HCT-Ras Al Khaimah Men’s College (RKMC) teacher Sheri Henderson recently attended the TESOL 2015 International Convention in Toronto, Canada where she gave two presentations.
As the world’s largest gathering for English Language Teachers, the convention drew over 6,500 delegates and exhibitors from around the world.
“Having my proposals included in this year’s convention was thrilling, but more exciting was getting to attend and meet people from so many different places, and participate in 5 days of incredibly diverse professional development activities,” Sheri said.
She not only gave two presentations, but was one of 15 teachers to be awarded a Professional Development Travel Grant for Practicing ESL/EFL Teachers.
In her workshop “Blurring Borders with Blended Learning,” Sheri highlighted her 20 years’ of experience using technology in the classroom and talked about how she blends instruction for her students at RKMC using a wide variety of digital tools.
“I was fortunate to get the first computers in a Canadian English classroom back in 1994. From that point on, I have integrated technology into all of my teaching. For me, blending lets me combine sound traditional pedagogies with the latest digital tools to help my students successfully achieve 21st century learning goals,” she said.
“Over the years, I have learned many a thing about technology from my students, which is another reason I prefer a blended classroom in which students and teachers learn together.”
In her session “The Magic of ThingLink,” Sheri spoke about her current favourite App, ThingLink. She described how anyone can use this multi-platform App to add online content to a digital photo or graphic, making it come alive, and transforming the image into a fabulous presentation aid.
“Going to TESOL 2015 was a highly rewarding experience for me. Everyone should check out the Call for Proposals for next year’s 50th Anniversary Convention to be held in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s great to share good work,” Sheri said.