Ning Networks for Classrooms

Central Bucks School District Professional Learning Community (Ning Network)

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What is Ning?

Ning is a social networking application. You can use it to find networks of people with whom you share interests. You can also create your own Ning network for use with your classroom or school. Ning will allow educators teaching in grades 7-12 to remove the ads from their networks. (credit: Liz Davis)

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Setting Up Your Network

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(Thanks to Liz Davis for creating and sharing the presentation above)

Click here to access the Creating a Social Network: a quick tutorial using Ning (Anthony Armstrong)

How to set up your BASIC Ning in 9 easy steps

  1. Go to and sign up for an account.
  2. Name your network and choose an address (most choices can be changed but not the web address).
  3. Enter a description and upload a logo (if you want).
  4. Choose the features you want to start with. Don't panic- you can change this at anytime. Just think about how you want your students to interact: writing stories and commenting in BLOGS, having debates or converstaions in FORUMS and etc.
  5. Choose your color scheme.
  6. Choose public or private. You can change this choice later. I'll explain the pros and cons in the next tutorial, but don't worry about it now.
  7. Choose what questions your students will answer in their profiles.
  8. Click Launch!
  9. You are now up and running. Everything can be altered and changed by using the MANAGE toolbar at the top. Now why don't you invite your students to join you? How: Click here!

Step-by-Step Video Illustrations

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Identifying Your Network

Design Elements

Defining Your Audience

Featuring Content

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Customizing Notes and Events

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Messaging Features

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Removing Ads for Educational Networks (7-12)

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Credits & Resources

Joshua Davies' Ning Tutorials
Sue Waters Ning Tutorial
Robin Good's Ning Tutorial
Ning Help and FAQs

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Imbee Networks for Classrooms

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Discovery Imbee

imbee is the first free social network designed for young people!
imbee is your personal spot on the internet. It's full of fun things to do like
  • Create a blog
  • Upload pictures
  • Make trading cards
  • Create and join groups
imbee is a parent approved, teacher endorsed social networking site appropriate for kids and 'tweens.

Edmodo Microblogging for Classrooms

Edmodo Users Wiki
Teacher Quickstart Guide
Student Quickstart Guide
Posting to Edmodo
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What is edmodo?
Edmodo is a private microblogging platform that teachers and students can use to send notes, links, files, alerts, assignments, and events to each other.

How does it work?
Teachers sign up for accounts, and then create groups. Each group has a unique code which is distributed by the teacher to the class. Students then sign up (no email address required) and join the group using the code.

What is the locker?
All users can add any post or reply to their locker. After posts have been added to a user's locker, they can be organized and filtered using tags. Posts can also be sent directly to a user's own locker.