Tuesday, August 18, 2009

20 Social Networks for Educators, Students and LIfelong Learners

a Guest post:

20 Social Networks for Educators, Students, and Lifelong Learners

Social networks are a great way to learn, meet new people, and share ideas online. This is especially true for educators, students, and lifelong learners who are looking for innovative new ways of teaching or learning. Here is a list of 20 social networks to join and explore:

The Apple - The Apple is a social network designed for current and future teachers who want to meet and learn from each other. This social network features resources for jobs, news, lessons, and professional development.

Edutagger - This K-12 social bookmarking site allows educators to store and share their educational content. The aim of this site is to provide a place where educators can benefit from quality resources.

Classroom 2.0 - Classroom 2.0 is a free social community for those interested in the application of web 2.0 technologies in education. Memberships to this site do have to be approved but you can browse the site and attend events without a membership.

TeachersRecess - TeachersRecess is a social network that provides solutions for professors, teachers, and education professionals. Within this site, teachers can exchange ideas, share lesson plans, worksheets, and network.

iTalki - iTalki is a free online learning community for learning and teaching languages. This site utilizes web 2.0 concepts, such as user-generated ideas, crowdsourcing, and social networks for learning.

Livemocha - With over 2 million members, Livemocha is a great place for learning a new language while meeting others around the globe. This online social language learning network offers free courses, lessons, native speaker tips, and resources to improve conversational skills.

Campusbug - The Campusbug is a social learning network that allows students around the world to connect with one another while getting help with homework or preparing for tests. This learning network also connects you to study tools for more efficient studying.

NextGen Teachers - NextGen Teachers is a social network designed specifically for educators to connect and explore new technologies in teaching. Throughout this site, there are educational videos, groups, and a forum for learning as well as teaching other educators.

College 2.0 - This free social media network for college students provides a place to connect with other college students while using web 2.0 concepts to learn from one another. This social network features instructional videos, places for online learning, blogging, wikis, and more.

The Quad - The Quad is a free college student network with study forums, group works areas, and calendars. This site is a great place for college students to connect and learn with each other while staying up-to-date on the campus scene.

CrAmster.com - CrAmster offers a free online study community designed for students, educators, and lifelong learners. Throughout this network, users will find textbook help, a Q & A board, practice, resources, and a study blog.

Sclipo - This social learning network helps people to learn and teach more effectively through social eLearning apps. Sclipo is the perfect place for all levels of learner to learn, socialize, and teach.

IdeaWhip.com - IdeaWhip.com is an entrepreneurial community created by and for higher education students and alumni. Throughout this community, students will find resources, jobs, questions, business talk, links, and more.

Eduspaces - With over 20,000 members, Eduspaces is an excellent social network for teachers. This social networking site allows teachers to collaborate with one another on education and education technology.

Goodreads - Goodreads is a free social networking site for readers around the globe. With this site, literature lovers can recommend books, track books, form a club, answer trivia, and collect favorite quotes.

Graduates - This free social network for graduates allows students to keep in touch with one another. Graduates is great for students and alumni to connect, collaborate, and share knowledge.

LearnHub - LearnHub is a free social learning network where everyone can explore colleges, prepare for tests, and have fun together. This social site provides you with tools to make learning and teaching fun.

College-Cram.com - College-Cram is an online social learning site that combines a social network with educational resources. Among the resources on this site, students will find study groups, notes, and other resources for achieving better grades.

TeachAde - This social media site is designed for educators to share, create, and research resources to improve teaching. This interactive site also provides groups, blogs, and your own personal workspace.

Meetup - Meetup is a social network were local communities can create groups or meetups to learn, share, and exchange resources. Users can either find an already created meetup or create a new one.

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about accredited online colleges for OnlineCollege.org.

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