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Summary: Social Networking 2009 Teadira Pérez, Miguel Mendoza, Elvina Castillo.

AVEALMEC and ARCALL are two Latin-American associations interested in promoting the use of ICT in the language classroom. They have joined forces to organize this first regional event to help spread the word on the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the language classroom. This first conference focused on social networks and their potential to

create communities of practice to share, communicate without barriers and enhance the teaching-learning process in the language classroom. The organizing committee was represented by the following AVEALMEC and ARCALL members: Teadira Pérez (AVEALMEC - ULA - Mérida) Miguel Mendoza (AVEALMEC -UCV - British Council Venezuela) Evelyn Izquierdo (AVEALMEC - UCV - Caracas) Elvina Castillo (AVEALMEC - UNEFM - Coro) Maricarmen Gamero (AVEALMEC -UNEFM - Coro) Nahir Aparicio (AVEALMEC -UPEL - Caracas) Jennifer Verschoor (ARCALL) Nelba Quintana (ARCALL -National University of La Plata - UNLP) Carla Raguseo (ARCALL) Paula Ledesma (ARCALL -Institute Helping North ELT) Rita Zeinstejer (ARCALL -Asociación Rosarina de Cultura Inglesa) Gabriela Rosso Zecca (ARCALL) Organizing Committee e-communication tools The Social Networking Organizing Committee communicated asynchronously using a yahoo group: We continuously exchanged information, uploaded files, created databases to get everything ready for the video-conferences and forums. We also used another Wiziq to have our weekly meetings: Guest speakers This conference had guest speakers not only from South America but from different parts of the world. Their presentations ranged from proposing an alternative theory to understand how the sea of information available on the net sparks connections, thus creating new information and a different way of learning to the possible e-environments where these connections are likely to take place. Environments generally made up of like-minded people (communities of practice) networking, connecting, sharing and building new knowledge or experiences. We gathered 17 speakers who shared with us interesting and thought- provoking video-conferences related to Social networks and Communities of Practice: •

George Siemens (Canada) - Connectivism and social networking.

Etienne Wenger (USA)- Communities of Practice: a Social Discipline of Learning.

Charalambos Vrasidas (Cyprus) and María Solomou (Cyprus)- Social Networking for Professional Development.

Vance Stevens (Abu Dhabi-UAE) - Modeling Social Media in Groups, Communities and Networks.

Graham Stanley (UK-Spain)- Before and after Twitter: Personal Learning Environments.

Nicky Hockly (UK-Spain) - Edmodo and the wired classroom.

Carla Arena (Brazil)- Flickr: Design that Connects.

Nellie Muller Deutsch (Israel) and Gladys Gahona -Wikieducator: a Community of Educators.

Nik Peachey (UK)- From Information to Knowledge: Creating Your Own Development Network.

Ronaldo Lima Jr & Erika Cruvinel (Brazil)- Ed Tech and Social Networking.

Jennifer Verschoor (Argentina), Evelyn izquierdo (Venezuela), Erika Cruvinel (Brazil) - Webheads in Action: Connecting to Empower.

Rita Zeinstejer (Argentina) and Paula Ledesma (Argentina)- The Web 2.0: Honing Social Skill.

Participants e-communication tools We communicate with participants throughout the SocialNet created in our website: which allowed 245 registered members to be in contact with other participants and interact with each other. Another e-communication space was the e-community forum in moodle which permitted members to socialize and get to know each other just before and during the video-conferences. Most video - conferences were recorded and are available in the event Moodle site at: . In this site, in the web-conference session, you can find the abstract, the online presentation, the video-conferences URLs and key points discussed in each e-talk. E-forums We also provided participants with on-line forum discussions that were available before, during and after the event on the following topics: Unveiling Connectivist Learning The aim of this forum was to explore and discuss issues related to connectivism by sharing our own experiences, resources and discoveries. E-moderators: Carla Raguseo (ARCALL) and Elvina Castillo (AVEALMEC)

Communities of Practice You may hear educationalists use the term Community of Practice to refer to communities of practice, classes, groups, professional bodies, teams, networks, and others, as communities at some stage. But, is there any difference among these definitions? What is a community of practice? E-moderators: Nelba Quintana (ARCALL) , Evelyn Izquierdo and Nahir Aparicio (AVEALMEC) Social Networks and ELT This forum aimed at the discussion on the use of Social Networks in English Language Teaching and learning, and especially focused on the way their features can contribute such processes. E-moderators: Maricarmen Gamero (AVEALMEC), Jennifer Verschoor and Paula Ledesma (ARCALL) Second Life, Social Networks and ELT This forum aimed at reflecting on the power of virtual world to connect with others and its potential in offering people different and more authentic experiences to learn. E-moderators: Miguel Mendoza, Dafne Gonzalez and Evelyn Izquierdo (AVEALMEC) We had 704 participants from all continents registered in the Social Networking: Thriving as a community of practice Virtual Conference forums in Moodle and an average of 53 participants attended the video-conferences and participated actively in the discussion. Survey results According to our survey results, this conference proved to be a success. Most respondents thought the conference was well organized and that instructions to join the Web-conferences were clear an easy to understand. Based on the survey results, most agreed on the fact that forums were interesting and thought-provoking and they thought the platform worked well. A number of suggestions were added to the open questions of the survey and the major concern was to enable the chat during the web-conferences. The social Networking disabled or enabled the chat when it was required by presenters and also to avoid interruptions during the webconference and recent research studies tend to indicate that multitasking may be a distracting factor when processing information. The respondents recommended also other platforms which allowed to have more than one presenter at the same time and to have all recordings available just after the conference. We added most recordings to our Moodle site and the AVEALMEC blog, only two of them were not recorded due two technical problems. We would like to include some of the comments included in the suggestion box provided on the survey: “Everything was wonderful! Thank you very much for all your excellent efforts to make it a great learning occasion.” “Thank you very much for your job and for giving us the opportunity to be part of it.Well done!” “I enjoyed participating in social networking conference. If you bring different school heads, policy makers under one roof could be nice.”

“It was a very well organised conference! Wonderful to have the opportunity to participate in this! Please keep going and keep participants posted! Thanks!� We would like to thank you participants for taking the time of answering the survey and we are going to take into account all recommendations for future Virtual Events. We are in the process of organizing a newsletter with all Social Networking: Thriving as Community of Practice Virtual Conference materials. We will keep you post it. E-regards, Teadira, Mike and Elvina. On behalf of the Social Networking Team

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