January in Review

January 2010!

I started 2010 on quite an ambitious note with the 30 Goals Challenge series. I feel I grew so much as a blogger with your support in completing these challenges. You are welcome to download the free e-book of the challenges if you would still like to complete them. We have many new educators who have already started the challenges in February and blogging about it. Additionally, I am looking forward to your contribution to the upcoming 30 Goals collaborative e-book which will be much better than the one I have posted.

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What you might have missed…

Your favorite posts this month based on comments and overall traffic:

  • Goal: Support a New Blogger– In this goal, I challenged you to visit and support new educational bloggers by commenting on their posts or retweeting them. You can easily discover new blogs or share them with others by using the hashtag, #newedblog.
  • Goal: Create (40 Writing, Music, & Art Resources)– In this goal, I challenged you to inspire yourself and your students by nourishing your creativity. Sometimes, we leave behind our creative hobbies, but these hobbies help inspire us and relieve ourselves of stress.
  • Goal: Conquer a Fear– In this goal, I challenged you to not let a fear prevent you from opportunities.
  • Goal: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone– In this post, I offered you ideas on how to step out of your comfort zone while teaching. These included giving your students reign, teaching without the textbook for a day, and teach paperless once a week.
  • My Favorite Goals
    • Goal: Give Your Students Reign– In this goal, I encouraged you to allow your students to have complete control over one class period. Have them choose the material and the way they want to present the material. Just trust them and see what they create.
    • Goal: Cause A Ripple– I shared with you the ripple effect theory and how our actions cause ripples of positive or negative consequences. I encouraged you to cause positive ripples and prevent negative ripples. Everyday is an opportunity to stir the water, but are we actually making conscious efforts to do this?
  • Favorite What Did They Tweet Series- In this post, our PLN shared with us the TED video- When Kids Believe They Can, the Slideshare- 7 Tips to Getting Strangers to Connect to You, the ESL e-book- Fiction in Action: Whodunnit, the video- Power of Creativity, and several contests to receive free technology in the classroom.
  • Favorite Cool Sites Series- The goal was to give constructive feedback to students in innovative ways. In the post, 12 Resources for Giving Constructive Feedback, I shared audio tools for audio feedback, video tools for video feedback, and several rubric sites.
  • My Favorite Web 2.0 Tools This Month
    • Empressr-Upload video, images and audio to create cool slideshows with impressive effects. Use the charting and table tools, import images from Flickr, embed your presentation on your blog, and create a backchannel with Twitter during your presentation.
    • SlideRocket– Store your slide presentations online and integrate audio, images, and video. You can also collaborate with peers on presentations and create presentations online. Embed this on your blog, publish to a url, or conduct a webinar. A content library is available. For more presentation tools, check out this post.
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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


  1. I just want to say that you have definitely supported a new blogger. You give them your hope and wonderful words that encourage them to kepp going. Thanks Shelly 🙂

    • 2sparkley,

      You are such a force in providing great in depth reviews of educational technologies. I can tell you put a lot of work in your posts and am happy to share them with educators! They are great references.

  2. We’re all looking forward to your next #30 goals book and I’m sure publishers will find you very soon!!
    and I’m in love with your “What Did They Tweet” series =)

  3. I am inspired and continuously challenged to grow as I reflect each time I read your posts. Thank you for your endless resource sharing, candid reflections, and belief that we can all grow and thrive when we share our experiences. Thank you!

    • Joan,

      I’d like to frame this comment! Thank you for the great words and I definitely believe through sharing our experiences we do grow and thrive because we learn from each other. I love learning from you and others.

  4. What I think, Shellterrel(!) is that this year – and quite a lot of the future- looks invigorating and encouraging with you charging around in it! Don’t stop (even when/if some if us can’t keep up!)

    • Jeremy,

      You type quite well on a smart phone 😉 Thank you for your support and encouragement. I think it’s not a question about keeping up but contributing what we can when we can. I don’t want people to feel they ever have to keep up with me. I do this out of passion and excitement but others do what they do to the extreme out of passion and excitement. It’s like your music and writing, which I have been enjoying quite a bit. You do so much in that arena I’d never be able to catch up 😉

  5. By far my favourite challenge is goal #13 (to hand over the reigns.) I’m really looking forward to getting back to work and having a bash at this. Thanks for all your inspiration and hard, hard work. It is incredibly appreciated by loads of us mere mortals!!

    • Laura,

      Thank you for being my one blip in Vietnam. Not so lonely anymore I hope 😉 I certainly don’t want to be put up on any pedestal I think the fall is too great and definitely human as you will find out as our friendship grows.

  6. Dear Shelly,
    I know you very little,just from PLN ,but I would like to tell you that it’s a great opportunity to meet such self-motivated and professional people like you!You know how to inspire, I’m really inspired by your posts and your diligence! You are doing an amazing job!Good luck to you with that!
    Best wishes,

  7. Shelly,
    Thank you again for the 30 day challenge. You aren’t the only one who grew as a result of the challenge! The e-book is fantastic, so easy to share the challenge with others. I am sending a link to my staff, I hope that some will take us up on the challenge. Thank you for all you do!

  8. I feel everybody said what I wanted to say, but one more compliment will not hurt. 🙂

    Thanks for all of the work you do. I know I’ve become a better teacher because of it. The stuff I have taken from you has helped me help other teachers. The helping continues from there. keep up the great work. 🙂


  9. You are truly amazing and I appreciate your hard work. It has inspired me to blog a bit more. I do have a sort of nuts and bolts question though – how long did it take you to prepare your January blogs? Did you plan what you were going to do several months/weeks/days in advance?
    Again, thanks for the many directions you looked during January

    • Heather,

      Thank you for your kind words. I wrote these daily and didn’t prepare them beforehand. It was tough but it helped me reflect after each day trying the goal so it made it a better post in my opinion. In December, I was out of the country so I didn’t get much writing accomplished and felt down about this. I think this was one of the factors nudging me to accomplish a lot in 2010.

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