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.
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.
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.