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10 Places for Teachers to Collaborate and Communicate Online

Collaboration and communication is one of the most important aspects of teaching and education. If you are looking for tools and sites that can be used to communicate and collaborate with other teachers, parents, and students, you can find many quality resources online. Here are 10 free sites and tools to try throughout the school year.

Teachers Collaborate and Communicate Online
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TeachAde - The first social networking site designed specifically for educators, TeachAde is an excellent place for teachers to collaborate, share, and chat online. Users can browse through current resources, upload their own materials, join a group, and communicate in the forums.

We the Teachers - We the Teachers can be used to find and connect with teachers inside and outside of your neighborhood. Members can find teaching resources, share lesson plans, and join groups of teachers with common interests and teaching philosophies.

Applebatch - This teacher community and professional network provides information on jobs, networking events, continuing education. Site visitors can discuss all of these things and more in the Applebatch forums.

TheApple - Billed as the place "where teachers meet and learn," TheApple is essentially a social networking site that also offers career resources. Teachers can use the site to explore professional possibilities and network with other educators.

Tapped In - Geared toward K-16 teachers and support staff, Tapped In provides an online workplace where teachers, librarians, and other education professionals can learn, collaborate, and share over the web.

Edmodo - Edmodo is similar to Twitter but was specifically designed for teachers who want to privately and safely communicate and collaborate with students online. The platform provides file-sharing and storage capabilities in addition to several other handy features.

Engrade - Engrade is a great tool for teachers who want to be able to manage their classroom online. The tool supports private communication between teachers, parents, students, and administrators and allows teachers to post grades, progress reports, assignments, and other materials online.

Mikogo - Mikogo is an all-in-one cross-platform communication tool. It can be used for web conferencing, desktop sharing, and remote support. Mikogo works especially well for teacher training, parent-teacher conferencing, online tutoring, and homework support.

Yugma - Yugma is a free web conferencing tool that works across multiple platforms. The free version of Yugma allows communication with up to 20 attendees.

Vyew - Vyew provides real-time collaboration and communication capabilities. The platform records past interactions and works especially well for webinars, collaborative learning, team meetings, and presentations.

Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about online degree programs for OnlineDegreePrograms.org.

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  1. One service you might mention is RHUB. I'm not sure if any school districts have this, but we use it at work and it's helped us a lot. Very easy to work within our systems firewalls, so it'd be good for something like a school, which tends to have well protected computers.

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