Several establishing and emerging online communities for educators serve to illustrate the diverse range and powerful potential of online communities for connecting educators and providing powerful forms of sustained professional learning. The following links provide a few examples of successful online communities of practice for educators.
Classroom 2.0 is an online community for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education. It was the Edublog Award winner for best use of social networking in education in 2007 and 2008.
English Companion Ning
The English Companion Ning is an online community for K–12 English teachers. It was the 2009 and 2010 Edublog Award winner for best use of social networking in education.
Teacher Leaders Network Forum
The Teacher Leaders Network (TLN) Forum is the flagship community for a larger network of teacher communities created by the Center for Teaching Quality. The purpose of the community is to bring accomplished educators together to work on projects, publish their writing and action research, engage in focused online discussions with national experts, and connect with education decision makers to advocate for best policy and practice.
The Educator’s PLN is dedicated to the support of a personal learning network for educators.
TIE (Technology Integration in Education)
TIE provides a place where educators and administrators alike learn about what is happening in technology in the classroom by following the latest news in Ed Tech, sharing content such as favorite webpages, lessons, video, audio, and written content, as well as inspiring others.
e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) supports the development and retention of beginning science, mathematics, and special education teachers through content-specific online mentoring that promotes student achievement.
EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) is a capacity-building online program for K–12 school districts, state departments of education, regional service centers, teacher training institutions, and other educational organizations to enable them to provide effective online learning programs for teachers, administrators, and students.
The Edutopia community is dedicated to connecting people who want to improve the learning process. Members are teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents, technology staff, librarians, college students, and other educators who are committed to positive change in education.
TLINC (Teachers Learning in Networked Communities)
Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (TLINC), an NCTAF project, supports a network of online learning communities to enhance the progression of teacher learning from preservice through induction and early teaching and beyond.
The NSTA Learning Center
The Learning Center is NSTA’s e-professional development portal designed to help teachers address their classroom needs and busy schedule. Teachers can gain access to more than 6,000 resources. A suite of practical tools such as My Library, My PD Record, and My PD Plan and Portfolio help teachers organize and document their professional development.