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Hillsborough Goes Collaborative

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010

Hillsborough County Public Schools is getting ready to release the Collaborative Communities portion of OpenText FirstClass software used for e-mail and internal communications.  The current client version of the software allows for the creation of conferences where information can be focused and shared but a difficult platform for collaboration.  The new OpenText Social Workplace environment brings the benefits of Web 2.0 to the FirstClass environment.  Rather than go into the details myself, check out the video below for some of the great features that are included in this update.

(For some reason I’m having trouble embedding the video so click on the link below instead)

Opentext Social Work Place

I can only speculate at the direction we will head with this product.  Obviously there will be a learning curve for many teachers in the district who are not familiar with web 2.0 and social networking.  I also think there will need to be some significant discussions regarding appropriate and responsible use now that teachers will have the ability to post their own blogs on their profile page.  We are moving in the right direction. It is important now to consider what we need to focus on when providing professional development to teachers who are going to be using the new FirstClass Collaborative Communities environment.

To begin with, teachers need to understand what it means to be a Digital Citizen.  There are several resources online about digital citizenship.  A great resource for information about digital citizenship and curriculum for your schools is Common Sense Media.  I’ll be going into more about digital citizenship in later posts so stay tuned.

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