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Andrew J. Milne, PhD, Tidebreak‘s CEO, lives and breathes collaborative learning. Since 2004, Tidebreak’s core products, TeamSpot and ClassSpot, have dominated a unique niche in active learning technologies by using lightweight networked apps (PC and MAC) to facilitate secure screen- and application-sharing. The outcome is that Tidebreak technology brings teachers and students closer together rather than creating (yet another) barrier to engagement.
We need to find a way to simplify support for “a heterogeneous mix of learning technologies,” says Milne, “so that we are not spending a lot of time supporting the technology, but, in fact, supporting the collaborative learning experience.”