Tapped In is a community of practice for educators. The most valuable feature of Tapped In is the international membership of over 22,000. Experienced members provide leadership and support by volunteering to lead events for professional development that are posted to the Tapped In calendar. Members also volunteer for HelpDesk. Helpdesk offers tours of the main features of Tapped In, real time support to guests and new members, and monitors the community to ensure the safety and security of the virtual environment.
In addition to Professional Development opportunities, the Tapped In interface offers private offices, special interest groups, automatically issued text chat transcripts, storage for files and links, and a safe and secure campus where teachers can bring their K-12 classes.
About Tapped In: http://tappedin.org/tappedin/web/about.jsp#educators
Tapped In Flyer: http://tappedin.org/tappedin/web/papers/TI2Flyer.pdf
BJ Berquist has been a member of Tapped In since 1998. She leads several monthly discussions, is a helpdesk volunteer, and organizes the annual Tapped In Festival. In her other life, BJ teaches remedial communication in a male juvenile correctional facility in Pennsylvania, US.
Jeff Cooper is a career educator with 15 years experience, and over 10 years of experience using the net in K-12 and university level classrooms. He is one of the original members of Tapped In and has volunteered on Helpdesk since it began in 1997. He offers weekly advanced tours of the interface, focusing on supporting K-12 educators in creating Tapped In classrooms for their students.