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Tom Hemingway / Ankara, Turkey

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I help develop school-based international education projects, encourage the integration of ICTs in education, chase paper, question assumptions, fan the creative flame.

Welcome, hoş geldiniz, & bienvenidos!

I'm project manager and co-coordinator of the IB program at a private school in Ankara, Turkey. I've been blogging for several years, and someday I'm going to get it right!

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Give a blogger a boost

Posted on April 14, 2008 at 3:47am 0 Comments

In response to a lot of discussion that's happened lately on edublogs about feelings of isolation and frustration, I came up with a few ideas for all of us to help fellow bloggers along, and maybe even get something back ourselves. Here's the short version. If you want to read more, click here.

1. Slow down. Take maybe 10% of the time you devote to your own blog, and use it to read a little… Continue

Thinking, learning, and language

Posted on July 14, 2007 at 3:13am 2 Comments

One of my former professional pursuits involved field research in the western highlands of Guatemala, investigating some of the causes of the decline of a Mayan language. I had to learn a bit of the language myself, and made recordings of conversations to document the language. I just uploaded a 90 second clip of one of those conversations to the music/podcast frame on the left side of my page in Classroom 2.0.

In my blog… Continue

Hello all!

Posted on June 13, 2007 at 1:25pm 0 Comments

Hi all. I'm a Houstonian (Texas, USA) living in Ankara, Turkey with my wife and two

sons. I help coordinate the International Baccalaureate program and

develop other projects for a large Turkish private school. Those "other

projects" at times include instigating more integration of ICT

(especially Web 2.0) in education. I guess an indicator of my success

is that I have nearly 30 students listed as my fans on… Continue

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At 1:34am on June 11, 2009, Kewaldev said…
Greetings from Nepal
Good to see you over here in this site.
At 7:12pm on January 31, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Tom. I was wondering if you have educator friends who would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:45am on May 15, 2008, julie anne hanna said…
Hi Tom!! Isn't there a conference coming up at Ted , Ankara...or am I totally confused???? Please let me know...cheers..julie
At 10:36am on April 27, 2008, Michele Martin said…
Hi Tom--great to see you here, too. Thanks for keeping the conversation going!
At 10:04am on April 21, 2008, julie anne hanna said…
Dear Ted!
Thanks for the welcome message....okay, i may have to switch to the way i regularly write...without caps...i am teaching in husband is the director of aci/sev....we are in our first year....lots of tech issues...amongst many other things..we love it. but want to move the school forward and technology is my baby..along with literacy...i foresee many struggles ahead to teach these digital long have you been in ankara? my husband is actually there right now at the ministry...having lived the past 17 years in asia (taiwan and KL)..this is huge pedagogical change...but very, very good for us...not so much for my daughter who is a junior, lise 3...enjoying her year abroad to the hilt, but will return to tas to graduate with her friends...i am so interested in your take on educational tech in turkish schools....thanks for listening....have you been to izmir???? it is truly gorgeous...especially right now... cheers..julieanne
At 5:35am on April 15, 2008, Gabriela Sellart said…
En el 74! Pensé que era el 84! Te dije que era mala para sacar cuentas.
Qué experiencia. 17 años en un país tan convulsionado, toda una aventura.
At 2:16pm on April 14, 2008, Gabriela Sellart said…
Hola Tom! qué sorpresa tu comentario en español (o en castellano). Es evidente que seguiste practicando.
Estoy sacando cuentas y (no soy muy buena en esto) debés haber estado por acá en los primeros años de la democracia después de la dictadura. Esos eran años felices, de festejos y esperanza.
Recientes conflictos entre el gobierno y el campo nos dejaron un buen tiempo sin asado, ahora hay, pero carísimo. Supongo que en Catamarca, además debés haber comido unos cabritos, o chivitos, qué rico!
Pensaba, en los "extras" de estar conectados. Yo escribo "asado" y disparo un recuerdo tuyo en otra lengua. Vos me dejás un comentario y disparás un recuerdo mío, de otro tiempo.
Un sorpresa y una alegría tu comentario.
At 3:57pm on December 27, 2007, Jane Krauss said…
Happy New Year Tom! Best to you in Ankara. I just read a novel I'm crazy about, The Janissary Tree, set in Istanbul 1830's. Read it yet?
At 2:32pm on August 22, 2007, samccoy said…
Tom, so good to see you here. I was on another .ning educational site, and I discovered this one. I was reading the rss feed question, and there you were. I hadn't seen you in a while on TappedIn, but I follow your research on It is excellent and interesting.
Won't you be my neighbor?
At 3:33pm on July 22, 2007, Barbara said…
Hi Tom,
Yes i am here too. Thanks for your recent comment on my blog. You brought some good perspective with your reflection on where you learned those skills.
I know how you feel about keeping up with blogging , thinking etc. I just posted today from BLC while others who were there have posted many times already about their thinking.


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