Saturday, February 25, 2006

My first post here!

Well, As I could eventually post here and I was also able to embed audio to my blog( with the great help of Barbara Dieu!!!)I decided to do something nice.Thus, I chose to record just a little of Walt Whitman´s poem " Song of the Open Road" , which I consider to be a wonderful reflection about how we should see life and ourselves.That´s how I feel in relation to Blogs right now: a challenging path that I intend to travel with joy and courage in my heart.

Walt Whitman

the first EFL Student webcast show at World Bridges

Please read this invitation from Graham Stanley in his
On Saturday 25th February at 14.00GMT, there will be the first EFL Student webcast show at World Bridges.

We are hoping for an interesting start to this venture, and already have students interested and due to participate this weekend from Argentina, Hungary, Spain, Taiwan, and (hopefully) other many places in the world. Please help us help students to connect to others interested in improving their English language skills and become more aware of other cultures by connecting and communicating with other English language learners during these webcasts.

- and check the smart little Bubbleshare mini manual from his blog, too!

So sorry that I can probably not be with you for this occasion - my grandchildren are too lively and definitely expecting my creative company at that time of the afternoon!

End of workshop? Future is NOW :-)

I love this question that was posted by Lisette in our yahoogroup!

Is this the end? I was just beginning to really warm up with
blogging. Is there another course or another level to continue?
Please let me know. I´m really interested in learning more.

yes dear Lisette, offically the Electronic Village Online is only a six week long marathon. Next year you'll have the opportunity to come back and share with oldtimers and newcomers. We would be more that happy to invite you as a co-moderator for a week or more, in EVO 07! That would bring you to a new level, I'm talking here from personal experience.

I don't think you would want to stop once you've got a taste for blogging, podcasting, wikis and so on in collaboration.

We're keeping this Yahoo group open and alive for those who wish to go on sharing.
We have our co-blog at
And, once every month, Bee Dieu is our hostess in the Blogstream salon at Tapped In
There's also the collaboration project for teachers and students.
You can join the Worldbridges sessions on Saturdays (for students and their teachers), and on Sundays (with actors in the field of edublogging)
And then, there are lots of different opportunities to interact with Webheads in Action all over the world.

Actually - this is indeed a never ending story written by all of us who're constantly active with this or that! More or less openly visible, sometimes with other priorities, but always welcome to jump in and share with us your successes and mistakes, your reflections and technical questions, ideas and always messing around with amazing tools - together!

yours, blogsister Sus

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bubbleshared Cartoon

I just couldn't resist. No way. The BubbleShare idea was just too tempting, so I decided to forget about all the other things piled up on my desk. It's like being a boy again who got a brand new toy :-)

So, here's a first and very rough attempt on using BubbleShare plus cartoons to make students talk... I could imagine to establish a collaborative blog, give students access to cartoons like that (split into panels with some erased speech bubbles) and make them fill the blanks with speech. Or - make them comment on the cartoon. Or whatever...

Here we go...

Monday, February 20, 2006

Some scattered ideas

Better late than never...

It is a pity that the workshop that has turned out to be so fruitful will soon be over. I get a little comfort from the certainty that many blogs & podcasts that were "born" in this workshop will stay and perhaps grow. Hopefully, that will be true for the community. Why not keep the YG platform open? Plus this collaborative blog here, of course.
Since some of the participants conducted wonderful bubbleshare experiments: I plan on exploiting that recklessly :-) Some of the things that appear to be feasable: I love to work with cartoons in the classroom (Calvin & Hobbes and Zits are my favourites, Hägar and the like follow closely) - so students could either create their own cartoons or use ready-made ones like the ones mentioned above (copyright issues?), "dub" them, and - alas - here is a little animated cartoon! The same could work for the ill-famous foto "novels" that we all might know from magazines geared towards teenage girls. But that could be great classroom activities. I'd love to test it with a little Calvin & Hobbes sequence myself, but this very week is way too packed to even think about it.
Another plan would be - and I think someone else already mentioned it - to "twin" two classes from different countries and make them introduce their places, favourite .... (insert whatever comes to your mind here) and so on. The potential seems to be endless. Combine that with a collaborative blog and "real" podcasts - and you'll have more material than you'll ever be able to use. And that's just the beginning of web 2.0 - incredible. In that respect, the little cartton is not meant that seriously :-)

So many ideas, so little time...

But I don't want to finish this post without saying Thank you to all the moderators - Sus in particular - of this workshop and to all the active participants. It's been a hugely stimulating experience - especially if you see all that ugly conflict out there in the world. That we all can cooperate so marvellously should give us some hope...

Thank you,


Sunday, February 19, 2006

Salvor Gissurardottir on social tagging in practice.

about 15 engaged participants enjoyed Salvor Gissurardottir's session some days ago where she explained hands-on examples of practical uses of social tags,, Suprglu and other mashups. We will send a resume with all the useful links from this session as soon as we can get the recording from Learning Times (which will be accessible from my office there).

I admit I've been looking at Suprglu before without really getting the idea, but yesterday I got this instant Aha! Well, so-so, still incomplete, but now I have one page from where I could get easy access to my latest stuff, as well as share with you, my dear blogsisters & brothers.