June 11, 2011

Sophia: Online Social Teaching and Learning Network

From http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/06/08/sophia-is-a-free-social-teaching-and-learning-network

Sophia is a free social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere free of charge. The website, which has been described as a mashup of Facebook, Wikipedia, and YouTube focused solely on education, also lets educators supplement their teaching methods with tools to create a customized learning environment in a private or public setting. Sophia uses Web 2.0 tools and methods to create a credible, crowd-sourced platform where information is organized in “learning packets”—bite-sized tutorials tagged to specific academic subjects or topics, including standards-aligned objectives. The packets can be created by anyone, anywhere using text, images, presentations, video, audio, and more. Packets are rated for quality and evaluated for academic soundness by users and experts within the community. Educators can use these packets to supplement instruction, and they can create an invitation-only environment where members can share content and ideas, ask questions, and get answers within their own learning community.

Read the full review at http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/06/08/sophia-is-a-free-social-teaching-and-learning-network

Sophia is available at http://www.sophia.org . If you click on Subjects at the top of the page the drop-down menu includes World Languages, but at this point few of the languages have any content in them.

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