First Webhead Meeting in Buenos Aires

What is a webhead?

A webhead is according to Dictionary.com a compulsive or frequent user of, or contributor to, the World-Wide Web.

If you look for the word webheads in Wikipedia it says: You searched for webhead No article title matches.

It is just amazing that the most famous free encyclopedia doesn´t have the definition of WEBHEADS.

How do webheads describe themselves?

Let´s read what they  say about themselves.

  • I always find it difficult to tell in a few words who the webheads are. There’s so much to tell…
  • Webheads is a family of specialist on F.U.N!
  • Webheads is a group of enthusiasts keen on learning as much as possible about the role of technology in education and just as eager to help one another on our individual paths to learning and discovery.
  • Webheads  encourage one another to enhance our networking skills, learning the tools most appropriate for this as we use them with each other. We model for one another the most appropriate systems for enhancing connectionism and the sharing of knowledge within our distributed learning networks.
  • Webheads is such a community of online practice which addresses the needs of the educator’s changing role in the Digital Age.

Webheads is the most active online community involved with computer mediated communication in the field of English as a Second or Foreign Language. Members from nearly every country on the planet are represented. Its 700+ active members represent the most robust online manifestation of the 40-year-old, 14,000 member TESOL organization.

Who created Webheads in Action? The creators of this community in 1997-98 were Vance Stevens in Abu Dhabi, together with Maggi Doty in Germany and Michael Coghlan in Australia.  What started as a writing and grammar online experimental class for students (http://wfw.webheads.info) has evolved into a thriving online community of educators with common enthusiasm and shared interest in exploring the uses of computer-mediated communication (CMC).

Webheads in Action

Webheads in Action itself (http://webheads.info) was created as a TESOL Electronic Village Online EVO session in 2002.  Many of the members are language learning professionals. Webheads is a community of practice which offers learning professionals, both seasoned onliners and novices, the opportunity to self-direct their professional growth in a supportive online environment driven by their own enthusiasm, energy, generosity, and the support of the resulting collaborative community.

The purpose of the community is to help learning professionals understand the potential benefits of the appropriate integration of available Internet technologies into their teaching practice by first experimenting and learning in a hands-on, low-risk online environment before engaging their own learners.

You can read more about webheads in the Index of Webheads’ sites and blogs compiled by Teresa d’Eça

Did you know they even have a song?

Lyrics of Michael Coughlin’s new song – A Webheads Theme (December 2008):

CHORUS
Webheads – all over the world
Webheads – we’re all over the world

24/7 – we’re online
It doesn’t really matter – whatever the time
Someone’s there to answer the CALL

CHORUS

You want to know how to do it right
Or maybe you’re lonely in the middle of the night
Someone’s there to answer your CALL

CHORUS

You want to join your class up across the world
Or you want an expert to talk to them live
Someone will answer your CALL

CHORUS

You’re going on a journey to a foreign land
Want to meet a friend there to show you around
There’ll be someone there to answer your CALL

CHORUS

Learning together – sharing our views
Living together – sharing our news
Always someone there – on the same wavelength

CHORUS

By Michael Coghlan

On Sunday 18th Argentine Webheads met for the first time. In the following pictures you will be able to observe the wonderful time we had. I want to thank all Argentine webheads

Rita Zeinstejer, Nelba Quintana, Susana Canelo, Vicky Samuell, Gladys Baya, Alicia Barbitta and Laura for being there and special thanks to the International webheads that made us all meet Gavin Dudeney and Nik Peachey.

I want to expess my gratitude to all the International webheads that are constantly inspiring us Vance Stevens, Dafne Gonzalez, Teresa D Eca, Moira Hunter, Barbara Dieu, Dennis Oliver and so many MORE….all this would have never been possible without your constant sharing and shinning around the world. Big KUDOS to all Webheads and thanks for making Argentine Webheads dream come true….to finally meet face to face.

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Sources for this blog post

IATEFL Poland Computer Special Interest Group

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