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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.

EDUKWEST Ep. 62 with Rafael Corrales of LearnBoost

I had the pleasure of interviewing LearnBoost’s founder and CEO Rafael Corrales on how came up with the initial idea and how he and his team have shaped it until it became what we see today: a nicely made gradebook with pretty design, easy to create & mangage lesson plans, functions to share student progress with the parents and the possibility to integrate with Google Apps.

LearnBoost is currently free to use and I hope you’ll get a good idea of LearnBoost’s capabilities watching our EDUKWEST but essentially you have nothing to lose, so I’d say anyone interested should definitely go and open an account!

Read more and watch the Interview on EDUKWEST →

R:ED February 6th to March 5th 2011

  1. Readability Just Became Instapaper’s Publisher Payment Layer
  2. Google Censors Its Own Education Investment in BitTorrent
  3. 8 Educational iPhone Apps for Small Business Owners
  4. Everloop Brings New Social Network for Tweens to 56,000 Schools
  5. Meet The Father Of The Second Largest Search Engine In The World
  6. LearnBoost Adds Parent and Student Accounts to Its Gradebook (And Why That’s a Big Deal)
  7. TED Launches Quora-Like Platform for Intelligent Discussion
  8. How an Imaginative Child Learning Software Startup Avoided Death by Retail
  9. How Bill Gates’ Favorite Teacher Wants to Disrupt Education
  10. Anaheim School District Takes a Big Brother Approach to Truancy
  11. Bandwidth.com Acquires Dash Carrier Services To Add Emergency Calling To VoIP Applications
  12. StackOverflow’s Careers 2.0 Leverages Q&A To Get Programmers Hired
  13. BookRenter Raises $40 Million To Take On Chegg In Textbook Rentals
  14. Pakistan’s Education Revolution
  15. Why a Former Hedge Funder Is Building a Museum for Math
  16. Skype Teams Up With Citrix To Bring GoToMeeting Web Conferencing To Business Offerings
  17. How the iPad 2 Will Revolutionize Education

R:ED July 25th to July 31st 2010

R:ED (read) is a list of stories which we have not covered on this blog but are nevertheless worth to take a look at. We will  set up such a list each Sunday from now on and hope that you will find it useful.

  1. India unveils world’s cheapest laptop
  2. LearnBoost Raises $975K To Help Teachers Manage Grades And Classrooms Online
  3. Ask.com Reinvents Itself with a Focus on Community Q&A
  4. Tinychat Boasts 500 Million Minutes Of Usage And 300,000 New Users Per Month
  5. Weebly’s ImagePerfect Gives Users Drag-And-Drop Image Editing
  6. Pearson to acquire Wall Street Institute: acquisition extends Pearson’s position as world leader in English language teaching
  7. YouTube Boosts Maximum Upload Limit To 15 Minutes
  8. Become the Master of Any Subject with a Suite of New iPhone Apps

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