Hello! This is a short blog post to let you know about a webinar I will be conducting next week with Laura Adele Soracco. The starting time is 7:00 am here in Seoul on Friday, July 11th (which means it is the same for the rest of Korea and Japan as well) which is 6:00 pm in New York on Thursday the 10th (and the whole east coast of the US). For other times around the world please check this link. If the time is ok with you and you are free, I’d love to see you there.
If you are reading this blog my assumption is that you are among the more well-connected English Language Teachers around but I still hope there will be some things of interest for you.
As part of our preparation for this webinar we conducted a quick survey on how teachers are using the internet in their teaching careers. I have been thrilled with the responses so far (thanks!) and if you’d like to complete the survey you can still do so here.
In the webinar, Laura and I hope to share our enthusiasm for being connected teachers and offer some advice on how to do so.
We are also hoping to address some typical concerns teachers have about getting connected online. Some of the common concerns seem to be issues related to time, lack of awareness on how to get started, and the fear of distraction and overload. What suggestions and strategies do you have for these concerns? I feel like I am not a great person to talk about limiting the distractions online as this is very much still a concern for me. Any advice is welcome!
Here is the abstract:
Are you integrating the global staff room into your everyday teaching practice? Using the internet for professional development and engaging with online communities can appear overwhelming; however, building a Professional Learning Network and participating in ELT communities online help teachers to both broaden their teaching perspectives and provide access to the rich and diverse global staff room. In this webinar, the presenters will share online experiences, resources and strategies for teachers to maximize the Internet as a resource. Additionally, the presenters will recommend some spaces, people, and organizations they believe are helpful for English language teachers.