Wednesday, December 16, 2015

My Top Posts in 2015

I did not write a lot this year as I was a little bit busy working on my PhD. Believe me, I missed it so much, but you know time is so limited. I hope 2016 will be a great year full of more learning and thus more reflections to flourish my digital space. Before saying Goodbye to 2015, I just wanted to share some posts that were frequently viewed by my readers.

My selection is based on two criteria:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tips & Tricks: How to get books and articles for free?

Seven years ago, finding books related to the areas of my research was like a headache. This is maybe because I didn't know more about the power of the Internet. But now, it is like a piece of cake. Taking an online course by Google about searching, following people via social media and spending much time browsing, I have learned some ways that I consider helpful to any researcher. In this post, I will tell you some tips and tricks that can help you to find what you need:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Metacognition and reflection are NOT synonymous ...

Metacognition and reflection are often used inter-changeably in educational conversations. However, there is a definite distinction between these two terms. Metacognition is the one that is often misused and understood among educators, teachers and researchers. I always read and hear that it simply means "thinking about thinking."

What does it mean?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Snip; a free screenshot tool from Microsoft

Making tutorials for my students and other colleagues is a daily activity as a teacher. I already use Snagit program that helps me to capture my screen, add my annotations, and then save it as an image file. For many years, it works well with me. However, one needs more. That's why I share with you a free screenshot tool from Microsoft called Snip with many other fabulous features. 

Why Snip?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For FREE you can learn: 16 OPTIONS you can choose from!

Retrieved Sept. 2, 2015 from here
It is not the degree of education you have got that matters, but your passion and desire for lifelong learning and updating your knowledge regularly. As a result of the rapid changes in our life maybe because of the technology revolution, we must equip ourselves with many skills that are urgent in the 21st century. I know you are so busy and have no enough time to spend in a face-to-face training for example. Actually, I have the same problem. As a teacher, I have to upgrade my ways of teaching every year under the pressure of my limited time. 

So, what is the solution? 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Missed it: Teacher Entrepreneurship Week 2015 Recordings to other educators online and listening to their experiences, tips, and successful practices is my primary pathway to lifelong learning and improving my teaching skills. Teacher Entrepreneurship Week held on August 24-27, 2015 is a great opportunity for teachers to update their expertise and try to cope up with all the recent trends of teaching and learning. 

In case you missed this event, here is all the stuff recorded on YouTube.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

3 FREE Opportunities for Blogging ...

Do you want to improve your blogging skills? Are you looking for an opportunity to write for an authentic audience? Have you ever thought of yourself blogging as a pro? Blogging University offers a bunch of mini courses on September 2015 to help you achieve these goals above.

Why not register now and get started?

Monday, August 3, 2015

High-Quality Images for FREE

Black photo iconAs a writer or a teacher, sometimes one needs some images of high quality for inspiration or reusing. Unsplash provides you with lots of them for FREE.

So fabulous, believe me.
Let’s go and see!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Register NOW for EdmodoCon 2015 - August 4, 2015
Cost: FREE
Where: Online
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 AM 4:45 PM PDT
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EdmodoCon is a live online event where educators from around the world connect with each other to share how they are using Edmodo and other digital tools to personalize learning. It is designed to help you partner with other teachers, discover valuable new resources, and feel inspired to harness the power of edtech in your classroom.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

3 Weeks on WordPress
I have just finished the Blogging 101 three-week course offered by the Blogging University with the help of the team. As the title says, it takes you from Zero to Hero walking away with a stronger focus for your blog.

Click here to read my reflection about this course and find a link to register for the coming offering starting on August 3 - 21, 2015

Happy blogging!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

What makes a creative teacher?
Retrieved on July 26, 2015
Just inspired by Marisa Constantinides' article "Eight steps to becoming a more creative teacher" shared on British Council Voices Blog. She suggests eight highly recommended steps that can help teachers develop their creativity in teaching. 

