How Do Teachers and Schools Develop Young Innovators?

“I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.” –

Tupac Shakur

On Tuesday I was honored to deliver the afternoon keynote for the #KYGoDigital Summer Tour Conference, The Keys to Fostering a Culture of Innovation! Students Who S.A.I.L. Thomas Edison designed the lightbulb 10,000 times, which meant he had this incredible drive to keep trying over 9,000 times after not getting it quite right. Innovation is a long, difficult journey with several failures before the right solution is designed. Some of our students shut down after failing once. Our hardest job is to help students believe in themselves time and time again so they outlast the journey and come up with the solutions to transform their communities and change the world! My keynote focused on the importance of teachers and schools offering curricula that motivates students to design, build, and create solutions to problems that impact them. Below find the recording to my keynote along with key tweets highlighting some of the important parts. Find the slides and resources here. Find the recordings to other incredible #KYGoDigital presentations here. 

My Keynote

Curated Slides and Quotes

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Shelly Terrell is a Technology and Computer teacher, education consultant, and author of books including Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom. Read more at

Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at