Interview with André Spang, @Tastenspieler: Remix the Textbook!

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire. When I was writing the Mission: Remix Learning in a Digital Textbook, I immediately thought about my good friend from Germany, André Spang, @Tastenspieler. I met André several years ago on #Edchat. When I looked at his profile I was astounded to see the inspiring work he accomplished with his students. One of his projects was getting his students to create digital textbooks for the Religion classes. He worked with adolescents and teenagers. They used Wikibooks to plan, license, and create the digital textbooks before publishing them as iBooks. I caught up with André this week and asked him to share his insights about students creating digital textbooks.

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​André Spang is a Cologne based educator (” the iPad-teacher“), pianist and composer. André Spang studied classical and jazz piano at the Colleges of Saarbrücken and Cologne, Germany and film scoring and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. André taught at a public high school in Cologne and is a lecturer at the University of Cologne for Music and Digital Media. He was a former lecturer at IMB of the University of Augsburg and at the University of applied sciences, Cologne. At his school, André coordinated the iPad Project and many projects about 21st Century Literacy, eg. the KAS Junior Experts and the KAS Digital Experts. ​André is a #DigitalLeadLearner, using web media and iPads in the classroom, an OER maker and a founder of the German Twitter chat, #EDchatDE. André is an Apple Distinguished Educator and member of the Kompetenz Team Köln, NRW for Media consulting since 2015. André is also a national and international speaker who has conducted many workshops, talks and webinars.

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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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