New York, NY – (August 30, 2005) – Horizon Wimba, a provider of collaborative software applications for online education, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Silicon Chalk, the Vancouver-based company that creates software which, from within a class, broadcasts an instructor’s prepared notes and lecture materials to local and remote students.
The acquisition allows Horizon Wimba to continue its rapid growth within the educational software industry.
“The acquisition of Silicon Chalk will allow us to utilize the strengths of its core technology in order to improve our own collaborative products,” said Tommaso Trionfi, CEO of Horizon Wimba. “Silicon Chalk was a pioneer in educational software, so we’re pleased to know its legacy will continue within our own company.”
Silicon Chalk’s software supports collaboration, communication, exercises, note taking, and presentation in face-to-face classes where some or all students have laptops, desktops, or tablet computers. It allows distance students to participate and create fully interactive recordings of every learning activity for later learning, review, refinement, and asynchronous participation. Silicon Chalk broadcasts an instructor’s prepared notes and lecture material to all participants both local and remote, in real time, and as a result, students can take notes on their computers and these notes are then synched with the lecture material.
This acquisition comes less than two months after Horizon Wimba acquired Connected Learning and its Course Genie content authoring software.
About Horizon Wimba
Horizon Wimba develops web-based collaboration software for online distance education, language learning and live interactive communications. Our collaborative learning applications enable instructors and students to fully embrace the new wave of pedagogical opportunities afforded by campus-wide networks and the internet; regardless of geographic location, bandwidth or operating system. Our virtual rooms enable instructors to conduct live, online classes, meetings, office hours and study groups, and our vocal collaboration technologies add oral content directly into course content, webpages and assessments. Horizon Wimba adds new dimensions to online, accessible education, personalizing and humanizing the online learning experience for all.