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What You Can Learn from My PLN Quiz #4 (July 4th)

Part of the series: My Personal Learning Network

This past week, some readers let know know that one of the links was broken in my post for PLN Quiz #4, and others let me know that they couldn’t access the quiz website. I appreciated the time they took to 1) try and take the quiz, and 2) tell me that there was a problem. (more…)

What You Can Learn From My PLN Quiz #4 (June 28)

Part of the series: My Personal Learning Network


Colin Graham

Catherine Dorgan

Harini Dwi

Janet Bianchini (more…)

What You Can Learn from My PLN Quiz #3 (June 23)

Part of the series: My Personal Learning Network


Arjana Blazic

Catherine Dorgan

Jane Barden

Katerina Zempeki-Stamelou

Leahn Stanhope

Marisa Parvan (more…)

What you can learn from my PLN Quiz #2 (June 18)

Part of the series: My Personal Learning Network


Anne Hodgson

Arjana Blazic

Janet Bianchini

Leahn Stanhope (more…)

What you can learn from my PLN (June 13)

Part of the series: My Personal Learning Network

This post is inspired by several things: The “It’s worth taking a look at this blog” initiative that had folks recommending blogs they liked, Darren Elliot’s call for us to find and recommend hidden gems from blog archives, and my own (long neglected) posts about “What I’ve learned from my PLN.” (PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, read “What is a PLN, anyway?”) (more…)

The Wonder of Contact! (by Hadley Ferguson)

More on Hadley’s adventures in online collaboration. If you’d like to read the beginning of this adventure, check out “New Friends”

It was a marvelous day for my students when we got to share the learning that went on in our classroom with people living in Japan. Because of the contacts that I made through Twitter with Barbara, the middle school teachers at my school decided to create a Japan Day, using interdisciplinary activities to enhance the connections that we had with people there. The Drama teacher created a lesson on Noh theater; the art teacher and a classroom teacher had a lesson on calligraphy and modern Japanese art; the music teacher led a session on the pentatonic scale and chanting. At another station, we planned for them to learn about the tea ceremony and to then watch a video of one as a silent meditation, with the students sitting silently on the floor, attentive to the sounds and movements of the woman conducting the ceremony. (more…)

Tweet Travels

This morning, while enjoying my second cup of coffee, I saw a tweet from Kim McBrien in Canada (@indigodragonfly on Twitter). She wanted to show her students how far a message can travel on Twitter. The way her message spread throughout Twitter provides a great example of how retweeting works, and why hashtags matter. (more…)

New Friends (by Hadley Ferguson)

“That is so cool!”

“How did you do that?”

“What are all the red dots about? They are awesome. Look there’s one in Japan.”

“And one on New Zealand!” (more…)

Things I’m happy to know (by Tamas Lorincz)

I jumped at the opportunity to contribute to what I believe to be one of the best blogs in the EFL  blogosphere.

I allocated an hour to writing this post, and even after 12 hours of fruitless toil, I am none the wiser.

The fruitless attempts wordle


What should every EFL teacher know?

I have been trying to find the answer to this question for twenty years. I always believed that I knew what it was and then I lost it again and had to look for it anew. But now I have realised that this search was the answer. (more…)

The Difference a Year Makes

Almost exactly one year ago, I signed up for two sessions through TESOL’s Electronic Village Online–Becoming a Webhead (BAW) and Virtual Worlds and Language Learning (VWLL). I signed up just before deadline, so if you’re still wondering whether or not to give these, or another of the many EVO workshops a try, there’s still time!