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ASCD Edge is an exciting and dynamic (internet-based) professional networking community for educators. Its interface is somewhat similar to Facebook (albeit more intuitive and useful), and many users will already feel at home with the design conventions.
The top navigation bar provides quick access to videos (currently 199), audios (56), photos (2,051), blogs (1,437), members (40,346 ), groups (156), lesson plans, message board and chat. The sidebar links to My Categories, for personalization: Profile, media, discussions, group, friends, message center, edit photo/settings, and edit profile. On the ASCD Job Ramp page, employers can post available jobs, and members can search for jobs by entering criteria. ASCD also maintains a database of applicants' resumes which can be accessed by employers.
The Live Events page lists upcoming ASCD educational conferences. Many educators may find the high quality video segments of presentations given in past conferences to be valuable resources, e.g., "The Motivated Student: Five Strategies to Inspire," by Bob Sullo at the Annual Conference in San Francisco, March 26-28, 2011.
The website is a unique virtual space where educators can find easy-to-use tools for exchanging ideas and interacting electronically with other members of the educational community: Post comments, lesson plans, email, YouTube videos and/or other information; or view the large collection of multimedia material and topics posted by others.