Sunday, January 31, 2016

Preparing for the Local / Regional Teacher Training and Final Conference Presentation



Dear EFL Blogging School teachers, 

 To have a better idea of how to prepare the local/regional training, 
please  follow the recommendations below.   
     



1. Investigate all the assignments and topics you covered through the entire EFL Blogging School course;
2.  Look through the topics and extract the three you personally liked the most;
3. Decide upon the reasons you are attracted by these topics  (make notes of each reason);
4.  Think and ponder over how well you have already integrated them into your teaching  process;
5.       Look through the topics you covered with your students, examine how well they were involved in the activities and home tasks they received;
6.       Analyze the entire process of your students’ work  and decide what you can share with your colleagues from other schools;
7.       Be sure you are fully aware of how you implement new tools into traditional way of teaching so that you could share it with the others;
8.       Collect as many positive examples of integrating new techniques as possible; collect the examples you would like to show;
9.       Take several challenges and negative experiences or obstacle the teachers might come across and include them into your teaching seminar;
10.   After you examine the topics you selected, try to deepen and take one you consider the most relevant for your colleagues to present;
11.   Start getting ready by taking all the material you covered, revise and recollect all the sources, examples, notions, information, opinions, students involvement of in terms of your work;
12.   While you prepare the information, keep in mind that many of  participants at your seminar are traditional-thinking teachers with a vast personal experience. For some of them new  on-line tools might seem quite unusual or even difficult;
13.   Try to be consistent and sure that all the notions and information you present is clearly structured and easy to comprehend and utilize  for those who hear about it for the first time in their life;
14.   Get ready for eventual questions , both connected with the topic you cover and/ or any other  far beyond the context;
15.   At the moment you decided upon the topic, revised the materials, collected the needed information for your seminar, make a draft or a preliminary plan of your presentation;
16.    Look what type of presentation you would like to make:  power point or prezi. Be  ready to remake it several times;
17.   Do not leave that for the last three days, as the information will need to be cleary accumulated and the level  of preparation needs more time to be dedicated;
18.   While preparing the presentation, try to order your slides  in such a way so that your listeners would  have a clear idea of what is the main aim of your presentation;
19.   Keep in mind that elaborating the activities is time-consuming and sometimes a tiresome work, and needs revision and even changes;
20.   Be attentive to the time you need  while getting ready for the presentation. Time management is another important issue on implementing new tools  and performing how it works;
21.   To incorporate all the material you want to present into one session, you need to practice at least once , to see how well you integrate yourself into the time offered;
22.   Take into consideration the time that you will need for demonstrating video on-line tools , making it interactive, involve participants in the activities and make a debriefing as well;
23.   Provide the participants with hand-outs, connected with your presentation so that they could also use it and start to implement into their teaching;
24.   Be sure all the equipment works  well and have your presentation printed out just in case something goes wrong in terms of circumstances, electricity or other unexpected occasions;
2   Include in your presentation the best results you have while implementing your new studies about on-line tools and give examples of its advantage.



 You can see the local/regional topics and the procedure organised by the first 'EFL Blogging School" project participants as an example provided to facilitate the task:
Links of EFL Blogging School  Edition II Local/ Regional Workshops:






Ursu Mariana:

 
































































48 comments:

  1. Hello everyone......I have done this!!!!!!!!!!:-)I have already organized the regional training....successfully............It was very interesting. Only today I have realized how much work we have done during these months.Of course there are some sad moments- our district is small.I have planned the training for 16 teachers, but there come only 13.Also I invited my mentor to the training but unfortunately Christine could not join us.Another sad moment is that I wanted to show the participant all the useful materials I had taken for myself, but for them it was too much...We have stopped only on 3 online tools -Voki, Glogster and Google Forms. We have implement these online tools together with my colleagues... The rest of material was as theoretical information and samples taken from my blog. Anyway, it was a good experience for me and hope with a good result for the participants....

    The link of the training:
    http://englishforbascalia.weebly.com/training

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    1. The link of the training is http://stelatagadiuc.weebly.com/events.

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  2. Dear Aliona!!!! What a wonderful event!!!!! How intersting it was to read your presentation! It is so informative and consistent and extremely comprenesible!!! I am shure your participants were greatful to you to have this possibillity to get acquainted with those on-line tools you presented them. Even if there were not so many people as yu mentioned, they seem to have enjoyed the process and see that Voicethred or Glogster might be useful in their classes. Thank you for sharing that experience,indeed. Congratulations!!!

