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Top 25 Social Networks for Educators

                                                          Part 2

Update : Part 3 has been posted check it out after you read this.

This is the second part of The Comprehesive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education Part 1. Your amazing interaction with the first part has proved to me how much interested you are in this topic and today we will go a step further into the practical part of this guide.

After you have learnt in the first part about key notions of social networking, how it evolved, reasons why school should embrace them, their benefits on both teachers and students, you will now be able to have access to a set of the most useful social networking websites where you can meet up with other educators from all around the world and always stay in the picture of the latest news in the educational sphere.


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Some  of the principal benefits of these networks is that they help you grow professionally and expand your knowledge base to include new ideas and concepts. To be a successful educator, we need  to constantly engage in discussions and participate in the various communities of practice and PLNs available online.



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Below is a list of some of the best educational networks to start with.I have not included some social networking websites such as : Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Diigo, and Wiziq as I think that it is taken for granted that you already know them.



  1- Classroom 2.0 
 the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. Classroom 2.0 is a free, community-supported network.
  

dedicated to helping schools transition freshmen into successful high school students



   A community of educators interested in developing better pedagogy with IWBs .



   4-  Edutopia 

   A community of 45,000+ teachers, administrators, parents, and individuals passionate fo  change in education (located on edutopia.org).



   Teaching in the digital age.


   6- Teachers.net 

A network of educator message boards, divided by interest group, areas of s specialization, grade level, and social interests. Monthy newsletters, Harry WOng exclusive    articles, and live chats with fellow educators make this network a worthwhile boo

   
Great resources for educators.

   8-  edWeb.net 

This is a social networking website that makes is easy for anyone in the education community to connect with peers, share information and best practices, spread innovative ideas, and provide professional development.

   9-  EdtechLeaders 

This is for teachers who participated in an online Web 2.0 course provided by the MA Dep of Ed and EDC. The resources in this ning are open to anyone and all are welcome to join


A social network of students, teachers and adult learners who want access to education and top educators across the globe. Providing free online classrooms for Teachers in order to integrate the internet into today's classrooms. 

This an open group for people who develop instructional materials.

    12- iTeach
This a site for teachers to share and learn about both technical and nontechnical resources.



Great for Linking Teachers Together



   14- Tapped In 

    This is a professional educators' collaborative with over 600 professional development groups,  university and K-12 classes.




A social network of teachers and educators attempting to integrate technology into current curriculum practices by developing global project ideas and classroom partnerships.


 Conversations with leading educators about technology in the classroom

   17- Plurk 
A social network similar to Twitter.

   18- Sophia 

This  Is a new (beta) social network for education with several free lesson plans, private group (study) creation, and online tutoring.

   19- Learn Central 

Get to learn via video conferencing

   20- ISTE Community 

International Society for Technology & Education is a great place for educators to come together and collaborate on technology issues.

  21- WhoTeaches 

Is a new (beta) network designed to bring students, parents, and educators together.


This  is a wonderful social network created by Greg Limperis that is similar to Classroom 2.0


This Is a new social network designed for teachers help them facilitate using technology in the classroom.

   24- Better Lesson

More 1000's of resources can be found here as well as collaborating w/ other educators .


A Great  online community designed to facilitate online collaboration and increase teachers technology literacy.


Check out Part 3 : The Ultimate Guide to The Use of LinkedIn by Teachers and Students

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  1. A good source of information about social networks and online communities of practice is the Connected Educators website, created by the American Institutes for Research and the U.S. Department of Education. They've identified a small group of particularly "Notable" online communities and have details about them and interviews with their founders/facilitators. You have some (but not all) of these communities on your list. The interviews are particularly interesting - esp. to others who want to learn more about what makes these kinds of networks and communities effective. http://connectededucators.org/

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  2. Great list, thanks! The vidsnacks link does not seem to work for me?

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  3. One more very active, professional network for educators to add to this list is the Thinkfinity Community at http://community.thinkfinity.org

    With resources developed by leading educational organizations and strategic partners in education, this community is growing fast. Over 48,000 members organize their resources in their personal online space, follow our education bloggers, share ideas, resources, and useful advice, and network with colleagues, friends, and industry experts. Come check join us.

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