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C12 Episode 10 Interview: Jason DeRose of Novacut (Audio)

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C12 Episode #10

Interview: Jason DeRose of Novacut

  • recorded: May 25th 2012
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In this C12 interview Christopher Dawson talks to Jason DeRose, co-founder and lead developer for Novacut, a project developing an open-source distributed video editor for pro HDSLR users and its potential use in the classroom.

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C12 Episode 10 Interview: Jason DeRose of Novacut

In this C12 interview Christopher Dawson talks to Jason DeRose, co-founder and lead developer for Novacut, a project developing an open-source distributed video editor for pro HDSLR users and its potential use in the classroom.

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EDUKWEST #85 with Gian Marco Masoni of Einztein

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EDUKWEST episode 85 is the recording of my talk with GM Masoni, co-founder and CEO of knowledge exchange and microblogging platform Einztein.

On Einztein anyone can learn about a topic of their choice and interest and also teach other members what you know.

Two concepts come together on Einztein:

a) learning takes place in an informal way, this is probably also the reason why the individual topics are called projects. As we know from different studies, informal learning takes by far the bigger part, as it stands for 80% of the overall amount of learning whereas only 20% are done in classrooms.

b) learn from and together with your peers is a proven concept that we also frequently see in language exchange communities or the PLN (personal learning networks) that are particularly popular amongst educators.

When one creates an account on Einztein the learner also creates a personal learning profile in which all courses they have taken are documented which shows their expertise to potential employers for instance. So all of that is eventually going to lead to the development of a huge database profiling each learner and we might see a first example of the knowledge graph I’ve talked about quite a bit myself .

Now, we still have to see how far Einztein want to go or how open they intend to build the platform in the future but Gian Marco told me already that they’re thinking in the direction of having an API, so that everybody could dock to it when it would make sense.

The Einztein platform is currently still in beta but everybody interested can sign-up for an account and it looks like there are already quite some courses to take or maybe you’re interested in teaching others a topic you’re passionate about.

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Homepage: http://einztein.com
Einztein on Twitter: @EinzteinKnows
Einztein on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Einztein.Knowledge.Network
Marco on LinkedIn: Gian Marco Masoni

 

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EDUKWEST #64 with Patrick Randolph of Talkwheel

Along with their official launch, I had the chance to meet with Patrick Randolph of Talkwheel for an EDUKWEST. Talkwheel are based in SF and the platform allows its users to communicate and collaborate in a very visual way. Although not exclusively designed for education, it clearly makes sense in our context when you think of teachers maintaining thread with their students, seminar groups or student groups.

As you’ll see in the demo the Talkwheel screen is split into two parts, one being the classic thread structure, we all still remember from forums or other discussion groups. The other visualization option then is the eponymous Talkwheel when all members who take part in a discussion are arranged around sort of a round structure / table. Users have their picture and everybody has a different color for their threads, so that it’s clear who said what and when. In a teaching context, it is also nice to see who was the most active person in the conversation and Talkwheel built-in a system that also analyzes the quality of what’s being said according to standards set in the US by the department of education.

All in all, I would say as more and more of our conversations take place online, a tool that makes us feel at ease about who said what in a discussion and gives us structure , has the potential to be accepted and applied by a wide variety of people.

You should definitely check out the motivation behind Talkwheel and the demo part as a picture says more than a thousand words. I am as always interested in getting your feedback and whether you can imagine this to establish itself in education or what stands against an adoption.

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Homepage: http://www.talkwheel.com
Talkwheel on Twitter: @Talkwheel
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