Spring Blog Festival

Introducing The Spring Blog Festival On WizIQ

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What happens when you get a network of passionate bloggers working together online to make a difference?

If each individual blogger has the power to enrich the tapestry of our lives in small, subtle ways, what can happen when these bloggers reach out across space and time to authors, experts, each other, and all kinds of creative writers online?

Perhaps what you get is a CREATVITY FESTIVAL….!!


Why blog? Background to blogging, famous bloggers, getting started, and best practices and challenges involved in blogging.

It takes one idea to get the ball rolling. Dr. Nellie Deutsch started the Spring Blog Festival and enlisted the help of Shelly Terrell and I.


We are working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best of live, online blogging entertainment and education. I’m personally awestruck by the calibre of our presenters and it will be a dream come true to host our panels of author bloggers and inspiring writers from around the world.

Panel Number one:

Blogging as an Author

On March 15th we have:

1) David Deubelbeiss, founder of English Central and EFL classroom 2.0

2) Luke Meddings of Unplugged Thinking, co-founder of the Dogme movement and co-author of teaching Unplugged with Scott Thornbury

3) Barbara Hoskins Sacomoto of Teaching village.org and programme director for iTDi

4) Shelly Terrell of Teacher Reboot Camp and 30 goals.com as hostess.

Panel Number Two:

Members of the Panel Discussion

On March 16th we have:

1) Jeremy Harmer, ELT Author, musician, and online tutor

2) Vicki Hollett, ELT Author, online tutor and co-creator of Simple English videos

3) Dr. Cheryl Lentz, internationl best-selling author, professor and speaker, The Academic Entrepreneur.

4) Shelly Terrell of Teacher Reboot Camp and 30 goals.com as hostess.

Presenters and bloggers:

We have about 25 speakers and bloggers signed up so far and they have all been invited because of their inspiring contributions to the blogosphere.

SBF Presenter Final


What is the Spring Blog festival?

“The Spring Blogging Festival e-conference is a 3 day online event showcasing bloggers, their work, and valuable tips for blogging for reflective practice or with students. This event takes place online Free via the WizIQ Virtual Classroom, from March 14-16, 2014.

Register for free at SPRING BLOG FESTIVAL to interact with educators and edubloggers from around the world. Learn about different global blogging projects your students can join, find out how to motivate students to blog, explore ways to gain an audience for your blog, and discover edubloggers with inspiring messages. Check out the program here, with an incredible line-up of authors, teachers, trainers, and projects waiting to inspire you.

Each presentation will be held in WizIQ virtual classroom, which features presenters on a webcam, along with their slides. Participants chat with other participants and can make long-lasting connections. By registering, you ensure you receive a certificate to share with your organization and add to your CV and resume.”

Description quote: Shelly Terrell


Heart & Imagination:

love blogging

If you love education, teaching, writing, scribbling, doodling, dreaming, challenges, listening to great speakers, getting inspired, or making a difference; register for our unprecedented marathon of great blogging minds sharing great thoughts and ideas online.

We will also create online posters with video recordings on Pinterest and share powerpoints on Slideshare. However, if you are like me, you’ll want to be in the same room as our speakers, live online, and even engage them in the chat box.

We have personalised posters for each webinar session and presenter which we’ll be sharing on social networks prior to the sessions.

It’s a visual celebration of people, ideas, collaboration, education, and the miracle of technology and connectivity.


As I close my article I’m reminded of a poem that David Deubelbeiss shared on Facebook the other day:

I was struck by his phrase ‘the unused smile‘ to describe the ‘nothingness‘ of uninspired reality. I would call this a pregnant paradox. Paradoxical because it’s not a smile if you don’t smile – yet, it is and it isn’t.

unused smile

The pregnant aspect accentuates the paradox. The smile is always there, desperate for expression, and the sadness lies in not expressing.

Perhaps an unwritten blog is like an ‘unused smile’. In this festival you’ll hear some really authentic stories of how our bloggers, writers and thinkers found new levels of literacy, insight and creativity through their writing.

Are you using your ‘smile’? This could be an amazing incentive to start blogging or reconsider what blogging means to you as a professional, teacher, writer and human being.

A lot of people got something from my previous article called‘How to make blogging a part of your online teaching presence’. Bearing that in mind, imagine what you could get from many talented writers and bloggers pooling influences and ideas live online?

This doesn’t happen every day. It’s a special festival indeed.

Join the Spring Blog Festival today!

Sylvia Guinan

is an online English teacher, writer and blogger who facilitates professional development online. She uses brain-friendly techniques to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials, develops courses, writes resource papers and publishes ebooks. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology.

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