Let Liberty (From Servers) Ring: Educause 2011

This fourth dimension final year, nosotros were tailgating amongst the USC marching band at the EDUCAUSE conference—an annual gathering of the higher-education information technology community. Last week, amongst to a greater extent than than fifteen 1000000 people right away actively using Google Apps for Education, nosotros ventured to Philadelphia for a few jam-packed days at EDUCAUSE 2011. Our fourth dimension inward the metropolis of brotherly dear included a booth amongst 30+ Googlers as well as a woodsy backdrop for our fireside chat series; coming together amongst hundreds of CIOs from universities using as well as considering Google Apps for Education; a party at the Academy of Natural Sciences; as well as of class freedom as well as the lifelong pursuit of the Philly cheesesteak. Here’s a glimpse:



The gone Google—including 64 percentage of populace universities as well as 66 percentage of individual universities.

Last calendar month nosotros shared that 61 of US News as well as World Report’s overstep 100 Universities are using Google Apps for Education. That number’s right away upwards to 62, as well as is nevertheless only a snapshot of the thousands of institutions using Apps on campus. Schools that accept late selected Apps for Education equally their collaboration platform include Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin, Wellesley College, University of Amsterdam, Stanford Graduate School of Business, University of York as well as University of Bristol.

In add-on to these novel schools, we’re likewise bringing about novel integrations to Apps:
  • OpenClass: Pearson has developed a costless cloud-based Learning Management System that is tightly integrated amongst Google Apps as well as provides a novel form of learning environs that stimulates social learning. This is available inward the Apps Marketplace
  • SlideRocket EDU: This presentation software integrated for cloud-based collaborative instruction enables y'all to unleash the creation, sharing as well as communication of ideas amongst an online application that connects amongst content inward Google Apps for Education as well as is available on whatever device or browser. This is available inward the Apps Marketplace.
  • Blackboard Bboogle: Last year, Northwestern University presented their pop Bboogle (Blackboard + Google) application at our EDUCAUSE booth. Bboogle has right away been certified yesteryear Blackboard as well as is available to other universities equally a Building Block through Blackboard’s Extensions website. Bboogle enables instructors to link Blackboard class sites straight to Google Docs, Calendars as well as Sites without requiring a minute login. And yesteryear automatically setting permissions for editing, it helps encourage as well as facilitate collaborative instruction.
  • Desire2Learn: Users volition presently travel able to add together widgets to Course Homepages that acquire inward tardily to stance unread electronic mail messages inward Gmail, proceed runway of upcoming events inward Calendar, as well as submit assignments created inward Docs.
If y'all weren’t able to bring together us inward someone at this year’s EDUCAUSE conference, y'all tin cheque out about of our photos, as well as we’ll promise to catch y'all adjacent year.




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