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Sunday Review: Emerge Education Launch, Aakash and Rosetta Stone

Emerge Venture Lab launches its Edtech Accelerator in London

On Thursday the team of Emerge Venture Lab opened the doors to their new edtech accelerator program in London. Located at Level 39, the startup hub at the top of London’s Canary Wharf, Emerge Education is now accepting edtech startups for their first class to start in January 2014.

Besides the usual accelerator package of a £15k living stipend, office space (with a view) at Level 39 and business support, Emerge Education wants to offer a highly specialized set of services to the participating education technology startups.

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Aakash 2

Aakash 2 unveiled – Price now at $21 for Students

Aakash 2

A year ago the highly anticipated Aakash tablet was officially announced. Though the promise of a $35 price tag did not become a reality back then the pricing at $50 still was way below the iPad and other Android tablets that were on the market in October 2011 (but no one remembers them).

Yesterday, the Aakash 2 was officially announced. This time Datawind made sure that there is no discussion about the pricing. The Aakash 2 is the cheapest tablet on the market. According to an article on Quartz even China can’t compete with the $40 price of the Aakash 2 retail version. And it gets better, students will be able to purchase the tablet for $20.

There are even plans to hand out the Aakash for free to primary schools. Right now, all textbooks for primary schools in India are based on a public domain curriculum. The shipping of the printed textbooks costs the government about $13 per year per student. If those printed books were replaced by e-books for the Aakash each device could be recouped over the projected three-year life span of the tablet.

On top of that students would get access to the other benefits of working with a tablet and eventually the Internet for the same price of the current printed textbooks.

Now, we all know that the story of the Aakash has been a rocky one, so far. Lots of problems with the hardware, late or no delivery yet the Indian government and Datawind seem to be determined to make this experiment work.

The specs of the Aakash 2 include a 7-inch touch panel, 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of Flash storage, Android 4.0.3, built-in WiFi and a front-facing VGA camera according to Engadget.

The article on Quartz goes into some more detail on how low cost tablets like the Aakash might end up disrupting the PC market and end up being handed out for free to consumers. I don’t agree entirely with the idea that those ultra cheap (or free) devices will become our main devices at home or at work but it makes an interesting read, nevertheless.

Source: Quartz | Engadget

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More problems with the Aakash tablet

The Aakash tablet may be facing further delays en route to schools everywhere, as DataWind, lead manufacturer of the device, has sued its Hyderabad-based manufacturing partner, Quad Electronics, for allegedly signing a deal with IIT Jodhpur–the designers of the tablet. IIT Jodhpur and DataWind, collaborators in the early stages of the Aakash project, fell out over the final features on the devices DataWind turned out.

Source: Fast Company


Web based video chat services Tinychat surpasses 20m users – is profitable

Tinychat surpassed 20 million users. Just about a year and a half ago Tinychat only had about one million users. The site currently sees about 400,000 daily users and signs up about 50,000 new users every day. The average user now spends a good 22 minutes on the site per session.

Source: TechCrunch


Microsoft planning web based Skype version?

New Microsoft job listings say that the company is looking for new hires “to help us bring [the] Skype experience on to the Web.” There is not much more information but there have been rumors about this project a couple of months ago, already.

Source: The Verge


Link to your Kickstarter or IndieGoGo project directly from inside a YouTube Video

YouTube creators can now link their videos to projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The company says that these crowd-sourced fundraising platforms were already being used by many YouTube creators, so it wanted to make it easier for those folks to connect their YouTube viewers to their project’s page.

Source: TechCrunch


StaighterLine raises $10 million for online college education platform

StraigherLine offers a low-cost, subscription-based service that allows students to take a variety of accredited, general ed courses online. The round was led by FirstMark Capital, with contributions from City Light Capital and existing investor Chrysalis Ventures, among others. StraighterLine will use its new capital to accelerate its outreach to colleges, employers, and students, and focus on building a viable, next-gen market for credit-bearing, web-based general ed courses.

Source: TechCrunch


Schoology raises $6 million Series B from First Mark Capital

Schoology, an online learning platform that helps teachers organize lessons and collaborate with students, announced a $6 million Series B round of funding led by FirstMark Capital. It supplements the firm’s existing education investments in companies like Knewton, StraighterLine and Lumosity.

