Vance Stevens presented Connecting the Dots: The Aha! moment, live in Ras Al Khaima and at a distance from IATEFL in Brighton, where we were joined by Nik Peachey, Graham Stanley, and Jo Mynard

 Saturday, April 16, 2011


Vance Stevens presents Transforming learning with creative technogogy: Achieving the aha! moment, live from Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

  • with help from online colleagues in various regions of the UAE
  • and with a possible live hookup from Brighton, where they will be getting ready for their first presentation of the day at the IATEFL Conference taking place there.

TESOL Arabia is very active in the UAE, with chapters in various cities frequently putting on professional development events such as the one in the flyer at left. However, the UAE is a large country, with several hours driving time required between its major cities.  As a result it is often not possible for many teachers in the UAE to attend these fine events in regions not their own.

One purpose of this presentation is to suggest alternative means for teachers in the UAE to connect with one another via their chapter events.  This presentation will attempt to demonstrate how teachers in various parts of the UAE can present to one another online and not only that, but include participants from other parts of the world as well.  It is hoped to suggest by extrapolation that teachers familiar with tools making this possible could also use them to engage students in meaningful and authentic communication with peers elsewhere in the UAE and worldwide.

  • The presentation will be an echo from my blog post here, applying the concepts through engagement with an active PLN or personal learning network.
  • Audience participation includes:
    • Broadcast of the presentation via Elluminate to a live audience who could interact with the one in RAK via my projected laptop with mic and speakers, or directly with on-site participants txting from workstations
      • Nik PeacheyGraham StanleyAyat from Egypt, and Anthony Gaughan have offered to join us from the IATEFL conference in Brighton (see; and we can also monitor their Twitter feeds and converse with them through #hashtags
      • Live interaction with other TA chapters (Jim Buckingham and Heather Baba have offered to join from distanct emirates)
      • Live interaction with others invited to tune in across various PLN’s of educators interested in using educational technology with language learners; e.g. Kalyan Chattopadhyay, IndiaCALL
    • As a result of exposure to this instance of transformative learning through creative technogogy I’m hoping that some might achieve that aha! moment. In that case they might be encouraged to learn more through participation in further connectivist professional development via http://taedtech.ning.com and

When? 07:00 GMT (11 am in UAE, 8 am in Brighton ), at this time:

Where? in Elluminate 





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