Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Friday, April 19, 2013

HackEd Takes a Crack at Facebook Apps

Can 150 young developers, working in 24 teams, create educational apps for Facebook to help college students manage their campus experience better? Facebook and the Gates Foundation seem to think so.

The two organizations paired up for HackEd 2.0, the second annual competition for developing apps that students can access through their Facebook accounts. The U.S. contest recently concluded, but another is planned for London in late April.

The developers were charged with dreaming up apps to make going to college easier, from financial aid to academic support. Participants could work on apps for one of three areas: college, social learning, and out-of-school study.

Bloomberg TV reports on HackEd 2.0, including remarks from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, in this video.

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