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.  If you like these ideas then be sure to check out my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom.

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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 (@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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