Polycom, TWICE Launch Polycom Collaborations

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<strong>Clinton Township, Mich. &mdash; Sept. 24 </strong><br />Polycom Inc., a provider of unified collaborative solutions, and Two Way Interactive Connections in Education (TWICE), Michigan&#39;s organization for videoconferencing in education, have announced Polycom Collaborations Around The Planet (PCATP), a global collaboration tool and resource for educators.<br /><br />PCATP is a free collaboration tool available to video conferencing educators in the classroom, training room, medical or  government training facility. <br /><br />It is designed to connect individuals, content providers and administrators for the purpose of exchanging ideas, conducting research, building curriculum, creating  programs and collaborating with distance and blended learning environments.  <br /><br />PCATP allows educators to find collaborative partners, update profiles and share information. <br /><br />&ldquo;Incorporating the latest Web 2.0 technology into our arsenal of education tools allows us to increase access to distance learning resources for educators in a 21st-century education environment,&rdquo; said Craig Lynar, Polycom vice president of vertical markets, Video Solutions Group. &ldquo;We recognize the capabilities of new collaborative tools as another instrument to assist educators in creating the most powerful blended and distance learning programs. Collaboration with peers through PCATP increases the usefulness of video conferencing technology and programs by bridging the gaps between educators throughout the world.&rdquo;<br /><br />PCATP is a natural extension of Polycom&rsquo;s strategy to provide collaborative visual communications and resources for educators in multiple environments.  <br /><br />The company provides access to content, information, training and resources that go beyond the limitations of the classroom walls. Blended learning environments allow instructors to motivate and expose students to people, places and experiences without the traditional restrictions of time limitations or geographical barriers.  <br /><br />By removing distance and helping people communicate through video, students and teachers can become more innovative, efficient and productive, make better decisions, learn and remember more and have greater satisfaction with their education experience.<br /><br /><br />&ldquo;The use of video conferencing technology has been growing substantially among educators over the past few years,&rdquo; said Janine Lim, TWICE instructional technology consultant. &ldquo;Incorporating a global directory of people to Polycom&rsquo;s other available resources, including the online content access program and services, will form a community of video conferencing users and should serve to further grow the use of video among educators worldwide.&rdquo;

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