Friday, January 23, 2009

Social Networking...for Teachers!

Many of you have MySpace or Facebook accounts so that you can connect with friends and family around the globe. And through these social networks you have connected with colleagues in the teaching profession. What do you do to keep that line between personal and professional connections solid?

I think the answer is to join a professional social network. While I was doing some research after attending a Webinar through ISTE on School 2.0...which is better left to its own post...I came across a Ning site called Classroom 2.0. Classroom 2.0 was created by Steve Hargadon to connect educators around the world.

The idea behind the site is exactly the same as FaceBook or keep each member informed of what is happening amongst the group. But Classroom 2.0 outshines these others because it provides some amazing opportunities for professional development, collaboration, and well...networking. I have found so much already; there are teachers around the nation looking for collaborative partners, and there are discussions on every topic you can imagine...with great insightful responses from members. I have been checking out some of the other groups formed inside Classroom 2.0 and there is something for everyone:
  • Elementary School 2.0
  • Professional Development
  • Distance Collaborations
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Mac Classroom 2.0
  • Blogging
  • Media Literacy
  • High School Social Studies

If you haven't taken a minute to explore the TILT social network, I recommend you do. It can be a very valuable tool for us. Plus, it is a safe learning environment for those of you that are new to social networks.

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