Source: Forbes


Coursera launches with $16 million funding

Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are on leave to launch Coursera, which will offer university classes for free online, in partnership with top schools. Coursera helps support its university partners in creating their own courses, which are listed under each school’s brand. It is backed with $16 million in funding led by John Doerr at Kleiner Perkins and Scott Sandell at NEA. It has no immediate plans to charge for courses or make money in other ways.

Source: All ThingsD


2tor announces securing a $10 million revolving credit line with Comerica Bank

The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s $26 million Series D financing, closed on April 2, 2012. Comerica Bank arranged a $10 million credit facility based on 2tor’s strong industry track record and anticipated growth. The new credit line will provide 2tor the flexibility required to fund its growth and execute on strategic initiatives.

Source: 2tor


Dr. Dalton Conley new Dean of Arts & Sciences at University of the People

UoPeople announced the appointment of Dr. Dalton Conley as Dean of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Conley succeeds Dr. Preetha Ram, who will remain involved with UoPeople as an advisory member of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee.

Dr. Conley is currently University Professor and Dean for the Social Sciences at NYU. He is also Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and serves as a Senior Advisor to the UN Millennium Project.

Source: UoPeople


Google wants to to inspire Computer Science students with the Computer Science Summer Institute

Google has created the Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI). Up to 60 aspiring computer scientists will be selected to attend one of the all-expenses-paid CSSI sessions at either Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California or Google’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our first session will take place from June 24 – July 12, 2012, while the second will take place from July 22 – August 10, 2012.

Source: Google


Rosetta Stone and Lodi Unified School District Announce Language-Learning Program on the iPad Device

Lodi Unified School District adopted the Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD iPad app for second- and third-grade English language learners whose language development had reached a plateau. Lodi Unified School District is utilizing a blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with individualized independent study using the full Rosetta Stone TOTALe® solution, including the TOTALe Course HD application.

Source: BusinessWire


Citeligher partners with Cengage to turn databases into virtual note cards

Citelighter, a browser extension for collecting notes online, is teaming up with Cengage Learning to turn paid research databases such as Questia into a stack of free virtual note cards.
With Citelighter’s first product, students can highlight any text on any web page and click a “capture” button to save it in a virtual notebook.

Source: Mashable


Taliban poison 150 schoolgirls to oppose female education in Afghanistan

About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country’s north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education. Some of the 150 girls, who suffered from headaches and vomiting, were in critical condition, while others were able to go home after treatment in hospital, the officials said.

Source: Reuters


Study wants to know how valuable users consider their personal information

Researchers at Queen Mary University in London are starting a new project aimed at finding out just how valuable we consider our personal information. The study asks volunteers to download a free Android app, which feeds users basic questions, such as “How are you doing?,” “Where are you?” and “Who are you with?” every day for two weeks. They think these answers will mimic the sort of information data companies are mining from our phones.

Source: Mashable


Study show a significant perception bias of high school math teachers against white girls

A study by two University of Texas sociologists, Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Melissa Humphries, has indicated that high school teachers tend to view white female students as being weaker at math than white male students even when test results indicate similar ability. The study if the first to show a significant perception bias against white girls.

Source: Education News

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More problems with the Aakash tablet

The Aakash tablet may be facing further delays en route to schools everywhere, as DataWind, lead manufacturer of the device, has sued its Hyderabad-based manufacturing partner, Quad Electronics, for allegedly signing a deal with IIT Jodhpur–the designers of the tablet. IIT Jodhpur and DataWind, collaborators in the early stages of the Aakash project, fell out over the final features on the devices DataWind turned out.

Source: Fast Company


Web based video chat services Tinychat surpasses 20m users – is profitable

Tinychat surpassed 20 million users. Just about a year and a half ago Tinychat only had about one million users. The site currently sees about 400,000 daily users and signs up about 50,000 new users every day. The average user now spends a good 22 minutes on the site per session.

Source: TechCrunch


Microsoft planning web based Skype version?

New Microsoft job listings say that the company is looking for new hires “to help us bring [the] Skype experience on to the Web.” There is not much more information but there have been rumors about this project a couple of months ago, already.

Source: The Verge


Link to your Kickstarter or IndieGoGo project directly from inside a YouTube Video

YouTube creators can now link their videos to projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The company says that these crowd-sourced fundraising platforms were already being used by many YouTube creators, so it wanted to make it easier for those folks to connect their YouTube viewers to their project’s page.

