In My Absence

Currently, I am attending the TESOL Greece conference and presenting on Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). I have learned so much from my PLN that I have decided a personal challenge for me for 2010 is to persuade other educators to engage in a PLN. I passionately believe this would change the face of education.

Passion, a funny creature…..

Perhaps, you will understand what passion does to you? It makes you do crazy things like poor your heart and soul into ambitious tasks. I love what I am doing and I may only persuade less than 10 teachers this year to gain a PLN, but in my mind that is 10 more who will persuade maybe another 10 more. I believe in starting movements even if they are small in nature, because a ripple can have an enormous impact. I have been fortunate that many of you have helped transform my ripples into incredible endeavors. First, over 1200 educators followed the 30 Goals Challenge and shared your experiences. Then I received over 60 video clip entries in less than a week on this PLN video project that is continuously evolving. I will continue to make more videos so please do not feel your entry will not be included. If you send one, I will make it part of the project. Perhaps, a video series that we can each decide to share with our schools?


My presentation is Sunday, therefore, I found I have run out of time. Please, forgive me for not including posts for the Cool Sites series and What Did They Tweet series. In the future, I will plan better. However, please enjoy upcoming guest posts and visit their blogs. I will be back again next week and catch up on replying to your comments. You may want to also visit the We Connect wiki and contribute to its growth. In this wiki, I will be posting the PLN videos and will include a few changes to make it look more like the collaborative effort this is. I need more entries in every subject. Feel free to include your posts on these subjects.


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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, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

11 thoughts on “In My Absence

  1. I’m sure you’ll inspire a great number of teachers to join a PLN. If you are able to do so via the Internet, you’ll achieve much more in person. Good luck!!!!

  2. I don’t know how you find time either, Shelly. But it clearly shows your passion for learning and makes it all the more contagious for others, too.

    Learning without passion is rote and temporal.

    Learning with passion is memorable and lasts forever.


  3. I had to do a double take before I realized that it really was me on your post :) Thank you for including us in this effort Shelly. Thank you for letting us help to create those ripples of change. I have a feeling that those ripples will be larger than you can imagine. The video is fabulous and shows the power of the PLN to collaborate and work together. I agree, I think that PLN’s are going to be a major changing force in education.

  4. Hi Shelly!

    I’m Candan, and My son Can and I also joined this project. Thank you for including us in this great project… Unfortunately, I can’t watch the video. Can you help me, I am looking forward to watching it!!!


  5. Sorry it took me so long to get to this. Student Created Assessments have been presented all week.

    The video is amazing! I’m lucky to be a part of such a great community of educators. Thanks to you for being one of the leaders of PLNs and I look forward to growing as an educator with you and all of the great people I share with on a daily basis.

    Kudos again and I’ll tweet with you later. :)

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