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 :
- Teacher's Comprehensive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education ( Three parts )
- The 12 Best Social Networks Teachers should Join
- 14 Great Facebook Groups Every Teacher Must Know about
- Teacher's Guide to The Use of Personal Learning Networks
- Teachers Guide to The Use of Facebook in Education
1- Computing ++
3- EFL Classroom 2.0
4- English Companion
5- The Epic Ed Community
6- Ganers Advancing Meaningful Education ( G.A.M.E )\
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
9- Level Up Book Club
10- Life Pulp ( winner )
11- My Big Campus
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.
16- The Educators PLN
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
? Then the caring can begin."