Friday, July 17, 2009

Blackboard buys cell phone GUI designer. Google Apps builds links to Blackboard,

Whether it's outside in or inside out, Google Apps keeps connecting and connecting. Why not Independent MPS selling Google Apps into education systems? It will drive the IT people nuts.

Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Building blocks:
Connecting Google Apps for Education with Blackboard:
"Because we care so much about integration, we were excited to discover that Northwestern University has been working to integrate Google Apps Education Edition with Blackboard, one of the predominant providers of educational technology. Northwestern was one of the first schools to deploy Google Apps in 2007; it joined our Higher Education Customer Advisory Board as a founding member later that year.

This week at the BB World conference, Northwestern is unveiling a Blackboard Building Block called 'Bboogle' that they have built and are releasing to the community as open source. Building Block includes single sign-on, automated account provisioning, and automated sharing of Google Documents and Calendars through Blackboard course sites.
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According to Jonathan Smith, Software Architect at Northwestern, "I initiated our Google integration project because we were approached by a faculty member in anthropology who had been using Google Apps in his classes. In the past we had used wikis in history classes to allow students to work directly with primary source materials, and it occurred to me that Google Apps could support a much higher level of student and faculty collaboration. By integrating the applications into Blackboard we could make that kind of collaborative learning experience available to more of our students than ever before."

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