Tibor raised an important point in his recent email to us — it’s clear that moving to an online social (educational) network will serve us all better in the long-run. Obviously Ning is the ideal choice. Unfortunately, my District’s filters continue to block images from Ning, including the CAPTCHA that you have to copy in order to sign-up.
So, since I’m the “problem,” it appropriately is my responsibility to find an alternative.
Here are the alternatives I will be looking at:
Brica Box (it’s brand new this week and looks promising)
All of them are free, and it only takes a minute or two to start a network. They all have most, if not all, of the same features as Ning. I think three of the main criteria I’m looking at are:
1) Are they unblocked by my District’s filters? Several are fine, though I still have to check on a couple.
2) Are they easy to use?
3) Can you easily embed slideshows and videos?
I’ll look at them more closely over the next month. If anyone else gets a chance to check them out please let us all know what you think.