Archive | May, 2010

CloudCourse a course scheduling system – Project Hosting on Google Code

CloudCourse is a course scheduling system.

Built entirely on App Engine, CloudCourse allows anyone to create and track learning activities. It also offers calendaring, waitlist management and approval features.

CloudCourse is fully integrated with Google Calendar and can be further customized for your organization with the following service provider interfaces (replaceable components):

Sync service – to sync CloudCourse data with your internal systems
Room info service – to schedule classes in your locations
User info service – to look up user profile (employee title, picture, etc)
CloudCourse has been developed in Python, using the Django web application framework and the Closure Javascript library.
(Link: CloudCourse a course scheduling system – Project Hosting on Google Code)


Installable Web Apps – Google Code

Solution: Installable web apps
A better approach would be for users to install their favorite web apps. An installed web app could be separated visually from other tabs, could integrate better with the OS, and could be granted increased permissions. This special handling of web apps is exactly what we’re working on in Google Chrome.
Installing a web app in Google Chrome is easy and quick, with no restart required. At its simplest, installing a web app is like creating a super-bookmark to it.
(Link: Installable Web Apps – Google Code)

Udemy – Academy of You | Find and Create Online Courses – Teach and Learn Online

Udemy is a website that enables anyone to create an online course. Our goal is to provide our teachers with everything they could possibly need to create a great learning experience over the internet. We’ve worked hard to build this site and we hope you like it. Everything is completely free, because we believe nobody should have to pay for Udemy unless they are making money themselves.

But why did we create this site? We created it to solve a simple problem:

Currently, educators are constrained by the physicality of their course. Whether an SAT tutor or an IT education company, instructors can only teach those in proximity to their location. Online education breaks down those barriers, but publishing an online education course is time-consuming and expensive. Online education is dominated by large businesses that have spent millions on developing the infrastructure necessary to create, distribute and monetize their content.
(Link: Udemy – Academy of You | Find and Create Online Courses – Teach and Learn Online)

Kongregate's Flash games come to Android

One of the most exciting prospects of Flash coming to Android devices has been games. While the iPhone platform has become a developmental heavyweight for indie gaming in just a few short years, it remains unable to take advantage of the rich library of titles developed to work on Adobe’s Flash player.
With this week’s inclusion of Flash player 10.1 on Android phones as part of the 2.2 software update, however, gamers on the go now have access to these titles. The only problem, it seems, is that not all of them are mobile phone-friendly.
Kongregate, a popular Flash gaming host and community, has gone through the effort to weed through its library and pick out titles that work well on smaller screens. Of the site’s more than 28,300 titles, its staff has pulled together around 120 that they think work quite well.
(Link: Kongregate’s Flash games come to Android)

Togetherville: A social network for kids –

“We built Togetherville using the spirit of the neighborhoods most of us remember when we were kids,” said co-founder, CEO, and parent Mandeep Singh Dhillon, “where everyone knows everyone else and watches out for each other. In Togetherville, parents have peace of mind that their kids are playing with people they know and trust and kids have fun while learning the tools they need to become good digital citizens.”
Fully compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Togetherville is intended for kids who are too young for Facebook, officially, but have parents immersed in that culture. The 6- to 10-year-olds are invited to engage with their real-world friends, play games, watch videos, and create art. Grownups act as the gateways for new contacts, assuming the responsibility for inviting other families to join each child’s online neighborhood.
(Link: Togetherville: A social network for kids –

CFY – My Home Learning

Welcome to! We have reviewed hundreds of educational games to find you the best, most fun places for you to have a good time while learning.
(Link: CFY – My Home Learning)

Computers For Youth awarded $23M to Improve the Home Learning Environment of Families in NYC and LA

The US Commerce Department announced that CFY has been awarded two grants totaling $23M to improve the Home Learning Environment and increase broadband adoption in the nation’s two largest school districts—New York City and Los Angeles. These awards give CFY a hard-won stamp of approval and will have wide-reaching effects across the country.

In New York, CFY will partner with the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications and the New York City Department of Education, working directly with schools to serve nearly 19,000 students while educating their parents about affordable broadband options.
(Link: Computers For Youth awarded $23M to Improve the Home Learning Environment of Families in NYC and LA)

Introducing, Braintrust, my bootstrapped lean startup | TK's weblog

Simply put, Braintrust is a social collaboration tool that helps groups organize their conversations. I built Braintrust by combining the timeless elements of a traditional discussion forum and innovative features from popular social networks. Braintrust is hosted in the cloud, works in real-time, and provided as a SaaS offering.
(Link: Introducing, Braintrust, my bootstrapped lean startup | TK’s weblog)

Grockit Scores $7 Million To Advance From Online Test Prep To The Academy

Grockit plans to expand into more general online education with the Grockit Academy. “We are moving out of test prep into education,” says CEo Farb Nivi. It will start with a Summer Enrichment Academy in June. School districts are already interested because they are losing funding for summer enrichment programs, and Grockit is a free online alternative.

Grockit Academy will be a place where students can learn together and teach each other. It will start with math and English curriculums for 8th to 12th grades. The group learning is free, but if students (or their parents) want reports or adaptive learning algorithms to help them get smarter, they can pay a $79 annual fee. It is the same freemium model Grockit has with its test prep community. Nivi says he is seeing conversion rates of between 3 and 7 percent from the free to premium accounts, and those conversion rates are increasing.
(Link: Grockit Scores $7 Million To Advance From Online Test Prep To The Academy)

Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter

“An Amazon cloud computing data center lost power Tuesday when a vehicle struck a nearby utility pole. When utility power was lost, a transfer switch in the data center failed to properly manage the shift to backup power. Amazon said a “small number” of EC2 customers lost service for about an hour, but the downtime followed three power outages last week at data centers supporting EC2 customers. Tuesday’s incident is reminiscent of a 2007 outage at a Dallas data center when a truck crash took out a power transformer.”
(Link: Car Hits Utility Pole, Takes Out EC2 Datacenter)