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What Salman Khan and Jamie Oliver have in Common

Yesterday, I had a brief however interesting exchange with Benjamin Riley on Twitter about one of my latest posts “In the search of 100.000 Salman Khans”.


Benjamin asked what about 1000 teachers collaborating on video lessons like the folks at Learnzillion. Though I think they are doing a great job, it is simply not the same. We are talking about Jamie Oliver vs. FoodTube. Let me explain.

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Henry Reich Minute Physics

Kirstradamus: Henry Reich of Minute Physics will join Khan Academy

Henry Reich Minute PhysicsAs I have been pretty busy with working on EDUKWEST up to now, I did not had the time to write down some predictions for 2012. But better late than never! Here is my first look into the future.

Salman Khan is going to make an offer to Henry Reich, the creator of Minute Physics to join the faculty of Khan Academy. Probably, this will happen in the first quarter of 2012, latest by June.

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It’s on! How I am going to compete with Livemocha, busuu and Babbel

No, I haven’t lost my marbles! But at least now I got your attention, I think.

As you know, I have pursued a side project in German language learning since April 2008 called Deutsch Happen. On the basis of a more or less regular schedule I have produced different kinds of video lessons to test out teaching ideas and to support learners of German as a foreign language who might have no access to paid solutions.

For the past couple of months I have been experimenting with some strategies on how to grow my audience on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and the results are good enough to take this to the next step: I am building a MVP.

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KWestions Ep. 27 with Derek Muller – Incorrect Information has more Effect on Learning

How I first heard about Derek Muller, the creator of Veritasium was in the course of his take on education’s current fairhaired boy (not really but let’s use the metaphor), Salman Khan and the Khan Academy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe that videos definitely have their place as a tool in education. I am a producer of educational video, Derek is one. There is no doubt that videos do their part to make explain things in a new, visual and engaging way but other tools also have their place. Salman Khan is doing a great job of breaking complex things down and to present them in an easy and digestible way.

To put Khan Academy and its founder in the place of having all the right answers to our problems and sort of being the savior of education is wrong, and the way I see it, it’s also not what he intended to do.

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Khan Academy, Google and BitTorrent

A couple of days ago Khan Academy announced a partnership with BitTorrent, up to now mostly known for being the place to get illegal copies of whatever you want. Sure, the technology itself is brilliant and in combination with a project like the Khan Academy it has the potential to bring video lessons even to places with low bandwidth connections.

The problem is that today Google blacklisted the service because of its reputation being a harbor for illegal activities.

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Why Analytics will become more powerful than High Level Degrees

Last year, I had the pleasure of participating in the Fifth Conference PEOPLE edition with an opinion piece on how to record knowledge in the new age. Frank Boermeester, editor and community manager now formally launched the Council of the Fifth Conference, inviting innovators from around the globe to join the initiative.

The Council of the Fifth Conference is a global innovation think tank with the goal to create one of the world’s best knowledge sources and professional networks for understanding the near future and supporting innovative entrepreneurship.

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Review:ed 2010 – July to September

The third quarter of 2010 started with the sale of eduFire to Camelback Education which led to various posts on the business model of live lessons itself and the question if those platforms and services ever take off.

Other big topics were the PR battle between Livemocha and Rosetta Stone around the launch of their new flagship products Active Courses and TOTALe, the rise of Udemy, the pivot of YongoPal and the growing necessity of tracking and recording learning in the new decade.

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R:ED December 5th 2010 to January 1st 2011

  1. More Details On Skype’s Big Move To The Web
  2. State Department Warns Students Against Discussing WikiLeaks on Facebook, Twitter
  3. Interview with Sean Conway of Notehall
  4. Skype Creates Bespoke Software to Help Refugee Workers
  5. Test Prep App Startup Watermelon Express Raises Funding From Groupon Co-Founders
  6. Little Bookrenter Is Narrowing The Gap With Chegg
  7. World Map Of Social Networks Shows Facebook’s Ever-Increasing Dominance
  8. Watch an Apple Engineer Recreate a 2,000-Year-Old Computer Using Legos
  9. Digital Learning Now
  11. Flat World Knowledge Expands Beyond Business Curriculum with Affordable College Textbooks for General Education Courses
  12. ooVoo Releases Android App for Six-Way Video Chat
  13. Why Your Smartphone Will Replace Your Wallet
  14. Word Lens Translates Words Inside of Images. Yes Really.
  15. Kobo Looks to Social Reading to Distinguish It From Kindle
  16. How Twitter Users Changed in 2010 [CHARTS]
  17. 81% of Gen Yers Use Facebook Daily [STUDY]
  18. Another Key Feature Of Google +1: Massive-Scale Social Video Conferencing
  19. FitFu Wants To Get You Exercising At Your Desk, And Everywhere Else
  20. Google Ventures Gives $600K to iOS App Maker Miso Media
  21. Mint.com Hits The Books; Offers Personal Finance Curriculum To Students
  22. Language Learning Service Voxy Closes Another 600K, For A Total Of $1.2 Million
  23. Send & Receive Money From Twitter & Facebook Friends With Dwolla
  24. Huge Growth Projected for Tablet PCs [REPORT]
  25. Virtual Holiday Dinner Brings Families Together via Robot Proxies
  26. Massive Change Ahead in Middle East: Women Control $700 Billion and Counting
  27. Fair Trade Shopping Site Worldstock.com Profits Without Trying
  28. 2011 TED Fellow Studies Tech Needs in Low-Income India–and Builds a Braille Phone in His Spare Time
  29. 5 E-Book Trends That Will Change the Future of Publishing
  30. Why the Kids Don’t Blog and Grandma’s on Facebook
  31. Skype’s New App Brings Video Chat To The iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch
  32. Why iPad Magazine Sales Are Not As Bad As They Seem
  33. Chinese and Indian Entrepreneurs Are Eating America’s Lunch
  34. Unhappy Helicopter Parents
  35. 65% of Internet Users Paid for Digital Content [STUDY]
  36. So Much For FREE!: Apple Will Sell $2B in Apps in 2011
  37. The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

Khan Academy receives $2 million USD from Google

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.

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