My story with writing started when I was about ten years old when I wrote my first poem in Arabic, which I called ”Who Are You?” I published it in the school magazine. Ever since that moment, I have been asking myself the same question over and over, and apparently, I have managed to find many different, even sometimes contradictory, answers, yet the quest was never in vain. I figured that the more I dug into myself, the more I learned about the people around me; the more careful I was to hear my voice coming from the inside, the more attentive I became when I listened to others, the more important questions I tried to answer, and the more answers I was helping others to find. And of course, this whole experience opened my eyes to the different people I have around me and the tons of new things I can learn from each one of them every day.

I cannot claim today that I have figured the answers to all my questions, and I think I never will, but one thing to be sure about is that I will never stop asking these questions, and the more questions I answer, the more questions I will have.

This very first poem of mine, which was supposed to be a love message sent by a man to his beloved, eventually found its way to me. The more I learned to learn about myself and love myself, the more I learned about others around me and the more I loved them. So I keep writing and sharing my stories, visions and dreams with people because these have never belonged to me alone, as I did get them all from the people around me.

I write every day knowing that the very next day, I will criticize my writing and will find a lot of problems in its form and style, but I never lose my grasp of what I want to say. I am learning to write better and better every day, but the most important thing I have learned about writing is that I always need to know what I am writing. As long as I have something to say, I will be able to say it beautifully one day, and until that day comes, I will keep saying it.

I never know whose eyes might a couple of unplanned words open, whose life might be changed or whose heart may be touched by the very simple words I write coming from heart to heart. So I never hope to dazzle you, impress you or whatever, I only hope to touch your heart.

I am also interested in education, which has been my career for about fifteen years. I have learned a lot from the students I taught, the people I worked with and the many experiments and researches I did. I always try to come up with new ideas or improve the ones that are already there. Sometimes, I fail and some other times, I have great successes. It can never get more exciting than that! Also, my love for computers helped me find ways to apply my new ideas in a more modern fashion that have proved to be more useful and appealing to students of today. I wouldn’t say if I am more of a writer than an educator because I am both, and I love every single moment I have spent writing or teaching. But what matters is that I am here right now, and I have a lot to say. Life is a beautiful gift; let’s write our lives; Life is worth writing for.

