Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top 20 Social Networks for Education

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top 20 Social Networks for Education

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What follows are T&L Advisor David Kapuler's picks for the best social networks to help educators learn from their peers. Don't see your favorite on the list? Add your suggestion to the post at www.techlearning.com/ oct11 (online readers have already suggested adding Edmodo and Wiggio).

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1 Twitter: This micro-tweeting platform is used worldwide and especially in education (search hashtags #edchat or #edtech). Plus, with the soon-to-come parental controls, Twitter becomes a more viable option for educators.

2 Classroom 2.0: Created by Steve Hargadon and used by thousands of educators on a daily basis.

3 Facebook: 'nuff said!

4 Google+: 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).

5 Plurk: A social network similar to Twitter (micro-blogging) with a timeline view and fun "karma" rewards system for being an active user.

6 Educator's PLN: Built by Thomas Whitby, this social network features some of the top tech innovators.

7 Sophia: A new (beta) social network for education. Lots of great features can be found here, such as free lesson plans, private groups (for student study groups or educator sharing), and online tutoring.

8 LearnCentral: Sponsored by elluminate, LearnCentral is an ideal place for educators to host/learn in real time through virtual conferences.

9 ISTE Community: A great place for educators to come together and collaborate on technology issues. …

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