New Series: Investigating Global Issues in Schools

Dear Reader,

I am excited to present to you an additional series entitled, “Investigating Global Issues in Schools.” In this series, I have invited educators from across the globe to describe for us the educational systems in their countries and delineate the various challenges they face. Additionally, these educators will let you know how they currently use technology in the classroom and overcome these hurdles. This series will give you a rare chance to step into another educator’s shoes in another country. You will be able to explore what unique problems these educators try to overcome daily. You may also find they face the same challenges you do! Either way we will journey together to classrooms we will never step a foot into in our lifetimes. The experience will be very rewarding. The first journey will take us to my current residence in Germany. Andreas Kalt, a teacher who works in the German school system, will enlighten us on the way the educational system is organized. Moreover, he will provide us with a glimpse of what it is like to teach in a German school. Is the German educational system really different from your country’s system? Stay tuned and find out!

Upcoming Posts in This Series

Currently, I have invited educators from these countries to participate in this series:

  • Australia
  • Turkey
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • United States

If you are an educator from a country that is not represented here, then consider joining the series!

Did you know?

You  can engage in thought-provoking discussions with Andreas (@retemirabile) by following him on Twitter. Just click here to visit his Twitter profile!

Do you want to share your edtech issues? Please contact me to contribute to this series!

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


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