Source: TechCrunch


StaighterLine raises $10 million for online college education platform

StraigherLine offers a low-cost, subscription-based service that allows students to take a variety of accredited, general ed courses online. The round was led by FirstMark Capital, with contributions from City Light Capital and existing investor Chrysalis Ventures, among others. StraighterLine will use its new capital to accelerate its outreach to colleges, employers, and students, and focus on building a viable, next-gen market for credit-bearing, web-based general ed courses.

Source: TechCrunch


Schoology raises $6 million Series B from First Mark Capital

Schoology, an online learning platform that helps teachers organize lessons and collaborate with students, announced a $6 million Series B round of funding led by FirstMark Capital. It supplements the firm’s existing education investments in companies like Knewton, StraighterLine and Lumosity.

Source: Forbes


Coursera launches with $16 million funding

Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are on leave to launch Coursera, which will offer university classes for free online, in partnership with top schools. Coursera helps support its university partners in creating their own courses, which are listed under each school’s brand. It is backed with $16 million in funding led by John Doerr at Kleiner Perkins and Scott Sandell at NEA. It has no immediate plans to charge for courses or make money in other ways.

Source: All ThingsD


2tor announces securing a $10 million revolving credit line with Comerica Bank

The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s $26 million Series D financing, closed on April 2, 2012. Comerica Bank arranged a $10 million credit facility based on 2tor’s strong industry track record and anticipated growth. The new credit line will provide 2tor the flexibility required to fund its growth and execute on strategic initiatives.

Source: 2tor


Dr. Dalton Conley new Dean of Arts & Sciences at University of the People

UoPeople announced the appointment of Dr. Dalton Conley as Dean of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Conley succeeds Dr. Preetha Ram, who will remain involved with UoPeople as an advisory member of the Arts & Sciences Advisory Committee.

Dr. Conley is currently University Professor and Dean for the Social Sciences at NYU. He is also Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and serves as a Senior Advisor to the UN Millennium Project.

Source: UoPeople


Google wants to to inspire Computer Science students with the Computer Science Summer Institute

Google has created the Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI). Up to 60 aspiring computer scientists will be selected to attend one of the all-expenses-paid CSSI sessions at either Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California or Google’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our first session will take place from June 24 – July 12, 2012, while the second will take place from July 22 – August 10, 2012.

Source: Google


Rosetta Stone and Lodi Unified School District Announce Language-Learning Program on the iPad Device

Lodi Unified School District adopted the Rosetta Stone TOTALe Course HD iPad app for second- and third-grade English language learners whose language development had reached a plateau. Lodi Unified School District is utilizing a blended learning model that combines classroom instruction with individualized independent study using the full Rosetta Stone TOTALe® solution, including the TOTALe Course HD application.

Source: BusinessWire


Citeligher partners with Cengage to turn databases into virtual note cards

Citelighter, a browser extension for collecting notes online, is teaming up with Cengage Learning to turn paid research databases such as Questia into a stack of free virtual note cards.
With Citelighter’s first product, students can highlight any text on any web page and click a “capture” button to save it in a virtual notebook.

Source: Mashable


Taliban poison 150 schoolgirls to oppose female education in Afghanistan

About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country’s north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education. Some of the 150 girls, who suffered from headaches and vomiting, were in critical condition, while others were able to go home after treatment in hospital, the officials said.

Source: Reuters


Study wants to know how valuable users consider their personal information

Researchers at Queen Mary University in London are starting a new project aimed at finding out just how valuable we consider our personal information. The study asks volunteers to download a free Android app, which feeds users basic questions, such as “How are you doing?,” “Where are you?” and “Who are you with?” every day for two weeks. They think these answers will mimic the sort of information data companies are mining from our phones.

Source: Mashable


Study show a significant perception bias of high school math teachers against white girls

A study by two University of Texas sociologists, Catherine Riegle-Crumb and Melissa Humphries, has indicated that high school teachers tend to view white female students as being weaker at math than white male students even when test results indicate similar ability. The study if the first to show a significant perception bias against white girls.

Source: Education News

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Firefox presents browser-based video chat

Last week Firefox presented a new browser-based video chat feature for Firefox that is completely based on JavaScript and other open standards like WebRTC. Using WebRTC developers can enable real-time services, including file sharing, voice calls and video calls right in the browser. It is not yet clear if this is going to become an official feature in one of the future Firefox versions.

Source: TechCrunch


Use of OLPC does not raise test scores

A new study suggests laptops do not have any effect on achievement in math or language. The study, which was conducted by development funding source in Latin America called Inter-American Development Bank, looked at 319 public schools in Peru. It found that although OLPC students were more likely to use computers than their non-OLPC counterparts, the two groups scored about the same on math and language assessments 15 months after laptops were deployed.

