Collaboration 2.0
Web 2.0 Strategies for Education


  • Social Networking: The Essential Balancing Act in Schools

    School administrators are a cautious group. But the pressure to adopt social networking in school settings is on, and it's forcing them to consider how to implement these potentially valuable educational tools with the privacy and "safety" needs of their underage constituents in mind. Christopher Wells, director of IT policies and communications for Gwinnett County Public Schools, looks at ways administrators can protect their students while continuing to move forward with technology. He also supplies six concrete tips for crafting an Internet policy.



  • PBS Program Connects Students with News Broadcasters

    PBS Newshour is expanding a mentoring program it began last year to connect students with news professionals in public broadcasting, a program that's tied in with the students' schools through a curriculum focusing on media literacy and digital media production.

  • On-Premises Wiki Platform Goes Free

    eTouch has launched a free, on-premises edition of its wiki and collaboration management tool, SamePage.

  • Adobe Project Rome Brings Multimedia Authoring to Education

    Adobe has launched a new multimedia authoring tool for education. Dubbed Project Rome, the hosted service (also available as a desktop AIR app) went into public preview Sunday morning. Adobe said it's looking for schools to participate in pilot programs using the software, especially those schools that have adopted Google's Apps for Education or the open source learning management system Moodle.

  • ATutor 2.0.1 Updates Media Player, Boosts File Size Limits

    A new version of the free and open source learning management system ATutor has been released. Version 2.0.1 is primarily a maintenance update, although it does incorporate a number of functionality improvements as well.

  • Discovery Aligns Digital Content to Common Core Standards

    In a boost to the ongoing effort to create a national set of core curriculum standards, Discovery Education has announced its widely used digital content services streaming, streaming Plus, and Discovery Education Assessment are now aligned with Common Core State Standards.

  • LogMeIn Launches Free Meeting App

    Software developer LogMeIn has launched a free meeting and screen sharing system called, along with a subscription-based "pro" version that provides additional functionality.

  • Adobe Connect 8 Improves Accessibility, Expands Collaborative Tools

    Adobe this week launched Connect 8, an update to the company's Web conferencing tool designed for online teaching, group collaboration, and remote meetings and presentations.

  • Tabula Digita Launches Video Game Tourney with Scholarship Prizes

    Tabula Digita, maker of the DimensionU Learning System and its DimensionM math-based action video game, has issued a challenge to the best gamers (and math students) in grades 3 through 8 in the land.

  • Linden Lab To End Second Life Educational Discounts

    Second Life operator Linden Lab has let fly another bombshell for education customers: Not only is the company shutting down its Teen Grid, as previously reported, but it's also ending discounts for educational and non-profit organizations. The new policy will essentially double the normal region rates for these communities and will go into effect as soon as Jan. 1, 2011.

  • Brief: Online Global Ed Conference Focuses on Connected Classrooms

    The first-annual Global Education Conference kicked off this week. Through Friday, Nov. 19, events will be streamed live for free and without formal registration via the Elluminate interactive platform.