Virtual Makeover: 15+ Ideas to Get Students Actively Learning Online 

Sunday, June 15 2014 | 3:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)

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Turn your virtual learning spaces into active student communities. Join Shelly Terrell as she shares 15+ ideas to get your students actively learning, creating, publishing, reflecting, writing, reading, curating, and researching with blogs, Edmodo, Facebook groups, Moodle, Google Communities, and other virtual learning environments (VLEs). These activities are based on sound pedagogy and promote digital literacy and citizenship.

DISCUSSION QUESTION: Explore one of the Shelly's 15+ ideas by going to one of the sites and trying it out. Did you like it? Would you use it with your students? Why or why not?

(NOTE: For this class to count towards earning a course certificate, please answer the discussion question in the comments below and engage in dialog with your colleagues.)

Language of instruction: English


Ezzat Sabry Salah Mohammed

Wonderful ideas Worth of trying.

8 days 3 hours 59 minutes ago

J Leila Wright

I like using some of these ideas and tech tools with my own children. They are great for when they are bored. Both of my children LOVE creating digital content and it doesn't necessarily feel like "learning" to them. I really love encouraging my 14 year old and 10 year old to use many of these same tools (14 yr. old loves the comics).
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9 days 6 hours 41 minutes ago

Adejare Amoo

DISCUSSION QUESTION: Explore one of the Shelly's 15+ ideas by going to one of the sites and trying it out. Did you like it? Would you use it with your students? Why or why not?

I tried which I admire much. Definitely, it will be part of the learning tools I will use WITH my students. I have used it to learn French in 1974 toSee more

10 days 15 hours 1 minutes ago

Rufo Jr Nale Dublin

I'd love that 3,2,1 Introduction. This is a new way for me to start with my online classes in the future. I am already using Pearltress features for my materials and will certainly use this for my students.

12 days 1 minutes ago

Leticia Car

You're right, Manar. Creativity and flexibility.

15 days 12 hours 40 minutes ago


Thank you so much Shelley for the so many ideas and suggested apps. I tried out comic life with my full time students and found it so easy to use and create and it can be used in so many ways in teaching. As a teacher educator I found it a really wonderful resource. I am also going to try out glogster in my next class.

15 days 14 hours 9 minutes ago

Manar Dahbi

I agree with you Leticia Car. Since our ultimate aim as teachers is to engage our students, we need to adapt our teaching techniques not just to their needs but also to their interests.

17 days 18 hours 17 minutes ago


Amazing! So many cool resourses and ideas!

18 days 6 hours 29 minutes ago

Maggie S

With all of the advances in technology we often forget how many options we have available to us. Great job, Shelly, for reminding us of some of them :)

19 days 53 minutes ago

Emma Segev

Thank you for the class Shelly, your enthusiasm is contagious!! I liked your idea of the 3,2,1 introduction and although I have heard about the 'Voicethread' app, I've never used it. I'm definitely going to try it out in order to encourage my students to do speaking tasks for self study. Thanks again :-)

19 days 8 hours 17 minutes ago

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I've been teaching, training, and creating content in English language teaching for the past fifteen years. In WizIQ, I design and run free and open courses for teachers and students around the world. Check out the songs and videos I make as Fluency MC and follow and connect with me here in WizIQ. It's all about how far we REACH when we TEACH!

In my experience, the best way to build a base of knowledge in a foreign language is to follow the 3Rs: Relax, Repeat, Remember. When activities are engaging and provide multiple exposures to target language, we're more likely to remember language with accuracy and use it with fluency. We can then build upon this base to achieve our communicative goals.

I've spent the past several years networking and collaborating with amazing online teachers around the globe. I'm excited to showcase their talents in the virtual classrooms of WizIQ. I hope you'll join us!