ConnectYard. What does it do? ConnectYard is a platform that integrates Facebook, Twitter and the students' most used communication: text messaging. This platform integrates nicely with Blackboard and can improve connections with students. It organizes via "yards" (which can be classes or groups). The students can access the yards/groups through their phones, video, text, or via their social networks like Facebook and Twitter. There are several great informative videos including a CY demo on their website here (or others such as this one on youtube).
I am new to the use and possibilities of ConnectYard, but I am looking forward to our pilot of the platform this fall and eager to see how the students respond. As a newbie, I welcome your thoughts or comments. Of course, you can also follow ConnectYard on Twitter: @ConnectYard to learn more.
Privacy image from this site. ConnectYard image from the ConnectYard site.