Social Networking in education has become the most powerful professional development that a connected teacher can own. Never before have educators been able to reach out to a diverse, international, multidisciplinary community for instant feedback. The construction of a Personal Learning Network is now a necessary construct and not just a "techie" luxury.

So where do we start? The key to making your PLN relative and useful is finding the connections that with empower you to go further. One social networking tool that has been extensively used in education is Ning. Ning is a simple, plug and play tool to build or join social networks. A Ning community is like a small, private Facebook that you can create.

Networks that I suggest for educators:
http://www.classroom20.com/
http://flatclassroomconference.ning.com/
http://edupln.ning.com/

Find a Ning to Connect to:
http://www.ning.com/discover

Other Tools
http://voicethread.com/
http://voicethread.com/share/946420/