The Blog Posts:
- 17 Reasons why Skype is simple not enough – Blog of Heike Philp
- E-Teachers Conference on Virtual Classrooms – italki Blog
I just wanted to give you all a quick update on the ETCon 01.
As you all know we had some problems during the meeting. Unfortunately none of the recordings neither on Dimdim nor on our backup meeting at eduFire could be found right now. But Kevin and Koichi are still working on this issue, so there is still hope.
Fortunately Heike managed to save most of the chat conversation of the Dimdim part and I also have a part of it. I will put those to together and link it here on the ETCon blog for download.
I will also upload the presentations of the panel members and the discussions and blog posts related to the ETCon. If you know any I might not mention feel free to link them in the comments.
Again big thank you to all the panelists and attendees. Was a great evening!
What a wild night! Thank you to all the panel members for being part of the ETCon.
Thank you to Kevin for backing me up on Dimdim.
Thank you to Koichi for setting up a new classroom on eduFire for the second part of the ETCon.
Thank you to Heike for being my co-host.
Thank you to Harman and Elisa for your patience.
Thank you to all the attendees for the great chat and vivid discussion. You made the event!
I will try to collect the parts, edit them and make them available on this blog. So talk soon!
If you did not catch your ticket in our presale you can join the Conference through the Widget below.
Looking forward seeing you all tonight.
To keep yourself updated on the E-Teachers Conference on Twitter you should
During the ETCon you can ask your questions to the panel on Twitter by using the #etcon hashtag. We will monitor the Twitter Stream and forward the questions to our panel members.
Kevin Micalizzi was convinced he didn’t want a career in computers. In college he primarily studied communications, with a focus on interpersonal communication. In 1994, he graduated and within 2 weeks began work at Powersoft Corporation providing technical support. A year later he moved into electronic support, leveraging the internet to improve support for customers.
“A career in computers” back in the early 90’s did not sound exciting, but when he started working with the web/internet, suddenly it started looking pretty good. Kevin focused on the web in 1995 and hasn’t looked back. He began directly managing teams in 2000 and has extensive experience working with cross-functional, distributed teams. He has established expertise in web strategy, content management, production, operations, architecture, and development.
Kevin lives in NH and is now working as Community Manager at Dimdim, conducting interviews for his blog Practical Conversations, attending technology events, and enjoying time with family and his faithful sidekick Trinity. Keep up with Kevin by following his lifestream or connect with him.
Elisa Delaini is Education Manager at Myngle. A language lover, she speaks 5 languages fluently and is improving 5 other ones, having lived and worked in different countries. With professional experience in the journalistic and media world, she holds a Master of Science in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Media Culture.
Heike Philp, Managing Director and founder has taught over 20 years in Japan, England, Switzerland and Germany. She has a university degree in Social Education and has lived and worked in many countries, including Japan.
Her special interest is in combining traditional teaching methods with the latest communication media. In her position of manager of a global live online language school, Philp co-initiated the LANCELOT project which aims to qualify and certify language teacher in the use of virtual classroom technology and became managing director of the newly founded training center LANCELOT School GmbH in 2006.
Following the start of the training center, Philp also co-initiated the AVALON project, funded within the Transversal Program, with 26 partners in 8 European countries, 11 of which are Universities. AVALON is about language learning in Second Life.
Harman Singh is the Founder and CEO of WiZiQ.com.
Jon Bischke – Jon is the business visionary behind eduFire and has over a decade of experience helping people to teach and learn online. He has been involved in starting two companies that have been acquired by publicly-traded companies (The 2000Tutor.com Network, acquired by Penton Media in 2001 and Zaadz, acquired by Gaiam in 2007) and a third (LearnOutLoud.com) which is currently operating profitably. A Minneapolis native, Jon graduated from the University of Minnesota and the UCLA Anderson School of Management and has an extensive background in the areas of training and education. He has taught business courses at the University of Minnesota, GMAT preparation courses for Kaplan Education and corporate training sessions for hundreds of technology professionals.