Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edCetera – straight talk on edtech.
On Monday Comcast announced a partnership with Khan Academy to promote affordable Internet access and free access to quality education to low income families throughout the United States.
Inside the urban tech bubbles people often forget that the devices and high speed Internet access they enjoy are not a commodity for everyone out there. If you remember, part of the reason why Udacity and San Jose State University put their pilot on hold earlier this year was based on the “revelation” that many students could not take part in the MOOCs due to insufficient access to computers and high speed Internet which is essential to stream the video lectures.
Long time readers of EDUKWEST will surely have noticed that our site has gone through some major refurbishment. The reasons are plenty, one of course being that the old theme had been the public face of EDUKWEST for over four years now.
Over the past couple of months it became obvious that more and more of our readers visit the site on their mobile device, may it be a tablet or smartphone. And clearly, this trend will only grow bigger in 2014 and beyond.
“The acquisition of Tell Me More is an exciting way to close out what has been a transformative year for Rosetta Stone.” Steve Swad, President and CEO of Rosetta Stone
Indeed. It seems that this year ends with a bang for the language learning market as Rosetta Stone announced the acquisition of its French competitor Tell Me More for $28 million.
Winter time is a very edtech conference heavy period of the year. Just when you have left Online Educa in Berlin you can pack your bags and leave for the annual BETT Show in London.
Next year (next month) will be particularly exciting for me as EDUKWEST has partnered with Edmix, a leading education technology community in the UK. EDUKWEST will not only cover the startups at this year’s EdTech Pavillon but I will also give an outlook on what we at EDUKWEST see as the emerging education trends for 2014.
Besides giving 40 edtech startups exposure in the EdTech Pavillon at on one of the biggest global education trade shows, Edmix will host the EdTech Innovator Award, a pitch competition with a £10.000 price pot in-kind value support by Pearson, Leaf Investments and Taylor Wessing.
To give you a better idea of what is happening in London’s edtech scene, what role Edmix plays and what you can expect from the BETT Show in January, here is an interview with Edward Baker, the founder of Edmix.
If you happen to be in Berlin during the first week of December and you’re part of or interested in the local as well as global edtech startup scene, I would like to invite you to our inaugural EDUKWEST EdTech Drinks meetup around Online Educa 2013.
Today LinkedIn adds another piece of the puzzle to its user profiles in order to make them the definite online resume with the Direct-to-Profile Certifications pilot program. As you might remember, back in August the professional network opened itself to students and universities, adding the prelude to your professional resume so to speak.
The partnerships that LinkedIn announced today on its company blog will fill in the blanks that currently exist on the lifelong learning and vocational levels. If you now complete a course on Coursera, edX, Udacity, Lynda.com, Pearson, Skillsoft and Udemy you are going to receive an email that lets you add this accomplishment under your certifications category on LinkedIn.
Intel Education acquired the digital textbook maker Kno for an undisclosed sum. As Audrey Watters and TechCrunch point out, Intel Education took part in Kno’s $30 million Series C round.
On Tuesday Google officially announced the launch of their latest product Google Helpouts. I wrote about it back in August already, but now we can browse the categories and get a feeling of what people and companies are going to charge for their service.
Speaking of companies. Interestingly, language learning companies like Rosetta Stone, Alliance Française and Lingo Live are among the first adopters. So is MOOC behemoth Coursera offering a mix of free and paid tutoring sessions for its Machine Learning course.
When I think which company to talk with next for EDUKWEST, there is always a couple of criteria I apply. My criteria, as you might you after more than four years of interviewing, include to get a startup early on in their life cycle, the impact this startup might make in 6 to 12 months from now, and portraying entrepreneurs to me is definitely about sharing a good story.
The story of OpenClassrooms is definitely one of the most interesting ones I have heard in a long time, and it shows how far a dedicated team can make it with passion and hard work.