Welcome to our TESOL Electronic
Village Online session 2008 "Teaching with Technology:
PowerPoint in the Classroom".
Since you are now registered in
this group, you have received this message that includes
some things that you can do to prepare for the course which
begins on January 14th. You will see some repetition of
these tasks in Week 1, which you can disregard if you have
already completed them. Many of the tasks to be completed for
Week 1 are mainly devoted to participants getting to know one
another and familiarizing themselves with the tools we will be
using during the next six weeks.
There will be two main
communication modes throughout this workshop:
- the asynchronous mode (e-mail).
Our communication center is our YahooGroup (YG)
Teaching with PowerPoint, which makes
it possible to be in permanent contact with all members
through its e-mail feature (distribution list).
- the synchronous mode (chat).
We may have occasional, optional chats that will take place at a time
and place to be determined.
E-mail: We will have
moderators sharing and working each week to assist in making
sure that we cover the pedagogical, building and practical
usage components of PowerPoint. Always feel free to ask
questions or voice concerns and please post all such ideas in
the message area of the Teaching with PowerPoint Yahoo Group.
If you have a question, it's likely that others have the same
or similar questions, and the goal of this session is for all
of us to learn from one another. To alert your
moderators and/or colleagues, please write "Question" or "Help
needed" in the subject area of your message.
Chat (optional): Instructions on
how to find the place and determine what the designated GMT
means to you in your time zone will be covered in more detail
in Week 1. As we are an international group with very
different and distant time zones, the time may not always be
the most suitable for everyone. However, if you are unable to
join our chat events, a transcript/log of the chat will always
be uploaded to our Files section (YG) for you to
FYI: GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
is the standard time we have adopted, so please refer to The World Clock site
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html to situate
yourself in your time for each synchronous event.
Some things you can do to
prepare for this EVO session include:
- Getting to know
you/location: Click on the Frappr button
on the YG homepage and enter your picture and a message on
Frappr. This will allow us to begin to get to know one
another as well as determine participant locations so that
we might be able to choose a chat time that is more suitable
to the majority in our session.
- Click on the link to the Teaching
with PowerPoint User Survey <http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=452672798744>
and answer the few questions. This will help
us to determine where extra help may be needed to navigate
Yahoo Groups and with PowerPoint.
- Read the
Guide to Netiquette and take the short
Netiquette Quiz that follows. This is a very simple and
quick reminder of netiquette on the Web.
- Read the article "10 Most
Dangerous Things Users Do Online" We would recommend that
you print this out and make sure to follow these guidelines
to help prevent spam and other unwanted Internet
- What to expect/how to
prepare: We also feel it is important
to inform you of some things to expect from this session.
There will be a high volume of e-mail. If you want to stay
in constant touch with what is happening with the group, you
may choose to receive individual e-mail or a daily digest.
More on these options will be covered in Week 1. Though all
e-mail will be archived in the Yahoo Group, you might want
to create a folder (or folders) in your Yahoo Mailbox for
e-mails that are of particular interest to you.
- Interaction: We also hope that you will
take the time to engage with other participants through the
message forum and that this and other forms of communication
will help you and the other participants gain both the
practical knowledge to build PowerPoint presentations as
well as pedagogical background information to assist you in
the integration of your PowerPoints into your current
- Contact Information:
Please add your contact information to the database on the
Yahoo Group. To do this, click on the "Database" on the left
sidebar of the YG. Click "Contact List" and then click "Add
record". Add your name and IDs, such as Yahoo Messenger,
Skype or other contact information.
Once again we would like to
welcome you to our TESOL EVOnline
session "Teaching with Technology: PowerPoint in the
Links for our communication
during the session:
Our Yahoo Group:
Next, click on the link to the
Activities for Week 1.
© EVO PowerPoint team:
Sandy Wagner, Paula Emmert, Roger Drury, Jessica Noyes, Kent Matsueda
Created August 10, 2008; last updated
December 19, 2012