I'm an ESL teacher in Arizona. I also teach English, Spanish, and TOEFL prep online at edufire. My name is Coral and I just graduated with an international studies major, Latin American studies minor. I am also completing my TESOL certification to teach English which will be complete in January 2009.I have studied abroad in London and Paris, and just spent a semester in Costa Rica. My interests include: traveling, reading, dancing, international issues, educational issues, photography, and Eastern philosophy. I am very close to my family and am a first generation college graduate!!
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Hi Coral! I got your message and would be happy to talk with you about teaching online- with Haiku (The best!) and otherwise. Do you have specific questions? Let me know and let's have a conversation about this!
I agree with Mark about WiZiQ and Authorstream. I use both. You will be getting a lot of information in this ning. For example, I just created a ning for WriteIt for English teachers (TESOL). Feel free to join.
With your work in teaching Spanish online, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service.
I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham, MA, and engineering students) who have taken a year off to work on an education related project. Since you are in the 'connecting content and technology' group, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:
Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2009, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.
Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on Ideablob.com You can find us at http://ideablob.com/3975 . We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.
Feel free to email me back, check out alightlearning.com, anything you like!