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review:ed #28

review:ed #28 A Look Back on 2012 and 2013 Predictions

review:ed #28

In this episode of review:ed Chris and Kirsten talk about the big stories in 2012 and give their predictions on how the edtech space might evolve in 2013.

Of course they talk about MOOCs and anti-MOOCs, Pearson, funding, the edtech bubble, textbooks, the flipped classroom, Khan, crowdfunding and much more.

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review:ed #27 Vineet Madan McGraw-Hill Education

review:ed #27 with Vineet Madan of McGraw-Hill Education

review:ed #27 Vineet Madan McGraw-Hill EducationIn this episode we speak with Vineet Madan, Senior Vice President of New Ventures at McGraw Hill.
Based on a paper recently published by the company we start the interview by trying to define what adaptive learning means and how to integrate this concept with technology to make it work in the classroom.

Key features here are assessing what people know at what point in time and how well they know it.
We then take a deeper look into the needs of teachers to make it attractive and easy for them to deploy these tools. McGraw Hill sees professional development tailored to the specific school as key element here along with strong tech support.

Next we talk a bit about the tablet space unfolding quickly and what might be the opportunities of integrating this technology in the classroom.

Lastly, we encapsulate some of the points we touched on during the interview to try make a prediction of what education might look like in the future: supporting teachers in this transition period, not one single company can solve this problem as Madan puts it, there needs to be a coalition of the willing to offer an industry solution for an industry problem along with federal and state government as well as some of the associations.

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review:ed Special #2 Microsoft Nook Partnership

review:ed Special #2 The Microsoft Nook Partnership

review:ed Special #2 Microsoft Nook Partnership

On Monday Microsoft and Barnes&Noble announced that Microsoft will invest $300 million in a new venture that will spin off the digital and campus business into a new subsidiary called NewCo. Microsoft will own 17%.

This is an interesting turn of events as both companies sued each other over Android patents about a year ago. Chris and I talked about this new partnership, what it might entail for other players in the field and if it is actually about an interest in digital media and education or only about the Android patents.

You can also read a summary of my thoughts over at edcetera.

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udemy This Interview is sponsored by udemy – Udemy enables anyone to take and build courses online. Their goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world’s experts. Visit udemy.com and follow them on Twitter @udemy.

Links

  • Microsoft and Barnes & Noble settle patent dispute; create new subsidiary
    Source: ZDNet
  • A Windows 8 e-reader: If someone builds it, will they come?
    Source: ZDNet
  • Should Barnes and Noble Break Up? Float Off the Nook To Compete With Amazon and Apple?
    Source: Forbes
  • Kindle Fire accounts for more than half of U.S. Android tablets
    Source: Computer World
  • Microsoft, Pegatron Ink Patent Deal for Android, Chrome Devices
    Source: PCMag
  • Microsoft’s $300 million Nook investment: An Android power grab?
    Source: Digital Trends
  • For Google Chairman Schmidt, Maybe Monopoly Was The Goal
    Source: Forbes
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review:ed #26 Interview Coursera

review:ed #26 Interview with Daphne Koller & Andrew Ng of Coursera

review:ed #26 Interview Coursera

On Friday, Christopher Dawson and myself had the pleasure for a short talk with the two co-founders of Coursera, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng.

As the startup is backed with $16 million dollars in venture funding and thus also got some coverage outside of the education vertical, we were of course very interested in hearing a bit more online education centered and beyond the usual articles on some of the big tech-blogs.

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imagine K12 This Interview is sponsored by imagine K12
imagine K12, the silicon valley incubator for ed tech companies, will start its summer 2012 program in July. The online application is currently open and is due on May 4.
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The interview starts with the founders’ motivation to launch their startup right now, I was particularly interested in hearing whether this was financially motivated as it seems to be a great moment for Silicon Valley based education startups or rather based on the technology.

Coursera is currently already working together with three universities, Princeton, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania besides Stanford, their alma mater. As a side-note, unlike other initiatives in Higher Education that are led by professors, for instance Sebastian Thun’s Udacity, Koller and Ng are staying at Stanford and will continue teaching there.

All courses available on the platform are offered completely for free and the Coursera team are building relationships with other top institutions to offer a wider variety of courses in the near future.

With such a big vision of changing Higher Education they must, of course, have an idea on the potential impact Coursera might have on the landscape.

We wrap up the talk by discussing the (currently non-existing) business-model of Coursera. Following right in the tradition of recent movements in Silicon Valley, there will certainly be a business at some point in the future, but Coursera currently focuses on building the platform, adding more courses and getting more students.

Additional Links:

Homepage: http://coursera.com
Coursera on Twitter: @coursera
Coursera on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coursera
Daphne on LinkedIn: Daphne Koller
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review:ed #25 Money in the Ed Game

review:ed #25 Money in the Ed Game

review:ed #25 Money in the Ed Game

In this week’s edition of review:ed Kirsten and Chris focus on one big topic: funding startups in education. They discuss the big funding month as more than $110 million went into education startups in April alone.

But what does this mean for education in general. Do those startups all need an exit like the Business Insider suggests and if so, who is going to buy them? What role do crowdfunding and entrepreneurial teachers play in this, what are the differences between them and startup founders that come from outside of education?

