Zach Vander Veen
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Oak Hills Local Schools
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I serve as the district's eLearning Course Developer. Basically that means I spend my time with all things Blackboard and Moodle.

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At 7:25am on October 13, 2012, Amelia said…

Hello dear,I'm Amelia by name,I have something very important to discuss with you,please kindly email be back( will be waiting to hear from you soon.Thanks

At 8:24am on July 9, 2010, Dennis Swender Jr. said…
If you do some searching you should be able to find a ton of things for education and sharepoint. Most of them are by 'partners' meaning you'd have to pay for them but if you have skilled IT people (or if you are) they could replicate it. We have a guy that is amazing and could replicate it. Looking for it now doesn't help because sharepoint online won't be around until 2011. but it should replace and destroy GoogleApps... and probably other things like moodle and even blackboard.
At 11:43am on July 8, 2010, Dennis Swender Jr. said…
googleapps was Free and you get what you pay for. I know some people in the 21st centurty skill mindset think it isn't important to make things look pretty but to use the technology. I slightly disagree that I think students should make great work! It is difficult to make great things in googleapps. Plus, it always seemed to be going down and then up and then down. Printing was a nightmare, the sharing idea wasn't that great... just wasn't what we wanted.
Live@EDU is free, I think you have to pay for a domain.. like $5.00 or something. it has 90% functionality of Word, Excel, PPT and OneNote. My IT guys adore it because it fits well with all the Microsoft stuff they already have set-up. Gives us a lot more control over accounts and all. I've been working with some specialists at Microsoft to set it up. they tell me they are making a free online version of sharepoint for schools in 2011. This is basically to rival googleapps, and in my opinion will destroy it.

tell me about moodle!

At 1:24pm on January 25, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Zach. I was wondering if you and your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 1:59pm on December 26, 2008, Alyshia Olsen said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this classroom20 network is no exception. (I've also sent this out on other Ning networks you may be a part of.) My name is Alyshia Olsen; I am a 20 year old college student from Olin College of Engineering. I am a part of a group of 6 Olin College students (we're in Needham,MA, and engineering students) who has taken a year off to work on an education related project. I found you when I searched for middle schools on classroom20, and since our project is specific to middle schools, I thought you might be interested! Our project is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

Under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum and other web tools, we hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools want to pilot and use at their schools, while allowing individual teachers to implement this tool in their own classroom.

Our project, titled Alight Learning, is currently trying to win an idea competition on You can find us at We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start.

Feel free to email me back, check out, anything you like!


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