Our recent PLP Network Twitter chat experiences were such a rockin’ success that Connected Educator Month seemed like the perfect time to launch yet another #plpnetwork Twitter chat.

On Thursday, August 9, at 7 p.m. EDT (NY), you’re invited to join us on Twitter for a live stream of connected learning tweets. The topic for our chat:

The “How” of Connected Learning

With everything that’s out there, how do you get started? What steps do you take to become connected?

Let’s use this chat to share our tips for success both with the PLP community and beyond.

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 Fall PLP eCourse of their choosing!

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 “#,” 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 TwitterfallTweetChatTweetGrid, 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).

If you are new to chatting on Twitter, check out our post, How to get the most out of participating in a Twitter chat, for tips and ideas for joining us Sunday night!

Want a reminder email?

Fill out this form, and we will send you a reminder email before the chat, so you don’t miss out! We’ll also send tips on getting the most out of a Twitter chat and our free Twitter Handbook for Teachers.

Join the Twitter chat

Twitter Chat Giveaway!

We’ll give away lots of prizes during the chat, but here’s your first chance to enter. Copy and paste the tweet below and shout it out loud in the Twitterverse:

Join me & @plpnetwork August 9 at 7pm EDT NY for a #plpnetwork chat about the “how” of connected learning! More details http://wp.me/p1pQgN-1Ix

You’ll be entered to win our random drawing, and we’ll announce the winner as we start the Twitter Chat!

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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