Virtual Learning Communities & Social Networking Research

The research contained below is focused specifically on social network sites (or "social networking" sites). Some of this is connected to social media, social software, Web2.0, social bookmarking, educational technologies, communities research, etc. but this is not the organizing focus and not everything related to these other topics is included here. This list is not methodologically or disciplinarily organized.

Global Faces & Networked Places: A Nielson Report on Social Networking's New Global Footprint- March 2009.
The New Media Consortium: 2009 Horizon Report: K12 Edition, February 2009.
The Magazine of the Harvard Graduate School of Education -
"Thanks for the Add. Now help me with my Homework." January 21st, 2009.
Inside Facebook - Tracking Facebook & The Facebook Platform - "Facebook Surpasses 175 Million Users, Continuing to grow by 600K per day." Febuary 14th, 2009
"Twitter Now Growing at a Staggering 1382 percent" - Mashable: The Social Media Guide, Adam Ostro, March 16th 2009.
"Social Media is here to stay: Now What?"- Danah Boyd, Microsoft Research Tech Fest, 26th February 2009.
Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics Danah Boyd's PhD Dissertation, January 19th, 2009
EDUCAUSE Review - "Fostoring Learning in the Networked World" June 24th, 2008
Partnership for 21st Century Skills - "Learning for the 21st Century" July, 2003
Pew Internet & American Life Project - "The Future of the Internet" 14th December, 2008
The New Media Consortium & Educause Learning Initiative - "2009 Horizon Report"January, 2009
Media Literacy Clearning House - "Resources on Media Habits of Children, Youth & Adults"
Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. Henry Jenkins, MIT, 2007.
Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. MacArthur Foundation, November, 2008
Educational MUVES - Virtual Learning Communities Jeff Cooper, 2007.
EDUTOPIA The George Lucas Educational Foundation - "A New Model of Education: Designing Virtual Communities for Learning"
Social Networks in Eduxation - A Listing of Social Networks used in an educational setting, 2009
K-12 Virtual Learning Communities - A Literature Review of K-12 Virtual Learning Communtiies, Ann Cook, February 16, 2008
NSW Institute of Teachers - The Digest: ICT in Schools, 17th February, 2009
McKinsey & Company - "How the World's best-performing school systems come out on top" September, 2007