MMVC17: Grow Your Own Classroom

Julie Kacmaz

Julie Kacmaz will discuss Grow Your Own Classroom

This is a practical session on the ‘3 bean project’ - which is a collaborative learning journey designed to get learners involved in growing their own food and implementing lifestyle changes that will impact the wellbeing of their local community and those of others around the world.

Julie Pratten is originally from the UK, currently living in Turkey. After teaching both business and general English in 20 countries or more, including Brazil, Germany, Lithuania and Paraguay, I entered the world of finance via the Czech Republic, after I designed a series of courses for the Czech National Bank. I have since written several business and finance titles, including ‘Absolute Financial English’, the main course book for the Cambridge ESOL ‘ICFE examination’ and ‘Absolute Financial English’ (Delta).

Nowadays I live in Turkey, with my husband, two cats, dogs and chickens. Although I live in a rural setting, just a stone’s throw away from the sea, I provide language consultancy for several financial institutions and deliver courses at the Banks Association of Turkey and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. My current interests include developing mobile applications for EAP and recent applications include ‘Brighton Study Kit’ and ‘Academic Flip Words’. I have just set up the independent platform ‘Academic Study Kit’. Currently, I am working on the business English course book ‘Good Business English’; this modular course uses sustainable and ethical business models as vehicles for teaching business English. In my opinion, this is the only way forward.

In September I set up Heart ELT, a project aimed at establishing a school for Syrian children living in a refugee camp in Iraq.

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    Duration45 mins
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    Start Date6:00 PMAug 4, 2017
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Nellie DeutschToronto, CanadaContact Instructor
Nellie Deutsch (Ed.D) is a Canadian education technology consultant, curriculum and instruction developer, blended learning practitioner, relationship-based transformative mentor, researcher, writer, speaker, and community builder. She combines technology and professional development courses with mindfulness practice, the Alexander technique, and the Silva Method. Her teaching experiences range from teaching English as a foreign language (EFL/ESL) in high school and higher education for over 35 years and teacher professional development with technology since 2006. She speaks at online and face-to-face conferences and organizes annual informal MOOCs, online conferences, and free online courses and webinars on Moodle for Teachers. She has published articles and books (available on Amazon).

Nellie Deutsch offers online and face-to-face courses on teaching with technology, mobile devices in the classroom, Moodle (course and learning management system), Google Drive, tools to develop video tutorials, Adobe Connect and WizIQ. She mentors teachers on how to engage and allow students to teach as a way to learn using active learning methods. Her focus is on integrating technology into blended, the flipped class, and fully online programs. She founded Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) community of educators, Moodle for Teachers (M4T) network, Connecting Online (February) and MoodleMoot (August) annual virtual conferences. She organizes annual Moodle MOOCs (November and May) and Second Life MOOC (April).

Dr. Deutsch follows a relationship-based collaborative active learning approach to instruction and learning and teaching as a way to learn. Her experiential humanitarian approach to instruction and learning has earned her the respect of educators around the globe and attracted her to healthy living and Mindfulness. She's an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner.