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Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 34) Sage Francis and B. Dolan

Tue, 2019-02-05 13:06

Nothing's Really Real is a podcast based out of Busan, South Korea.

Independent hip-hop heavyweights, The Epic Beard Men, Sage Francis and B. Dolan, made time in Busan to be on the pod just before they wrapped the 40+ stop tour promoting their new duo and EP. We talk about the highs and lows of their tour and the loss of their dear friend and musical partner Brendan “Alias” Whitney. We also talk about back hair, physical and mental health, Justin Timberlake, being star struck, conspiracy theories, the recent shootings in America and a lot more. It’s a great conversation.

 

 

Nothing's Really Real is available anywhere you might listen to podcasts, including iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play, and Stitcher.

If you enjoy the show, please tell a friend about it, leave a review on iTunes, and remember I love ya.

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Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK) - 2019 Spring Season

Tue, 2019-02-05 06:44
Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK) - 2019 Spring Season

BALL HOCKEY MANIACS, LEND ME YOUR EARS...

Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK) is once again recruiting a few good men and women for our 22nd season of play, which will begin this March. Old and new players alike are welcome to start registering at www.cbhk.co now. The league is limited to the first 120 people (if less than 120 people register then the cut-off will be 96) to have registered and paid. If you register and complete your payment after the league fills up you will be put on a waiting list. Don't let this happen to you!

WHEN:

2019 Spring Schedule

All games are to be played on Sundays, except for those with an * next to the date.

February 24th – Pre-season Rookie/Captain Tournament/Camp. (1st Mandatory Rookie Day).

* March 2nd - Rookie Pick-up/Camp (2nd and Final Rookie Day) followed by the League Draft.

March 3rd - Week 1

March 10th – Week 2

March 17th – Week 3

March 24th - Week 4

March 31st  – Week 5

April 7th – Week 6

April 14th -  No Games Scheduled (Make-up Day)

April 21st – Week 7

April 28th – Week 8

May 5th -  No Games Scheduled (Children’s Day Holiday)

May 12th – Week 9

May 19th  – Week 10

May 26th - Week 11

* June 1st – Playoff Preliminaries. if there are 10 teams.

June 2nd – Quarter-finals.

June 9th - Semi-finals.

* June 15th – Finals, followed by the league banquet and awards ceremony.

 

LOCATION OF THE RINK: Sports Complex, Seoul. (Central and very convenient to get too.).

DIRECTIONS TO THE RINK: A map with full directions to the rink are provided on the main page of our website.

LOCATION OF HOCKEY/OTHER SUPPLIES SHOPS: They can be found on our website under the Forum section.

CLOTHING NEEDED: Team Shirt (provided) and then whatever other exercise gear you feel comfortable in and running shoes. Nothing more. We RUN.

GEAR NEEDED: You will need at least a hockey stick. Other gear is up to you. There are league sticks that you can use if you are coming out for the first time.

TEAMS, SPONSORS AND CAPTAINS: Names of teams, sponsors and captains vary from season to season. Please refer to our website.


REGISTRATION FACTS: (What You Get)

1. Eligibility for the Spring, 2019 Entry Draft which will take place on March 2nd, 2019 at one of our sponsors bars. Each player will be drafted on to one of 10 teams and be provided beer at the draft party.

2. Team Shirt and a Mouth Guard.

3. Four months (up to 14 weeks of ball hockey INSANITY from March to June).

4. Weekly stats of all players (Goals, Assists, Points) and goalies (GAA, Wins, SO) displayed on our website.

5. Use of a communal stick when you first come out, full goalie equipment (if you are a goalie) and world class rink facilities (boards/ official size nets/faceoff circles located on the site of the 1988 Olympic Games).

6. Discounted prices and specials from our league sponsors. Please refer to the website for updates on this year's sponsors.

7. Bragging rights, if you outperform your mates.

8. A forum to build solid relationships, friendships and networking via league members and our website.

9. Being part of one of the largest expat groups in all of Korea.

10. Being part of the largest Ball Hockey Organization in all of Asia and a member of the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).

11. The chance to win the CBHK CUP!!!

12. A night out with your fellow rookies, a pub crawl and team events will take place at various times throughout the season.

13. The League Banquet (Award Ceremony, Buffet, Beer and Hard Liquor) will be held on Saturday, June 15th following the Championship Games.

14. 140,000W (160,000 won if you are paying after February 15th, 2019 worth of dead weight removed from your wallet and invested into something that will DRASTICALLY improve your quality of life in Korea, socially, emotionally and physically.


