Educational Networking
"Educational Networking" is the use of social networking technologies for educational purposes. Because the phrase "social networking" can carry some negative connotations for educators, the phrase "educational networking" may be a way of more objectively discussing the pedagogical value of these tools. The original URL for this site ( still works, but is now the main URL.

The page to list or find a social network devoted to education is here and in the navigation to the left. Also in the navigation are the page for keeping track of articles and blog posts which discuss educational networking, links to discussions on this topic, and pages which could be used for video and podcast tracking.

Feedback or ideas can be sent to

Meeting to Discuss Changes to Ning, April 20th, 2010 - Note from Steve Hargadon

We had over 150 people join us in an Elluminate session to discuss the changes taking place at Ning and the impact this will have on educational uses of social networking. It was a tremendous community gathering, and felt enormously productive to me.

Just after the session finished I received an email from John McDonald, the "VP Advocacy" at Ning, asking if we might be able to talk by phone in the next few days, and then later asking if he and others at Ning could have access to the recording. As this was one of our desired outcomes--the ability to present the community feedback to Ning--it allows us to claim at least one early success. :)

Many thanks to those of you who were able to join. It did have the feel of history in the making. While it will take a bit to organize the combination of text, voice, and white-board feedback, when that's done I'll post it here and on It will hopefully serve as a public springboard to further discussions.

Here are some links: