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Here are some recommendations for useful virtual educational spaces which can be used for teaching purposes. Except for Yahoo!Groups, I have used all the sites and they are very useful.

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THE TAPPED-IN COMMUNITY

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Tapped In is the online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and professional development staff, as well as university faculty, students, and researchers gather here to learn, collaborate, share, and support one another.

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NICENET COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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Nicenet's Internet Classroom Assistant (ICA) allows virtually any classroom, even those with modest resources, access to powerful tools. Everything in Nicenet is offered free for public use, and Nicenet makes no profits from your participation.

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YAHOO GROUPS

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Yahoo! Groups is free and is hosted on a public server, so the user does not have to deal with server issues. Because it is such a large, widely used system, it is not easy to get it to change, but Yahoo! is generally an innovative company, so it will surely continue to improve. It was not created for online instruction per se, so you will not find an "assignments" section, for example, though you can accommodate this with other functions. Discussions cannot take place individually in their own spaces, but this could also be worked around (for example, by having a discussion in a Word document in the "Files" section). There are special places for uploaded documents and photos, and a section for links. Yahoo! Groups sites can be set up in a number of different ways, public or private. Users can choose to have all messages delivered to their mail inbox, which is convenient because then users do not have to go to the website to see if there are new messages in the class. In sum, Yahoo! Groups is not set up to work exclusively as a virtual classroom, but it can be adapted to serve many of the same functions. You can sign up and get started in a matter of minutes.

(info taken from http://www-writing.berkeley.edu/TESL-EJ/ej26/m2.html)

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BLOKI - converging blog and wiki functions

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Bloki is a Web site on which you can create Web pages, publish a blog, and host online discussions, right in your browser, with no additional software required. Think of it as a word processor for the Web. All of the pages on bloki.com were built with Bloki.



You can share your Bloki pages, blog, and forums with anyone you like: co-workers, friends, family, the whole world, or keep them private for your own personal or business use. Authorize other users to edit your pages, and Bloki becomes a tool for communication and collaboration.
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SKYPE: Free Internet telephony that just works.

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This is a free VOIP Internet telephony that is taking businesses, educational sites and homes by storm. Skype is for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world. Allows for conference calling with instant messaging simultaneously.

Requires broadband to work.

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MAYETIC VILLAGE: Collaborative Publication Workspaces

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This site allows you to use their product on an evaluative capacity. You however have 50MB space and usage for an unlimited time.

ONLINE CLASSROOMS FOR FREE???

Here's an online article to inform you of free virtual classrooms you can use...

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This is my absolutely favourite virtual educational site. Visit me at my virtual office there...

The Internet acts as a type of Rorschach test for educational philosophy. When some people look at the Internet, they see it as a new way to deliver instruction. When other people look at it, they see a huge database for students to explore. When I look at the Internet, I see a new medium for construction, a new opportunity for students to discuss, share, and collaborate on constructions (Resnick 1996)