Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning. That's the premise of a new policy report released jointly this week by more than a dozen prominent education associations and advocacy groups.
One high school is using text messaging and free cell phones to keep students and teachers in constant contact with each other, and seeing dramatic results.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Pen Pal Kids Club, an international social network for students in grades K-8, has begun offering free classroom subscriptions.
Watchitoo and Pearson eCollege have teamed up to add an integrated collaboration solution, including real-time video chat, to the Pearson LearningStudio SaaS online education platform.
- By Caitlin Moriarity
VidTel and Vaddio have partnered to provide a cloud-based videoconferencing platform and equipment that allows the user to participate from a variety of systems and devices. VidTel's MeetMe uses Vaddio's EasyUSB tools.
Democrasoft has released a free app that allows students to access online discussions in Collaborize Classroom via iOS devices.
Edmodo is opening up its platform to ease the effort of integration with other programs.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Blackboard has made available new integration options for its Blackboard Collaborate that allow for more interoperability and support across platforms for a variety of learning management systems, including the company's own Blackboard Learn 9.1.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
To find out what will be big in e-learning over the next several months THE Journal conferred with several academics and instructional technologists who revealed the following top five trends to watch in the year ahead.
- By Bridget McCrea
New technologies like iPads and cloud computing are driving changes in the way students learn and the way teachers educate. But change is about much more than the device, according to Rushton Hurley, executive director of Next Vista for Learning.