25 LinkedIn Groups for Networking Teachers

Nick Grantham is an Australian educator living and working in Ireland. With a background in education, engineering and e-learning, he founded Fractus Learning to connect people with a shared passion for technology and how it can bring education to life.

We often talk on Fractus Learning about building a strong, informative and inspiring PLN. Most of this conversation centers around social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+. But, in all the excitement, we tend to neglect some great resources that take the form of professional networking sites. And when it comes to professional networking sites there really is only one. LinkedIn.

Those who have chosen to embrace LinkedIn can discover a HUGE community of passionate professionals in every field imaginable. A wealth of tailored connections. And a never-ending stream of professional development gold. One extremely powerful feature of LinkedIn is the ability to form groups around common interests. These groups vary in size, scale and activity, but are a great meeting place to expand, enhance and explode you PLN.

Here is our collection of 25 LinkedIn groups for networking teachers to start contributing to and learning from.

 

LinkedIn Groups for Networking Teachers

 

Technology

The eLearning Guild

  • Date started – May 11, 2008
  • Members – 33,310
  • Discussions this month – 365
  • Primary industry – E-Learning

International Society for Technology in Education

  • Date started – September 19, 2007
  • Members – 33,135
  • Discussions this month – 594
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Technology Integration in Education

  • Date started – May 21, 2008
  • Members – 21,698
  • Discussions this month – 712
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Technology in Education

  • Date started – April 8, 2008
  • Members – 33,669
  • Discussions this month – 244
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Useful Web Tools for Parents & Teachers

  • Date started – August 21, 2008
  • Members – 10,435
  • Discussions this month – 61
  • Primary industry – Education Management

 

Teaching

Teachers Networking Group

  • Date started – March 16, 2008
  • Members – 19,965
  • Discussions this month – 680
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Teachers seeking employment

  • Date started – September 2, 2009
  • Members – 15,857
  • Discussions this month – 262
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Teacher’s Lounge

  • Date started – July 19, 2008
  • Members – 38,549
  • Discussions this month – 1,059
  • Primary industry – Education Management

ESL Teacher Professionals

  • Date started – July 23, 2008
  • Members – 14,164
  • Discussions this month – 183
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Elementary group for teachers

  • Date started – July 26, 2010
  • Members – 9,164
  • Discussions this month – 158
  • Primary industry – Education Management

 

Education Professional

Learning, Education and Training Professionals Group

  • Date started – September 25, 2007
  • Members – 112,163
  • Discussions this month – 1,080
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Higher Education Management

  • Date started – June 24, 2008
  • Members – 49,288
  • Discussions this month – 703
  • Primary industry – Education Management

School Principal Network

  • Date started – October 22, 2009
  • Members – 6,878
  • Discussions this month – 138
  • Primary industry – Education Management

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

  • Date started – December 16, 2008
  • Members – 23,051
  • Discussions this month – 157
  • Primary industry – Higher Education

Education Management Professionals

  • Date started – December 15, 2009
  • Members – 14,073
  • Discussions this month – 224
  • Primary industry – Education Management

 

Discipline Specific

Math, Math Education, Math Culture

  • Date started – September 27, 2007
  • Members – 11,838
  • Discussions this month – 145
  • Primary industry – Education Management

National Science Teachers Association

  • Date started – February 3, 2009
  • Members – 9,152
  • Discussions this month – 95
  • Primary industry – Education Management

STEM Connections for K-12 Education

  • Date started – October 30, 2008
  • Members – 8,411
  • Discussions this month – 169
  • Primary industry – Education Management

ART Professionals Worldwide

  • Date started – June 9, 2008
  • Members – 48,305
  • Discussions this month – 1,244
  • Primary industry – Fine Art

English Teachers Anonymous

  • Date started – October 8, 2008
  • Members – 13,927
  • Discussions this month – 491
  • Primary industry – Education Management

 

Creativity

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading – Unofficial

  • Date started – July 10, 2008
  • Members – 352,342
  • Discussions this month – 207
  • Primary industry – Marketing and Advertising

The Psychology of Creativity

  • Date started – September 21, 2009
  • Members – 5,989
  • Discussions this month – 98
  • Primary industry – Professional Training and Coaching

Innovation & Creativity Network of Tweeters

  • Date started – July 10, 2008
  • Members – 12,338
  • Discussions this month – 111
  • Primary industry – Marketing and Advertising

Google Universe : Jobs, Tools, Trends and Galaxies of Ideas

  • Date started – April 6, 2010
  • Members – 67,010
  • Discussions this month – 255
  • Primary industry – Information Technology and Services

 Effective and Fun Training Techniques

  • Date started – March 24, 2009
  • Members – 20,880
  • Discussions this month – 92
  • Primary industry – Professional Training and Coaching

 

So, what are your experiences with LinkedIn? And what other groups have you found that aid networking teachers? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Feature image courtesy of Flickr, nan palmero.