Week 1: Getting Started

January 14th-January 20th

This week will help us get to know each other and become familiar with basic communication tools we will use all along this session. Please, follow the instructions to complete each task.

In this activity, you are going to become familiar with web tools we are going to be using all along this session. To do that, go to the Tool column and:

1. click on each link and sign up. If you already have accounts for these web tools, you will be half-way through the tasks for this week. :)

2. play around a bit and get ready to use them during this session.

Yahoo GroupDiscussing/commenting/ making queries
*SkypeProviding support
**BloggerPortal / Activities / Projects
VoicethreadGiving feedback
WiziQSummarizing / clarifying doubts
VoxopopSharing expectations
TwitterSharing / making queriesSharing / making queries
GlogsterSocializing / uploading podcasts

* Skype: It requires downloading 
** Blog: We suggest Blogger to work on your projects during the session. You can use others like Wordpress and Posterous, though.

To get to know each other this week, you are going to create a glog in GLOGSTER. Here's what you should do:

1. Go to Glogster and create an account.

2. Create a poster about yourself by adding photos, images, text and videos that reflect who you are as a person and teacher. Do not add any sound yet! We will go back to this poster during week 2 and add an audio file. Follow these examples: Miguel's glog, Evelyn's glog and Yuly's glog.

This tutorial will help you do this task:

3. Share your poster. To do that:

3.1.Write your name and paste the glog URL in YOUR GLOG Google Doc.

3.2. Write in the "Comment" column about your colleagues' glogs (Choose at least to them).

In online sessions like EVO, it is always important to know where participants are from. For the Podcasting for the ESL-EFL in the Classroom session, all moderators are from Venezuela (Miguel Mendoza, Evelyn Izquierdo, Miguel Pérez, and Yuly Asención). What about you?

1. Go to the Podcasting for the ESL-EFL Classroom Session blog home page.
2. Scroll down until you get to the Guest Map. 
3. Add your name to the map. Follow this tutorial.

How much do you know about podcasting? Let us know by taking this survey.

1. Go to this Survey.
2. Answer each question.

We will be sharing results in our first Wiziq synchronous session.

We would like to know what your expect from this session. Let us know by recording your very own expectations in Voxopop.

1. Go to Voxopop and record your expectations. Follow the steps below. Click on the image to enlarge.


Most of us know one or two podcast directories or websites, even though we may have never recorded any audio file so far. If you don't any it is sure you will find some by doing a quick search in Google. Please, share the ones you know or found with us!

1. Go to the Google Form Podcast directories / websites.

2. Read the question and fill in the form. 

  • signed up and explored web tools made your poster presentation
  • read at least two poster presentations and commented about them
  • added yourself to the Guest map 
  • answered the survey 
  • recorded expectations 
  • searched and shared Podcast websites 
  • attended the First Live Session on WiZiQ

    Date: Sat, January 19th, 2013
    Time: 11:30 AM (Caracas time) 

    Check your time zone here
    Length: 1 hour

    Click on the link below to watch the recording.

    Podcasting for the ESL/EFL Classroom 2013 Live Session - Week 1

    Live Session - Week 1 - Power Point Presentation

    Podcasting for the ESL/EFL Classroom 2013 - Live Session Week 1 

    Note: You can write questions or comments about this week below.

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