Ning is a free program that allows people to create their own social networking sites, similar to the ones so many middle school and high school students are using. This post isn’t about Ning, though. It’s about one of the social networks supported by Ning: Classroom 2.0.
If all this talk about using technology to aid your teaching and engage your students sounds interesting to you, but you’d like a bit more information, Classroom 2.0 could be a great resource. Self-styled as a resource for beginners and a residence for teacher-learners, Classroom 2.0 is like a great big teacher’s lounge, where the talk is all about teaching, learning, students, and technology. Here you can find teachers discussing hardware they are currently using, projects that they’ve worked on or would like to begin, and the rewards and challenges of engaging 21st century learners.
So, if you’re interested in these sorts of topics, but prefer to err on the side of caution, Classroom 2.0 might be a good place to get your feet wet. They’ve even created a page dedicated to explaining this “2.0” thing. Browse through the experiences of others. Pose some questions to the members. Perhaps even sign up (it’s free).
An online community isn’t only for 12-25 year olds. It’s also for their teachers.