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 .

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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


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