This is big news. I’ve been dabbling in Nings* for a few months now and my interest is piqued. I’m a part of the Classroom 2.0 and Assistive Tech Nings, which connect me with hundreds or thousands of other educators interested in collaborating and exchanging questions and ideas. The new news is that Ning is now offering ad-free Nings for K-12 educators.

*Knowing what a Ning is might help…

Ning is a social networking web site – like FaceBook or MySpace – with a twist. According to Ning:

Ning is the only online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds.

A Ning combines threaded discussions (or forums) with tagging, blogging, image sharing and more. It’s a bit like a list serve with a face and more organizing options. There are so many features, it’s a bit hard to describe – and to decide how, as a community, to use it well, but the potential is there to bring a dispersed community together for rich discussion and exchange.

Perhaps the best way to decide if a Ning is right for you is to plow in and join a Ning. Try Classroom 2.0 for learning the best way to integrate new internet technologies into the classroom or Assitive Tech for an open network of people interested in assistive technology use in pre-K to grade 12, or explore one of the many educational Nings at…

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