Register at the league's website - www.cbhk.co ASAP to reserve your spot for this season. All league payments must be received by February 28th, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS). Payments can be made to:

Name: Cory Robert Pettit

Shinhan Bank (신한은행 )

Account #: 110-361-331157

PETTIT CORY ROBERT

After transferring your fee, please let him know so he can confirm receiving your payment. He can be reached at 010 6687 8144, via kakao: coryp or by email at crpcrp2@yahoo.com. Please provide your full name and payment details.


For further information please refer to our website, facebook page or email us at cbhk.info@gmail.com .

Once that's done your world just got a whole lot better.


Don't miss out on this opportunity and be ready to play some ball hockey this fall. We guarantee that it will be one of the best things you will ever do during your stay in Korea.

Check out the publicity we have received locally and internationally, which includes player testimonials regarding the league and for additional information about us as well. This is who we are.


ARTICLES:

1. Hockey For Expats Goes Beyond The Ice
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000078160&

2. Big Rock Teams
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000078159&

3. Sticks Clash In Seoul Season Finale
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000079202&

4. Hockey Holds Preseason Draft
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000080436&


5. Ball Hockey Season Set to Commence
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/05/177_50693.html

6. Hockey Season Starts Sunday
http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=001&oid=044&aid=0000084966

7. New Ball Hockey Season Starts
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2010/02/177_39273.html

8. Hockey League Oasis in Korea Is Platform for All
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/12/177_57307.html

9. Hockey League Hits Its Stride
http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100226000062
 

10. Where Canadians Go, So To Does Hockey
http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100607001779

11. Still Got Game - Age Doesn't Stop Player From Giving His All In Hockey by league member Jon Rabiroff

http://www.stripes.com/lifestyle/still-got-game-1.102455


12. Canada Ball Hockey League Set To Start Fall Season
http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100817000568

13. Ball hockey Cup Brings Korean, Hong Kong Expatriates Together
http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101012000602

14. Canada hockey league gets ball rolling for spring season
http://www.koreaherald.com/lifestyle/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120207000795

15. Canadian Stories - Embassy of Canada Newsletter
http://www.myzenic.com/html/canada/201001/newsletter_eng.html

16. Hockey Community Grows in Seoul
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130108000658

17. Ball Hockey In Korea Gears Up For Season 10
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/01/177_128505.html

18. A Brief History of Canada Ball Hockey Korea (CBHK)

http://www.isbhf.com/de/news-w1/news-w67/ball-hockey-korea--w541/

19. Hockey Day Spreads Love of Sport to Kids

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161110001032

20. Korean Team Wins Asia Ball Hockey Tourney

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161122000891

We have also been featured in the following printed and online publications:

1. Eloquence Magazine
2. Groove Magazine (in print and online at www.groovekorea.com ( ball hockey links can be found at 
(http://groovekorea.com/?s=cbhk)

3. 10 Magazine: www.10mag.com
4. Seoulist: seoulistmag.com

5. KBS Radio

6. TBS Radio

7. FM Radio

 

VIDEOS and PHOTOS: (Numerous clips/videos and photos of league members and league games can be found online)

1. www.youtube.com Type " CBHK " into the search box. You will find clips of league games, promotions and events by a number of current and past league members as well as interviews by Rajnesh Sharma.

2.Facebook – CBHK – Canada Ball Hockey Korea (photos and videos).


WEBSITE:
1.www.cbhk.co


AWESOME AWESOME POWER!!!!
GAME ON!!!!

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The South Korean Right in the Wilderness, part 1: Modernizing the Liberty Korea Party

Sun, 2019-02-03 02:17
The South Korean Right in the Wilderness, part 1: Modernizing the Libe


This is a re-post of an essay I wrote for the Korean Dong-A Daily newspaper.

So exactly no one in the English-speaking cares much about this topic. Everyone wants to talk about Trump and Kim and North Korean nuclear weapons. I get it.

But I do think it is fascinating thinking about how the South Korean right will come back from the wilderness where it now is. Its last president was so corrupt, she was impeached. The conservative party – the Liberty Korea Party – then got trounced in the presidential election of 2017 and then again the local elections of 2018.

Unfortunately, it is still dominated by dead-enders for the last president, conspiracy theorists, and mccarthyites. So here is my advice for bringing the LKP back from the dead. South Korea, like any other country, needs a robust opposition party, so the LKP’s implosion is not actually a good thing even if you dislike its policies.

