Do you know what a Ning is? A Ning is an online site that allows people to create their own social network. You could create one, I could create one, and so one. Some schools have Nings set up for the staff to communicate and share ideas. Neighborhood groups have set Nings up to have their own little social network. In educational technology and the wonderful world of web 2.0, the largest (I believe) and best Ning is Classroom 2.0. According to the site,
“Welcome to Classroom20.com, the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education. We encourage you to sign up to participate in the great discussions here, to receive event notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues.”
I’m a member of this Ning, although, I honestly don’t visit the site nearly enough or participate in the discussions as much as I should. I know I’m missing out on great learning opportunities. With that being said, this site is outstanding. If you’re looking for a place to connect with other educators, I recommend starting here, and joining the over 37,500 members. One of the features I really like about this Ning is the online professional development opportunities offered. Every Saturday, there is a Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show.
“Classroom 2.0 LIVE is an opportunity to gather with other members of the community in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing, and sometimes even video. You are invited to join us for our weekly Saturday show with co-hosts Peggy George, Kim Caise and Lorna Costantini!”
I’m on an email list from the Ning that sends me a weekly email with information about the Classroom 2.0 LIVE show, the times, and the topics. It’s a nice reminder of the free opportunities offered by this group of teachers. Steve Hardagon is the creator of the site and does a fantastic job keeping everything running smoothly and providing educators a ton of exceptional learning opportunities. Without a doubt, check out Classroom 2.0.