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Week 1  (Jan 9 - 15, 2012)


During the first week of the course, participants will


  • Join the group online meeting place
  • exchange introductions and become familiar with the group environments
  • explore some online tools 
  • create and/or share their digital portfolios
  • go on a web safari about technology integration
  • reflect upon technology integration in the classroom 
  • discuss their own ideas on how they can use those tools with their students. 

Week 1 Tasks 



Task 1 - Joining our Digital Tools Wiki


a. Request access to this wiki, which will be our collaborative webpage for our session.




b. Once you are granted access to it, go to your account settings to add your details and upload your photo. 



Task 2- Connecting - Getting Started with EDMODO


a. Sign up for an account at http://edmodo.com as a TEACHER.


b. Access our Edmodo group (left on your screen) and join us Group Code: 9m0oq6.


c. Once your membership has been approved, explore our group page and connect to others.


d. Go to your page settings and customize your space, check your information, change its appearance and set up your email preferences. Take your time to explore this place for social networking in a school-safe environment and fill our your profile and add your photo. 





Task 3 - Your Story - Introducing Yourself, Establishing Bonds, Socializing


a. A Story of Who We Are.
In an online setting, there are multiple ways we can introduce ourselves. Find your own unique way to tell your story, the one which tells us who you are. You can write a poem, add a video, a PPT, a photo, or just words. It's up to you to decide on how you're going to introduce yourself with your own story.


Prepare your introduction, access our Introductions activity in our EDMODO group Discussion Forum and add the link to your story.



Here are four TOOLS that you can sign up for an account, explore and use to prepare your introduction:


- http://animoto.com (make a 30-second video about yourself)

http://about.me/ (tell us who you are)

- http://flavors.me 

- http://prezi.com 


Here's an example of the final result using the four different platforms:




b. Take a seat and "listen" to the others at the Introductions area, check their stories, and interact with, at least, two other participants.



Task 4 - Your e-Portfolio - Deciding for your Online Space


Throughout this online session, the idea is that you

  • collect the digital resources you produce along the way
  • keep a space for reflection on your learning and the tools you get to know about
  • receive feedback from your peers in what you've been producing
  • start your journey as a lifelong learner


There's no right or wrong way to organize your online space, as well as not a best tool. It will all depend on you, your style, your interests.


a. You'll choose an online space to keep your tools, reflection, collection. 
    If you already have an online space, no need to create another. Just use the one you're used to.   


    Here are some platforms you can use to start your portfolio:













In all of those spaces, there's a help page to get you started. 


b.  Share your session space portfolio with us at our portfolios Page.



Task 5 - Web Safari, Reflection and Action Time


a. Let's go on a Web Safari


b. Check the Technology Integration Matrix  and browse it as you wish. 


c. Reflect upon where you are nowadays and where you'd like to be according to your own educational context. 


d. Add your thoughts to our Edmodo Group Discussion


e. Now, action time!


This week, you've come across 




  1. Think of how you could use one of these tools with your students.
  2. Add your ideas to your own digital portfolio. (consider language goals, digital tool to be used, time frame, steps)
  3. Then, share with us the link of your lesson plan idea in the comment area below on this page.
  4. Check each other's lesson plans and give some feedback to your peers in their own lesson plans. 

Help Desk 

Access our Help Desk


Completion Checklist


Have I finished Week 1? Check it here.





Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, an international education association




Comments (Show all 63)

Carla Arena said

at 10:24 am on Jan 13, 2012

Fantastic, guys! All of your spaces for sharing what you learn around are aggregated in Portfolios page at http://classdigitools.pbworks.com/w/page/49147633/portfolios

Carla Arena said

at 10:30 am on Jan 13, 2012

Hey, Brahim. Let me know which blog you'll use for your EVO Portfolio.

Azhar Youssef said

at 3:02 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Hi everybody,

I have created my lesson plan using three of these tools; edmodo, about.me and animoto.
Please visit my blog and give me your feedback.
Here is the link: http://azharreflections.blogspot.com/2012/01/digitools-week-1-reflection-action-plan.html

I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
Azhar Youssef

Maja Dakic-Brkovic said

at 9:11 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Hes, THIS is The lesson plan! :) Bravo!

