Social Networks for Educators

The free social networking site, English Companion Ning, is an invaluable resource for English teachers, librarians, and others interested in adolescent literacy.  The Ning provides forums for teachers to explore topics ranging from finding books and lessons about specific topics to implementing literature circles, using interactive white boards, and reflecting on the possible impact of the Common Core Standards.   Authors of well-respected professional books host book clubs about their publications throughout the year and quarterly webstitutes are planned for 2010-2011.

The English Companion Ning founder, Jim Burke, describes his creation in this way:

…the three guiding principles of the EC Ning are to support each other both personally and professionally, improve our own practice in the classroom and our knowledge about the field, and grow the next generation of leaders by providing opportunities for them to present, write, and otherwise teach their colleagues here and, eventually, through their own books, workshops, and more.

In 2009, the EC Ning won the EduBlog award for best educational use of a social networking service, and has almost 20,000 members.  Members can search the site for titles or topics of interest, download handouts from other teachers, join groups for special interests,  ask burning questions on best practices, or jump right into the conversation.  Click here to learn more.

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