Source: Mashable


OLPC Association CEO Rodrigo Arboleda responds

OLPC has provided XO laptops to nearly 2.5 million children in more than 40 countries around the world. Across these countries, we have seen significant improvements in children’s enthusiasm for learning and a greater sense of optimism about their future, increased parental involvement in children’s education, and higher levels of teacher motivation and engagement. These outcomes are documented in the OLPC project in Uruguay and other countries.

Source: OLPC


Is OLPC about test scores?

Audrey Watters argues that OLPC was a good idea, but that things have changed a great deal since 2006. OLPC is faced with increased competition from other other manufacturers such as Intel with its Studybook, the Worldreader, even the Akash and more importantly 95% of the world’s population now owns a smartphone.

Therefore the value proposition of OLPC needs to be more than just connectivity and access. According to Watters the OLPC represents, at its best a desire to support literacy, connectivity and learning through technology. But it does those things in a world of ubiquitous cellphones, which on their own have not transformed education either. In an effort to be “non-invasive” then, OLPC ends up often being unsupportive — unsupportive of the tech, the teachers and the learners.

Source: Hack Education


News from the Aakash

India’s much-touted Aakash device is getting an upgrade – Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to the $35 Android tablet along with some hardware improvements.

The Aakash 2 will be shipped with Gingerbread; however, in about 6 to 8 weeks the tablet will be Android 4.0 upgradeable. Hardware-wise, the new Aakash will be featuring single-core, 800Mhz Arm Cortex-A8 processor as well as a 7-inch capacitive multitouch screen. The tablet will also most likely be getting a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor by year’s end.

Source: Digital Trends


Intel StudyBook

The Studybook, announced on Thrusday, is no iPad killer. It isn’t meant to be. It is, however, the first purpose-built educational tablet that would be as valuable in the developing market as in mature markets and as at home in a high school student’s backpack as on a 2nd-grader’s desktop.

Source: ZDNet Education


Nook Simple Touch now features illuminated screen

Barnes and Noble unveiled the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight on Thursday, an e-reader with a built-in light that illuminates the screen. It weighs just under 7 ounces and the GlowLight technology which consists of LED lights located at the top of the Nook’s screen and an anti-glare screen protector. The light is evenly scattered across the screen and is adjustable via the menu and allows to read in low-light and dark places.

Source: Wired


4 in 10 teachers bullied online by students and parents

According to a teachers’ union in the UK, teachers are facing more and more false allegations and threats on social networking services by students and parents. A survey by the NASUWT showed that 4 out of 10 teachers have experienced such online abuse, 16% of teachers had faced online insults from parents.

Source: BBC


Student loan debt may be next financial crisis

A report in the San Francisco Chronicle shows the different issues society might face due to rising student debt. There are not only long-term repercussions of skipping payments or paying late without arranging for forbearance or deferment but it isn’t just graduates who are burdened with student debt. It’s often their parents as well. There are rising worries about the retirement hit for parents who dipped into their nest eggs and took out loans to help their offspring through college.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


Santa Monica College trustees postpone two-tier fee plan

A proposal to offer classes in core courses such as English, math and history at a cost of about $180 per unit will get further study. The issue erupted when police used pepper spray outside a board meeting Tuesday to disperse protesters demanding a campus-wide referendum on the tuition plan.

Source: LA Times


Facebook (re)launches .edu groups with file sharing feature

Soon all U.S. colleges and then those around the world will be able to create groups for dorms, classes, and clubs that can only be joined by people with that school’s “.edu” email address.

Source: TechCrunch

Charlie Osborne asks on ZDNet iGeneration if students could find themselves breaching copyright rules by sharing their own work online? We’ll talk with her about the post on review:ed next week.

Source: ZDNet iGeneration


Microsoft signs cloud service deal covering 7.5m students in India

According to Microsoft, it has signed its largest-ever cloud services deal. Microsoft is going to deploy its Live@edu service to 10,000 technical colleges in India which host 7.5 million users.

Source: TechCrunch


DoJ Lawsuit on ebook-price fixing

The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Apple Inc., Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Macmillan, Pearson’s Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster Inc. over e-book prices. The DOJ alleges that the publishers and Apple entered into illegal pricing agreements that artificially jacked up e-book prices in order to prevent retailers (mainly Amazon) from devaluing them.

