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ICT4ELT (Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers) is a session for teachers who want to explore how computers could be useful in their teaching but do not know where to start.  It can also help more experienced teachers who want to know more about new ICT tools.

Designed  by a team of  long standing "Becoming a Webhead" (BaW) moderators and co-moderators (BaW was an Electronic Village Online (EVO) session that ran successfully for ten consecutive years), ICT4ELT is an entry level session that does not require prior knowledge of ICT tools to complete the course.

The course's main objective is to enable language teachers to integrate technology into their teaching using tech tools to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own instructional materials using a variety of tools, collaborate, exchange and share across the globe.

 If you want to liven up your classroom with technology, come and join us!





At the end of the 5 weeks, participants, collaboratively and hands on, will have...

  • used various synchronous and asynchronous Web tools for learning and teaching EFL/ESL, 
  • interacted through e-mail, text chat, voice chat, voice and video mail, and distribution lists, among others, 
  • created wikis, blogs, podcasts and interactive exercises related to their own contexts, 
  • reflected on ways of applying those tools to their teaching, either online or face-to-face.


Live sessions will be held weekly as input sessions where participants can interact with presenters, moderators and other participants on the topic of the week.


Participants will be able to interact on daily basis with moderators and other participants in an online group.


All the participants productions during the course will be stored in a wiki page.



Target Audience


EFL / ESL teachers and educators with little or no experience in teaching with computers and online web 2.0 tools. More experienced teachers and educators are welcome too as they can learn from the session's content as well as from the participants' discussions.



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Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and email, and being familiar with browsers is important.





Weekly Outline


Week 1  (Jan 13 - 19, 2014)


Getting to know each other and the course platforms. Introductions

In this first week, participants will become familiar with course wiki, introduce themselves and get to know each other using the course communication platform Yahoo Groups. They will post their biographical information and pictures to a wiki. In addition to this hands-on approach, participants can also read texts about e-groups and wikis - their usage at school and participate in a discussion using the Edmodo platform. There will be a live session where participants will become familiar with wikis and Yahoo Groups.



Week 2  (Jan 20 - 26, 2014)


Synchronous and asynchronous communication tools: Text, Audio, Video .

In the second week of the course participants will explore synchronous and asynchronous text, audio and video chat tools. There will be "mini Skype conferences" held by course moderators with participants throughout the week, where participants connect synchronously with each other and with moderators. In addition, we will explore Voxopop threaded discussions and Twitter as means of curating the web and connecting to like-minded peers. There will be an online live session, where participants explore the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools in teaching.



Week 3    (Jan 27 - Feb 02, 2014)


Presentation Tools, Blogs and Wikis. 

In the third week we will have a look at different tools for processing photos or pictures and creating video-like presentations. We will use PhotoPeach, Animoto, Flickr and Youtube.  In addition, a choice of optional multimedia tools for more advanced users will be provided, such as Slideshare, Capzles and Sliderocket/Prezi. Participants will use a selection of tried and tested multimedia tools. They will be able to make their multimedia creations visible online through blogs or wikis and share them with other participants. There will be an online live session where particitpants and moderators can share experiences and discuss issues related to the week tools and platforms. 



Week 4     (Feb 03 - 09, 2014)


Interactive exercises and quizzes.

We will learn how to create their own interactive exercises and quizzes for the classroom and make them visible online.  We will share our creations on the course wiki as well as other platforms like blogs or wikis. There will be an online live session with an experienced educator in this field. After the live session participants will share their comments using the Edmodo Group.




Week 5     (Feb 10 - 16, 2014)


Cooperating online & wrap-up. 

During the last week, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how they may use the tools they have seen during these weeks in their classrooms. They are also invited to share contact information in order to find future partners and develop collaborative projects between classes.  There will be a live session where participants become familiar with Webheads In Action (WIA) and how to share post-ICT4ELT work. By the end of this final week, participants will share their reflections on ICT4ELT, complete the EVO final survey and join the live "Graduation ceremony". Participants will be invited to join the WIA community of practice.


There will be suggested readings for each week.


To join this group:


From January 6 to 12:


  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ict4elt2014
  2. Click on "Join this Group". 
  3. Wait for your membership approval. 







Ayat Tawel, Egypt, an EFL senior teacher, teaching different age groups and levels, BAW 2012 & BAW 2013 moderator. TESOL member.


Helen Davies, France, teacher and teacher trainer - Grenoble teacher training college and High school teacher.

BAW Moderator and Coordinator for EVO session “The best of Iatefl Yltisg - 2012.


José Antonio da Silva, EFL Teacher and EdTech Monitor, works at Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil. BaW moderator from 2008 to 2013. TESOL member. EVO Coordinator.


Larisa Olesova, instructional designer, works at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA (USA). BaW moderator and coordinator from 2010 to 2013. TESOL member 1999-now. Chair-elect of the TESOL Affiliates Leadership Council (ALC) 2012-2016.


Maria Bossa, Argentina, EFL teacher and moderator in BAW 2012 and BAW2013


Mbarek Akaddar , EFL Teacher and ICT Teacher trainer . BAW moderator for 2010 - 2011 - 2012 -2013 . EVO Coordinator


Svetlana Obenausova, Czech Republic, teacher and teacher trainer at the Department of English, Faculty of Education. Moderator in BAW2012 and BAW2013.


Digital Media

Discussion Group (e.g., Yahoo!Groups), Wiki ( PBWorks and WikiSpaces), Social Learning Platform (Edmodo and Twitter), Live meeting (BlackBoard Collaborate/Elluminate and Big Marker)


Other technology tools
PBworks wiki, Edmodo, Yahoo groups, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, blogs (one out of a choice), google docs, PhotoPeach, Animoto, Eyejot, Flickr, (other optional - Slideshare, Sliderocket, Capzles, Prezi, Toondoo, Word clouds), Voxopop (Voicethread optional), Learning Apps, Survey Monkey (optional Hot Potatoes, Quandary, Image Quiz, Quiz revolution, Google apps quiz).




The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, an international education association



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