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One of the advantages of social networking for educators is that it allows us to connect with other educators and learners with common interests that we might never have the opportunity to meet in 'face to face' life.
Personal Learning Networks
Personal Learning Networks
- TTP Alumni G+ Community LearningCall Community ELT Live Community
- Google+ Communities: Learn English ESL Community Better English English Language Teaching & Learning Learn English Online ELT Korean Practice of English Speakers MORE
- Facebook Groups - Smart Learning Korea (their curated list) British Council All Things English ESL/EFL World EFL Teachers Kit ELT Cinema ELT Diary ELT Action Research ELTPics ELTChat The Innovative Educator
- Diigo: Language Learning and Technology Learning with Computer EFL Classroom 2.0 Resources for Languages English Teachers
- UsingEnglish.com Forums
- Waygook.org Teaching Forums
- LinkedIn - ELT Professionals Around The World (Discussion List) Teachers of English
- Koreatesol.org Kotesol Facebook
- International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi.pro) on Facebook
- ESLCafe.com Forums
- ELTChat - Facebook and ELTChat.org
- EFLClassroom 2.0
- Second Life English
- The Webheads in Action - One of the most truly global groups I've ever participated in. EFL Teachers from around the world who meet online weekly for a text chat, constantly experiment with new technology together and have periodic online workshops to facilitate learning together. No money is involved. Everything is done for the sake of learning.
The exist in a variety on online environments: WebheadsinAction.org , Yahoo Group
Electronic Village Online (their free yearly 5 week online workshop on a variety of topics. -
EVO2016 EVO2015 EVO2014 EVO2013 EVO2012 EVO2011 EVO 2010 EVO2009 EVO2008
Sites that provide language learners a place to meet, chat, and/or become online pen pals
Microblogging refers to using services like Twitter
Here are Barbara Sakamoto's thoughts on
The key to making twitter interesting is finding interesting people to follow.
You can find some people at:
- Jeff's Twitter
- Jeff's List of English Language Teachers
Shelly's List Vance's List of Webheads
- EnglishTwitterers in Korea
- Most Popular Tweeters in Korea
To 'follow' someone, go to their twitter page anc click follow. If you like, you can add them to an exisitng list or create a new one.
- 10 Steps for Twitter Beginners
- What is Twitter? (Sue Waters)
- Mashable's 140+ Twitter Tools
Examples of other social network platforms
- WizIQ - a live, interactive classroom interface. People come and teach a variety of lessons, many of which people can participate in for free.
Upcoming Classes , Recorded Sessions Examples: Basic English Phonics Lesson 2 The short 'a' Sound , IELTS Preparation - Vocabulary for IELTS , Basic English Third Class
(first few minutes or recordings are usually not interesting, you can scroll along the bottom to move to a more interesting parts of the lesson)
- Shelfari - Shelfari is a popular social networking service for book lovers.
- Linkedin - LinkedIn is a professional social networking website for business users, one of the most popular such sites out there. Some aspects of it are free, but many are paid.
- Geni.com - An exciting social networking site enabling members to create their family tree. Although it’s a relatively new site, it has grown tremendously fast, and has hundreds of thousands of users.
- 43 Things - A tagging based social networking site. Users create accounts and list a number of goals or hopes and these are parsed based on similarity to goals of other users.
- Facebook.com - Facebook is a social networking phenomenon connection people with their friends, family and other users with similar interests.
- Half.com - A leading student market place for buying and selling textbooks at discounted prices.
- MySpace.com - MySpace is an interactive social networking website consisting of personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos. It’s currently the biggest social networking site out there.
- RateMyProfessor.com - RateMyProfessor connects students aspiring to study similar courses by assisting each other.
- WAYN - A social networking website uniting world wide travelers.
Other EFL related site based social networks
- Live Mocha
- SharedTalk: A language exchange covering 113 languages from the makers of the popular RosettaStone language learning software.
- xLingo: A language exchange that lets users create and share flashcards with each other.
- iTalki: A language exchange with a Yahoo! Answers-style QnA site, and a wiki-based public knowledge base for 10 different languages.
- Huitalk: Forums, articles, vocabulary lists, and a language exchange using Skype.
- Interpals: A large language exchange from a popular penpal social network.
- Mixxer: A free language exchange using Skype built by Dickinson College.
- TT4You: A free global language exchange site.
- Conversation Exchange: Text and voice chat, email, or face-to-face meetings can bet set up via Language Buddy to improve your conversational skills.
- Lingozone: Build vocab skills by playing game of Word Ladder and Hangman, while making friends with whom to practice speaking.
- Language Exchange Network: Think Craigslist for language learning; this site has super-simple language exchange classified listings.
- MyLanguageExchange: One of the oldest online language exchanges (this site was a Yahoo! Internet Life pick in 2001), it claims over 1 million members speaking 115 different languages.
- Growing Up Online - PBS Frontline
- Learning From a Native Speaker, Without Leaving Home
- One Click From Danger
- Social Network Sites: Definition, History and Scholarship (Danah Boyd & Nicole Ellison)
- The Value of Social Networks (David Warlick)
- What are Kids Doing On Facebook, MySpace and Other Social Networking
- Teens, Privacy and Online Social Networks (PEW/Internet)
- The Semantic Social Network (Stephen Downes, 2004)
- Social Networking Sites: A Parent's Guide (OnGuard Online)