February in Review

February 2010!

February has been quite a journey as I have traveled and prepared for several upcoming presentations in March. This means you probably have been busy catching up as well and may have missed some of the tips, resources, and tools I have been sharing.

What you might have missed…

Your favorite posts this month based on comments and overall traffic:

  • 19 Word Cloud Resources, Tools, & Tips– Perhaps, this was the Wordle scare that drove the traffic to find various uses of word cloud resources in the classroom and Wordle alternatives. This post is part of the Cool Sites series which seems to be a constant favorite.
  • ESL/EFL/ELL Carnival– With over 35 entries, this carnival is full of great technology, pedagogy, and teaching advice! Easily subscribe to these posts in one click.
  • Reflections on the Alfie Kohn Live Chat– If you missed the Alfie Kohn free live chat, then you may want to check out the video and some of his most memorable quotes, including Alfie Kohn’s passionate speech to President Obama.
  • My Favorites
  • Favorite What Did They Tweet Series- In this post, our PLN shared with us the TED video- Play is More Than Fun, the high school student video- What Technology Means to me, Clay Burell’s Keynote speech, the 50 Best Blogs for Education Leaders, what happens when you do away with tests, and several contests to receive free technology in the classroom.
  • My Favorite Web 2.0 Tools This Month
  • Guest Posts/ Interviews
  • Where else you can find me:
    • Voki– Read my tips for using this free talking avatar service to help your students engage with your blogs and wikis. This was a guest piece I did on Richard M. Byrne’s Free Technology For Teachers blog.
    • I write the weekly summaries for Parentella’s #PTChat, the parent and educator discussion, which occurs every Wednesday at 9pm EST and 9pm PST.
    • Learn about Firefox add-ons and extensions by viewing the video of my free Edublogs webinar.
    • Visit my upcoming guest post, Children of Immigrants, on Ken Wilson’s blog.
  • Where I’ll be this month and next, let’s tweet-up!
    • TESOL Greece Conference– I will be visiting Athens, Greece from March 11th-15th. My presentation will be on PLNs.
    • ISTEK International ELT Conference in Turkey– I will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey from March 26th- April 2nd. If you are in Europe you can ask me how to get cheap flights. I’ll be presenting on PLNs, digital storytelling, and cultural communication.
    • IATEFL Harrogate– I will be visiting Harrogate, UK from April 4th -12th. I will be presenting with Ozge Karaoglu on using digital technologies with young learners.

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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), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, 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 https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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