Two very interesting announcements from the textbook market today that underline my first thoughts about Chegg and the Kno from a couple of months ago.
The first one is that textbook rental platform Chegg just closed another funding round, adding a whooping $75 million USD to the war chest, ramping up the total funding to nearly $220 million USD.
The second announcement came on TechCrunch Disrupt where the manufacturer of the Kno tablet stated that they will also deliver a cheaper one screen version of the device.
One of the most popular resources of free knowledge on the internet, OpenCourseWare of the MIT just got better.
By teaming up with the startup OpenStudy the OCW now got a social, interactive layer where students from around the world can connect with one another and learn together.
After three years Lingueo, the Paris based language learning / teaching platform changed the look and feel of their website. If you have watched my interview with the founders on EDUKWEST you know that one of the main premises of the team is to keep it as simple and straight forward as possible.
The new page clearly stays true to that, in addition it offers some new features for students.
As fall approaches heavily in Brittany, here is a new Walnut Cake recipe for a cake ideal to eat on chilly Sunday afternoons.
To make this Walnut Coffee Cake you need:
- 275 gr of flour
- 1 tbsp of backing powder or about half a package ~ 3 or 4 gr
- 150 ml milk
- 2 medium sized eggs
- 100 gr melted butter
- 2 tbsp espresso or any strong coffee
- 50 gr ~teacup walnuts
- 50 gr of sugar brown or white and some more for topping
Lubricate your cake pan with grease. In a separate bowl add flour, sugar and backing powder. Mix gently.
Make a second mixture of the eggs, milk, espresso and melted butter and add it to your mix of flour, sugar, baking powder.
In a last step carefully add the walnuts (I slightly pan fried these before in order to obtain a more intense taste) and mingle all ingredients thoroughly.
The cake goes into the oven for about 50 min to 1h at 190°.
For the icing there are different options. You could simple put icing sugar on top, make a caramel from brown sugar or put “Streusel” on top.
To make Streusel, just have a look in the Plum Cake with cinnamon recipe.
Caramel is also easy to make. You simply put butter with some sugar in a pan and let it melt.
Be very careful with hands / arms when you pour the caramel on top of your cake as caramel gets EXTREMELY hot! The second tricky point is to not to let the caramel get too dark or even burnt.
It’ll leave a bad taste…
Enjoy this recipe and tell me about your favorite cake recipes or experiences with baking!
Great news as one of my personal heroes in education, Salman Khan, will receive $2 million USD from the Google Project 10 to the 100.
And he is not the only one in education as three out of the five winners are in fact education related projects.
Okay, that’s probably not true, but I needed to get your attention somehow. Apologies.
A few weeks ago, though, Vikrama Dhiman posted an article entitled “Seven Reasons Online Learning Platforms May Never Take Off.” That article sparked a terrific dialog about the shortcomings and potential for learning marketplaces online (marketplaces being what ‘platforms’ actually referred to).
Vikrama touched on some important points, but I think that he ultimately missed the mark. The problem, as I see it, doesn’t address “why online platforms may never take off”, but why they haven’t yet. Ready for it?
I just came across this nifty service on TechCrunch and thought I should share this with you as I think there are some interesting possibilities to use this in online education.
YouTubeSocial is a service that enables you and your friends to watch any video on YouTube simultaneously and you can even chat with them whilst watching the clip.
Two days ago, Kirsten wrote about a blog post that we posted to our company blog in which we apologized to our Korean and American users for a poor product experience and announced the launch date for a new version — one that will be able to live up to their expectations.
Busuu is now the second language learning community to have its own iPhone applications that connect seamlessly with your online learning profile on the platform.
And if you watched my interview with Michael Schutzler of Livemocha the other day, you know that it will only take a little more time until this Seattle based community will launch their own.
Last Friday TWiST came back to Paris for its second edition. Like the first time, Lingueo was so kind to provide us with their office as venue, helped me with tech support and co hosted our guests.
On that night we had four startup pitches, two of them directly related to online education and the two other in a more indirect way.
That’s the conclusion of Darien Brown after being in business for just about six months and his four week trip to the source of their clients and hence revenue of their product, South Korea.
In a blog post published today Darien gives not only a detailed reflection on what he and his co-founder Jon Hickey singled out as their mistakes but they also announces the relaunch of their service on November 1st.
A couple of weeks ago I would have never thought that classic subject matters like math or SAT / GRE prep would drive innovation in the online education space.
But after talking to Rohit Agarwal of TenMarks and today’s launch of Grockit TV, I have to say I was too pessimistic.
Following the invitation of the University of Luxembourg I have the pleasure of attending a panel debate on the challenges (and controversies) of social media and their role in the development of language resources and in empowering language learning communities.
This should get interesting.
Today, I took the chance for a quick but very insightful interview with Michael Schutzler, CEO of Livemocha on the launch of the new Active Course line and his experiences being the CEO of the world’s largest language learning community.
Today is the big day for two education companies. Rosetta Stone launches its brand new version 4 TOTALe flagship product and Livemocha launches its new range of Active Courses in partnership with Harper Collins.
I love the smell of language immersion in the morning!
And today’s #followfriday goes to Livemocha. I know, I know, I have been ranting about their Twitter strategy in several posts but that has changed quite a bit.
For a couple of weeks Livemocha is doing a great job with Twitter and hence they really deserve to be followed by anyone interested in language learning.
You might remember the Kno, a dual screen tablet device for the educational market, which aims to be a replacement for textbooks. When it was revealed at the D8 conference earlier this year people who saw the Kno described it as “two iPads, glued together – but bigger”.
Yesterday, the company announced that it closed a $46m debt-and-equity round led by Andreessen Horowitz that also has investments in Zynga, Skype and Foursquare.