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Monday RoundUp

MRU: Video in Education, Tablets in Education, Value your Education


YouTube launched a dedicated channel for teachers. Here educators can find and share videos with best practice tips, classroom activities and so on.

sofatutor, a Berlin-based startup in the online video tutoring space relaunched its website and opened its own production studio.

The science and researcher platform Mendeley in partnership with PLoS invited developers to create apps that make science more open.

The domain Languages.com is up for sale. Perfect fit for language or translation business?

Rosetta Stone launches new Experience Kiosks in malls across the US. Visitors can actively interact with students and Studio Coaches.

“This is not a dream, this is reality” India’s $35 USD tablet will ship on October 5th.

My thoughts on the results of the babbel survey about learning types and having a plan for learning a language.

Teacher resource site BetterLesson raised $1.6 million. A growing market?

ShowMe added some new features to its platform, making it easier to browse the video lessons.

Project WissensWerte is civic education for the YouTube generation and something I’m planning on writing more about in the coming weeks.


Thanks to Google you can read the famous Dead Sea Scrolls online.

Popplet is a new and easy to use brainstorming and mindmapping platform.

Teagueduino lets you build small, computer controlled machines and teaches you essentials in coding.

Wacom introduced three new Bamboo tablets which are great for interactive whiteboards.

The dream of every IT admin who needs to prepare multiple iPads in school or in a company: Griffin MultiDock.

Big Think

Thoughts on the launch of the Kindle Fire and its potential in the classroom.

Why digital media is competing with the information learned in school and how this can be used to flip the classroom.


Value your Education – my interview with Lexiophiles about what makes a good teacher and the future of education.

After Hours

Last but not least, my 10 minute video recap of all the stories that did not make it on EDUKWEST in form of a blog post.

Language Exchange Relationships are Complicated

Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of hosting TWiST Paris, our meetup that enables French start-up companies to pitch a local audience in English and then get the opportunity to present their business to US entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis live via Skype.

During  a short break, actually right before our live call with the States I had the chance for a quick chat with an attendee. He asked me why language exchange platforms apparently don’t seem to take off.  As I feel that my answer fell short and has probably left him with many open questions, this blog might be a good place to give him and some other readers asking yourselves the same set of questions an answer.

Honestly, I was distracted due to TWiST and how to “trick” Jason Calacanis to allow all six companies to present. So, apologies for that.

On my way back to Brittany the next day, I had some time to think about the question and if I’m not completely mistaken, the person who asked me was Will Hatfield who founded AngloBuddy.fr.

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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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Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

Leaving the Stage: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

In the digital age, approaches to learning increasingly are influenced by “digital natives”—those who have grown up with the computer and utilize the internet, social media and an array of digital devices as a primary means of communication, entertainment, financial transactions, and education. Digital learners are not simply students or workers to whom traditional instruction is delivered online, but tech-savvy internet pros who construct and manage their own learning environments online, develop their own learning strategies, and define success on their own terms.

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R:ED September 12th to September 18th 2010

  1. YouTube Starts Testing New Live Streaming Platform
  2. Livemocha looks to crack Rosetta Stone with new language service
  3. Scribd Redesign Is An Attempt To Become A “Social Network For Reading”
  4. Barnes & Noble Projects $1B In Digital Revenue, 25% Market Share By 2013
  5. 5min Brings 200K How-To Videos To Dailymotion
  6. Coming Soon: Mind-Reading Cell Phones
  7. Lifeplayer, the MP3 Radio for the World’s Most Forgotten
  8. Foursquare Targets College Students with New Universities Program

Apples & Pears: Big Launch Day for Rosetta Stone and Livemocha

Today is the big day for two education companies. Rosetta Stone launches its brand new version 4 TOTALe flagship product and Livemocha launches its new range of Active Courses in partnership with Harper Collins.

I love the smell of language immersion in the morning!

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Are Teachers Going to be Irrelevant?

Over the past few days, I have been trying out Babbel to learn French. They have obviously iterated over their interactive courses to come up with an incredibly nice solution (and the speech recognition is just the icing on the cake). I have been telling about this to anyone whom I can. And, that has resulted in some great conversations, especially with some people who have traveled around the world.

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Chat on Twitter about Language Learning with Rosetta Stone #RSchat

 Just before I was taping my EDUKWEST interview with Thomas Whitby, Co-Initiator of the famous #edchat on Twitter today, I learned that Rosetta Stone is planning to host a Twitter chat about language learning, called #RSchat.

