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Heather Sullivan

Steve Hargadon: New Ning Plans: The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown - 10 views

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  • API access to networks will be a plus to organizations really wanting to research the value and use of educational social networking.  Several graduate students have looked closely at my Classroom 2.0 network and this kind of access will make deeper scholarship possible.
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  • Single sign-on / alternative authentication has been a highly desired feature from Ning in the past, and will potentially allow institutions and organizations with existing membership bases to incorporate access to Ning into their existing services.  It seems like there will be a couple of other somewhat intriguing options here as well, including logging in using Facebook or Twitter authentication.  What's not entirely clear in the material--or, according to John, to Ning yet--is if these features will be included as part of the Pro service or an extra fee.  
  • If you don't pay even the minimal amount, currently your network and all its content will disappear 30 days after the July shift.  While Ning will likely provide some capability to get a network back within some limited period of time, the idea that created content is not "grandfathered in" and retained even in some format feels bad.  I'm not sure how bad it actually is, but I'm hoping they reconsider this in some way and while not allowing those networks be functional, it would be nice to have the content statically available for posterity.  I'm also thinking about all the networks that will be created in the future--the idea that if for some reason you stop paying Ning all of the contributions "disappear forever" will be a mental and real roadblock to using the service.
  • The "major educational company" that has no name could be good or bad.  I'm assured it will be good, but I can imagine more than one large educational company whose providing Ning Mini networks for free would be looked upon with suspicion.  What's also not spelled out is what kind of control that company will have, their ability to market or message to the creators and members of the networks, and if there will be any advertising by that company on the networks.
Emily Mann

Spruz Owners' Community Home - 9 views

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    A replacement site for ning.  Similar features and price structure already spelled out with a free option.  Gives code to help migrate your content from the ning or at least post a redirection link on your ning.
Dean Mantz

The iPod Touch Classroom - An online community for schools using iPod Touches in the cl... - 17 views

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    Collaborate globally with other educators on using iPod Touch in the classroom.
Tim Childers

English Companion - 1 views

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    A Ning site dedicated to K12 English teachers.
Sheri Edwards

Creating a Social Networkon Ning - 0 views

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    How to create a professional learning network on ning by a armstrong
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    How to ning - create a professional learning network on ning
Jennifer Dorman

Social Networks in Education - 1 views

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    Wiki page with comprehensive listing on social networks, bith on Ning and on other networks.
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