M-Learning in Your ESL Classroom a presentation at Qatar University


In my last Qatar TESOL PD presentation at Qatar University last week, I introduced mobile learning research initiatives in different parts of the world. I draw attention to the fact that several small and large scales initiatives have already taken place in different countries and regions including the middle east in an attempt to reach…

ELF 2013


Online presence workshop. Website Design PD Session from Edu Nile

New Mooc Introduction


Hi, I am writing this post to share my blog page with other participants in the “Language Teaching Mooc“. If you are interested in this new kind of courses, please join us. 😉 So, my name is Ismail Fayed, an Egyptian based in Qatar. I work as an English Lecturer and E-Learning Coordinator at Qatar…

QU Learn App in the media!


My recent mobile application for learning English in the Android OS is featured in some local media here in Qatar. It is a good motivation to think of more development of this project or similar initiatives. http://www.raya.com/news/pages/5ea723f6-49f2-42a1-8542-e0343c1da076 http://alsharq.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx http://www.facebook.com/alrayanews/posts/157214397757684 http://www.qu.edu.qa/newsletters/campustoday/article.php?id=4222 http://www.facebook.com/qataruniversity/posts/429109357105530?comment_id=86235924&offset=0&total_comments=7 http://udm4.com/Android/QU_Learn-3383557 http://www.appbrain.com/app/qu-learn/com.conduit.app_5bd23ce26e634d67a609cc9f5b93a543.app http://www.qataru.com/vb/showthread.php?t=151519

Featured in QU Campus Life


It is great to see this simple app QU Learn competing with other international applications in the field of m-learning. I am proud of it. It has been featured in QU campus life. Read the news below.. http://www.qu.edu.qa/newsletters/campustoday/article.php?id=4222

Teacher Effectiveness: Personal Reflections


This week I attended a presentation for Christine Coombe from the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai as an invited speaker in our FPDE department in Doha. Her session was about “What the Research Tells Us About Teaching Effectiveness”. I would like to share some of the interesting points I had during this session. The session…

Moving Beyond Web 2.0


After many years of using technology in education and working with websites of all types, I thought of this topic. I summarizes my current experience with several educational websites and portals. The ideas is to help manage your online presence rather than being scattered in so many places. I have introduced this vision to TESOL…

Egypt 2.0


Few weeks ago no body would have ever believed the amazing political changes that happened so far. It was and still looks like a big dream all Egyptians along with many other Arab countries still experience against oppressive regimes. The question that arose to my mind and to many others right after the success of…

TESOL Arabia 2011: A Community Service for Teachers


It is time of the year again to prepare for TEOSL Arabia conference. I can’t deny the enormous amount of skills I have learned in the last year while helping this non-profit organization. TESOL Arabia is one of the most prominent TESOL organizations in the ME and the gulf region. This means lots of responsibilities…

Collaborative Learning vs. Group Work!


I have been enjoying this workshop organized at Qatar University OFID office. It is one of their regular PD events for our faculty. Since I have joined QU, I have seen how hard working and committed to providing all sorts of PD opportunities to all faculty and learners they are. So, back to this workshop…

Multitasking & Web 2.0


I came across an interesting review of a recent study on multitasking. The study highlights the impact of multitasking on each individual using the internet, particularly web 2.0 and social web users. The review is in Arabic, but you still can watch the video or check the bibliography list at the end of that article….

TESOL Arabia Conference Online (TACON 2010)


This year I had the pleasure of chairing TESOL Arabia’s new initiative TACON online http://taconference.org. As a dream I had for the last two years, it was finally there for the ELT community in the ME and around the world. Initiating this environment was not an easy process. However, it was a wonderful learning experience….

MA Graduation


It might be a bit late in posting about my graduation, but I was overwhelmed with many things since I completed my MA program. It was a wonderful but challenging program that took me three years to complete from the University of Manchester. Taking the decision to make this program via distance learning mode in…

How to implement technology in the Web 2.0 era?


This post is a suggested topic to include in the edtech chat series. I just would like to move a bit from discussing or debating the advantages/ disadvantages of technology to the actual implementation of it in the classroom. I would love to hear people talking from the field and sharing their real life and…

Back to My Blog


I should confess it has been so long since I last visited this blog. Working on my dissertation took almost all my time. My initial plan was to use this blog for major parts of my research work. However, things turned to be very stressful at some points that I couldn’t stick to this. I…

Amazing Statistics


Ever wondered how some presenters manipulate data to show them in an impressive manner that attracts poeple’s attention. I came across this TED video which shows an amazing new initiative from the UK. The new service is based on the collaboration of some educators and programmers to integrate the use of powerpoint, flash, animation, and…

The 6th Sense and Technology


It is amazing what technology might look like in the future. Thinking about the possibilities and potentials of applied technologies for accessibility and life might drive one’s crazy. After all, what seemed to be a dream 10 years ago is now a simple reality because of technology! I leave you with this interesting introduction of…

Teacher’s Grading vs. Peer-Marking


In one of the threaded discussions of the curernt IATEFL conference, Cardiff online 2009, a teacher about about websites that could be used to automatically grade students’ essays. Although it might look like a dream for busy teachers, I found quite few helpful responses on that thread. One of which mentioned using Moodle for peer…

E-tivities and Synchronous Task Design


Last week I presented this topic for TESOL-Arabia. The participants were interested in the nature of task design and implementation. The presentation also gave participants an opportunity to explore and discuss ways for developing new language tasks to be implemented in synchronous mode using modern technology. See the abstract and other details below.. “With the…

Resources for Researchers


I received this list of resources for researchers for teaching writing from ELTECS. I thought it is worth to be shared here.. Resources for researchers ERIC http://www.eric.ed.gov This database is for teachers and researchers who would like to download and / or read full-text articles. If you want to get full-text documents, choose Advanced Search…