Classroom 2.0 is an online community for people interested in Web 2.0 tools and Social Media in education. With nearly fifty thousand members, the site is an excellent opportunity for educators to expand their professional learning networks. It is a space for teachers to share what is working in their classrooms and help each other make the shift to teaching 21st century literacies.
Opportunities to Learn and Connect
Classroom 2.0 facilitates interaction by providing all the familiar social networking tools. The community features personal profile pages, a forum with thousands of active discussions, a place for members to create their own groups around specific topics, webcasts, live chats, a Diigo group for sharing links, a site wiki, and more. Classroom 2.0 is bursting with ideas and conversation.
There are over seven thousand discussion threads in the Classroom 2.0 Forum. Topics include requests for help on setting up class projects, requests about professional development opportunities, prompts regarding specific tools, and open-ended questions about the implications of using Web 2.0 tools and Social Media in our instruction. There is a forum search feature to help users sift through the posts, allowing you to look for discussions by tool, subject, or area.
A sample of interesting forum discussion topics:
- A Conversation about Motivation
- iPads in High School Social Studies
- Phones in the Classroom
- How do you keep track of and share web resources?
- Digital Portfolios
- Does technology bring connections or stress?
The Classroom 2.0 community also hosts events. Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an interactive webcast provided in the Elluminate platform. Attendees are invited to participate in a live chat during the presentations. In addition, the hands-on Classroom 2.0 Workshops are two-day face-to-face events hosted in various cities around the country. Local Classroom 2.0 members are responsible for organizing and leading the workshops.