Thursday, June 25, 2009

Some Useful Social Networks for Educators

Just joined Ning in Education. Ning is a hosted social networking platform, and it appears some educators have created a nice spot to build educational social networks. This network of educational social networks is made up of 158 groups covering everything from writing groups, to intercultural awareness, to professional development - a good resource for teachers who want to learn new ways of integrating technology into their classroom activities.

Another great Ning social network for education is Classroom 2.0. This site is really inviting (so much so, I also joined), Classroom 2.0 is primarily focused on ways to integrate collaborative, web 2.0 type of tools and resources in the classroom, and is quite interactive in the way it's setup the professional development component for educators, with live webinars, well developed forums, and topics clustered by tools, subjects, and area. I can' wait to start participating and learning, with over 25, 000 members you're bound to pick up some tips and learn some new resource and tool for your grade.

My final site is a wikispaces tool, Social Networks in Education. This site privides that good ol' fashion 'growing' directory of social networks in education.

The last word of the night for me goes to Elgg, social networking software designed especially for education and built from scratch to support learning. It's an open source social engine (think of Drupal meets social networking) with what looks like a healthy community of developers. For a nice review of Elgg go to ReadWriteWeb's article, Elgg - social network software for education.