The English Companion Ning
After allowing it to lapse, I decided to reactivate my Ning account yesterday. Ning is a site that, for a small fee, allows users to create their own social network on whatever topic they desire. Ning originally was a free service and during that time, I created a few social networks that were contained to just a particular class. So, for example, I create a Ning site for my English Media course and because Ning has almost all of the same basic functionality as Facebook, the students were able to interact with each other in a non-traditional way. Ning eventually did become the pay site it is today and, for reasons I can’t remember, I stopped using Ning about 1 year and a half ago.
But as I was re-activating my account, I remembered the ECN — English Companion Ning — which is created by and for English teachers. In my new role as a Literacy Learning Coordinator, I plan on delving a bit deeper into this site and even suggesting it to teachers as a resource.
Here is the link: http://englishcompanion.ning.com/