The full essay follows the jump…

 

The main conservative party in South Korea – the Liberty Korea Party – is in disarray. President Park Geun-Hye, a former member of the LKP’s predecessor party, the New Frontier Party, is now in prison for an enormous corruption scandal. She is the only South Korean president to be successfully impeached and removed.

Further blows fell in q uick succession. The LKP candidate for president in 2017, Hong Jun-Pyo, received only 24%, beaten badly by current president Moon Jae-In with 41% of the vote. In the local elections of summer 2018, the LKP was beaten badly again. Even previous conservative strongholds feel to the left. No less than the mayoralty of Busan is now held by the Democratic Party.

These poor electoral fortunes are not surprising. Park’s fall from grace tainted her whole party. One expects a ‘wave election’ – an election where the opposition enjoys a ‘wave’ of support – in the wake of such a massive scandal. When US President Richard Nixon was nearly impeached and then forced from office in 1974, his Republican party also suffered a wave election in favor of the opposition Democrats.

So the LKP’s bitter fate of the last two years is not unexpected, but no less painful. The LKP is now in what American analysis of political parties calls ‘the wilderness.’ The party is almost completely out of power. It is unpopular. Its ideology, mostly focused on anti-communism and a general promotion of Korean business through the chaebol, is out of fashion as new issues such as détente with North Korea, yellow dust, migration, or Hell Chosun have arisen.

The party is tired, and its ideas stale. I see this everyday teaching undergraduate students at a major Korean university. The LKP needs a substantial re-think to make itself relevant to contemporary issues and start winning elections again. Two famous exemplars of such re-modelling are Britain’s Tony Blair and America’s Bill Clinton. Both took charge of left-wing parties too liberal to get elected. Both re-fashioned them, successfully, to be newly competitive in changed circumstances.

What might the LKP do to modernize itself and start winning again? How might it re-connect with voters after the embarrassment of Park Geun-Hye? How can it push back against the likeable Moon, who is a vast improvement in seriousness, affability, and clean politics over his corrupted, aristocratic predecessor?

First, the LKP needs to recognize that Park Geun-Hye is, in fact, guilty and does, in fact, deserve to be in prison. This is a far greater problem among LKP voters than one would imagine given the Park was impeached by a huge majority of the National Assembly and the full consensus of the Constitutional Court. The ‘Parksamo’ nevertheless hang on, protesting at events in Seoul and spreading conspiracy theories that her removal was some kind of North Korean plot. I have received hundreds of emails from South Korean conservatives asking me to promote this idea in my writing, and I have been genuinely disturbed by how many otherwise serious Korean conservative acquaintances have trafficked in such conspiracies. The party will never move on until accepts what a large majority of the South Korean population and South Korea’s institutions have long since realized – that Park was grossly corrupted and rightfully removed by due process.

Second, the LKP needs new policy ideas which speak to current issues better. For too long South Korean conservatives have coasted on a lazy, conspiratorial anti-communism and vague promotionalism of ‘Korea, Inc.’ Anti-communism will necessarily remain; conservative voters are – correctly in my mind – anti-North Korean, pro-unification, and anxious about Moon’s détente efforts. However the McCarthyism and red-baiting which have traditionally defined the South Korean right needs to go. A vote the Democratic party is not a vote for North Korea; South Korean leftists are not communist fellow-travelers; and Moon is not being manipulated by Pyongyang.

Besides a more mature anti-communism, the South Korean right must somehow speak to new issues. Its blunt promotion of growth understood as the success of the chaebol and a trade surplus is old-fashioned and out of step with a wealthier, modern South Korea where lifestyle issues are now major concerns. South Korea needs better growth, not just more. South Korea needs cleaner energy to clean the air and water, rather than simply blaming, incorrectly, China for its yellow dust problem. South Korea needs safer driving and cleaner streets. The ‘Hell Chosun’ problem drives Korean youth overseas. Corruption is far too high for a G-20 economy with aspirations to a serious middle power role. And household debt is astronomically high, given the highly speculative nature of the real-estate market here. A crashing birth-rate means Korea’s population will start contracting by 2020. Migration, which is likely the only way to turn this problem around, is barely discussed.

Clever, fresh proposals regarding these issues would be good for the South Korean public and good for the LKP. The Democratic Party has generally flubbed these concerns too – South Korea’s air is still terrible – and Ahn Chul Soo’s People’s Party, which briefly seemed interested in these middle-class lifestyle issues, has imploded. There is substantial political space here for an LKP revival.

