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R:ED April 24th to April 30th 2011

Fidelis College Raises Money to Actually Support Our Troops – “At a basic level, it will help active duty soldiers get a headstart on college educations.” TechCrunch

Facebook Launches ‘Send’ Button For More Selective Sharing, Announces 50 Million ‘Groups’ – “Click on a webpage that has the Send button integrated, and you’ll be prompted to share it with any of your Facebook Groups, your Facebook friends, or any standard email address.” TechCrunch

Pearson buys education tech firm Schoolnet for £140m – “Schoolnet’s online learning systems are used by five million students, who attend schools in a third of the largest cities in the US. The company also provides assessment and curriculum systems.” Computer World UK

CampusLive Raises $3.1 Million To Help Brands Connect With College Students – “CampusLive is all about showcasing special offers to students to help brands increase awareness and engagement.” TechCrunch

How Schools Can Use Facebook to Build an Online Community – “Here are some ways that schools can benefit from establishing an effective Facebook presence.” Mashable

Talk to Your Computer: Chrome Listens and Translates (Through HTML) – “[…] you can talk into your computer’s microphone, and your recorded audio will be translated to text and typed out for you.” ReadWriteWeb

Gates Invests in Online Classrooms, Educational Video Games – “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said Wednesday said that it had invested $20 million into online learning, with about a third of it going toward educational video games and game tools.” PCMAG.COM

Teachers’ social network BetterLesson lands $1M – “The company is focused on developing a web-based application intended to help educators network and share resources and ideas.” Mass High Tech

Chandler University gets OK to award certificates, degrees – “The school offers certificates in areas such as digital marketing, bachelor’s degrees in construction management and technology and business administration and master’s degrees in business administration in construction management, as well as construction technology.” msnbc.com

TenMarks Videos now available via Pearson Perspective

Yes, two Pearson related news in one day. This second article deals with the “online remediation and enrichment solution” Perspective which will feature the more than 1.200 instructional math videos by TenMarks.

Perspective is an integrated assessment and instruction solution that provides students with a roadmap leading them to specific online resources based on their scores.

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Pearson and Languagelab announce Collaboration

Just a few weeks after they announced the closing of their $1 million funding round, the team at Languagelab shares more interesting news. In collaboration with Pearson, Business English students are now able to bring the case studies of the popular textbook series “Market Leader” into life. Second Life that is.

Based on Languagelab’s virtual world English City, students from around the globe will be able to interact live with other students and teachers in a 3D environment.

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Pearson & McGraw-Hill make Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Inkling

It seems as if the latest study from Xplana in which they predict that the tipping point for digital textbooks is as near as 2015 has opened up the wallets of two major publishers for an undisclosed “multi million Dollar” investment.

Inkling, the maker of the iPad application and platform which delivers enhanced and engaging textbooks, leaving the “flat, PDF-based digital textbooks” behind is the beneficiary and it could give the startup a competitive edge over the well funded competitor the Kno.

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800 Pound Gorilla? Pearson acquires TutorVista

A few days ago Jason Renshaw posted an article around his feelings and observations around the increasing dominance of Pearson in the education world over the past couple of years. Today, Pearson announced that the company increased its shareholding in TutorVista to a controlling 76% stake for $127 million USD raising the total investment of Pearson in TutorVista to $139 million USD.

Is this the rise of an 800 pound gorilla in online education which will dominate the whole market from school education over ESL to math and science?

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review:ed Episode #5 with Shiv Rajendran

In this episode of review:ed I had the pleasure to talk with Shiv Rajendran, Director at LanguageLab.com who is a well- known guest on my various shows. We talked about Pearson & Ning, Babbel & Livemocha, India & the $35 USD laptop, eduFire & Camelback Education and asynchronous content, live lessons and social games in education.

Thank you to our sponsor VODBURNER which provides review:ed with great Skype Video Recording & Editing.

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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

And don’t forget to subscribe to our free webinar “Introducing the Strategic Cube for Language Learning Businesses” by Michael Butler.

