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Exploring the Big Apple, Byte by Byte




New York State TESOL (NYS TESOL)





Take a virtual tour of New York City through the exploration of famous New York landmarks and institutions! Participating teachers will explore New York City, one of the most attractive places in the world, sharing their expertise by creating interesting learning activities in a supportive community.


Using the city’s cultural centers, historic events, and architecturally unique buildings, teachers will develop virtual visits to venues in New York City that will introduce learners to New York and engage them in intensive research on the Internet.


This online course will provide language teacher/participants with an overview of the unique design components for online instruction, give them an opportunity to explore various online tools and experience different interactions in individual and collaborative projects in teaching and learning.


Hands-on activities, comprehensive analysis of different projects, and extensive discussions on each topic are geared towards having teachers obtain first-hand experiences so that they familiarize themselves with online instructional tools (hyper-texts, sharing sources, asynchronous forums, synchronous chat, voice files, video clips, blogs, and wikis).



Target Audience

This course is designed for language teachers who want to develop online activities. While there is no formal prerequisite before taking this EVO session, it is recommended that participants have basic computer skills and that they have Internet access. Those who have no previous experience using web devices, chat, asynchronous forum, and uploading videos to Youtube are responsible for learning these functions individually.


Weekly Content


Week 1: Course Introduction


  • Join Yahoo Group
  • Take a survey of previous experience using online tools
  • Introduce self and describe technology interests, fears, etc.
  • Scavenger hunt: explore a gallery of NYC sites
  • Discussion: Benefits of collaborative tasks and ways to form learning communities


Week 2: Explore Various Online Instructional Tools

  • Participate in a model collaborative project: Metropolitan Museum AND/OR Tenement

Museum activity

  • Explore a gallery of online tools
  • Discussion: Reflections on activity
  • Participants form groups


Week 3: Collaborative Online Projects

  • Experiment with various online communication tools
  • Brainstorm activities for group project
  • Select sites and tools to build group project
  • Discussion: Sharing ideas and resources


Week 4: Collaborative Online Projects

  • Collaborate on construction of group project
  • Discussion: Troubleshooting


Week 5: Presentation

  • Present projects
  • Visit other projects
  • Discussion: Feedback


Week 6: Course Wrap Up

  • Evaluation
  • Plans for meeting face to face at convention
  • Discussion: Final thoughts


Moderators and Co-moderators


Ruru Rusmin taught ESL/EAP for 13 years in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Spain, and the US. Since 2001 she has been working as an instructional technologist and is currently the coordinator of faculty/staff training in technology at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.


Sang K. Kim is a Computer Assisted Language Learning Coordinator of the Intensive English Program at Pratt Institute. Her research interests are in the interface of instructional design and teaching English as a second language and the development of collaborative learning initiatives in online environments.


Cynthia Wiseman has been teaching ESL/EFL for over 30 years. She has incorporated online instructional technology into the ESL classroom using Blackboard and blogs, as well as Internet research tools. She currently teaches at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.


Anna Koorey teaches English to adult migrants in Sydney, Australia. She teaches in a blended mode, providing the computer-based component. She also has a totally online class of migrants who settled in various parts of New South Wales. She has been involved with Webheads since 2004, first as a participant, then as a co-moderator for Collaborative Blogging in EFL/ESL (2006)and E-assessment tools for language teaching (2007.


Tools to be used


Join this session


To join this group:


From January 1 to 14:


  1. Go to:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/exploringthebigapple
  2. Click on the blue button: This is just an image. The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´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


TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO)

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section


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