Teacher Reboot Camp

Digital Notetaking to Stimulate Their Minds

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 26, 2014, 8:45 pm
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I am not a teacher, but an awakener. – Robert Frost Many students take notes, because the teacher requires it, but many do not know how to take notes effectively. Students also don’t know how to preserve paper notes well. The ink gets smeared, […]

Use Humor to Inspire Learning

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 22, 2014, 6:36 pm
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. – Dr. Seuss Often, you will see me include pictures of my pug in my webinars, keynotes, or profile pictures. I had few people question if this is professional. […]

Teach Them Kindness

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 21, 2014, 8:34 pm
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. – Bob Kerrey Teaching citizenship isn’t an additional part of the curriculum. A good lesson plan or project will get students to learn how to be kind, generous, problem-solving, […]

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 16, 2014, 3:59 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. – Bajak, A. (2014) In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about how even the best lectures aren’t fair for the […]

Newsworthy! Learning as Reporters & Journalists

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 13, 2014, 6:14 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. – Joseph Pulitzer The best kind of learning motivates you […]

Digital Ways to Celebrate December Holidays

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 10, 2014, 8:35 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. – Hamilton Wright Mabie Students are excited about the holidays and celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or their school break. Get them learning and celebrating with digital devices, web tools and […]

Student Reflection with Digital Portfolios

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 10, 2014, 6:53 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. – Peter Drucker A year ago, I created a technology course on Moodle for Spanish teachers as part of the Ministry of Education of Spain. The teachers are very […]

Making an Impact with Problem / Project Based Learning

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 8, 2014, 5:54 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Einstein Our learners are creating, inventing, and problem-solving with digital devices in order to change the world. Unfortunately, too many students who transform the world often […]

Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 5, 2014, 5:59 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. You can watch a video of me helping students in Ogulin, Croatia to get an idea of what this looks like in […]

Creating Digital Books to Help Others: 20+ Apps, Tools & Ideas

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 3, 2014, 4:57 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! During one of my teaching internships, my mentor had us create books we read to children from the Boys and Girls Club. I still have my construction paper book with my poor drawings. My artistic abilities didn’t matter to the kids who were just […]

31 Days of Digital Goodies

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: December 2, 2014, 2:57 am
Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar One way to engage students is to create interactive digital calendars. December is the month for advent calendars, so I’ve created the Digital Ideas 2014 Advent Calendar to give you a hands-on example of how this works. Throughout December, you will discover free web tools, apps, and resources by […]

This Year be an EduHero!

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: August 19, 2014, 3:59 pm
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces Our world is full of hero potential waiting to be motivated, supported, and skilled. Teachers hold the key to unleashing that potential, yet many are wounded heroes themselves. According to […]

The Conversation We Need To Have With Leadership

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: August 16, 2014, 4:56 am
This post is part of Scott McLeod’s Leadership Day 2014 PD should give your Ts a GEM: it should “Grow You”, “Engage You”, and “Mean something to you” — GNichols (@Think_teach) August 6, 2014 Mission: Value Your Time This year, many of us will spend hours in school meetings feeling demotivated, bored, unappreciated, and stressed. We […]

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: August 15, 2014, 2:21 pm
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially […]

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: May 14, 2014, 10:32 pm
Part of the Byte-sized Potential and Mobile Learning categories The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. – Yousuf Karsh Most of our students love learning and creating even if they do not express this in our classes. Millions around the world read, create, produce, direct, summarize, translate, edit, and share outside of learning institutions […]

Byte-sized Potential: Can Compassion & Citizenship Go Viral?

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: May 7, 2014, 6:12 am
Part of the category, Byte-sized Potential The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all […]

Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: April 19, 2014, 1:45 am
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” by Robert Frost April is National Poetry month. I invite you to consider the possibilities of teaching with poetry. Poetry makes content come alive, because the poet has a deep connection with the subject matter. Poems can help students see […]

Gamify Learning: 20+ Resources

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: April 15, 2014, 5:18 am
“Games are an extraordinary way to tap into your most heroic qualities.” - Jane McGonigal, Author of Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World People enjoy playing video games. People worldwide spend about 3 billion hours a week playing them (McGonigal, 2011). When we play video games we […]

Be Inspired! Free! Online! #RSCON5, Sun. Apr. 6

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: April 4, 2014, 11:52 pm
Join us this Sunday, April 6th! Professional Development in your PJs. Only 4 hours. You can even join our Technology Smackdown and present your favorite web tools or apps. Find all the web room links here. Just click on the green links on this page and a Blackboard Collaborate room will popup. Check your time […]

Passion, Potential, & Heroes That Fail Us

Author: Shelly Terrell
Posted: March 31, 2014, 9:03 am
“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer Passion […]

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