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Collaboration & Web 2.0


Blackboard Enlists User Help To Develop Next-Gen Collaborate

Blackboard's collaboration division will be promoting a form of crowdsourcing to develop the next generation of its technology.

FunnelBrain Redesigns Free Q&A Search

FunnelBrain has redesigned its free academic question and answer search engine.

Semi-Virtual Field Trips

A teacher in California's Pleasant Valley High School figured out a way to connect his students to science in their own community, combining virtual field trips with hands-on activities and physical tours of local points of interest.

Microsoft Broadens Beta for Office 365

Microsoft has opened up its Office 365 public beta to a bigger crowd worldwide. The company also warned that its latest beta accounts for the online productivity suite will not be transferable to Office 365 for education when the beta program ends.

Brief: NetTrekker Releases Igotta

NetTrekker has released igotta, a virtual workspace for students to organize, analyze, and use information for assignments.

Instructure Raises $8 Million To Add Staff

Instructure, the relative unknown that swooped in last December and won learning management system business away from entrenched competitors at the Utah Education Network, has just finished a new round of financing that will help the company scale up its staffing.

Oracle Updates AutoVue Collaborative Visualization Tool

Oracle this week introduced the latest version of its enterprise visualization solution, AutoVue 20.1. AutoVue enables people within an organization to share document with anybody else in that organization, even if those people don't have the native software to open those types of files.

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.

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