Tuesday, December 23, 2008

TESOL 2009 ELECTRONIC VILLAGE SPECIAL EVENTS

Titled "Uncharted Mountains Forging New Pathways"

March 26-28, 2009, located in Denver, Colorado, USA

USA EV FAIRS, HARDWARE FAIRS, EV MINI-WORKSHOPS, and DEVELOPERS' SHOWCASE

WHAT ARE EV FAIRS?

In the EV Fairs, teachers or teachers-developers share their use of computer-based and/or internet-based resources. These resources can be software (PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, Focus on Grammar, Word Attack, Skype, etc.) or websites (presenter-made or public like CNN.com, Yahoo! Groups, an online concordancer, etc.). Demonstrations may highlight student projects, activities or curriculum created for students or educators.

Examples:

* Email projects

* Lesson plan archives for teachers

* Vocabulary worksheets using an online thesaurus

* Skimming/scanning activities using a local newspaper webpage

* Research/writing exercises for investigating Internet hoaxes

* A descriptive writing activity combined with HyperStudio illustrations

* Web 2.0 activities, using social networking or SecondLife


WHAT HAPPENS AT THE EV FAIRS:

Presenters have approximately 20-30 minutes to demonstrate their material on 1-2 computer(s) without projection equipment in a presentation format similar to a "poster session." Participants walk around the EV, dropping in and out of demonstrations, thus precluding highly structured presentations. A demonstration may be repeated a second time (an additional 20 to 30 minutes), if interest warrants and space allows.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HARDWARE FAIRS:

A Hardware Fair is a variant of the regular fairs, where presenters will demonstrate their material for 20-30 minute intervals, so people can go around the room and see the event multiple times. The variation is that presentations will be on devices which may or may not include computers, but may also interact with them in some way (see description below for suggested items).

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE MINI-WORKSHOPS:

One or two presenters introduce a topic to a small group of workshop participants. The workshop is "hands-on" in a computer lab setting. Each workshop - with instruction and "hands-on" practice - lasts 90 minutes.


WHAT HAPPENS AT THE SHOWCASE:

A selected group of presenters will demonstrate their software or application for 8 to 12 minutes each. A brief question and answer session follows each presentation.

For additional info TESOL CALL IS: http://www.call-is.org/

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