School districts all over the country are taking advantage of technology to better communicate not only with parents and students, but members of their communities not directly involved with schools.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest, appointed Stephanie Abrams, a former television reporter and anchor, as its first social media director. Although budgets are tight, much of the funding for the new role came out of a pitch the district made to the nonprofit Goldhirsh foundation. T.H.E. Journal recently spoke with Abrams about her new role and how districts can find a new voice through social media.
- By Stephen Noonoo
At InfoComm 2012 this week in Las Vegas, DisplayNote Technologies announced the release of a new app that allows users to present, capture, share, and collaborate on ideas across any device.
The New York City Department of Education, the nation's largest public school system, will use Blackboard Collaborate as part of its iLearnNYC program, starting with the 2012-2013 school year.
Utah-based Parlant Technology has released ParentLink 9, a major update to the company's flagship school communications platform. The new version adds mobile apps for parents and includes new tools for teachers and administrators who need to reach out to school stakeholders.
- By Kimberly Horg-Webb
edWeb.net, a professional social network for the education community, has launched a mobile version of its Web site to make it easier for edWeb members to stay in touch with network activity.
The statewide Indiana Cyber Charter School (IN Cyber) has opened its online doors for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
A free new social networking platform aims to encourage elementary school children to read more books.
Catholic schools--all 210,000 of them around the world--will have the chance to implement Office 365 for their students as part of a new "social network for Catholic education."
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Middle school students in New York's White Plains Public Schools are participating in a virtual cultural exchange program.