NING tip for teachers

Of all the online teaching tools (edublogs, pbwiki, wetpaint, voicethread, twitterfacebook!) I have used in the past couple of years, I would have to say that the most successful (and my favourite) was the general purpose, customisable networking site, Ning.

I have used Ning now to coach debating teams, and to provide online homework/study support for my classes.

Here is a tip:
(it is one of my FAVOURITE things to do, because I would have loved this as a student!)

Turn on the photos section of your Ning.  At the end of important lessons, take a digital photo on your camera or phone of your whiteboard notes.  Post them up as photos on the Ning…really helps those who remember notes visually 🙂

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P.S. An excellent example of how Ning has been used by educators for profressional learning and networking is The English Companion Ning, created for English teachers by Jim Burke.  Another I have come across more recently is The Educator’s PLN, a Ning created by Thomas Whitby to support the Personal Learning Networks of educators generally.

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  1. #1 by Lyn on November 7, 2009 - 2:41 pm

    Hi Kelli. I’ve just spent about two hours ‘surfing’ the English Companion Ning. What a wonderful cyberplace and thank you for sharing.

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