Re: [evonline2002_webheads] New here; three questions
- Hi Clarissa,
I just found a whole pile of mails that came on a day I had no time to look
at them apparently. I've added Wintersweet to Crowdstatus, so that's
another one in there.
Regarding all your questions, you're on the right track.
I found with my original webheads that teacher voices were suppressing those
of students and that's why I started Webheads in Action. If looking for
good models for student involvement you might have a look at
http://dekita.org and http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com
Keep going on those blogs. One will jell eventually,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Clarissa C. S. Ryan" <claris@...>
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2008 11:47 AM
Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] New here; three questions
> I've stumbled across this group in the past but finally decided to
> join. It looks pretty close-knit, so I hope I'm not an intruder.
> I just got my MA in TESOL last year from CSU East Bay, and I live in
> Fremont, California (between San Jose and Oakland). I've been using
> computers since I was 4 or 5 (my parents were early adopters before
> that term was popularized--we got a Kaypro II for our first PC). I
> work from home, so I spend way too much time online, but I love it.
> I have one blog for advanced/intermediate English language learners,
> readableblog.com, but I haven't updated it in a couple of weeks. I'm
> feeling a little discouraged about it--I receive really positive
> feedback from the learners who do look at it, but it seems very hard
> to publicize it to English *learners* (as opposed to English
> *teachers*). You'll notice that nearly all of my commenters are
> teachers, not learners. How do you publicize a resource to learners,
> particularly life-long learners who may not be in a formal class? If
> you have any suggestions, please let me know. I'd be happy with any
> intermediate-advanced learner population, though I admit that the post
> content may have a bit of a bias toward native Japanese and Chinese
> speakers, since that's the group I'm most familiar with.
> My other technology projects at the moment are a new blog from a
> teacher's perspective and energizing CATESOL's interest groups with
> more use of web-based technology (I'm the new interest group
> facilitator for CATESOL).
> In terms of the former, it's going to be at talktotheclouds.com --- a
> placeholder is up so far. I know that many of you have your own blogs
> from a teacher's point of view, and I hope to blogroll you. I hope
> there's room for yet another blog! I plan to do some slightly
> different things, reminiscent of CATESOL 2009's theme "the whole
> teacher." I'll be reviewing _Getting Things Done_, the personal
> productivity book; writing a bit about nutrition for busy teachers;
> noodling on World Englishes and sociolinguistics; reporting on my own
> language-learning process, etc. Are there any topics you feel are
> currently under-addressed in TESOL blogs? I'd love to hear about it.
> Finally, do you have some suggestions for increasing interest group
> involvement via the web? Many CATESOL members are not confident web
> users and are not going to be wiling to use anything like Twitter,
> wikis, etc. Of course there are some super tech-savvy folks, some of
> whom are on this list, I think, but they're in the minority. Things
> that are simple and very user-friendly are best for starters, I think.
> What have you successfully done with colleagues who are still new to
> web use outside of e-mail and site browsing? I think a Flickr pool
> might be something we could try, and I'm looking for a site that will
> help coordinate rides to conferences, conference roomshares, regional
> meetup RSVPs, etc. (but NOT evites.com!). Any suggestions?
> Anyway, if I'm in the wrong place or these questions aren't
> appropriate for this list, please let me know. Thanks!
> P. S. I'm wintersweet on Twitter.
> Clarissa C.S. Ryan
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