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Ripe environment

Do one or more of the following preconditions describe your school culture and/or your school-based mentoring program? If so, then _ may be an appropriate intervention:
  • Mentoring team needs a quick-and-dirty way to upload, archive, and share documents and other resources to support their program.
  • Mentoring team wants to publish news and announcements about their program, to essentially create a home page.
  • Mentors and novices desire a way to post and share resources pertaining to a specific content area, pedagogical concern, or classroom management issue.
  • Staff development activities leave participants with a need to discuss and extend new learning.

Potential pitfalls

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Tool name: the nitty gritty details

  • Installation: none required (web-based)
  • Registration: simple and free, with option to create a member profile
  • Design/user interface: basic three-column layout with a variety of templates and numerous customizable options
  • Tech support: help index, network creators' forum, Ning in Education support community, and tech support via email
  • Cost: free but subject to advertising, which costs $20 per month to remove. Ad-free student networks are available but must be certified.
  • Scalability: unlimited users and file uploads. In private networks, up to 500 mb of content is allowed.
  • Reliability: slow page downloads and occasional server outages
  • Usability: scored 4 out of 5 on a usability scale at TechCrunch.com; similarity to other large networking sites is considered a plus by some
  • User features: secure login with privacy settings and passwords, content moderation by network administrator(s), membership directory with thumbnail portraits, file uploads and content sharing, groups, customizable profile pages, keyword search, messaging/comment board, RSS, and email notification.