Magazine article Technology & Learning

Flow

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Flow

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Emphasis: Data sharing Grade level: Secondary, collegiate, also administrative Platform: Mac (OS X Panther or later) Price: 1-10, $49.90 each; 11-100, $39.95 each; more than 100, call for pricing Publisher: Near-Time, 919-612-8003; www.near-time.com

Educators are becoming increasingly dependent on technology to share information, and Near-Time has been paying attention. Flow, its collaborative server-based program, is a powerful tool that lets the user create content, search the Web, organize information, and publish work online in a multiuser environment. Flow's common workspace makes it a catalyst for collaboration, which could be the solution for educators wanting to streamline the exchange of information with students.

Flow's common workspaces, or Folios, let teachers create and share class documents and Web sites in real time with students. The program's hypertext environment allows users to link their work to other documents or to Web sites with a simple drag and drop, therefore eliminating the need to know any programming language. Flow's RSS reader is equally user friendly and makes sharing information from the Web timely and appropriate. …

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