Category Archive: Reflections

Oct 31

Who is Leaving Lasting Footprints in EdTech?

Since I started using online social networks, I’ve met many inspiring educators who use technology in their classes and make a real impact on their students’ learning experiences. I also know that there are some teachers who do great things in their classrooms, but cannot find time to share their experiences with other teachers on …

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Apr 28

Paper Laptop vs. Paper Boat

When my 7-year-old son made this paper laptop, I remembered my childhood and the paper boats which were my childhood’s most creative pieces of art:) Posting this without further comment. Generations and creativity…:)

Apr 22

The ELT Students Who Are Already in ‘Flow’

Flow – also known as “optimal experience” – is a concept developed by the Hungarian psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. According to him, ‘flow’ is “the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great …

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Oct 17

Einstein Would Have Loved an iPad!

Einstein, who was never able to recall his own phone number, was famous for not memorizing anything that could be quickly and easily looked up in a standard reference volume. “Never memorize what you can look up in books,” he said. (Source: Life Magazine) He said this probably in 1920s when books and newspapers were …

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Oct 11

Sharks Have To Keep Moving To Stay Alive? What About Blogs?

In my sessions about blogs, I use a metaphor that is inspired by Presentation Zen: “Blogs are like sharks. Sharks have to keep moving…or they die. A blog has to keep moving, keep progressing, be consistently updated…or it will die.” The problem is I haven’t written a blog post for five months… It was a …

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May 09

After ISTEK ELT and IATEFL 2011

It’s been a year since I wrote a post with the same title, about the two events that changed my professional life, goals and vision, the two events that taught me a lot about being a better organizer and presenter. Some of my colleagues wrote wonderful blog posts about ISTEK ELT and our blog is …

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Jan 19

Project APLaNet Kicked Off In Barcelona

I was in Barcelona last weekend. Apart from having been robbed and as a result of some serious misguidance of the Turkish embassy, having been detained for two hours at the Istanbul airport, it was a fantastic trip. Project aPLaNet What I’d like to tell you about is the meeting we had there. It was …

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Dec 10

My Job Is Not What I Do, It Is Who I Am

I’ve been thinking about motivation for a very long time. The reason why some people do their jobs lovingly and why some others look forward to the weekend starting from the very first day of the week. In other words, the ones who see the alarm clock as an opportunity clock that wakes them up …

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Dec 20

My (Professional) New Year’s Resolutions

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ” Edith Lovejoy Pierce New Year’s Eve is a perfect time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming …

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Nov 23

Does Shift Happen in Our Minds?

I came across this video via Twitter. (Tweeted by @captic) I’m always fascinated by facts and stats about the changing world. This video is an official update to the original “Shift Happens” video. Well… The shift happens, and it happens so fast. As an educator and a parent, my question is “Does shift happen in …

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