Cristina said

at 5:02 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Hi Everybody,
I´ve just created my blog and posted an introduction. I´ll soon be adding my reflexions on the use of. web tools.


Seeing you any moment.

Isabelle Garnier said

at 6:17 pm on Jan 13, 2012

I love the cartoon!

Rebecca said

at 11:07 am on Jan 14, 2012

I loved the cartoon as well! Thanks!

Maria Rita said

at 6:39 pm on Jan 14, 2012

Hi Cristina, really nice image. I could identify too with this teacher. I'm going to make a poster of it and bring it to school. :-)

Isabelle Garnier said

at 5:58 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Great idea!

Gil said

at 8:18 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Hi I just loved your post. Really nice Thanks for sharing. Gil

epecasse said

at 8:19 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Hello all, I finished this week's assignments. Ideas of how to use Animoto and Edmodo in the classroom can be found here: http://ellendigitalportfolio.blogspot.com/
Comments and ideas are welcome!


Maja Dakic-Brkovic said

at 9:08 pm on Jan 13, 2012

Oh, this is something completely new for me! http://www.spiderscribe.net/ is a great tool! Thank you for sharing it! :) Congrats for using Edmodo for 2 years! :)

Maja Dakic-Brkovic said

at 9:09 pm on Jan 13, 2012

So useful presentation! I like you prezi.

Ellen said

at 12:13 am on Jan 14, 2012

I have added my idea for using Animoto with beginning students. The nice thing about Animoto is that you can save it without haveing to have an Internet connection at school. This is a consideration that I must take into account, since there are many times I cannot count on the connection in my building. I must also think about the students who do not have access to Internet in their homes. http://teachingknowledge.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/ellens-a-learner-and-a-doer-2/

I would have loved to use Prezi, but have not seen how to save work off line. Any help or pointers will be greatly appreciated.

ElizabethA said

at 10:24 am on Jan 29, 2012

Hi Ellen - it's really easy to download Prezi once you have finished making it (press download :--) But I don't think you can actually use it off line

Rebecca said

at 11:30 am on Jan 14, 2012

Hello! Just in the process of finishing all the homework for this week. Whew! I've been enjoying looking at the many lesson plans and ideas posted above. I decided to go with Edomodo since I think have a virtual classroom is extremely useful. On my blog http://nonbirira.blogspot.com/ I have posted a sample task that I would assign my students using Edomodo. It very similar to what we were asked to do but I think my students would LOVE voki.com!

Rebecca said

at 11:30 am on Jan 14, 2012

(Oops! ...HAVING a virtual classroom...)

catherine boissier said

at 2:41 pm on Jan 14, 2012

I've put a very rough idea of a lesson project using Animoto with one of my classes on my new Wiki blog! It's all new to me so don't expect much compared to some of the very detailed & interested blogs I've been looking at this week. Thanks to you all I have managed to keep swimming through the tasks and am getting ready for next week. See you soon! http://boissierevo.wikispaces.com/

Anna Conway said

at 4:21 pm on Jan 14, 2012

Regina10 said

at 4:43 pm on Jan 14, 2012

I've designed a practical lesson plan using Prezi and Flavors.Me for my elementary level students. Please check it over on my blog. I'd love to read your comments! It's great to have finished all the assigments for Week 1. Thank you!
Regina Gomes

Ruslana Shamanska said

at 4:54 pm on Jan 14, 2012

Hello from Ukraine. This first week inspired me to begin two new projects using web-tools. Here are details - http://shruslana.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-ideas-for-lessons.html

Maria Rita said

at 6:50 pm on Jan 14, 2012

Hi everybody,

This is the link to my lesson plan http://mrp4evo.blogspot.com/2012/01/classdigitools-week-1-lesson-plan.html. Any suggestions and/or comments are highly appreciated. I have completed my Week 1 tasks.