Third, younger and female candidates would help the LKP. Far too many LKP candidates are aged men. Hong briefly tried to market himself in the campaign as the ‘Donald Trump of Korea.’ That would be a disaster for a respectable conservatism in Korea. If the LKP comes back ‘Trumpized’ from its wilderness period, that will alienate the young and women.

There is some good news. Hong did better than everyone thought in 2017. At the beginning of that presidential election, the LKP polled in the single digits. Everyone thought the race was between Ahn and Moon. Hong turned around what might have been epochal defeat. Instead, he climbed into second place. Ahn did not manage to turn the People’s party into the second party of Korea and the leader of the opposition. Ahn has once again drifted out of Korean politics, leaving the LKP as the primary opposition party. And Moon’s approval rating is dropping.

Korea, like all democracies, needs healthy opposition parties to hold the government party accountable. Let’s just hope that the LKP rebuilds itself as the modernized conservative party South Korea needs, rather than a Trumpist clone trafficking in reactionary politics.

Robert E Kelly
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Diplomacy
Pusan National University

@Robert_E_Kelly

 

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Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 50) The Konner Blunt Report

Tue, 2019-01-29 08:37
Nohting's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 50) The Konner Blunt Report

Nothing's Really Real is a podcast based out of Busan, South Korea, where we talk about art, music, comedy ... and anything else.

Episode 50. My guest is Konner Blunt. He is the host of his own podcast based out of Daegu, The Blunt Report.

Surprisingly, we hardly spend any time talking about podcasting, and end up having a really positive and flowing conversation about death, debating people online, our significance in the universe, and worry ... among other things.

Konner was very thoughtful when he decided what story to tell for his memory if regret and I have a feeling he’s gonna bring a few of you to tears.

The podcast is available most anywhere you might listen to podcasts, including iTunes, SoundCloud, Google Play or Stitcher.

If you enjoy the show, please leave a review on iTunes, tell a friend about it, and remember I love ya.

 Nothing's Really Real Podcast:  Soundcloud    Stitcher    iTunes @NothingsReally

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ReLEx Smile: The Future of Laser Eye Surgery

Thu, 2019-01-17 10:52

ReLEx Smile: The Future of Laser Eye Surgery

In 2019 we’re not yet in the business of space exploration or active stem cell therapy, however, we are at the forefront of the exciting and incredibly advanced changes in the field of vision correction.

The newest revolutionary technique providing patients a new eyesight in a fast and effective manner, is called the ReLEx SMILE surgery. With the minimally invasive treatment, it is now possible to perform an eye surgery through a keyhole operation, without the need of separating a corneal flap from the eye, as it used to be in LASIK.

Whereas in earlier days a whole door needed to be opened, nowadays, the operation can be performed through the keyhole. This means that the ReLEx technique is a completely new method in the world of eye laser surgery. The execution of this very complex procedure obviously requires specialist skills that you can get at BGN Eye Hospital, that has been performing SMILE procedure for over 7 years and has experience of over 350,0000 refractive surgeries.

As during surgery only a small incision of 2 mm is done on the cornea, recovery process of the ReLEx method is remarkably smoother than for the other techniques. Immediately after the intervention the eye starts healing. For most patients, the eye recovers so fast that in the evening they are capable already of reading the subtitles on TV. Within 24 hours patients can get back to normal activities, working or studying. As well as patients can back to all kinds of activities including swimming, sport, sauna and ball games as soon as after 1 week.

ReLEx SMILE is also a great solution for patients with a thinner cornea, because this technique doesn’t require the creation of a corneal flap as it is the case with LASIK. Therefore, the treatment is less dependent on the thickness of the cornea.

The reason why only limited deviations can be corrected with the traditional laser eye surgeries is that the higher the deviation, the more tissue needs to be removed from the cornea. For some patients, the cornea is not thick enough to remove the necessary tissue after the creation of the corneal flap. As the ReLEx SMILE treatment is performed through an extremely precise miniscule hole at the side of the eye, the front side of the cornea remains intact, allowing for the treatment of larger deviations. Therefore, the method can be applied on a larger number of patients.

Eye Dryness was also one of the main issues for patients who did LASIK or LASEK surgeries. SMILE, as a minimally invasive surgery shows much less dryness after surgery compared to conventional refractive surgery techniques.

During ReLEx method, the state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss VisuMax laser is used. This is the only femtosecond laser that limits the pressure on the eyes (this is why you don’t feel anything during the treatment) and which is more precise than any other laser.

The revolutionary approach and technology used in SMILE greatly improves safety, speed, and effectiveness of the procedure, and as result makes for a patient experience that is extremely hard to beat — now, or in the future.

