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Gaggle Releases New Collaboration App for iPad
Education-focused communication tools company Gaggle has released a new iPad app featuring a variety of collaboration tools like file storage, email, and document sharing.
According to the company, the app was designed as a collaborative learning tool for both teachers and students. Each student’s work is saved by account, not device, enabling multiple students to share an iPad.
The app’s features include:
- Virtual file storage, compatible with dozens of file types including: Word, Excel, Power Point, PDF, images, and movies;
- A mini document editor for creating and altering .doc and .docx files;
Full access to Gaggle email;
Filtered YouTube access; and
A digital grading tool, called Mark it Up!, which allows instructors to digitally grade assignments and return them to students with editing tools including a virtual red pen, highlight, strikeout, text underline, and comment tools;
The ability to sync movies and images to students’ digital lockers from the iPad’s camera roll.
"The app will allow teachers to focus more on productivity with the use of file creation, storage, and immediate sharing which will allow them to put more course content on the iPad device," said Heather Hammond, Gaggle’s director of account management and training, in a statement.
It is currently available for free on the iTunes store.
Stephen Noonoo is a reporter, contributing editor and consultant specializing in education technology. He is on Twitter @stephenoonoo.