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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.

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My Pursuit of an Efficient and Effective Method of Learning a Foreign Language – Part 3

For those who did not have the chance to read Part Two here are the main points:

  • LBT contains two major components: new methodology (no grammar, no memorization and no translation) and self-study software.
  • Blended learning: a combination of self-study software and public online or offline classes will become the major mode of operation in the next decade.
  • 3-action activity – reading, listening and speaking simultaneously with the speaker – eliminates cross-translation and solves the main problem in learning a foreign language.
  • Learning with phrases is 4-5 times faster than studying individual words.
  • The inner ear grammar acquired on a subconscious level is more efficient than grammar consciously learned as a set of grammar rules.

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A new Life for old Content – Thoughts on Syndication Part 1

Imagine you sold a product for decades and decades and it sold really well, and I mean brilliantly. Imagine you wake up one morning and suddenly no one seems to care about your product anymore.

In the past couple of months we saw this on the publishing market. Newspapers and Magazines are closing because blogs and Twitter stole their show.

Encyclopedias are discontinued after over 100 years because no one is buying them anymore. Even the new kid on the block, the CD or DVD version is discontinued because no one can compete with  internet based versions or Wikipedia.

The state of California is switching to e-books in its schools. First reason they are cheaper and the Governator needs every cent but honestly, if you see the growing demand of e-readers like the Amazon Kindle it is only a question of time when other states will follow suit. And remember, Bill Gates is still working on his dream of the tablet PC.

I guess, if you are in that industry you saw the impacts coming nearer every day. So what could they do? Some chose the way to publish audio books which is quite a strong market in Germany these days. Others are publishing on the Kindle there is even a project where you will be able to design a custom printed newspaper just for you.

But what about the huge market of education material publishers? Well, it seems as if they found out a great way to save themselves: content syndication.

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