Tapped In is an online community of K-12 teachers and librarians, professional development staff, teacher education faculty and students, and researchers. The site helps education agencies, philanthropic organizations, and for-profit organizations use the internet to connect with and support teachers via the web. The technology that supports the community is a web-based, multi-user virtual environment designed to support large numbers of education professionals in a single virtual place. An integrated set of communication mechanisms (speaking, whispering, paging, nonverbal actions) and support tools (virtual whiteboards, sharable text documents, web page projection, transcript recorders) enable users to be more expressive than with

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