Saturday, November 15, 2008
PUWT 2008 - Session 3: What's In A Ning? Online Social Netwoks in K-12 Education
Presented by Allison Archer
Started out with a Bob Dylan song about times and how they're a-changin'. Rolled right into dialogue on MySpace. (Boo! Hiss!) Social Networking is cool and helpful, but MySpace gives it all a bad name.
Enter: Ning - a site that allows us to build our own social networks. Plenty of collaboration, but also plenty of control. The presenter created a Ning for her students to share with students in Thailand.
Quick mention about wikis - another way to collaborate.
Now talking about cultural differences encountered between her 2nd grade class and their Thailand partners. It was a new experience they'd never thought of, so they needed to get used to it. As teachers we ned to get them used to social networking. Would you put a 16 year old alone in a car with no lessons? No, we have driver's ed.