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1 The Benefits of Educational Networking Professional Communities Using Tools & Resources in a Virtual World For Educators to Learn, Support, & Collaborate Reference: “Teachers can find information on many topics (self-directed professional development), create links to student projects throughout the world, and access links to other wikis and blogs” (Solomon & Schrum, p. 293. ) I selected these two networks for professional development opportunities on our campus. I feel that many of our teachers would benefit from the tools and collaboration offered on these sites.

2 Two Educational Networks for Teachers & Educators Classroom 2.0 Tapped In, the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education. Tapped In is the online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers and librarians, professional development staff, teacher education faculty and students, and researchers engaging in professional development programs and informal collaborative activities with colleagues.

3 Classroom 2.0 Network Contains discussions and forums There are 55,540 international members Groups to join including: Professional Development, Google App, E-Learning Contains Webinars Includes Videos & How To Guides Chat Rooms & Workshop Information Blogs Reference: “Some organizations are working to promote the growth of interaction about particular topics for their members” (Solomon & Schrum, p. 293)

4 Classroom 2.0 Network Groups Find a Special Interest Group or Start Your Own Elementary School 2.0 Mac Classroom 2.0 Professional Development Distance Collaboration Digital Skills Google Apps For Education Second Life Just a few of the many groups available to educators in Classroom 2.0– There are many more. E-Learning Reference: “Higher Education (both in high school and university) are benefiting from the internet and its resources. A variety of systems are used to support teaching- learning activities in the school and the university and to satisfy lifelong learning needs with the help of the Web” (Cartelli, 2006, p. 114)

5 Classroom 2.0 Network Forum Discussions iPod touches What are some ways of using the iPod touch in the classroom? Your perfect school What would make the perfect school? If you were starting your own school what would it's philosophy be? How would it be organized ? motivation Does anyone have pointers for how to get students motivated? The latest web2.0 tools for your classrooms Hi everyone. It is me again bringing you more web tools that you can use in your classrooms. The following are the latest web2.0 tools… There are many more forum discussions to become involved in Classroom 2.0.

6 Classroom 2.0 Live Webinars – Upcoming Events Thursday, April 21 11:00am Study Break: Retain More Students and Decrease Costs with Collaboration Technologies 4:00pm Edublogs Fine Focus - Twitter 201 4:30pm SEEDLINGS NO SHOW Spring Break 4:30pm Special Earth Day Event: Teaching Environmental Science Through Hands-on Projects 5:00pm Barry Schwartz on The Paradox of Choice 6:00pm ETBS 7:00pm Capturing learning as it happens: Streamfolio in Eportfolios Friday, April 22 5:30am Earthcast11 - Icecast only Saturday, April 23 All day Virtual Public Speaking Meeting for Educators 9:00am NO SHOW-CR20 LIVE Weekly Show-Easter Holiday 12:00pm Learn To Be - Online Leadership Exchange Sunday, April 24 4:00pm EdTechWeekly Tuesday, April 26 5:00pm Hugh McGuire on LibriVox Wednesday, April 27 9:30am 21CL @ EdTechTalk 5:00pm Alison Saylor TIE Colorado Event 6:00pm Teachers Teaching Teachers Thursday, April 28 4:00pm Edublogs Serendipity Webinar Reference: Classroom 2.0 provides Webinars with e- learning experiences. “E-learning is essentially the computer and network-enabled transfer of skills and knowledge. E-learning applications and processes include Web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classroom opportunities and digital collaboration” (Wikipedia, 2011).

7 Tapped In Network Publications Calendar with events and online sessions to attend Library of Resources Job Listings and job related resources Collaboration with colleagues Professional Development Reference: “Professional development sites offer lesson plans and opportunity to share ideas and ask questions of other teachers” (Solomon, & Schrum, 2007, p. 290)

8 Tapped In Network Groups and Forums Join Formed Groups or Create Your Own Group Games and Web Tools (K – 12) Purpose: To bring students in on occasional basis for various purposes! Web 2.0 online Tools for schools Purpose: Web 2.0 online tools available for free use in our schools Topics: Multiple Subjects, Teacher Education, Technology Education Web Tools for Education Purpose: to explore and discuss the use of Web tools and strategies in K – 12 education There are other groups to become involved in on the Tapped In Network.

9 Tapped In Network Monthly Calendar – Online Sessions Religious Ed. K-12 collaboration Web Heads in Action Cyber Ethics Safety & Security Forum K-20 Math Resources K-20 Science Resources Learning Hub Tips & Tricks K-12 Campus Tour Learning Hub Web Heads in Action Special Education Forum K-12 Language Arts Presentations with Pizazz Action Research Building Community Write Talk Free-writing K-12 Collaboration Special Learning Hub Tips and Tricks Web Heads In Action Learning from Lyrics Targeting Librarians ISTE MS Games K-12 Classroom Support Tips & Tricks Web Heads In Action Classroom Assessment K-3 Resources Presentations with Pizazz! Art Connect Ed Workshop Online Teaching And Learning Campus Tour K-12 Classroom Support Learning Hub Calendars give educators an opportunity to look ahead to reserve time for professional development training.

10 Tapped In Network Library - Publications and Resources Instructional Material Lesson Plan Movie Application/Software Evaluation Tool There are many more publications and resources available for educators.

11 Two Great Networks Classroom 2.0 & Tapped In Stay Connected Collaborate with other Educators Library & Resources Publications Webinars Professional Development Discussions with other Educators Web 2.0 tools Reference: “Not only can educators connect with their peers, but they can have access to experts in a variety of content or process area” (Solomon & Schrum, 2007, p. 283)

12 References Cartelli, A. (2006). Semantics, ontologies and information systems in education: Concerns and Proposals. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, Vol. 3. Retrieved on November 17, 2009, from, p. 114 – 115. Classroom 2.0 (2011). Classroom 2.0. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from Educational Networking (2011). List of Networks. Educational Networking. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from Solomon, G. & Schrum, L., 2007 Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, Washington, D.C., ISTE, p. 180-194. Tapped In (2010). Tapped In A Community of Education Professionals. Retrieved April 19, 2011, from Wikipedia (2011). E-Learning. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 21, 2011, from

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