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About registering, participating and getting certification

Do I need to register? If so, where is the registration form?

You've already registered for "Blogging4Educators" when applying to join this Yahoo! group. You don't need to do anything else before Jan 14, just refer to our message "Getting Started" if you'd like to start "warming up" before then...


I've never blogged before and I'm not a techie. Do you think I'm OK for this session?

Everyone in the Blogging4Educators Team is willing to give you any support you need to get started with blogging. We are all somewhere on the learning curve of the new and emergent technologies. You won't feel alone at all in this group.There will always be someone willing to offer a helping hand whenever you feel at a loss. So don't hesitate to write to the group when you have a question, a doubt or simply don't know how to do something. Also, we offer "office hours" chat to deal with questions you might have related to the course, syllabus, or tasks.


And remember: the only silly questions are those you don't ask when you need to. ;-)


I've already blogged, but I'd say I'm a false beginner?

In this session, we'll be dealing with basic concepts of blogging. However, for each week we have extensions for the ones who want to go beyond. If you are an experienced blogger, you might consider joining the Social Media in ELT group http://dekita.org/smielt/

How long will course materials be available?

The session moderators have agreed to keep all materials  available online for a year from the end of our session. This means you can get back to all our online resources at your convenience, even when the session is over .

What happens if I fall behind, or if I'm away for a week or two during the course? Can I still go on?

Although we'll have Weekly Tasks, feel free to accomplish them at your own pace! We'll always be around to guide you. We encourage participants to follow the tasks set for each week because of the rich interaction that goes on among everybody. However, we totally understand how hectic the life of an educator can be! This session is meant to be flexible and to fit your own schedule.

Can I get a certificate for my participation?

Due to the informal nature of interaction at EVO, TESOL is unable to certify your participation. Nevertheless, the session moderators will issue informal certificates of participation that all participants can download and print themselves.


About Yahoogroups

How do I join your Group?


  1. Click Join This Group in the upper-right corner of the group’s page.
  2. Haven’t signed in yet? You’ll be asked to enter your Yahoo! ID. If you don’t have one, register by clicking Sign Up at the top of the page.
  3. Set your membership preferences.Choose a profile you'd like to display to the group, select the email address at which you'd like to receive group messages, choose how you receive group messages, and more.
    We highly recommend that you use "Daily Digests" for the emails.

When you get the digest option, it will condense all the emails into one, but you'll still see all of them. Some people prefer to read straight
on the yahoogroups and not receive anything in their personal emails. With many participants in the session, there will certainly be a lot of emails exchanged, so go for DAILY DIGESTS!

Do I need a Yahoo! email address to use Yahoo! Groups?

No, you can use any email address you'd like. Keep in mind that your email address will be visible to the owner/moderators of the groups you join and, if you post a message, to all other members of the group who receive message by email. Make sure you use an email address which you don't mind disclosing to them.

How do I update my yahoo profile?

Go to the Yahoo! Member Directory. Make sure you are signed in, then click "My Profiles." The next page will list your ID.Remember to save your changes.

Once you're signed in, at the top of the group homepage you will see "My account" next to the Yahoo Groups logo. Click on that link and you'll get to your profile page. Click on the edit buttons to update your info.



What does EVO stand for?

EVO stands for Electronic Village Online. It is a creation of TESOL's CALL Interest Section. In this age of electronic communication it seems a natural way to bring the issues of our profession to the international stage. Our goal is to allow learning anywhere, anytime, with as little expense as possible for a global audience. Thus EVO moderators and trainers are all volunteers, and participants need only provide their own Internet access to take part in activities.

The EVO is a set of online courses that takes place every year for six weeks, January-February. Sessions include a range from simple discussions to hands-on workshops. They can serve as a run-up or preview to the TESOL Convention.

An online course is the perfect venue to pre-discuss papers from Academic Sessions or Intersessions, or to carry on a discussion important to your member group in a timely fashion. EVO provides an invaluable service to teachers all over the globe, for it brings the convention to those who cannot travel. We had over 1100 participants in 2007.

What is BaW ? 

BaW stands for Becoming a Webhead and it's another EVO online session. Webheads in Action is an international Community of Practice that experiements with CMC (computer mediated communication) tools. BaW deals with a wider range of tools apart from blogs, such as wikis, podcasts, voice forums, etc. Maybe it could be your next step after taking our Blogging4Educators session!


What is GMT? Why is it important for our session?

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This clock shows GMT right now.If you're, for instance, 3 hours behind, you'd say you're "-3 GMT". If in your area it's 4 hours later, then you are "+4 GMT". Now, if you're, for instance, in London, this clock shows your local time, and you simply are "GMT"!


GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time (aka UCT: Universal Coordinated Time). We use it as the standard time for our synchronous activities, because we have participants from all over the world and in different time zones. Check the World Clock for your local time or try Qlock and mouseover the map in your area.

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