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Links

  • Ed News Ticker #2 April 14th 2012
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • There Are A Million Education Startups And No One To Acquire Them
    Source: Business Insider
  • We need a Dividends instead of Exits Mindset in Education
    Source: Disrupt Education
  • Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools–Now and in the Future
    Source: Amazon
  • Are Teacherpreneurs the future of education?
    Source: Good
  • EdTech Link
    Source: TeachPaperless | Prezi
  • Top Tier vs Low Cost in Education
    Source: Disrupt Education

Fundings in April 2012 so far

  • $25 million Minerva
  • $26 million + $10 million 2tor
  • $16 million Coursera
  • $10 million StraighterLine
  • $8 million Boundless Learning
  • $6 million Schoology
  • $4.75 million Treehouse
  • $2.4 million LearnZillion
  • $2.3 million Voxy
  • + several smaller fundings
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review:ed Special Intel Studybook

review:ed Special #1 The Intel Studybook

review:ed Special Intel Studybook

In this review:ed special Chris and I talked about the Intel Studybook that has been announced last Tuesday. Chris had the chance to go to Boston for a presentation of the new education tablet by Intel and you can read his complete review on ZDNet Education.

Chris is pretty impressed by not only the device but the entire eco-system Intel is building around it. As he wrote in the summary of his post:

I can almost smell the holy grail…the right hardware, the right ecosystem, the right price. Intel has hit a home run with its Studybook.

To learn more about the first tablet that is truly made for the classroom, watch our talk below.

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review:ed #23 From the Frontlines of E-Textbook Wars

review:ed #23 From the Frontlines of E-Textbook Wars

review:ed #23As the textbook wars rage on, Chris and Kirsten take a look at the recent developments like Apple, publishers and the DOJ nearing a settlement that could lower ebook prices or OER startup Boundless Learning getting sued by publishers after raising $8 million.

Of course there are also news around tablets. Chris hints some big news in this space from Intel, the Aakash gets into schools in Philadelphia and All ThingsD thinks that tablets might save $3 billion a year.

All that and more in this episode of review:ed.

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AcademicPub - Your Book Your Way This Interview is sponsored by AcademicPub – Your Book Your Way
AcademicPub allows you to take content from their copyright cleared library of over 125 publishers, your files or anything on the web, and create custom course packs that are perfect, for you.
Visit them today at academicpub.com and follow @AcademicPub on Twitter.

Show Notes

[02:20] Recap Interview Charlie Osborne
Source: EDUKWEST

[07:54] Apple, Publishers & DOJ near settlement
Source: The Verge

[12:40] Why tablets can save $3 billion a year
Source: All ThingsD

[14:23] Hachette to drop DRM?
Source: Paid Content

[19:27] Thank you to our sponsor AcademicPub

[23:30] Boundless Learning raises $8 million, gets sued by publishers
Source: TechCrunch

[33:05] Digital Public Library of America
Source: TechCrunch

[35:29] Google Glasses & check-ins

[37:50] Aakash tablet in Philadelphia schools
Source: TechCrunch

[42:45] Chris Intel

[47:25] The Future of Peer Reviewed scientific journals
Source: The Scientist

[54:38] LRMI – Learning Resource Metadata Initiative
Source: LRMI

[57:36] Minerva Project
Source: All ThingsD

[1:03:55] Rosemary boosts math skills
Source:  The Atlantic

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Charlie Osborne ZDNet iGeneration

review:ed #23 Interview with Charlie Osborne – Facebook Password Controversy

Charlie Osborne ZDNet iGenerationFor this interview Christopher and Kirsten invited Charlie Osborne who writes the blog iGeneration at ZDNet to talk about one of her latest post covering the whole Facebook password controversy in which employers as well as schools and universities demand the passwords for the Facebook accounts of job seekers or students.

As Charlie points out in her post on iGeneration

Privacy may be a casualty of today’s data and digital connection explosion, but it does not mean that businesses have the divine right to exploit such concerns.

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Richard Byrne

review:ed #22 Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard

Moodlerooms

Chris and I invited Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com to talk about the probably biggest story in education last week: the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard and the according press release that Bb is now embracing open source.

The announcement has received some mixed feedback amongst the education community to say the least, some being confused if everything will remain the same with Moodle, the open sourced LMS. On his flight back from Switzerland, Richard had enough time to reflect on the consequences which he then shared with us in this interview.

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review:ed #22

review:ed #22 Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution

review:ed #22In this episode of review:ed Kirsten and Chris talk about the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard, student entrepreneurs, Microsoft phone, CK-12, 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill and the French homework revolution.

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AcademicPub - Your Book Your Way This Interview is sponsored by AcademicPub – Your Book Your Way
AcademicPub allows you to take content from their copyright cleared library of over 125 publishers, your files or anything on the web, and create custom course packs that are perfect, for you.
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Show Notes

[01:55] Interview with Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com about Moodleroom acquisition by Blackboard
Source: EDUKWEST | Blackboard | TechCrunch | ZDNet

[02:40] Startup incubator for Highschool students launched
Source: GeekWire

[05:37] Student developers build Microsoft Phone ecosystem
Source: The Verge

[13:45] Chris talks about his iPad experience so far

[16:54] How does the Khan Academy iPad app perform

[19:03] 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill launch online graduate program
Source: 2tor

[23:40] Announcement: Christopher Dawson now Senior Editor of EDUKWEST

[25:07] Thank you to our sponsor AcademicPub

[28:00] SparkLab: the educational build-mobile
Source: Kickstarter

[33:43] The French Homework Boykott
Source: The Guardian

[40:46] CK-12 beta program launched
Source: CK-12

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