Teacher Professional Learning Communities

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Sample Professional Associations relating to ICT in Education

Most of the following associations have annual conferences. Details can usually be found via their homepages.

Mainly K-12 focus
Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE).kangaroo.gif hot.gif Holds a conference every 2 years. http://www.acce.edu.au/
New South Wales Computer Education Group (NSW CEG). Enjoyable conference held every year. http://www.nswceg.org.au/
ICT in Education Victoria (ICTEV). hot.gifhttp://www.ictev.vic.edu.au/
Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE).hot.gif http://www.qsite.edu.au/
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE in US)hot.gif http://www.iste.org/
NAACE (UK): http://www.naace.co.uk/
MirandaNet (UK). http://www.mirandanet.ac.uk/home.php
iNACOL. (US) International Assoc. for K-12 Online Learning. http://www.inacol.org/
Electroboard Training Academy.hot.gif http://www.seeshareshape.com.au/

Teacher Education focus

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE in US). http://site.aace.org/
Association for IT in Teacher Education (UK). http://www.itte.org.uk/

Wider Tertiary focus
Australasian Society for Computers In Learning In Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)kangaroo.gif More for tertiary teachers. Their journal & conference sometimes focus on K-12 contexts. http://www.ascilite.org.au/
Association for Learning Technology (ALT in UK) http://www.alt.ac.uk/
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE in US) hot.gif http://www.aace.org/default.htm
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) . http://www.aect.org/
EDUCAUSE (US) . http://www.educause.edu/
Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education. http://www.apsce.net/


Sample Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).


General focus on integration of learning technologies

Edutopia Groups. http://www.edutopia.org/groups
Teacher 2.0 http://teacher20.com/
Classroom 2.0 http://www.classroom20.com/
Teacher peer wikis: http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/page/Teacher+Peer+Wikis
K-12 Online Conference (US). A FREE online conference open to ANYONE organized by educators for educators around the world interested in integrating emerging technologies into classroom practice.http://k12onlineconference.org/
MirandaNet (UK)hot.gif http://www.mirandanet.ac.uk/
Google Education 'On Air' (uses Google hangout): https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/

More specific focus
LAMS communitykangaroo.gif (focus on online learning designs for students). http://lamscommunity.org/
iWB Net http://www.iwb.net.au/index.html
Promethean Planet. http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/
Jokaydia (CoP focuses on games and 2nd Life in Education) http://www.jokaydiagrid.com/

Wider focus: need to search for educational technology sections of communities

Edmodo.hot.gif http://www.edmodo.com/
Tapped In.World-famous! Your hub for building a learning community!) http://tappedin.org/tappedin/
Teacher Talk (NZ.)hot.gif A moderated forum where teachers and educators ask questions, share knowledge, and offer insights on a range of subjects. To contribute to the discussions, click on the Register button at the top left of the page. http://www.tki.org.nz/r/discuss/
TeacherFocus (US). Discussion and Chat forums. Registration required. http://www.teacherfocus.com/
Teachers Connecting http://teachersconnecting.com/
Powerful Learning Practice. http://plpnetwork.com/
25 Social Networks for Teachers.hot.gif (2012). http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/05/top-36-social-networks-for-educators.html
Education Networks (portal). http://www.educationalnetworking.com/List+of+Networks
LinkedIn Groups. http://learn.linkedin.com/groups/
Education Communities (UK).hot.gif http://www.educationcommunities.org/


Sample Forums


ePals Global Community. http://www.epals.com/
Diigo's Oz / NZ Educators group: http://groups.diigo.com/group/oz-educators
Diigo's e-learning 2.0 group: http://groups.diigo.com/group/elearning-20 F
or all those interested in the use of social software for learning and in developing new pedagogic approaches to elearning
Diigo's Classroom 2 group: http://groups.diigo.com/group/classroom20 D
evoted to those interested in the practical application of computer technology (especially Web 2.0) in the classroom and in their own professional development.
Diigo's EdTechTalk: http://groups.diigo.com/group/edtechtalk
Diigo's Educator Group. http://groups.diigo.com/group/educators
Teacher peer Wikis. http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/page/Teacher+Peer+Wikis

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