Walid Chaafi

Walid Chaafi

Walid Chaafi is a Teacher of English and ICT trainer at Emtiez Prep. School, Medenine (Tunisia). “Enlightening the paths of others is the most fantastic thing in the world and teaching does that! I want to make people aware of the need to understand that thinking out of the box is what makes them different and as teachers this is what they need to do; bring technology in your class and be innovative! What about obstacles? There is a solution for every problem. So don’t underestimate your potential.”

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Walid Chaafi: Podcasts- The Forgotten Tool

by Walid Chaafi
Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia

Technology has advanced and brought new technologies into the fields of education. Teaching languages is not an exception. There are many ways to use technology to teach any language, one of them is Podcasts.

Podcasts are the forgotten tool that educators as well as students can reply on to enhance teaching and learning of any language and mainly speaking and listening skills.

As a teacher of English, I use this tool with my students and it is a success.… Visit the author's original post

Walid Chaafi: Practicing listening and speaking with technology

by Walid Chaafi
Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia

If you have been teaching a foreign/second language since a long time, you may come cross many problems finding suitable resources before the revolution of the web. But now things has changed for good. The focus will not be on any specific language as this article can be applied to any taught language, which is known as EFL /ESL.

I will focus in this article on the online audio and video materials which may help in improving the listening and speaking skills.… Visit the author's original post

Walid Chaafi: The STOLEN and the 7 Cs- how to innovate and give a humanistic touch to T&L

by Walid Chaafi
Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia

One key competency that employers across the board value in employees is the ability to think creatively and logically in order to solve problems.

The American Diplomacy Project

The role of the school is not only to provide knowledge; it helps create good citizens who are able to fit in their roles in the future and why not even in their current situations. Educators make lots of emphasis on the technological side, and they forget, most of the time, about the human side of teaching.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship

Announcing Certiport’s 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship from August 9-12 in Dallas, Texas!

This annual competition is about students taking a Microsoft Office Specialist exam in either Word, Excel, or PowerPoint (2010/2013). Students who have the highest scores in each respective category will be invited to compete as National Champions at the World Championships in [...]

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Keeping safe in social network sites

Here are some tips on how to keep your students and yourself safe within social network sites. Which advice would you give to your students?

Personal contact details (address or phone number etc.) – Remember, people you meet online aren’t necessarily who they say they are and images they post may not be of themselves. It’s [...]

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The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education

According to Digizen, the activities listed below are some of the most popular that learners become involved in while using social networking sites:
* Representing themselves online, create and develop an online presence and online profiles
* Viewing content such as video and audio/finding information
* Creating and customising profiles
* Authoring and uploading content such as video and [...]

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Promote the use of technology in education

It is true that technology has not replaced everything in the field of education but it has improved things for the better. In this 21st century, the use of technology has become more than an option, it is a must.
Many educators are still reluctant to use technology in their teaching. So it is our role [...]

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“My biggest hope for today’s students is that one day they will see us as pioneers who led them to the right path, which they will continue and do the same for others.” – Walid Chaafi, Tunisia

Becoming a teacher may have been childhood dream for Walid Chaafi, but his career took a few twists and turns before that dream was realized. After a successful stint working for the British Council Tunis, Chaafi leveraged his technology know-how … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Walid Chaafi: What Does it Mean To Be Innovative in Education?

by Walid Chaafi
Expert Educator Columnist, Tunisia

“I read, and I forgot. I saw, and I believed.  I did, and I understood.”

 -Confucius

That quote has been stuck in my mind since I read it eight years ago! It showed me that what we need is not more theories but more practice. Today’s students want an education that meets their individual needs, and opportunities that connect them to what is happening around the globe. They challenge us to be innovative and to make learning environments more exciting, challenging and rewarding.… Visit the author's original post

A Tale of Two Worlds: Old School, New School

When was the last time you put your hands on a tape recorder? How about a slide projector or an overhead projector? Unless you’re stuck in some type of time warp, it’s probably been a while. In this age of technology, which allows us to do just about everything on our smartphones or online — [...]

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Training Session

Presenter: Walid Chaafi (Teacher of English; ICT trainer; MIE Expert)
Facility:  Emtiez Prep. School Medenine – Tunisia
Date: 04/12/2014
 
I have conducted a 1-hour training session today for many teachers of different subjects. there were teachers of :
– English
– French
– Physics
– Arabic
– Technology
The session was delivered in Arabic language with the use of many notions in French.
The session [...]

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My Journey to be an MIE Expert

My journey with innovation and the use of technology started back to 2009. The first time I have heard of the Innovative Teachers Contest in Tunisia was at that time, 2009. I am not a novice in terms of using technology in the classroom, but the situation in the schools where I have taught were [...]

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Technology, education and Microsoft

In this first post about the use of technology for educational purposes, mainly Microsoft products, I will deal with a general introduction about a brief interpretation of why Microsoft, and other companies for sure, is interested in education.
Microsoft announced that as of 1 December 2013, any institution worldwide that licenses Office 365 for staff and [...]

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