Welcome to Our Blog

Sevvie and Denise presenting at TESOL Araboa Conference in 2009

Sevhan  and Denise presenting at TESOL Arabia Conference in 2009

We, Sevhan Acar Hammudeh and Denise Mcqueen Ozdeniz, are EFL teachers at a college of further education in the U.A.E. We are embarking on the exciting educational innovation of teaching and learning through iPads. In the iPad initiative we are involved in, we are encouraged to use iPads only in the classroom; hence students have been issued e-Textbooks.  The aim of this blog is to help us reflect on and share our experiences of courses, curriculum, materials, training and iPadagogy as they take shape. This blog is kept by practitioners by practitioners and aims to provide practical information and  usable lesson plans and activities. Whilst we are  using iPadagogy to teach English as a foreign language, we  hope that our experience will be of use to teachers in many fields of education; thus furthering the promotion of effective teaching and the enhancement of  student learning. We would also like to invite you to contribute to our blog by sharing your teaching and learning experiences through technology. An Exciting Educational Challenge From September 2012, we, will deliver all of our lessons through iPads. Our vision is to empower students with 21st century skills, whilst developing their level of English. Our college, along with many others in the U.A.E, is working towards a dynamic new interface between teachers, learners, ESL material and task types. We will push ourselves beyond the boundaries of our educational experience, so far. This will be a steep learning curve both pedagogically and technologically. This blog will track that curve. VIEW OUR WEBSITE ON YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

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14 thoughts on “Welcome to Our Blog

    • Thank you for the good wishes, Adam:) As relatively new bloggers, we are inspired by your wonderful blog and are enjoying following it.

  1. Great session at SQU Denise and Sevhan, really inspiring and the way you put it across in such a humble but common sense down to earth way was brilliant, thanks ! Alan

    • Thank you Alan. I am glad you enjoyed the session. It is a very interesting area to be working on. I realise our blog is not very mlearning as we always write long posts that are not very nugget sized. I in particular am still thinking and writing in a traditional style and it takes a lot to break out of that mould and produce things a la mobile learning design concepts. The exciting things is the exploration and trying to be creative in a way that actually enhances the learning of ourselves and others.
      Good luck with your work too.

  2. Thank you for the positive feedback, Alan. It was a real pleasure to have met you and your colleague at the SQU conference. We really enjoyed our conversation with you after the session. Good luck with your work and hope to see you again in the near future!
    Best wishes,

  3. Thank you for a wonderful session! I am taking a lot of great ideas away from today and I can’t wait to share them and your blog with my colleagues.

  4. Best teachers ever!!

    Thanks for your effort and giving time for that great blog.

    Both of you are diamonds who shines when teaching.

    Keep going!!

  5. Congratulations on becoming an English teacher. I was your host brother back in the nineties and knew you to be the kindest and smartest person ever. I hope you find fulfillment and help many people along the way!

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