LOL! Laugh Out Loud Learning! 10+ Resources

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“The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.” – William Davis

Getting our students to laugh in our classes engages them. Humor is a powerful instructional tool that helps ease the classroom atmosphere and supports relationship building. Humor can help shy learners open up, provide a stress relief during critical times (exam time, back to school, etc.), and make difficult concepts more accessible to struggling learners. Humor also helps teachers grab students’ attention when delineating rules, explaining homework, etc. When we laugh our brains pay attention and we relax and open up. However, we need to be mindful how we integrate humor or we risk offending students or perceiving fun is our main concern. The following is an infographic with tips, resources, apps, and more to help you get your students laughing out loud (LOL!) for their learning. For the best outcomes, adapt the strategies to match your sense of humor, wit, and comfort level. 

Apps, Tools & Resources

Humor & Learning, by shellyterrell

Challenge: Try one of these ideas or resources to get your students laughing and learning!

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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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