Ning is a hosted service that lets you create a private group space or community.
Ning continues to drop down the list – this year by 33 places – probably due to the fact the it now charges for community hosting.
Comments from some of those who selected Ning as one of their Top Tools
- “I set up a class social network for the fall; much easier to make announcements here than contacting students by email, which they don’t often read; students can submit Voicethread projects here; can carry on class chats and discussions in and out of class; students can get to know each other the first day of class and download their pictures; most are familiar with other social networks, so this is easy for them “Sarah Davis
- “the app that allows you to build your own social network. I belong to numerous Ning groups where like-minded people exchange ideas and resources.” Carol Skyring
- “Personalized Facebook creator. Develop a social community for your class or organization. It is free and filled with the capacity to build an interactive community” Leigh Zeitz
- “build an online community in 20 minutes” Jay Cross
- “Anyone can develop social network sites through Ning, and these have expanded my “friends” worldwide, with College 2.0 one in which I spend the most time. New uses are being explored, such as Jeff Utecht’s use of Ning for the Learning 2.0 conference website.” Britt Wattwood
- “The size of ning and its communities can be overwhelming volume. Classroom20.Ning.com is one that I participate in when I have time. I love that I was able to join several different educator communities. The conversations are refreshing and varied,” Kevin Amboe