I’ve been remiss in maintaining this blog. I will do my best to do better.

One of the blogs that I subscribe to is Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ .

Larry posts regularly and they are not always a “Best sites” post but these are the ones I wait for.  His  postings are not always of interest to me but each one of his Best of posts is a treasure trove of resources. He has best sites for specific topics like Pandas or for timely topics such as The best sites to learn about the earthquake in Haiti or for general tips like The best places to get royalty free music and sound effects. Aside from his posts, he also has an extensive blog roll where you can find other blogs and websites on related topics.

I’m sure you’ll find that you could spend an awful lot of time exploring the resources already on his blog. Subscribe and you’ll stay up-to-date.

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image from evo websiteEvery year TESOL’s  CALL Interest Section  hosts the Electronic Village Online (EVO) in advance of the TESOL annual convention. These online 6-week sessions are open to anyone, not just members of TESOL, and while some people are not language teachers, most participants and moderators are involved in language learning and technology in some way. Modertors of the sessions are all volunteers; interested community members who are willilng to share their time and expertise with the rest of us.

I highly recommend EVO for anyone who is interested in learning more about technology and language teaching. This year there are 12 sessions underway. They  started on January 11 and run until Feb. 21. Some familiar sessions are being offered. Becoming a Webhead and Multiliteracies for Social Networks and Collaborative Learning Environments are two that I have perviously particiated in. There are 10 others that sound just as interesting.  I don’t have the time to participate this year and neither will the  students in the CALL course. But, the nice thing about EVO is that you can register for a sesson and just lurk, listen, read, and not be an active participant. That is more doable and is definitely worth the effort!

This blog has been created specifically for the Computer-assisted Language Learning course of 2010.  One of the areas we want to explore this term is availability of professional development related to CALL. To that end, we will be sharing what we find online  in terms of sites, resources, people and commuities of practice. By the end of the term, we hope to have established contacts that we can carry forward after the class.

See the blog roll to access all the students blogs.