Free Professional Development, Engaging Parents, & Online Educational Communities

Yow! That’s a lot for one title, but there’s a lot going on! The free webinars we offer on Wednesdays have been a great success. Thanks to those of you who have helped to spread the word and for all the great feedback. I keep meaning to share the incredible, free resources offered through Classroom 2.0 with you, and the webinar being offered tomorrow seems like it might be particularly of interest:

The topic this Saturday will be, “Engaging Parents Using a Sharepoint Portal“, with special guest, Mike Herrity. Mike will share how they engage parents at Twynham School using a parent portal and online programs. Session details here.

I can’t tell you how valuable I’ve found these webinars to be, and I appreciate that they also archive all of their webinars, for viewing and accessing at your convenience. Check out the Google calendar of upcoming webinars Classroom 2.0 offers.

The timing of this is kind of ironic. Many of you probably heard about the reported changes Ning is making. I know that many of us have established, even rooted ourselves using Ning’s platform for free social networking in the education community (BrainPOP’s ISTE network uses NIng), and I belong to more than I can count offhand. I thought Steve Hargadon, founder of Classroom 2.0, had some wise thoughts in response.

Have you taken part in any valuable free webinars? What types of online social networks or learning communities do you belong to? How do you envision the future of online educational networking? Lots of questions. Please share your thoughts.