New Place for Sharing and Collaboration

Elluminate Taps Classroom 2.0 Founder for New LearnCentral™ Network

Elluminate, Inc., provider of web, audio, and video solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration, announced today that it has hired Classroom 2.0 founder Steve Hargadonas the company’s first Social Learning Consultant. In his new role, Hargadon helped create and will moderate the Elluminate-sponsored LearnCentral™social learning network for education, which will be announced formally at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2009, held June 28 through July 1 in Washington, D.C.

A pioneer in the area of social networking for educators, Hargadon is also the director of the K12 Open Technologies Initiative at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and a columnist for School Library Journal. He is a frequent blogger, podcaster, and webinar host who covers a wide variety of topics, including Web 2.0, educational technology, and social networking.

In 2007, Hargadon founded Classroom 2.0, a community for educators interested in using Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies. Recently Classroom 2.0 celebrated the milestone of reaching 25,000 members.

As Classroom 2.0 continues to grow as a viable community, Hargadon will now focus on his role as moderator and facilitator within LearnCentral, which represents the next logical step of combining the social networking of Classroom 2.0 and the ability to store, organize, and find educational resources with live, online meeting and collaboration provided by Elluminate technology.

“In 2007, Elluminate began envisioning a community where educators could connect with subject matter experts and others who shared their interests, submit and rate educational content, create discussion spaces, attend online events, and use Elluminate technology for real-time collaboration,” said Maurice Heiblum, President, Elluminate, Inc. “We are thrilled to have a social networking and educational technology guru like Steve Hargadon on board to help us make our vision a reality.”