As I mentioned a few days ago, I’ve been participating recently in a social networking site–Ning.com. It’s like Facebook or Myspace, but has several education groups going, like Classroom 2.0, Teacher 2.0, and Library 2.0. You can also set up your own “Ning” groups.
I’m still finding my way around but if you are interested in trying out a social network like Myspace, but talking to educators, it’s worth trying out. There is a blog, place to upload photos, “friends” you can invite (many of them bloggers or teachers), discussion forums, informal “chatter”, etc.
You can also set up your own Ning discussion group, so you could set up one with a group of teachers on your campus, or teachers you know across several campuses on a theme or topic.
It’s worth trying if you just would like to dabble in social networking to see what it is like(and see what your students are doing), or if you have a group of teachers or students you’d like to network with.
One thing I like about it is that you can interact informally with educators from all over the world (or librarians from all kinds of libraries). You can comment on other people’s questions or conversations, and can participate as much or as little as you have time to. So if you aren’t into the idea of blogging, Ning is a way to network with others, but without the time commitment of maintaining your own site.