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Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Florida Department of Education Launches Collaborative Online Community for Teachers

Tallahassee - Florida's teachers have a new way to communicate and collaborate with other teachers across the state through a private social network called the "Florida Teacher Community." The Florida Department of Education, in partnership with Novachi, today launched a new, easy-to-use tool developed specifically for Florida's teachers. Kelly Seay, Teacher Liaison at the Florida Department of Education, will manage the communication and collaboration interface. Novachi will provide hosting and technical support.

"Communication with teachers is incredibly important in Florida and I am delighted that our educators will have additional tools and resources available to them," said Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "This will provide our teachers with another medium to collaborate and share ideas to boost student achievement, and ultimately, Florida's education system."

The Florida Teacher Community integrates Novachi's industry-leading Integrated Education System with the Ning social platform, the world's leading platform for custom private social websites, to provide Florida teachers with the means to collaborate and host discussions on various aspects of their profession. Teachers will be able to work together to establish best practices, communicate about what works in the classroom, share solutions or suggestions for changes to support Florida's students, and help shape education policies and practice. The private online community features blogging, forum and group discussion, as well as photo and video sharing capability.

In addition to the social community, teachers will have access to a variety of educational resources to support daily teaching responsibilities. As other tools and resources prove to be useful for teachers, they will be added to the Novachi Apps launchpad. The Florida Teacher Community is private for teachers; however, the resource applications on the platform can be shared with parents and students to enhance collaboration beyond the classroom.

Each teacher will soon receive an email directly from Novachi Support with account access information allowing them to sign on to the Florida Teacher Community. For more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/JustForTeachers/.