Trunity Selected as Platform for New Generation of Online Classrooms

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Trunity.net provides non-profit educational programs with the resources needed for the creation and expansion of their diverse projects. Seeking a platform from which to reach the nation's academic community, NCSE knew that Trunity's mastery of the many levels of social media would take them where they need to go.

The NCSE has chosen Trunity as its platform for the expansion of new, innovative online classrooms.

will be a new generation on online classrooms that will be used not just for this application but throughout higher education and by a coming wave of informal learning communities.

In late 2009, a coalition of scientists and education experts led by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE - http://ncseonline.org/) were awarded by a $1.6-million grant from The National Science Foundation (NSF), to advance online education about climate change.

The biggest challenge for the project, named CAMEL (Climate, Adaptation, and Mitigation e-Learning), was to create online classrooms where teachers and students could gather and interact around learning materials a lot more effectively than has been possible to date. Choosing the right platform for their project would be crucial.

After careful comparison of many possible platforms, CAMEL has chosen Trunity.net (http://www.trunity.net/)

Peter Saundry, Executive Director of NCSE, stated that "With Trunity.net, CAMEL will be able provide educators with a new level of interactivity with their students. We will be able to combine the important attributes of expensive proprietary platforms currently used by schools with the open, easy-to-use attributes of social networking sites."

“The result,” says Saundry, “will be a new generation on online classrooms that will be used not just for this application but throughout higher education and by a coming wave of informal learning communities.”

CAMEL's online presence will alleviate the need for costly resources like textbooks, providing students and professors with trusted information without a financial burden. With the many media-sharing features of Trunity, students will be able to easily access all the necessary information for their educational growth, revolutionizing the relationship between the individual and academia.

"This will create a better learning environment for all members of the community," Saundry added. "Students will be able to create their own individual pages, sharing assignments with professors, and allowing for new avenues of communication. With Trunity's innovative technology, we can make education a new and exciting experience, sharing vital information from trusted sources with students that feel actively engaged and enthusiastic about what is being discussed."

Trunity is thrilled to welcome the CAMEL project to its platform, expanding its already-vast educational community, including The Encyclopedia of Earth (http://www.eoearth.org/) and other organizations committed to various levels of education.

Terry Anderton, CEO of Trunity.net, states, "With Trunity, projects such as CAMEL are provided with the resources needed to turn an idea into a flourishing reality. We offer all types of multimedia outlets for information sharing, giving educational causes the ability to reach their audience, no matter their experience level with technology. Our partnership with NCSE in the CAMEL project is a perfect fit."

In addition to educational organizations, Trunity provides the resources needed for all kinds of ventures' online development, its unified platform offering the opportunity for collaboration and content management. Developing one's online presence, from large organizations to everyday individuals, is made possible on Trunity.net.

About NCSE (http://ncseonline.org/):

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has been working since 1990 to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. It envisions a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meaning and limitations, and the potential consequences of their action or inaction.

NCSE specializes in programs that bring together diverse individuals, institutions and communities to collaborate. It works closely with the many communities creating and using environmental knowledge to make and shape environmental decisions, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations as well as governmental bodies at all levels.

NCSE Contact:
Peter Saundry, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Council for Science and the Environment
1101 17th Street NW
Suite 250
Washington, DC 20036
psaundry(at)ncseonline(dot)org
202-207-0002 (office)
202-365-0187 (cell)

About Trunity, Inc. (http://www.trunity.net):

Trunity gives businesses, organizations and individuals the power to organize information, build communities and engage people. It integrates authoring, blogging, news, events, multimedia, and social networking functionality into a unified platform with robust collaboration and content management functionality, giving individuals and organizations a new and cost-effective way to develop online content and catalyze community activity. The Trunity platform also features a unified directory, content sharing and user identity functionality, enabling collaboration within and across communities.

Since launching its public beta, hundreds of people and diverse organizations comprising a diverse range of case studies involving NGOs, advocacy, civic, educational and commercial organizations have migrated to the platform. Today, the platform also hosts many websites built by individuals for self-publishing, art hobbies, blogging, family archives and social networking.

Trunity Contact:
Mariah Gale,
Creative Director
Trunity.net
mariah(at)trunity(dot)com
978-764-6257

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