Remember when our Texas Education Agency announced Epsilen's Project Share as the unifying bridge to connect teachers across the state together in a collaborative system? This was to connect us not only to learn updates and news about TEKS and new standardized testing procedures, but a real collaborative showcase of best practice in the classroom.
It didn't live up to its promise as concerns about ownership and
long-term initiative success for this type of implementation caused many
of us to keep away. In its fourth year now, we are just now starting to
see the content that was supposed to be available in year one.
But Project Share was initially conceived as the one
online tool that was going to unite districts together. It was to be the
state's portal for professional development and developing professional
learning communities. It was also going to connect us to rich media
content to create eCourses for students to access as a replacement to
the TxVSN system.
And now we are fractured and will continue to fracture out as
many of our vendors are now developing their own PLN portals. TEA
supports Project Share. TCEA supports TIME from Learning.com.
TIME is the portal where teachers can connect to their digital
subscriptions based on the learning objectives matched to corresponding
media. Along with the SKY system in Learning's web tools, teachers can
create, share and manage content for complete lessons online.
Is this a good place to mention TCEA's goal?: "Our goal is to become the dominant force for technology in education."
Don't forget the ESC Regional Service Centers are selling
eduphoria! Suite which is about to release the Forethought Community and
StudentObjects systems. These two additions will allow eduphoria! users
to be able to share online courses and manage student learning online.
Districts can toggle if they want to share their courses with other
districts in Community. They can even manage fees for courses offered to
Several of the online SIS (student information systems) are now
offering spaces for teachers to collaborate online and integrate with
student accounts to share calendars. They can communicate with the
students, share notes and even create course content inside the actual
And Google has partnered with Pearson for HigherEd to create a system called OpenClass
which is also an LMS system. So now Pearson resources will work inside
an LMS that works inside of Google Apps for Education. Course content
can be shared among teachers collaboratively as well as incorporate the
vast Pearson resources (you pay for) and the Google/YouTube empire. I
bet this opens up to K12 soon!
Like I said in the title of this post: "Everyone's Got One" and
everyone's choosing sides. TEA supports Project Share. TCEA supports
TIME. The Service Centers seem to dig eduphoria!. Districts are using
Moodle, Joomla, Druple and whatever else they wish.
And when everyone's got one, we have many and not ONE. We aren't
collaborating anymore. We aren't sharing. We are fracturing more.