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At 6:10am on December 15, 2010, Jess McCulloch said…

Hey Deniz! Guess what?! I'm looking at running the Lunch Box Project again at the start of next year if there is enough interest from a good variety of schools and countries. Are you interested in being involved again?! Just so you know, that project has had quite a bit of attention lately! :-)

Anyway, check out the most recent info at


Hope all is well with you!


At 3:21am on February 21, 2010, Inci Kartal said…
Thanks Miss Deniiiiizzz :):) It'll take some time for me to get used to this site I guess :) xx
At 6:55pm on September 1, 2009, Samuel Fye said…
Hey, good to hear from you! We are starting school next Tuesday. I checked out your school website. The pictures are great, but I cannot rad a word! :-) Do your students speak english? You are obviously very fluent in english. I have 15 students in my class this year. We have about 550 students in our school. My school is in a very poor neighborhood with a lot of crime, so it can be a challenge. I would love to collaborate with you on many things! It would be interesting to learn about your country's wild life and natural environment. It would also be interesting to learn about education and government in Turkey. I hope you will also please consider joining in on the First Day of School Project. It is at this address:
If you are interested, please join. It is a pretty simple project that I created so that I could learn how to do some things on the web. If you have any questions, just let me know. As for the CSS, it is kind of tricky. It looks like you can find a lot of things on the web where it is already written for you, and then you can just cut and paste. I am looking forward to hearing from you! Take care!
At 10:27am on August 29, 2009, Samuel Fye said…
Hey, glad you got back to me! Is your school in session right now? I would like to stay in touch with you and collaborate on some projects at some point this year. I'll let you know if I have any ideas, and please tell me if you have some, too! Take care!
At 7:11pm on July 26, 2009, Leigh Newton said…
Hi Deniz (again). I trust all is well with life and teaching. Thanks for signing up to the Video Games and Literacy Group. As you can see I've only left an introduction but it would be good to have any examples of computer game use in the classroom. I've almost finished the final essay for a masters subjects where I'm dealing with this very topic. I'm convinced it will be a major part of the rest of my teaching career. I've certainly seen how dedicated kids can be to computer games. My subject talks about children's discourses, children's culture and we have to be working with them rather than introducing matter which doesn't captivate them.
At 11:55pm on April 29, 2009, Marilyn Doore said…
Well, I'm still waiting for an answer if I get to come to Turkey this summer or not. I do hope that I get to come. What is your school like? Your class? Where is your school in Istanbul?
At 8:47pm on April 16, 2009, Marilyn Doore said…
Thank you so much! I look forward to working with you. While I teach 6th grade I think it would be fun for our students to do something together. Our year is over May 21 so I'm not sure if there is time to do anything with our students this year, but if you'd like to that is fine by me!
At 4:47pm on November 16, 2008, andrew bendelow said…
Thank you, Deniz. While I'm a high school teacher, i teach in a K-12 district, and so am pretty sure we can find a collaborator with yours.
If you write me at my school address, I can pass your proposal to those who can leverage it.
Here it is:

Thanks, Deniz.
At 10:23am on June 13, 2008, Karen Horsfall-Smith said…
Hi Deniz - thanks for your concern - I must admit, it is very frustrating and very painful also.
I look forward to more videos at the start of next term, and of course I will send you/publish any videos that we do. But we tend to move very slowly with these sort of things, so it may not happen in the immediate future.
At 2:01am on June 13, 2008, Karen Horsfall-Smith said…
Thanks Deniz. I manage a College in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, UK where we work with 14-24 year old disadvantaged young people and am always looking for ideas to keep them interested. Something like your video would be great. I am not at work at the moment because I have broken my foot, but when I get back, I will be basing my recommendations on how successful a group of 7 year olds in Turkey have been ..........
At 7:33pm on June 12, 2008, Leigh Newton said…
Say hello to Ann-Marie Amershon, up in Diploma English, for me. :-) We had time together at Koç.
At 5:49am on June 7, 2008, Leigh Newton said…
The Lunchbox Project sounds innovative and highly motivating. Congratulations to the people involved. I would love to hear how it all goes, or is it finishing this June? If so, I hope you might do it all over again next year with new wisdom from experience.
At 2:05pm on June 6, 2008, Deniz said…
Excellent news Jess! I do very well understand how busy you can be. Actually, I'm in the same situation. It s almost the end of the academic year. The schools will be over at the end of the next week and I am busy with writing reports and doing other stuff.

I shot another video of my students during lunch. The lunchroom was crowded and too noisy so I couldn't be sure whether the background voices would impede the clarity of the recording. But it sounds alright. What I will go for next is a condenser mic which can be fixed on top of the camera! :) So, I will put that recording up this Monday, hopefully, together with a PP presentation.
No matter how slow it works! The result, I believe, will be fabulous! :) I will stay tuned!
At 4:15am on June 6, 2008, Jess McCulloch said…
Hi Deniz!
Again, I am sorry about my timing. If I tried to explain how busy my term has been you probably wouldn't believe me! Anyway, I have watched your students' video and I LOVE it! I will leave a comment on the wiki for them. I am working at getting pictures of what my students eat up on the wiki too. We've taken them all, it's just a matter of putting them up! thank you so much for being part of this project. It is going much more slowly than I thought, but I think in the end it will be fabulous. A class from the Netherlands want to join to, so stay tuned :-) I'll be in touch again soon. I haven't forgotten you!
At 10:51am on May 7, 2008, Deniz said…
Hi Jess!
I replied your message a few hrs ago.:) I am looking forward to starting the project.These days, I am busy with the portfolio presentation of my students. Still, I'll be able to have some extra time to manage the project.
Please, no worries about the timing! I think, it will work very well! :)
Tomorrow, I will start adding the photos of my students and our school on the Wiki page.
Cheers! :)
At 6:23am on May 7, 2008, Jess McCulloch said…
Hey Deniz!
Are you still interested in the Lunch Box Project? I'm sorry I haven't been in touch before now. I sent you a message through the wiki, but thought it would be safer to send one here as well!
I'd love to get in touch with you about the project. It would be great to make a start on it next week. I was planning to start much earlier, but life never works out the way you plan it, does it?!
Looking forward to hearing from you.
At 9:13pm on March 3, 2008, Meghan Connelly said…
Hi Deniz! Your work sounds exciting! I have started a free website for current events discussion online at I keep thinking it may be very useful for students who want to practice their written English skills! Meghan
At 11:04am on March 3, 2008, Deniz said…
It's just amazing to see how technology integrated into our daily lives in all fields. I can spend hours in front of my laptop to find out new sites, widgits and social networks, especially for educational purposes. Hope to find more time to dive deeper in this world of technology...I just mind that I don't drown!!! :) Sincerely...


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