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Thursday, April 19, 2012

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(850) 245-0413

Florida Teacher Community Expands Resources

New launchpad applications available to educators across the state-

Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Teacher Community, in partnership with Novachi, is enhancing resources available to Florida's educators through an online launchpad with applications and collaborative tools designed to help teachers in the classroom. This week, the Teacher Classroom Collaboration (TCC) tool was added to the launchpad. The TCC is a social learning platform designed to facilitate online education by providing virtual classrooms on top of a social network. This innovative application combines the best social networking features with private classroom-level security to create a whole new way to learn and communicate.

"The new Teacher Classroom Collaboration tool will allow teachers to connect directly with parents and students online by simply adding their information to the virtual interface," said FLDOE Deputy Director of Educator Relations Kelly Seay. "This type of collaboration is important because it enhances the level of teacher communication with parents and encourages involvement in their child's learning routine."

Teacher Classroom Collaboration enables teachers to work with students and parents in a classroom-like setting with confidence that the classroom activities are private. Teachers have the ability to create new classes, invite students and parents, and act as the administrator for their newly created virtual classrooms. Students can find their list of classes, participate in classroom activities and discussions, upload assignments, review shared content, class requirements and calendars, access learning trees (created by teachers or fellow peers), and view photos and videos.

Teachers who already have an account on Florida's Teacher Community through Novachi will automatically view the new Teacher Classroom Collaboration application on the launchpad. For more information about Florida's Teacher Community, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/justforteachers/.