New learning playlist platform, designed for educators, includes collaborative and social learning tools as well as metrics to gauge resource effectiveness and user progress.
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.
- By Stephen Noonoo
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.
- By Jennifer Demski
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.
- By Bridget McCrea
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.
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.
- By Stephen Noonoo
At InfoComm 2012 this week in Las Vegas, DisplayNote Technologies announced the release of a new app that allows users to present, capture, share, and collaborate on ideas across any device.
The New York City Department of Education, the nation's largest public school system, will use Blackboard Collaborate as part of its iLearnNYC program, starting with the 2012-2013 school year.
Utah-based Parlant Technology has released ParentLink 9, a major update to the company's flagship school communications platform. The new version adds mobile apps for parents and includes new tools for teachers and administrators who need to reach out to school stakeholders.
- By Kimberly Horg-Webb
The statewide Indiana Cyber Charter School (IN Cyber) has opened its online doors for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.