How to Create a Click and Learn Digital Calendar

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

The holidays are here! You might be familiar with advent calendars, which have treats or gifts to count down the days to Christmas. Well you can take the same concept and create your own digital version of an advent calendar. Tis the season to inspire active learning with a click and learn digital countdown calendar! Students can count the days till the break or count the days towards class starting again in 2018. In your digital calendar, you will present a nugget of learning, each day as a gift! This could be a fun learning game, trivia, writing prompt, joke, inspiring quote, fun app to try, a hyperdoc, or small task. Award a digital badge for each task as an added bonus! You can also create a digital click and launch calendar to launch an edtech mission like the ones in my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions. Simply attached the mission card and badges from the book to each day. Check out my example digital calendar and the instructions that follow.

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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.
  3. Upload this image to ThingLink.
  4. Add links, prompts, challenges, missions, or apps to explore. Feel free to add a digital badge to inspire more completion of tasks.

Challenge: Inspire learning during the holidays with a click and learn digital calendar.

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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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  1. Great idea! Can use when we have some extra time between concerts, holiday activities, etc. in the busy month of December. Thinking of using the same idea to create a paperless reading calendar to share with parents. Thanks.

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