Macmillan is sponsoring a series of free webinars, or online seminars, set to start right after IATEFL. All you need to participate are an internet connection and loudspeakers. I've never taken part in a Macmillian webinar, but the way these things generally work is: You must register ahead of time. At the appointed time you then log on to the site with your name and password. You will see the trainer's whiteboard and hear him/her and other participants speak. If you want to say something yourself, you need a microphone. There is usually a "chat", or text messages that everyone can write in and read in real time. This is the schedule:
Wednesdays, 12 am - 12:45 pm German time:
8 April 2009 Pete Sharma "New technology - new pedagogies"
13 May 2009 Lindsay Clandfield "The power of lists"
10 June 2009 Scott Thornbury "Seven things beginning with M"
8 July 2009 Gwyneth Fox "A dictionary at your fingertips"
To register go to Macmillan 2009 interactive webinars
Classroom 2.0: If this sort of thing appeals to you, you can also try out a series of free US webinars at Live Classroom 2.0, which take place every Saturday (12 noon EDT). These webinars are aimed at "newbies". Classroom 2.0 is a social network for teachers on Ning, a social networking site that allows people to create their own special interest social networks. The majority of these teachers are focussed on K-12 schools in the US.
7 March, 6 pm-7pm: "What is Twitter and how can I use it to support my teaching?"
To register go to http://live.classroom20.com