Introducing Disrupt Education – My New Blog on Big Think

Today is a special day for me as a blogger. I published my first post on my brand new blog called “Disrupt Education” which is part of the Big Think family.

Needless to say that I feel truly honored to be part of this global platform, connecting people and ideas and that mine will be along those of great thinkers like Dr. Michio Kaku, Erik Klemetti or Dominic Basulto to mention just three of them.

Disrupt Education – Envisioning the Learning Revolution will focus on topics ahead of the curve whilst this blog is coping more with the here and now. Like the tagline suggests it’s about envisioning the education system of the future, both formal and informal.

In my first post, I ask the question why we don’t implement the language learning community model into schools, colleges and universities. Here is an excerpt.

What if classes or entire schools were able to learn each others language via a community based platform similar to the successful start-ups we already have on the market? The principle would be the same: learn the basics through self paced, engaging and fun content. Then, let the students practice with their peers from across the globe, learning Portuguese with a class from Rio de Janeiro, French with a class from Paris, Italian from Rome, and so on and so forth. It sounds as exciting as it actually is. Language would no longer be something abstract whose usefulness might be disguised somewhere in the future due to missing immersion. Instead students would associate language learning with actual people they may even become friends with as well as their country and culture.

You can read the entire post The Power of Communities in Modern Language Learning on Big Think and I would be delighted if you liked the new concept as much as the old one. I’m also sure that you’ll appreciate the one or the other article over at Big Think, there is some great stuff to read.

  • David Blake

    Congrats on the new blog.

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thank you David. Sorry for not catching up with you yet, now as the new baby is born we should finally have a talk on your initiative :)

  • Daniel Christian

    Way to go Kirsten! I've just subscribed to your new blog.

    (Also, you and your readers may want to know about — a new blog some folks are starting up.)

    Daniel Christian… and

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thanks Daniel, also for the links :) Will check them out!

  • Genii

    Kirsten, we share your vision!

    • KirstenWinkler

      Looking forward talking to you soon :)

  • awaldstein

    Congrats Kirsten!

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thank you Arnold :)

      • awaldstein

        This is actually a very big deal.

        I think serious congrats are in order. They are lucky to have you.

        I’ll make it over to Paris sometime this year and we can possibly find a great glass of wine that won’t cause you a headache đŸ˜‰

        • KirstenWinkler

          That would definitely be the icing on the cake!

  • Jamie

    bravo Kirsten!

    really happy for you

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thanks so much Jamie :)

  • Anita Adnan

    hi Kirsten,
    i am among the ESL teacher / trainer who are so excited by all these new approach of teaching languages ( especially english) via online method – using skype, social media and stuff. but i have yet to convinced my audience in Malaysia, that this is feasible, this is the ‘easy’ way to do it, if you like. How can i, as an instructor/ trainer, show them that this is going to be the next ‘BIG’ think in education? colleges and universities are still there, making a lot of money out of education. i love your blog, and i am learning everyday – about using technology to teach. and i believe, it’s going to change very soon – if we have more people like you promoting this kind of platform. congratulations and keep up the great effort. Somebody has to keep shouting about this :)

    • KirstenWinkler

      Hi Anita, thanks a lot for your comment. One thing that we are missing at the moment is the tracking and evaluation of the data we get through the learning process. That’s why I am bullish about a system like the Knowledge Graph that would record all the data and make it digestible for decision takers in companies and academia. You might want to take a look at Sal Khan’s TED presentation, there you can see what I am talking about :)

      • Anita Adnan

        Hi Kirsten, yes, i have watched the awesome talk – and love it! if only i can have that kind of tracking, implemented in my system – then maybe i can convince the administrators ( and stakeholders) of Education – that this is all worthwhile. at this moment, i am experimenting with skype teaching / training with clients in Malaysia, and with me currently residing in Nottingham,UK, distance is really nothing to worry about anymore! it may be a surprise to you , but skype is not as widely used as YM on the other side of the world :)
        will continue to follow your interesting blog, keep on writing about how technology can affect education – let’s distrupt education :)

  • Rickinalbi

    Congratulations, Kirsten.

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thanks a lot Rick :)

  • Alam

    Congratulations, Kirsten

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thank you Alam :)

  • ChinaMike

    I am so happy for you Kirsten. I wish you great success in this venue. I’ll leave a comment for you there.

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thank you Mike :) I heard the comments over there are broken at the moment, though.