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Yahoo Teachers

It seems that there will be a rather big player jumping in to the educational social networking market. Yahoo! is currently in Beta with Yahoo! Teachers, a site aimed at bringing large-scale peer networking/sharing to educators worldwide. At first glance it looks rather interesting, but it seems that we will have to wait until later this year for the public release:”Source(Via the Educational Technology News Blog)”:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/27/BU81RNIF0.DTL …

YahooteachersThe brief Sneak Peak video on the site shows what looks like a fairly easy to use tool for collaboration. Teachers can upload content to share, view content shared by others, and compile information together using the oddly-named “Gobbler”. Although there was no specific information offered, the site also seems to have information about state educational requirements built-in to the system. That alone seems like a lot of work to get things going…

Overall, this looks like an interesting social content repository that may have promise. It currently seems to be limited to K-12, but there do seem to be Beta users across the globe, so Yahoo! Teachers just may be coming to a village near you soon…

2 Comments

  1. Aaron wrote:

    It does look like an interesting site but at the same time a bit of a copy of other networks out there. I think it’s more of a ‘jump on the bandwagon’ kind of thing and due to the ‘commerciality’ of Yahoo! it will probably be a huge success!

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Stephen Henneberry wrote:

    I think that Yahoo will do well with this, as it has a big enough name to bring in secondary adopters. First adopters have sought out and/or created their own methods of sharing through Web2.0 sites, LMS/CMS, and social networking. Yahoo has the brand power to pull in the average teachers, not just the tech savvy. I think that this is their strongest point. It will be interesting to see how it works out…

    Friday, September 21, 2007 at 1:08 pm | Permalink