Fostering Respectful Debate in the Digital Age! #EdtechMissions

Many people don’t know how to argue respectfully or intellectually online. Differences of opinion often lead to personal attacks, cyberbullying and trolling. Even world leaders lack professionalism and tact when they share their disagreements and opinions on social media. Their posts and tweets incite conflicts with other countries and instigate mass protests. We need our learners to be better leaders who use social media and technology to strive for peaceful resolutions. This is why in Chapter 5 of my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, students are sent on the mission to engage in a thought-provoking online debate with their peers. The teacher acts as a guide who helps them reflect on the way they craft their arguments and counterarguments.

In today’s #EdtechMissions chat we exchanged ideas on how to foster respectful and intellectual online debate. Find the archive of the chat below with various tips and insights. I invite you to join us for next Sunday’s #EdtechMissions chat (Topic: Digital Identity and Footprints). We meet from 10amET to 10:30amET (click for more time zones). If you are new to Twitter chats then check out, A Quick Start Guide to Participating in a Twitter Chat.

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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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