The Online Educator

A Personal Learning Network for Online Language Educators

Dear Readers,

My new e-newspaper is out today! I finally figured how to capture all the articles from my twitter list on Paper.li. Let me know if you’d like to be included, and I’ll include you in The Online Educator twitter list. I kept trying to create a particular hashtag to focus on online learning such as #online learning, #ESL, #EFL, #TESOL, or #EVO but wasn’t successful in obtaining a full-fledged newspaper until now. Basically, I left the topic for the newspaper blank in the Paper.li creation process. Since most of the educators I follow generally post professional tweets about integrating technology, I decided to trust their content.

Anyhow, here’s the link to The Online Educator: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#.  The Online Educator eNewsletter will post daily content! It’s a great way for me to keep up with my peers’ articles, as oftentimes I don’t read all their tweets. You can view a previous how-to video about Paper.li by Benoit Curdy on my blog.

I was so impressed with the Paper.li outcome that I created another one for my nonprofit, BrokeButNotForLong, Inc.  It’s  called the Employment Social Network! It came out today, but I had a few unrelated articles. Therefore, I culled the list and “unfollowed” anyone who doesn’t specifically match our mission.

The use of these e-newspapers are endless. I noticed that beside aggregating your twitter feed, Paper.li now also will aggregate your facebook feed! “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 communities in need. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project!

Best Wishes,

Sandra Rogers

Telecommuting Jobs with ETS for Teachers

Dear Teachers,

Would you love to work from home?  How about applying for freelance work with the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  I’m an online rater for ETS and score the spoken Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), as well as the written California Assessment of High School Exit Exams (CAHSEE).  I have a California teaching credential and therefore qualify to score the CAHSEE, as well as a Masters in TESOL that qualifies me to score the TOEFL & TOEIC.  There are many other k-12 and college entrance tests that you could score if you qualify.

While at the TESOL convention, I spoke to ETS regarding my desire to score the written TOEFL, something I haven’t done before.  Plus, I love the job’s  high level of professionalism on a daily basis: interrater reliability calibrations, reviewing benchmarks, utilizing a rubric, and instant feedback from a scoring leader.  Moreover, I like the flexibility of telecommuting/working online.  ETS allows you to pick your work schedule: a.m., p.m., week days, weekends, even holidays!  One thing that I’ve learned is that you have to be flexible with your work schedule.

ETS handed me a flyer with a list of freelance work and internships!  Their summer interns develop test materials for the TOEFL, TOEIC and/or K-12 assessments.  View their internships online at http://www.ets.org; they have some in Princeton and Ewing, NJ and San Antonio, TX.  Send questions to the ELL Summer Institute Coordinator, Jeanne Malloy at jmalloy@ets.org.  I noticed that there are other internships  throughout the year.  Remember that you’re never too old to intern and/or learn something new.  Interns earn $25 an hour while online raters earn $15-18 an hour depending on the programs.

Freelance work includes writing for the TOEIC listening test; send your resume to Carol Gitzendanner at cgizendanner@ets.org.  As well as, rating TOEFL and TOEIC tests from your home computer.  Additionally, they’re looking for photographers at the professional and amateur level; send your email to pfreeland@ets.org or ncates@ets.org.  On their career page, you can also find full-time work.  I don’t live any where near Princeton or Ewing, NJ nor San Antonio, TX; consequently, I telecommute to work as an online rater.

Best wishes in finding your new online job!

Sandra Annette Rogers