Catholic schools back open standard platform
More than 1200 Catholic schools have signed up to adopt a unified technology learning platform based on open standards in a move described by Catholic Education Network chairperson, Greg Whitby, as "an important step towards meeting the needs of 21st Century learners".
IT Wire reports that Editure, an online education solution provider, has signed a major 3-year deal worth $6 million to use the company's MySuite platform to enable nearly half-a-million students and their teachers to access safe online learning environments, collaborate with one another and discover innovative digital resources.
"As educators we need to provide a relevant and rich learning experience for our students using the most effective learning tools available," Mr Whitby, who represents one of the four Catholic groups to sign the agreement, told IT Wire.
"Mysuite can help us greatly towards this goal," he said.
Mr Whitby says that some Catholic schools are already using MySuite package.
"This is an exciting opportunity for all Catholic systemic schools to benefit from a networked learning environment that encourages inter-school collaboration, sharing of resources, and a reduction in duplication," says Mr Whitby.
Editure's MySuite solution is based on open standards and technologies and not tied to proprietary software, according to the report.
Catholic Schools adopt $6m Editure learning platform (IT Wire, 28/11/06)
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29 Nov 2006