A number of teachers that I know plan to spend at least a part of this summer getting themselves acquainted with Ning in an effort to extend their own learning opportunities or those of their students. I belong to several networks myself, and although my participation in them tends to wax and wane depending on my schedule, there are several that top my personal favorites list, including the English Companion Ning and Working Together to Make a Difference.
When I’m asked to provide examples of how teachers might begin using Ning with their students, I always find myself steering them toward The T-Bird Times, which is the newspaper for Northfield Middle School that Kevin Jarrett has worked on with his students. 107 Voices offers great inspiration as well, and English at the Tens is another example worth sharing. I find that sharing well-established and very active networks is helpful in terms of providing new users an idea of what is possible, but when it comes to getting started, most of the teachers that I work with really enjoy getting themselves connected to others who are just beginning as well. I also find that learning from others who are engaged in the process is just as important as getting “how-to” information.
I’m on the hunt for more examples of how ning is used in classrooms. If you have any to share, please do so in the comments section below, send me an email at stockmanangela at gmail.com, or a direct message on Twitter.