Online Space: Email Paradigm

Yesterday morning we had a WebEx demo of FirstClass ED, an extension to the FirstClass email system that allows the creation of classes, assignment exchanges, curricular content, shared calendars, parent viewing, roster, grade book, etc.

In it’s own way, the system makes a lot of sense. Leverage your faculty’s comfort with an email system to a general learning system, and keep everything in one place with as much drag-n-drop as possible. Instead of a web page system, this email paradign is much faster and can operate over a 14.4 modem. They don’t have an offline caching system yet, but I believe they are working on one. For the time being, one must be online for the magic to happen.

I could see this as a possibly strong solution for our lower school and possbily middle school, but I’m hesitant about our upper school. My sense is that colleges are going to grow the Blackboard style systems (web pages), and enable more social networking tools (like Facebook) into their systems. The FirstClass ED system is a bit toned down and more private, and it wasn’t clear to me yet how well it handled non-FirstClass materials (traditional web pages, Word docs, PowerPoints, etc.). I’m wondering if Moodle might be better for upper school (but more than needed for lower school). At the same time, I wondering if there’s enough benefit for maintaing multiple systems (Exchange, First Class, Moodle).

We’ll be taking a closer look at FirstClass ED in the future.

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