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 is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


  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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