What’s worth noting here is that the “Big Three” of textbook publishers—McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson—are not named in the suit, even though Pearson’s Penguin division is targeted. That’s because the suit is related to trade e-books, or consumer books, which don’t include textbooks, children’s pictures books, or reference materials. Those products are “sold through separate channels, and are not reasonably substitutable for trade e-books,” the suit says

Source: EdWeek


More potential trouble for Apple

A judge found that parents sufficient harm in a case of so called bait apps which refer to children’s games that are available for free in the iTunes Store but that also allow players to buy virtual goods as in-app purchases while playing the game. Apple allowed a 15-minute window after the download of the games and didn’t require a password. In that window users were able to buy what and how much they wanted. In practice, the kids were able to rack up bills from $99.99 to $338.72 on their parents’ iTunes accounts. Apple has since eliminated the 15-minute window.

Source: Paid Content


Vatikan & Bodleian libraries bring rare collections online

Over the next four years the treasures of the Vatican library are to become accessible to scholars and the public alike via the internet.

Greek manuscripts of works by Homer and Plato, perhaps the earliest Hebrew codex in existence and scores of early printed Italian books are among thousands of texts that will be made freely available online by the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) and Oxford University’s Bodleian library.

The joint project, funded by a £2m grant from the Polonsky charitable foundation, will allow academic researchers and the public to pore over documents from the comfort of their own desks and sofas.

Source: The Guardian

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Firefox presents browser-based video chat

Last week Firefox presented a new browser-based video chat feature for Firefox that is completely based on JavaScript and other open standards like WebRTC. Using WebRTC developers can enable real-time services, including file sharing, voice calls and video calls right in the browser. It is not yet clear if this is going to become an official feature in one of the future Firefox versions.

Source: TechCrunch


Use of OLPC does not raise test scores

A new study suggests laptops do not have any effect on achievement in math or language. The study, which was conducted by development funding source in Latin America called Inter-American Development Bank, looked at 319 public schools in Peru. It found that although OLPC students were more likely to use computers than their non-OLPC counterparts, the two groups scored about the same on math and language assessments 15 months after laptops were deployed.

Source: Mashable


OLPC Association CEO Rodrigo Arboleda responds

OLPC has provided XO laptops to nearly 2.5 million children in more than 40 countries around the world. Across these countries, we have seen significant improvements in children’s enthusiasm for learning and a greater sense of optimism about their future, increased parental involvement in children’s education, and higher levels of teacher motivation and engagement. These outcomes are documented in the OLPC project in Uruguay and other countries.

Source: OLPC


Is OLPC about test scores?

Audrey Watters argues that OLPC was a good idea, but that things have changed a great deal since 2006. OLPC is faced with increased competition from other other manufacturers such as Intel with its Studybook, the Worldreader, even the Akash and more importantly 95% of the world’s population now owns a smartphone.

Therefore the value proposition of OLPC needs to be more than just connectivity and access. According to Watters the OLPC represents, at its best a desire to support literacy, connectivity and learning through technology. But it does those things in a world of ubiquitous cellphones, which on their own have not transformed education either. In an effort to be “non-invasive” then, OLPC ends up often being unsupportive — unsupportive of the tech, the teachers and the learners.

Source: Hack Education


News from the Aakash

India’s much-touted Aakash device is getting an upgrade – Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to the $35 Android tablet along with some hardware improvements.

The Aakash 2 will be shipped with Gingerbread; however, in about 6 to 8 weeks the tablet will be Android 4.0 upgradeable. Hardware-wise, the new Aakash will be featuring single-core, 800Mhz Arm Cortex-A8 processor as well as a 7-inch capacitive multitouch screen. The tablet will also most likely be getting a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor by year’s end.

Source: Digital Trends


Intel StudyBook

The Studybook, announced on Thrusday, is no iPad killer. It isn’t meant to be. It is, however, the first purpose-built educational tablet that would be as valuable in the developing market as in mature markets and as at home in a high school student’s backpack as on a 2nd-grader’s desktop.

Source: ZDNet Education


Nook Simple Touch now features illuminated screen

Barnes and Noble unveiled the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight on Thursday, an e-reader with a built-in light that illuminates the screen. It weighs just under 7 ounces and the GlowLight technology which consists of LED lights located at the top of the Nook’s screen and an anti-glare screen protector. The light is evenly scattered across the screen and is adjustable via the menu and allows to read in low-light and dark places.

