The first NATE Conference Online Experience and Contest was conducted on the ELT-Russia Ning. Kudos to the initiator and manager of this Contest - Toni Hull, Senior EFL fellow in Moscow!
The contest was based on 3 blog entries, posted over a period of about a week. Each post included highlights from plenaries and workshops on all 3 days of the conference, with both written and video material. In the lead up to the Online Conference Experience and throughout the contest, the Ning thanked the sponsors of the contest prizes.
In the end 16 people had their names chosen in the random drawing, and ten of them have won the books selected for the contest (prizes included Cambridge University Press books, 3 books from Pearson Education, and, for 3 winners, an annual membership to TESOL International). The Main Page of the Ning currently shows a list of the winners with their prizes.
The following comments from participants show that the project was well received and the contest much appreciated.
“Thank you much for having organised such an awareness-raising contest for teachers. I really appreciate being among the winners.”
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to participate in the NATE conference, albeit virtually. Watching the videos and presentations made palpable the energy and positively charged intellectual atmosphere of the conference. I wanted my colleagues to share this experience and distributed the materials. Everybody is nothing but enthusiastic and appreciative of the work you have done. We are looking forward to the upcoming conferences and hope to participate next time around.”
“Thanks a lot for the good news that I’m a winner. Thank you for an exciting opportunity to dive into NATE conference activities even online. Sure, it's worth doing again next year.”
Here are the names of winners:
Agafonova Marina, Kaliningrad,School 28
Chistova Galina, Moscow Zelenograd,School 842
Rogozina Irina, Syktyvkar,Syktyvkar State University
Dubrovskaya Irina, Raduzhny,School 8
Kondratenko Lyudmila, Abakan, Khakassia, Gymnasium
Blinova Elena, Smolensk,Smolensk University for Humanities
Rents Tatiana, Volzhsky,Volzhsky Institute of Humanities
Zhukova Rimma, Miass, Chelyabinsk region, School 16
Fetisova Svetlana, Irkutsk,Irkutsk Linguistic University
Grigoryeva Ekaterina, Ivanovo,Ivanovo State University
Goltsman Marina, Khabarovsk,The Lyceum of Innovative Technologies
Kobzina Tatiana, Moscow,Moscow State Regional University
Kopylova Natalia, Irkutsk,Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Kuznetsova Irina, Volzhsky,Volzhsky Institute of Humanities
Pozdnyakova Alexandra, Kaliningrad,The Baltic State Academy
Shvalova Galina, Tomsk,Tomsk Polytechnic University