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Friday, October 24, 2008

Social Media Classroom launches

Welcome to the Social Media Classroom and Collaboratory. It’s all free, as in both “freedom of speech” and “almost totally free beer.” We invite you to build on what we’ve started to create more free value.

The Social Media Classroom (we’ll call it SMC) includes a free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools. The Classroom also includes curricular material: syllabi, lesson plans, resource repositories, screencasts and videos. The Collaboratory (or Colab), is what we call just the web service part of it. Educators are encouraged to use the Colab and SMB materials freely, and we host your Colab communities if you don’t want to install your own.

About The Social Media Classroom
The Social Media Classroom project was initiated by Howard Rheingold as an application to the HASTAC awards and was funded by the HASTAC award, provided by the MacArthur Foundation. Most of the text on the site at launch was written by him.
Lead Drupal developer was
Sam Rose, with assistance from Michelle Cox, and advice from Bill Fitzgerald.
Website design and implementation by Emily Chang and Max Kiesler of
Brian Christiannsen provided user interface advice.
Screen graphics by
Shlomo Goltz.
Wiki resource assistant is
Lisa Rein.
Image research and help screens by
Michelle Wolverton.
Terms of service research by
Melanie McBride.
Thanks to
Socialtext for hosting the resource wiki at for the past two years.

Source: The Social Media Classroom