If you would like to learn more about ReLEX SMILE surgery, or book a free vision correction consultation to check if you are a candidate for a refractive surgery, contact BGN Eye Hospital at:

tel. 010-7670-3995

kakao: eye1004bgnbusan

email: maria@bgnhospital.com

https://www.facebook.com/eyehospitalinkorea/

https://www.facebook.com/lasikinbusan/

Currently BGN Eye Hospital offers 2019 promotional prices for all types of Laser Vision Correction Surgeries, including ReLEx SMILE, LASIK and LASEK starting from 990,000 KRW

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Flickr’s ReBirth

Fri, 2019-01-11 11:37
Flickr’s ReBirth

Flickr for me was my starting point as a photographer. It was way way back in 2006 when I first started uploading my photos and I really haven’t stopped. Flickr has served me as a backup and as a portfolio for many years. Flickr was always a place for photography and photos… good or bad.

I watched flickr go through some low times and slowly slide into obscurity. Sites like 500px and instagram came in and pushed Flickr further away to the point were few were using it and the groups were dead. Yet, flickr somehow stuck around. It got handed off to different people who promised to make it better or at least “what it was” and then nothing happened.

Now, we see that Smugmug has picked up the torch and is planning to do something with Flickr. What that is, I am not sure at this stage in the game. However, those with a free account are seeing the first of many changes. This being the recent limitation of the free accounts to 1000 photos.

While this may have made a number of people angry, the fact of the matter is that for Flickr to work, it has to be profitable. Before you you start talking about greed and whatnot, you have to be realistic. Flickr was dying a slow death. Smugmug wants to improve the platform but that takes money. Money is something that Flickr is losing on a daily basis. Hence why there is a shift towards paid accounts.

Why Flickr? Why Now?

Flickr is like a homebase for me. It is ad free (for pro subscribers) and doesn’t have that “like/unlike” thing that instagram has. It was for photography and full of photographers, at least it was 5 to 10 years ago. For me it just has a familiar feel and I appreciate that.

My most recent addition to the explore page.

I think that people are now getting disillusioned with sites like instagram and they are looking for a place that is more about the photos than the places or products in them. I feel that photographers are also looking for a place to chat about lenses and share their photos with said lens.

The groups in Flickr were great. There was a group for just about everything! From your favourite lens to city-based photo clubs. These were not just hashtags but actual groups where people went to discuss everything related to that topic and plan meetups.

This terrible image is my most viewed image on flickr. It has 23,954 views thanks to an inclusion on one of those strange places lists.

This is something that is missing from instagram and even 500px. There is not a sense of community. Facebook groups have come a long way and for most part have replaced the need for groups but if you look at how Flickr organizes the topics you can see there are differences. Again, Flickr is geared more towards photography than social networking in my opinion. Which possibly is a reason why people abandoned it for facebook and instagram if you think about it.

The other thing to point out is that Flickr has been around and many sites still accept imports, uploads, and embeds from Flickr. A huge plus is also the fact that you can export directly from Lightroom simply and easily. The export dialogue has a number of specific settings that you can customize like the watermark that you now see in my images on Flickr. Somehow Flickr retained some usefulness especially since you can’t export to Facebook from lightroom anymore.

Lessons from 500px

Smugmug needs to look at sites like 500px and see what worked and what went wrong. A number of years ago, 500px was THE photography site to be on. It had all of the trappings that photographers craved. It also seemed to be a huge improvement over the then dying Flickr, or so we thought.

There are many photographers who gained their following from 500px but many more complained about the system used to get to the top. From their acquisition by VCG to shutting down their online marketplace last July, it has left a lot of photographers wondering about the future of 500px.

In many regards, 500px has fallen from grace and it would be important if not critical for Smugmug to figure out why. For many years, 500px reigned supreme with portfolios, websites, and a market places that help photographers make money. Now, I can find little value in even maintaining my profile.

The Future of Flickr

What I would like to see is more life being brought back to the platform. As Nicolesy points out in her article, many of the groups are long since dead. I am not just talking inactive but dead as in the last discussion ended 5 years ago… So yeah, more energy and people are needed.

I would also like to see a more community-based approach to the renewal. If they started working with photographers around the world and figuring out what they wanted or what would work for them would be a start. While I like seeing input from celebrity photographers like Trey Ratcliff, I feel the success of the platform depends on the regular photographer’s input and enthusiasm. Fan appeal is one thing but when people feel apart of and appreciated by a site that they use could be a game changer.

