What Did They Tweet? 8/23-8/31

Do you like the new look?

The What Did They Tweet? series has gotten a new look thanks to Mind42 a tweet by my very dear friend, Ozge! If this is your first visit, then I invite you to check out the rest of this weekly series, What Did They Tweet?, in which I post some of my favorite tweets, which either are thought-provoking or provide useful educational technology links. Click on the mindmapping link and add these individuals to your Personal Learning Network (PLN). On the mindmap, click on the earth icons to follow the links to their Twitter profiles, blogs or websites, and the useful links they provided! You can also make this mindmap smaller or larger and move it around. If you enjoy this series, you may want to subscribe to receive regular updates!

#Edchat Guest: Alfie Kohn

Perhaps, you were fortunate enough to be part of the momentous occasion when #edchat became the top 5 trending topic on Twitter. I call this momentous, because rarely does an educational related hashtag become a trending topic. This occasion would not be possible if Alfie Kohn had not been fantastic enough to agree to be our #edchat guest! These are a four of the thought-provoking tweets that I had to reflect upon later.

Click on the link to find out how you can be part of the #Edchat movement, a collaboration between Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and me (ShellTerrell).


Animoto, one of my favorite video making tools for students, just got better. As Steven Anderson points out you can now add video to Animoto. Moreover, Animoto is free for educators. Unfortunately, I already paid for the service before realizing this fact. Read Jerry Swiatek‘s blog post to see how he used Animoto with his students for them to introduce themselves.


Added to my list of thought-provoking tweets is the TakeApart website, provided by Tom Barrett. The website is a very useful tool for teaching socially and culturally responsive curriculum. Students need to be aware of the issues impacting the world. Too many times, students live in a microcosm. In order for students to begin to collaborate and problem solve global issues, we must make them aware. TakeApart offers multimedia, such as images and audio to move students emotionally.

Stephen Ransom points out his student’s observation about the teachers not knowing how to use Smartboards. Unfortunately, I have seen this topic too often in my Master’s discussion forums. Several school districts still fail to train teachers on how to integrate technology effectively into the curriculum.

I love the quote Teri Wilkins retweeted from one of my favorite bloggers, Webstudio 13. We should motivate our students daily. Motivation is what will ignite our students into action. Passionate teachers often breed passionate and active students. Part of being a passionate teacher is motivating your students to react to issues in the world, have incredible dreams, and to reach their goals.

Have you missed my previous favorite tweets of the week? Just click here for the posts!

If you enjoyed this post, you may also want to check out these posts with a more extensive list of favorite tweets:


Use Animoto or TakeApart to inspire your students.

Would you like to recommend a favorite tweet for next week? Please contact me to share your favorite Tweet! Please mark the tweet as a favorite so that I can find the tweet!

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 like the new look for this series. Adds even more of a “what I learned” feel to “what they said.”

    And I really love the Mind24 tool. I don’t know how Ozge does it, but she really does find the coolest toys online, doesn’t she?

    Keep up the great sharing. You are a 24 hour PLN all by yourself (you really don’t sleep much, do you?)!

  2. Wow – I love the toy… found myself scrolling back and forth and realized I was just playing – and then thought…whooooo, how do I get my students doing this?


    Congratulations on making edchat a trending topic – that’s really amazing!

    Thanks for organizing these tweets for us all,

    • Karenne,

      Thanks! This tool is really great for students and they can even collaborate on mindmaps together by using Google talk. Now, I will have to find a way to incorporate this tool in the upcoming year!

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