Importance of Community

You are part of my community! Everyday, I am blessed that you:

share with me, tweet with me, read these thoughts, collaborate with me on projects….

support and inspire me!

Some of you are up for the 2009 Edublog Awards.


Several of us participate in various communities, because we love to share and learn. We do this without pay and make sacrifices of time, sleep, and more. Recognition goes a long way and I am excited, but not surprised, to see many educators nominated who add to my daily growth!

One of these educators is Ana Maria Menezes, @anamariacult, of the Life Feast blog. She is an innovator in training teachers to use Web 2.0 tools effectively for student learning.

Ana Maria is one of the first people I followed on Twitter and the tools she shared always amazed me. Her tweets made me love Twitter! Ana Maria has shared on her blog recently that she has cancer. She is asking for our support by leaving comments on her youtube video. The video is in Portuguese but this is the purpose as she has written on her blog:

“In Brazil , the drug Taxotere is only indicated to metastatic patients although research has proved node-negative patients could also benefit from that. I don’t think I and other node-negative patients have to wait until a recurrence happens to have the right to the drug, am I wrong? After receiving the denial to the drug, I recorded a video (in Portuguese) so that other people would know what’s happening and we have been in contact with lawyers to see what we can do. Now, the lawyers are fighting for us.”

Ana Maria has been nominated in these Edublog Award categories:

Thank you for supporting educators everywhere and most importantly for participating in this vast, but close knit educator community.

*Note: I have updated this post.

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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. Brilliant, Shelly – this web 2.0 is an amazing thing when used for the right purposes.

    And more often than not, it is actually people like you and Ana who work so diligently for so many hours to spread information and share.

    As a community, we CAN collaborate and make change.

    Thanks again,

  2. Karenne,

    I learned to be a community member mostly from you! You are very giving and often do so much even behind the scenes stuff that support community versus for yourself. I appreciate all the hard work you do for the community.

  3. Dear Shelly and Karenne,

    Like I said in my last post, blogging has made my life so much richer and one of the reasons is getting to meet such wonderful people as you two, who enjoy sharing their knowledge w/ others.

    I thank Shelly for supporting my fight. I truly hope my fight can benefit many other people.

    Shelly, congratulations on your many nominations! You now have a collection of badges ! 🙂 You deserve it.

  4. Ana,

    It’s an honor. Thank you for standing up, thank you for being a blogger for working in our community to build it with our shared knowledge but most of all, thank you for sharing the story of your illness with us so that we get the chance to help you to fight.


  5. Dear Ana,

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your feelings.
    I’m sure your fight will benefit others whose rights are not respected.

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