The Ed Tech Book Club ning is an excellent way to connect with other educators reading non-fiction that focuses on technological change in schools.
From the ning’s main page comes the following information:
I believe the true catalyst to change in education is collaboration and communication between educators. Those in the trenches know what is needed in schools more than politicians and many policy makers.
We hope that you will take time to join us through various book conversations! We will focus on non-fiction books with Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, and Educational Practices as their foundation. Our ultimate goal is to create lifelong learners in the field of education and help serve as the catalyst to change!
Thanks to Krista Scott and Marti Sides for developing and maintaining the ning.
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This looks like such a neat Ning, I would love to join but am just reading that Ning is no longer offering their site for free, I wonder how many of these educational Nings will disappear?
No free Ning? That has huge ramifications for educators as it is the best social networking tool really as it can be private.
Yes, I just received an email from a Ning in the States saying they weren’t sure what they were going to do. But until they find out for sure when the free site will be shut down, it will be “business as usual”.
This is a real problem as I know of many schools and educators who have set up nings. Thanks.
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Thanks for the review on Ed Tech Book Club! We have been so excited about the book club and were really disappointed in Ning’s announcement. We are currently researching other options in hopes of finding one comparable to the Ning. In the meantime, we’ve also created a Wiki available at http://www.edtechbookclub.wikispaces.org. We hope you will join the discussion.
Thanks Marti, good luck with it all. There has been so much feedback about Ning, here’s hoping that they decide to make it free for schools and educators – non-profit. Let’s hope people power can make this change!
Thanks for the great review on Ed Tech Book Club! Marti and I are hoping to increase our book conversations on our next book starting this week! The book is The World is Open by Curtis J. Bonk. As Marti mentioned, we have http://edtechbookclub.wikispaces.com as an alternative if Ning is blocked in a district. We are researching and waiting to see what Ning does for the world of educators! Join us!