This week I have been playing with a great tool called Ning. Ning lets you create your own social networking site that you have control over. You can use it to set up a secure place for students, teachers, parents, or community members to interact online. It is free and quite powerful. There are also many Ning networks out there for teachers to join and share ideas and professional development experiences with other teachers.
Goodhue Teachers Ning - I create this Ning in the tutorial. If you want to play around as a user just join the site and wait for confirmation. I have it set so I have to approve members so it might be a couple hours or even days if done on the weekend. Use this as a sandbox for now.
I also have spent much of the week working on updating and adding modules to the Online Staff Technology Training. The following are new training modules available for you:
8.4 - Building a Custom Search Engine (6pts)
9.6 - Educational/Social Networks (10 pts)
9.7 - Microblogging (5pts)
If you have any suggestions for training modules you would like to see or ideas for how I could improve these modules please let me know.