The Best of EVO at TESOL, Chicago, 2018

Learning2gether Episode 388

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The Best of EVO, Electronic Village Online


Vance Stevens was asked by the CALL-IS Electronic Village organizing committee for TESOL Chicago to organize a “Best of EVO” event, scheduled March 28, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM CST at the CALL-IS Technology Fair space in the Exhibition Hall of the conference. The idea was to ask anyone involved in Electronic Village Online who might be at the conference to be a part of the presentation, one of a series that would be webcast live from the on-site conference. A call for participation was issued to EVO moderators and participants asking who might want to join us in Chicago, but the call was answered only by Martha Ramirez, whom Vance asked to help co-organize the event in case he could himself not be there.

Shifting to first person now: Since only two of us had come forward to fill the hour and 50 minutes allocated to the event, I took the initiative to open the call to online presenters. Since the plan was to webcast the event FROM the conference in Chicago, it seemed almost seamless to bring presenters from a distance TO Chicago over the same bandwidth we would be streaming out on. This way we netted several additional presenters to commit to joining us online from wherever they would be at the time of our presentation in Chicago. These were: Nellie Deutsch, Carrie Terry, Maha Hassan, Daniela Martino, and Mbarek Akaddar. The program was further rounded out by Diana Salazar, co-moderator of the Flipped Learning EVO session, who accompanied Martha Ramirez from Colombia, and Jane Chien who presented live with Vance on EVO Minecraft MOOC at an event which actually overlapped with the start of this one, so she was available to join the on-site presentation team.

Recorded on YouTube:

Where online? In Zoom, link to be provided on the day. So that we could avoid the 30 minute limitation on the free version, Jonah Moos created an event under his account at Zoom and left it running for the duration of our presentation.

What? The following was proposed as a description of the event:

Coordinators, moderators, and participants in Electronic Village Online speak about their sessions and about how EVO functions. Moderators will overview their sessions, and participants are invited to describe their experiences as members of the EVO online community. Panelists will explain how to become involved as moderators or participants next year.

The handout prepared for the live presentation is at

The live and online presenters collaborated in a Google Doc space and came up with the following program. This blog post is derived largely from that document. The links below will take you back to that document, the content from which was copied here on April 2, 2018.

Presentation details

Live on-site presentations

Online presentations

Presentation details

This presentation was listed in the CALL-IS schedule, distributed in convention bags at registration, and available online here:


Where it says “Click on a session to show the schedule for that particular session”

Under Wednesday, March 28, 2018, click on

The Electronic Village Online (EVO): Best of 2018 – 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM – Technology Showcase (Exhibition Hall – Booth 540)


Live on-site presentations

10:00 to 10:45 – Martha Ramirez introduced the event with a Welcome to the Best of EVO

Martha Ramirez will open this symposium and explain how we will handle its mixture of on-site and online presenters. She can briefly overview how the Electronic Village Online bridges the work of the Electronic Village between on-site TESOL conferences.


10:45 to 11:00 – Martha Ramirez and Diana Salazar: Flipped Learning in Language Teaching: Highlights and reflections

This presentation highlights the five-week online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes. Participants practiced with various video creation tools, gained skills in curating already existing media, and learned how to effectively incorporate these resources into their teaching practices.

Martha’s blog post on Flipped Learning:

Martha Ramirez, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia (

Martha Ramirez has an MA in Education from the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) with an emphasis on Bilingualism and Technology. She is currently an English professor at the same university and is an independent academic consultant. Her main research interests include pronunciation pedagogy, flipped learning, and the use of ICTs in ELT. Martha is involved in a number of flipped learning projects which include moderating the flipped learning EVO session, being a Master Teacher for Flipped Learning Global Initiative – FLGI, teaching a Flipped learning MA course, and participating as an expert in Flipped Learning Certification Level II and Differentiation Specialist FLGI courses.

Diana Salazar, Saint Matthew School, Colombia (

Diana K. Salazar works as the Head of the Foreign Language Department at Saint Matthew School in Bogota and also teaches at the Language Center from Sergio Arboleda University. She has been teaching for 10 years, implementing elements from different teaching paradigms and methods. Her areas of research in Applied Linguistics are identity and teacher education. With Flipping, she is currently at a padawan status, but hopes to keep on sharing her experiences to the teaching community and grow stronger with the flipping force.

11:00 to 11:15 –  Vance Stevens and Jane Chien presented Four Years of EVO Minecraft MOOC


EVO Minecraft MOOC is for interested teachers to join in playing Minecraft in order to learn from each other about how Minecraft is being used for language learning.  In the process we learn about gamification as we experience a unique participatory culture. This presentation discusses EVO Minecraft MOOC, which has been an EVO session for the last four years, in the context of the Electronic Village Online from its beginnings in 2001 to the current year.

