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eTextbook Teachers





In 5 weeks, collaborate with over 600 teachers worldwide to design the 1st chapter of an e-textbook that meets your students' needs. In addition, receive support from 15+ moderators, with experience in publishing and materials design.

Session Objectives


By the end of this online session, participants will have:

  • created one or more chapters of a digital textbook  

  • explored various ebook formats and determined which best meets their needs

  • had hands-on experience using curation tools to create their etextbooks

  • learned about Creative Commons Licensing and sites to access music and images for their etextbooks

  • experienced the process of creating and publishing an ebook

  • evaluated various publishing formats including pdfs, ibooks, and epub

  • collected a library of websites, tools, and resources for creating their ebooks

  • engaged in discussions about the best way to design an ebook and what to include

  • participated in various archived webinars with authors and teachers who have experienced publishing digital textbooks


Target audience

This session is for all teachers who want to begin drafting a chapter or more of a digital textbook that is relevant and updated to support their learners.




Find the detailed syllabus here, Bit.ly/ebookevosyllabus2016


Weekly Content


Week 1   (Jan 10 - 17, 2016)


Week 1: Introductions & Digital Literacy

During the first week, participants will:


  • become familiar with the group tools and forums

  • introduce themselves and begin to establish connections with mentors and peers

  • learn to create and define a copyright for their creative works

  • describe their teaching situation and students

  • meet participants and determine if they would like to work in small groups of similar settings and subject sessions in creating one collaborative digital textbook

  • evaluate the legal use of materials in ebooks and options

  • learn from experienced and distinguished authors, teachers, and trainers at a live/recorded session



Week 2  (Jan 18 - 24, 2016)


Week 2: Visual Design, Layout & Logistics

During this week, participants will:


  • evaluate the current content in textbooks aimed at their learners
  • create a multimedia presentation in which they evaluate various ebook designs they like

  • outline what they envision for their digital textbooks 

  • evaluate their peers' outlines and provide feedback

  • learn from experienced and distinguished authors, teachers, and trainers at a live/recorded session


Week 3   (Jan 25 - 31, 2016)

Week 3: Mapping it Out

During this week, participants will:


  • map out their chapters for peer feedback

  • evaluate their peers' chapter outlines and provide feedback

  • evaluate publishing options 
  • learn from experienced and distinguished authors, teachers, and trainers at a live/recorded session 


Week 4  (Feb 1 - 7, 2016)


Week 4: Design That Supports Students

During this week, participants will:


  • complete part of their chapters and post for peer feedback

  • evaluate their peers' chapters and provide feedback

  • integrate one activity to engage their learners

  • learn from experienced and distinguished authors, teachers, and trainers at a live/recorded session 


Week 5  (Feb 8-14, 2016)


Week 5: Publishing Our Chapters

During this week, participants will:


  • publish the beginnings of their digital textbook (1 or more chapters) and post for peer feedback 
  • reflect on their learning during this EVO session by completing the online evaluation form
  • list their ideas about marketing their ebooks 
  • learn from experienced and distinguished authors, teachers, and trainers at a live/recorded session 


Session Communication Tools









Join this session


The action starts on Jan 10, 2016.


To join this group:


From January 3rd :


  1. Go to:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108458862109297898812  
  2. Click on "Join Community". 
  3. Wait for your membership approval. 
  4. Begin completing the pre-tasks on our Wiki  http://ebookevo.pbworks.com 








Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell




Shelly is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, and the author of  Learning To GoThe 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and TeacherRebootCamp.com

Janet Bianchini

janetbianchini@hotmail.com Italy Janet is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer, online moderator and blogger, with a keen interest in integrating technology in lessons. Over the past 36 years, Janet has taught students and teachers from all over the world.  Janet continues to enjoy the fresh challenges that meeting new groups of learners involve. 

André J. Spang




André J. Spang is a teacher and lecturer, musician, composer and OER-activist in Germany. As one of the Founders of the German #EDchatDE he strongly believes in the “Power of Open” and his motto is: ‘explore.create.share’

Debbie Tebovich






Debbie Tebovich is an independent English Teacher and Mentor with over 25 years' experience in direct training and learning design. She is committed to providing personalised learning experiences to people eager to embark on learning experiences. 

She designs and provides special training and learning courses for Business Entrepreneurs in-company and online.

Her learners and Debbie meet every week to do things in English. Together they can learn anything students are interested in or need to learn. She is there for them to guide them and provide linguistic and loving support.

Why ebooks?

