What is a Twitter chat?
A Twitter chat is a lot like any other online chat, where people gather to talk about a specific issue. The great thing about a Twitter chat is it brings people together from all over world to a central area (Twitter) where they can interact in real time. To join a Twitter chat, you just need to know what hashtag is being used. A hashtag is simply a way to search topics on Twitter and is recognized as a word preceded by a pound sign, such as #education or #plpnetwork.
How do I participate?
You can simply go to Twitter.com and login, then type #plpnetwork into the search box at the top. If you keep refreshing the search results, you will see the chat stream as it comes in through Twitter.
You may also use an application specifically designed to monitor Twitter chats. The most popular options are TweetChat, TweetGrid, and TweetDeck. These applications will allow you to enter your search term (#plpnetwork) and show a stream that will update in real time (or based on how often you tell the application to refresh the stream).
The topic of our inaugural Twitter chat is:
The Benefits of Engaging in Online Communities
Communities succeed when the people within them trust each other, share with one another, and build collective wisdom. Trust and rapport come from collaboration, interaction, and, most of all, conversation. Join us on Twitter for a conversation about how to foster better online communication and collaboration, how to effectively engage in an online community to grow as a learner, and how online communities can change you, your classroom, school, or district.
What can I expect?
Fun, great conversation, and an opportunity for valuable professional development while enhancing your personal learning network and winning fantastic prizes!
Of course, we have prizes galore for participating in the chat! We will be giving away A&E History Channel DVDs, a copy of Sheryl and Lani’s latest book, The Connected Educator, and for one lucky winner, FREE enrollment into a PLP eCourse of their choosing!
Ask a question and get a bonus entry for prizes
You can help with the discussion in advance by sending questions about Engaging in Online Communities to firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll draw one prize winner from the questions submitted!
Be sure to follow @plpnetwork to qualify for prizes.
Tweet about the chat for another chance to win a prize
Copy and paste the tweet below and shout it out loud in the Twitterverse:
Join me and @plpnetwork March 4 at 7pm EST for a #plpnetwork chat about learning in online communities! More details at http://plpnetwork.com/blog
So sign up early (RSVP below), mark your calendar, spread the word, and let’s chat with #plpnetwork!
Will you be joining us? Let us save your spot by filling out the form below. See you March 4th!
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