Back to School Selfie Adventure for Your Students!

Part of the Effective Technology Integration tips category!

In a few weeks, school starts again. This is the best time to begin connecting with students and getting them to connect with their peers. Try something new this year! Get students to talk about themselves by presenting selfies they have taken as part of a mission you have sent them on. First, get students to watch the video, Around the World in 360° Degrees, and reflect on it. Then show students the first slideshow below with selfie missions to get them meeting other students, exploring their surroundings, and reflecting on their learning goals. Feel free to use my missions or if you have time create your own presentation and introduce yourself to your students.

The second slideshow is an adaptable PowerPoint template that you may download and have your students use to upload their selfies. Another option is to upload this template to Google Slides. This template has preset slide timings of 20 seconds. The idea is to get students to share their completed selfie missions as a Pecha Kucha (6 minute, 40 second presentation) or Ignite presentation (5 minute presentation). You can have them present to the class or in small groups. I have listed the missions below, but feel free to give them any mission you want.

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Back to School Selfie Adventure Teacher Presentation 

Student template to download & edit with 20 second timings

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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. Love these ideas. I think I may play with it and have my students take selfies which fpdifferent concepts I teach in science. They would love it. I.e. A selfie with something that shows Newton’s Third Law, but also be able to explain it.

    • Hi Deb,

      I love this idea to incorporate science and I almost created a math and science version. Please feel free to share any links, pics, or posts with your Science Selfie Adventure! Would love to see it!

  2. Love this idea, I just incorporated it into my plans for this upcoming year! Thanks!! I also love Deb’s idea of having them do it with science concepts

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