Networks and platforms
eTwinning offers a free and safe platform for teachers working in a school in one of the European countries involved (EU member states and Croatia, FYROM-Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey), to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and be part of a big European learning community. The eTwinning action promotes school collaboration in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies by providing support, tools and services for schools. The National Support Services represent eTwinning in the respective European country.
plus.etwinning.net/en/pub/index.htm eTwinning plus for neighbouring countries, e.g. Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine
Moodle is a course management system, also known as a Learning Management System or a Virtual Learning Environment. It helps educators to establish pure online courses or to support real-life courses with online organisation, material and resources. It comprises options such as providing content (documents) to a group of students, discussion forums, up- and downloading files (e.g. handing in homework online), an online calendar (showing the different deadlines in your project), various plug-ins, etc. You can use moodle to share data, assign tasks, collect minutes from meetings, etc. all in one service.
Edmodo is a learning platform and social network for teachers and students which takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect, collaborate and share content.
ePALS is the leading provider of secure collaborative technologies for schools, enabling them to socialise, learn together and carry out projects in a protected, project-based network. ePals provides teachers with secure e-mails, blogs and forums for communication between schools, a worldwide partner search tool, project space for their own projects, etc.
SuperClubsPLUS is an award-winning and secure social learning network for children from 6-12. This international online learning community offers a safe place to meet friends and learn together for over one million children and their teachers in 45 countries. Users can create their own community website and communicate securely through forums and e-mail.
makewav.es is a safe social network in which schools can create and present their own Internet radio broadcasts, podcasts, videos and blogs. Since 2003, Radiowaves has been working together with schools, communities, charities and ministries, and publishing their internet radio broadcasts, podcasts, videos and blogs.
Facebook is a website intended to establish and maintain social networks. Each user has a profile page on which he or she can present him or herself and upload photos and videos. On the wall of a profile, visitors can leave publicly visible messages or notices. As an alternative to public messages, users can send personal messages or chat. Friends can be added and invited to groups and events.
In international school partnerships, for example, a group for “School Project XY” might be created. All students of the partner schools become members. Within the group, articles can be published and materials exchanged. Students and teachers can communicate via e-mail and chat. The contents are only accessible and visible for members of the XY group.
YouTube is a platform which allows its users to upload, view and share videos. People increasingly use YouTube as a social network by setting up their own channels which include information on the user, a personal selection of videos, listings of friends and subscribers, comments, etc. Creating a channel for an international school project which is accessible to certain or all participants in the project is an interesting option. Self-made videos documenting project work or dealing with the project’s topics as well as other videos which relate to the project can be produced and added to the channel.
Vimeo allows you to share your videos online. In contrast to youtube, there are no ads, and you can choose who can see your video (options: everybody, only certain people, only those who have a password, or nobody – you just use it to store your own video online).