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Ecto LS FAQ

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  • What is Ecto?
    Ecto is a hosted, collaborative, knowledge sharing and learning environment. Use Ecto to capture and grow the social capital of your organization. Ecto is the only collaborative, knowledge and learning management system built from the ground up on the principals and architecture of social software.
  • Do I need to install anything?
    You don't need to download, install, or configure anything. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection and you can be up and running in seconds. Just create an account and you have access to a truly modern learning environment.
  • What web browsers can we use?
    Ecto is a modern learning tool so it requires a modern web browser to work properly. If you have Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Safari, or Firefox you will be fine. Other browsers may work, but they are not supported by Ecto.
  • What about privacy?
    We do not mess with your stuff - your stuff is your stuff. Period. We don't sell, barter or share your contact information. Period. Please refer to our privacy policy for additional details.
  • Is Ecto secure?
    We take the trust you place in us with regards to your data security very seriously. We do what we can to protect your content and information. Our servers are housed in what is called a "Tier 1" hosting facility with state-of-the-art physical as well as virtual security. All areas of Ecto are password protected and we will not sell, barter or share your information or any of the content that you enter. No one will be able to access your data unless you give them permission. Though we do everything that you can reasonably expect us to do to protect your data, please keep in mind that we can not guarantee 100% security. Be careful with how you share and treat your links, passwords, and user accounts.
  • Can we install Ecto on our own server?
    Nope! Ecto is only available as a hosted service. That way we can assure the quality of your learning experience and keep our costs down and your prices low. Besides, if you install Ecto on your server then the whole concept of networking with people outside of your school or organization goes out the window. The real power of Ecto is uncovered the first time you contribute to the teaching of a kid in India and you learn something new from a teacher in China.
  • Who created Ecto?
    Ecto is brought to you by a small group of educators and developers. We’re fascinated by the incredible social, collaborative, and learning power of the internet. So, why can’t students and teachers work with learning content any way they want? That’s where we come in. We created Ecto so you can collaborate, create, edit, track and share content with virtually limitless flexibility.

    We’re all teachers and students at various times throughout our lives. We’ve all had different learning challenges in both roles. By giving teachers and students the tools to implement social constructivist learning we think learners of all kinds can take a more direct and active path to knowledge. We’re passionate about leveraging the best internet technologies to improve sharing and learning.