The English Companion Ning describes itself as “A place to ask questions and get help. A community dedicated to helping you enjoy your work. A cafe without walls or coffee: just friends.”
Ning is a site that allows users to set up a social network with much of the functionality of a site such as Facebook but the creators of the particular Ning site can dictated how public the site actually is. For example, I have used Ning in an English Media class and only the members of the class (and their parents) had access to that Ning so as to maintain privacy and security.
To access the English Companion Ning, a new member is required to create a membership but it is a great resource of ideas for the English classroom as created by English teachers