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EVO Video 2008 ESL/EFL

Video Slide Shows and Vlogging



We will seek the sponsorship of TESOL Video and Digital Media, and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) ISs.





EVO Video 2008: ESL/EFL Video Slide Shows and Vlogging is a free workshop for all teachers interested in learning how to use student-produced video slide shows and vlogs to enhance their classes. Both video slide shows and vlogs can be made available to a wide audience via the web and can therefore become powerful motivational tools. In addition, slide shows can be created in little time with minimal equipment (camera phones and a computer), so they are particularly suited to teachers with limited access to IT resources.


Target Audience

ESL/EFL teachers interested in web-video and student video production.


Weekly Content


Week 1

Participants will


  • introduce themselves
  • upload a photo
  • set their email preferences / configure their yahoo accounts
  • create their wiki pages
  • read the article, "Video Online" by Elizabeth Hanson-Smith and Mike Marzio
  • read Netiquette and take the self-test
  • complete the Needs Assessment Survey


Week 2

Participants will


  • view sample slideshows
  • read materials that explain the various tools they can use to create slideshows
  • write to the group about any thoughts that occur to them with regard to this week's materials
  • begin creating short (1-2min) personal narrative or documentary style video slideshows


Week 3

Participants will


  • read Geoff Taylor's account of his experience in creating slideshows
  • read the feedback that students who participated in a slideshow project provided to their teacher
  • write to the group about any thoughts that occur to them with regard to this week's materials
  • post questions on YouTube for the authors of some sample slideshows
  • complete their own slideshows


Week 4

Participants will


  • find a favorite user-friendly Online Video Storing site
  • upload their slideshows
  • copy the HTML code and embed their slideshows in their blog or wiki
  • write to the group about any problems they may encounter
  • share their work with their peers in this group


Week 5

Participants will


  • read the answers from the authors of some sample slideshows on YouTube
  • watch other participants' slideshows and provide feedback
  • read other participants' blogs or wiki pages and provide feedback
  • discuss pedagogical issues raised by slideshows
  • (optionally) take part in an online text chat on slideshows with Kristi Reyes


Week 6

Participants will


  • read materials on copyright and privacy issues pertaining to slideshows
  • look at a sample rubric to evaluate slideshows
  • write to the group about any issues raised by this week's materials or by the course in general
  • complete the EVO SurveyMonkey evaluation


Moderators and Co-moderators



Ryan Detwiler earned his BA in English and TESL Certificate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1998 he taught video production to a high intermediate class of ESL students and has been hooked on producing video and web-based content ever since. After living and teaching in France and Japan for a couple of years, Ryan moved to San Francisco, California, to get an MFA in Motion/Pictures and Television at the Academy of Art University. In March of 2005 he founded ESL Video, Inc., an educational software development / production company. He co-moderated the EVO Video 07 workshop.


Nicolas Gromik was born in New Caledonia, and educated in Australia, where he first started teaching French. He then moved to Japan where he currently lives and works as an EFL with CALL focus lecturer. In 2005, in Cooperation with Elizabeth and Mike Marzio, he started filmediting4esol EVO TESOL, and since then he hasn't stopped discovering the benefit of integrating video in the classroom as a project-based activity for advanced Japanese learners of English to attempt as a challenge. In 2007, one pair of student produced a 15 minute video on "Orphans in Sendai", and it was submitted in the Sundance Festival; not to win, but go through the whole process of video production from concept to delivery. In his spare time, he makes short documentaries, delivers workshops and presentations on the benefit of video production, and attempts to deliver online resources. He co-moderated the EVO Video 07 workshop.


Mike Marzio:Born and raised in the USA, Marzio did Masters work at New York University in 1969/1970 in English Education. In 1976, he created a language school in the south of France for the professional needs of corporate customers. In the same year, he began ESL videotaping and editing, resulting in numerous EFL/ESL comedy sketches including We Mean Business, a co-production with Longman. In 1992, he began the Real English project, and more recently his blog. Mike hopes that his practical experience as cameraman, interviewer, and video editor will prove useful to EVO video 2008 participants around the world.


Sergio Mazzarelli was born in Italy. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Birmingham in 1996. Since 1997, he has taught a variety of EFL classes at Kwassui Women's College in Nagasaki, Japan. In 2007, he joined the EVO Video 07 workshop and developed a strong interest in video slideshows, which led him to establish the ESL Slideshow Exchange Site as well as to create the Orandazaka channel on YouTube and to upload his students' video slideshows to it. He hopes to continue producing slideshows and expand class exchanges based on them.


Geoff Taylor trained with International House, has taught adult EFL for over 25 years in Europe, Egypt and the USA, and now teaches full-time at St Clare's, Oxford, England. He got an MEd in Educational Technology and ELT from Manchester University in 2003, and is currently studying web design technologies with eclasses.org. He was a keen participant in EVO Podcasting 06 and EVO Video 07 and has high expectations for EVO Video 08. A long time Mac user and keen advocate of the Apple iLife creative suite, he has run on-site digital video filming, editing and DVD-burning courses for students. Visit his long-running student-generated audio (and occasionally video) podcast at http://bardwellroad.podomatic.com.


Tools to be used


Join this session


To join this group:


From January 1 to 14:
  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evovideo08
  2. Click on the blue button: This is just an image. The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you donĀ“t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions


Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


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