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ESOL Youth Leadership Conference – Escambia County

April 20th, 2017

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Today I got the opportunity to make some new friends in Escambia County. I had a great time at the ESOL Youth Leadership Conference and learned quite a bit from the experience. Thanks again for allowing me to come in and share some ideas on leadership, technology, and service learning. As promised, here is the outsourced memory of our sessions today.

Learning in a BG World

Learning in the 21st Century

Why the Barge? Why not just land on land?

The Google Effect and Learning in a GIFfy

Do You Know Me?

Blabberizer & FaceSwap

Have you met Tega?

21st Century Thinking

From the Three R’s to the Four C’s

  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking


If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away – Linus Pauling.

Let’s try a creativity game!

Thinking outside the box – Creativity in the 21st Century

Wordhippo  – What’s another word for?



What is Service Learning?  It is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.

Picking up trash and plastic bottles on the side of a road or a river bank is service.

Using the plastic bottles to engineer solar stills while studying water conservation is learning

When students and teachers combine a local environmental clean up with a classroom build, documented results, and an awareness campaign, that is Service Learning.

Not sure where to get ideas for class builds and Service Learning Project Ideas?

Try Instructables

Or check out these 55 Environmental Service Learning Ideas

National Youth Leadership Council –  Service Learning



Want to type faster? Try Ztype

Want to improve your reading? Have you hear of

Have you considered using text-to-speech? Here is how to do it on a Mac, and here is the same solution for a PC.

Looking for a tool to increase your Vocabulary? Try Lingro or perhaps create a Free Rice team

Don’t just say it show it. The Power of Infographics

Make your own infographics and visuals. A little touch up? Free Fun with Pixlr 

Really want to get your message across? Don’t write it, Screencast it. 


Critical thinking

Fact or Fiction – Twin Jims, Toy, Linda, Betty, James Allen

Different faces of Google – News.Google, Images.Google, Scholar.Google

Google Easter Eggs

 PowerSearching with Google

Developing Creative Confidence

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. – Misattributed Mark Twain

The power of the word YET

Circles Challenge

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Graham Shaw’s Why People Believe The Can’t Draw


The Google Effect








Service Learning



Text to Speech


Free Rice





Different faces of Google

Easter Eggs


Reverse Image Searching







SSTESOL 2017 – Game On!

April 18th, 2017

This page is a temporary place holder/preview of some of the Gamification events for the upcoming SSTESOL Conference. Click here to learn more about the conference.  This page will go live prior to the conference in May 2017. Hope to see you there. 

Try something new, earn some experience points Experience Points (XP), and possibly even win some prizes. This year as you tackle challenges and share what you are learning at the conference, we will be keeping track of your XP, posting the best gamers to the leaders’ board and awarding prizes throughout the conference.

This year’s games and challenges include:

Sunshine Selfies*

Greater Groupies*

Meme Maker Madness*

Battle of the Bitmojis 

Hashtag Challenge

Oyster Bed Challenge

Where in the World?

Minute Mentor

Bricks & Clicks Challenge

Reach Out and Teach Someone


* Additional XP for featured photos, pictures with publishers, selfies with board members and grammar fail memes.