Her learners create their own ebooks to put together their learning journey. This process involves going back to material they have created, reflect on it and edit it as a result of shared feedback.

Moundir Al Amrani






Moundir Al Amrani is a teacher of English and ELT materials writer. I have written my own ESP book and I am currently working on other digital publications. 

Walton Burns






Walton Burns is a teacher, materials writer, editor and blogger in Connecticut. He was on the author team of Inside Writing and has also worked extensively in assessment writing.

Natasa Bozic Grojic

lunas994@gmail.com Serbia Natasa is an EFL teacher and a British Council-certified teacher trainer. She works in a private language school and her students are adults. She has been working as a language teacher for 26 years and  still believes it is the best job in the world. She spends a lot of time online, learning and sharing with other teachers. She is passionate about blogging and digital storytelling. 

Michelle Worgan

michelleworgan@gmail.com  Spain Michelle Worgan teaches in and coordinates the academic side of a small language school in Spain. She regularly gives workshops at local, national and online conferences. She started creating her own digital textbook in last year’s EVO course and is currently working on the digitalisation of a Primary course for a major publisher. 

Özge Karaoğlu Ergen

ozge_karaoglu@hotmail.com  Turkey  Özge Karaoğlu is a FLD K-12 technology integration specialist, teacher trainer and an English teacher. She is the content and the project developer of the ‘Smurfs ELT’ series, the author of Minigon ELT books, the co-author of ‘My First Digital Journey’ e-book.  

Tanya Trusler 


tanya@editingtoat.com  Canada  Tanya is an editor, writer, and materials developer with an extensive background as an ESL teacher. She edits educational materials such as online lesson plans, websites, and ebooks, and she also blogs for sproutenglish.com and esl-library.com. She is passionate about grammar and is currently developing a series of grammar ebooks.

Sue Annan

sue.annan@localdial.com Channel Islands Sue was a member of the first EVO e-textbook sessions. As a teacher and Trinity Trainer she has used the knowledge gained to build a website and e-books for her  Cert. and Diploma trainees. A member of IATEFL's BESIG Online team, she is also a proud Webhead, a moderator for #ELTChat on twitter, and a life-long learner.

Peggy George


greatnews.pgeorge@gmail.com US  Peggy is a retired educator who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been a professional educator for over 50 years with many roles including  principal, teacher, special ed director and university pre-service teacher ed instructor. She hosts the weekly Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars, is a STAR Discovery Educator and member of the K12 Online ConferenceOrganizer Team. She is an Organizer for EdCampPhoenix and a regular volunteer moderator in all of the virtual conferences hosted by Steve Hargadon via the Learning Revolution

Tyson Seburn


kiohero@gmail.com Canada As a language teacher in higher education, Tyson focuses on meaningfully engaging students with their L2 reading to afford stronger application of academic writing skills. As a teacher within the ELT community, his goal includes creating public spaces to aid self-directed action among language teachers and increase agency in their own development paths.

Maria Irene Albers de Urriola 

miaupju@gmail.com Venezuela Maria Irene Albers de Urriola, and lives and work in Valencia, Venezuela, where she has taught English at different levels, from primary to postgraduate. Currently is the Head of English Practices Department at the University of Carabobo. Currently, she is involved in the creation, production and evaluation of books for teaching English to futures teachers in Venezuela. This will be a three format serie: one paper based, and two are going to be electronic; of these, one is thought as a repository of links helpful for developing different aspects, like grammar, vocabulary. The last site will be based on comics, with plenty of communicative exercises. 

Rosmery Ribera Ferrier

teacherroscba@gmail.com Bolivia Rosmery Ribera Ferrier teaches teens and adults English, from true beginners to advanced levels, in Bolivia. She prides herself on being a grammar enthusiast. She tries to change her teaching materials and style very often so students do not get bored. She believes in learning as a way of living and giving back to the community. Twitter:  @teacherroscba

Lucia Bartolotti

profbartolotti@gmail.com Italy Lucia teaches EFL at a High School in Trieste, where she has been the Technology Support person for the last four years. She is an Edmodo Ambassador and provides online support for Edmodo users in Italy. She is currently in her region's official list of PD consultants. Her ePortfolio is visible here:http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/bartolottieportfolio

Sylvia Guinan

sylv.guinan@gmail.com Greece 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.
Ian Hall ihall2005@gmail.com Australia

Ian Hall  is a casual relief primary school teacher, IT trainer, Mentor for students,  imindmap user,  previous role being E-champion of North West region of Victoria  and Primary Teacher in WA. I like elearning and chess.











































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