Revisiting Ning, The Free Community Social Network For Anything

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The trend in information and communication technology is very exciting at this point in time, especially if you’re in the forefront of what’s happening.  I signed up for a Ning account over a year ago, but did not do much with it.  At the time, I was becoming heavily involved with WordPress.  I knew the time would come though, when I revisited Ning as it has so much to offer.


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Discussing things with future PMEA District 5 president Travis Weller , we began to formulate ideas as to how we could best build an interactive site that would allow the PMEA members a place to discuss and interact with each other in a semi-private setting.   After bouncing forth ideas, I suggest that we consider Ning as a possibility.   It may just be the “ticket”.

Ning will allow us to create a private community that will provide the opportunity for posting notes, discussing items in forums and provide an arena to share photos, videos and other types of media.    As of now, the only shortcomings that I see with it is that you can’t syndicate the “CURRENT ACTIVITY LOG” via RSS on a private NING page.   You also cannot have a public “face” to your private page from within NING, so an external web will still be required.  That being said it’s got about 90% of what we are looking for in an online social community platform and it’s FREE.

I’ve made a prototype for PMEA and we will be working with it in the weeks to come.   In the mean time I welcome any of your suggestions as to what you all are doing with regard to your organizations and regional groups.  If you are doing/using anything in the “web 2.0” classification of things, like Ning, I’d love to hear about it.

Best regards,

           Joseph M. Pisano

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website

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