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  3. Luminita Tiuliuliuc
    Hello! Today, February 12th, I successfully organized and conducted the Regional Training in Edinet, "Mihai Eminescu" Lyceum. There were 27 teachers and 5 students (active blog users)participating at the great event. Although my mentor couldn't make it we found another opportunity - Mrs.Lisa Gill sent me a Vocaroo message which was played to the participants. The training was held according to the suggested recommendations. The PPP (Power Point Presentation) was focused on the material we studied during this whole period. Moreover I tried to advertize my blog in order to "infect" people-teachers with the wish to want to create a blog and work on it. Thanks a lot to Emma, who came and supported me. I am glad I could impress my colleagues so that they could become more intested in on-line tools.

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  4. Dear Luminitsa!!!!! CONGRATLATIONS!!!!! Thank you for inviting me to this important event. That was really fantastic. The presentation was organized in a very professinoal and specific way. The aims and the steps you followed were very constructive and self-sufficient. The modality of presenting the Blog,its function and specific slide to the e-portfolio issue was very compihensive. As an observe I can conclude, that many teachers had got the idea on how to implement the on-line tools in the English classes and that this techniques can help in their day-to-day activities, where they can encourage their students as well. I hope you will share with us the pictures and your presentation as soon as possible. What is the most bright, is the virtual "presence" of your Mentor and participation of your students. So, we wait with anticipation for the feedback of children,teachers and colleagues.
    Great event and useful informational presentation it was for all the participants. It was obvious that many teachers got inspired to use on-line tools and blogs as platform for their future teaching.

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  5. Hallow, everyone This week on Monday I have organized the local training, it was great. I have taught my colleagues how to create a blog with Weebly and how to post pictures and videos on the blog. It was a good experience for me and hope with a good result for the participants. At the end of the training I was exhausted but it was a pleasant fatigue and they are waiting with pleasure the other trainings of my colleagues Tatiana and Svetlana. Thank you for learning us such interesting and useful things.

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    1. The link of the training
      http://englishclassipati.weebly.com/projects

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    2. Lilia,Congratulations with the organiziing the training for local teachers. Judging from the pictures , the participants look very engaged and serious. There might have been a big doze of interest as well. Hope thay had been in spired much !!! So, there you have a lot of pictures and it would be also nice to have your presentation added to the materials, so that we could also shared your experience and good mood. Thank you and we are waiting for that !!!1

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  6. Luminita Tiuliuliuc
    The Link of the training with photos
    http://themodernscholar.weebly.com/life-long-learning.html

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    1. Dear Luminita !!! Thank you for sharing these fantastic moments with us. Eventhough i had been honored to be invited to this event,I consider the pictures and your presentation to be so very useful for the rest of the people, teachers and EFL Blogging School Participants to be shared. The topixc that you rose was very important and the doze of motivation the participants got--had its proper amount. We saw how well the on-line tools could be integrated into the process of teaching and that it is very important for both teachers and students to implement. So, let's prove by this your aim of naming teachers' to be the 21-st century ones.

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  7. Hello!Participants have enjoyed today's training and we agreed to discuss on other studied topics too. Photos will be posted on a special page on my blog entitled "Training".

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  8. Aurelia, it is a nice news. Would you please give us the details of the event, the topic and how did your preparations went. And it would be nice to have the link from your blog with the ictures and the presentation posted here. We will share your experience and success.

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    1. http://aureliaplamadeala.weebly.com/training.html

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  9. Hi Emma. I have had the seminar with 25 teachers from Criuleni region today, February 17th. The seminar with the participation of regional English teachers included a presentation of on-line tools both teachers and students might use to facilitate the teaching/learning process. We discussed the benefits of the blog for both teachers and students, analyzed some tools, such as e-portfolio, flipped class, PBL, Voicethread and some students' posts. Teachers stated that although blogging seems to be time consuming, it has many benefits. I am sure more teachers from the district will create their blogs. The participants will leave their comments on the blog page. See the link below with the presentation and pictures. Thank you for encouraging and supporting us.
    http://englishandwe.weebly.com/projects/blogging-seminar-with-regional-teachers

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  10. At the seminar I provided the participants with the printed presentation and also told them the presentation will be uploaded on the blog in Project section and they can find it there, anytime.

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  11. Eugenia!!! Greta training, interesting and extremely infrmative presentation!!! If yuo managed to tell them all the things you planned and to cover all the topics you prepared in your presentation--that would definetely mean, that it had a great resonance and impact, making people want to implement these on-line tools and start working on their own Blogs. We hope to have a feed-back as well. Good Luck at your final Conference !!!!

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    1. Thank you Emma. I am sure the teachers started thining about the benefits of a blog and creating it.