Pearson will Pay for your Ning – Or Posterous will Move it For Free

Good days for educators. Pearson is sponsoring educational Ning networks from July on. It’s only the Ning Mini package but hey, it’s all on Pearson’s tab.

And if you are still on the search for a free Ning alternative there is a second offer. Posterous will move your network for free to its platform.

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Great News: From now on there is an Exit for EdTech Start Ups

What a great start for the weekend. Pearson’s Director of Digital Strategy confirmed on a media briefing in London this morning that

[…] there is definitely an M&A strategy. We’ll be focusing on digital service providers and acquiring great technology.

This is big news for online education start ups which might look for an exit one day.

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Pearson offers English Learning on Nokia Mobile Phones in China

Pearson is really on the go when it comes to new ways to deliver their material via the new distribution channels. They announced a partnership with Nokia to form a joint venture with Nokia’s mobile learning platform Mobiledu in China.

Mobiledu was launched in 2007 and offered already content of the BBC, the British Council, ETS and Wallstreet English which has been acquired by Pearson in April 2009.

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Pearson and Livemocha receive Royal Honours

Pearson and Livemocha have been awarded the ESU (English Speaking Union) President’s Award 2009 for their recently launched Active English Course.

And for all of you who don’t know who the English Speaking Union’s President is: he is no other than Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The ESU President’s Award was inaugurated in 2003 at the request of the President of the ESU, HRH Duke of Edinburgh KG KT and is given annually. The judging panel includes experts from the fields of design, technology and English language teaching. The ESU President’s Award builds on the success of the widely respected Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award which recognises the book published in the previous year that has contributed most to the understanding of the English language.

The ceremonie will be on November 12 at Buckingham Palace. Hence, congratulations to you guys. Well done and much deserved, indeed!

Exclusive Preview of the new Livemocha Active English Course

On Wednesday I was kindly invited by Clint Schmidt, VP of Marketing and Product to have a first private sneak peak preview of the new Pearson powered Livemocha Active English course.

Livemocha and Pearson announced a partnership back in March 2009 to build an online English course based on Pearson content. The release was previewed for August but as always in the IT industry, you have to add some extra months :).

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Pearson – Full Steam Ahead

Nevertheless, it does move.

Gallileo Gallilei

In the past few months we saw a couple of interesting moves from Pearson, from the partnership with the language learning community Livemocha.com to the Eleutian SpeakENG course powered by Pearson which is available on italki.com.

But Pearson, one of the biggest classic publishers, symbol of the “oldschool” education industry keeps on suprising me with innovation and expansion. Does not look to me as if Pearson is ready to lay itself to rest.

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italki.com brings back and old friend: the Language Marketplace

The title of the latest italki Press release is quite a statement:

italki Partners with Eleutian to Offer US‐Certified Teachers and SpeakENG Content “Powered by Pearson®”

Pearson, does it ring a bell? Exactly, Pearson announced a partnership with Livemocha a couple of month ago. You can read my post about it over here.

But to me the fact that italki is calling themselves “the italki Marketplace” is even more interesting. So lets have a look on the news from Shanghai.

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Partnerships – a new Trend in Education 2.0

In one of my last blog posts I wrote about the partnership announcement of Livemocha.com and Pearson.com.

One day later I came across the announcement of FriendsAbroad.com that they are now a part of the language learning platform Babbel.com.

Then LanguagesOutThere.com, a content provider for ESL material, announced a partnership with italki.com.

And finally this morning I saw the following tweet of Jon Bischke, CEO of eduFire.com:

Ok, this tweet might just be a joke, it probably is but still I think there is some kind of a trend towards teaming up between different companies in the education sector which can complement each other. Or is it to beef up for a weak economy in 2009 and to show some muscles to the competitors?

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Livemocha and Pearson Announce Partnership for Online Language Learning

Livemocha.com and Pearson.com join forces to co-develop a number of conversational English language courses which will be accessible on Livemocha’s online platform in August 2009.

This partnership will further transform the language learning marketplace, empowering and engaging anyone across the globe who wants to learn English.

Shirish Nadkarni, CEO of Livemocha

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