April 3, 2014

Harrogate Online - Day 1

A full day of teaching is behind me. Still feeling a bit envious of the colleagues who are now in Harrogate, attending the 48th Annual International IATEFL conference, after I have seen all the photos taken by the delegates and shared in IATEFL Facebook group. The conference is an opportunity to meet colleagues you only know online or don't know at all but you share the same interests, as well as to spend some time with colleagues who live and work in different countries of the world and you meet some of them only at conferences, if you are lucky to attend. Luckily for me, for all other reasons for attending the conference, there is Harrogate Online. I have just enough time to check today's events before going to sleep.

Harrogate Online can really help you feel part of the conference. Live coverage starts each day from 9.00 UK time. There are also live studio interviews with conference presenters and delegates. Roving Reporters section looks different from the last year's edition when I was one of the reporters. This year all the delegates are invited to contribute reports. After the first day there is  one report of a session about teacher motivation. Nice. Forums are there, too.

Day 1 Sessions: I can watch a video of the plenary session by David Graddol and nine more talks/workshops - all recorded and accompanied by the information about the presenter, the venue and the length and downloadable presentations. Isn't this great? Unfortunately, it wouldn't be wise for me to stay up all night because I teach in the morning. I must choose only one (plus one interview?)

Decisions, decisions! I'll leave the plenary for tomorrow and I watch  these two:







There are eight recorded interviews from  yesterday and 15 done today! I want to listen to all of them but I must choose one for tonight and it will be Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock who talk about their work on Teaching English. I love the website and I can't wait to hear the interview.
Here it is:



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