My students just finished their last posts to our Romeo and Juliet Ning. They enjoyed role playing as they posted in character. Now we are going to use a Ning to post reponses to To Kill a Mockingbird at To Kill a Mockingbird Response Ning. I am trying to discover the best way to incorporate Nings into the classroom. I am using edublogs with my Read the Net students, and while it gives my students more freedom, I also think that my students may benefit more from the Ning format. I am hypothesizing that students will be more apt to converse and leave meaningful comments for other students in a Ning environment than in a blogging environment. Blogs are only connected by the blog roll and an aggregator, such as, Google Reader, so students may feel a disconnect that a Ning may provide. I am only theorizing this is the case, and hopefully I will be able to discover which Web 2.0 tool works best in the classroom as I try out the TKAM Ning with my 9th grade English students and Edublogs with my Read the Net students.
I have also added a widget badge for the class TKAM Ning in the right side bar of this blog which provides a link to the Ning.