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Braving it in the Virtual World: Being an Online Teacher

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Braving it in the Virtual World: Being an Online Teacher

<![CDATA[talk1This is a quick post to publish the links and some of the videos shown to the members of TESOL Greece who attended my talk on March 15.
With apologies to readers who were not present at this talk (if this doesn’t make sense to them)
In the first part of my talk we looked at what online teaching involved and the types of learning situations it might be most appropriate with; then we looked at different types of virtual classrooms where I had some great examples of online lessons in Elluminate very kindly supplied to me by Heike Philips to whom I owe a great big thanks! (These examples cannot be shown here).  Below you can see a quick example of some of the things you can do with Vyew, a short screencast I did myself (no Russell Stannard stuff, so please be lenient!)

Example with Vyew

Second Life was also mentioned and as my audience was not familiar with it at all, I tried to show them some examples of lessons as well a short interview which Heike Philp was kind enough to give me the day before.

Second Life & Inteview with Heike Philp


Finally, we looked at different ways in which teachers can promote themselves by joining online learning outfits (listed below) or creating their own promotional material, networking, online CVs, etc..  The examples which follow – of promoting Modern Greek Courses in Second Life – are the result of the EVO course I recently followed and I have not yet used them on my own website, but they were shown as samples of what is possible.

Modern greek in second life promotion material

An example of an online brochure made with Yudu


An example of a promotional video

The promotional video above icludes a few moments of my first ever time teaching a foreign language in Second Life; Heike Philp recorded this lesson and used a few scenes as well as screenshots and various messages. This project was part of an EVO course which I followed with Heike as course leader on learning about promotion tools for online or offline work.

Outline of the talk and related useful Links

  • Online Classroom Spaces – Where you can teach online

Elluminate http://www.elluminate.com/

Dimdim http://www.dimdim.com/

WiziQ http://www.wiziq.com/home/

Vyew http://vyew.com/site/index3

Second Life http://secondlife.com/?v=1.1

Mindmap (a great mindmap which is still under construction!) http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/show_public/44333165

  • Wikis, nings and other tools – Ways of Supporting Online Learning







Class blogs  wordpress. Edublogger, Blogger

  • Online Learning Outfits –  How to Promote yourself & find students

Edufire http://edufire.com/

Myngle http://www.myngle.com/

Languages out there http://www.myngle.com/




Here are the slides I used during my presentation



10 Responses

  1. Thank you Marisa for this thoroughly excellent post. You have really got me interested in looking at online teaching. I wish I could have attended this presentation – you must have wowed the audience 🙂

  2. Thanks, Sean!!! I am glad that this made a little bit of sense to someone who was not there!
    Hope to be able to update it soon.

  3. Eleni Pisania says:

    it was SO enlightening and thought-provoking, Marisa!
    GREAT great job! thank you for posting this.
    I am sure that the “real thing” @ Tesol Conf was a real experience for your lucky audience!

  4. Ansa says:

    Brilliant! Thank you, Marisa! So sorry I missed your talk….

  5. Marisa Constantinides says:

    Thanks Eleni and Ansa!
    I am sorry I missed your talk too! Next year I hope we won’t be scheduled to talk at the same time!
    Life is too short to be missing the good things!

  6. Sophia Constantinou says:

    Great work It’s a pity I missed the talk. The material seems brilliant. Thank you.

  7. Dimitra Bekiaris says:

    Pure inspiration for most of us who attended!Thank you for posting the links!

  8. Marisa Constantinides says:

    Sophia mou,
    Thanks for comment. Have missed seeing you too!
    Dear Dimitra,
    It was lovely to see you after so long, and may I take the opportunity to mention that one of the lesson plans I have uploaded (accessible through the Materials Downloads tab is YOURS!!!! A brilliant lesson which was not designed with online teaching in mind, but which would fit the bill beautifully!
    The title of the download is “Physical Training in your Dreams” – a great lesson!!!

  9. Excellent both demonstrations of “Second Life” with Heike Philp and the other one of “Vyew”… an alternative way of being a virtual online teacher into Ss` virtual world… plus the mini presentation of Modern Greek Lessons

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