As a first year science teacher, social networking and my professional online learning networks have connected me to many seasoned teachers and mentors, who gladly share advice, suggestions, support, and teaching materials. Here are some of my favorite networks and websites for science and general teaching resources.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
"National Science Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, 60,000-strong. We publish books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college. Each year we hold four conferences on science education: three regional events in the fall and a national gathering in the spring. We provide ways for science teachers to connect with one another." I recommend the Community Forums, Learning Center, and Freebies for Teachers! Journal articles, select book chapters, and guides are free for members.

Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS)
"STANYS is New York's oldest and most respected professional organization of science educators. Our membership of Pre-K to University and Informal science educators creates a collaborative association that is invaluable for our organization and for science education in New York State."

NSDL Middle School Portal Math and Science"The Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2) project supports middle grades educators with high-quality, standards-based resources and promotes collaboration and knowledge-sharing among its users. Educators use MSP2 to increase content knowledge in science, mathematics, and appropriate pedagogy for youth ages 10 to 15. MSP2 employs social networking and digital tools to foster dynamic experiences that promote creation, modification, and sharing of resources, facilitate professional development, and support the integration of technology into practice." The Learning Maps are very useful for curriculum planning, and are also hyperlinked to great online resources.

Earth to Class
"E2C is a unique science/math/technology resource for K-12 teachers, students, the general public, and geoscientists. It is a collaboration among researchers and an Earth Science educator at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University technology integration specialists from Colégio Bandeirantes, São Paulo, Brasil; and classroom teachers from New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere."

SciLinks.org
"SciLinks ® is a partnership between progressive U.S. textbook publishers and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest organization of science educators in the world. If your textbook has SciLinks, you and your students will have the best Internet science sources at your fingertips:
  • Websites to extend and expand your students' understanding
  • Science news to add context to their classroom learning
  • Activities to bring science alive for them
  • Experts to answer their questions and satisfy their curiosity."

Teachersdomain.org
"Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities."