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MULTICULTURAL PAVILION Digital Divide and EdTech Search:

Guide to Educational Email Forums

E-mail discussion forums allow groups of folks to arrange conversations on a given topic through e-mail. If you subscribe to a discussion group, known also as "listservs" or "mailing lists" depending on the type of software used to run the forum, you can post one message which is then distributed to other subscribers of the group. Likewise, when other subscribers post messages, you will automatically receive them in your e-mail mailbox. Anybody with an e-mail account may join discussion groups, allowing for large, diverse, worldwide participation for many exising groups. For information on the Multicultural Pavilion's e-mail discussion group, go here.

Below is a list of selected educational e-mail discussion groups, as well as instructions for subscribing to groups. The list is not nearly a complete one, but instead a collection of groups I have come across or others have suggested. To suggestion an additional group, write Paul Gorski.


You subscribe to e-mail discussion groups by sending an e-mail to the servers on which they reside including the following simple command in the body of the message:

subscribe [name of list] [your first name] [your last name]

For example, to subscribe to the Multicultural Pavilion's discussion group, MCPavilion, I would write send a message to the program on the University of Virginia's server which houses mailing lists, majordomo@virginia.edu, with the following as the body of the message:

subscribe mcpavilion Paul Gorski

Anything you put in the subject line(s) of subscription requests will be ignored.

Within 24 hours of sending this request, you should receive a message from the discussion group's administrator or facilitator with instructions for posting messages, unsubscribing, and other commands, if available.

You can subscribe to the following groups two ways:

  1. Click on the names of the group(s) below. An e-mail window will appear for e-mail capable browsers. Make sure the e-mail preferences are set correctly for your browser.
  2. Drag the mouse over the name of the group you're interested in joining. In the bottom left corner of your browser window, you'll see the e-mail address for subscribing to the group. Write down the address, and subscribe through your regular e-mail application when convenient.
Some groups listed below have subtly different instructions for subscription. To subscribe to these groups, follow the instructions in parenthesis after the groups' description.

