Sunday, August 1, 2010

Teacher Development through Elluminate

I first found out about this learning platform from Tamás Lőrincz. He took his time to show a couple of us what it was, but I didn't quite get into it at that time because I wasn't quite sure why this would benefit me. He was also the one who introduced me to Twitter. This was about a month ago. It didn't take long for me to realise how much I could learn from tweets and Elluminate sessions. Tamás, I owe you a great BIG THANKS, as you made my professional self-development possible. I truly hope that many more teachers will be 'infected' by these learning platforms. This, I feel is very important, especially in times when teachers in Hungary get such little support to develop in their teaching career.

Now I'll go back to the session I'm listening to live at the moment. So, as I chose some great people to follow, such as Shelly Terrell and so many others, I found out through their tweets about the 2010 Reform Symposium, a brilliant conference made available to ANYONE around THE WORLD LIVE. As time allowed with my family I joined in some of the sessions this weekend. (I'm listening to the closing questions :-)) There are no words to describe how much I've learnt from them. The ideas brought up about education, although raised by presenters from the US, are true all over the world, including Hungary. Why would Hungary be an exception? It was sooo revealing.

The Closing session, called Timeless and Priceless, is/was also absolutely brilliant. If you want to listen to it and watch, all you need to do is to go on the page, register and off you go searching for topics you're interested in, and you'll be able to listen and watch sessions that were recorded, so that they become available to those who had not been able to participate live.

So teachers, do register on these platforms and enable yourself to develop! Gosh, that sounds like a strange collocation, but this is really what happens. This is what I have experienced.

My ideas above may sound like rambling. My excuse is that I was typing as I was listening and sometimes watching in for the slides.


  1. Hi Erika, Happy to hear you are using Elluminate for teacher professional development. Elluminate has many free webinars you can attend as well. Here's the link:

    Also, you can follow Elluminate on Twitter at

    - Beth at Elluminate

  2. Hi Beth,
    Thanks for the great advice. I'll definitely look into all of this, as it's all new to me too. Fascinating, though. Hope people will be able to learn how to manage their own development by using these awesome platforms and tools.
    Thanks again!

  3. Hi Erika,

    Glad to see you're taking the blog public.

    We agree that online platforms such as Elluminate and Twitter hold such a wealth of potential for teachers' professional development, regardless of where they are in the world. The sheer amount and variety of resources being made available by other teachers, teacher trainers, authors and publishers means that every teacher can find something that they can take away and use in their classroom.

    Let the digitELT revolution grow! With people like you at the helm, we're sure it will.



  4. Hi OUPELTGlobal,

    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts!

    Once I'd had a dream I thought would never become true: to become an EFL teacher. It did. So from then on I never stopped dreaming.
    Now I strive to help teachers and as part of that I'm trying to learn as much as possible from kids, colleagues and other tools at hand. Hope I'll be able to 'infect' local teachers as well :-), including with the OALD8 iWriter, which is phenomenal. Thank YOU for bringing this alive.




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