At the Education Forefront: Vote!

What is the 140 Character Conference?

You have the chance to bring education to the forefront. Parentella, a free service for teachers and parents, is sponsoring a Twitter and Education panel at the 140 Character Conference in LA! Edchat creators Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and I (ShellTerrell) will be part of the panel as well as Aparna Vashisht and Eric Sheninger. Aparna, a passionate parent, wrote the proposal for the panel and Jeff Pulver, the producer of the the 140 Character Conference, accepted her proposal!

What does this mean?

Educators have been invited to one of the biggest Twitter conferences in the world! We are fortunate to have a voice among celebrity speakers, such as Alyssa Milano and Billy Bush!

We want to make an impact so that educators are included in future conferences. Educators do make a difference using Twitter as tool! Therefore, we need your help! One of the Edchat creators, Steven Anderson (@web20classroom), has been nominated for a 140 Character Conference NOW award! If he wins, this means that he will be presented the award at the conference. This type of attention would help get more people to attend the panel discussion and see how educators are making a difference on Twitter.

Are you tired of administrators, parents, friends, family, colleagues, and fellow educators discounting your Twitter experience? I am! I am tired of people thinking that Twitter is only an update tool, because it is one of the best places to develop a Personal Learning Network (PLN) and helps build a support for teachers who want to create change in their schools.

Watch the video below to see how easy and fast it is to vote for Steven Anderson (@web20classroom), who continuously tweets educational materials, resources, and links as well as engages in conversations! Steven Anderson is representative of how an educator can use Twitter to change the state of education! Click this link to vote,!

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. I’m so jealous Shelly. I wish I had the time to join you. I’m sure it’ll be great to share ideas and thoughts about how 140 characters can benefit education.

    I also find a particularly strange coincidence that a day after Alyssa milano RTs one of my tweets I find out she’ll be talking at the convention. Be sure to thank her for me. 🙂

    Enjoy yourself and help get the word out!

  2. My vote is in! I think you are doing a great thing for education. I am working hard to educate teachers in my district about the positives of Twitter. I feel your frustrations too. Last week I was teaching a graduate course and one of the students (teachers) in the class thought that Twitter was for narcissistic people. Ugh!

    • Dena,

      I have also heard ridiculous things about Twitter. People really think it is all about updating. I wish they would learn more about how it can be an amazing tool for building a Personal Learning Network and for professional development. I think more teachers need Twitter. It’s wonderful you are introducing your students to this tool!

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