Saywire offers a combination of safe social technology and secure permission-based controls designed to provide "walled garden" social learning networks for K-12 schools.
Schools using the customized Saywire platform can select specific students, teachers and faculty members to participate in the interactive networking experience. No one from the public can gain access.
School staffers are assigned as site administrators; they can see the activity on the school network and warn students of the consequences of misconduct. Students can control who contacts them and who can read and reply to what they write and do on the Saywire system. The real names of students and teachers appear; there is no user anonymity.
A variety of features are offered, including blogs, calendars, chat rooms, eNotes, groups, multimedia, pages, profiles and a Homework Help Wall.
An Activity Wire tracks project-focused student activity, signaling team members to edit each other’s work or make their own contributions. This feature alerts students linked in a personal network whenever others post blog content, comment on discussion boards, create pages or upload files. The Activity Wire also provides instant links to professional development materials such as newly-posted lesson plans, a school’s latest performance audit, or a newly-created class wiki page.
The My Network feature provides a personalized list of students and teachers, as well as a straightforward way to stay in touch with frequent contacts. The SayMap! provides a threaded discussion area that visually illustrates how ideas are generated and related. The SayWall offers a place to leave brief messages and share news.
A free Saywire trial is available online at www.saywire.com.