What follows are T&L Advisor David Kapuler’s picks for the best social networks to help educators learn
from their peers. Don’t see your favorite on the list?
1 Twitter: This micro-tweeting platform
is used worldwide and especially
in education (search hashtags #edchat
or #edtech). Plus, with the soon-to-come
parental controls, Twitter becomes a
more viable option for educators.
2 Classroom 2.0: Created by Steve
Hargadon and used by thousands of
educators on a daily basis.
3 Facebook: ‘nuff said!
4 Google+: The highly publicized social
network by Google. While it is still in
its early release, there are a lot of features
that make this an attractive option
for education such as: hangouts (the
impressive group video chat) and circles
(the way to control posts with privacy
5 Plurk: A social network similar to
Twitter (micro-blogging) with a timeline
view and fun “karma” rewards system
for being an active user.
6 Educator’s PLN: Built by Thomas
Whitby, this social network features
some of the top tech innovators.
7 Sophia: A new (beta) social network
for education. Lots of great features
can be found here, such as free lesson
plans, private groups (for student study
groups or educator sharing), and online
8 LearnCentral: Sponsored by elluminate,
LearnCentral is an ideal place
for educators to host/learn in real time
through virtual conferences.
9 ISTE Community: A great place for
educators to come together and collaborate
on technology issues.
10 WhoTeaches: A new (beta) network
designed to bring students,
parents, and educators together.
WhoTeaches offers the ability to collaborate,
share documents and create
11 Edutopia: A very popular
resource created by the George
Lucas Educational Foundation.
12 Technology Integration in
Education: Created by Greg
Limperis, this social network is similar
to Classroom 2.0.
13 The 21st Century Teacher: A new
social network designed to help
teachers facilitate using technology in
14 Better Lesson: Thousands of
resources can be found here as
well as opportunities to collaborate with
15 Diipo: A wonderful new (beta)
social network that is similar to
Moodle and Gaggle.
16 Intel Education Teachers Engage
Community: A nice online community
designed to facilitate online collaboration
and increase teachers’ technology
17 Everloop: An excellent social
network designed to teach students
how to network appropriately.
18 Edudemic: An online community,
magazine, and social network
with lots of information on technology,
education, and integration.
19 K12 Advantage: An online environment
with lots of resources,
such as forums and chats.
20 IT4ALL: A nice site for educators
to share ideas on best practices
for technology integration.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant
with more than 10 years of experience
working in the K-12 environment.