twitter!  You can find me @teacherrogers. I listed these educators in my PLN titled the Online Educator, which feeds my Twitter-based newspaper on Paper.li: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#.

Freelance Educational Consultant, Award Winning Writer and Course Designer, Specialist Technology Trainer, Blogger, Conference Speaker, Lecturer in Media & Tech

Business English trainer based in Erfurt. Fascinated by how English brings our world ever closer together.

ELT educator and magician in affective language learning with young learners. Storyteller, puppeteer, and frog collector.

ISTE’s Mobile Learning SIG, Mobile Learning Devices (MLDs)

curriculum design, instructional design, elearning, computer assisted language learning, corporate and blended learning development. (Moodle LMS, TESOL, TESL)

Autonomous ‘Personal Learning Networks’ for Language Teachers. An EU funded project.

ESL Teacher, Webhead, Mum….. I would love to change the world, but I can only change myself. But I CAN influence people around me by what I choose to do.

Podcasting Evo Session 2012 provides basic training in the production and publishing of digital media files (podcasts) and its use in the ESL/EFL classroom.

21st Century Digital Citizen living and learning on the web. Mi Identidad con la red de docentes en español – http://puentesalmundo.net

Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an expert on blended and blended online learning and the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL).

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Languages at the British Open University

ESAP teacher; ICT consultant; e-tutor. Interested in reading, learning technologies and functional diversity.

Helping language teachers incorporate technology.

Adult ESOL, ELL, TESOL, idioms, storytelling, poetry, online & blended learning, flowers, art, UU, intercultural, peace, photography, stop bullying, quotes,more

EFL teacher for over 12 years in Spain.

I am a teacher trainer at the Department of English, Faculty of Education, Olomouc, Czech Republic. I specialize in History, Lexicology, Art and ICT for ELT.

Retired EFL teacher. Teacher trainer and e-trainer in Web 2.0 tools. Lifelong learner. Member of the Webheads in Action CoP.

An EFL teacher,teaching all age groups and levels. My main interests are online teaching and learning and enhancing creativity in the language classroom.

Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

A Personal Learning Network for Online Language Educators
I'm learning about new tech tools from my peers!

After listening to a webinar today on PLNs, I realized that I often speak about various facets of personal learning networks but haven’t addressed them head on. I’m a big advocate of PLNs because of their power to network with peers locally and globally. Additionally, I work from home, so I don’t have the more familiar hangout time with colleagues during breaks or at lunchtime when you would normally spend time discussing various topics. Instead, I’m more likely to attend a Google+Hangout or webinar to interact with peers in my field. Nowadays, I only see my peers face-to-face (F2F) at conferences. I just went back to school for my doctorate this spring, so now I’ll actually meet peers F2f but only during class on Monday nights!

First, allow me to make my own distinction between these two terms: PLEs and PLNs. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) are formed to provide a depository or “online treasure chest” of great ideas and tech tools that you or your peers discover. You can have a shared PLE or an individual one. Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are formed to guide our independent or group learning goals and professional development needs within a dynamic flow of information from our peers’ discoveries or that of our own. In my opinion, PLEs are more controlled by the individual or group and therefore static, while PLNs are more dynamic with input and output occurring from a networked community of learners.

Secondly, I’d like to share my own PLN because I think it’s critical to provide real examples and not just theory. Are you familiar with Paper.li? It’s a Twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers’ tweets into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless! I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed and hashtags (#), it also will siphon your Facebook feed . . . that is, if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. Paper.li could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project! Watch my video demonstration on how to use Paper.li to set up your own PLN: http://www.screenr.com/embed/92Ss

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Twitter, you don’t have to have an account to follow the tweets. Anyhow, I’d like to share some alternative platforms. One example is the use of wikis. I used PBWorks.com to create my first PLE for online English language learning resources: http://mypersonallearningenvironment.pbworks.com/w/page/25570751/FrontPage. Learn how to create a PLE on a wiki from this screencast: https://teacherrogers.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/how-to-create-a-ple-on-a-wiki/. Another idea is to use social bookmarking sites like Diigo.com, if you prefer not to collect resources on a wiki. For instance, Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith is curating a Diigo site for TESOL with great resources in all English language teaching and training topics. Here is TESOL’s computer-assisted language learning-interest section (CALL-IS) Virtual Software List that she set up: http://www.diigo.com/user/call_is_vsl

I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes weekly, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. Here’s the link: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#. Check out these other twitter e-newspapers on similar topics:

