Social Media: Which Tools?

Recently, in our morning #Edchat discussion, we discussed how to prevent social media burn-out. Those who participated in the discussion offered several tips on time management and skills to teach students involving social media. Click on the mindmapping link to view some of my favorite tweets from the discussion. You can make this mindmap smaller or larger and move it around.

Which Social Media Tools Should we Use?

During the discussion we also discussed which social media tools to use with students and to recommend to teachers for developing their Personal Learning Network (PLN). Click on the mindmapping link to add to your favorite tools to the list and include a helpful link that describes best practices with that social media tool.

Special thanks to the educators who participated in the discussion and were featured in this post! Add them to your PLN by using Russel Tarr‘s mass Twitter tool. Just copy and paste this list!

bonnycastle, pcaggia, esolcourses, tearoof, tipsbytony, digin4ed, eduinnovation, tipsbytony, distance_edu, jgvanides, birdfish, onteaching, nancydevine, tomwhitby, shellterrell

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).


Make additions to the Mindmap! You may need to send me your e-mail address.

Has a social media tool improved your students’ lives in some way? Please contact me to do a guest piece!

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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),, and on her blog,, 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


  1. Hi ya Shelly, great post!

    One of my students shared a link with me of different platforms – it’s a really great social media map and all the sites listed are also linked.

    Perhaps your readers/teacher trainers will also find it useful:

    Social Media Map

    Take care,

  2. Hi Shelly,

    Sorry to say, but these mindmaps are virtually impossible to read.

    May I ask you for a favor? Could you summarise the discussions for us, the readers of your post?

    I appreciate that you link me to the complete discussion, but it would also be great to get a brief and crisp summary of the main thoughts on what to do to avoid social media burn-out so that I, the reader can avoid the burn-out, re-reading all the discussions going on about it.

    Appreciating your high level of engagement with social media. 🙂

    Rgds Heike

    • Heike,

      Thank you so much for your honesty. I’m sure there are others who feel the same and I just noticed in my reader that the map doesn’t come out. I will definitely do this in the future when using the mindmap!

  3. Great post Shelly!

    This is the first time I’ve seen the mindmaps. They are definitely nifty. I’m having trouble trying to add to it though.

    I just like to add one site I find rather handy for aggregating all my social media outlets:

    This site pretty much lets you post to several places simultaneously. It definitely comes in handy if you want to post a broadcast message to all your outlets. Look forward to your #edchat comments tomorrow!


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