Tools for the Social Classroom (ages 5-18)

This is a special page of the DIRECTORY OF LEARNING & PERFORMANCE TOOLS showing social tools particularly targeted at the primary, junior, middle or senior school classroom. Generic tools that appear in other parts of this Directory are not listed here. (If you would like to submit a tool for this Directory, please use this form.)

KEY: Top Tool 2013 Free Tool

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Room 21 : an Online Social Learning Platform where all the members of the learning community (Students, Parents, Teachers, and Administrators) become engaged in the 21st century learning process. Hosted

Campus Pack Social Sofiware for Learning : Empowers instructors, academic technologists, and instructional designers to build and implement assignments and activities from a palette of re-usable social media tools. Hosted

class.io : Helps teachers share course resources with students in a simple way. It integrates with Google Apps, Facebook and other web services that teachers and students use. Hosted

ClassPager : text your classroom. Hosted

Collaborize Classroom:  allows teachers to extend their classroom discussions to a structured and private online community. Hosted.

Edmodo : A private social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. Hosted 

Edublogs : Simply create, manage and moderate blogs for all your students with a minimum of fuss (based on WordPress). Hosted 

EDUglogster : Engage students in the creative expression of knowledge and skills!  EduGlogster premium is collaborative online learning platform for teachers and students to express their creativity, knowledge, ideas and skills in the classroom. Commercial plan available, Hosted 

edutagger : Social bookmarking service for school learners and educators, allowing you to store web links online and share them with others, all within an educational context. Hosted

ePals LearningSpace : Safe virtual workspace for K-12 communication, collaboration and learning: collaborative communication tools and stores schoolwork and documents for anytime, anywhere use. Free trial, Hosted

Gaggle Apps : These tools help support diversity and the development of communities through safe user friendly platforms that encourage dialogue and the sharing of perspectives. Hosted 

Google Apps for K-12 : A powerful set of communication and collaboration tools branded for collaboration in the classroom. Hosted

GoSoapbox : used during class to break down participation barriers, keeping students engaged, and giving teachers insight into student comprehension that was never before possible. Hosted. Free Trial

Jog the Web : Simple, ergonomic solution which allows you to create, read and share a new online media. Hosted

My Big Campus : a safe, collaborative online learning environment designed for k-12 schools. Some of its features include blogging, group chats (great for backchanneling), tests, classroom pages, discussions—and the list goes on! Hosted

Schoology : Fully hosted, fully managed course management system with a social network for K-12 and Higher Education. Hosted
Socialmediaclassroom : A free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools
Open source, Download

Twiducate : Social networking for schools