On Becoming Socially Networked

The Internet and I have reached a turning point in our relationship.

Don’t get me wrong–we’re not breaking up. I have adored the World Wide Web since we first met in the 1990s, and depend on it daily. I use Skype to talk to my family, download books to my Kindle, watch TV on my Slingbox, store my photos on Flickr, and collaborate with co-authors through e-mail.

I viewed the Internet in terms of what it could do for me.

What’s changed in our relationship is my attitude. Through TESOL’s Electronic Village Online, I met the Webheads in Action. The open, sharing attitude of Webheads shows the strength of approaching the Internet with an attitude of we–We are stronger, better teachers when we work together, share our knowledge, and connect with others.

This blog is one small part of my effort to be part of the teaching “We.” I’m definitely a work in progress, and I hope that you’ll help me grow by connecting and sharing your knowledge, too.

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

About Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto has taught English and ESL in the US, and EFL in Japan. An EFL teacher and teacher trainer since 1985, she has conducted workshops throughout Asia, the USA and Latin America. Barbara’s motto is ‘Always try new things’, so these days, when she’s not teaching, writing, or giving workshops, she’s exploring the potential of new technologies for collaboration and professional development. You can often find Barbara online working with teachers around the world as Program Director for International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi.pro) or on her new blog for English teaches who work with young learners, Teaching Children English.

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16 Responses

  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    Yay! My first comment.

    Thanks, Patrick. I love Potato Pals, by the way :-)

  2. scott says:

    Congrats on the blog Barb! Looking forward to hearing more.

  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    Thanks, Scott!

  4. Joanne Sato Joanne Sato says:

    Hi Barbara, we are now connected via twitter and facebook and it’s great to read your blog….hope to read more of your blogs….

  5. Barbara Barbara says:

    A perfect example of what I like about social networks bringing people together! I’m glad I’ve had a chance to meet you through our various connections :-)

  6. Joanne Sato Joanne Sato says:

    Hope we can meet up soon in person one day!

  7. Very nice blog Barbara. Thanks for sharing with your facebook friends..

    I look forward to more blogs.


  8. Hi ya,

    Glad to see you in the blogosphere too! I must have missed your tweet about it – very much looking forward to reading more of your postings 😉


  9. Sigi says:

    Hi Barbara, just wrote a blog entry about your wonderful blog that can encourage many “digital Immigrants” to “stay tuned” . Thank you!


  10. Barbara Barbara says:

    Thanks, Sigi. I’m happy you liked it enough to pass on!

  11. eanne_grenoble says:

    Thanks for sharing – all beautifully said :-)

  12. Congratulations, Barb. At last I’ve caught up with you, having found out where you were! This blog is just full of good tips and URLs. Long may you continue writing new entries.

    Best wishes, Osnacantab, born Dennis

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