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Monday RoundUp

MRU: Guest Posts, ESL Giants, Chegg, E-Readers and Tablets

Monday RoundUp

In a guest post Christopher Grant whom you might remember from several interviews (Sclipo, emagister and review:ed) he lays down why user experience is becoming increasingly important in education.

Abril Educacao continued its shopping tour and acquired the Brazilian publisher Maxiprint.

The second guest post of the week came from James Ashenhurst. He shared his thoughts on the future of textbooks, becoming a hybrid between book and application.

GlobalEnglish announced a complete relaunch of its brand along with the launch of three new, communication and collaboration centered products.

Chegg enters the daily deal space with the Chegg Deals platform. Another step towards the goal of becoming the place to go to for students.

The $35 USD tablet effectively became a $50 USD tablet but it is reality as promised. The first 10,000 Aakash devices are going to be shipped to schools.

As a defensive answer to Amazon’s new Kindle line up, German booksellers offer their own e-readers at competitive pricing.

LearnBoost launched the Spanish version of its LMS. The translation has been crowdsourced by the users and more major languages will follow in the weeks ahead.

PointScribe tries to raise money via Kickstarter to port its technology that enables children to learn handwriting and cursive on their own to the iPad.

On Sunday I reflected on the iPad and its importance when teaching special needs students.

In EDUKWEST #74 I had the pleasure to talk with Osman Rashid, Co-Founder and CEO of Kno. As you know, I have been rather critical about Kno from the start and therefore it was really interesting to talk to Osman and get his point of view.

In EDUKWEST #75 I talked with Tim Brady, founding partner at imagine K12. Tim was Yahoo’s third employee right after the two founders and has a tremendous knowledge and track record in the Internet industry. We talked about the incubator and the first class that graduated recently.

Sunday’s Big Think post was about Steve Job’s last “One more thing” and how Siri will replace learning.

And last but not least, After Hours brought you all the interesting news that we could not cover on EDUKWEST.

MRU: Kno goes 3D, Veri powers AmEx and Networking is Good for Students

Kno, the education tablet manufacturer turned e-textbook provider launched some interesting new features. The software now automatically converts molecule models printent in textbooks into interactive 3D animations. Kno also added external video content from the Khan Academy.

Right before the beginning of the new school year TenMarks launched a completely overhauled version of its free math program for schools. Teachers now get even more granular data on the performance of their whole class or individual students.

TeachStreet is organizing a Startup Weeked EDU in Seattle on September 30th to October 2nd. Tickets cost $99 or $49 for students and there are around 150 available. Dave Schappell also invited the who is who of the Seattle tech and investor scene to mentor the participants.

Veri, a very interesting but stealthy startup is powering the new Crash Courses of the American Express OPEN Forum. OPEN Forum is an online community for small business owners. I took a closer look at the exercises.

A study proves that social networking is enhancing student performance. Professor Christine Greenhow found that students who create strong bonds and are connected via social networks like Facebook do better in school.

In my EDUKWEST interview series I talked to two interesting up and coming startup founders. Episode #68 was with Travis Biziorek of Kibin, which is an online community for crowdsourced editing, and Michael Koetting of Hoot.Me, a Facebook application that turns the social network into “study mode” was my guest in episode #69 of EDUKWEST.

R:ED January 31st to February 5th 2011

  1. Skype To Hire 350 People in 2011
  2. LibreDigital Raises $4 Million For Digital Reading Technologies
  3. Tablets Rekindle Our Love of Reading–Books, Too
  4. HarperCollins Plans To Publish Novel Submitted To Social Network for Teen Writers
  5. Justin.tv To Launch Social Video-Sharing App
  6. Instructure Launches To Root Blackboard Out Of Universities
  7. Foursquare’s University Badges Now Available at All Colleges & Universities
  8. Make the Internet Smarter at Helping Us
  9. THE UNEARNED FOLLOW: Here’s Why The Cool Kids Always Get The Most Followers
  10. Google Launches Street View for Museums
  11. InternMatch Raises $400K To Help Students Find The Perfect Internship
  12. Teacher-Replacing Tech: Friend or Foe?
  13. With Clever UI, Readability Hopes to Please Readers Into Paying More
  14. What Ricky Gervais’s Bruising Comedy Teaches About Innovation
  15. Can the Ad Industry Save Education?
  16. Anybots Releases Segway-Style Telepresence Robot
  17. Kno shipments delayed, no word on why or for how long
  18. An Android Tablet Made Just for School
  19. iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student Inventions
  20. Why the Web Is Useless in Developing Countries – And How to Fix It
  21. Tango Takes Face-To-Face Video Calling Beyond The iPhone With 8 Million Downloads
  22. Rounds.com Adds Some Chatroulette To Its Facebook App, With A Twist
  23. Did Demand Media IPO Just in Time?

R:ED January 23rd to January 29th 2011

  1. Vid.ly Makes Streaming Video Work on Any Device
  2. Kno Is Looking For Student Ambassadors And Are Paying In Hefty Tablet Discounts
  3. BlipSnips Adds Enhanced Tagging And Captioning To Facebook Videos
  4. TransferWise wants to be the Skype of currency exchange
  5. MoshiMonsters launches first toy range, aims at $22 billion US market
  6. Tinychat Raises $1.5M From Kutcher, Diddy And Others, Is Just Getting Started
  7. $2-Billion Federal Program Could Be ‘Windfall’ for Open Online Learning
  8. Google Apps Marketplace Gets An Education Category
  9. The Future According to Schmidt: “Augmented Humanity,” Integrated Into Google
  10. Babylon Aims to Be the Quora of Translation
  11. Babylon Aims To Build A “Quora For Linguistics” Off Its 72 Million Members
  12. Report: Skype Delays IPO Until Second Half Of 2011 To Build Up More Revenue
  13. McGraw Hill Gets In On the Mobile Education Market
  14. Is Facebook Testing Voice Chat? [PIC]
  15. E-Readers in Africa: Non-Profit Brings Thousands of Books to Ghanaian Children
  16. YC-Backed Tutorspree Is An Airbnb For Tutoring
  17. Your Professor, Your Computer, and You
  18. Tennessee’s Webb School makes iPads mandatory, still looks down on note-passing

Chegg + Kno = Apple for Higher Ed?

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.

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R:ED September 5th to September 11th 2010

  1. Breaking down language barriers with a pocket picture guide
  2. Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
  3. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education
  4. Tablet Maker Kno Raises $46 Million for Dual-Screen Digital Textbook
  5. Campus Dibs Is A Groupon For Colleges: Smart Move
  6. Maths graduates in Punjab are being taught the British syllabus so they can give private lessons by phone and via the web
  7. Prezi Meeting Brings Collaboration to Web-based Presentations