Jam with Bojam, Learn SAT With Grockit And Microblog With Yammer

Usually we don’t write about startups, unless they are library related but TechCrunch announced this week a few of them that library customers would love to know about.

Grockit, is the first one and the company is a massively multi player online game(MMOG)that teaches students how to prepare for college exams like SAT and GMAT.

After logging in, users are presented with a list of active classrooms, each of which consists of less than a half dozen students. Once the session begins, the students are presented with a question along with a set of possible answers. Students can use an embedded chat box to debate on the possible choices, and can also leave comments beneath individual answer choices. After choosing an answer, Grockit highlights the correct one and an explanation detailing why it was the right choice.

Bojam is a web-based sound studio that lets musicians from all over the world practice and play music together, mix it and create songs.

Beyond being a collaborative tool, Bojam is also a community for musicians. It is a place where you can find other musicians to play with anywhere in the world, asynchronously.

The last startup that we want to highlight is Yammer, a company that takes the concept of Twitter and incorporates it in the corporate world. Anyone with a verifiable corporate email address can start or join a Twitter company microblogging group. If the private corporation wants to control that Twitter group, Yammer charges the company $1 per month per network member. More details about Yammer are available from TechCrunch.

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4 Responses to Jam with Bojam, Learn SAT With Grockit And Microblog With Yammer

  1. anonymous says:

    Michael Buffington writes:

    Thanks for the mention Stan. I'm happy that between Grockit, Bojam, and Yammer, we got you talking about tech startups. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the idea of Grockit, especially considering the focused nature of this blog.I was really impressed with the idea of Bojam, and really started getting excited when guitar chord diagrams were streaming along with other playing tracks. Talk about a really natural way of learning. And I think it interesting that rather than try to solve the problem of realtime musical collaboration (where even the smallest hint of lag can throw a monkey wrench into a good jam session) they took a more passive async approach. Pretty clever.I've yet to really look into Yammer, so can't say much. I think the idea of increasing communication between people in the corporate environment is really valuable. Is a Twitter like approach the best way? Is it even a new idea? I can't say myself – I'll have to dig into it a bit and give it some real thought.If you haven't done so yet, you can sign up for the Grockit beta here:http://www.grockit.com/beta-sign-up/We'd love to have your thoughts about Grockit once you've had some time to check out.

  2. LibraryImportant says:

    Hi Michael, Grockit, is a fantastic idea, very different from most of the startups that I see lately. Being able to introduce college exams in a game format is definitely innovative, attractive and promising. I will take a look at Grockit when I get a free minute and let you know what I think. Thanks for stopping by at Library Blog BuzzStan

  3. anonymous says:

    Vitaliy Demur writes:Hello Stan! We know that Yammer won the TechCrunch, and we want to offer help… Because Yammer is a great product that has ability to improve communications and create transparency by virtually making company’s structure flat. I work for LADevelopers Inc. (http://www.ladevelopers.com) a California based software development firm. We specialize in custom Yammer solutions for enterprise and know this product inside out. Please contact us if you need any help with it.

  4. LibraryImportant says:

    Thanks. I am sure that there is a lot of corporate interest in securing private social networks.

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