Motivate Learners This Holiday Season with a Digital Calendar

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

December is right around the corner and one way to celebrate the holidays with your students is by creating a digital calendar of activities. You can create an advent calendar full of cool web tool projects, a calendar of kind acts, a calendar to motivate students to keep learning during the break, a calendar introducing students to different traditions and cultures around the world, or a calendar of writing prompts. Below find a digital calendar with an example of the ideas above for each week and a template to create your own December Digital Calendar using Google Docs and Thinglink.

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Create a Digital Calendar

To create your own interactive digital calendar:

  1. Go to my Google Calendar Template and make a copy.  Add an image to the header. 
  2. Take a screenshot of the calendar so it is a jpg or png image.
  3. Upload this image to ThingLink.
  4. Add links, prompts, challenges, missions, or apps to explore.

Challenge: Create your own digital calendar to inspire students to explore your topic in meaningful ways.

If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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