Teacher Fun & Creativity: Interview with @ESLBrain #30GoalsEDU

Interview 4 of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. Click the link to find out more about the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.

For 2013, we are Hanging Out with some of the past and current participants of the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators. Today, I had the pleasure of hanging with Sylvia Guinan, who is one of the newest participants of The 30 Goals. Sylvia is an online teacher from Greece who does very creative lessons in an online platform. Her blog has won awards for its vast ideas and is one of my favorite blogs. Watch the video interview and/or leave Sylvia a comment! You can also type in a question by visiting our 30 Goals Facebook group and adding your question there. The recorded video interviews are on this Youtube 30 Goals playlist.

A New Idea: Tagging Participants

Sylvia is the first one to take on a new idea we are doing for the 2013 30 Goals. We will be Hanging with current participants of the 30 Goals Challenge as well as past participants. I am letting you decide who I interview next by a tagging system. The way this will work is when I interview a current participant, that participant will have to name another current participant for me to interview next. Sylvia is the first one to tag someone and she tagged Fabiana Casella, a teacher from Argentina.

Interview 4: Sylvia Guinan

About Sylvia Guinan

Sylvia Guinan has a BA in English Literature and a Higher Diploma in Education. She is an online English language teacher, educational blogger, materials developer, ELT writer, and mother of four. She teaches on the WizIQ platform and also works freelance through her personal website. She collaborates with other professionals online on various projects. In the past she ran public creativity experiments online with The Edupunk, she is currently writing a collaborative book with Andre Klein and other professionals, and she is a contributing facilitator and presenter for Jason R. Levine’s ELT-T MOOC which has just been launched on WizIQ. She is also planning a new public experiment for the Autumn called ‘ Break- Out In Poetry’.

She lives in Greece and has four bilingual children. Tuning into the creative minds of her kids helps to keep inspiration alive. Her Children are also self-publishing their own ebooks. They spend a lot of time writing stories and drawing, and they do their own illustrations. They call this work their ‘business’. The passions which drive her work are Brain-Friendly teaching approaches and the psychology of learning. She blogs at Sylviasenglishonline.org and tweets at @ESLBrain

A Bit of HangOut Fun!

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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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