Collaboration & Web 2.0


New Platform Designed To Bring Collaborative Learning to iPad

Software developer Media-X has begun to demonstrate its new collaborative learning platform for mobile devices, eStudent, ahead of the product's formal June release date.

Higher Ed Is My Co-Pilot

Ann Koufman-Frederick isn't one to pass up an opportunity to put her district at the forefront of emerging educational technologies. As the superintendent of Watertown Public Schools, in Watertown, MA, she encourages her teachers to participate in tech-based pilot and research programs run by higher ed institutions. And why shouldn't she, when her district enjoys such notable neighbors as Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston College?

Qwizdom Launches K-8 Online Learning Community

Qwizdom has opened a free online community designed for K-8 educators, students, and parents.

New K-12 Social Network Offers Grants for Membership

Ed tech developer Super Star Learning Co. this week formally launched Room 21, an online social learning community targeted specifically toward K-12 schools. Applications are currently available for grants to cover the cost of the membership subscription.

Free for All: Great Freeware for the Classroom

Former middle school teacher Luke Allen offers his recommendations for the best free software for teachers, from social Web browsers to image and video editing and manipulation tools.

IBM Hooks in Cloud-Based Collaboration with Free Symphony Suite

At its Lotusphere 2011 event this week, IBM debuted a new cloud-based productivity suite called "LotusLive Symphony." The company also revealed some planned improvements to its lineup of social networking tools.

Capstone Digital Launches Reading Platform for K-8 Students

Educational developer Capstone Digital has launched myON Reader, an online reading platform aimed at students in grades K through 8, as well as remedial readers, that offers direct access to more than 1,000 online children's books from Capstone Publishing and its imprints.

$500,000 Grant Fuels Digital Media Development for Experimental School

PBS will develop achievement-oriented content especially for the New York City Department of Education's School of One (So1) with the help of a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. School of One is an experiment in personalizing education using multiple modalities of instruction, allowing students to learn at their own pace and according to their own respective strengths and weaknesses.

New LMS from Instructure Goes Open Source

A Utah-based company has fired a warning shot across the bow of learning management system (LMS) companies, including market leader Blackboard, with the announcement that it's turning its new LMS into open source. Instructure has publicly released the source code to its Canvas learning management system, which was launched in 2010.

New Software Aims To Build Literacy Skills Through Collaboration

While collaborative learning in courses like science and social studies has grown exponentially in recent years, literature still remains predominantly a solo pursuit. However, online educational community BookheadEd Learning is about to take the next leap.

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