  • In 2017, I am going to learn more about game design and development
  • In 2016, I took the following courses:
    • Game Design and Development specialization from Michigan State University
    • The Ancient Greek Hero from Harvard University
    • The Ancient Greeks from Wesleyan University
    • Social Research Specialization from Amsterdam University
    • The Science of Everyday Thinking from the University of Queensland
    • Medical Neuroscience from Duke University
  • In 2015, I took the course (Psychology from the University of Toronto.) I learned a great deal about what makes the human being tick. Besides that, I think that just whets my appetite to dive in more deeply in the world of psychology.
  • I have used MIT’s Scratch, which was a part of the educational technology courses that I took there, but it whetted my appetite to learn more about programming. This led me to dig deeper into the world of programming, such as in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, C#; I am still a newbie, but I love all the creative possibilities that come from learning more about programming.
  • I have learned about Moodle, and I am working right now on making my first free online course.
  • I have learned more about WordPress, and I feel I can change things on my website more flexibly than before.
  • I have learned to use my DSLR camera better, and I can play a little with the many buttons and dials on it instead on setting it on automatic as I used to do before.
  • I have read many books in the past year, and I am thinking of making a list for 2016. I am getting back in shape regarding my reading. I hadn’t read as much as I wanted in the past couple of years for many excuses I was able to make up very quickly, but I know it has always been me, the real reason behind my laziness in reading; now I’d like to think that I am back on track again.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Game Design from the University of Michigan.) I learned a great deal about the concepts and documents that are an essential part in the game design. This course gave me some good information about the administrative side of making games.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Game Development from the University of Michigan.) I learned a great deal about Unity 3D; the instructor made it a lot easier than I thought. The next step to becoming a better game developer is to learn more about C#.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Lesson Planning for ELL (English Language Learners) from Arizona State University.) I learned some excellent tips and tricks about dealing with English language learners in a class designed for native speakers. This was very useful for my job.
  • In 2015, I took the first course in a TESOL series from Arizona State University. I learned a little bit about some techniques, but this was one course I thought it was too easy, and I lost my interest in continuing the series. However, I surely learned a thing or two from it.
  • In 2015, I finally received my Educational Technology Program Specialization Diploma from MIT. It took me a good year to finish all the four courses needed to obtain this diploma, and it was worth it. I learned a great deal about educational technology that has proved to be very useful for me at work.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology from MIT.) I learned a great deal about how to evaluate new technology and seek the best possible way to implement it in a reasonable way. This course surely brought a lot of common sense about educational technology on the table.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Design and Development of Games for Learning from MIT.) I learned a great deal about tweaking a game concept to make it more functional as a learning tool without losing all the fun in it.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Greek and Roman Mythology from the University of Pennsylvania.) I must admit that even that I studied most of the texts back at university, as my major was English Literature, but I saw them all from a different new light. I feel that I have learned a lot about the background of the ancient Greeks.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life from the University of Chicago.) This course was just fantastic; I still remember being flabbergasted most of the time when the professor would unlock the mysteries of the human brain; everything was just amazing, I mean to learn how we do the things we do that we usually take for granted, but underneath the apparently simple motion or function we do, there is always a great deal of very organized networks saving our lives every second of every day and enabling us to do the magnificent things we can do. This course encouraged me to dive even deeper in the human brain and learn more about it. I am planning to take a longer course made by Harvard, called “The Fundamentals of Neuroscience.”
  • In 2015, I took the course (Introduction to Classical Music from Yale University.) I loved classical music long before I took this course, but I can say that I love it now more than ever because of this course. Professor Craig Wright made it all feel like I was right there at Yale learning things as if I were sitting next to him. The content he chose was fabulous, and the way he delivered the course was just amazing. Now I understand more about the same classical music I have always loved. If you love music, do look forward to a re-run of the course in 2016.
  • In 2015, I took the course (E-Learning Ecologies from the University of Illinois.) It was good to know that some other people in the world care about students as I think I do. I have learned a lot from this course about technology and how it should always begin with the idea behind it and not to be just drawn blindly behind it, or use it like in some schools as a marketing tool without any real added value to it.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Saving Schools, Mini-Course III: Accountability and National Standards & Saving Schools Mini-Course IV: School Choice from Harvard University.) I learned a great deal about the history behind many important realities we live in today in the world of education. It taught me how politics affected, and still affects, education today more than any of the brightest minds in the world of education.
  • In 2015, I took the course (Introduction to Game Design from MIT.) That was an absorbing and fun course. I made many prototypes for new games and I altered the rules of some older games, including chess, and the whole experience was incredible. It taught me one crucial thing, and that is always to know that your opinion is never enough, especially when you bet on what amuses other people; We tend to think that everybody should be entertained the same way we are, and we are usually wrong. It was a very enjoyable course.
  • In 2014, I took the course (Design and Development of Educational Technology from MIT.) I learned in this course a great deal of the thinking that lies underneath an educational practice. I met Professor James Paul Gee for the first time, and I just loved the man. It was a new experience for me at the time to be in such a collaborative and helpful environment. I just loved it.
  • In 2014, I took the course (Visual Perception and the Brain from Duke University.) I learned many things about how we see things and learned that there are no colors in nature for the first time. It was the first online course I have taken, and I could not stop ever since.
  • In 2006, I earned a B.A. in English Literature.
  • I have published my second poem collection, Identity, on January 5th, 2017.
  • I am working on my first short story collection. I already have fifteen stories ready for now, but I am aiming at about twenty stories to be included in the collection. I am planning on finishing the collection by June.
  • I have finished working on my debut poem collection, and it was published in January 2016; you can find it on Amazon. The name of the collection is (The Scream). I chose this name because most of the poems I chose for this collection represents a human voice inside of us that wants to get out in the open for everyone to hear. Some of the poems are also screams from a woman’s perspective as I chose a woman to be the speaker in those poems. I hope it finds its deserved place in the world of modern literature. However, I am confident that this is but a first step, and the road is long and full of bigger and better steps to come.
  • In 2015, I hit the milestone of 500 poems. I know that not all of them are publishable, but I am proud of every single one of them because each was a step on the way of a lifetime of writing and creativity.
  • I can feel that my style is getting better every time I write. I have been writing one poem every day for the past six months now; not all of them are as good as I would like them to be, but they always lead somewhere, and among every five or ten poems, I usually find one that I like and feel proud of.
  • I have written moderately in 2015 on my website. I am planning on writing more content, especially literary content in 2016.

I started working early in my life when I was ten years old. My first job was in a carpentry workshop nearby. Then I worked as a painter, fence maker, and upholsterer. However, my professional life started when I decided to go back to school after leaving for about five years. It was when I earned my seat at the university that I began my professional career.

