BaW - my story!

As a token of appreciation, the BaW team sent me this personalized badge of the 10th anniversary! This is my BaW story:

But first some background: Every year  the Electronic Village Online, a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section, organizes five-week long professional development courses for teachers of English. Teachers can choose from a variety of topics.

Becoming a Webhead (BaW) , a hands-on workshop on how to use web 2.0 tools in the classroom, is  EVO's longest running workshop. This year, the BaWers are celebrating their 10th anniversary. BaW represents an excellent way to get started with new technologies in education. It encourages teachers to pursue new ways of teaching and to bring changes into their classrooms.

This is exactly what BaW did for me when I applied for the 2010 workshop! It opened up a new door and let me enter a new world of digital delights, which I continued to explore, to experiment, to learn! And the icing on the cake was me being invited as a guest speaker at BaW 2012! I can't tell you how honored I felt! My last year's session was well-received so I was invited to do it again this year.

This year, it was a lot more emotional, a lot more special for me, and not only for me, but also for Teresa Almeida d'Eรงa, the coordinator and Marijana Smolcec, the moderator, who believed in me, supported me and encouraged me! The presentation was again very well-received by the participants but most importantly, I've shown myself that I CAN do it, despite all the obstacles that I've faced recently!

I thank you, dear Teresa, Marijana and the BaW team, with all my heart!