Have you ever wondered what it takes to cultivate an online community? I recently paid a visit to community sites online in search of the perfect “tools” that would result in a community full of action and life. I related my thinking to that which is required for a plant to sustain life: sun, food, water and a little tender loving care. Like plants, communities have basic things they need in order to stay alive: creative minds, full of enthusiasm with a desire to learn and grow.
Online communities are sprouting up all over the Web, with many blossoming, but some withering away. Online communities run the gamut but a common “root” in all communities is they bring people together to exchange information that is mutually beneficial.
The Intel® Education Online Community: Teachers Engage is a place where you can collaborate and communicate with others who share the same interests and background as you. You are invited to share your expertise through video, discussions, blogs, and resources; in return, you will be able to tap into the great minds of the best educators in the world.
There's more to come: A new segment of this blog will be posted each week. Stay tuned for our next segment on Cultivating an Online Community.
In what ways have online communities enhanced your educational practice?