“Ning has become an important tool for educators at all levels,” said Raymond Schroeder, director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield campus. “It is a great product, and the ad-free environment for K-12 has been especially welcome. I certainly understand the need to make this venture self-sustaining, so I can accept the fact that Ning will charge for services. I can only hope that the costs will be somewhat lower for education, as we use this technology for the benefit of our youth.”
Ning has proven popular at education conferences nationwide. The Texas Computer Education Association’s 30th annual conference in February included a Ning group for teachers who weren’t able to attend the event in Austin. The conference’s Ning page included summaries of resources that were discussed during sessions and workshops—such as free tips and helpful web sites that educators can use in the classroom and for professional development.