Vance Stevens's Comments (A
chatlog at YM on Dec 28th, 2003)
Teresa's Feedback Message: (Dec
Dear Buth, Shaima'a, Amal, Anwar, Noura and Dana,
Congratulations on an excellent job! :-)
I believe the merit starts the moment
that you, Buth, had this fantastic
idea of online presentations of final projects, and it comes all the way
the final moment this morning (and tomorrow morning, I'm sure!).
No doubt that many hours of work for
both the teacher and the students are
involved in such a task: planning the project, coaching students on the
technologies involved, guiding, coordinating everything (some of Buth's
tasks, I imagine), researching, blogging research data, preparing the
presentations, and. . . presenting the final product online "for
time" (students' tasks). We all know from experience that "presenting
online" isn't easy, especially those first few times.
Well, girls, all I can say is that
you did a wonderful job and your English
is very good. For something like this to come out so well, I repeat, there
is naturally much work 'behind the scene'.
This morning you were launched into this fascinating 'online
advantage of it and try to take others along. Your teacher is a great
example of what can be accomplished in such a short time.
Buth, your coordination
was excellent. The timing of each presentation and
question time were carefully and correctly planned. Six minutes is time
enough to say quite a lot, but also leave room curiosity. I enjoyed the
discussions. Though there may not have been as many questions as the
students might have expected, I think there were interesting comments.
it is a great idea to have extra time at the end for a general discussion.
Finally, as I listened to you, girls, I kept thinking
of how 'brave' you
were to have volunteered to come online and face an unknown audience of
Webheads. Congratulations! Bravo!!! You are certainly very special students!
For those of you presenting tomorrow, good luck! I'm sure
you will do as
good a job as your colleagues-friends this morning.
My recording of the session seems to have come out in
though I have only listened to the first few minutes. I will try to create
Web page and have it uploaded by this evening!
Best wishes for tomorrow and for the New Year,
Teresa (in Portugal) Dec 27, 2003
I've just uploaded a very simple page with today's voice
file of your students' presentations.
I'm not able to open the zip file at the moment, because
traffic is intense and it takes too long. Please let me know if anything
is not working properly.
BTW, I heard most of the file this afternoon and it was
Buthaina's Reply Message
Thank you so much for this lovely,caring,and supportive message. You
have always been one of my best role models from whom I learned a
great deal since I joined Webheads in Action.
Your prompt responses and assistance to messages and members of our
communities are evidences of your great work and effort. No matter
what I say in this message won't be enough to express my admiration
and respect to you.
I will print out your message and make 23 copies to give
students, tomorrow. They are really anxious and eager to know what
the Webheads think of their performance.I'm positive that they will
be very, very happy, once they read your message.
Thank you again, Tere, and hope to meet with you face to
Sir Van's Feedback Message:
It was still dark here in Brazil when I woke up and
turned on my laptop to join Buth's students at Alado.
It was my first time using that interface and after all
I would say that it was a very good start.
We had some technical problems but I could follow
around 99% of the presentations. That was pretty nice
to listen to some Webheads for the first time and
very pleasant to meet many students from Midle East
just like Dana´and others.
Congratulations! Your students' presentations
went very well!
They sounded very confident and answered the questions
promptly. Their English was very clear and they seemed to have
no problem in understanding us. Michael
and Sus' questions really
contributed to make the interaction richer and at the same time
friendly. By the way, Michael showed us his Martian face :)
has told before there is much hidden work on
the backstage, so, Buth and all the people involved in the
organization, accept my congratulations on the very nice job!
I hope to join other brilliant sessions like that.
Aiden's Message, (Dec 29, 03)
Dear Buth and all,
Congratulations on the successful students' online project that you've
administered. I've read your messages and other webheads' feedback, too.
Tere's review was certainly very informative and the webpage you've created
was a good tribute to Buth's students. I'm now trying to download the
voice file and I'm hoping that I'd be able to listen to it without any
. . .
Anyway, I don't want you to feel that I've lost touch or not concerned
with our recent collaborative projects. You have my best wishes, Buth,
and to Tere- thanks again for documenting the event/s and putting them
online for us, and to Sus, your emails always put a smile on face-
in a nutshell, webheads, I miss being online and I miss chatting with
Happy New Year everyone and I hope that all your wishes for 2004 will
come true. Peace and happiness to you all!
Susanne Nyrop's Evaluation, (Jan 5th, 2004)
The EFL students from Kuwait University of Science had prepared their
online presentations carefully with a good understanding of how to balance
text and images, and were able to let these pages accompany their oral
presentations in Alado loud and clear enough to be understood by a foreigner
like myself. One thing is the prepared work; another is how the students
were ready to cope with unexpected questions and remarks from the audience.
The group that worked with the drug problem were ready to explain how
the Iraqi Occupation of Kuwait in 1991 had led to worsen the drug situation,
because of unemployment and social misery, as well as more drugs being
smuggled into the country. And the group that focused on space travels
and the exploration of Mars were ready to explain their own fascination
of new horizons for future space adventures, but also willing to discuss
the dilemma between huge expenses spent on this kind of research, while
there are still so many unsolved social and economical inequalities on
This occasion to participate in the final project
presentation of Buthaina Alothman's classes has been a tremendous experience
and a great example on how to create an authentic situation for foreign
language students to express themselves before an unknown online audience
with a globally distributed presence!
Not even the fact that there were a few technical obstacles for the onliners
could disturb the presentations (or their teacher's supportive attention),
and the final recording that I was able to make of the session, has a
good playback quality that transforms the one hour presentation into an
exemplary documentation of this kind of student work.
Susanne Nyrop, Denmark
Exam.ed, communication & multimedia in education
Al Othman's "Thank You" Message to all Participants
This message is to express gratitude and appreciation to all fellow
Webheads who helped in the two live sessions of my students final
project online presentations, on Sat. and Sun., Dec. 27-28, 2003,
whether directly through their collaboration with my students and
cooperation with me, or indirectly by providing tips, support, and
I am especially grateful to Vance for the "behind the scene"
support. His encouraging messages worked like magic, providing me
with all the energy and determination to continue and complete the
Unfortunately, he couldn't attend the second session, as he
promised, due to some technical problems that prevented him from
accessing Webheads vRoom at alado.net/webheads.
Moreover, I am also grateful to Teresa for creating such a
web page on the project and for recording and sending the recording
of the first session.
Furthermore, I am thankful and so appreciative to Susanne, Michael,
Teresa, Damian, Eman, Maria, Ismael, Maggie, Van, Dot, and Andy
their time, assistance and great interaction with my students.
Without their help and effort the webcast project would have never
seen the light and succeeded.
It is, really, an unforgettable experience, and congratulations to
all of us students and Webheads.
Finally, I am composing a web page, including messages from
Webheads, students, and new pictures of my students. Once it's ready
I will post you the URL.
Thank you again and I wish you all a happy new year.