4 Sites with Great Community Features for Connected Educators

October 18, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Students, Technology Integration, Tools

Since this month is Connected Educator Month, we are highlighting tech tools that help teachers create safe and effective connected communities with their students. Many students spend a lot of time in virtual environments and with these tools, educators can realize the potential for engaging with them through technology. Whether it is following up with assignments via Edmodo or keeping track of students' reading lists on Goodreads, this week's Top-Pick List presents tools to create an online community for your classroom. 

Edmodo has the added benefit of connecting teachers with other teachers around topics of interest. We at Common Sense Media host a Digital Citizenship community on Edmodo, and there are communities for every major subject area, as well as communities hosted by publishers of your favorite classroom tools.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List "Sites with Great Community Features." 

Photo by Marco Torres


Edmodo is a full-featured social network designed for the educational environment. It has the look of Facebook, which grabs students' interest, but it also has controls in place to protect their privacy and promote positive interactions among students and between students and teachers. Read full review.

Be Seen
BeSeen from Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids, teaches students how to keep things copacetic online. Read full review.

Youth Voices
Youth Voices is a vibrant home for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a wide range of genres. The site is essentially a social network, so students can easily align their interests and make meaningful connections with other young writers. Read full review.

Goodreads is a website for book lovers to review books, share recommendations, and track reading history and goals. It's also a social network where teens can see what their friends are reading and can join discussion groups for their favorite books. Read full review.


What websites or apps do you use to foster virtual communities with students? Sign in to comment below.