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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, and achieve goals. We also are deemed heroes or champions for investing so much time playing. What if learning were more like playing a video game? Paul Maglione, in his presentation, Unlocking Learner Motivation in the Age of the Digital Native, highlights ways games motivate and engage students: Social- Now video games tend to have social forums or virtual worlds where players interact, allow collaborative playing, and allow players to talk to each other with headsets. Engaging worlds- It's a representation of the world individuals want to be immersed in with visuals, multimedia, popular music, graphics and more Goal-oriented- Aim to reach the next level; each level is more challenging, but achievable. Learning surrounds us- characters must collect items that help with the journey and must search for these all around them Positive stress- learning is difficult but most learners are willing to invest several hours to complete tasks Read full article »

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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 »

Fostering Meaningful Peer Collaboration with Digital Tools

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. —Napoleon Hill We believe in students learning from and with each other, but effective collaboration rarely takes place in most schools. Students rarely want to share their work and have peers critique it. They don't tend to get excited about peer editing or group work. Outside Read full article »

Moments That Take Our Breath Away

“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Hilary Cooper Thank you for another year of inspiration. Your support, participation, collaboration and sharing made 2013 momentous. I am a goal-oriented person. Each year, I adopt a theme/vision and set goals, action plans, and keynotes that support this theme. In 2013, Read full article »

The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators: Make the Difference

Find this post at our new home, 30Goals.com Cycle 5 of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators begins with a new theme and a new format. We will still aim to achieve 1 to 30 goals of our choice by December 31st, 2014. These are small goals that are achievable in 1 day and lead to creating long-term rituals such as Read full article »

Are Your Students Digitally Safe? 15+ Resources

Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category "We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how." ~ Anonymous Technology has changed the way we interact with the world and each other. Our students are participating in rituals that are vastly different than our experiences. Being connected and sharing information Read full article »

20+ Tips and Resources to Engage Learners with Comics

Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read. ~ Nicholas Cage Comics can be powerful learning tools. The mix of art, dialogue, character expressions, and frames engages learners and is brain-friendly. Moreover, comics break down a story’s Read full article »

Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources

Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. ~ Robert S McNamara Our learners live in a connected world where technology impacts their lives daily. Our students often dedicate many hours to communicating, sharing, and learning online. It's the main Read full article »

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