Goal 1: Prepare for the Journey #30GoalsEdu

Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 5.33.01 PMGoal 1: Prepare for the Journey of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators

Crossposted from 30Goals.com

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” ~ Eugene F. Ware

Welcome! This year the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, Cycle 5: Make the Difference, is on a world tour and visiting participant blogs from all over the globe. They are acting as our Inspire Leaders and helping us become better educators by challenging us to accomplish short-term goals. Choose 1 to 30 of the goals to accomplish by December 31st, 2014. Read more about the world trip here. If you’d like to be one of our stops, please fill out this form.

Goal 1: Prepare for the Journey

The first goal is to Prepare for the Journey. To accomplish this goal-

  • reflect on your teaching in 2013 and share at least one accomplishment
  • introduce yourself to the 30 Goals community
  • make a connection with at least one person in the 30 Goals community

Some ideas on how to accomplish this goal:
Try doing a 321 introduction, in which you list:

  • 3 things we should know about you
  • 2 goals you’d like to accomplish this year
  • 1 achievement you are proud of from 2013

You can do this as a short video, poster, slideshow, comic, or podcast. You choose the tool. Here are 50 tools listed in a word cloud by Janet Bianchini. You can find many in my Symbaloo of digital storytelling tools. A few recommendations include Animoto, Smore, Buncee, Pic-Collage, MakeBeliefsComix, Tellagami, Fotobabble, and Powtoons. Here are many 321s from the participants of the Crafting Your Ebook EVO session. This activity is an idea I learned from Nicky Hockly.

Feel free to post your 321 in the 30 Goals community or on this map, 30goals.com/participantmap

Here’s my 321 for this goal:

My Reflection

The beginning of the year is when we are most motivated to accomplish goals. One way to keep ourselves motivated throughout the year is to join a supportive community of individuals aiming for the same goals. Together we can motivate and inspire each other. The 30 Goals community is full of inspiring teachers worldwide who provide examples of how to accomplish great things with students even if it is for only one class. We know teachers are busy, because we are teachers. However, we also know how tough it is to be a teacher. In order to stay motivated so that we “make a difference” each time we are with our students, we need support. We are getting to know each other at this stage so that we can build lasting relationships. Let us know about you on your blog or the 30 Goals Facebook community. We look forward to getting to know you!

Your Stop: San Antonio, TX

ISTE 2013 in SA- My folks, me, PLN & mariachis

We start our journey in my hometown. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the US and famous for its RiverWalk.

San Antonio is full of culture. I invite you to listen to Tejano, Mariachi, and Conjunto music which has Polish, German, Mexican, and American influences. We have many festivals which feature this type of music and we eat delicious foods, such as gorditas and fajitas.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit.

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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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