Instructure has released a free mobile app for Apple's iOS that will facilitate communication among instructors and their students using Canvas, its Web-based learning management system.
When Northeastern University decided to expand its mobile applications to allow students, faculty, and staff to stay much better connected to the university, Alicia Russell, director of Northeastern's Educational Technology Center, considered ways to facilitate faculty members' use of mobile technologies and applications in teaching. Russell and other EdTech Center staff created a mobile learning strategy that would encourage faculty to go beyond simple apps for e-mail and games and explore the wide array of possibilities for integrating mobile technologies into their classes.
Florida Technical College started deploying Apple iPad 2 tablets to new students and faculty in late November, with plans to expand the program to returning students in December.
Oracle has released its Solaris 11 operating system (OS), which the company previewed last month at the Oracle OpenWorld 2011 event in San Francisco. Solaris 11 provides built-in virtualization capabilities for OS, network, and storage resources and is designed to run enterprise applications in private, hybrid, or public clouds. Oracle described it as the first fully virtualized, cloud OS.
Adobe has launched six new apps for the Android platform, including a new version of Photoshop optimized specifically for Android-based tablets.
Panasonic has debuted an upcoming line of ruggedized tablets built on the Android platform. Dubbed "Toughpad," the devices will begin shipping in 2012, with the first model, the A1, starting at $1,299.
Fedora, the free, open-source Linux operating system distribution from the Fedora Project, has been updated to version 16.
Samsung moved to the top position among smart phone manufacturers worldwide in the third quarter, bumping Apple, Nokia, and Research in Motion out of the way in the process.
Small private college Abilene Christian University has entered the fourth academic year of its mobile education initiatives, and the program's momentum and influence is still growing.
Desire2Learn has released an update to Campus Life, a mobile communications and collaboration tool for education.