When I heard that Facebook was going to make a "big announcement" about its messaging system, with rumors that it would be launching a web-based email platform closely integrated with Microsoft Office, I quickly contacted several educators (and Google) to get their thoughts on how this would play out for students and schools (and Google Apps for Edu). Today's announcement was a little underwhelming. And I'm not really sure there's a story there. OK, I'm not really sure I feel like writing it tonight. So... moving on...

In other news:

Schoology has announced a tool to help you import your course content from Moodle into the Schoology LMS.

Inside Higher Ed reports on the National Federation for the Blind's complaint filed against Pennsylvania State University, due to lack of access for blind students.

North Carolina Public Schools and Microsoft are teaming up to offer IT training to high school students in the state. According to the press release, Microsoft's IT Academy will be available at every high school in North Carolina. Its program "features access to online learning content, official Microsoft course materials, instructor resources and support materials including lesson plans, software licenses and professional, industry-recognized certifications." has posted an infographic on the rising cost of college.

Boing Boing reports on the new policies at Valdosta State University that initially made it sound as though P2P filesharers at the school would face criminal charges. The Director of IT has since clarified, saying that the school hasn't yet decided on how to handle cracking down on P2P (which isn't necessarily illegal). And students won't be turned over to the police.

Audrey Watters


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