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Getting started

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Getting Started





Dear participants,


Welcome to our TESOL EVO online session "ICT4ELT 2016", a hands-on workshop for language teaching and learning on how to use Web communication tools to connect to educators around the world and transform your teaching.  


Joining the session 


In order to enroll, you need to join our Google + Community  where a lot of the interaction will take place.

If you don't have a Google+ account  you will be prompted to "upgrade to Google+", and follow the instructions there.

 Although you can create a Google+ account without a gmail address by filling in this form, the advantages of using Google+ with gmail are considerable. You can read about using Google+ without a gmail account here 


You will be alerted by email that your "request to join the Google+Community (G+C)" has been accepted, and then you are good to go :-) Watch the video on the Week 1 page for more info.


Here is a brief outline of what to expect in Week 1. You can find more detailed information if you click on "Week 1" in the right-hand sidebar.


Week 1 is mainly about getting to know other participants and finding out about the platforms we will be using. 



How we will communicate during the workshop


There are two types of communication used during this workshop: asynchronous and synchronous.


The asynchronous mode (not live, not in real time) 


The synchronous mode (live, in-real-time sessions, live chats, skype calls etc)

We will have weekly live sessions with guest speakers. These will take place at a fixed date, time and place. They will be announced well in advance. You can find out more about this on the  Live Sessions page.


We will also have Question and Answer times when you can ask your questions right away. These will be announced in particular week pages and in Google+.


Very Important The time for live sessions will be given in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). If you have any doubts about the time please check  The World Clock website.  You can also check  GMT time using the clock in the right-hand sidebar. This is a quick way to calculate the time difference (+ or - ) from your location.


As we are an international group with participants in very different time zones, the time of the live sessions may not always be the right time for you. We know from experience that consensus is difficult to achieve. We also depend on the availability of the guest speaker.

However, if you are unable to join our live presentations, a recording of each session will always be uploaded to our wiki for you to listen to!




There are Weekly Activities or weekly tasks (check the links for each week in the Sidebar) to be completed and shared with the other participants. If you have questions about the tasks, you are encouraged to do two things:



Don't worry if you fall behind. You can always post your completed tasks at any time. 



Don't forget  


The  Help Page  is always a good place to start if you have a question.  


You'll also find help in the Tutorials page and many useful links to software and applications in the Tools page (both in the Sidebar) and more about using our G+Community here




You can earn a badge every week (the criteria are specified in each week at the bottom of the week page.)  If you get all five badges, you will earn a certificate of attendance.



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