I talked to the team behind one Facebook's most interesting projects yet: an effort to build free educational software for schools that embrace personalized learning:
What followed was an improbable collaboration that resulted in the announcement of a partnership today between Facebook and Summit that will make their software available to other public schools. A pilot program is taking place around the country this year; eventually, Facebook and Summit plan to offer the software to any school that wants it. The partnership, which Sego is leading, has already produced a working tool that is used by students and teachers in 13 states and 20 schools. Facebook is giving it away for free, and says it plans to do so indefinitely. But Facebook’s tentative move into education, which in some ways resembles Google’s efforts in the classroom, could open up new business possibilities down the line — and might send a shiver down the spine of smaller education-technology startups in the meantime.