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.
With the recent launch of the iPad Mini, the Microsoft Surface RT and the new Google Nexus 10 tablet as well as the new Nexus 4 flagship phone being just around the corner one can say that the mobile device war has definitely heated up over the past couple of weeks. It’s not just Apple and the iOS ecosystem anymore as other manufacturers in combination with new operating systems offer quite attractive alternatives.
Our sister site Fair Languages already covered the launch of the first Windows 8 language learning applications by Berlin-based startup Babbel. Today K-12 and university students can add a ton of textbooks on top of that.
Kno just launched its Windows 8 application in the Windows Store which gives students access to over 200.000 digital textbooks from over 65 publishers.
Osman Rashid, co-founder and CEO of Kno said
“Kno and Microsoft share an unwavering commitment to improving education through digital technologies that enhance the student learning process to achieve better outcomes. And, because the Windows operating system is the most used in the world, we’re now able to bring our interactive learning tools to even more students and teachers whether they are using a laptop or tablet in the classroom.”
The new Kno for Windows 8 app takes advantage of the new Windows 8 features such as Charms, which are a set of shortcuts to common tasks that are available anywhere within the system.
The new Android version of the Kno app is also taking full advantage of Jelly Bean (4.2), the latest version of the Android operating system. This way the app is ready for the upcoming Google Nexus devices that will be available in November.
With the addition of Windows 8, Kno’s textbooks are now available on almost any device on the market.
Editor’s Note: This article has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.
Digital textbooks still take a smaller percentage of the overall textbook market, but with the increasing adoption of tablets in education I believe it is safe to say that they will be the standard five years from now.
Nevertheless, there are a couple of problems to solve along the way, one of them being the multiple devices people use today to access their data, e.g. emails, music or videos in the cloud. And digital textbooks are of course part of that. Today, we (or most of us) have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop and/or a PC/Mac workstation — all of which usually run a different kind of operating system. On top of that, all devices have a different screen size, ranging from around 4 inches on a phone to maybe 21 inches on your PC.
Editor’s Note: This article has first been been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.
In today’s post, I would like to discuss some aspects of note-sharing. Of course, there are different groups involved here, and everybody has their own take on the matter.
review:ed Episode #17
“Begun the E-Textbook War has”
- recorded: February 24th 2012
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[11:10] Interview with Richard Santalesa of Information Law Group
[42:48] Article about the problems with math textbooks
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[45:40] Apple’s e-textbooks cost about 5x more than paper version
Source: Education Business Blog
[48:50] Why Pearson should build its on tablet
Source: Disrupt Education
[54:15] Samsung to introduce iTunes U competitor called “learning hub”
Source: The Next Web
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[1:03:00] Clemson University & Dell launch Social Media Listening Center
[1:09:35] Discussion around the state of online learning
[1:16:50] US Department of Education is reading Twitter
[1:20:30] OLPC Tablet design not only important for developing countries
[1:25:30] Knewton featured on Forbes
[1:27:20] If Chris Dawson founded a startup
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