Source: Wired


4 in 10 teachers bullied online by students and parents

According to a teachers’ union in the UK, teachers are facing more and more false allegations and threats on social networking services by students and parents. A survey by the NASUWT showed that 4 out of 10 teachers have experienced such online abuse, 16% of teachers had faced online insults from parents.

Source: BBC


Student loan debt may be next financial crisis

A report in the San Francisco Chronicle shows the different issues society might face due to rising student debt. There are not only long-term repercussions of skipping payments or paying late without arranging for forbearance or deferment but it isn’t just graduates who are burdened with student debt. It’s often their parents as well. There are rising worries about the retirement hit for parents who dipped into their nest eggs and took out loans to help their offspring through college.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


Santa Monica College trustees postpone two-tier fee plan

A proposal to offer classes in core courses such as English, math and history at a cost of about $180 per unit will get further study. The issue erupted when police used pepper spray outside a board meeting Tuesday to disperse protesters demanding a campus-wide referendum on the tuition plan.

Source: LA Times


Facebook (re)launches .edu groups with file sharing feature

Soon all U.S. colleges and then those around the world will be able to create groups for dorms, classes, and clubs that can only be joined by people with that school’s “.edu” email address.

Source: TechCrunch

Charlie Osborne asks on ZDNet iGeneration if students could find themselves breaching copyright rules by sharing their own work online? We’ll talk with her about the post on review:ed next week.

Source: ZDNet iGeneration


Microsoft signs cloud service deal covering 7.5m students in India

According to Microsoft, it has signed its largest-ever cloud services deal. Microsoft is going to deploy its Live@edu service to 10,000 technical colleges in India which host 7.5 million users.

Source: TechCrunch


DoJ Lawsuit on ebook-price fixing

The U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against Apple Inc., Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers L.L.C., Macmillan, Pearson’s Penguin Group, and Simon & Schuster Inc. over e-book prices. The DOJ alleges that the publishers and Apple entered into illegal pricing agreements that artificially jacked up e-book prices in order to prevent retailers (mainly Amazon) from devaluing them.

What’s worth noting here is that the “Big Three” of textbook publishers—McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson—are not named in the suit, even though Pearson’s Penguin division is targeted. That’s because the suit is related to trade e-books, or consumer books, which don’t include textbooks, children’s pictures books, or reference materials. Those products are “sold through separate channels, and are not reasonably substitutable for trade e-books,” the suit says

Source: EdWeek


More potential trouble for Apple

A judge found that parents sufficient harm in a case of so called bait apps which refer to children’s games that are available for free in the iTunes Store but that also allow players to buy virtual goods as in-app purchases while playing the game. Apple allowed a 15-minute window after the download of the games and didn’t require a password. In that window users were able to buy what and how much they wanted. In practice, the kids were able to rack up bills from $99.99 to $338.72 on their parents’ iTunes accounts. Apple has since eliminated the 15-minute window.

Source: Paid Content


Vatikan & Bodleian libraries bring rare collections online

Over the next four years the treasures of the Vatican library are to become accessible to scholars and the public alike via the internet.

Greek manuscripts of works by Homer and Plato, perhaps the earliest Hebrew codex in existence and scores of early printed Italian books are among thousands of texts that will be made freely available online by the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) and Oxford University’s Bodleian library.

The joint project, funded by a £2m grant from the Polonsky charitable foundation, will allow academic researchers and the public to pore over documents from the comfort of their own desks and sofas.

Source: The Guardian

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From the Frontlines of E-Textbook Wars

  • recorded: April 6th 2012
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Show Notes

As 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.

[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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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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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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review:ed #10 Tablets, Tablets Everywhere (Audio)

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #10

“Tablets, Tablets Everywhere”

  • recorded: January 6th 2012
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Discover their specially designed courses for General English, Business English, Oil & Gas and Aviation English. Go to corporate.languagelab.com

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

 

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review:ed #10 Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

review:ed #10 Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

review:ed

review:ed

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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Languagelab.com - Bringing the World of English to You This Interview is sponsored by Languagelab.com – Bringing the World of English to You

We all know the best way to learn a language is to be in a place where everyone speaks it. Languagelab.com offers exactly that – total immersion in English. Learn online in Languagelab’s English City, a virtual 3D city full of real English-speakers.
Discover their specially designed courses for General English, Business English, Oil & Gas and Aviation English. Go to corporate.languagelab.com

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

 

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