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  12. Hi everyone. I have also done it!!!
    HEre is the link:
    http://mariaterziclassblog.weebly.com/efl-blogging-school-assignments

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    1. Maria, one more time congratulations with the successful event. The atmosphere and the developmnet are seen through the pictures. Good luck for the next steps!!!!

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  13. Dear Emma on 15-th of february I organized local training with local teachers.I explained them all the tools and benefits of a blog ,them seemed to be interested and asked me to teach them after the project a subject per day:)I feel honored by that.Thank you for teaching us such useful thinks ,now we can teach others and improve our educational system .
    Here is the link with some photos
    http://educationforpupils.weebly.com/photo-gallery









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  14. Dear Emma on 15-th of february I organized local training with local teachers.I explained them all the tools and benefits of a blog ,them seemed to be interested and asked me to teach them after the project a subject per day:)I feel honored by that.Thank you for teaching us such useful thinks ,now we can teach others and improve our educational system .
    Here is the link with some photos
    http://educationforpupils.weebly.com/photo-gallery









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    1. Tatiana, great news! Congratulations with the successful accomplishment! The animoto video is great with the pictures from the training! Do you have your presentaiton as well? If you post it on your Blog, we will be happy to share it as well.Good luck!

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  15. Hello Emma! I'm very happy to anounce you that I organized the training on 16th february and it was wonderful. I finished my presentation but the teachers didn't want to go they wanted to learn more. They asked me to do another training to learn them how to make a school blog. I was very happy to know that. They enjoyed very much the teaching tools that I present, my presentation on prezi and the work of my little pupils.
    http://myblogclass.weebly.com/teaching-advices/local-training

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    1. Olesea, congratulations once again for the fulfilled training! YSo you chose Romanian and that might mean that the tools you tought your colleagues can be implemented at different classes and subjects! That is great. And your prezi is wonderful and very comprehensive for those who start to work--it is easy to understand and implement. Now,we can wait for the feed-back and comments. Good luck at your Conference!

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  16. Hello, Emma! I am very happy to tell you that I have done the training with the teachers! It was really wonderful!!! There were 24 teachers, including the regional inspector, the administration and the staf of my school, all city teachers and some from our region. They were very surprised by the information have received, also I have organized this seminar in an interactive way, so they also participated sharing their opinions. At the end of this presentation they asked me some individual questions about the blog and the inspector propused me to organize a special blog for our foreign languages cathedra.
    I have presented some information about the blog; how to create it, its parts it consist of, then I discussed about flipped classes, and here SUSAN shared her experience about those flipped classes she had at school. We also have discussed about multilevel classes and I told them about the reasons to work in blogs.
    I presented them my blog, pupils works the tools on my blog and at the end I have presented them the platform for the 5th and 6th forms related to studying English using the internet and a lot of technological tools.
    At the end of this training I gave them leaflets I have prepared for this training with the information they have heard. Thanks to Susan, She helped me a lot with this seminar.
    Here is the link of my presentation put on my blog's page. I'll add the pictures tomorrow.

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    1. http://mariaionesi.weebly.com/seminars

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    2. Dear Maria! Congratulations! How nice it is to hear,that your colleagues showed the ineterst to coontinue to get to know more about the tools you toughts them. It is also wonderful to make it in a different rather than English language. it means that more subjects can be tought using this new platforms and you made a great job,by sharing these knowledge with the other teachers. We hope so much that your efforts will have a proper feed-back.Let's encourage your collegues also to leave comments on your blog page!!!

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  17. Hi Emma! I managed to do the training successfully. The participants liked a lot the topic and all the information about the nline tools.
    http://follownadia.weebly.com/events

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  18. Nadejda! Great news! The Presentation is very informative and structured. It is obvious that all the participants got involved to the fullest extent and got a huge ammount of information indeed. It is nice to see that there was so much work done by you and that the theme you chose was so varied. We hope they will have a proper feed-back and the others can surely share your experience as well. Good Luck!

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  19. I have done my training Thursday...and i have to recognize that it was above my expectations..As i wrote on my blog this was just the start, my colleagues asked me to not to stop here but have some more training sessions. So i have only attend my third "exam"(my baby daughter) and continue the work in my school.
    So thank you for giving me such opportunity to discover all these...
    http://dariajelihovschii.weebly.com/local-training

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    1. Dear Daria, congratulations! As you had your expectations, they became true and the fact your colleagues want to know more, just proves how hard you worked and how much interesting information they got from you. You had inspired everybody through that deep and vast presentation you offered them. So we can anticipate for the feed-back as well. Good luck in every strive you make!!!