Nancy Lake said

at 7:07 pm on Jan 14, 2012

I haven't really had time to work on a lesson plan for teacher trainees (my students) because I am so busy with the initial training process. That being said, I have had a chance to look at the contributions of others and set up my wikispace so when I get around to it, I will make sure to put in a link.

Nina Liakos said

at 11:51 pm on Jan 14, 2012

About.me could be a good tool for students to use to introduce themselves to their classmates. Even low-level students could write some basic biographical information. But it's not interactive. You can't post a comment on it; the only way to respond, it seems, is to email the owner of the page.

Nicki_ESL_Technology said

at 12:02 am on Jan 15, 2012

Here goes- an updated intro using Storybird http://storybird.com/books/greetings-across-the-miles-wintry-canada/

Carla Arena said

at 9:59 am on Jan 15, 2012

Dear Nicky, fantastic intro! Thanks for sharing it with us. Just love storybird!

Maria Laura said

at 12:58 pm on Jan 17, 2012

Dear Nicky, the visuals and the narrative look so sweet. I feel like trying storybird and create my introduction.

Carla Arena said

at 9:52 am on Jan 15, 2012

Wow, guys. what wonderful ideas and lesson plans you've shared with us. We do hope that participants take some time to visit each other's portfolios to comment, reflect and reuse the ideas!

nagwa soliman said

at 10:38 am on Jan 15, 2012

Hi, I am Nouga and I introduce myself on this link:http://flavors.me/buebue2#
My e-portfolio's link is:http://www.blogger.com/home

nagwa soliman said

at 10:48 am on Jan 15, 2012

I am Nouga once again. My e-portfolio link is:http://nagwa-soliman.blogspot.com/

Andrea said

at 8:47 pm on Jan 15, 2012

Here's a simple teaching idea using "about.me": http://andreagascoyne.blogspot.com/2012/01/teaching-idea-using-aboutme.html

mariageorgina24@... said

at 9:54 pm on Jan 15, 2012

when I came across Prezi, I prepared a lesson to introduce my students into the world of adjectives. I used Prezi to delve into the topic, using a whiteboard for them to carry out some interactive tasks.

It starts presenting what an adjective is, continues with a nice riddle, provides practice, and it goes further to integrate the comparative and superlative forms.


Maria Laura said

at 12:56 pm on Jan 17, 2012

I used prezi for presentations but not for introducing myself. I really like it.

Carla Arena said

at 1:25 pm on Jan 17, 2012

Great, Maria Laura!

Carla Arena said

at 1:27 pm on Jan 17, 2012

Great idea, Maria Georgina.

Maria Laura said

at 1:08 pm on Jan 17, 2012

Hi, I'm in charge of a literacy programme in a bilingual school. I teach grades 4-7 and I was thinking of the uses I can give to avatars. Here's the link to some ideas:

Carolyn Quarterman said

at 11:12 pm on Jan 21, 2012

I love your ideas, Maria! I have never considered using Avatars, but you've given me some food for thought...

Sara Goke said

at 4:17 pm on Jan 19, 2012

Here's my new portfolio. Just another blog :) http://sedmodo.blogspot.com/

ola Bakri said

at 10:56 am on Jan 20, 2012


Hello, I finished this yesterday, but forgot to post it. On this page, there is the lesson plan for using about me.

Svetlana Obenausova said

at 6:49 am on Feb 12, 2012

Since I started my blog and my wiki with BAW and continued this year, they are really products of my lifelong learning as you suggest. Being a moderator in BAW I did not have as much time as I would want to participate in this group but did quite a few things and enjoyed them very much. Thank you for preparing such a great course. I only hope that both this PBwiki and Edmodo will remain open to us so that I can continue studying step by step when I have more time. Thanks for everything. I have filled in the final questionnnaire and here is my wiki http://ict1olomouc.wikispaces.com/ and here is my blog http://svetlanaict.blogspot.com/
Thanks a lot to all moderators and participants. Svetlana

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