Nellies English Projects is an educational website for students and teachers whose aim is to motivate students for lifelong learning. It provides resources for teachers on how to integrate technology into the classroom by means of project based and experiential learning using WebQuests. The site provides many educational resources, articles,lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, reading practice and collaborative writing ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Nellie Deutsch

 

 

Welcome to Nellie's English Projects, a free sharing non-profit initiative that I developed in 2003. My name is Nellie Deutsch and I am passionate about learning and collaborating with educators and other learners around the world. I have a Doctor of Education (EDD/CI) in educational leadership specializing in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix online. I researched instructor  experiences implementing technology in blended learning courses worldwide. I conducted a qualitative phenomenological study and interviewed instructors from 7 countries. I started my academic career in chemistry, social sciences, and political science, but ended up with a major in English literature and linguistics for my BA. I also took two masters programs, in Applied Linguistics in English as a Foreign Language and in Education specializing in curriculum and technology (MAEDCT) from the University of Phoenix. As a believer in life-long learning, I founded Integrating Technology Moodle in 2006 so I could promote free e-learning worldwide. In August 2009, IT: Exploring New Domains took on a new look and became Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). The leading team in the first year of IT4ALL(2009-2010) were Dariem Garces Urrguiza, Gladys Gahona, Dr. Ludmila Smirnova, & Jenni Parker who created Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops. The site now hosts free M4T Orientation, Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Moodle for Administrators. The M4T advanced workshop includes Second Life and Moodle. Credit goes to Dr. Glen Gatin who started the initiative.

 

In addition to my online ventures, I am a veteran EFL (English as a foreign language) teacher. I have been teaching for over 30 years within the public school system, adults at university, in private ESP (English for special purposes) schools, in blended learning and English courses for Cisco, and online asynchronously on  Wikieducator and ning (Digifolios and Integrating Technology) and synchronously on WiZiQ.  In addition, I practice Reiki Alexander technique, and mindfulness and conduct marriage and relationship workshops according to P.A.I.R.S (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills).

 

Nellie Muller is my maiden name. I decided to honor my father by using it as the domain name for this website.  My decision to build a website began a long time ago when my son built his own website at the age of 12 in the mid nineties when there Microsoft FrontPage was not available. Building a website looked complicated, but very exciting. In January 2003, I began playing around with FP at the advice of a colleague. Before long my dream was fulfilled. I was able to manipulate HTML.

 

My family also keeps me busy.  My husband and I raised 3 very talented children. We have been married since 1980.

 

In my free time, I mentor educators and help them become aware of the value of integrating web 2.0 tools for instruction and learning. I created free professional development courses on a Moodle website called Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). I do this on a voluntary basis with a team of facilitators because I am passionate about learning and would like to see e-learning available and free worldwide.
 

I read a great deal mainly non-fiction, but I love writing both fiction and non-fiction. I am in the process of writing a story which I hope to publish very soon.

My favorite subjects are psychology, marriage and relationship enrichment, philosophy of life and life long learning, learning about education and technology and ESL/EFL. I am a certified PAIRS marriage and relationship instructor. I have been volunteering my services in prison and community centers. It is very rewarding to conduct workshops to help others. I provide online coaching services on marriage, relationship enrichment, and self-growth and English lessons. I guess I must be doing something right because I received an award for my online facilitation.

I read a great deal about language teaching and learning.  I am particularly interested in Invitational Education, Meaningful and Experiential learning.  I believe every learner has the right to learn what is meaningful for her/him.  I think learners should be encouraged to find meaning in school subjects.  Learning should be meaningful and fun.  Each learner should find his unique and special style of learning. Thom Hartmann has excellent books on the subject.

I love gardening. I have always enjoyed gardening. I even had a garden as a child.  Plants, flowers and trees bring me joy. I love nature. In addition, I jog from 5 to 10 kilometers daily. One of these days I hope to complete a Marathon in less than 5 hours.  Running is a booster. I can't survive a day without it. I have a great online coach. I also practice Chi Kung, Reiki, Mindfulness, and the Alexander Technique.

 

I believe having the right attitude is the key to success and that life should be lived and enjoyed moment by moment.  I use Ken Keyes' 12 Steps to Higher Consciousness when things are rough and try to follow the old Chinese proverb: "Drop by drop the bucket is filled moment by moment awareness is developed".  I believe in living the "now" as Tolle Eckhart has expressed so well in his book, and leaving the past and future where they belong. I am a great believer in making mistakes because that's how I learn.

As a believer in sharing ideas with others, I hope I have contributed to your enrichment. For further information, questions, comments, or to report a broken link, please contact me by email.

May your inner success shine and bring you a lot of great circumstances.

All the best

Nellie Deutsch

 

 

 

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