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The Top 18 Educational Social Networking Websites for Teachers

Social networking is a topic I have extensively covered here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning during this year. I am  also preparing an  ebook about it   which I will publish here in the next coming weeks. Why next coming weeks and not this week ? Because I have been busy working on another ebook that I   have just finished and I will share it with you probably tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. As you know, writing an ebook is not like posting a short article here, it calls for a lot of energy, patience ( especially with editing ) and time, and because of my overloaded time schedule I only have a certain amount of hours each week to work on it. So bear with me please.




Today's post is about the top educational social networking sites for this year. All these websites have been shortlisted for Edublogs Award of the best Educational Social Networking Websites for 2012. but before you start exploring them, let me just provide you with some guides I have written here before to help you understand the concept of educational social networking and learn how to leverage the power of social networking in your teaching and professional development. You will also get to learn about many other GREAT social networking sites  not listed below Check out these guides :





1- Computing ++

This is a platform that helps teachers learn computing and computational thinking. The goal is to increase the amount and level of computing education in schools



2- Edmodo

Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices.



3- EFL Classroom 2.0

This is a community of thousands of English learners and teachers. This service is completely free but it does require a sign up.




4- English Companion

This is a platform where you can get to ask questions and get help. It is a community dedicated to helping you enjoy your work, a cafe without walls.


5- The Epic Ed Community

The epic-ed community is designed to empower educators such as administrators, teachers, instructional technology facilitators, and chief technology officers as they make the digital transition in their schools and districts.
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6- Ganers  Advancing Meaningful Education ( G.A.M.E )\

G.A.M.E is an online synchronous gaming community of global educators . This network of educators helps in developing curriculum, offers online open courses, webinars and F2F presentations on the opportunities and deeper learning that takes place in games.


7- Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning


" IT4ALL is a huge network with followers and graduates of Moodle for Teacher (M4T) workshops. The members of IT4ALL contribute to the success of the workshops and the learning community. The workshops at IT4ALL are facilitated by educators who follow a relationship-based collaborative learning approach where participants become active learners. Active learning goes beyond active participation as teachers and students become partners of learning and learn through teaching. The rationale behind active learning is that teachers are expert learners who can facilitate the process of learning.. "


8- Special Interest Group for Visual Environment

The SIG Virtual Environment seeks to explore all things related to education in virtual environments. The Group sponsors some regular events as well as some special events that come up during the year.





9- Level Up Book Club

This is a platform for teachers and learners where they support each other, share ideas for gamifying the instruction and lending a hand for the epic win.



10- Life Pulp ( winner )

This is a social  networking website put together to enrich the user mentality via a great deal of motivational and inspirational content. Its goal is to help individuals better their lives and achieve their goals.



11- My Big Campus

My Big Campus gives schools an engaging online environment to promote blended learning with a safe, monitored platform that balances educational use of web 2.0 with network and student safety. Students and teachers can connect with each other and other users via collaborative tools.


12- PLP Community Hub

This is another social networking website for educators and teachers. Membership of this community is by invitation only.


13- PLP Network

This community thinks deeply about Problem Based Learning, student centered learning, making the shift to being a connected teacher and inquiry learning. There are lots of practical ideas that someone can take away and immediately apply in the classroom. 



14- Challenge yourself to Blog

The challenge is about getting students to blog and develop a world wide audience while doing so, rather than just having their teacher and classmates look at their work.



15- aPLANET

This is a social networking website for language teachers. it also requires a sign up and once you become a member you will get to meet educators from all around the world discussing issues that have to do with language teaching.



16- The Educators PLN

The Educators PLN is probably one of  the most known social networks for teachers. This is basically a Ning site dedicated to the support of a Personal Learning Network for Teachers.



17- The EFL Classroom Community


This is a site dedicated to providing/sharing the best resources and methods available for EFL / ESL teachers and students on the internet and around the globe.. A site by teachers and students for teachers and students. The focus is on materials/methods that help language learning and teaching.



18- The Global Read Aloud


" Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger then them. That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other  Then the caring can begin."

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