The first one is scheduled this coming Friday at 1PM EST.

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Rosetta Stone: 1st Company with a Facebook Customer Care Center

As Kay already mentioned in his #followfriday post yeserday, Rosetta Stone puts lots of effort in their customer care strategy. In fact they have a “Customer Success” Team that is basically there to give you a poke when it looks as if you have a low in your learning pace as we all have from time to time.

The new Customer Care Center on Facebook is powered by the Austrian company Parature and is seamlessly integrated with the “Facebook experience”.

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#followfriday 08-13-2010 @RosettaStone

I think today’s company needs no further introduction: Rosetta Stone.

Yesterday they announced a new way for their clients to interact with them on Facebook and we will go into more detail about this in another post but let me explain why I think you should follow them on Twitter, especially when you are into languages, of course.

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Babbel now Knows What You are Saying – Introduces Voice Recognition

And Babbel did it again. After taking the lead on mobile devices with the iPhone application attached to its platform Babbel now introduced voice recognition or the missing link that separated the company from Rosetta Stone.

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#ripoff-stone or Livemocha does a Twitter Experiment

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Livemocha is challenging Rosetta Stone in a fight for the crown of language learning. It already started with the comparison chart three reasons why Livemocha is better than Rosetta Stone, went on with the anouncement that Livemocha and Collins aim to be the Number One language learning provider of this decade.

And now Livemocha invented a new hashtag #ripoff-stone.

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Livemocha and Collins announce Partnership for Premium Courses

Language learning community Livemocha, now over 5 million members strong, announced a new partnership with a publisher. This time it is Collins and together they will work on premium Spanish, French, German and Italian courses.

Now this means basically that the giant from the other side of the Atlantic throws an eye on the market of its smaller competitors Babbel and Busuu, namely Europe.

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Livemocha Aims at Rosetta Stone – and Pulls the Trigger!

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We all knew it had to happen one day. And now the day has come: Livemocha finally pulled the trigger and sent a load of fresh roast mocha beans over to Rosetta Stone.

On their blog you will find three reasons why Livemocha is better than Rosetta Stone.

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Livemocha secures another $8 Million in Series B Funding

Just when you think you can start with the recap post of the year TechCrunch reports that the online language learning community Livemocha has secured another $8 Million USD in series B funding.

This sums up to a total of $14 Million USD in funding and should help Livemocha in its fight for the crown against Rosetta Stone TOTALe.

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ETCon 03 – Review

Last friday I hosted the third edition of the E-Teachers Conference about the Future of Teachers in a Global and Digital World. The panelists were Christopher Grant of Sclipo, Duane Sider of Rosetta Stone, Shiv Rajendran of LanguageLab and Stephan Stephensen of Mingoville.

All of them did great presentations covering various aspects of the changes teachers will have to face in this changing environment.

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ETCon 03 – The Future of Teachers in a Global and Digital World

Yes, we are back!

The third edition of the E-Teachers Conference will be on November 27th at 6PM CET.

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Interview with Duane Sider, Director of Learning at Rosetta Stone about TOTALe

Yesterday I had the delight to talk to Duane Sider, Director of Learning at Rosetta Stone for my first interview of this blog. I want to offer a series of interviews with the “grown up” companies in the online education sector in the coming months to share their point of view and ideas of the industry with you.
Hence the new Educational Grown Ups interview series is complementing my interview series on EDUKWEST where I only cover educational start ups.

In this interview we focused on the new Rosetta Stone TOTALe product that combines the classic Rosetta Stone course with two new environments, the Rosetta Studio and the Rosetta World.

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Royal Rumble – The Champion enters the Ring

As a kid back in the nineties I loved to watch Wrestling on TV. Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Bret Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid, you name them. One of the events I loved the most was the Royal Rumble where every two minutes another Wrestler entered the ring. The rule was simple: the last one in the ring won the match and you had to get all the others out of the ring above the top row. But their two feet had to touch the ground to be out of the match.

At some moments of the fight there were up to 20 Top Wrestlers in the match, building alliances that broke the next minute and so on. You see, the WWF taught me a lot about business ;).

Now what has this to do with online education? Well, you can say that in the Royal Rumble of language learning communities we are now at the point where the World Champion entered the Ring. In this case Rosetta Stone with their new product TOTALe.

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