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  • Rita Zeinstejer
    Hi, Jane, Nina, Sasha, Ronaldo and Alicia, Thanks a lot for your responses, we could all give our students the chance to get together in a common, worldwide
    Message 1 of 9 , Apr 3, 2007
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      Hi, Jane, Nina, Sasha, Ronaldo and Alicia,

      Thanks a lot for your responses, we could all give our students the
      chance to get together in a common, worldwide project which we could
      build up around common topics on, say, "Cultural Differences",
      or "Traditional Customs in your Country: Celebrations and Festivals",
      for example, which would enrich their knowledge and at the same time,
      allow them to communicate meaningfully in engaging situations.

      Vance has opened up a moodle at
      http://www.opensource.idv.tw/moodle/course/view.php?id=46
      and I believe it could be a good starting point for a joint project
      with students who can already communicate safely in English. At the
      same time, we, teachers, could profit from the experience by learning
      and experimenting with RSS, and help each other get to know about
      Aggregation and Syndication, "a real important technology that
      information specialists and educators would be well advised to
      harness sooner rather than later..."

      First of all we need to show our students the importance of "going
      online", reaching an audience, using English in authentic situations
      with other students of the language, etc. And helping them start
      their own blogs. We will all then be ready to start sharing each
      other's blog by opening an account in Bloglines and start subscribing
      to those blogs our students find most interesting.

      My class blog is at http://caeb2007.podomatic.com/, but you can
      choose Podomatic or any other blog host you like (BTW,if you want to
      visit mine and leave a comment, my students and I will appreciate
      it!!!)

      Vance suggests several good sources for info on RSS, the one I find
      very easy to follow is http://www.weblogg-ed.com/wp-
      content/uploads/2006/05/RSSFAQ4.pdf

      We could also get together at the wiki for queries or suggestions, at
      http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com/, where you'll find more details
      on the project.
      I'd love to hear your comments,

      Rita
    • Doris Molero
      Hi, Rita! I m Doris from Venezuela. My students are finishing their trimester in two weeks. Their final project is to showcase their work during the semester
      Message 2 of 9 , Apr 3, 2007
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        Hi, Rita! I'm Doris from Venezuela. My students are finishing their
        trimester in two weeks. Their final project is to showcase their work
        during the semester in a blog. I'd be great if students from the world
        could drop by and leave a message. We are also starting a new trimester
        in three weeks. I'm planning to have my students open their blogs from
        the begining so we could participate in this project with you guys! Hope
        we can learn, share and have lots of F.U.N together.

        Right now I have 13 groups... they are basic and low intermediate
        students from Universidad Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin
        <http://www.urbe.edu/> in Maracaibo. I think next trimester I'll have
        the same number of groups.

        Here you can visit our class blog "Doris3m Efl Center
        <http://www.doris3meflcenter.blogspot.com/> "

        Looking forward to working together! A warm hug and keep on shining!




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      • Nina Liakos
        Jane, Maybe we can collaborate in the fall semester. I am not sure yet which class I will be teaching, but it may be the same (fairly) advanced semi-intensive
        Message 3 of 9 , Apr 5, 2007
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          Jane,
          Maybe we can collaborate in the fall semester. I am not sure yet
          which class I will be teaching, but it may be the same (fairly)
          advanced semi-intensive class (students already enrolled in some
          credit classes at UMD). I have not had much luck getting them to buy
          into the blog thing this semester, but maybe if there were a
          colaborative element the next group might be better. Let's talk!
          Nina

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          > Rita (or anyone else),
          >
          > My students would love to have some comments from students in
          other parts of the world. Our session is beginning to wind down--we
          finish in mid-May, but the schedule is pretty tight from now until the
          end. My students are college age (18 and up). In my low-intermediate
          group the blogging project has revolved around a TV journal where the
          students choose a TV show and write summaries, reactions, etc to the
          show. This project has worked very well--you will find links to the
          individual students' blogs in the right sidebar (there are two groups
          for Winter 2007, one in Longueuil and the other at ENA, the
          aeronautical campus); I put their first names and the TV show they chose:
          > http://www.englishcedblog.blogspot.com/
          >
          > With my advanced students, we have been using Maclean's magazine
          (a Canadian weekly) as a springboard for discussions. Students have
          had formal assignments to turn it, but I have encouraged them to use
          the blog to share some of their reflections. I always include a link
          to the specific articles in my post, so it's possible for outsiders to
          read the article they are responding to. Again there are two groups
          for Winter 2007 from the two campuses:
          > http://www.englishcefblog.blogspot.com/
          >
          > Rita, or anyone else, I'd love to plan a truly collaborative
          project with students around the world for next fall if anyone is
          interested.
          >
          > Jane
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