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Web 2.0 for learning and teaching - the continuing online adventures of a not-so-techie teacher

February 04, 2011

Let's Go!

I’ve been online now for about two years, learning new ways to connect with other teachers for professional development, and how to use web tools in my own teaching. I wrote about my adventures in one of my first editorials for ELT News: The online adventures of a not-so-techie teacher. While I’m still not very techie, I have learned a lot online, and when Russell Willis offered me a chance to write a regular column about my cyberspace explorations I jumped at the chance.

Some of my faves...

In future installments, I’m going to introduce my favorite websites, resources, and tools for growing as a teacher, creating materials for classes, and teaching. This certainly won’t be an exhaustive list (like “50 ways to edit photos online”) because there are other people already doing those kinds of lists much better than I ever could. This is a place for me to share specific resources I’ve found useful, and tools that I have tried and liked. I’m partial to things that are free and easy to use, so most of my recommendations will be things that are free and won’t take much time to learn how to use.

While I’ll be introducing my favorites here, I do update my wiki regularly with new tools and resources. So, if you’re looking for sometime specific that I haven’t mentioned here, you might want to check there. And, if you’re interested in reading more about how I learn about new resources from my personal learning network (PLN), I invite you to explore those posts on my blog.

I hope you will join me in this new adventure by sharing your own recommendations for web resources teachers will love—just remember my bias toward free and easy to use! Post your suggestions in comments, or contact me directly. If I use your suggestion, I’ll be sure to give you credit!

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