What Did They Tweet? 7/20-7/26

Many of you know I am a huge fan of Twitter! Twitter is the easiest way to engage and communicate with my Personal Learning Network (PLN). As a result of using Twitter, I have become involved in some exciting collaborative projects. Many of you may have missed some of the tweets that have encouraged me to engage, investigate, debate, and collaborate. Therefore, I will post some favorite tweets each week and the conversations that ensued. Hopefully, you will be introduced to some new people you were not following before who will benefit your PLN. These are in order of occurrence with the first tweet being the earliest tweet in the week. Each week I will also aim to introduce you to different people who tweeted than the previous week.

New Approach to Teaching English Pronunciation

Larry Ferlazzo is famous for providing educators with the best links to various resources. This link is an article which argues that English language learners do not have to worry about  pronouncing the English they learn properly as long as they are understood by the listener. After retweeting, you can see below a snip it of the conversation that I engaged in and I was the fifth person to retweet this link! Jo Hart and I continued the conversation, which led to another interesting conversation about literacy and the use of graphic novels to motivate at risk students. This example shows how retweeting allows an issue to be widely spread and argued.

Larry Ferlazzo's/Jo Hart's Tweet

Skyping with Grandma

Michael Fawcett’s tweet about Skyping with his 94 year-old grandmother really ignited the Twitter stream. People were awestruck by the event! Michael’s tweet showed how information and communication technologies and websites can really impact all people no matter the age. Technology does make a difference! Michael also reported his grandmother was very excited and just needed a little help from his 14 year-old son!

Teachernz Tweet

Social Media is Work!

I liked Anne Hodgson’s tweet, because I believe keeping up with social media is work and time consuming. Several people often call this work a waste of time. So what is the benefit? Like Anne, I believe social media is part of professional development. This is one reason I participate. Dave Ferguson’s response is in a different color, because he was nice enough to allow me to post his private Direct Message to me! I normally would not ask, but Dave’s response shows a real benefit in using Twitter for research purposes. Dave was nice enough to provide us with a pdf copy of the article

Anne Hodgson's/ Dave Ferguson's Tweets

Leggo Music Videos

Who says you have to abandon your Lego’s when you grow up?! Not Thomas Skennerton who provided me with this very funny link to videos starring Lego characters. We had a couple of laughs over this on Twitter, which goes to show the amount of fun you can have with your PLN! TferThomas is one of the members of my PLN who manages to make me laugh several times a week! Click here for the Lego link!

TferThomas Leggos Tweet

Follow Their Tweets!

The best way to enjoy “what they tweeted” daily is to add these engaging people as friends on Twitter. Do this easily by clicking on their profiles.

Did you miss last week’s favorite tweets? Just click here for the post!


Explore these links and follow these Twitterers. Tell them how much you enjoyed their tweets!

Would you like to recommend a favorite tweet for next week? Please contact me to share your favorite Tweet! Please mark the tweet as a favorite so that I can find the tweet!

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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), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, 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 https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. Dear Shelly,

    Thank you 🙂 Dave’s approach is inspiring and clearly a lesson to be learned. I think I’ll try something similar, as I’m writing something on Personal Learning Environments for Spotlight, and the experts are all on Twitter. But you have to get the wording right and make sure those guys and dolls are online and tweeting away. Anyway, social networking is obviously a set of skills that you can acquire and improve, eh?
    Thanks again, and have a lovely day!


    • Anne,

      Dave wrote a great article. The experts are on Twitter. Just the other day I had a conversation with an education theorist I have written about. I was quite excited because this would not be the case through any other social media.

  2. Fantastic list, Shelly – thanks so much for sharing these links – especially the DM from Dave.

    I had a similar experience a while back when I found myself having to substitute for another trainer on a subject am not an expert in!

    I put a call out and within 24 hours had a pdf from one teacher trainer and 4 chapters of a methodology book from the author himself.

    Astonishing isn’t even the word to describe how powerful twitter is.


    • Karenne,
      The fantastic part is all these individuals are authors or educators with vast experience and degrees. These are not just people who update about their everyday routines. I think some people are still under the impression that this is all Twitterers do.

  3. Shelly, I didn’t realize one direct message would be such a hit. I’m glad you and your readers found it useful.

    Here’s a related item: Don Taylor created a social media map to help explain dimensions he sees in various tools: people and content, viewing and contributing.

    I’ve also participated in several Twitter-based informal conversations, like the weekly #lrnchat. Not to self link, but in the interest of brevity, details in this post.

    • Dave,

      Thank you so much for letting me use the dm. Your example was a creative approach to using Twitter that many people may have not tapped into. I have been wanting to attend a #lrnchat and waiting for the European version that Marcia is setting up.

  4. Thanks for your lovely words, totally uncalled for, but thank you. I am glad we have connected on twitter, and I love the banter.

    (@TferThomas on twitter)

    • Thomas,

      I am also glad we connected! Twitter has introduced me to so many people. I think people really do not realize that connections can be made through 140 characters!

  5. Hello Shelly,

    Thanks for this great post, and thank you for including me in the people to follow. For me, Twitter acts as a teacher resource room/break room. In graduate school, my peers and I would chat about TESOL all the time, but when I got out into the world of teaching, I realized that it could be a lonely place– many teachers don’t have opportunities to interact. Twitter helps with this!

    Let’s keep the conversation going!

    • Blythe,
      I agree that Twitter is very useful for interaction and establishing relationships with educators. I have gotten to know and keep in contact with face to face contacts through Twitter. I have wondered how this is possible? However, I rarely get to chat or see how my colleagues are doing. We teach then go home, but on Twitter the small conversations keep me current on their projects and what they are doing.

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