Ecto is a hosted networked Personal Learning Environment (nPLE) that is focused on the student and is fully collaborative, where the learning content can be user-created, user-rated, shared and open. With Ecto the wired classroom becomes interactive, collaborative, and student-centered—the very definition of a modern learning environment and the only learning system designed to accomplish this.
Because Ecto is hosted, giant libraries of content can be explored by class participants and imported, exchanged, rated, modified or just shared. The most distinguishing aspects of the Web 2.0 era are vast, open, ever-expanding, ever-refining community-managed libraries of multimedia information. Examples include YouTube, Wikipedia, and Flickr.
Ecto connects classrooms across the hall, across town, and across the globe. In fact, Ecto already has classrooms in the US collaborating on joint projects with schools in India and China. In addition the teachers can actively engage with students’ parents through the fully networked learning system.
The Ecto business model is based on the proven Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Because of our very light business and technology model we can provide Ecto to individuals, groups, classes, and schools on a very cost effective, monthly subscription basis.