What Did They Tweet?

February’s 1st edition of the What Did They Tweet weekly series!

Let’s see what our Personal Learning Network (PLN) tweeted about in education and social media this week.

Student Video about Technology

@DeronDurflinger shared this video created by one of the students at Van Meter, Josh Porter. Josh presented this video to the superintendents. Many of the students, teachers, and administrators of Van Meter have been presenting to the Iowa legislature and community leaders to help improve the access to technologies at their schools.

Clay Burell’s Keynote

@Cburell posted his keynote address. The presentation slides and address are truly inspiring and delineate his journey in making his classes go beyond school. Unlike many webheads, Clay Burell does not suggest we push educators or students to use web 2.0 tools. Instead, his message ends, “Pull, don’t push.” Those who want to use the tools we should support and see what they can do. I encourage you to visit his post, My Australia Keynote Speech: A Serious Farce, in One Thousand Acts, with the video links to parts I and II of his keynote. Here is an excerpt from his post:

Teachable moment again: Show the students the value of assertiveness. An unassertive person would have slinked off like the grandest of dorks, accepting defeat. I figured I’d risk being the grandest of dorks differently: I asked the host — after first asking the audience — if we could make time for the rest of the speech. – Clay Burell, Beyond School

No More Tests

I love when educators think outside the box! @Thenerdyteacher is doing something significant by not implementing tests for 10 weeks. Instead, he has his students choose what they want to submit as a project on the subject. This can be a Powerpoint, video, essay, or anything. The students also create the rubric that will be used to grade them. Already his students are amazing him. One student created a sculpture to relate the details of the Holocaust that he learned from the book they are reading in class. You can read more about the student’s amazing sculpture in this post, No More Tests Update. Here is @thenerdyteacher’s ending remark:

Now tell me that a 50 Question Multiple Choice Test would better assess this student. – Nick Provenzano, The Nerdy Teacher

TED Video: Importance of Play

@Monk51295 shared this TED video with Stuart Brown in her post, Play is More Than Fun. According to Stuart Brown play is vital for health and is important in our culture. See Monika’s thoughtful reflection on play where she shares many more resources.

50 Best Blogs for Education Leaders

@Kylepace tweeted this list of the 50 Best Blogs for Education. There are many names I recognize on the list and am honored to be among friends. I subscribe to most of these blogs, which is why I am sharing this with you.

Opportunities for Educators

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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 TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


  1. Great finds, the PLN never lets us down. I really enjoyed the project that @TheNerdyTeacher’s student came up with as a result of not testing. Very cool

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