Thursday, December 16, 2004

Welcome to the ESL/EFL Blogging Team!

A warm welcome to all of you who have chosen to join us in this adventure in blogosphere.

We hope that by interacting here, exchanging information, comments and perspectives, we will learn together how to expand our ESL/EFL learning communities beyond the classroom and also empower our learners to build their own communities centered around their personal interest.


Blogger Y.H.Stella Chen said...

Hi everyone,
I come here to give my warm greeting here!! I am still in Melbourne now; will be very busy these days until the end of December, which means I probably won't be able to be online very often. However, I've already signed in Tappedin. If you guys need to contact me, you are all welcomed to drop me a message or send me an e-mail! Great to meet you guys here!


6:43 AM  
Blogger Ton said...

Hi Aaron et al,

I found the course for week 4 in my referrer log, linking to an article on mobile blogging. Had a look around, seems interesting. I'm glad that some of my stuff is useful for you. Will return here next month to see how it develops.

best, and a happy 2005,


6:47 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Yes, your article Mobile Blogging at BlogWalk in Umea is a very interesting source for discussion. Drop by from time to time and let us know what is happening on your side of the world.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here I am following the tracks. And wondering.... how can I add links to my blogspot blog? It says edit me but ends in a blank page. I haven't been able to figure it out. Help!


1:40 PM  
Blogger Dafne said...

Hi Bee and all,

I am here! Thanks for the invitation to join this community. I hope to be able to overcome my block about blogs. I love reading them and I understand how helpful they can be/are for my students, but I still do not feel comfortable working with them :-(

2:33 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

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2:45 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Just by being invited to join this blog, I've learned something new. I had my students make "anonymous" responses in my blogger blog last semester. They signed their names, so I would know who wrote what. I'm starting to see how to tie this blogs together to make a community.

2:58 AM  
Blogger RitaZ said...

Hi, all from Connecticut (USA)!

I met Karen today and had a fabulous time with her, sharing thoughts and experiences... On Friday I'm meeting Tere in Lisbon, and that will be another meeting to celebrate!
However, As I'll be travelling Portugal until Jan 27, I might not be able to participate as actively and as often as I would like during the first week and a half. I'll rely on the archived material, but will try at least to join a chat from a cyber..
I wish you all a good start, cheers!


3:15 AM  
Blogger Bee said...

Meeting the webheads f2f...what a treat, Rita! Keep us updated...take many pictures and open a photoblog to show us the highlights of your trip!
Enjoy your time and we are looking forward to having you with us when you come back, full of great ideas and energy.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks very much for your invitation, Bee. I will try to observe everything regularly and contribute whenever I can.


3:46 PM  
Blogger john said...

Gee, I feel left out...even though I can't contribute much.

I note on the right hand side of the page "Team Members"....with a bunch of names that I recognize from the Yahoo Group set up by Bee. How do I get my name on that list? Or is it reserved only for those who might have something valuable to say? (grin)

I need to know a *lot* more about blogging; and I especially need to find a friendly blogging site that will send out "alerts" to "my" group. So, my question to the Powers here - will this post of mine generate an "alert" to Bee? to the Yahoo Group she leads? to those on the Team?

Thanks in advance for all the generous help that I have already gotten from so many of you.

2:01 PM  
Blogger john said...

This note is for Bee, mostly.

Bee, isn't there a way where posts are sorted so that the newest post goes to the top of the comment page and the oldest (first one) goes to the bottom? While I understand the argument that in order to follow the thread of other comments, one would read as you have set it up - from oldest first and "down".

But, my guess is that most visitors will be repeate viewers, in which case they would like to read from the newest to the oldest.

Of course you are limited to what allows. But it seems to me that you have an option to do this either oldest or newest at the top.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Hello John,
You made it to the collective blog, congratulations! Your name figures up there on the list so inspite of your protests you managed :-)
As for the order of the comments, I have not really thought about it. Must investigate and will let you know as soon as I find out what can be done.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth H-S said...

Hi all--
I like the idea of a community blog, and as Chris said, this is a way to get students out of being "anonymous."

8:15 PM  
Blogger Dennis said...

