Collaboration & Web 2.0


ConnectYard Adds Social Tools to Blackboard Learn

ConnectYard is bringing its social channel communication functionality into BlackBoard Learn through a Blackboard Building Block.

Scholastic To Launch Teen Reading Initiative

This spring Scholastic will launch This is Teen, an initiative to connect teens to authors and create an online community of readers.

Districts Increase Use of Web 2.0, Though Barriers Remain

The use of Web 2.0 is increasing in K-12 schools. But, according to a new report, more widespread adoption is being hampered at least in part by teachers' lack of knowledge of how to use the technologies.

Schools Begin Moving Unified Communications to the Cloud

Public K-12 school districts have begun shifting their unified communications solutions over to the cloud. In fact, according to new research released this week, a quarter of them either have done so already or are in the process of doing so.

Connect All Schools Pushes American Students To Go Global

A national project to connect American students with their counterparts in other parts of the world has drawn dozens of consortium partners into the fold.

Skype Community Comes to the Classroom

Skype has launched a global community for educators called Skype in the classroom. The free service is focused on connecting teachers from around the world to collaborate on learning activities and share expertise and resources.

Cengage Delivers Online Learning Platform

Ed tech developer Cengage Learning has launched a new online learning platform. Called MindTap, the platform is designed to work across devices--traditional computers, smart phones, and tablets--to deliver coursework, learning management, and a range of educational materials.

Desire2Learn Campus Life Takes Communications Mobile

Desire2Learn has released Campus Life, a new mobile communications and collaboration tool for education.

CoSN Launches Mobile Initiative, Online Community

The Consortium for School Networking has launched Access4Ed.net, an online community of practice designed for sharing strategies and ideas to provide access to online communities in K-12 schools. The organization has also launched a new mobile learning initiative aimed at overcoming the barriers to mobile device adoption in K-12 schools.

Cisco Launches Cross-Device Unified Communications App

At the Enterprise Connect 2011 trade show last week, Cisco debuted Jabber, a unified communications application that brings together presence, instant messaging, voice, video, voice messaging, desktop sharing, and conferencing into a single, consistent interface on PCs, Macs, tablets, and smart phones, including iPhone and Android.

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