Closing Keynote: League of Edu Heroes by Shelly Terrell & Sylia Guinan 

Sunday, August 17 2014 | 2:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)

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THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY EDU HEROES. Our world is full of hero potential waiting to be motivated, supported, and skilled. Teachers hold the key to unleashing that potential, yet many teachers are wounded heroes themselves. Join Shelly Sanchez Terrell and Sylvia Guinan in this Edu Inspiring session where we help you get back your passion so that you can better equip your learners.

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*Shelly & Sylvia's keynote will be followed by the #iTDiMOOC Closing Ceremony led by iTDi's Chuck Sandy and WizIQ's Jason R. Levine

PRE-SESSION DISCUSSION ESSAY QUESTIONS. For the closing keynote we've designed three essay questions for you. If you are working towards a Certificate and Professional Development Credit Hours from please do one of the following things: Choose one question and write a long essay or choose two questions and write two shorter essays. If you are not working towards a certificate, please participate in the discussion as you wish.

1) Think about your Edu Heroes and choose one who's helped you learn and grow as a teacher. Write a short essay about this person, what he or she means to you, what you've learned, and how you've put this learning into practice in your own life and teaching.

2) All of us can be edu-heroes for others. Write a short essay describing ways you have and can and will reach out to help other teachers. What skills and qualities and experience can you share? How will you share these things either in your local / national communities or online with a wider group of teachers?

3) In what ways is every teacher an Edu Hero? What are some of the heroic things that all good teachers for their students, their community, and for the world? Write a short essay about this.

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching andLearning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology). She supports and instructs thousands of teachers and students worldwide through the various online and face-to-face learning events she organizes and moderates. She has been recognized by various notable entities, such as the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, Microsoft’s Heroes for Education, the Bammy Awards, and the National Association of Professional Women as a leader, innovator, and visionary in the movement of teacher driven professional development and education technology. She is the co-founder of the award-winning #Edchat movement, #ELTChat, the Reform Symposium Global E-Conference, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, and the Crafting an E-Textbook Massive Open Online Course. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The Ministry of Education in Spain, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and the British Council in South East Asia. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars, a professor and instructional designer at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías Educativas y Formación del Profesorado and shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and 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. Her project, #Edchat, received a Bammy Award in 2013 and her charity, ETHOS, received the SAMMS Ministries 2001 Volunteer Group of the Year award for the creation of a spoken word and music program for homeless children.

Sylvia Guinan has a BA in English Literature and a Higher Diploma in Education. She is an online English language teacher, educational blogger, materials developer, ELT writer, and mother of four. She teaches freelance on the WizIQ platform and also through her personal website. She collaborates with other professionals online on various projects. In the past she ran public creativity experiments online with The Edupunk and she is a contributing facilitator and presenter for Jason R. Levine's ELT-T MOOC which has just been launched on WizIQ. She is also planning a new public experiment for the Autumn called ' Break- Out In Poetry'. She lives in Greece and has four bilingual children. Tuning into the creative minds of her kids helps to keep inspiration alive. Her Children are also self-publishing their own ebooks. They spend a lot of time writing stories and drawing, and they do their own illustrations. They call this work their 'business'.The passions which drive her work are Brain-Friendly teaching approaches and the psychology of learning.

Language of instruction: English

Keywords: teacher training, teacher, heroes


Rada Bjelic

To choose only one person who has influenced my professional life, would be really difficult. I think we, teachers, influence each other whenever we meet, talk, exchange our experience, ideas, tips, etc.
Sometimes they ‘’just’’ encourage us to continue what we are doing at the time, sometimes we learn new methods, approaches that can help us teach our sSee more

2033 days 18 hours 37 minutes ago

Charisse Gardner

1) Think about your Edu Heroes and choose one who's helped you learn and grow as a teacher. Write a short essay about this person, what he or she means to you, what you've learned, and how you've put this learning into practice in your own life and teaching.
All of the instructors were wonderful. I took notes, reviewed lessons, and made impSee more

2108 days 5 hours ago

Samir Saaad


So many people have an impact on our lives in one way or another. Trying to single out who has acted as my edu hero, I find myself thinking primarily about a list of teachers. Nevertheless, there is surely one person that I may consider my edu hero. That person is my high school English teacher, Mr Driba. I owe him too much!

Mr.See more

2109 days 11 hours 29 minutes ago

Katya Klimenkova

I'm so disappointed I missed the class.. But you all should know, guys, you are all my heros and role-models cuz when I was thinking about quitting the teaching career, you all appeared and inspired in me the feeling of being needed to someone! Thank you for who you are, what you do and will definitely do!

2109 days 13 hours 5 minutes ago

Seew Prakash

Think about your Edu Heroes and choose one who's helped you learn and grow as a teacher. Write a short essay about this person, what he or she means to you, what you've learned, and how you've put this learning into practice in your own life and teaching.

In all my teaching life there is one person that helped me a lot when I began my See more

2109 days 15 hours 51 minutes ago

Mamadou Dia Bodian

Thomas jefferson is my reference, as he put forward: Education is the best way for improving life conditions, assuring success of humans , and promoting developement.
A good teacher shoudl be a model, hard worker, flexible

2109 days 16 hours 12 minutes ago

Mariana Kolarska

1. My Edu Hero is Simon Sinek. I read a very interesting book Start With Why (2009) by Simon Sinek, best known for popularizing the concept of "the golden circle" by which he deciphers what makes the most inspiring people and organizations so successful and influential. Although the theory is directly applicable in business, I decided to use it See more

2109 days 16 hours 22 minutes ago

Anne Hendler

I tried to write essay 1. It turned out rather long and it feels really vulnerable to actually post something up about one of my edu heroes.

2109 days 16 hours 32 minutes ago

Laura Beth Hattersley

I am sorry I can't come to this class. I am too busy these days with taking care of my mom and working. Thank you, I hope to view the recording.

2109 days 17 hours 8 minutes ago

kamala venkataraman

In what ways is every teacher a Edu Hero....
When she is a Role Model. There is a lot to expect from the present day teacher. Muliple roles and multi-tasking is her domain.At home a parent, sometimes a single parent. In the family a sibbling,a mother,a father aunt or uncle In the community a neighbor,a friend,in an institution could be its head, facilSee more

2109 days 22 hours 59 minutes ago


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