My second most popular image. With over 20,000 views thanks to explore. What this means in reality? Not much.

The other thing that I hope they stay away from is trying to emulate instagram. It’s been done and done to death. I would love to see the Smugmug team sit down and restore what is currently broken and drive towards building Flickr into something beyond what it was and beyond another ad-filled social network full of boomerang vids of people drinking starbucks coffees.

With regards for the app, I think that they can ditch camera unless they do something REALLY special with it or partner with an app like camera+ to make it stand out. Otherwise just focus on streamlining the user experience.

Personally, I hope that this fresh perspective can breathe new life into Flickr. I never really had a problem with the platform or the app. Fact is, the only thing that I really didn’t care for was explore. That was simply because the algorithm seemed to favour either coffee, cats, or lego.

So if your photo managed to get picked up by explore it was not really a mark of excellence because the 5 photos next to yours were snapshots of a latte with a lego figure on the edge.

The bottomline here is that the future of Flickr rests on the proverbial knife-edge. The changes that Smugmug makes could change the industry or go the way Google+ did. If you remember, Google+ was all the rage in the photography circles and poof! people left it to die.

I am hopeful for a future for Flickr. If handled correctly with the right vision then we could see this being a new era for the site. If they screw it up, then just let it die this time as I don’t think anyone can help if smugmug can’t.

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TESOL's EVO 2019 - Free Global Online Workshops for Language Teachers

Sun, 2019-01-06 21:00

The Electronic Village Online 2019

 

For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

 

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL or IATEFL member nor to attend the TESOL

Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet.

 

We invite you to choose a session from this year's offerings listed below. Please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!

 

  1. The EVO 2019 Coordination Team
  2. EVO Communities
  3. REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 7 TO JANUARY 13, 2019
  4. Sessions 2019
    1. Basic_Linguistics_for_English_language_teachers
    2. CEFR Vs. Assessment:  How can new revisions help?
    3. Classroom-based Research for Professional Development
    4. Escape the Room
    5. Flipped Learning for Language Teaching
    6. Getting_Online as a teacherpreneur
    7. ICT4ELT2019
    8. Job oriented Training for ESP Teachers and sharing their findings globally and locally
    9. EVO Minecraft MOOC (EVOMC19)
    10. Moodle 4 Teachers (Teaching Online)
    11. Mother tongue use in the ESL classroom
    12. PBL all-round learning experience for ESL
    13. QR Codes in Action
    14. Teaching EFL to Young Learners
    15. Techno CLIL 2019
    16. Teaching Pronunciation Differently

 

 

 

The EVO 2019 Coordination Team

  

 

EVO Communities

 

 

The Electronic Village Online Hashtag is:  #evosessions   

Click on the title of a session below to view the complete session description. You will find instructions on how to join the session on that page.

 

REGISTRATION IS FROM JANUARY 7 TO JANUARY 13, 2019

 

 

Sessions 2019

 

----> Due to the time involved, we very strongly recommend that you sign up for no more than two sessions.

 

 

Click on the title of the session to find out more and left how to join. 

 

Click on the title of the session (left) to find out 

more and lean how to join.

Session

Moderators

Basic_Linguistics_for_
English_language_teachers

 

These sessions are intended to encourage English language teachers to reflect upon their knowledge of linguistics and how it affects their classrooms. Over five weeks, moderators will present a bird’s eye view of aspects of linguistics (word formation, pronunciation, vocabulary, language and culture, etc.) while interacting with the participants and helping them generate practice through discussions and reflection in order to adapt resources to their teaching contexts.

 

 

Carmen Medina

Lana Hiasat

Roslyn Billy

 

CEFR Vs. Assessment: 
How can new revisions help?

CEFR has settled rules for determining students' language levels. Yet what is the relation between it and assessment? What are the new clarifications/descriptors added through the recently published CEFR revisions? Can these really promote teachers' assessment of their students' classwork and their lesson plans as well? Is there a place for technology also? Let's look it up!!

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Aya EL Wakil 

Maha Hassan 

Classroom-based Research
for Professional Development

 

This EVO Project provides a hands-on introduction to inquiry-based teacher development, especially (though not exclusively) for teachers working in difficult circumstances (large classes, low-resource classrooms, etc.). The project takes participants through different stages of teacher-research, engaging them in practical activities which will gradually build their confidence in this area.

