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How to Survive

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How to Survive Week 1 and Beyond 


EVO can be enlightening, fun, and connected. But it might be scary, daunting, overwhelming at first for first time participants.

So, if you survive the first hours, the first days, and stay with us throughout the five weeks, we are sure that the Electronic Village Online will be an amazing learning journey in which you  discuss, discover, share, create and play.


So, take your seat and go one step at a time. 



1)  Use the weekly tasks pages. They are all available in this wiki's sidebar. here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


2)  Read the instructions carefully.  


3)  Get lost once, twice, many times! It is part of the learning process. Your compass is our wiki. Just go back to the instructions on the weekly tasks pages.  You can always get back to the front page by clicking on the tab above to the left.


4)  Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


If you have a question, others may have asked the same question and felt just like you. 


5) Why we don't stick to just a single place for interaction, right?

  • We try to get the best of the digital world to enhance discussions, reflection and connections. Sometimes, a digital tool is great for organizing the content, but not as good for fluid, dynamic conversations. So, that's why we have this "vocabmatters" PBWORKS, a wiki to organize the syllabus and to be our roadmap, our Wonderful Words Yahoo Group and our wonderfulwords participants' PBWORKS which YOU can edit.


  • Remember, one of the aspects of the learning process is the ownership of content and knowledge in a way that makes sense to you. 
  • Don't forget to look at the tabs at the top of your browser to see where you are.


6) You might have signed up for several EVO sessions, but experience has proved that the best thing to do is to focus on one session.

  •   If vocabulary is your focus this year, don't miss the chance to connect, talk to other participants. Now, if you just want to take a sneak peak and be more active in another session, no problem. Lurkers are always welcome!


7) Some people get anxious when they "fall behind".

  • Remember, EVO is not a course in the formal sense. It is a learning experience in an informal setting, an online session to enhance conversations, discuss topics, share ideas and learn from one another.


  • There isn't such a thing as "falling behind". You can come and go as you wish. When participants realize how flexible and dynamic EVO sessions are, it is really a liberating feeling for them!


8) Feeling lonely and disconnected in EVO?

  • Remember: YOU are in charge. For connections to happen, you need to be willing to step forward, to make comments, to address other participants, to give voice to your own thoughts. Start a new topic in our Yahoo Group, with a really clear subject line


 10) Our session has hundreds of educators from all over the world.

  • We, the moderators will be facilitating the whole process, but we won't be able to answer every single post or reply to every single thread, though we try to be as present as possible. Rely on other participants, ask questions to others. Remember, there's always someone there because we have a large international community of educators in different time zones. 


11) Still got any questions, comments, problems or anxious feelings?

  • Let us know and we will try to give you the support you need to thrive and learn with this amazing group.


12) Feeling lost or confused at this point? You can always post a question at any time on the Yahoo Group Wonderful Words site and we'll be glad to help you out. 


Source:  http://hottopicselt.pbworks.com/w/page/62715334/Week%201%20Tips (Used with permission.)

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