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Collaboration & Web 2.0


Google+ May Open Social Networking for Some K-12 Schools

Thanks to granular privacy controls and a unique interface for controlled sharing, schools that have previously banned social networks are looking at Google+ as a viable alternative.

Glogster EDU Expands Multimedia Platform for Teachers

Glogster is adding new editions of its educational platform, Glogster EDU, starting in mid-September. Glogster EDU is an online service that lets students create "Glogs"--online multimedia posters that use text, photos, music, and video. They can be used for book reports, class projects, homework, and presentations on any subject.

PBS Program Will Promote Engineering to Middle School Students

PBS program "Design Squad Nation" has announced it will partner with Rocket21 to engage its community of tweens in the show's content and activities to help meet the demand for engineers in the job market in the years to come.

Instructure Rethinks LMS Messaging

The next version of Instructure's cloud-based and on-premises learning management system (LMS) will include a new messaging feature that replaces the standard LMS inbox. The company is also readying a mobile edition specifically for students.

MO Outlaws Teacher Student Friends

Missouri Governor Jeremiah Nixon has signed Senate Bill 54 into law, making his the first state to place legal limits on interactions between teachers and students on social networking sites.

Illinois Cloud Supports Networked Schools

Nearly 150 Illinois K-12 districts are getting into the cloud with the help of a statewide consortium of IT professionals.

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Innovation

An Arizona district won this year's Sylvia Charp Award because of its revolutionary--and truly collaborative--approach to standards-based curriculum development. Here's a look at how it works.

My Dream Machine Adds Goal Tracking to Social Networks

Super Star Learning Company has launched My Dream Machine, an online service designed to help users set and achieve goals, form teams, and track progress.

Online Community To Prepare Schools for New Assessments Coming in 2014

In an effort to help ease the transition to new technology-driven assessments planned for nationwide implementation in 2014, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has launched Assess4ed.net, a new online resource and community for state and district education leaders.

Blackboard Collaborate 11 Integrates Instant Messaging with LMS

Blackboard has released a new version of its conferencing system, Collaborate, developed from the integration of technologies from Elluminate and Wimba, two companies Blackboard acquired a year ago.

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