Social Learning Tools Every Online Educator Should Know About

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012 17:52
The following list of social learning tools are used from online educators for pedagogical and androgogical purposes.

Social Learning Tools Every Online Educator Should Know About

Social software and social media are used from online educators to facilitate collaborative learning through interactions between learn and learners, learn and content, and learner(s) and online educator. It worth mentioning that these tools can be used as formal and informal learning environments and support dynamic knowledge educational communities.

If you favorite social learning tool is not included in this list please leave a comment and I will added at the Top of the list!

  1. Edmodo
    Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications.

  2. EduBlogs
    Edublogs lets you easily create & manage student & teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos & podcasts - it's safe, easy and secure so try out an Edublog today!

  3. Elgg
    Elgg is an award-winning open source social networking engine that provides a robust framework on which to build all kinds of social environments, from a campus wide social network for your university, school or college or an internal collaborative platform for your organization through to a brand-building communications tool for your company and its clients.

  4. ePals
    Safely Connect With Classrooms Around the World for Collaborative, Project-Based Learning. ePals is a platform designed to promote meaningful teaching and learning, showing teachers and students how to use technology strategically to promote the fundamental learning principles essential for academic achievement.

  5. Google Collaboration Tools
    Bring students, teachers and teams together. Fast, easy collaboration is what makes Google Apps unique.

  6. Grockit
    Grockit is an adaptive, personalized learning program distinguished by its unique social learning features that are proven to help people learn quickly and answer more questions correctly.

  7. MindMeister
    MindMeister brings people together with collaborative solutions. MindMeister has been built from the ground up to facilitate collaboration. Mind Mapping, Brainstorming. The leading online mind mapping software.

  8. Ning
    Create a perfect social website to bring people together. With your own look and feel, and choice of social integration.

  9. OpenStudy
    OpenStudy is a social learning network where students ask questions, give help, and connect with other students studying the same things.

  10. Quora
    Quora connects you to everything you want to know about. When you want to know more about something, Quora delivers you answers and content from people who share your interests and people who have first-hand knowledge.

  11. Schoology
    Schoology is the ultimate way to manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators

  12. TalkShoe
    Community calling with your online groups. Create, schedule and run a live show. Integrate the recording on your website.

  13. VoiceThread
    A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

  14. Wikispaces
    Wikis promote collaborative learning and information sharing because anyone with rights can add content to the wiki. You can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media, and anything else you can think of.

  15. Yammer
    Yammer is a Private Social Network for Your Company. Collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications.

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