There exist boundless opportunities for educators who harness the potential of social media and social networking in the classroom, from issuing homework reminders to following experts in a field of study and from collaborating within your classroom to connecting with students across the globe. Bring the power of social media and networking into your classroom with these leaders in social media and networking and education:
- Twitter – Twitter is more than a soapbox for sharing the mundane details of daily life: it is an excellent platform for providing and finding many superb learning resources. Check out these 9 Great Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Twitter and get started!
- Ning – Create your own educational social network for free with Ning and enjoy an exclusive community where students and teachers can post blogs, videos, podcasts, documents and photos, and participate in group forum discussions and live chats. Learn more about what Ning can do for your classroom here. Or, join Classroom 2.0, The Global Education Collaborative or Digiteen to see how Ning can be used in education.
- Curriki - Curriki groups allow members to exchange curricula, lesson plans and ideas on teaching practices with fellow educators and offer constructive feedback on shared resources. Groups are available for every subject area and may be specific to one district or department, or be a global community of educators. Find out more about Connecting on Curriki, and begin collaborating today! To see what Curriki communities are like, check out Digital Tools for Homework Help and the New Teachers Group.
- Facebook - Bring Facebook and education together, and discover new ways to interact with students, teachers and experts, share knowledge, and give support. For further information, go to the Facebook in Education page for resources, stories and safety tips for using social networking in the classroom.
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