Motivated to Write: 30+ Resources

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“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” ~ Vladimir Nabakov

This week I am in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, presenting at the GAETC conference. It is one of the most organized and interesting conferences I’ve been to and they’ve had some incredible presenters/keynotes, such as Chris Lehmann, Tony Vincent, Jerry Blumengarten, Nikki Roberts, Jamie Vanderbilt, Amanda Dykes, Kristy Vincent, etc. I’ve seen sessions from flipping the classroom to mobile learning to media literacy. Not to mention the teachers and people I’ve met in Georgia have been super nice. Each day, I am greeted 100 times by the people here. This has happened since I walked off the plane.

I had six sessions which you can read about here,  Here are the resources for the Motivated to Write session in case you missed it or in case you are just interested. At GAETC, I tried collaborative note-taking with the 400 audience. We all took notes on 1 Google Doc. Scary, I know! However, it ended up being a great experience and many helped create notes and stories. Check out the document here, Thank you to @MeetMrsHussain, Beth Jackson, Judy Bausch, Katika,Tonisha, Edroce,  Ty, Amber, Greg Clark, Robin (@rdaugherty73), Amanda Coody, Gwen Thibadeau (@gwen.thibadeau), River Eves (@rwhite3787), Ann Alvarez (@alvie2304), Cody, Heidi Holcomb (@hjholc), and others who helped with the collaborative note-taking experience.


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My Favorite Resources

  • Make Beliefs Comix– Two, three and four panel comics that you can create in multiple languages. 350+ free printables for teachers
  •– 100+ free interactives and quality lesson plans integrating technology and literacy.
  • Kerpoof– create videos, comics, and more with this free tool
  • Buncee– free iPod/iPad app that creates interactive posters and comics with a library of stickers, backgrounds, audio, images, and video. Super easy to use and embeds.
  • Favorite writing prompt sites aligned with the common core are John Spencer’s Photoprompts and Luke Neff’s Image Writing Prompts.
  • Comics Head– IOS and Android app to make comics. Best one in my opinion that allows adding your own images along with their library of characters, backdrops, and more.
  • The Digital Storytelling Course Wiki – I helped organize and run this open online 5 week session for the last 2 years. You can check out the resources curated by over 500 teachers worldwide. We cover creative common music and images, comics, video, storybooks, and more!
  • Kathy Schrock’s Rubrics
  • My Digital Storytelling Symbaloos– Find a free tool or app for any digital storytelling project.
  • All the storyboarding worksheets can be found here,

More Fantastic Resources

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Use one of these resources or ideas and share with me how the experience went with your learners.

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Inspiring Writing in English Language Teaching / Shelly Sanchez Terrell (shellyterrell)

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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

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