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Becoming a Webhead (BaW):

A hands-on workshop on how to use Web communication tools for language teaching and learning.



Webheads in Action is a five-year-old community of practice of language teachers worldwide, coordinated by Vance Stevens. We explore Web communication tools and share the best ways of using them in our teaching practices, engage with students in virtual classes, collaborate on projects, and participate in conferences as audience and presenters. This collaboration takes place online, as we are all geographically apart. Would you like to become one of us?



In the course of the 6 weeks, participants will learn collaboratively and hands on to:

  • use various synchronous and asynchronous web tools for learning and teaching EFL/ESL,
  • interact through e-mail, text chat, voice chat, voice e-mail, and distribution lists, among others,
  • reflect on ways of applying those tools to their teaching, either online or face to face, and,
  • create web pages and blogs, online worksheets, surveys, interactive exercises and rubrics related to their own contexts.


Weekly chats will be held to discuss content and pre-defined topics, build rapport and create a sense of community.


Former and very active BaW participants, some of whom are now active members of Webheads in Action, will moderate the 6 weeks of our session.


Much of the content derived from the discussions will be made available through a wiki created during the six weeks, which will be kept online for future reference.


Towards the end of the session participants will be invited to join the Webheads in Action (WiA) community of practice.|


Target audience

ESL/EFL teachers interested in using communication tools in their teaching, be it exclusively online or blended into face-to-face teaching. LEVEL:Beginners. Requirements:Having an e-mail account, familiarity with word processors and Internet access


Weekly content


Week 1

Getting acquainted with Yahoo Groups. Introductions. Exploratory Survey.

Participants will get acquainted with the Yahoo Groups platform, introduce themselves to the group and complete a survey about their experience in the use of Web tools. At the end of the week, and as an introduction to week 2, we will take a tour of Tapped In.

Guest presenter: BJ Berquist.


Week 2

Text and voice synchronous communication tools: Tapped In, Yahoo Messenger and Skype in Worldbridges.

Participants will have the opportunity to chat with other Webheads through different synchronous media such as Tapped In, Yahoo Messenger and Worldbridges Worldbridges. During these chats, they will learn how to use the many powerful features of each of these environments and also create their own virtual office at Tapped In, where they can later meet with students and colleagues. Voice chat and webcam-enhanced chat will be introduced in Yahoo Messenger and Skype in Worldbridges. Audacity, a free online tool to record audio files, will be introduced for those wishing to try recording voice sessions. It will also be a good time to introduce a volunteer system for "peer help": participants holding online hours for other participants.

Guest presenters: Michael Coghlan, Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier.


Week 3

Building an online presence: Blogs, podcasting and wikis.

Participants will be introduced to blogs (Blogger, Motime) and podcasting (Podomatic, Odeo, and Blogcheese ). Wikis will be explored using providers such as pbwiki, Wikispaces,and Wetpaint

Guest presenters: Bee Dieu and Graham Stanley.


Week 4

Virtual classrooms and voice/ video mails.

Participants will explore real-time web conferencing in the Alado, DiscoverE and Elluminate virtual classrooms, together with free open source web conferencing solutions such as DimDim. User-friendly voice and video mail tools will be introduced using providers such as Springdoo, Evoca, MyChingo, Gabmail and Handybits.

Guest presenters: Jane Bozarth, Jonathan Finkelstein, Geoff Kaye and Andrew Pincon.




Week 5

Developing class materials: online surveys and worksheets, and interactive exercise creators.

Participants will have the opportunity to create materials for their classes using different online exercise creators.

Guest presenter: Isabel Perez.


Week 6

Blended learning. Wrap-up: conclusions and evaluation. Graduating as a Webhead in Action.

After a panel discussion on "blended learning", participants will share reflections and arrive at the main conclusions about these online Web communication tools and their role in language learning. To wrap up these six weeks, there will be a "Graduation Ceremony" chat during which participants will be invited to join the "Webheads in Action" community.

Guest Panel: Aiden Yeh and Rita Zeinstejer.


There will be weekly recommended readings for discussion and reflection.