I started working as an English teacher in local institutes, and I learned a lot and fell in love at the same time with being a teacher and have this effect on a group of young people who would look up to you to help them make their life better. I have always been curious and interested in technology, so I tried to integrate it into my teaching early on. I remember the moments of glory when a single new feature in MS PowerPoint or Photoshop would bring me a lot of joy just to know that some new things were possible to include in my instruction.

I worked as a translator along the way. It was my translating job that made me love movies more, and I learned more about dialogue, which helped me later in my writing.

I left teaching for a year and went to work for an animation company. I learned a lot of things about animation, graphic design, layout, etc. However, I remember that whenever I heard of a new thing in technology, I would always try to link it to some application in the classroom. I did leave teaching for a year, but I have always been a teacher.

After that, I moved on to teach at high school, and for the first time, I started teaching my passion in life, and that was literature. That was a world I never wanted to leave. Each time the students and I would work on some literary work, a new world was open for us to explore and new sights to see every time. It was magnificent. I made use of all the technology I know in my classes, and that gave me a ton of experience in using technology in school classrooms.

I work now as an educational technology expert in a company that provides educational solutions to so many schools. I learn new things and try new things. It is not always easy to embrace change in such a large corporation, but it is rewarding.

I hope I become a full-time writer, which can give me time to work with public schools and other educational systems in need of our experiences that usually end up serving the private sector alone. I hope I can do that soon, for writing and working on educational systems and technologies are the two things I enjoy the most in my life.

I am married to a wonderful woman, Madonna. She is so supportive and caring. I also have a great son, Alexander. He is 13 and growing more curious than I ever was. I am trying to do the best I can do to honor them and make them proud, just as I am already proud of them.

  • I am planning to start working on my educational games in 2017. The road is still long and I still have a lot to learn, but it is just like anything else; if I walk long enough, I must see the end of the road.
  • I am working on releasing my first online course on educational technology, here on my website. I am planning to use Moodle as a platform and make it open to all, for free. Using my experience over the years, I hope I can give something back to this field that has given most of who I am today.
  • My website is on the top of my priority list for 2016. I am satisfied with what I did in 2015, but I am planning on expanding into new sections and enriching the current sections to make my website a knowledge center that may benefit as many people as possible.
  • I am planning on reading more in 2016. I did not like the amount of reading I did in 2015. I hope I read more titles this year and maybe, I will share what I learn with my readers.

My story with writing started when I was about ten years old when I wrote my first poem in Arabic, which I called ”Who Are You?” I published it in the school magazine. Ever since that moment, I have been asking myself the same question over and over, and apparently, I have managed to find many different, even sometimes contradictory, answers, yet the quest was never in vain. I figured that the more I dug into myself, the more I learned about the people around me; the more careful I was to hear my voice coming from the inside, the more attentive I became when I listened to others, the more important questions I tried to answer, and the more answers I was helping others to find. And of course, this whole experience opened my eyes to the different people I have around me and the tons of new things I can learn from each one of them every day.

I cannot claim today that I have figured the answers to all my questions, and I think I never will, but one thing to be sure about is that I will never stop asking these questions, and the more questions I answer, the more questions I will have.

This very first poem of mine, which was supposed to be a love message sent by a man to his beloved, eventually found its way to me. The more I learned to learn about myself and love myself, the more I learned about others around me and the more I loved them. So I keep writing and sharing my stories, visions and dreams with people because these have never belonged to me alone, as I did get them all from the people around me.

I write every day knowing that the very next day, I will criticize my writing and will find a lot of problems in its form and style, but I never lose my grasp of what I want to say. I am learning to write better and better every day, but the most important thing I have learned about writing is that I always need to know what I am writing. As long as I have something to say, I will be able to say it beautifully one day, and until that day comes, I will keep saying it.

I never know whose eyes might a couple of unplanned words open, whose life might be changed or whose heart may be touched by the very simple words I write coming from heart to heart. So I never hope to dazzle you, impress you or whatever, I only hope to touch your heart.

I am also interested in education, which has been my career for about fifteen years. I have learned a lot from the students I taught, the people I worked with and the many experiments and researches I did. I always try to come up with new ideas or improve the ones that are already there. Sometimes, I fail and some other times, I have great successes. It can never get more exciting than that! Also, my love for computers helped me find ways to apply my new ideas in a more modern fashion that have proved to be more useful and appealing to students of today. I wouldn’t say if I am more of a writer than an educator because I am both, and I love every single moment I have spent writing or teaching. But what matters is that I am here right now, and I have a lot to say. Life is a beautiful gift; let’s write our lives; Life is worth writing for.

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