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Intel Education acquires Kno

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.

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Kno Digital Textbooks now available on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 Devices

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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.

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review:ed #17 Begun the E-Textbook War has (Audio)

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review:ed Episode #17

“Begun the E-Textbook War has”

  • recorded: February 24th 2012
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Show Notes

[02:45] Kno sues Cengage Learning for pulling its textbooks
Source: Mashable

[11:10] Interview with Richard Santalesa of Information Law Group

[42:48] Article about the problems with math textbooks
Source: Open Salon

[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

[1:00:53] Thank you to our sponsor Languagelab.com

[1:03:00] Clemson University & Dell launch Social Media Listening Center
Source: Dell

[1:09:35] Discussion around the state of online learning

[1:16:50] US Department of Education is reading Twitter
Source: Yahoo

[1:20:30] OLPC Tablet design not only important for developing countries
Source: CNN

[1:25:30] Knewton featured on Forbes
Source: Forbes

[1:27:20] If Chris Dawson founded a startup
Source: ZDNet

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review:ed #17 Begun the E-Textbook War has

Kirsten & Chris
Kirsten & Chris

In this episode Christopher and I talk about Kno that sued Cengage Learning for pulling its textbooks. We also invited Richard Santalesa of the Information Law Group to talk about the case. Other topics include why Pearson should build a tablet, Samsung’s learning hub, bad math textbooks, iTextbooks being 5x more expensive and more.

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Show Notes

[02:45] Kno sues Cengage Learning for pulling its textbooks
Source: Mashable

[11:10] Interview with Richard Santalesa of Information Law Group

[42:48] Article about the problems with math textbooks
Source: Open Salon

[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

[1:00:53] Thank you to our sponsor Languagelab.com

[1:03:00] Clemson University & Dell launch Social Media Listening Center
Source: Dell

[1:09:35] Discussion around the state of online learning

[1:16:50] US Department of Education is reading Twitter
Source: Yahoo

[1:20:30] OLPC Tablet design not only important for developing countries
Source: CNN

[1:25:30] Knewton featured on Forbes
Source: Forbes

[1:27:20] If Chris Dawson founded a startup
Source: ZDNet

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review:ed #12 The Textbook Revolution that wasn’t (Audio)

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review:ed Episode #12

“The Textbook Revolution that wasn’t”

  • recorded: January 20th 2012
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Languagelab.com offers total immersion in English. Learn online in Languagelab’s English City, a virtual 3D city full of real English-speakers. Discover Languagelab.com’s specially designed courses for General English, Business English, Oil & Gas and Aviation English.

Show Notes

  • [01:07] Welcome Dave Schappell of TeachStreet
  • [02:13] Back in April 2010 Dave and Kirsten talked about the same companies on review:ed
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [03:00] Recap of the Apple Education event
  • [05:09] Was Christopher still excited one day later?
  • [06:12] The iBook Author EULA
    Source: ZDNet
  • [16:40] iTunesU App –  a hidden LMS?
  • [18:40] What will Amazon’s answer be?
  • [21:15] Kno’s answer to Apple entering the market
    Source: TechCrunch
  • [27:42] Kno Me & automated Flashcards
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [34:10] Chegg launched eTextbook Reader based on HTML5
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [35:30] Wolfram launched Education Portal
  • [40:10] Thank you to Dave for joining us
  • [42:45] Chris talks about the interview with Osman Rashid
  • [49:30] How Chegg and Kno compete
  • [52:00] Livemocha Scholarship Program
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [57:30] $100 million Venture Fund for traditional colleges
    Source: Inside Higher Ed
  • [1:01:00] Thomas Fordham Institute shares data on costs vs quality of online and offline schools
    Source: EdExcellenceMedia
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review:ed #12 The Textbook Revolution that wasn’t

Dave Schappell TeachStreet
Dave Schappell

Christopher and I were joined by Dave Schappell, founder and CEO of TeachStreet to talk about the Apple Education event, the iBook Author EULA, Kno’s and Chegg’s answer to Apple entering the textbook space and much more.

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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

Languagelab.com offers total immersion in English. Learn online in Languagelab’s English City, a virtual 3D city full of real English-speakers. Discover Languagelab.com’s specially designed courses for General English, Business English, Oil & Gas and Aviation English.

Show Notes

  • [01:07] Welcome Dave Schappell of TeachStreet
  • [02:13] Back in April 2010 Dave and Kirsten talked about the same companies on review:ed
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [03:00] Recap of the Apple Education event
  • [05:09] Was Christopher still excited one day later?
  • [06:12] The iBook Author EULA
    Source: ZDNet
  • [16:40] iTunesU App –  a hidden LMS?
  • [18:40] What will Amazon’s answer be?
  • [21:15] Kno’s answer to Apple entering the market
    Source: TechCrunch
  • [27:42] Kno Me & automated Flashcards
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [34:10] Chegg launched eTextbook Reader based on HTML5
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [35:30] Wolfram launched Education Portal
  • [40:10] Thank you to Dave for joining us
  • [42:45] Chris talks about the interview with Osman Rashid
  • [49:30] How Chegg and Kno compete
  • [52:00] Livemocha Scholarship Program
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • [57:30] $100 million Venture Fund for traditional colleges
    Source: Inside Higher Ed
  • [1:01:00] Thomas Fordham Institute shares data on costs vs quality of online and offline schools
    Source: EdExcellenceMedia
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Chegg eTextbook Reader launches today – Works on any Device

Chegg eTextbook Reader

In the wake of Apple’s education event Chegg introduced its new eTextbook Reader today. Though the product has been in the works since August 2011 already according to TechCrunch, the timing of the release just one day before the Apple event shows that the textbook startup space is taking it very serious. Yesterday Kno, an iPad application that features over 150.000 textbooks and various interactive tools announced two new features themselves, Kno Me and Flashcards.

