review:ed #10 Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

review:ed #10 Tablets, Tablets Everywhere


The first review:ed episode of 2012 started as the last episode of 2011 – with Christopher Dawson, contributing editor at ZDNet joining me to talk about the stories in education that happened during the first week of the new year.

We talked about the Apple textbook rumors, Coursekit’s funding, Khan Academy’s newest faculty member and and tablets, tablets, …

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Show Notes

  • [02:34] Coursekit raises $5 million for free Learning Management System
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [06:15] Moodle as CMS
  • [09:42] What’s the most interesting to focus on as edtech writer this year?
  • [12:30] Apple event about textbooks?
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [20:20] Classpad – Indian Tablet with Integrated AI to rate Students starting at $140 USD
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [25:19] Aakash hits 1.4 million preorders
    Source: TechCrunch
  • [28:50] Rumor: Google building $199 7-inch Nexus Tablet with ICS
    Source:  AfterDawn
  • [34:43] Kids like 7 inch tablet better
  • [40:30] Barnes & Noble Mulls Splitting Nook Business And Selling “Dead Tree” Publishing Company
    Source: TechCrunch
  • [44:20] Vi Hart, Khan Academy’s newest faculty member
    Source: Hack Education



Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried to commit to an LMS and have finally just given up.  I believe learners will see platforms like classrooms – complying to temporary spaces or places that attempt to create learning experiences. 

    I believe that learners will gravitate towards stimulating forms of communication that do not necessarily depend on level of ease.  My job (as an educator) is to support different ways for learners to communicate that are most relevant and meaningful to them, and not so much making the learning process easy or comfortable.  Communication results from connecting what George Siemens refers to the “components of knowledge dance”: content, context, and conduits; I want to teach and be taught the “knowledge dance”; that is, support learners in forming these connections which afford me to form my own connections as well.

    I no longer believe that learners will naturally gravitate towards platforms for one’s long-term educational goals. As “nomad learners”, they gravitate towards the knowledge dance which I aim to facilitate.

    • Nomad learners, I like that. But we still need a centralized system that keeps track of the learning progress. I agree that we won’t stay with one form of teaching / learning platform, for that tech and society are evolving too fast now.

      Yet the progress and collection of knowledge, skills and experience will stay. Hence we need to keep track of it, may it be in an LMS or Knowledge Graph.

      • Anonymous

        Let the webcrawlers or spidering or search engines, etc. track the learning progress.  That way, we have a decentralized system for tracking the learning progress, one that is more conducive to open learning.    

        Perhaps LMSs do work well when there is a portion of the learning process or content that needs to be closed (e.g., premium content/services) – not my area of expertise.  

        But, is there is a possible market for data curators so to help the learner “weed through” all the information out there?

        • Absolutely. Curators or education DJs will become more important which is weird as we hailed the “wisdom of the crowd” just two years ago, getting rid of critics and taste makers. But I guess no one estimated the load of data we have to handle each day.