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Looking for a place to discuss ideas, questions, and concerns about educational technology? Online communities are great places to learn tips, tricks, and new ideas about the ever changing world of educational technology! I’ve listed a few of my favorite online communities below…
- There are TONS of communities on Google+ dealing with educational technology. If you’re looking for information on utilizing Chromebooks in your classroom, join Chromebook EDU. If you’re looking for information on the wonderful world of Google, join Google Apps for Education. Want to connect your classroom with a classroom in another part of the world? Ask a question in the Google Hangouts in Education community! Have an idea or need help with a Google Script? Join Apps Scripts for Education! Have a general tech question? Check out Teachers Helping Teachers…and the list goes on!
- I’ve discussed how great Twitter can be in a professional development capacity before, but I think it counts as an online community, too! Looking for information on flipping your classroom? #flipclass is for you! Is your school looking to adopt a BYOD policy? #BYOD Looking for general information on educational technology? #edtech #edtechchat For an AWESOME list of Twitter hashtags by te@chthought, click here!
- We already know that Edmodo is a great Learning Management System for our classrooms. However, have you joined the communities on Edmodo? There are content related communities for just about every subject (Social Studies, Math, etc), a Professional Development community, a Computer Technology community, a Support community, and more! You can utilize Edmodo as a professional development tool, and not even sign up your class!
- GEDB Forum
- Do you have a question about an app or a technology tool that you can use in your classroom? Check out the GEDB! It’s new look is great! Ask questions in the forum related to your classroom technology, search for new and notable edtech tools, take courses in edtech content and more! This is a great community through which to gain basic and advanced knowledge of the wonderful world of edtech.
What are your favorite EdTech communities?
How great is Google Earth? If you’ve never used this amazing tool, then I highly encourage you to download the app and start today!
Go to the Lourvre, the Colosseum, the Parthenon, the Pyramids at Giza, the Empire State Building, or Ground Zero. (I used Google Earth on September 11 to visit the memorials…what a great way to discuss what happened on that day!)
I briefly discussed Google Earth in my Essential iPad Apps post, and I hope to highlight this awesome app more below!
Before I begin, let’s look at some basics about Google Earth.
- Google Earth is available on multiple devices
- iPod Touch
- PC and Mac
- This tool is FREE!
- If you use the iPad version…
- Add “layers” to Google Earth to show various features
- 3D buildings
- wikipedia descriptors
- panoramio photos