1. This one is by another EVO Moderator, Barbara Sakamoto: http://paper.li/barbsaka/starter-pln

2. This one is created by the hashtag #ELTchat: http://paper.li/tag/ELTchat

3. This e-newspaper is created by the British Council: http://paper.li/TeachingEnglish/teachingenglish

4. This one is created by another EVO Moderator, Jose Antonio Silva for this hashtag, #EdTech: http://paper.li/joseantoniook

Lastly, take a look at these large-scale, professional PLNs to connect with your peers and advance your knowledge:

1. The Educator’s PLN: http://edupln.ning.com/

2. aPLaNet: http://aplanet-project.org/

3. ELT Teachers’ Network: http://celt-athens.grou.ps/home

4. EFL Classroom 2.0: http://community.eflclassroom.com/index.php

Best Wishes,

Sandra Rogers

P. S. You can also find me on the The Educator’s PLN!

Social Networking Websites for Language Learning

 

Do you use a Web 2.0 language learning website? Do you like it? If so, please add your comments and include the links to share with my readers. I have only used Verbling.com for my own personal use—for free Spanish conversation in exchange for an English conversation. I’ve used English Cafe and NiceNet as resources for my students. Generally, I’ve taught from commercial, for profit, learning management systems (LMS) instead of social networking sites.

Here are the social networking sites that were discussed in a recent TESOL computer-assisted language learning interest section (CALL-IS) listserve:

1. Nellie Deutsch, a TESOL member, built a worldwide network with other professionals called IT4ALL: http://www.integrating-technology.org

2. http://www.learncentral.org/

3. http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/name-the-languages

4. http://www.livemocha.com

5. www.connecting-online.ning.com

6. www.nicenet.org

7. http://EnglishCafe.com

8. http://Verbling.com

Web 2.0 combinations include:

1.  Skype (for audio/video chat) and Twiddla (interactive webbased board) as the visual interface.

2.  The Mixxer at Dickinson College uses Skype (for audio/video chat) and blogs at www.language-exchanges.org

3.  I forgot to add Facebook.com to this list.   You can create a class on FB but would need to use other Web 2.0 tools to engage learners on any given topic.

4.  SlideShare has an app called Zipcast, which allows you to share your PowerPoint slides online with participants and also post to FB and Twitter: http://www.slideshare.net/zipcast

5. WizIQ.com is a great way to meet learners online to deliver a presentation for free or for pay.  It really isn’t a social network but worth adding!

How to Use Paper.li to Enhance your PLN

Paper.li is a twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless. I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed, it also will siphon your facebook feed . . . that is, if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. Paper.li could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project!

Watch my video demonstration on how to use Paper.li to set up your own personal learning network (PLN):

http://www.screenr.com/embed/92Ss

I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes daily, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. I’m learning so much from my online peers. I hope you can, too! Here’s the link:

http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#

Your Blogger,

Sandra Annette Rogers

(Note: This blog was previously posted on TESOL.org)

Learn How to Create an eNewspaper from Your Twitter List

What is Paper.li?  Have you seen those on twitter?  It is very easy to create and the possibilities are endless! Here’s an explanatory video created by Benoit Curdy.

TESOL’s EVO Multiliteracies Session

Greetings Fellow TESOLers,

This is my first foray into Multiliteracies (#evomlit) but my second year with the Electronic Village Online (EVO).  Last year, I co-moderated a session for EVO titled, Internet4YoungLearners.  This year, I’m mentoring the PLE&PLN session for 2011.  Furthermore, I’m participating in two other EVO sessions: Second Life Village and Digital Storytelling.  I’m a constant learner and have taken on technology as my 4th language!

I hope to create my online portfolio during this session on WordPress.  I have so many things to share with you on my blog.  My computer won’t let me unzip files, so I’ll have to purchase that software soon.  That’s the only thing right now that’s keeping me from adding widgets and other fun tech devices to this blog!  For now, I’m adding as many nonzip files as possible.

My multiliteracy’s goals for this eportfolio are as follows:

  1. Create a singular location for all of my online projects/efforts.
  2. Blog about integrating technology into the classroom, including professional development for teaching online.
  3. Clean-up my online presence (close inactive accounts, set up Google alerts, update useful accounts, etc).
  4. Highlight my technical capabilities
  5. Consistently update the eportfolio to reflect recent achievements and/or findings.

Sincerely,

Sandra Annette Rogers