Showing posts with label intranet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label intranet. Show all posts

Friday, May 18, 2012

Open Atrium - Your Open Source Intranet

Early this morning I Tweeted that I was feeling quite geeky because I was installing Open Atrium on a server. While my installation didn't go quite as planned, it did give me enough experience to say that I think Open Atrium could be a good Intranet solution for some schools.

Open Atrium is an open source program for running blogs, message boards, calendars, collaborative notebooks, and project tracking tools within your domain. You can create user groups within your Open Atrium installation.



Applications for Education 
To be clear, Open Atrium is not something that most classroom teachers are going to deploy on their own. It will take some time and some familiarity with servers (not to mention a server or server space at least) in order to get it up and running. Open Atrium could be a good platform for schools that want to create managed spaces in which their teachers and students can blog, message each other, and maintain appointment calendars.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Podio - Task Management, Collaboration, and More for Higher Ed

Podio is a service designed for businesses to use as a company intranet. Recently, Podio announced that they are making their services available for free to any college/ university student who registers with a school email account.

Podio provides an intranet framework that can be customized by users to suit their specific needs. Podio offers tools for task management, collaborative workspaces, file sharing, and messaging. Students can also choose to use survey tools and note sharing tools on Podio. Podio can be used on your computer or on your mobile device. Watch the introductory video below to learn more about Podio.


Applications for Education
My original title for this post was Podio - Edmodo for Higher Ed because I think that they both provide students with fundamental tools for private collaboration. The difference is that Podio groups can be created by students without instructors. Podio could be a great tool for university students to collaborate on both simple tasks like sharing notes or more in-depth tasks like collaborating on a research effort.