In which we explore how social networking can support educational communities, featuring Ning.

"Create Your Own Social Network"

There are 155,000 networks on Ning as of January 19, 2008

Ning blog:

About Social Media

What is Social Media? Let's take a look at how Wikipedia defines it...

"Social Media Expanded Definition: Social Media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into content publishers. It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism to a many-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers.

Social media uses the “wisdom of crowds” to connect information in a collaborative manner. Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, message boards, weblogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Technologies such as blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, group creation and voice over IP, to name a few. Examples of social media applications are Google (reference, social networking), Wikipedia (reference), MySpace (social networking), Facebook(social networking), (personal music), YouTube (social networking and video sharing), Second Life (virtual reality), and Flickr (photo sharing)."

Ning is a social networking site that facilitates collaborative groups. Learn more about social networking: The Social Networking Guide for Newbies by Karen Post, published by Fast Company.

Ning Networks

Gesher: (private) See also the Gesher wiki:
CAJEnet: (private)
Classroom 2.0:
TorahTech (ning):

Articles About Social Networks

Big News from Ning: Ad-Free Student Networks by Steve Hargadon
It is about Educational Networking NOT Social Networking by Vicki Davis
The Economist Debate on Social "Networking" by Danah Boyd

Resources about Social Networks

AUPs - from the Classroom2.0 ning site:
Being A Web-Mensch wiki by Debbie Harris

“Using Ning” Sketchcast by unorder