Engaging Students through Online Collaboration

First annual Global Collaboration Day hopes to connect every school
First annual Global Collaboration Day hopes to connect every school

Mark your calendars, this September 17 schools around the world are going international for Global Collaboration Day, a first-of-its-kind event designed to raise awareness about the merits of participating in…


Girls Thinking Global unveils new website and documentary
Girls Thinking Global unveils new website and documentary

Girls Thinking Global has debuted a new version of its website, to showcase GTG’s most important projects, emphasizing the organization’s GTG Collaborative as well as its first documentary, The Heart…


Online collaboration across the globe
Online collaboration across the globe

In its technology implementation framework, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) shares standards that staff and students should learn, including skills to collaborate online with different people across…


Education in a social world
Education in a social world

Prior to the industrialization of education, the education model was centered around a single-room school house consisting of one teacher with many students throughout many grades. The teacher was a…


Schools still conflicted over Web 2.0 tools
Schools still conflicted over Web 2.0 tools

Many school systems have discovered that Web 2.0 tools such as blogging, social networking, and collaborative authoring software can help create participatory learning environments—but the gap between schools that have…


Sowing the seeds of creativity
Sowing the seeds of creativity

Joaquin Horton, 19, who just graduated from Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, credits a new online resource called Seedplay for helping him take his company to the next level.


Program uses smart phones to increase math scores
Program uses smart phones to increase math scores

Two years ago, public high schools in North Carolina began a pilot project to determine whether smart phones, in conjunction with curriculum resources, could be leveraged to increase student math…


NYC schools to deploy free eMail, collaboration tools
NYC schools to deploy free eMail, collaboration tools

In what could be a huge sign of change in how students learn, New York City Public Schools has begun implementation of communication and collaboration software from ePals and Microsoft—education…


New smart phones pave the way for mobile video chats
New smart phones pave the way for mobile video chats

Apple's iPhone 4, unveiled June 7 and set for release June 24, features a mobile video conferencing application that could increase collaboration among students and make cross-district and on-the-go meetings…


Will Skype eclipse fee-based videoconferencing?
Will Skype eclipse fee-based videoconferencing?

With school budgets continuing to shrink, many educators are turning to free or inexpensive software such as Skype, along with the web cameras that now come standard on most laptop…


Microsoft, ePals team up on collaborative tools
Microsoft, ePals team up on collaborative tools

In a move that could spur more widespread use of online tools for communicating and collaborating within K-12 education, software giant Microsoft Corp. has announced a strategic partnership with ePals.


Digital access, collaboration a must for students
Digital access, collaboration a must for students

In a national survey that reveals K-12 students' use of technology at home and at school, students overwhelmingly agreed that access to digital media tools and the ability to collaborate…