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Join us for an introduction to the all-new Blackboard Collaborate, and explore five ways synchronous collaboration can deliver a more engaging classroom experience. The new Collaborate provides a browser-based web conferencing solution specifically for the classroom. Schools can now deliver real-time collaboration through a convenient and reliable digital learning platform.

Swivl is a robotic mobile accessory and comes with an app that teachers can use to improve their video performance skills by recording themselves digitally. By attaching an Apple or Android mobile device to Swivl, teachers can capture their own lessons, lectures and presentations on camera.

A student at the Beech Hill School in the Otis (Maine) School Department learns chemistry in a hands-on science lab over Skype.

Four students in Maine had the unique chance to study organisms on their shoreline this past year to help contribute research to a new chemical bond discovery that Vanderbilt University researchers made three years ago.

Many districts have blocked YouTube because it either served as a distraction or raised concerns over appropriate use. Its new portal, however, offers solutions to teachers.

The Web 2.0 video site launched YouTube for Schools on Dec. 12, which allows schools to sign up for the site’s education channel, YouTube EDU, which previously only hosted videos from colleges and university professors. By joining this site, schools automatically disable certain often distracting features, such as posting comments.


Tapping into technology for foreign language learning is important, given that such learning is increasingly being seen as vital to the nation’s economic and cultural well-being.

There are numerous commercial videoconferencing-related products and services used widely by K12 school districts. These generally offer comprehensive and unique features, performance guarantees, user guides and the advantages of company technical support. "The proliferation of collaboration tools from videoconferencing to electronic presentations has dramatically extended the reach of teachers and administrators," says NCast's vice president Tom Mitchell. The following is a cross section of companies and examples.