Humm, well I guess the first thing I'd say is building a community is not a job you can take lightly. If you have not published some best selling books and don't access to a pre-existing community or organization you will have to do a lot of "gardeNING."
Sharing and developing content It is very time intensive because you generally have to do some html work to make content engaging and interactive for readers. Rarely is a post as simple as a copy and paste from MS Word.
I've noticed that Nings when you focus on a very specific demographic grow quicker. On the flip side, the idea behind MC POP is that it brings teachers across all disciplines and grade levels who are interested in creating classrooms that use best practices AND pop cultures, common cultures, media, and technology.
Another thought - only broadcast things with wide appeal, use the "groups" feature to organize people with similar interests so messages can be broadcast to their intended audience.
Dunno if that helps, I could babble more but if you had a more specific question I could answer that too.
Thanks for thinking of me and highlighting MC POP!
Debbie - thanks for writing - yeah, I want to do a thing short films "Better than YouTube?" Something like that - I'm going to work it up in early Nov as I'm presenting on that topic at NCTE in NOV. BTW - did you see this smutty short film collection - crack up. I really don't know if I could tell a teacher to use them but they are very educational.
At 10:06am on September 30, 2009, Ryan Goble said…
Debbie - How are you? Big news - with the recent influx of Californians to the Ning I created a BRAND SPANKIN' New California Educator Group - a good time will be had by all there. The group is designed to connect CA educators. You can use that space to share events, resources and network!
Hope the publicaion is going well for y'all - I still have my eyes on the film issue!
I use a variety of Web 2.0 tools at the various grade levels I teach (K-6). I'll mention a few, and you can let me know if you'd like more info on any of them.
*Google Earth explorer journals for 5th grade
*Poems for 2 Voices podcast projects for 4th grade
*Creating audiobooks on GarageBand for 2nd grade
*StoryTubes video book trailer project for 4th-6th grade (book club thing)
*Short comic strips using MakeBeliefsComix for 3rd grade
*Digital storytelling for 6th grade