Ideacodes Helps Launch Howard Rheingold’s Social Media Classroom

Ideacodes worked on the design and implementation of the public website for Howard Rheingold’s Social Media Classroom, which launched today.  The Social Media Classroom platform itself, developed by Sam Rose, includes a free and open-source 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.  Educators are encouraged to use the Colab and SMB materials freely, and there’s a hosted version of the Colab communities if you don’t want to install your own.