A ‘ning’ is a social networking site that can be set up where people with similar interests can post comments in forums, create groups, add blogs, upload photos and video and generally share ideas and information within a like-minded community.  Currently, Ning hosts more than 500,000 networks (Wikipedia) and its popularity is growing as people see the potential that it offers.

CEO and co-founder of Ning, Gina Bianchini says,  “We started Ning with a simple premise. We wanted to see what would happen if everyone had the freedom to create their own social network for anything. We thought the results would be amazing, but they have truly surpassed our expectations. From artists to musicians, athletes, bloggers, video channels, journalists, students, educators, parents, craft hobbyists, alumni, and interest groups, the range and diversity of the social networks on Ning are profound.” 

Teacher librarians and educators have, of course, put Ning to good use, and you can join any of these nings by visiting the links below.



In the Teacher Librarian Ning some of the groups you can join are:  High School TLs;  YA Lit in School Libraries;  More Things: Applying 2.0 Tools;  Information Fluency Project;  Middle School TLs;  New / Young TLs;  Harry Potter Discussion;  The Changing and Evolving Library.

As comments are made to the discussions, you can be notified by email, or you can put an RSS feed on the page.

Obviously, the best way to see the potential for using a ning is to become involved in one yourself,  but this link shows how some teacher librarians have gone one step further and are now creating nings themselves for use within their schools: