I love to share with other teachers and find out what works for them.
I have joined a few social networking sites. It is very exciting to see what others are up to and be able to answer their questions too. It makes you feel so powerful and knowledgeable. I also have a hard time keeping up with them. I have heard that there are ways to manage your online networks, but haven’t tried any yet.
These are the networking sites that I try to keep up with:
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Most of the people I follow on Twitter are teachers. I teach World Languages so I follow a lot of language teachers. I also follow teachers who are techies. Each Thursday night at 8pm there is a #langchat in Twitter where we share our ideas on a different topic. The #langchat archive is there to look back at because the tweets fly so fast I can hardly keep up. The summary and archive make it possible to still enjoy the experience.
There are many chat sessions that happen every day, many that are related to education. If you use the hash tag, you can follow along and contribute. There is a list of hash tag chats for teachers at this page and at this page. If you do a “Twitter hash tags for teachers” search, you get plenty more.
If you have some favorite networking sites or ideas, please share.