Building the Twitter Academy: Interview with Kelly Tenkely

Interview 13 of Twittering for Education

I love when I meet educators so passionate about their vision they don’t see the obstacles involved. Instead, these educators just begin building their dreams and living them. This is how education transformation occurs through action supported by passion and vision. I collaborate with these kind of educators daily now that I have been involved in online educator communities on Twitter, Facebook, and Ning groups. One of these educators is Kelly Tenkely (@ktenkely) who I had the privilege of working closely with when we organized The Reform Symposium with Chris Rogers (@MrR0g3rs). Kelly recently joined me to speak about her progress on building a collective dream of many in our PLN (Passionate Learning Network)– the Twitter Academy. In her post, When Hunches Collide, Kelly goes into details of the origins of the idea. The Twitter Academy will represent what education should be for all students. Kelly doesn’t only dream. She follows through which makes her an incredible force behind such a project!


Kelly Tenkely is a computer teacher and technology integration specialist in Colorado.  In addition to teaching and working with teachers, Kelly is a prolific blogger keeping an award winning technology integration blog, iLearn Technology, a reflection on education blog, Dreams of Education and encourages other educators to find their blogging voice with her iLearn Technology edublogger alliance. Kelly also writes regularly for The Apple and has written many of the top viewed articles including Top 10 Technology Tips for New Teachers and 10 Technology Enhanced Alternatives to Book Reports. Kelly is currently working on a project to put iPads in the hands of every student in an iPad 1 to 1 study.  Find Kelly on Twitter, @ktenkely

Keep current on the latest Twitter Academy updates by following the hashtag, #TwitAcad.

Previous Interviews

Check out the previous interviews Twittering for Education- Jo and Phil Hart, Twittering for Education- Eric and Melissa Sheninger, Twittering for Education- Will and Elle Deyamport, Connected Principals- George Couros, 1:1 Programs- Rich Kiker, Mobile Learning with Kids- Scott Newcomb, Effective Leadership: Interview with Patrick Larkin, Using Skype for ELT Lessons: Interview with Marisa Pavan, Teachers as Leaders and Continuous Learners: Interview with Dr. Doug Green, Blogging with Students: Interview with Greta Sandler, What Does the Innovative School Look Like? Interview with Dr. Tom King, and How Do We Animate Lessons? Interview with Ken Wilson .

If you enjoy this series, you may want to subscribe for FREE!

What do you believe is the ideal education students should be receiving?

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.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *