I've gone NIng happy, I think. I really like this tool for community building, and I've started one for our upcoming Illinois Technology Conference for Educators. In the past, we've had individual blogs for each conference that had mixed participation. It seemed that the blogs lent themselves to one-way communication, and I'm hoping a ning community will be a little more dynamic. I think one factor will be that people can participate at various levels by simply posting a profile, tagging a resource iltce in del.icio.us, adding photos or video, or by writing a forum post. I am also hoping to draw more outside participation, similar to the international audience that was apparent with the Learning 2.0 conference in Shanghai, China.
If you can't join us in person for this event, join us online. Keynote speakers will include Dan Buettner and Mitch Resnick; spotlights include Vicki Davis, Tim Tyson, Steve Hargadon, Jenny Levine, and Dave Edyburn. Karen Thompson, Vinnie Vrotny, Katie Kirsch, Erin Wyatt, and a panel of Second LIfe experts will serve as local spotlight speakers.