Agilix Labs, a maker of distributed learning software, unveiled a user-generated, collaborative learning network called BrainHoney. An open learning community in which participants worldwide can instruct and learn from one another, BrainHoney features a media authoring tool that enables participants to create and share learning content related to any topic–including text, animation, and audio clips–at no charge. “BrainHoney is an open-door global classroom, with 21st-century tools that allow every participant to become a student and a teacher, easily sharing what they know and learning about what they don’t,” said Curt Allen, company president and CEO. “This community is not structured to deliver lectures; it’s built to facilitate rich-media discussions, allowing instructional materials to take on a living, growing quality.”
ANGEL Learning, a provider of eLearning software and services, named several K-12 schools and districts that recently adopted its ANGEL Learning Management Suite, which offers virtual classes and online professional development available any time, anywhere. Clients range from Tempe Union High School District in Tempe, Ariz., to Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Kenai, Alaska. ANGEL Learning also announced its membership in the nonprofit Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA), which will allow ANGEL applications to work with SIFA’s common definitions, standards, and rules for ensuring the interoperability of educational software.
A provider of enterprise-level technology to the education field, Blackboard announced that more than 50 of its K-12 clients recently upgraded their Blackboard software or acquired new licenses to Blackboard solutions. Districts include Arlington County Public Schools in Virginia, which uses the Blackboard Academic Suite and Blackboard Content System, and Clay County School District in Florida. Individual schools include La Jolla Country Day School in California and the Virtual High School in Massachusetts. According to Blackboard, these districts and schools use Blackboard solutions to empower eLearning communities, deliver high-quality content, and build organizational capabilities. For instance, the North Carolina Virtual Public School relies on “a fully hosted implementation of the Blackboard Academic suite to provide Advanced Placement classes, summer school, and credit recovery programs,” Blackboard says.
Elluminate, a provider of software for online instruction in real time, announced the latest version of its flagship product, Elluminate Live! v8. Like previous versions, v8 integrates with Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, WebCT, and eCollege learning management systems, but it comes with new features that include synchronized notes, interactive two-way video, indexed recordings, and more.
Overdrive, a digital media distributor based in Cleveland, Ohio, has partnered with Lakeshore Northeast Ohio Computer Association to launch School Download Library, an online service that caters to students and educators. With a free software download, an internet connection, and valid student library card, students from more than 50 public and private school districts in the Greater Cleveland area can have 24-hour access to more than 740 audiobook and eBook titles, categorized by grade level and age. Educators can upload their own digital media for students to download, too.