These are:

Saturday, July 25, 2015

.... smiled today? is short and all we leave behind us is some small things we do touching others' hearts. Mine is my BIG SMILE that I always draw on my face. It is my brand, hahahaa. It doesn't only recharge my energy and make me feel happy, comfortable, self-confident, and full of hope, but it also leaves a huge impact on all people around me and make them smile as well. It is contagious, isn't it? It can make a big difference in people's lives. 

Just make it a habit and you will see what it can do! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

140 characters that changed my life!

It is a nonstop activity! Once you taste it, you never stop doing it on a daily basis. I talk about following people and learning from them via Twitter. When I share my passion for using microblogging (i.e., tweeting), I notice that people don't feel comfortable and they think it is a useless service. I didn't ask them why? But, they maybe have no any idea about how to get started. 

Here are some tips for you to enjoy tweeting:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Missed the "Creativity in Teaching and Learning" Online Event ... Don't worry!

Are you interested in bringing life into your classrooms and motivate your students to learn and develop their skills in a different way? It is not an easy job I know, but you can do it. In case you missed the online event held by the British Council Seminar Series on Wednesday 24 June, 2015, don't worry you can watch it now and enjoy all the stuff shared by really creative people like Alan Maley, Marisa Constantinides, Malu Sciamarelli, Nik Peachey and more.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Advanced Canva Tips Webinar: Recording + e-Book and more

In case you missed this webinar about some advanced tips of Canva; an amazingly simple tool for graphic design, here is all the stuff you need. In this webinar, Canva senior designer Poppie Pack presented some great techniques that can help you to get started your journey of creativity in the world of design. She played with colors, font, text spacing, some photo editing tools like brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, blur, x-process and vignette, and adding transparency.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

2 Events on Creativity for FREE: June 17 & 24, 2015

How it would go if I were a creative teacher? Is it an easy job to start learning creativity? What tools should I have to bring creativity into my classrooms? A lot of questions like that come out when opening discussions around this term. Today, I have found 2 free online opportunities that can help teachers to discover some new ways to improve and foster creativity in them or their students ...  

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Canva Webinar: Free Graphic-Design Tool on June 16, 17, 18, 23, and 25, 2015

Canva is an amazingly simple graphic-design tool for free. It gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. You can create designs for Web or print. 

You have many options to choose from:

Albums covers, banners, book covers, Facebook covers, brochures, blog graphics, presentations, flyers, posters, infographics, cards, invitations and so much more.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Why should I blog?

It's been so long since I last posted on my blog. Yes, I am still publishing about online courses, webinars, and conferences. But, this doesn't matter to a writer who continuously looks for a little bit creativity inside. I talk about writing some reflections that bring my own thoughts and touches to life. Blogging is not  just compiling some posts and organizing them chronologically.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Education on Air (May 8-9, 2015): Register for FREE Online Conference by Google

If you are an educator, administrator, IT specialist, or anyone who wants to learn new things, acquires experiences, and meets people from all over the world, you can register for May 8-9, 2015 online conference now.

Monday, January 5, 2015

FREE Webinar on January 13, 2015: Create Interactive Online Content with Office Mix!

Would you like to be able to create and curate distance learning or flipped classroom content for your students, but can't quite afford or figure out those tools?  Join David Lopez as he shows how easy it is for PowerPoint 2013 users to learn how to use Office Mix that brings rapid e-learning development and hosting right to you. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

FREE Google Online Event on January 10, 2015!

If you want to learn more about how to use Google in your teaching, please join the FREE Google Event on January 10, 2015. Connect with teachers all around the world, and learn from subject matter experts the best Google tips and tools for classroom use. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kick off 2015 with 13 EVO Courses for FREE!
Have you thought of updating your expertise and knowledge as an EFL or ESL teacher to start your new year 2015 differently? Are you looking for FREE opportunities to develop yourself professionally? Do you like to meet some new colleagues with different perspectives for teaching? Do you need some new web tools to spice up your classrooms and increase motivation to learn among your students?