 

Hashtag: #tresearch

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Dikilitas,Kenan

Saglam, Asli Lidice Gokturk  

Chapagain, Babita Sharma

Eraldemir Tuyan, Seden

Evans, Michelle

Ghazal, Sadeqa

Mazzei, Ruben

Serra, Mariana

Loreto Aliaga

Casalini, Lidia

Escape the Room

 

An escape room is an adventure game set within a confined space in which players solve puzzles to unlock the door. Originally a videogame, you can now find non-virtual versions in cities all over the world. Players are given a set time limit during which they unveil a story and attempt to get out of the room. In order to do so, the players have to solve a variety of puzzles, riddles and other challenges in order to find keys and combinations to open locks. Escape rooms have started to be introduced to education as they can be easily adapted to a variety of subjects and provide plenty of opportunities for learning. They can be exciting, intense and a lot of fun. Teamwork and communication is key, which means they are ideal for language learning and teaching too. During this EVO session we would like to explore different aspects of escape rooms and other puzzles, looking how you can use them for language learning and teaching. Participants are invited to join in to get tips and tricks on how to turn their classrooms into escape rooms.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS  

Graham Stanley

Heike Philp

Dr. Randall Sadler

 

 

Flipped Learning for Language Teaching

 

This five-week online workshop is designed for both those new to flipped learning and those who are already flipping their classes. The goal of flipped learning is to reach every student every day in a meaningful way. In flipped learning, the group learning space is revitalized and turned into a fertile environment for students to engage actively and creatively with learning. Thus, participants in the session will gain further insight into the concepts and processes of flipped learning in order to transform their pedagogical practice and will also learn about tools to enhance direct instruction and individual learning. Of course, whenever possible, the workshop employs a flipped approach!

 

Sponsors: 

TESOL CALL-IS

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John Graney

Jeff Magoto

Katja Auffret

Martha Ramírez 

Carolina R. Buitrago

Juliana Díaz

Diana Salazar

Gabriela Garibotto

Birgit Jensen

Getting_Online as a teacherpreneur

 

If you want to be an independent online teacher and set up your own website or platform, this session is where you need to be. This session is about  technical knowledge for novice to intermediate level users. Starting with understanding the working of internet, programming requirements for getting online,  to challenges related to cyber security while being online. We shall also get an insight into the aspects of cyber bullying among students.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Harshita Kapoor

Nellie Deutsch

 
 ICT4ELT2019

 

Designed by a seasoned team of  long standing EVO moderators and participants, ICT4ELT (Information and Communication Technology for English Language Teachers) is a session for teachers who want to explore how computers and computer technology could be useful in their teaching but do not know where to start.

If you want to liven up your classroom with technology, come and join us!

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Ayat Tawel 

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Marijana Smolcec

Sneza Filipovic

Efrossini Zoniou

Sanja Bozinovic

Angiolini Tiziana

Svetlana Obenausova

 

Job oriented Training for ESP Teachers and sharing their findings globally and locally

 

 

The central mission of any University and college is to achieve excellence in the undergraduate and graduate education, they provide superior and comprehensive educational opportunities at various levels to students and professionals, they contribute to the advancement of society and nation through creative activity, scholarly development of new knowledge, research, and public service.

 

Universities and Colleges prefer to hiring their faculty with an additional value and that is ESP Knowledge It must be due to students' majors and related digital skills for delivering classes  But the higher education organizations have a great shortage of those specialists The only way is to educate and train potential ESP Teachers in online pieces of training

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Ozimova Halima

Tohir Sultanov

Mavjuda Shakhakimova 

Gulnoza Egamova

Yokut Sharipova

Odil Quvvatov

Kalanov Ulugbek

Tohtasinov  Dilshod

Sherzod Gulomov

Siroj 

Zumratkhon Shukurova

Guzal Zahidova 

Mansurkhonov Kamoliddin

Galina Suleymanova

EVO Minecraft MOOC (EVOMC19)

 

 

 

This session will invite interested teachers to join us in playing Minecraft, learning all we can about playing alone and together, and how Minecraft is being used effectively in language learning. We'll learn by doing and from one another. We'll continue where we left off last year, 

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Join us if you are  

  • A teacher with a gaming problem - A teacher who wants to learn how to gamify your students' learning environment but aren't quite sure how it works
  • A gamer with a teaching problem - Already a gamer with some ideas about how you would like to leverage your skill and your proclivities in your classroom? You've come to the right place.
  • A teacher of gamers with a learning problem - Do you think your students would like to play a game like Minecraft but aren't sure how to make it fit your curriculum? Fortunately, your curriculum is somewhere in Minecraft already. Join us and we'll help you figure out how and where? 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Maha Abdelmoneim

