Last week, I spent a day at the Blackboard World Developers’ Conference (BBWorld DevCon). There was plenty of attention paid to Blackboard’s purchase of Moodlerooms and Netspot and the possible implications for developers, says Christopher Dawson for ZDNet Education. There was lots of talk about LTI (more on that later). But more than anything, developers were talking mobile. This isn’t unique to BBWorld, either – like consumer and enterprise customers, educators and students are going mobile in big ways, and companies need to keep up. Blackboard has their Mobile Learn product which, beginning this fall, will allow students to purchase the app on iOS or Android, even if their institution chooses not to support Blackboard’s full-blown Mobile Central platform. Developers were particularly giving kudos at DevCon for Blackboard’s augmented reality component in Mobile Central, which allows schools to create interactive, 3D overlays for school campuses that students and visitors can access via their iPhones (the app works on iPads and the company is looking at Android support, but Blackboard focused on the iPhone for a standardized device to explore this very new technology)…

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