Ning will no longer offer free, ad supported services

ning_logo1Jen Smith pointed out an important article this morning pertaining to Ning. According to CNET, they are, “cutting 40 percent of its staff and axing its free, ad-supported service.” This is bad news for many of us who have been involved with Ning for years.

If you’re wondering what Ning is:

“Ning is the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online. Millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits.”

A great example of its use is in the group, “Classroom 2.0“.

buddypressThere is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for those of you interested in forums and groups for educational use here at ISM. We’re currently investigating the use of BuddyPress – a very similar type of service that is scheduled to be integrated with WordPress soon. If things go as planned, this could hopefully be an option for use in your classes starting in August. More info to come!

The Top 50 Educators on Twitter to Follow in 2010

The Top 50 Educators on Twitter to Follow in 2010

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Love or hate it, Twitter is an important tool to understand, even if you don’t participate. It has become a vast resource for finding information, tips, and communication for educators around the world. Distance-Education.org has compiled a list of their top 50 education related twitter accounts:

“With the tough economic times of today and unemployment rates spiking across the world, there are scores of people making education their number one resolution for the New Year. With this in mind, we wanted to create a list of educators who are utilizing Twitter to help others reach their educational goals.

We have spent hours scouring over our followers at twitter.com/onlinecourse. We’ve examined over a thousand candidates, looking at their tweets, followers, interaction with users, the length their account has been active, the quality of the sites they link to, and even the general appeal of their tweets. And, after careful consideration we have compiled this list of the Top 50 Educators on Twitter who have made strides not only in social media, but in the classroom as well. The tweets from these educators are encouraging and provide a wide swath of resources that can help you accomplish your education resolutions this year.”