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Nings as video parking lots

You may know,  I’ve gone a little video crazy these days.  So have my students.

We can certainly park our school-related video on our school server.  But I haven’t found a way to embed from the server to share those video where we often need to share them–on wikis and blogs.

Last month, I discovered that Nings make the perfect parking lots for my video and my students’ video as well.  Uploading anything under 100 MB (way bigger than Flickr’s limit) is a breeze and Ning seems, so far, to be format-agnostic. 

And, not only can we share our new media with a specialized, focused community, adding video to the Ning, allows me to very easily embed, tag, comment.   I love the idea of students and teachers commenting on each others’ productions.

Videos can also be added by phone, email, or through YouTube or GoogleVideo.  The Ning folks will also remove advertising if you verify that the network is to be used by students under 18.

After going a little overboard posting everything on TeacherLibrarianNing, I discovered it made more sense to create separate Nings for other purposes.  The Global Studies class now adds its creations to its own Ning.  I just created a Ning for sharing, revisiting, and critiquing Senior Seminar presentations and a Ning for sharing our video productions district-wide.  This sharing involves Animoto and VoiceThread productions, as well as standard video formats.  At this point, most of these video sharing Nings are closed communities, but we plan to play with the permissions as our needs change.

So why is this important to teacher-librarians?  It’s about collections.  It’s about flexibility.  It’s about gathering the stuff that learners and teachers need in the places they most need them. 

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Joyce, You have done it again. I have been trying to figure out how to get embed code (without having to use YouTube) to put student video projects out on wikis. I have learned more from reading your blog entries than what I have gleaned from the last seven years of intra-district professional development. Please don’t ever retire! Oh, btw, your husband “so” gets it…

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