Online forums and blogging communities make it easy for teachers to find online resources, connect with colleagues, pose questions, find educational answers, and share ideas with others in the educational community. This article contains a list of 20 forums and blogging communities for teachers to explore:
TheTeachersCorner.net – TheTeachersCorner.net, a resource site for teachers, features a forum where teachers can post topics, communicate, share ideas, and participate in polls.
Classroom 2.0 – Classroom 2.0 is a social network for educators interested in technology in education. The community forum provides nearly 5,000 discussions that teachers can join.
Teacher Lingo – This online educational community for teachers features a blog platform for teachers to share ideas, experiences, learn, and ask questions.
The Apple – The Apple, a large online teaching community, offers a forum that includes topics such as headlines, inspiration, outside the classroom, recommendations, policy, and politics.
Teachade – This online teacher’s community provides groups and blogs that allow teachers to collaborate, connect, and contribute to education. Teachade also features resources for teachers to download videos, lesson plans, articles, and other resources.
Pro Teacher – Pro Teacher Community offers a huge beta blog and forum for teachers to discuss and share teaching experiences. This blog also features a large blogroll for browsing.
Elementary School Educator Forum – About.com offers an exclusive forum and messaging center for K-6 teachers who want to brainstorm, vent, and connect with other elementary school educators.
Applebatch – The Applebatch is an online teacher community designed for K-12 teachers. Within this community, teachers will find invaluable resources, questions, answers, and much more.
TESConnect – The TESConnect community features a forum with over 800,000 worldwide members. The forum provides a friendly place for members to share their opinions and ideas.
We the Teachers – The We the Teachers forum features over 1,700 articles covering news, , classroom information, and after school activities. This online teaching community also features files, lesson plans, teaching aids, and groups.
Teacher Focus – Teacher Focus is an online social network forum for teachers who want to learn, share, and collaborate on everything in and out of the classroom. The forum has nearly 50,000 posts on more than 7,000 topics.
Promethean Planet – This interactive whiteboard teaching community, with over 350,000 members, provides an international forum for sharing ideas and posting questions on educational practices.
NL Connect – NL Connect is an online discussion group for educators who want to share and collaborate with one another. Within this site, educators can find a community forum and blog that makes it easy to work together on educational issues.
TeacherLibrarianNing – This community is designed for educators who want to teach, connect, and share information through member pages, blogs, and forums. The forums and blogs cover a wide range of educational issues.
TeAchnology – This large resource site for teachers offers a free online community forum for teachers to discuss all grades and subjects.
A to Z Teacher Stuff – A to Z Teacher Stuff, a large resource site for teachers to find lesson plans, tips, and printables, features a forum for teachers to collaborate and learn from each other. Within this forum, there are resources for chatting about education, school supplies, groups, and examinations.
Teachers Recess – The Teachers Recess features a blog where teachers can connect and share with one another. This site also offers a teacher exchange, bulletin board, lounge, news, and more.
Eduspaces – This social networking site for educators features a blog for sharing educational concepts and ideas. Just a few of the concepts discussed in the blog include Second Life, Moodle, and podcasts.
NextGen Teachers – The NextGen Teachers social network is a worldwide community of like-minded educators seeking to improve and focus on teaching through technology. The forum poses discussions on new technologies, collaborations, notifications, and more.
Scholastic – Scholastic’s online teaching community offers blogs, message boards, and chats for teachers to connect and collaborate with one another. The community blogs are a great way for teachers to ask questions, share experiences, and discover new ideas.
Guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. Karen is the About.com Guide to Business School. She also writes about accredited online degree programs for OnlineDegreePrograms.org.