The Institute of Applied Technology in MBZ, Abu Dhabi, hosted the first Educational Technology (EDTECH) SIG and Abu Dhabi Chapter joint event for the current academic year. The theme of this morning of PD activities was New Year, New Ideas for Technology-Oriented Classrooms. Attendees had a selection of 5 sessions targeting issues like tablet – based assessment, SoftChalk to foster the mastery of reading skills, among other technological tools that can be used to foster student engagement and improve their performance. Attendees were briefed about the 2017 TESOL Arabia Conference, as well as the work carried out by the TA SIGs and the TA Publications Committee.The event was well attended. Delegates had the opportunity to network and exchange expertise. Certificates of attendance and appreciation were distributed at the end of the event.

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