Every Student Deserves a Hero Moment

“I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble….” – May Parker, Spider-Man II

Every student should experience a hero moment when they are challenged to accomplish a grand feat to improve the lives of others. All students should be presented with missions that require them to be brave and step out of their comfort zones in order for them to build resilience. This is especially important for our learners growing up in a digital world where they are consistently pressured to make bad choices. Throughout their lives, our students will battle with balancing their time spent on social media, cyberbullying, spreading fake news, sharing personal information, and posting pictures of themselves they might not be comfortable with. Our students need to find the strength to act nobly and use technology to make a positive impact on the world.

In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, I introduce mission minded learning. Students are presented with a choice of digital missions with real world impact instead of typical homework or tasks. Check out the book and get your students started completing missions this year!

Get your copy of Hacking Digital Learning, The 30 Goals Challenge, or Learning to Go. Ask me about training your teachers, ShellyTerrell@gmail.com!

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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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