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This Year be an EduHero!

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 Teachers Count, the average teacher impacts 3000 students within a lifetime. How many students have you already impacted? How many will you impact this year? What kind of impact will your students have on others and the world? We need you inspired, strong, and mission minded so that you inspire your learners to lead heroic lives. Teachers are everyday heroes going through a journey. In order to become an EduHero you have to continue this journey. This year, I'm presenting keynotes on The EduHero Journey, which is my adaption of Campbell's monomyth. I've been researching Campbell's hero journey since 1997. According to Joseph Campbell, every hero (Jesus, Buddha, Superheroes, etc.) goes through a similar hero journey. I have outlined the stages below and included a slideshare of my recent closing keynote for the ITDIMOOC. For this initial presentation, I asked Sylvia Guinan, a teacher I consider an Read full article »

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The Conversation We Need To Have With Leadership

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 will spend a lot of time resenting our colleagues Read full article »

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” by Plato 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 if they do not know them well. Icebreakers can help alleviate our learners’ hesitation, because they relax Read full article »

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

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 everyday on their mobile devices or through Read full article »

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

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 about potential. - Steve Ballmer A thousand Read full article »

Digital Poets! Web Tools, Apps, & Lesson Ideas

“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 what they consider a boring or Read full article »

Gamify Learning: 20+ Resources

“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 learn, build, collaborate, problem-solve, explore, discover, Read full article »

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

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 zone here, Bit.ly/rscontz46. If you enjoyed Read full article »

Passion, Potential, & Heroes That Fail Us

“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 Some of you have heard my story. Read full article »

Cultural and Language Struggles: Interview with a Teacher in Honduras

Natelee with a student This is part of the World Education Blog's #TeacherTuesday project in which they share interviews with  teachers from around the world. Stay tuned for the next interview which features a teacher who ran secret schools during the Taliban's era in order to make sure girls could continue their education. You will find these interviews posted under the Read full article »

This Week’s Reboot (3rd Edition of the TRC Newsletter)

This is the 3rd issue of the new Teacher Reboot Camp eNewsletter. In this issue find free apps, web tools, resources, lesson ideas, professional development opportunities, and more.  Be inspired by the latest Edugems, discover a few of the top posts at Teacher Reboot Camp, and keep posted about The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators and the Reform Symposium Free E-Conference. You can subscribe for free at https://tinyletter.com/shellyterrell. Read full article »

Reblog? Vine? Memes? Sharing Bite-sized Narratives

"The most important thing any teacher has to learn can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners." - John Holt Sharing the Narratives of Our Lives: Meaningful Learning with Mobile Devices from Shelly Terrell The way we learn, share, and communicate has been impacted by mobile Read full article »

New Ways We Share the Narratives of Our Lives

"The most important thing any teacher has to learn can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners." - John Holt All around the world, millions share the narratives of their lives through text, status updates on Facebook, tweets, images, and short videos. We share bite-sized chunks of Read full article »

The 2nd Issue of the Teacher Reboot Camp eNewsletter

Here is the 2nd issue of the new Teacher Reboot Camp eNewsletter. In this issue find free apps, web tools, resources, lesson ideas, professional development opportunities, and more.  Be inspired by the latest Edugems, discover a few of the top posts at Teacher Reboot Camp, and keep posted about The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators and the Reform Symposium Free E-Conference. You can subscribe for free at https://tinyletter.com/shellyterrell. Read full article »

Teaching with Instagram: 20+ Ideas & Resources

In the Mobile Learning category The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. - Yousuf Karsh Every day people share the stories of their lives through images and short video clips on Instagram. We heart them and comment on them. Instagram is the social network for us to visually share what is important to us and many of our students Read full article »

Inspire Learners to be Kind: 50+ Resources

Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change. - Bob Kerrey This week is Kindness Week. People worldwide are spreading kindness through random acts of kindness. Valentine's Day is also this week. These events make it an ideal time to inspire our learners to show kindness, compassion, care, love, and gratitude. These skills are Read full article »

Introducing the Teacher Reboot Camp eNewsletter

Thank you so much for reading Teacher Reboot Camp. In addition to writing this blog, I also write for other blogs, provide free webinars, share free resources, and co-organize many different professional development projects and events. Most are free. To keep you current with these projects that range from virtual conferences to open online courses, I decided to create the free Read full article »

Colorful Learning with 20+ Web Tools & Apps

Included in the Effective Technology Integration category Drawing and coloring are great ways to get students to brainstorm about a topic, organize a group project, or contribute scenes to a digital story. For young learners, drawing and coloring offers them a way to learn patterns, symmetry, and develop motor skills. Below is my recent slide presentation with lesson ideas, free web tools and Read full article »

Getting Schooled

Today, I'm taking part in  a discussion hosted by America Tonight, which has launched a special series, “Getting Schooled,” about the challenges in our education system, and what it would take to improve it. Every night, Monday to Friday, they share a new report looking at everything from the parents who risk jail time to send their children to better schools in Read full article »

Goal 1: Prepare for the Journey #30GoalsEdu

Goal 1: Prepare for the Journey of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators Crossposted from 30Goals.com “All glory comes from daring to begin.” ~ Eugene F. Ware Welcome! This year the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, Cycle 5: Make the Difference, is on a world tour and visiting participant blogs from all over the globe. They are acting as our Inspire Leaders and helping Read full article »

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