Rose Bard

Don Carroll

Jane Chien

David Dodgson

Kim Harrison 

Jeff Kuhn

Beth O'Connell

Mircea Patrascu

Heike Philp

Dakota Redstone

Aaron Schwartz

Filip Smolčec

Mariana Smolčec

Vance Stevens

Bobbi Stevens

 

#evomc19

 

 

Moodle 4 Teachers 
(Teaching Online)

 

 

Do you want to use technology in your face-to-faces or fully online classes, but don't want your students to go all over the place? Do you want to have an online course with links to websites, discussions, activities, Youtube videos, and grades in one place? Do you want to award your students digital badges and certificates, then this session is for you.  M4TEVO19 session will take place on the latest Moodle 3.5 website with Zoom and WizIQ for the live online classes. 

 

Participants will learn how to add content, develop activities, and engage learners. They will work collaboratively to design and develop their own Moodle course. Participants will learn to communicate online, create video tutorials using screencast-o-matic and learn by teaching.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS

Nellie Deutsch

 

 

#m4tevo19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother tongue use in the ESL classroom

This session promotes judicious use of the mother tongue in EFL classrooms as a way to strengthen the link between theory and practice. Participants reflect on their own teaching and implement optimal mother tongue strategies in an attempt to create a learning environment that values all languages and cultures and which builds upon existing language knowledge.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

 

Georgios Neokleous

Anna Krulatz  

 

 

  

PBL all-round learning experience for ESL

 

PBL (Project Based Learning) engages students in a learning process that promotes not only the knowledge of the language but also allows students to develop competencies that they will later need in life. It ensures that the students will be able to do something with the language rather than just to know about the language. This methodology provides a real, challenging and engaging environment for students that learn a second language. Students are encouraged to overcome a challenge that can only be achieved if they master the skills the teacher targets when developing the project. 

Over the five weeks, participants will plan a project that can be carried into their classrooms

PBL – ESL – student`s motivation –
authentic learning experiences

 

Sponsors: 

Saint Paul's School. Profesorado de Inglés

Escuela Normal Superior Arturo Capdevilla   

Maria Laura Mas

Paula Penelas

Fernanda Pascuet 

 

QR Codes in Action

 

QR Codes are everywhere and they are all in “action” but have you thought about using them with your students?As teachers we need to start to think outside the box and start using them in our classes in new and creative ways. Therefore, we will be looking at different methods to create and use them in class in a fun way. This session hopefully will inspire everyone about these magical codes and add another string to your professional bow. So join us to combine ease, speed and creativity to enrich your lessons.

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS

 

 

 

Sibel Taskin Simsek

Nezaket Köymen Özgirin

Nellie Deutsch

 

 

 

 

 

#QRCODESINACTION

Teaching EFL to Young Learners

 

Develop lessons and activities for young learners and teens This session is full of practical ideas on how to Teach English to Young Learners and Teens(TEFL2YL) from around the world using storytelling, drama, board games, action songs, and art with limited resource classroom activities. 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

 

Nellie Deutsch

Judy Wong

Charles Goodger 

Julie Pratten Kacmaz

Sheryl McCoy

Nives Torresi

 

#TEFL2YL

Techno CLIL 2019

 

 

CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning - is a "dual focus" methodology, fostering the development of language competences and the delivery of subject content at the same time. It refers to the learning of a curricular subject in a foreign language, with great advantages in terms of students' learning outcomes and cognitive processes. CLIL is spreading more and more, as an integrated part of school curricula in many countries. In order to implement this innovative approach, the role of teacher training is essential. This EVO session is aimed at spreading CLIL methodology, combining teaching strategies and technical tools and eliciting reflections and discussions among teachers from all over the world. It is important to share good practices from the different countries and learn from other colleagues through synchronous and asynchronous web meetings. Webinars with national and international CLIL experts will be a highlight of this session.

 

 A Moodle platform will be used for this session. 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS

 

Daniela Cuccurullo

Letizia Cinganotto 

 

Teaching Pronunciation Differently

 

All teachers have tried to teach pronunciation using 'listen and repeat', and most of us have found the results unsatisfactory.

But there is a different way, which works very well.

The 'Articulatory Approach' teaches students what to do with their mouths to sound right.

Join us to explore how to teach pronunciation this way. 

 

Sponsor: TESOL CALL-IS 

Roslyn Young

Piers Messum

Carrie Terry

Arizio Sweeting 

 

#tpd19

 

 

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