In a previous post, Dave Scott, one of our grade 8 teachers, discussed how Twitter and Skype had allowed him to connect with a philosophy teacher on Bowen Island, just outside of Vancouver, BC.
Having met and Skyped a number of times, Brad and Dave have now set up a Ning, a site that allows the user to create a ‘facebook-like’ space for collaboration. The philosophy students from both Island Pacific School and Calgary Science School have been invited into this protected space, and are now sharing and commenting on topics such as the nature of matter and the universe.
The beauty of a site like Ning is the simplicity of its set-up, as well as the networked structure. Everything posted on the site is easily viewed by everyone else, and Nings are great for handling video uploads.