Welcome address of the 4th Virtual Round Table Conference

Heike Philp aka Gwen Gwasi is founder and CEO of let’s talk online (founded 2003) and previously held the position as managing director of LANCELOT SchoolTM GmbH (2006-2010), an accredited teacher training center for language teaching in real-time via the internet by means of virtual classroom technology and virtual worlds. With over 20 years in education and with Germany’s first live online language school, Philp co-initiated two European funded projects and worked with 35 European partners including 17 universities to develop accredited and certified teacher training courses.  These EU Projects are LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers) and AVALON (Access to Virtual and Action Learning live Online. Philp runs her own online conference, the Virtual Round Table conference and is co-organizer of the SLanguages conference in Second Life. She co-owns EduNation islands in Second Life and her blog let’s talk online is a rich resource for language educators who want to work online.

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is VP of Educator Outreach for Parentella and Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She is also the co-organizer and co-creator of the award nominated educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the Virtual Round Table conference. You can visit her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, for resources for effective technology integration. In the fall of 2011 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators on Amazon. She is  @ShellTerrell on Twitter. Currently she teaches and does teacher training and is based in Germany. Rainey Zapatero in Second Life and her virtual and in person pet is Rosco the pug!

Berni Wall runs RLI a small language school offering one to one training and short total immersion English language courses in the UK for individuals and groups of up to 4 students. She also runs Gapfillers a site for advanced English language learners who want to study online. She co-moderates and co-ordinates the blog summaries for #edchat and is co-founder and moderator of #eltchat. Berni is on the organising team for the Virtual Round Table.

Her blog Radical Language gives tips and advice to English language students to help them with their study (especially those who are trying to learn by themselves) and also hosts the edchat summaries.

Berni lives and works in North Yorkshire in the middle of the countryside where she hosts and teaches students and also runs free teacher Professional Development Workshops.

@rliberni on Twitter and Bern DarkRose in Second Life. Proud mother of 4 gorgeous daughters.

Welcome Address by Heike, Shelly and Berni

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