What is Ning?
Ning is an online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks, launched in October 2004 . (Wikipedia ) Nings allow communities to create individual web pages, blog, engage in forum discussions. create interest groups, share photos and videos, present RSS feeds, and more. Note: Ning will turn off ads if users are between 13 and 18.

Examples of Nings
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Why should teachers use and create Nings?
  • To create class environments for interaction and media sharing
  • To create space for interaction and sharing with team or grade level partners
  • To create online book or film discussion space
  • Because we know that learning is a social process
  • To promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness (NETS*T)
  • To engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources. (NETS*T)
  • To promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. (NETS*T)
  • To model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments. (NETS*T)
  • To design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity. (NETS*T)
  • To customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources. (NETS*T)
  • To demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations. (NETS*T)
  • To collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation. (NETS*T)
  • To communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats. (NETS*T)
  • To model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning. (NETS*T)
  • To advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources. (NETS*T)
  • To address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources. (NETS*T)
  • To promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information. (NETS*T)
  • To develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital-age communication and collaboration tools. (NETS*T)
  • To participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning. (NETS*T)
  • To exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others. (NETS*T)
  • To contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community. (NETS*T)


Why should students use and create Nings?
  • To organize or participate in social action projects
  • To create space for interaction with a club or team
  • Because we know that learning is a social process
  • To share work in a variety of media
  • To practice 21st communication skills
  • To practice digital citizenship
  • Organize knowledge so that it is useful AASL Standards
  • To collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems AASL Standards
  • To use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings AASL Standards
  • To connect understanding to the real world AASL Standards
  • To connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience AASL Standards
  • To use social networks and information tools to gather and share information AASL Standards
  • To organize personal knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily AASL Standards
  • To use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning AASL Standards


Why should librarians use and create Nings?
  • To create online book or film discussion space
  • To create space to communicate with other district librarians
  • Because we know that learning is a social process



Why should administrators use and create Nings?
  • To create space for faculty and staff to meet and share online
  • To create space for other administrators in and outside the district to meet and share online
  • Because we know that learning is a social process
  • Because we know that learning is a social process