Collaborate with Colleagues — Around the World

School 2.0 diagram

Perhaps you have heard of MySpace or Facebook, social networking sites that have become a fixture in the lives of many teenagers. But perhaps you haven’t heard of Ning.

Ning is a free program that allows people to create their own social networking sites, similar to the ones so many middle school and high school students are using. This post isn’t about Ning, though. It’s about one of the social networks supported by Ning: Classroom 2.0.

If all this talk about using technology to aid your teaching and engage your students sounds interesting to you, but you’d like a bit more information, Classroom 2.0 could be a great resource. Self-styled as a resource for beginners and a residence for teacher-learners, Classroom 2.0 is like a great big teacher’s lounge, where the talk is all about teaching, learning, students, and technology. Here you can find teachers discussing hardware they are currently using, projects that they’ve worked on or would like to begin, and the rewards and challenges of engaging 21st century learners.

So, if you’re interested in these sorts of topics, but prefer to err on the side of caution, Classroom 2.0 might be a good place to get your feet wet. They’ve even created a page dedicated to explaining this “2.0” thing. Browse through the experiences of others. Pose some questions to the members. Perhaps even sign up (it’s free).

An online community isn’t only for 12-25 year olds. It’s also for their teachers.

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3 Responses to Collaborate with Colleagues — Around the World

  1. jack jackson says:

    This site seems interesting / useful, but based on previous experience and time allocation…I would probably not use it that much.

  2. Matt Z. says:

    After reading some of the comments in the forum of this site, there appears to be some security issues. It seems like there is more time and effort necessary to maintain one of these pages than I am willing to dedicate. I can see how many of the features could be useful for discussions with other teachers, including international teachers, but I would probably avoid using this with my students at this time.

  3. KBlundon says:

    This something that I will check into. With teaching foreign language, I always thought it would be fun to link up with another class somewhere else in the world and have the students exchange e-mails and videos. It could be either with a group learning English and my students their language (Spanish or German), or it might be even more fun to have my students “exchange” with another group learning the same language as my students (i.e. my German 2 students working with some class elsewhere in the world with a class of German 2 learners).

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