Thanks for the invitation to join this COP. (When I was a youngster a 'cop' was a policeman.)Like some others, I'll be on the move for part of the 6 weeks - a conference in Las Palmas - but I hope to be able to keep up with most of the activities. At the back of my mind, for this blog, will be the general question: 'What are we doing here that couldn't be done just as well on a discussion list?"
Best wishes to all from an Englisman in northern Germany.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Janina said...

Hi All

Just trying this out! Nice to be here in such esteemed company :-) Looking forward to seeing how this community blog works out in contrast with the Yahoogroup.

12:25 PM  
Blogger PaddyG said...

Great to have made it onto the community blog - greetings to all! Thanks for the invite.
One question - how will the blog be different from the YG forum where we wrote messages to introduce ourselves?

2:58 PM  
Blogger PaddyG said...

Ooops sorry for the repetition, I must have skipped Bee's comment about the discussion list - thought I'd rad them all... ;-)

3:01 PM  
Blogger Ale W said...

Bee and all,
I finally made it to the collective blog! and ... feeling such a great sense of achievement after having created my own blog! I am enjoying my summer holidays but at the same time eager to start classes to try this out with my own students ...

3:28 PM  
Blogger A Joubert said...

Ah! found it!
I feel as if I've managed to jump onto a speeding wagon, and hope I don't fall off.
It will all look easy as pie next week, won't it?
Won't it?
Thanks everybody for helping me along.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

We're off to blogosphere Ann ...still on the launching pad but the engines are running. Do not be afraid. There may be some wind, your hair may get quite ruffled at times but we are all in the same rocket and those who have already navigated this space will be there to help you :-)

12:40 AM  
Blogger Alfredo said...

Thanks for the invitation to join this collective blog. I am working all the tools of this course on my own Blog and not since the yahoo mail list. This way to work is better for my since I can enter to my blog many times al day. (My Blog personal is http: // Greetings, A. Ascanio, from Caracas Venezuela.

2:13 AM  
Blogger Pete MacKichan said...

Hi everyone,

Finally managed to get this sorted - It seems you have to create a blog before you can post a comment, and I got lost somewhere in between.

Anyway, good to be here.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Bee said...

Hi Pete,
Yes...there are steps to follow as suggested in the individual tasks for week 1 (webquest).
Good to see you here

6:54 PM  
Blogger Pete MacKichan said...

Trying again.

Somehow I just don't seem to be able to make myself follow procedures. I always seem to want to do step 6 before step 3. (Though when it comes to food I don't eat the dessert first)


11:18 AM  
Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

Well, it took two tries, but I finally got to the point of being able to accept the invitation to be here. I think this is going to be fun!

3:24 PM  
Blogger Mariana Hudrea said...

This is my second course online on blogging.
The first one started in December and it was run by Gabriela Avram, a very special person (
The course was an introduction to the world of blogs.
This second course is exactly what I need most in this moment.
Everything looks more and more interesting everyday.
I am pretty sure it will help me learn a lot of useful things for teaching my students.
And it will also put me into contact with wonderful colleagues from all over the world.
I cannot remember how I came across the invitation.
I am so happy I am here.

9:20 PM  
Blogger PaddyG said...

Is it possible to respond to one particular comment on the blog or can you only add a comment at the end of all the previous comments? Paddy

12:09 AM  
Blogger (Seyyedeh) Susan Marandi said...

Hello everyone! I finally made it! %-l

So, exactly what will we be doing here? I mean, I'm having lots of fun (now that I have succeeded and can finally relax for--alas--a short while!), but exactly what is our agenda for this COP? (So far, I am experiencing nostalgia: Somehow, in contributing I'm reminded of innocent childhood memories: "Susan was here, Jan. 23, 2005"! ;-) Those were the good old days!)

Warm wishes from Iran 0:-)

7:09 PM  
Blogger Bettina said...

Toons ahead!
After a week of posting, reindexing, checking and delating... I should say: I love blogging!
It's my first time in this side of the web. Couldn´t cope with everything but still trying!
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and expertise in this Community of Practice...
Bet :)

8:08 PM  

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