Other than Kno and Inkling Chegg’s eTextbook reader is HTML5 based hence students can access the service from any device may it be a PC, iPad, Laptop or smart phone. The main idea behind the reader is to mimic the way students use their physical textbooks on the one hand and to enhance the experience by new social features on the other hand.

With the Chegg eTextbook Reader students can highlight text, post sticky notes, mark passages with “?” and so on. There is also a crowd-sourced Q&A section based on the Chegg users and experts and a feature called Key Highlight that shows the most important parts of a chapter based on the general activity (highlights, sticky notes etc) of other students.

Below you can watch a short video presentation of the Chegg eTextbook Reader.

Over the past year, Chegg has slowly evolved from being the leader in textbook rentals to a platform that wants to be part of the student’s daily life. The Chegg eTextbook Reader could make the transition from physical textbooks easier for students who don’t think that digital textbooks have arrived just yet or simply don’t have an iPad to access services like Kno and Inkling.

But we might have to rethink all of  that after tomorrow. So stay tuned.

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Kno introduces Performance Data Dashboard and Automated Flashcards

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Kno introduced two new features to its digital textbook platform today which now offers more than 70 interactive features including highlighting, note-taking, bookmarking, Quiz Me, 3D, Smart Links and Journal features.

“The future of education will be driven by analytics and self paced learning. We are taking the first step by making the student more self-aware of their study behavior to help them visualize how they engage with materials or benchmark themselves against previous students who took the class.” Osman Rashid, co-founder & CEO Kno

Kno Me gives each student a graphical dashboard that keeps track of key metrics in the learning process such as time spent in a book, knowledge of key terms and quiz results. Based on this, students are able to set personal learning goals more easily and to improve learning habits.

Kno Flashcards automatically convert key terms in any of the 150.000 textbooks into interactive flashcards which sums up to over 40 million flashcards in total. The technology behind those flashcards is based on cognitive and pedagogical research on metacognition, spaced repetition and episodic memory.

The launch is close to Apple’s January 19th event which will be about education and, as rumors suggest, involve the digital textbook space. Even though Osman Rashid and Matt MacInnis, CEO of Inkling, did not seem to be too woried according to an interview on GigaOm, the Apple event will surely have some kind of impact on both startups.

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Confirmed: Apple’s January 19th Event in New York will be about Education

Apple Education Event January 19th

We now have the official confirmation from Apple that the event that is going to take place on January 19th in New York will be about education. The location: Guggenheim Museum.

We still don’t know for sure what the announcement(s) will be about, but there is frankly not that much on the list. It will either be about dedicated educational devices or content via iTunes, iBookstore etc. or a combination of both.

Startups like Kno, ScrollMotion and in parts Inkling have proven that the market is ripe for new and innovative ways to serve students and institutions alike. They have also proven that there is money to be made even with digital textbooks, hence it makes sense that publishers are open to discussions with Apple which could provide them with direct access to their customers in combination with a self-publishing platform or other technologies to easily enhance existing textbooks out of the back catalog like Kno has done with its 3D models of chemical structures.

Now, this could play out in two ways for Kno and other app developers in the textbook space. Either Apple is going to announce a close partnership with one of them on the event, maybe even an acquisition, or Apple will pull the rug underneath their feet away with the launch of  their own platform.

Either way, the year starts in a very exciting way.

Below you can watch my interviews with Osman Rashid, co-founder & CEO of Kno and Josh Koppel, co-founder of ScrollMotion.

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Kno launches new Features – Salman Khan & Roy Pea join as Advisors

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Kno announced new features for its digital textbook iPad app today. The aim of these features is to bridge the gap between educators and students in the classroom.

The new Pen Notes feature allows educators to teach directly from a Kno textbook, using annotations and multi-media notes to make the classroom experience richer and more engaging. Students have the same feature in their text books and Kno plans to enable sharing of those journals among teachers and students.

As second part of this initiative, Kno also announced an Educator Advisory board to better understand the needs of the academic community. The board is made up of top educators like Roy Pea, Professor of Educating & Learning Science at Stanford University and Salman Khan, Founder of Khan Academy. Kno just recently added the Khan Academy videos to its iPad app.

The third part of today’s announcement is about free textbooks for educators to use in the classroom. Instructors can request a free book via: Professors Request Free eTextbooks.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of requests from professors who presented different types of education related problems that they believed Kno could help resolve through our technology and rapid development process,” said Osman Rashid, CEO and co-Founder and Babur Habib, Chief Technology Officer and co-Founder of Kno. “Kno can create products that are mutually beneficial and effective for students and educators to help address the types of requests we have been receiving. With our newly formed Educator Advisory Board, we can tap into the great minds of academia to help guide us during the product development process.”

Getting the books into the hands of educators for free is a strategy similar to TenMarks that also offers its product plus an analytics tool to math teachers and schools entirely for free.

Video: EDUKWEST #74 with Osman Rashid, Co-Founder & CEO of Kno

Source: Business Wire