CALL Newsletter - September 2020 (Plain Text Version)
In this issue:
CALL-IS PAST CO-CHAIRS LETTER
We are proud of some important accomplishments this year including fine tuning leadership roles, examining the evolution of our communication within and outside of the interest section, and reconsidering the Electronic Village (EV), Tech Showcase and other sessions to engage our community better and entice newcomers more effectively. First, we needed to clarify definitions and responsibilities of the leadership within CALL so that we could be more efficient in resolving issues. Moreover, the ad hoc committee to streamline our media outlets was able to consolidate multiple sites for more direct communication within our community and outside of the interest section as well. Finally, probably, one of most significant feats was to brainstorm and analyze novel designs for the Electronic Village.
To appeal to a much broader audience to the Electronic Village and Tech Showcase, the CALL-IS was tasked with redefining our mission and concept. Therefore, the Electronic Village Planning team along with Jennifer, myself and the incoming chairs conducted meetings and discussed how to come up with potential transformations to put in place in the EV in 2020-2021 under the new leadership team. This team proposed a new exciting space with a “Tech Guru bar” to showcase apps and websites designed for 21st century technology use and learning. In addition, “Makerspaces” formerly known as workshops have evolved into shorter, hands-on interactive sessions in which participants can use and explore some widely used tools. We are looking forward to implementing these exciting changes this coming year.
Another very meaningful endeavor for us was determining how to participate in the virtual conference as soon as TESOL cancelled the Denver conference. Jennifer, myself, and the incoming-chairs had to turn on a dime to determine how our interest section could best contribute to the virtual conference. Our direction became focusing on online instruction presentations that we had already evaluated and accepted. As a result, we contacted numerous presenters whose topics aligned with this goal; we ended up with approximately ¼ of the presentations in the virtual conference. Therefore, CALL was well represented this year. We would also like to note that we have kept all acceptances originally slated for the Denver conference and that we will reach out to those presenters soon for TESOL Houston, 2021.
In 2020-2021, the leadership team is enthusiastic about our initiatives that we will implement in TESOL Houston including the new space design, the Tech Guru bar and Makerspaces in the Electronic Village. What’s more, with the streamlining of our media sites, we sincerely hope to reach out not only to our dedicated community but also newcomers who are curious about using technology in the 21st century classroom and how they can exploit some tools easily to facilitate interactive learning. For TESOL Houston, we encourage the community to watch for new initiatives for the CALL-IS and for next year’s conference.
Jennifer François, EdS