What is Teachers Network?
Teachers Network is a collaborative information sharing resource for the education community. It combines advanced collaboration tools, social networking, cloud file, media and document storage and sharing, and a wealth of public education related information. Every member has their own area of the site where they can work and publish either individually or as a group. Groups allow members to work as teams and can be created when needed.
Teachers Network members enjoy free access to all collaborative, social networking and public resources on this site. They are free to upload and share documents, audio, video, pictures and discuss any topics of interest through groups, their individual member areas, and through the public forums. Members and group administrators control privacy for content they create or manage in their respective areas.
Teachers Network was originally envisioned as a collaborative environment for educators to work together to research new ways to reach and help students as well as a publishing platform (documents, multimedia, etc) for colleagues, students, and parents. Since that time our work with students has shown student involvement in the site is also desirable. While the site has never been designed to be used as a Learning Management System (LMS), certain capabilities such as private and group collaboration tools (authoring and publishing) lend themselves well to writing and other classes. We are gradually adding more private student groups and accounts as demand increases.
The site is still in its early days and much content is either in the process of being written or in the planning stages. We are actively looking for partners to help in various aspects of the site. For more information on this please see the Contributing Content How-To guide.
Future releases of the site will include subject specific sub-sites where additional features can be introduced specific to a particular area of study. The first two sub-sites that are planned are ece.teachers-network.com (possibly maker.teachers-network.com) where electronics and computer science subjects will be covered. An english.teachers-network.com site is also being planned targeting English language education. Note: paid premium services will eventually also be offered including larger file and document storage spaces.
Teachers Network is an interactive member driven community. Every member has their own individual space where they can create private discussion forums, write and publish content, store and share files and media (photos, video, documents, etc), and establish relationships with other members and groups. Groups are special spaces made up of one or more members. They have their own private discussion forums, write and publish content, store and share files and media and are usually used for special interest groups, classes, and other situations where members want to work together in their own area. Group access is controlled by the group administrator and can be either public (everyone can join and see), private (the group is visible but content can only be seen by members), and hidden (same as private but not listed in the site group lists).
Community services are free services available to all members and include classified ads, community events notice board, public discussion forums and email discussion lists. The classified ads system provides free ad space for anyone wanting to buy or sell goods. Event calendars are used to post events and find out what events are happening in your area. Public forums are areas where members can discuss issues important to themselves in an open environment. Email discussion lists do much the same but the discussions occur through email among subscribed members (not yet available). more…
Teachers Network members interact with other members and groups. Each member has their own space where they can create private discussion forums, store and share files and media (photos, video, documents, etc), and establish relationships with other members and groups. Groups are special spaces made up of one or more members. They have their own private discussion forums, store and share their own files and media. They are usually used for special interest groups, classes, and other situations where members want to work together. Group access is controlled by the group administrator and can be either public (everyone can see) or private (only group members can see).