I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thank you all so much for the support and friendship through the past year. My best wishes for you and your families. Take care.
This sums up to a total of $14 Million USD in funding and should help Livemocha in its fight for the crown against Rosetta Stone TOTALe.
Social Media has changed the way we interact with each other forever. We are living in a totally different world than maybe two years ago and the end of this social shift is not even at sight.
But most of us still behave as if we were living in a world without Social Media and that can be very dangerous.
As I mentioned in my earlier post today about WiZiQ, italki also has some nice new features for its teachers underneath the Christmas tree.
italki has been very busily working on their marketplace recently but the features they launched today are more affecting the overall usability and the booking process on the platform.
WiZiQ is enlarging the possibilities for teachers to monetize on the content they deliver and italki adds some long awaited features like lesson packages to their service which I will cover in a second post.
Today a new member joined the team for 2010. This little guy will help me to stay Zen in 2010 :).
I just love Japanese gadgets and this little guy even works on solar power. Bought him in a little shop in Saint Malo today. The best for long and dark breton evenings ;).
For more cool gadget ideas and videos about Japanese culture visit my friend Koichi at Tofugu.com. Besides being a really nice guy and awesome storyteller he is also a Japanese Teacher Rockstar and Social Media Manager at eduFire.
And of course YOU can help me to stay Zen, too. Simply vote for my blog at the Edublog Awards 2009 and tell all your friends to do the same Thank you in advance (I am listed as Kristen Winkler).
Just received an email from eduFire as all teachers on the platform, I guess.
As of January 1st, 2010, we are suspending the eduFire SuperPass program. Although we have received good feedback about SuperPass and are excited about its possibilities, we have a need to spend some time working on the SuperPass model as the results were not quite what we had hoped for. [...]
That’s quite big news, I’d say.
Wow, I just saw that I am on the shortlist for the Edublog Awards 2009 in the category “Best new Blog”.
Now my fighting spirit is awake, of course. Therefore, if you like this blog, please vote for me at the Edublog Awards 2009.
This seems to be the sentence that stuck from my presentation at the last ETCon. Teachers are Dinosaurs old and ponderous in mind and hence doomed to extinct.
Of course I chose this title because it is kind of edgy and fits all the cut and dried opinions people have about education in general and teachers in particular. And as I think this is a very interesting topic I would like to elaborate my thoughts on this a bit more in detail than I did during my presentation.
Today WiZiQ officially launched a new feature for premium members of the platform. From now on premium teachers can create and sell asynchronous, self paced courses to students.
I think this is a great addition to the existing range of features and rounds up the overall experience for teachers as well as for students on the WiZiQ platform. And for teachers who are not yet premium members this could be a good reason to opt in for the premium account.