"A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes," which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. (Wikipedia)" Since I last posted on Social Networks over a year ago, a number of new ones have been introduced that can be a huge benefit to education. With that being said, I decided to list my favorite networks for education that targets technology literacy.
*This list is in alphabetical order.
- 30hands Learning - The 30hands Learning Community is an excellent cloud based solution for educators looking to collaborate with others, track/manage students, schedule events, and more.
- Brainly - A fun social network where students post questions and other students from around the world post answers.
- ClassHook - a great place to find educational videos/clips that can "skip" inappropriate content.
- Classloom - A fun social network where students and educators can share resources and view resources that works on any mobile device.
- Classroom 2.0 - Created by Steve Hargadon and used by thousands of educators on a daily basis. This site alone changed the way I viewed education and ignited my passion for Ed Tech and Web 2.0.
- Edmodo - One of the most popular social media sites/communities around that educators are using to connect find resources and connect with peers, students, parents, and more in a safe educational environment.
- Educator's PLN - Built by Thomas Whitby, this social network is one of the most popular around for educational discussions and forums.
- EducatorsCONNECT - A nice social network for educators to share resources, teaching practices, for friendships, and more.
- Edudemic - Is an online community, magazine, and social network that has lots of information on technology, education, and integration.
- Edutopia - A very popular organization created by the George Lucas foundation.
- edWeb - A great place to connect and share ideas as well as for professional development.
- Facebook -nuff said!!
- Google Plus - Is 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 settings.
- Gooru - A wonderful online learning platform that allows educators and students to connect share resources, activities, and track/monitor students activity.
- ISTE Community - International Society for Technology & Education is a great place for educators to come together and collaborate on technology issues and build their Personal Learning Network.
- IT Peer Network Education - A nice online community designed to facilitate online collaboration and increase teachers technology literacy.
- Otus - Brings the entire school community (i.e. parents, teachers, students) together in a common technology platform, while providing actionable insight to school leaders.
- Plurk - A social network similar to Twitter (micro-blogging) with a timeline view and fun karma based platform.
- Skooville - An excellent network for kids learning about cyber safety.
- Skype in the Classroom - One of the best ways around to bring real-time video collaboration to the classroom through: virtual field trips, "mystery' guests, and more.
- Teamie - An excellent collaborative learning platform with mobile apps that easily supports "flipped" learning.
- TED-Ed - The best place around to find educational videos and lessons.
- Twiducate - A safe site where educators can create online communities/classes.
- Twitter - Far and away one of the most popular social networks around. This micro-tweeting platform is used worldwide and especially in education (search hash tags #edchat , #edtech, #flipclass, etc). Plus, with the soon to come parental controls Twitter becomes a more viable option for educators everyday.
- WhoTeaches - Is a network designed to bring students, parents, and educators together. This is done through collaboration with the ability to share documents and create groups. Also, this site offers high level education for online learners looking for tutors or to study.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.
cross posted at cyber-kap.blogspot.com