Dafne Gonzalez has been an EFL/ESP teacher for more than 30 years. She graduated in Language Teaching, has a Masters degree in Applied Linguistcs, and a Ph.D in Education. She is currently a Full professor at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela where she Coordinates the `Graduate Studies in Education Programs and is the Head of the Specialization in Informatics and Education. Besides teaching technology-related courses at the graduate level, she also designed and teaches the English for Architecture and Urban Planning blended courses. A webhead since 2002,she is now the coordinator of the TESOL Electronic Village Online and has co-moderated, with Teresa Almeida d´Eça the Becoming a Webhead (BaW) online Workshop since 2004. She also co-moderates with Teresa one of the TESOL Principles and Practices Certificate Program courses: \"Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar Online\". E-mail: dygonza@yahoo.com


Teresa Almeida d’Eça has been an EFL teacher for 30 years and has taught at all levels. She lives and teaches in a small town in the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal. This year she's teaching 5th grade (1st year EFLers). She loves teaching and finds it an even more challenging task since the arrival of ICTs. She also loves computers, the Internet and interacting with friends and colleagues through chat and email. She has carried out three email cultural exchanges and has run a teacher-student blog titled "Have Fun with English!". She also enjoys creating interactive custom-made Web-based activities for her students. She did her first online course in October 2001 with Michael Krauss. In January 2002, she joined the Webheads in Action for the EVOnline training session, and since then she has been actively involved in the cyberworld of education! She has published two books, one on the use of the Internet in education and the other on the use of email in the classroom. She presents regularly at conferences at home and abroad. She's the Past Chair of the TESOL Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). Her Web page:, and e-mail: tmvaz@mail.telepac.pt





Cristina Costa is an EFL Teacher from Portugal and an Educational Technology learner. She is always looking forward to learning more and improving her performance as an educator. The Web, and the social environment that it provides, has been a discovery for her. After a couple of years she is still delighted with its potential. The interactions and the social bonds produced online are just amazing as well as the knowledge that is thus constructed. She was a co-moderator in BaW-06. Check her blog, her Site and add her to MSN (navysternchen@hotmail.com), Skype (navysternchen) and YM (cristinacosta_pt)


Cora Chen is an ESL instructor at City College of San Francisco. She has taught both ESL and Chinese courses at City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. She received her master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University where she also majored in music. She is also a curriculum developer for the KQED Education Network. Being a participant in BAW 2005 was a wonderful learning experience that broadened her horizons and opened the door to the magic of cyber space where she can explore technologies in teaching. She was a co-moderator in BaW-06. Email: cchen@ccsf.edu

ESL Webpage: http://corachen.com/esl.aspx Website: http://corachen.com


Hala Fawzi is an EFL Lecturer at university level. She teaches EAP for Medicine and Dentistry students. She is also a Tutor at the Open University of Sudan. She was also a co-moderator in BaW-06. Her blog: My blog: http://webheadsheaven.blogspot.com



Moira Hunter has many years of experience as a language trainer (MEd ELT) in both the higher educational and corporate sectors, teaching on undergraduate and graduate programmes, and coaching adults, both f2f and live online. She is a qualified online tutor LeTTOL and synchronous instructional designer and facilitator SLE Synchronous Learning Expert, working daily and globally via state-of-the-art technologies. Her most recent activities have included a European educational project aiming to design and develop a teacher training course in webconferencing for language teachers, moderating Global Learn Day X and hosting a three-day event Weblearning with the Human Touch Email : moira_hunter2005@yahoo.com Yahoo ID : moira_hunter2005 Skype ID : moirahunter Google ID : moirahunter Check : My Wiki ID



Co-moderators will be invited for each week.


Communication tools to be used


Becoming a Webhead YG http://groups.yahoo.com/group/baw07


BaW-07 blog http://baw07.motime.com


BaW-07 wiki http://baw07.pbwiki.com


BaW-07 del.icio.us http://del.icio.us/BaW07


BaW-07 map http://www.frappr.com/baw07


BaW-07 forum http://www.miumu.com/phpbb/baw07.html


BaW-07 voice forum http://www.vaestro.com/viewforum-255


Alado (vClass) http://www.alado.net


Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net


Box (online storage) http://www.box.net


Blogcheese (video-blog) http://www.blogcheese.com


del.icio.us (bookmarking) http://del.icio.us


DiscoverE (web conferencing) http://www.compued.com.au/discovere/


DimDim (web conferencing) http://www.dimdim.com


Evoca (voice mail) http://www.evoca.com


Gabmail (voice/video mail) http://www.freegabmail.com


HandyBits (voice mail) http://www.handybits.com


iTunes (to download podcasts) http://www.apple.com/itunes/overview


Learning Times (vClass) http://www.learningtimes.org


Motime (blog) http://www.motime.com


MyChingo (voice messages) http://www.mychingo.com


Odeo (podcasting) http://www.odeo.com


pbWiki (wiki) http://pbwiki.com


Podomatic (podcasting) http://www.podomatic.com


Skype (Peer-to-peer voice service) http://www.skype.com


Springdoo (voice/video mail) http://www.springdoo.com


Tapped In http://tappedin.org/tappedin


Think Free (an online office) http://www.thinkfree.com


WetPaint (wiki) http://www.wetpaint.com


Wikispaces (wiki) http://www.wikispaces.com


Worldbridges http://www.worldbridges.com


Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com


Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com


Yahoo Messenger http://messenger.yahoo.com/



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