Collaboration & Web 2.0


On Cloud Nine

Cloud computing is no longer just used to manage administrative technology--thanks to its accessibility, ease of use, and versatility. All over the country, teachers, students, and administrators are trying different cloud-based solutions--some free or inexpensive--that allow multiple users to collaborate in innovative ways. Here are nine examples from K-12 educators who have found creative ways to get their heads in the cloud.

SaaS Module Lets Schools 'Bolt' Social Networking onto Learning Management Systems

A company with its own learning management system (LMS) for academic and corporate use has taken the social networking aspects of its LMS and turned them into an add-on product that will work with competing LMSes.

InFocus Unveils Cloud-Based All-in-One Conferencing System

InFocus has launched a new videoconferencing and collaboration system called "Mondopad"--a 55-inch touchscreen display with built-in whiteboarding, presentation, and communications tools.

Rural Grant Propels Distance Learning for K-12 Schools

A new grant is allowing Texas schools to create connections between multiple rural institutions. Through videoconferencing technologies and in-class tools, students from 14 districts will be able to participate in dual-enrollment programs and to collaborate with their peers from around the world.

OLAT 7.2 Broadens Ajax Support in ePortfolio

A new version of the free and open source learning management system OLAT has been released.

Principals Call for Mobile and Social Technologies in Schools

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is looking to change the conversation about mobile computing and social media in schools.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Global Education Challenge

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will award $250,000 in cash and prizes as part of its Global Education Challenge.

The annual Horizon Report focuses on the key technology areas that researchers identify as likely to have a major impact on educational institutions and other learning-focused organizations within the next five years

6 Technologies That Will Change Education

Over the next five years, six technologies will have a profound impact on teaching and learning--and some are already beginning to have an impact.

Blackboard Collaborate Boosts Support for Sakai and Moodle

Blackboard has released updates to Elluminate Live and Wimba Classroom, two software tools that make up its Collaborate suite.

Element K Launches InstructorHub

Element K has released InstructorHub, a global online community and resource center for instructors.

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