Excellent blog poast by Steve Hargadon, July 10, 2010. Some text from the long, 'must-read' post: "The acquisition of Elluminate (my employer) and Wimba by Blackboard came as a complete and total surprise to me, but maybe it shouldn't have. In the versions of the "School 2.0" presentation I've been giving this past year, I've boldly declared (are you imagining the swagger of a prognosticating keynote speaker?) that a new platform, "Educational Networking," would be born of three current technologies and will become the framework structure of the educational experience. And here's the slide I show to demonstrate how this new platform will evolve:"
"Blackboard is buying out ed tech developers Elluminate and Wimba, whose technologies are in use by more than 2,600 schools, colleges, and universities in the United States and around the world. The companies have entered into definitive agreements for the acquisition, which will cost Blackboard $116 million in cash, according to information released July 7."
"Schoology provides an enterprise level learning management system and configurable social network. Instructors and students can easily create, share, and manage academic material through a social networking interface.
By incorporating learning management tools into a social environment, Schoology provides a means for teachers, students, parents, and administrators to seamlessly communicate and collaborate on academic issues."
The web is changing how we learn. It surrounds us with a massive and remixable tapestry of perspectives, facts and data. It gives us the freedom to learn whatever we want at our own speed and in our own way. It lets us become our own teachers. Fundamentally: the free and open nature of the internet is revolutionizing learning.
Who among us has not fallen into a long journey across the web on a surprising topic? Or learned a new skill by making, building or creating something online? Or, for that matter, found a new mentor or apprentice in a forum or on a social network? More and more, this is how we learn.
The open technology and culture of the internet are at the heart of this revolution. They give us raw material to take control of our own learning. Teachers and learners around the world are experimenting, inventing, creating, exploring and building in wonderful ways with this raw material. Mozilla's 2010 Drumbeat Festival is a gathering of these people.