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How EVO Changed My Life

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I’m here to tell you about how a simple acronym - EVO - changed my life and was a true turning point in my professional development. When I joined the Electronic Village Online for the first time to take the online session Becoming a Webhead (BaW), I had the feeling it was special in the sense of learning something new, understanding more about this online world, and connecting to like-minded educators for a period of time. Never could I imagine that the Electronic Village Online would be way more than my initial expectation. The Electronic Village Online was a new beginning of renovated passion for my profession as an educator, of lifelong learning and the joy of being always connected. It was not about a definite time, it was about constant feeding and improvement in who I was as an educator and person.

Every year, we gather for five weeks to network, to connect, to have fun, to meet like-minded international educators, and to dare. It is that time when we gain new insights on how to make a difference in our educational contexts, when we give us some time to test new possibilities in the classroom in an environment where every educator is invited to experiment with the many choices they are given in the many online sessions they can opt to join. Throughout the years, as a moderator and part of the EVO Coordinating Team, I’ve come to see many educators flourish and gain new insights, finding new meaning to their professional lives and spicing up their teaching practice with a myriad of classroom ideas, activities, resources they learned in the EVO Sessions. I’ve seen them bloom to become great local leaders and multipliers of the ideas they’ve got from the different Electronic Village Online sessions. Some have even become digital stars, well-known in the online circles of educators via Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Webconferencing, among others.

In 2012, the prospect of educational training for educators looks more exciting than ever with our traditional sessions and some brand new ones.EVO will run from January 9th, 2012 to February 12th, 2012. Here’s the list of what you’ll be able to choose from:

Becoming a Webhead
Developing our Mentoring Skills
Digital Storytelling for Young Learners
Digital Tools with Purpose in the Classroom
TESOL-Drama Workshop: Teaching and Assessing English Through Drama
Teaching and Language Learning Through Gamification
MachinEVO – Video Productions of Language Learning Conversations
MOODLE for Teachers
Multiliteracies for Social Networking and Collaborative Learning Environments
PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Learning
Podcasting for the EFL/ESL Classroom
Social Networking: Making it Work for You and Your Students
Teaching English to Young Learners and Teens
Tutoring with Web 2.0 Tools – Designing for Social Presence

To check the sessions abstract and to register for them, access http://evosessions.pbworks.com/Call_for_Participation2012

EVO is an eye-opener for everyone interested in improving the way we teach, share, connect and interact. I do hope you´ve got the chance to experience this professional development program that is free, welcoming of novice teachers and more experienced ones, and totally addictive! I started as a participant and have never stopped to join the sessions and to moderate some as part of my own professional evolution and the need to belong to this group of educators who are pure inspiration and passion.


Join us  to see what I mean!


Carla Arena


Carla is a teacher, teacher trainer, and Ed Tech Supervisor at Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasilia. She has been using social media to explore the potential of educational technology in the classroom and beyond. Carla is part of the TESOL's Electronic Village Online Coordinating Team and has been co-moderating the EVO online sessions to help educators develop their digital literacy and fluency. You can find Carla in Twitter @carlaarena or in her blog http://collablogatorium.blogspot.com


From Carla's blog, redacted at Come Join the EVO, December 2011.

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