Yes, my 9-year-old and I. The same one who "Googles" better than most adults. She just seems to get the deeper levels of the technology. She said today, "I was writing on Google Docs--I mean, I was writing *in* Google docs, not about it..." OK, just plain scary.
I'm with you: these SN's can be very overwhelming to a large majority of teachers. I tend to build a wiki or blog for each of my trainings and point them to the SN as places they can go to learn more/get more involved.
Our T4 site is running Joomla. It took a little work to get it up and running but has made adding content a snap.
What software is your T4 site running under? I love the look! I am in agreement with not competing with Classroom 20. However, I also feel that for some of the more hesitant teachers, this SN can be overwhelming. I still am going to direct mine toward my newlearning.ning.com
Darren - I'm totally new to Ning and I'm on a trip until the end of July, so not sure how much I'll be doing in the short term.
Excited about the network though - I agree with recent posts - this might be part of the tipping point.
Yeah, to be honest I don't have a whole lot of experience with Ning. It does, however, seem to have a lot of potential. You should look into Julie and Vicki's Horizon Project and how they used the Ning.