There are huge debates happening over "friending" students on Facebook. The Innovative Educator blog shared how a 1st Grade Teacher is using a classroom Facebook account to communicate outside their classroom walls.
Want to know who you should follow on Twitter if you are interested in influential educational policy makers and educational tweeters, EducationNext.org shares the list of the top 50 (based on Klout scores) in the post All A-Twitter about Education.
Google recently announced their newest tool - Google+ which is supposed to be there Facebook + more. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog shared the collaborative Google Presentation titled (at publish date) 13 Interesting Ways* to (possibly) use Google+ to Support Learning. I am still waiting on my invite so the jury is still out here but I can't wait to see the possibilities.
Somehow I happened across a post on the edte.ch blog from Tom Barrett (from the previous link) and found a fun new way to use Google Maps collaboratively to teach Math. In Math Maps - A New Collaborative Project, he shared how teachers from all over the world are working together to create math problems for all ages based on a specific location on a Google Map. Teachers can geotag a location, include their problem for individuals or groups and then can include that map on their website, wiki, or blog. From that post I notice a link to a post called Smoots Away! and was intrigued...first I learned what a Smoot is :) and then found out how to turn on the measurement tool in Google Maps through the Options>Maps Labs link where I simply enabled the Measurement tool. The tool then shows up at the bottom left of the map and you click on it, choose your unit of measurement, and click on the map to trace your path and find the distance. This would be a great tool for math and science projects alike. I can see how one of my teachers last year could have used it during her playground WebQuest.