Social Software in the Classroom


Welcome to our collaborative space for this open staff development course. This is an area we can all contribute to and use as a resource and reference throughout the course and beyond. We encourage all of you to utilize any and all resources posted here, use the discussion tabs to ask questions, post suggestions, and engage in conversation together throughout the course.

We are looking forward to beginning this session with you. As you can see you each have a page created to begin using, we can change the name of your page as time goes on if you prefer to use something different. If you are interested in being part of our session, please click on Join this Space, on the top left side of this page, just underneath the name of the space. You must join the space and have a wikispace account in order to edit any pages within the wiki. You will be prompted to enter a username and password if you currently have a wikispace account. If you have a wikispace account, the request will be sent immediately. If you do not have a wikispace account set up, you will be asked to join wikispaces, there is a link on the same page, you create a username, password, and enter an email address. You do not have to create a space, which is one of the questions you are asked, when you create your user name and password. Once you have completed these steps the next time Darren or Robin log in, they will see your request and add you to the group.

We are excited to get started!

Darren and Robin
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How To Connect


  • Audio, video, and a chat back-channel for the class can all be accessed on this page.



Details, Details, Details...


  • Class will be held once a week (for five weeks) beginning Wednesday, September 19.
  • Class will be held from 4:30-7:15 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Click here to translate these times to your time zone.
  • If you don't have a Skype account, you will want to create one ahead of time (free), as Robin Ellis will be moderating a Skype chatroom throughout the class. To join in, send her a quick message through Skype: robin.ellis1
  • Our class wiki (with schedule and future participant portfolios) will be available here: http://socialsoftware07.wikispaces.com/
  • We recommend you use a headset for the conversations throughout the course, using one will minimize the echoing effect you may experience.
  • To join in on the action, please join the wiki we'll be using for the class.
  • For teachers not receiving in-service credit, perfect attendance is not required.
  • While this class is intended to help newbies learn more about the educational uses of Web 2.0 technologies, experienced users are equally welcome (and appreciated, as the sum of our knowledge is what truly makes these new technologies so appealing).

If you are a teacher, administrator, or technology specialist that would like to learn more about the many free, online tools that can be used to enhance your teaching, then consider yourself personally invited to join us. We'd love to have you and look forward to an exciting, open, and collaborative experience.