Relevant links


Vance Stevens and Jane Chien came along hurriedly after finishing their presentation on Minecraft in the Electronic Village. You can find out more about that presentation here:


Vance Stevens, HCT / CERT / KBZAC, Al AIn, UAE,

Vance works as EFL English Faculty at the air college in Al Ain, UAE. His online work includes founder of Webheads in Action, On the Internet editor for TESL-EJ, a podcast series Learning2gether with apprx. 390 episodes, and since 2002 one of the coordinators of TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online. Vance has passed his 4th year as founder / coordinator  / co-moderator of EVO Minecraft MOOC.

Jane Chien, has taught pre-service EFL teachers for 12 years and is an assistant professor at the National Taipei University of Education. She is currently a visiting scholar at University of Central Florida, Orlando. She advocates that learners’ agency in Minecraft promotes English language learning.

CALL-IS gave out certificates this year. Here’s mine:


Jane also got a certificate


Online presentations

11:15 to 11:25 – Carrie Terry: Observations as both Moderator and Participant on Teaching Pronunciation Differently


This session highlights the experiences of the presenter as a moderator and a participant in the EVO session about teaching pronunciation. The session focuses on the ‘Articulatory Approach’, which teaches students what to do with their mouths to sound right.

Download the PowerPoint

Carrie Terry is PT Lecturer in EFL at Warwickshire College, UK, and Director of Clear Pronunciation ( She has been a moderator (2017 and 2018) and participant (2015 and 2016) on Teaching Pronunciation Differently.  

11:25 to 11:35 – Maha Hassan: Are You a Fair Tester?


Are you responsible for setting monthly and annual exams? Does this cause you a lot of stress? What tools do you use to help you? Join us to find out about successful and practical online and offline tools that can ease your mission!! This session highlights the EVO 2018 session designed for those responsible for setting monthly and annual exams. Participants in this session learned online and offline tools that can help them and alleviate the stress of managing testing.

Relevant links



Maha Hassan, Arab Academy for Training Technology,

Maha is a Teacher Trainer, founder of Teaching ESL Hub and Head of English Arab Academy for Training Technology. She has presented at International Conferences and has had a number of articles published as well. She blogs on

11:35 to 11:45 – Nellie Deutsch: Teaching as a Way to Learn


Nellie Deutsch will highlight how screencast-o-matic and PoodLL engage teachers in peer teaching and learning by teaching. The presenter will discuss her experiences in moderating two EVO sessions, Moodle for Teachers for the past 6 years and Teaching EFL to Young Learners for the past 4 years.

Relevant links

Nellie Deutsch, University of Phoenix

Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technologist, curriculum and instruction developer, blended learning practitioner, relationship-based mentor, researcher, writer, speaker, and online community builder. She combines technology with mindfulness, the Alexander technique, and the Silva Method. She has been teaching English as a foreign language in high school and higher education face-to-face for over 35 years and teacher professional development online for over 20. She speaks at online and face-to-face conferences and organizes annual informal MOOCs (Moodle and Virtual World), online conferences (Connecting Online and Moodle Moot Virtual Conference), and gives free online courses and webinars at Moodle for Teachers and MMVC. Nellie joined the Webheads in 2004 and EVO in 2005. She had the honour of leading the coordination team in EVO18.  For more information on Nellie’s extensive credentials, click here.

11:45 to 11:55 – Daniela Martino: Teaching Listening: Principles, Techniques and Technologies


This session highlights the EVO session about teaching listening, a skill that a lot of teachers find tricky to teach. Participants in this session designed, experimented with, and discussed a range of listening activities informed by research and expanded their knowledge of online resources and tech tools for teaching listening.

Slide presentation:

Daniela L. Martino, Universidad de La Plata – ISFD 97, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Daniela is a teacher of English and Sworn Translator at Universidad de La Plata. She holds a Diploma in Education and ICT and is currently doing an MA in Technology-mediated Learning (Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina). She has been working as an EFL teacher at different levels for twenty years. She has also been an EFL pre and in service teacher trainer, lecturing in Applied Phonetics since 2009. Her research interests include the integration of ICT in teaching programmes, particularly in the teaching of segmental and suprasegmental features of spoken English.

11:55 to 12:05 – Mbarek Akaddar: Online Tools used in  EVO Sessions


This session will highlight some of the many tools used to moderate and participate in the Electronic Village Online sessions.

Relevant links


Mbarek Akaddar, Hassan II High School, Beni Mellal, Morocco

Mbarek has been

  • a teacher of English as a foreign language for thirty years at Hassan II High School
  • EVO Lead coordinator 2016-2017
  • Microsoft Innovative Education Trainer
  • Adobe Education Trainer
  • Certified Flipgrid Ambassador
  • E-Teacher and IEARN Master Teacher

Online/social spaces where this event is being tracked and announced

This event was webcast as described here,

Best of EVO –

YouTube recording:

Find this extended Google Doc handout at

To download the 2-page handout prepared for the conference, visit


Nellie Deutsch posted a pre-conference announcement here


That long link brings you here:

And Vance Stevens announced the event in several locations,

e.g. as Learning2gether episode 388



Other social networks to which Vance posted the above announcement

Announcements were made …

on Facebook

On Google+ Communities


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