Monday, September 29, 2008
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Our announcement of wind-powered Pronto has garnered attention throughout the world, and even royalty has noticed as well..well, kind of royalty.  The E-Learning Queen, one of the education industry’s leading bloggers, wrote this piece about using wind power to propel Wimba Pronto. 

Also, the Physics folks at the University of Western Ontario were lauded for their use of Wimba Classroom for holding live online tutorial sessions.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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I’m pleased to let you know that we took our first step toward creating a new blog here at Wimba...a blog will allow me to grant guest authoring privileges to the education community.  Though I might be a bit selective at first as we get up to speed, I look forward to reading the musings of educators worldwide.  More to come soon....
Matt

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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It’s day #3 of our Wimba Pronto roadshow during which my colleague Kathleen Matthews and I are traveling to numerous Ivy Tech Community College campuses all throughout Indiana.  After meeting numerous IT folks, librarians, instructors and students in Bloomington and Terre Haute earlier this week, today found us at Ivy Tech’s Meridian campus in Indianapolis...and it also found us speaking to its local ABC news affiliate!  Our work at Ivy Tech prompted us to be the lead story on ABC 6’s afternoon and evening news, as the reporter told how Wimba Pronto is connecting students, faculty, and staff at an instant.  And of course, she also mentioned that Wimba Pronto is now eco-friendly, gone green as it’s now powered by wind power!  Watch the 2-minute ABC news clip here! From the road.... Matt

Thursday, September 11, 2008
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Wow!  Who would have guessed that the blogosphere - and even The Chronicle of Higher Education - would be buzzing over our 48-hour-old announcement that Wimba Pronto is now powered by wind?  Our wind-powered announcement has been picked up in blogs as varied as Arizonalog and Contexts Magazine, though they’re a bit more excited that professors can stay in touch with students at all hours.  I just want to thank everyone for all the wonderful feedback we’ve already received...we truly appreciate it!

Matt

Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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We just gave Pronto a new twist ... twisting in the wind.  Earlier this morning we announced that Wimba Pronto™, our instant messaging platform designed exclusively for education, is now powered by wind energy.  In our latest approach to going green, we purchased renewable energy credits from eGreen certified Community Energy to subsidize the electricity consumption of the servers, routers, and other IT infrastructure that power Wimba Pronto. With Wimba Pronto already running at hundreds of academic institutions worldwide including Grand Rapids Community College, Ivy Tech Community College, University of Missouri–St. Louis, and all 11 public universities in the North Dakota University System, we’re excited that we’ve now given these schools yet another means of communicating in an informal, and now environmentally conscious, manner.

Beyond Pronto, hundreds of colleges and universities around the world reduce carbon emissions by using Wimba for their distance education programs, often reducing the need for students to travel to campus. In addition, students and faculty are able to save valuable travel time and gas money.  This has been seen at schools as varied as the University of Georgia (where by teaching 35 sessions online using Wimba it saved 2,328 gallons of gas and reduced carbon emissions by 5.7 tons in one semester), Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska (which launched an online program using Wimba Classroom to provide greater access to education for students who may not be able to afford today’s gas prices to travel to and from campus), and San Diego State University (where Psychology professor Mark Laumakis estimates that students in his Psych 101 course save in total $234 per class in gas costs by using Wimba for online learning).

And if you’re ever near the eastern border of Oregon and Washington like I was last week while on vacation, be sure to take a gander at the hundreds of windmills that line the mesa along the Columbia River...seeing so many windmills rising out of the rolling hills is quite a sight!  Enjoy new Wimba Pronto!