Collaboration 2.0 :: October 15, 2008


Avoiding the 5 Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students

Blogging can be an effective tool for learning, but its benefits shouldn't be taken for granted. It takes careful planning and skillful management to make it work in an educational setting. Here are five of the most common mistakes for instructors to avoid when incorporating blogs into instruction.

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Iowa District Adopts Web-based Collaboration Service

Montezuma Community Schools in Iowa has adopted a SaaS-based approach to online collaboration. The small district, with three schools and fewer than 500 students, recently implemented technology from School Web Lockers to handle a variety of online needs, including file sharing and other collaborative tasks, as well as storage.

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Texas District Leads Students into Immersive Educational Gaming

Spring Independent School District in Texas is bringing gaming into the classroom. The district this week announced that it's signed on with Tabula Digita to provide mathematics-focused educational gaming for students in nine of its middle schools and high schools, as well as its SMART math and science center.

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Florida Ed Group Partners with Online Video Sharing, Web-based Homework Service

The Council for Educational Change (CEC) in Florida has announced a partnership with Canadian online educational service provider Etraffic Press. The partnership will support Etraffic's online video sharing and homework help services designed for K-12 students, SchoolWAX and SchoolWAXTV.

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Arizona District Increases Bandwidth for eLearning, Professional Development

Florence Unified School District in Arizona reported recently that it's increased its network bandwidth by 50 times to help bring Web- based learning materials into classrooms and to support other electronic initiatives. The district signed on with Trillion Partners to handle the broadband implementation.

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Social Network Aims To Connect Teachers Around the World

The Schools United has recently launched a new online social network designed to provide educators around the world a no-cost platform to communicate and collaborate on all things education.

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New Alliance To Research Gaming in Math and Science Education

Video games have always had and probably will always have their detractors. But there's a growing movement in academia and industry recognizing the value of this medium as an educational tool both inside and outside the classroom. This week, eight colleges and universities added their inertia to this movement, joining with Microsoft to launch a new alliance to study the benefits of gaming for math and science instruction and STEM equity.

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K-12 Online School Adopts Angel LMS

Internet Academy, an online K-12 public school (the first in Washington), has adopted the Angel Learning Management Suite to replace its previous system, which had been developed internally. The school cited the need for enhanced collaborative capabilities, standards alignment, student progress tracking, and automated communications as major reasons for the switch.

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