Education services and technology company Pearson has announced that, as Ning transitions to its new offerings and pricing model in July, its education networks will be able to stay online - free - thanks to a Pearson sponsorship.
Ning.com currently hosts 6,500 K-12 and 2,100 higher ed social networks. They run the gamut from Ning Networks designed for novice teachers, or for teachers of specific subject areas, to individual school and alumni networks and those where teachers offer help to students outside of the classroom, just to name a few.
For example, Silvia Knittel created the Prime Sheet Network as a place for juniors and seniors in high school to interact on their fine arts writing assignments. In addition to feedback from the teacher and access to homework assignments, professional writers regularly sign-in to provide real-world mentorship and advice to the students.
"Using Ning in my writing classroom has changed my teaching more than any single thing I have ever done," said Knittel. "I am so thankful to Ning and Pearson for creating this educational tool and allowing educators to continue to have free access to our network. It's a fantastic teaching resource."
Under the Pearson sponsorship of Ning's education networks, existing participants will have the opportunity to opt-in to the program and maintain seamless uninterrupted access for everyone to their networks; new education networks joining will also be able to enjoy Ning's robust features free of charge. For more information or to opt-in, please visit : http://about.ning.com/pearsonsponsorship/.
Source: Pearson, www.pearsoned.com