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Participate in local and global learning communities

The following links, strategies and tools are provided to inspire you to consider your involvement in both your local and global learning communities.  These communities have been selected for you to consider how technology can help to improve student learning.

Your level of engagement will likely

  • commence with the exploration and discussion of the attributes of such communities, but then you may decide to
  • develop plans for the use of these communities; then perhaps even
  • participate actively yourself in these groups and hopefully eventually
  • help to develop and sustain both local and global communities.

Why reinvent the wheel.  Connect with others locally and globally so that together, you can explore and discuss the various ways you can improve student learning through the creative applications of technology.

Of course, it’s just a matter of finding those communities?!  Following are a couple of groups to get you started.

Global Community  According to their site, the British Classroom Online Community  is a web community with a variety of online tools designed to help enable teachers to network with one another, seek and share advice, and join or form clusters of schools that can work together on international projects.

National Community  Edna is Australia’s free online network for educators and will be particularly useful when the National Curriculum is rolled out.  Join up to a group and share ideas, learn from others and grow.  Follow this link to view a video on Edna.

Queensland State Education Community  The Learning Place  is the Queensland Department of Education and Training’s secure eLearning environment which provides access to affiliate members (non-state school teachers and universities) and state school teachers a range of digital resources as well as a place to collaborate and network.

Why not create your own.  Most of us are time poor and it’s best to work smarter rather than harder.  Meeting is not always an option – why not create your own local group and collaborate with one another online.  Develop a Wiki and share ideas amongst a group of teachers.

Include a comment below which lists the communities you belong to and provide a link to these communities, if they are public.


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A teacher-librarian in training.


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