A few months back, the team from GOOD Magazine came out to our headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA to interview our CEO, Richard Lang, about what Collaborize Classroom is doing to create a more collaborative environment in the classroom.
“In my view, the future of learning has to blend down to the one obvious word, and that’s collaboration. No one of us knows as much as all of us. We refer to that as the “Wisdom of We.” – Richard Lang
“People can share ideas that they may not have felt comfortable sharing in class.” – Tucker, high school student using Collaborize Classroom
The video is part of GOOD’s Future Learning video series about technology in the classroom. Other videos include an interview with Sal Khan of the Khan Academy as well as other forward-thinking innovators like Digita Tabula, Innovations in Learning, and Connexions. The whole series is part of a longer film on Innovators in Education (aka “Eduvators”) and is in the works to be released in 2012.
Richard Lang, Democrasoft Chairman & CEO, was recently featured in two articles.
The Business Info Guide featured Richard on their resource website for entrepreneurs - Entrepreneur Interview: Richard Lang, Democrasoft, Inc. In the article, Richard discussed Democrasoft’s turn into the educational technology industry, the rewards he has gotten out of 20 years of being an entrepreneur in the technology industry and also gives some advice to others looking to run their own business.
What does Democrasoft do?
We provide private and public social networking platforms for groups with a common purpose. We are a leading provider of social collaboration and voting platforms for building online communities. We are dedicated to facilitating a vision of online “social networking with purpose.”
Our flagship product, Collaborize Classroom is a free online learning platform that is designed to complement classroom instruction and engages students in online activities, assignments and discussions that allow for deeper participation inside and outside the classroom.
Was there a specific turning point when you realized your business was moving to the next level?
Collaborize Classroom, our free online learning platform in the education space, was really created by teachers who adapted our original Collaborize platform for their own use. When we saw how perfectly the platform could be adapted for Education, we focused our attention on it and customized it for teachers, based on their valuable input.
In the Press Democrat article, Local software firms seek to revolutionize education, Richard was quoted ,“Education software builds on social networking, but it has the potential to do more. It’s teaching our kids 21st century skills, including how to have respectful conversations.”