May 12, 2010 | Education
Verizon Thinkfinity Community Brings Web 2.0 Technology to Educators and Parents
Educators now have an amazing tool available, free of charge, to help them organize their resources, share ideas and connect with peers. The Thinkfinity Community, at http://community.thinkfinity.org, is a new feature of Verizon Thinkfinity that will deliver the huge benefits of Web 2.0 technology to educators, school administrators and parents.
Web 2.0 is the term that describes Web applications that allow users to create content, share information and interact with others.
"One of the Verizon Foundation's primary objectives is to improve educational opportunities through the use of technology, and thinkfinity.org is an important tool," said Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston. "The Thinkfinity Community brings the advantages of Web 2.0 technology to enable everyone invested in education to collaborate, share experiences and ideas."
The Thinkfinity Community portal can be accessed from the home page of the newly redesigned www.thinkfinity.org. Educators, parents and anyone else interested in education who registers as a member of the community can make use of the site to organize, share and connect. Nonmembers can read content, but they can't participate in discussions or save information.
- Organize: Educators can save and bookmark their favorite Thinkfinity lesson plans, interactives and resources and organize and label them so they're easy to access and remember. For example, all of their favorite math resources or lessons about poetry can be listed in one place. And, they can choose to share their favorites with others, while finding out what resources are working best for their peers.
- Share: Many discussion forums will provide educators and parents with opportunities to share ideas, resources and useful advice with others. Participants can create their own groups, for example "Colorado Thinkfinity Trainers" or "Mathematics for Fourth Graders" or "Parents of Young Learners." The Thinkfinity Community gives people the freedom to choose forums and find the information most useful for meeting their specific needs.
- Connect: There is great value in knowing what other experienced educators are doing. Web 2.0 eliminates the geographic boundaries that can stifle this knowledge. Community members can send messages and ask questions on the site, learn more about what is working for others, network easily - in other words, they can talk with their peers, no matter where in the world they are located. They also select their own privacy options, so they may choose whether or not to have their name and email address shared with others.
Thinkfinity Community is about people. And more people are choosing to connect with each other online. "We hope that educators who focus on K-12 learners or on adult education will find value in participating in the Thinkfinity Community as a way to network, find good information, gather advice and have fun," said Christine McGuinness, enterprise community manager.
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