Collaboration & Web 2.0

Blackboard Web Conferencing Software Update To Include iOS Support

Blackboard has updated its Web conferencing application to add mobile support, user-oriented improvements, and tighter integration with learning management systems, including Moodle.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Free for Education

Microsoft today formally released Office 365 for Education and announced plans to begin migrating Live@edu customers this summer.

ePals Enhances Global Learning Network

ePals Corporation has announced a new version of its social learning network, ePals Global Learning Network, at the ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego.

New US Teacher Union, UK Company Project Enables Teachers to Share, Access Resources

A US teachers union and a UK company have partnered to create an online community where educators can share and access learning resources.

Educators Create Learning Playlists at MentorMob U

New learning playlist platform, designed for educators, includes collaborative and social learning tools as well as metrics to gauge resource effectiveness and user progress.

New Social Site Learnist Aims to Become 'Pinterest for Educators'

Online test prep company Grockit has launched a new social learning site, Learnist, which it likens to "the Pinterest for educators and students." With it, users can collect and pin content from around the web, like YouTube videos and websites, onto boards organized by theme or lesson.

Create Your Own Un-Conference

EdCamp is a grassroots movement of do-it-yourself professional development "un-conferences." In just a year and a half the phenomenon has gained serious momentum thanks in part to networks on Twitter. T.H.E. Journal speaks to four participants.

Delaware School Expands Student Horizons Virtually

Looking for a way to expand the horizons of its 600 students without leaving campus or breaking the annual budget, Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, DE, turned to videoconferencing as a viable alternative. Instead of buying some AV equipment and installing it in classrooms, hoping that teachers would use it, the school took a calculated approach to the initiative.

How Districts Create Community Connections with Social Media

School districts all over the country are taking advantage of technology to better communicate not only with parents and students, but members of their communities not directly involved with schools.

Social Media's New Direction at LAUSD

Earlier this year, Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest, appointed Stephanie Abrams, a former television reporter and anchor, as its first social media director. Although budgets are tight, much of the funding for the new role came out of a pitch the district made to the nonprofit Goldhirsh foundation. T.H.E. Journal recently spoke with Abrams about her new role and how districts can find a new voice through social media.

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