The Global Problem Solvers Series Challenges Students to Tackle World Issues

At the ISTE conference there was a launch for the new Global Problem Solvers: The Series (GPS: The Series), a free educational initiative that introduces adolescents and preteens to real world problem solving through critical thinking, social entrepreneurship, collaboration, and the use of technology. Learners watch a series of cool videos starring a team of teen superheroes who inspire them to solve real world issues like lack of water and education. Each episode is accompanied by a teacher’s guide, storyboards, and scripts. To make sure the series reaches adolescents and teens worldwide, Cisco has made GPS: The Series available in English, Spanish, French and Hindi. Below is just one of the incredible resources, the Anatomy of a Global Problem Solver infographic, which could be used to spark a discussion with students about what it takes to tackle world issues.

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@Shellterrell, @iamvlewis, @mbfxc, and @fmargret at ISTE hanging with Huti the Owl at the GPS: The Series booth
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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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