Two Events Educators Don’t Want to Miss

Summer has started for many of you! Why don’t you spend a few days with your Personal Learning Network (PLN) at two upcoming free live streaming events!

Wed., June 16th, Howard Rheingold Live Elluminate Conversation

At 5pm PDT/ 8pm EST (Convert To Your Local Time Here), members of the EDU PLN Ning and participants of #Edchat will have the opportunity to join Howard Rheingold in a conversation about teaching critical thinking. Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and I will choose a handful of questions educators can ask Howard during a 1 hour Elluminate session.

Howard Rheingold is the author of Tools for Thought, The Virtual Community and Smart Mobs. You can follow him on Twitter, @hrheingold.

Find more information and propose your questions at the Edu PLN Ning. We will tweet with the hashtag, #HRChat. Watch the video below to prepare.

We’d like to thank Betsy Aoki, Microsoft’s “Blog Queen” for helping us set-up this discussion. She was recently featured by ZDNet as one of Microsoft’s Women to Watch. She tweets from @bing and creates community outreach projects for Bing.

Thurs., June 17th, 140 Conference Education Panel

Parentella has organized an education panel, Real Time Communication and Education, to represent our PLN at the 140 Conference in DC, which was created by Jeff Pulver and showcases those passionate about social media. Many of the speakers include celebrities and community leaders. We have our own education stars we have selected from their great contributions on #Edchat and in their blogs. The event begins at 12pm EST and the education panel starts at 5:05 p.m. EST/ 2:05 p.m. PDT (Convert To Your Local Time Here). These are the panelists:

Melissa C. Tran, @thenewtag– DC education consultant, Moderator
Dr. Jeff Goldstein, @doctorjeff– Astrophysicist & Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, panelist
Deena Marshall, @la_pRHOfesora– DC charter school teacher, panelist

Some of the issues they will discuss:

  • The impact that real-time communication has had in educators’ professional lives and schools
  • How we can harness real-time communication tools and technologies to engage learners
  • The role real-time communication media plays in our own professional development
  • The unique contribution real-time communication makes in terms of education, for teachers in the classroom, students, national dialogue, and reform.

Follow the hashtag, #140Conf, during the day of the event to catch the entire conference live streamed. We will also include a summary of the event on the Parentella Blog.

Watch these events and participate in the backchannel with other educators!

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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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