I just downloaded and installed BuzzTouch on a server. This great new technology is what I hope will jumpstart our Mobile App development. I am planning on creating a simple application that has some basic information and reads some RSS feeds. Nothing too complex. Just a mobile source of news for parents and students. The … Read more
We are in the process of working with developers to create and release a Moodle-Etherpad Integration. John McLear of Etherpad and Primary Technology has been a joy to work with and is spearheading the development and implementation. Dearborn Public Schools benefits tremendously because of open source web applications we use on a daily basis. … Read more
AjaXplorer is a great software app I just discovered that is very easy to install, easy to use, and a great little app. We plan to use it to allow vendors and others to submit large files to the district. Of note is the super cool and super slick user interface. This application has it all. … Read more
We are slowly getting some use out of Mahara. The integration of Mahara and Moodle is so nice! Below are some screen shots of some pages students were asked to create using Mahara. Most of the photos were from a Biology class dealing with genetic diseases. Check out the student work below.
I can really see a complete open source eLearning platform taking shape. Let’s take a look at this. WordPress + Buddypress – The public publishing tool for the eLearning Platform. WP Multisite with Buddypress is a very powerful social publishing tool that can be used by students and teachers to publish material that is available … Read more
What are the pros and cons of using a single template for a WordPress Network? Currently we are allowing subsites to choose their own themes. I am wondering if it would make sense to pick a really nice theme for all of Buddypress and subsites to use. I think the consistency would be a big … Read more
I am really impressed with the new design from Rockettheme. The new plugin called RokSprocket is also amazing! Very nice design. Joomla Templates – RocketTheme Joomla Templates Club Demo Site.
New Series: Open Source Online Learning – Hybrid and Flipped Classrooms In this series I will be talking about how Dearborn Public Schools is planning on implementing open source tools to help facilitate hybrid learning and flipped classrooms. All of the tools we will be discussing are open source and free for any school to … Read more
Here is a list of features and functions I think a good K12 educational web portal should have. Feel free to leave a comment about any additional ideas you might have. Web Publishing/Authoring District Website School Websites Teacher Websites Student Websites/ePortfolios Features for Web Publishing Easy to Use Easy to Manage Utilizes the latest in … Read more