Professional Development/Integrating Technology/EFL

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ESL Language Center Rafael Belloso University



This learning adventure was inspired by the work of a group of dedicated, enthusiastic world wide educators called "Webheads in Action", a 10-year-old community of practice of language teachers worldwide, coordinated by Vance Stevens. They explore Web communication tools and share the best ways of using them in their teaching practices, engage with students in virtual classes, collaborate on projects, and participate in conferences as audience and presenters.


In the course of the 6 weeks, participants will learn collaboratively and hands on to:

  • Discuss what technology is and have a look at what 21st Century Learning tools can be used at the EFL Classroom.
  • Use various synchronous and asynchronous web tools for learning and teaching EFL/ESL,
  • Interact through e-mail, text chat, voice chat, voice e-mail, and distribution lists, among others,
  • Create web pages, wikis, blogs, podcasts, online worksheets, surveys, and interactive exercises related to their own contexts, and,
  • Reflect on ways of applying those tools to their teaching, either online or face to face


  • Weekly online conferences will be held to discuss content and pre-defined topics, build rapport and create a sense of community.
  • Much of the content derived from the discussions will be made available through a wiki created during the six weeks, which will be kept online for future reference.
  • Towards the end of the session participants will present their work in a final presentation held on line at WIZIQ or illumninate

Target Audience

ESL/EFL teachers interested in using communication tools in their teaching, be it exclusively online or blended into face-to-face teaching.


  1. An e-mail account (gmail)
  2. Familiarity with word processors
  3. Internet access
  4. Headphones and microphone

Weekly Content

Week 1

Friday March, 13th. Time in Venezuela and around the world

  • Introductions:
  • Presenters will be discussing the following topics:
    • What is Web 2.0?
    • Multiliteracies in the EFL class
    • Learning in the 21s century

Week 2

Friday March, 20th. Time in Venezuela and around the world

  • Google Everything: google documents, google reader, google talk, Google earth (Tom Barret..not comfirmed yet)
  • Blogs and Blogging (Carla Arena... not confirmed yet)
  • Social Networking in Education or 21st Century Learning Environments:
    • moodle, Ning and Facebook ... (Nellie...not confirmed yet)

Week 3

Friday March, 27th. Time in Venezuela and around the world

  • Wikis: wikispaces, pibiwiki, wikieducator
  • RSS and Readers: Tagging and Aggregating
  • Twitter: Getting a PLN
  • Video Streaming: You tube, teachertube, vimeo, dubsub

Week 4

Friday April, 3rd Time in Venezuela and around the world

  • Video Streaming: You tube, teachertube, vimeo, dubsub
  • Social Bookmarking: delicious, stumble upon, digg
  • Story Telling: audio + images: authorstream, flickr,

Week 5

Friday April, 10th. Time in Venezuela and around the world

  • Podcasting
  • Second Life: the future of e-learning?

Week 6

Friday April, 17th. Time in Venezuela and around the world

  • Final Presentations: Digifolios

Guest Presenters

Vance Stevens

CALL Coordinator and eLearning - IT/CMC Specialist Lecturer in ESL/EFL and in Computing Webheads in Action founder.

Homepage: Skype: Google Talk: vancestev

Nellie Deutsch

Buthaina Al-Othman

Course Duration

  • 6 weeks

On Line

The workshop is sponsored by:


Communications Media

We will use different tools to connect to participants

Social Network Description
Integrating technology Workshop's "Headquarters" - will be the main interaction channel
WiZiQ synchronous sessions
Skype personalized mentoring and office hours
Twitter sharing of resources and spontaneous micro-conversation
Diigo collaborative sharing of links
Blog reflections and comments
Wikispaces reflections and comments

Additional Resources