Thank You PLN

My #TeacherTuesday and #FollowFriday Lists!

Twitter is one of my favorite social networks, because I have learned so much from the educators and people I meet. My Twitter Personal Learning Network (PLN) consists of very giving individuals who take time to interact and share with me daily. They give me support and their tweets really do turn an ugly day into a golden one! Earlier, I tweeted, “In 11 more hours I will wake up and have a Master’s degree! I think I will celebrate by sleeping more than 4hrs!” Below are some of the several tweets I received within a few hours congratulating me on my achievement. In addition, I received several direct messages (DMs) congratulating me. I am very touched by the gesture, but I should not be surprised because daily I receive kind tweets from my PLN.

How to Thank my PLN

I have read several posts on how people are cluttering up the Twitter stream on #TeacherTuesday and #FollowFriday with lists of names. I admit I list several people to follow! I take the time to list members of my PLN, because this is one of the few ways I know to thank them for these random acts of kindness. Additionally, I try to retweet fantastic links they provide, feed their posts through my Iphone, leave comments on their blogs, support their projects, interact with them, share their tweets, and recommend their posts with others in my Google reader.

Vicki Davis, the CoolCatTeacher, recently provided another way to thank my PLN through her post on getting beginner Twitterers started with a Professional Learning Network (PLN) of educators. In the post, she discusses TweepML, a tool which allows people to add up to 100 people for others to follow in one click. TweepML will show you their profile pictures and bios and allow you to choose which people you want to add to your list!

I have created three groups of followers for you to easily follow. In the first group, I have included 99 members of my PLN who are supportive, interact with others, and help others who have questions.  Just click the button below to look at the people’s names and add them.

In the second group, I have included 46 members of my PLN who provide incredible English language resources for ESL, EFL, ESOL or TEFL.

In the third group, I have included 26 members of my PLN who continuously provide links to educational technologies, web 2.0 sites, and social media tools.


Create your own Twitter groups and share these with others!

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 Shelly and thanks for sharing this great idea.

    I guess the power of this PLN is the sharing of all its resources, including the members of the PLN themselves!

    Thank you for including me in your listing – am pleased and proud to me a part of such a great panel of fellow-educators spanning the globe.

  2. Congrats Shelly!

    Sorry I missed the tweet about your Masters – have been working my b… off to finish book, so I turned off Twitter 😉 …will be back soon…Friday, I hope. ’til, then glass of Champagne raised in your honor!


  3. Hi Shelly,

    It’s an amazing tool for grouping the members of PLN. Thanks for including me in your list and for sharing your idea!

  4. Hi Shelly,

    I found out you created this list from @esolcourses and thought it was such a great idea I started one too. Thanks for sharing.

    There really are so many teachers in my stream that I like to watch it is almost impossible to #TT or #FF them all every week. This is perhaps a bit removed from the very personal comments some people make on #TT but I still like it.

    Until we tweet again,

    • Kenny,

      Thank you for sharing your great list as well! I was thinking about what you were saying about the personal touch. I think with these lists I can focus on personalizing more personal tweets and still not miss others. At least that is what I hope happens.

  5. Hey there Shelly,

    Congratulations on your achieving your MA, Shelly! 🙂 What an enormous achievement!!

    What I want to know is, if you managed all this marvellous work while you were studying, then what on earth are you going to come up with now you’ll have some time on your hands…..? (don’t sleep too much!! ) 😉
    And I mean that as a super-compliment: Whatever it is, I’m – and I’m sure everybody is – really looking forward to it!

    Oh, and a huge thanks for including me in your great PLN groups and opening them up to share with us all.

    Take care and ………. (raising glass to the ceiling)…… CHEERS!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!


    • Christina,

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. I’m hoping to actually get some “rest” accomplished! LOL! When doing my Master’s I was on the computer everyday so keeping up with social media was no problem. I may be doing more conferences this year, though, and meet some of my PLN in real life which is exciting! Perhaps, we can raise our glasses together for cheers!

  6. Shelly, thanks so much for including me on your list to follow, I have learned just as much from you. I’m still fairly new to Twitter and just finding my way along. I love how you created that check list, a very cool thing!!

    BTW, I can’t remember if I congratulated you or not on your master’s that’s great!!!

    Best of luck to you and am sure it will pay off for you in the end!!!

  7. Hi Shelly

    I am honoured to be included in your list. It’s a fabulous tool. I hope I am doing it justice. I am still finding my way around Twitter and learning. You are really making htings move. Many thanks.


  8. Hey Shelly,
    Thanks for mentioning me in your list. And what a great idea especially for relative newbies to find more informative, engaging and supportive ppl to follow for their PLN. Keep up the awesome work!

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