Developing Global Citizens Who Champion Change

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa

More than ever we need our learners to be global citizens who help make the world a better place. This is why one of the learning missions in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom is to get students to take part in an intercultural exchange. Global exchanges expose learners to different cultures, perspectives, and ways of life. These differences will challenge students’ ideals and beliefs and help them extend their learning beyond borders. As the communication and intercultural exchanges continue, students will find common interests, shared experiences, and core values to form bonds. Below, find a slide presentation and resources to connect with classes worldwide and begin your intercultural exchange.

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  • Teach global citizenship!
    • UNESCO has several resources for teachers.
    • The World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action.
  • Participate in intercultural exchanges and global projects. Find classes to connect with on Epals, Skolinks, PenPalSchools, and
  • Learn about global class projects and connect with teachers at the free online Global Education Conference.
  • Connect with teachers and discover more resources with these hashtags- #GlobalEd, #GlobalClassroom, #ELTChat, #Langchat, and #ISTEGlobalPLN.
  • Skype, Hangout, or use to video conference with classes worldwide!
  • Try Mystery Skypes or Mystery Hangouts. Find student jobs for these here.
  • Quadblogging is a way to blog with classes worldwide.
  • The Global Classroom Project has several resources and ideas for global projects.​
  • The following are free web tools to help you schedule your planning sessions and meetings:
    • Doodle (Web/iOS/Android)- Create polls with suggested meeting times and dates and invite participants to select their preferences. Participants don’t need the app or an account to select their preferences. Syncs with your calendar.
    • Time and Date (Web/iOS/Android)- Several tools to schedule meetings, such as a World Clock with the current time in each country, online calendars for countries worldwide, a meeting planner, a countdown clock, and more.
    • World Time Buddy (Web/iOS/Android)- Visual world clock, easy time zone converter and meeting scheduler.

Challenge: Get learners to participate in an intercultural exchange.

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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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