Jeff and I headed to Dubai for the first time last week to attend and present at the Middle East GAFE Summit. It was everything we hoped it would be…and more (I know, so cliché but so true!).

Both of our presentations were on Thursday. In the days leading up to the Summit, I reached out to my PLN to help show the power of global collaboration. Everything went extremely well and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who attended my session and collaborated on the document with us (feel free to keep adding to it)! I’ve embedded my presentation slide deck below. You can also check out my website for Conjugating Google Docs in the World Language Classroom.

The last session of the Summit was a demo slam. I’ve seen demo slams before but never participated. I found the courage inside (maybe the biggest group  of people I’ve ever presented to) and did a slam of Google Story Builder. I asked the crowd to help me create a story and we had fun story written and ready to share in under 3 minutes! If you use this in your classroom, I’d love to see how! The slam was a competition but I wasn’t in it to win it…just wanted to have the experience and do some sharing! The other presenters were a great group and we had fun slamming!

We met a lot of new people – it was extremely refreshing to be in Dubai and hang out with like-minded educators. We also attended several quality sessions. If you weren’t able to make the summit, all the session resources are online and Jeff Genest was kind enough to set up a Google Spreadsheet to collect all the #GAFESUMMIT tweets! The next summit is in Virginia next weekend so be sure to check out the resources and hashtag for more fun stuff.


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  2. Cindy · March 11, 2013

    Awesome review of the the Summit! We will need to connect again soon.


    • Mme Layman · March 11, 2013

      Agreed! Thanks for the hospitality…we had a great weekend 🙂


  3. Vivian · March 11, 2013

    Salut Lissa!

    I can’t wait for the next time a GAFESUMMIT happens closer to where I live (Switzerland). I’m going to BE THERE!

    It sounds like you had a very intense, dynamic, and ful-fulling time. You have a lot of courage to try so many new things, in front of adult-learners. Bravo!



    • Mme Layman · March 27, 2013

      Salut Vivian! It was great and you’ll definitely need to make it a priority to attend one soon! Thank you for collaborating on the google doc with us 🙂


  4. Vivian · March 11, 2013

    Oh Demo Slam…where have you been all my life? I really believe in the use of humour in education. This is right up my alley. This is the demo slam I viewed How to use Google Translator when trying to get a date! I saw the Chubby Bunny one too. I’m sold on Demo slam… 😀 What fun!



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