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Posted - 06/24/2009 12:17pm
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Elluminate Taps Classroom 2.0 Founder for New LearnCentral Network
Social Networking Pioneer Steve Hargadon Helps Build Unique Online Community for Education
Elluminate, Inc., a leading provider of web, audio and video solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration, announced today that it has hired Classroom 2.0 founder Steve Hargadon as the company’s first Social Learning Consultant.
In his new role, Hargadon helped create and will moderate the Elluminate-sponsored LearnCentral™ social learning network for education, which will be announced formally at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2009, held June 28 through July 1 in Washington, D.C.
A recognized pioneer and change agent in the area of social networking for educators, Hargadon is also the director of the K12 Open Technologies Initiative at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and a columnist for School Library Journal. He is a frequent blogger, podcaster and webinar host who covers a wide variety of topics, including Web 2.0, educational technology and social networking.
The creation of this unique position and the hiring of Hargadon emphasizes Elluminate’s leading role in the transformation of teaching and learning worldwide.
Social Networking and Education
In 2007, Hargadon founded Classroom 2.0, a community for educators interested in using Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies. As an Elluminate Community Partner, Hargadon used the company’s Elluminate Live!® virtual classroom to hold online professional development events to address the isolation faced by many educators, creating an environment that changed education practices and created a sense of community. Recently Classroom 2.0 celebrated the milestone of reaching 25,000 members, validating the founder’s belief in the pedagogical value of social networking and Web 2.0 tools.Read the full text of the release here