Select Forums

ACIMEG. Computer hardware/software for music teaching and learning.
ACSOFT-L. Educational software discussion.
ADMIN.Educational Administration discussion.
AEDNET. Adult Education discussion.
AEELIST. The Association for Experimental Education list.
ALF-L. Academic Librarian's Forum list.
ALTLEARN. Alternative approaches to learning discussion.
AMTEC. Media and technology in education.
ASAT-EVA. Distance learning discussion.
ASDEN. Australian Schools of Distance Education Network (K-12) list.
BGEDU-L. Educator's forum on reform.
BILINGUE-L. Developmental bilingual elementary education list.
BIOPI-L. Biology and education discussion.
CACI. Children accessing controversial information discussion. (your message should say subscribe and nothing else)
CESNEWS. Coalition of Essential Schools News.
CHATBACK. Special education discussion.
CHILDRENS-VOICE. Publishes writing from children ages 5-14.
CMC-SIG. Computer Mediated Communication list.
CNEDUC-L. Computer networking in education discussion.
COLICDE. Distance education research bulletin.
COMMCOLL. Community college discussion.
CSHCN-L. Children with special health care needs list.
CREAD-D. Distance education quality control discussion.
CREWRT-L. Creative Writing in Education for Teachers and Students list.
CTI-L. Discussion of computers in teaching.
DEOS-L. Distance Education On-line symposium of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education.
DISTED. Discussion on distance education.
DRUGABUS. Drug abuse education list.
ECENET-L. Early childhood education list.
ECEOL-L. Early Childhood Education On-Line mailing list.
ECID-L. Educational Computing and Instructional Development.
EDAD-L. Educational Administration Discussion List.
EDISTA. Educacion a Distancia (in Spanish).
EDLAW. Legal issues in education.
EDNET. Discussion of education and networking.
EDNETNY. Educational Development Network of New York.
EDPOL. Education policy discussion.
EDPOLYAN. Educational policy analysis.
EDRES-L. Discussion of on-line educational resources.
EDSTYLE. Discussion of educational styles.
EDTECH. Education and technology list.
EDUCAI-L. Discussion of artificial intelligence in education.
EDUTEL. Education and technology list.
EFFSCHPRAC. Effective school practices list.
EJCREC. Electronic Journal of Communications. (use 'join' instead of 'subscribe' when signing up to this list).
EKIDS. Electronic Kids Internet Server list.
ELEASAI. Library and information science research e-conference.
ELED-L. Elementary Education list. .
ELEMUG. Elementary School Users' Group.
ESPAN-L. Teaching Spanish literature and language list.
EUITLIST. Educational uses of information technology.
FLAC-L. Foreign languange across the curriculum.
FLTEACH. Foreign Language Teaching Forum.
GENTALK. Teacher/student discussion of genetics and bioethics.
GEOGED. Geography education list.
GLBL-HS. World culture discussion.
GLOBAL_ED. Global education discussion.
GRANTS-L. NSF grants information list.
HORIZONS. Adult Education journal.
IECC. International E-Mail Classroom Connection. Cultural exchange. iecc-request@stolaf.edu.
INCLASS. Using the Internet in the classroom.
INFED-L. Broad discussion of computers in the classroom.
INSEA-L. International Society for Education Through Art.
ITD-TOC. Information and technology for the disabled journal.
ITFS-L. Instructional TV Fixed Service discussion.
ITTE. Discussion on information technology and teacher education.
JTE-L. Journal of Technology Education.
KIDLINK. Information of KIDS-95.
KIDS-ACT. Activity projects for kids.
KIDSPHERE. International KIDLINK discussion.
K12ADMIN. Discussions concerning educational administration.
K12-AUP. Acceptable Use Policies discussion.(say 'subscribe' in body of message)
LM-NET. Library media specialist information exchange.
LRNASST. Learning assistance issues.
LRN-ED. Support and information for K12 teachers.
MATHEDCC. Technology in math education discussion.
MATHSED-L. Discussion group on Mathematics in Education.
MEDIA-L. Discussion of media in education.
MEDIA-L. Dicussion of media literacy.
MEMO-NET. Educational media discussion.
MEMORIES. Allows kids to talk with WWII survivors. l
MIDDLE-L. Discussion of middle school-aged children.
MULTIAGE. Multiple age schooling list.
MULTC-ED. Multicultural education discussion.
MULTI-L. Discussion of multi-lingual education.
MUSIC-ED. Music education discussion.
MY-VIEW. A global creative writing exchange for kids.
NAEATASK. NAEA Art Teacher Education Task Force list.
NAT-EDU. K12 Education and Indigenous Peoples group.
NCPRSE-L. Discussion of science education reform.
NCTM-L. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics discussion.
NEWEDU-L. New patterns in education list.
NLA. National Literacy Advocacy list.
NOVAE. Teachers and networking list.
PHILOSED. Philosophy of education discussion.
PHYSHARE. High school physics resources list.
PMIC-PENGUIN. International cultural discussion for students.
PRINT-SIG. Use of printed material in distance education.
REGGIO-L. Reggio Emilia education discussion.
SATEDU-L. Satellite education list.
SCHOOL-L. Discussion for primary and secondary schools.
SHED. Secondary and higher ed discussion.
SIGTEL-L. Discussion of telecommunications in education.
SLART-L. Second language acquisition teaching.
SPOKVIS-SIG. Spoken & visual communication in distance education.
SS435-L. Elementary social studies education list.
STARNET. Students at risk discussion.
STLHE-L. Teaching and learning in higher ed list.
SUPERK12. Internet & computers in K-12 schools.
TAMHA. Teaching American History list.
T321-L. Teaching science in elementary schools list.
TAFFIE. Home schooling in Texas.
TAG-L. Talented and gifted education discussion.
TAWL. Teaching whole language discussion.
TEACHEFT. Teaching effectiveness discussion.
TESLK-12. Teaching English as a Second Language in K-12.
TIPS. Teaching psychology science discussion.
UAARTED. Art education discussion.
UKERA-L. Dialog on education reform policy making.
VOCNET. Vocational Education discussion.
WWWEDU. The World Wide Web in Education.
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