Sharing Stories: Motivating Language Learners with Mobile Devices #TESOLFr

This past week, I had the incredible opportunity to spend my birthday in Paris with friends worldwide at the TESOL France conference. Thank you for spending one of the best birthdays of my life with me! In a later post, I will share more about my reflections of the sessions and events I attended. I would love to thank the incredible TESOL France team and the wonder woman, Bethany Cagnol, for their dedication and hard work in organizing this wonderful conference. Below are my session resources for those who were not able to attend or grab the names of all the apps. Included are the slides for you to download and my free ebook, Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips & Resources with helpful tips and several resources to help support educators on their journey using mobile devices for learning and teaching. Feel free to copy the e-bok, pass it around, use it with your staff, and send it to anyone. You can download the PDF by clicking on the download icon which is the 3rd icon at the bottom of the ebook. It is in HTML5 so you should also be able to access this on your mobile device.

Moreover, I’m including a link to the poem I read at the open mic, A Brown Cinderella, and a video of me reading the poem. Thanks to Deniz Atesok, @denizatesok, for posting all the videos of the open mic! You can watch all of them here and trust me the talent displayed will blow your mind! I am including the video of Matt Ledding’s incredible juggling act.

Important links:

Matt Leddings Juggling Act

Brown Cinderella Reading


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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),, 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


  1. Shelly, it was wonderful to be with you on your birthday. We are so lucky to have passionate teachers like yourself come to our conferences. The geographical distance between all of us may be wide, but we grew closer over the course of those three special days. On behalf of the TESOL France Team, we look forward to your feedback and we very much look forward to seeing you again soon.

    With great appreciation,

  2. Hi Shelly,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful ebook. All I can say is, WOW, what an amazing resource. And the fact that you are giving all this useful info away free is just awesome. I have just been reading it and it has given me loads of ideas to enrich the learning experience for students. Thank you so much.

    Kind regards,
    Jon Sumner

  3. Shelly, it was great to see you on your birthday and hear your poetry… it is amazing the amount of Talent in the ELT world. Really like the idea of integrating mobiles into learning centers. I remember in Grade 6 how much I learned through the learning centers we had, and how it was great to go at my own speed, and make choices.

    On to other stuff… any chance you are coming to TESOL Spain? We are moving soon, and might have a bit more space for visitors to Madrid as well if you fancy a visit, (and a newborn baby around!)

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