Monday, November 3

My First Keynote (Part 1)


On this coming Wednesday (5th November), I will hopefully be giving my first keynote presentation at the 2nd International Malaysian Educational Technology Convention (IMETC). If things go as planned, I will be the first speaker at the event, which should generate some big butterflies in my stomach. But strangely enough, I am actually looking forward to it (at least for now!). And currently my biggest worry is to be able to discuss (in human understandable way!) my 100+ slides within the one hour given. Now, that is a challenge! Hopefully, I will be able to say the things I want to say.

"Rehearse and use a script, please!" Good idea, but I wan't it to have a natural flow (A learning conversation with the audience and myself), so no script, except for the slides (Though, if I was a President I would use one!). I hope my ideas and reflections will be free flowing guided by the spicy slides. It will be an interesting experiment, which will be revealed in Part 2. Also, Part 2 (next post) will discuss and reflect all the things I would have learned during this 3-day learning adventure. No, I am not yet ready for any live UStream show!


In the keynote presentation, I will first discuss a bit about how my first ebook entitled '69 Learning Adventures in 6 Galaxies' came to life. Then, I will explore some learning or thinking skills we need to nurture in students and ourselves to be successful in today's fast evolving innovation world. I will also look at some of the educational challenges we might face, and explore a case study on how I revamped a critical thinking course. Finally, I will look at some possibilities and conclude the learning overload session. In short, we are all probably going to get dizzy (learning overload!) one way or the other. Anyway, here are the slides to enjoy before the actual event:

Interestingly, the slides have already been featured on SlideShare homepage (within 3 hours upon upload). So, at least the slides seems to be a bit interesting. Let's hope the actual keynote presentation also turns out to be interesting, engaging and useful to those attending the event.

I suppose after all my past workshops and 20-minute presentations (taken a 2-year break from that!), I kind of look forward to this great opportunity to talk for one hour (or less) to a bunch of people about the things I have learned over the last few years. And for that, I am truly grateful to God (Allah) and would like to also thank the organizers for giving me this opportunity. Thank you so much!

Until part 2, have fun trying to make sense of my slides. If they don't make sense, perhaps you could invite me to give a talk. Though, I would prefer if I was given 2 hours. Meaning, we will have approximately one hour to discuss, reflect and learn together. Now, that is where the real learning will take place :)


Ismael Peña-López said...

Best of lucks!

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Hi Ismael Peña-López,

Thanks for the best of lucks :)

Also, thanks for indirectly linking me to your personal research portal that explores the digital divide and tries to figure out ways to facilitate a global information sharing society that benefits everyone.

I have added you to my EduBlogs collection:

And of course to my Google Reader learning space :)

I have read some of your work before, but sadly I have not been visiting your site enough.

But, now that you are in my Google Reader learning space, I can easily keep myself updated with your important discoveries and initiatives to crush the digital divide (I wish it was that easy!).

Warm Regards,


Helge Scherlund said...

Hi Zaid,

I wish you the best of luck to your first keynote presentation and I am sure you will do well!

With kind regards

Helge Scherlund

HueyZher said...

Hi Zaid, I finally see you in person at the IMETC conference. Your key note was light and there was something that I was able to learn. No offence on the light but light is much better than serious and boring.
it was a waste though not able to talk to u in person. GRIN

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Hi HueyZher,

Thanks for the feedback :)

Why didn't you just buzz me after the talk :)

Anyway, I will be around until Friday, learning here and there.

So, if you are still at the convention, I am ready for a learning discussion :)

By the way, I saw the 'Drowning with ID' blog :)

Is that your blog? Not bad :)

Have a great day :)

Warm Regards,


Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Dear Helge Scherlund,

Thanks for the support. The presentation went alright, and I will write about my experience soon.

However, now I will focus on learning as much as possible from this educational technology convention.

Have a great week learning :)

Warm Regards,


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HueyZher said...

Hi Zaid, I am already back in KL cause doing PhD exam administration. Anyway, u might see me soon =) By the way, that blog died...there is another blog which I put in . this blog is slightly more consistent.
Hope u enjoy the GALA dinner =)

Mohamed Amine Chatti said...

Great slides Zaid. Hope the keynote talk went well...

Zaki Samsudin said...

Assalamu'alaykum warahmatAllah

My dear old friend Zaid,

Kayf? Glad to see you're doing very well in your work.

Viewed your slides. Very interesting indeed. Would you like to make a presentation at your alma mater? I'm sure the department & kulliyyah would be very happy to have one of its golden sons return to impart knowledge to the younger generation.

Will be in touch.

Zaki (Psychology - IIUM 2001)

Zaid Ali Alsagoff said...

Wa-Alaikum As-Salam wrt wbt,

Hi Brother Zaki,

It is nice to see that you are blogging, too :)

I hope we can get together soon, because we seem to fail every time.

However, if I would eventually give a talk at UIAM, I suppose we would at last be able to reconnect again :)

In other words, It would be a pleasure to give a talk at UIAM (January 2009 or later). Though, I would love to not only talk to the younger generation, but also to the educators and Professors (if they can find the time).

It would be fun and hopefully meaningful for everyone as we explore learning, content, tools, thinking and the future :)

Warm Regards,


Zaki Samsudin said...

Salam Zaid,

Yes, we certainly need to meet... after so long.

I'll make some inquiries with the Institute of Education here to see whether we can arrange for you to make a presentation to the academic staff members at UIAM. Except for power-point presentations and the Learning Management System, the university hasn't fully explored other educational technologies. Your knowledge and experience would certainly benefit us.

Will be in touch.

JazakAllahu khayr.

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