Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top 10 Social Networks for Education

"A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes," which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige. (Wikipedia)" Being a huge advocate of social networking and Web 2.0 in general I decided to list my favorite networks for education that targets technology literacy.

Top 10 Social Networks for Education
  1. Twitter - Far and away one of the most popular social networks around. This micro-tweeting platform is used worldwide and especially in education (search hash tags; edchat or edtech).
  2. Classroom 2.0 - Created by Steve Hargadon and used by thousands of educators on a daily basis. This site alone changed the way I viewed education and ignited my passion for Web 2.0.
  3. Facebook -nuff said!!
  4. Plurk - A social network similar to Twitter w/ a timeline view and fun karma based platform.
  5. Educator's PLN - Built by Thomas Whitby, this social network is one of the fasting growing around and some of the top technology based innovators can be found here.
  6. Learn Central - Sponsored by elluminate, Learn Central is an ideal place for educators to host/learn through Learn Central's virtual conferences.
  7. ISTE Community - International Society for Technology & Education is a great place for educators to come together and collaborate on technology issues.
  8. Edutopia - A very popular organization created by the George Lucas foundation.
  9. Collaborative Translation - Created by well renowned educator James O'Reilly, CT is a great place to learn/share innovative ideas.
  10. IT4ALL - Integrating Technology 4 Active Life-Long Learners is a nice place for educators to share ideas on best practices for technology integration.


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