Monday, 20 May 2013

6th Virtual Round Table E-Conference. Read All About It!

A link to my Slideshare presentation below.  I do hope you enjoy it.  The process of creating each new slide was very therapeutic.

A link to all the resources I shared, located in a special wiki page I created called VRT 2013 Resources.

I forgot to mention the Padlet I created for attendees to share an app or tool.

Please feel free to add your favourite app or web 2.0 teaching tool to the Padlet below or on the actual site.

With many thanks to Miguel, Elinda and Cristina for posting during the event:-)

Once again, a very special thanks to Heike and her amazing co-organizers for a truly stunning 6th Virtual Round Table econference. 

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation, who tweeted about it and shared the updates in various social networking sites. It was such a thrill to see so many familiar faces in the audience, including some former students of mine Cristina & Hind, members of my PLN, and also people I didn't know, but was very happy to 'meet' online.  This truly inspired me.

A screenshot of me during the webinar. The direct link to my webinar is here.

Most of all thanks to all my fellow presenters, who demonstrated such a wealth of inspiring information and resources.

A big thanks to my wonderful moderator Aydan :-))  I really enjoyed her inspiring webinar, called 'How to Motivate Online Learners', and you should view the recording.

I am sorry I was not fully able to interact with everything going on in the chatbox, as the time was limited, and I had to get through a lot, and I think I missed some questions.  What I plan to do is to review the chat and I will answer specific questions in my next post. I will be reviewing some of the webinars I attended, so please watch this space!

You can view the recording of my webinar and of all the presenters in the progrmme notes.

Below I have added the special motivation poster which I created to inspire me, and also to keep me on the right track.  The bountiful and non-stop flowering of these lovely snapdragons have adorned many vases in the house, and brightened up my life. This lovely view has also helped me. In addition, the mega daily task of looking after all the furkids has taken my mind off things.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

A Weekend of CPD!!

Put the following dates in your diary right now, and you can look forward to a weekend full of fantastic talks, workshops and plenaries!

The Virtual Round Table will host its 6th free e-conference on the weekend of 17th - 19th May.
You can read the schedule and programme at this link here. 

I am delighted to be presenting at the conference again, and I will be talking about Apps and Tools to Spice Up Your Teaching.  

My talk is on Sunday 19th May. 

I am really looking forward to attending the conference, as it promises to be action-packed.

The following information was written by the event organizers, and reproduced in full as follows:

Event Description:
Twitter hashtag: #vrtwebcon
Come join us for the 6th Virtual Round Table Web Conference, 17-19 May 2013 for language educators held entirely online in a web conferencing solution called Adobe Connect, with the main sessions being live-streamed on facebook.
Some 60 guest-speakers look forward to presenting in 48 hours over a period of 3 days the latest in this field on teaching and learning a language with

  • educational tools
  • video
  • learner resources
  • mobile learning
  • young learners
  • virtual worlds
  • online testing
  • songs

and much more.

Keynote speakers are Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney, Thomas Strasser, Sirin Soyoz, Angelika Guettl-Strahlhofer, Evelyn Izquierdo, Miguel Mendoza, Joe Dale, Steven Herder, Paul Driver and Shelly Terrell.
Highlights of the conference are...

  • a Southamerican Symposium organised by Jennifer Verschoor
  • a panel discussion on CEFR 'Is your B1 my B1?'
  • a presentation by EAQUALS (pending)
  • two presentation by NGOs: the Disabled Friendly Access Campaign and the NO Human Trafficking project
  • the Asian symposium (pending)
  • the LT SIG event with Paul Driver
  • an unconference/ barcamp hosted by Vance Stevens
  • a musical performance (pending)

The program overview has been published:

The web conference is free of charge and we thank our sponsors for making this possible.
If you wish to participate, please sign up on our main website

The room links to the sessions are posted on the program and all you need to be is early, because the rooms have a capacity of 100 seats each. We will also live-stream all of the main plenaries and keynotes on facebook, so you do not need to miss out.