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  20. Hello Emma!
    Today I did my local training and I am very happy.All teachers were interested and even they proposed to make a school blog,so we keep working.
    here is the link http://veronicacolesniuc.weebly.com/teacher-training

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    1. Veronica, congratulations with this important event! You seem to be very involved together with your participants. Your presentation looks very substantial and well-elaborated. It would be nice if your colleagues and other teachers could use this information in their classes, taking into account that you managed to do it in Romanian and give the possibility to more people to integrate on-line tools into their activities. Good Luck for the future!

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  21. Roibu Svetlana - Local Teachers Training
    Hello, Emma! Yesterday I have just done my local training with teachers. It was about Blog as a tool to assess students. It was said about the role of assessment in teaching and the role of the formative evaluation. How to do the rubrics and how to create the paper of assessment of some activities in English class. For this purpose is very useful the Rubrics creator. There were presented the online Creators of Rubrics such as Rubistar, iRubric, Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Rubrics, Annenberg Learner. I demonstrated how they work and explained how to use them by not English teachers. There is the link of the photos of the seminar posted on my blog: http://englishteachersblogforpupils.weebly.com/teachers-portfolio.html (Teacher’s Portfolio - 22.02.2016 Local Teachers Training: Comment on, Slide-Show, pdf)

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    1. Svetlana, great achievement! You elaborated a very diversed topic for your participants. They might have found out a lot of new things and new on-line tools to implement into their classes. Good luck for the future!!!

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  23. Hello everyone! Today, February 24th, I’ve successfully organized and the Local Training in Calarashi, Theoretical Lyceum "Vasile Alecsandri". There were 25 teachers of different subjects to participate at this great event. The PPP (Power Point Presentation) was focused on the material we studied during this whole period. I showed them my blogs (I have two, as I teach two subjects – Romanian and English). We also talked about what a bog is, what are its advantages and disadvantages, how can it be implemented in the educational process as a modern teaching and learning tool. Then I have taught my colleagues how to create a blog with Weebly and how to post text, pictures and videos on the blog, how to add a link or to embed various materials created with different tools. I think it was a good experience for both me and for the participants.

    Here is the link:http://magicenglishmagicehglish.weebly.com/sharing-experiences

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    1. I've changed the name of my blog and this link doesn't work. Here is another one:http://magicenglishmagicenglish.weebly.com/sharing-experiences

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  24. Hello, Emma. The big event happened here, in Orhei District! Great emotions, a lot of work and good results. Here is the link from my seminar: http://galinamadam.weebly.com/training
    It lasted about 5 hours, because we organized a public lesson also. During the lesson we presented the final product of a project work. Teachers were very interested in what we do and started to work on their blogs immediately. They asked for more information and suport and with my school inspector we decided to "steal" the steps we did during this 5 months and help them manage their blog (of course if you agree the idea).

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    1. Dear Galina, CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is a good news that you saw a real and open interest that your presentation awoke. it is seen from the pictures,that you managed to organize a lot more than one can even imagine--you taught them many dufferent things so far. And you had a plenty of time to go into the details for performing how these on-line tools work and can be implemented. A great thing and wish you have a further development on these methods!!!

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  25. Today, I organized the regional training with regional teachers of history. I explained them the tools and benefits of a blog .
    All teachers were interested and asked me to do another training to help them to create their own blog.
    The link of the training:http://veronyca10.weebly.com/photo-gallery

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    1. Veronica, good job! Congratulations! It is great you attracted the teachers of a different rather English subjects disciplines. However, did yo have a topic of your presentation and we could have a clear idea on what they learnt? It would be nice to have it just written here, so that it could be much more interesting.

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  26. Hello,Emma.I am glad I have organized the regional training with regional teachers from Straseni.In my opinion it was great.I was surprised that my colleagues were really very interested in the topic.I hope I motivated them to study, exeriment and apply some of the online tools which make our learning process interactive and lively.Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this project.Here is the link:http://class-blog11.weebly.com/photo-gallery.html

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  27. Hello,Emma.I am glad I have organized the regional training with regional teachers from Straseni.In my opinion it was great.I was surprised that my colleagues were really very interested in the topic.I hope I motivated them to study, exeriment and apply some of the online tools which make our learning process interactive and lively.Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this project.Here is the link:http://class-blog11.weebly.com/photo-gallery.html

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    1. Vera, congratulations with the organizing such an event! There were many people present and it looks at the pictures that they were really interested in everything you did. Your presentation is so full of information and plentiful of different techniques, on-line tools and methods. How did you manage to tell them all these wonderful things about? Happy they are to find out so many new and useful ways in teaching. Good luck with blogging in the future.

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