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What Salman Khan and Jamie Oliver have in Common

Yesterday, I had a brief however interesting exchange with Benjamin Riley on Twitter about one of my latest posts “In the search of 100.000 Salman Khans”.


Benjamin asked what about 1000 teachers collaborating on video lessons like the folks at Learnzillion. Though I think they are doing a great job, it is simply not the same. We are talking about Jamie Oliver vs. FoodTube. Let me explain.

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Follow the Money – Be an Egoist to become an Altruist

Here is a short one, but I’ll work out this thought in a lengthier post this week. I see many educators creating content in order to support learners from less favored corners of the earth. They want to make this world a better place.

Though this is an admirable attitude, it also often leads to dead ends and the shut-down of promising projects. The reason: no money comes in.

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It’s on! How I am going to compete with Livemocha, busuu and Babbel

No, I haven’t lost my marbles! But at least now I got your attention, I think.

As you know, I have pursued a side project in German language learning since April 2008 called Deutsch Happen. On the basis of a more or less regular schedule I have produced different kinds of video lessons to test out teaching ideas and to support learners of German as a foreign language who might have no access to paid solutions.

For the past couple of months I have been experimenting with some strategies on how to grow my audience on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and the results are good enough to take this to the next step: I am building a MVP.

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KWestions Ep. 27 with Derek Muller – Incorrect Information has more Effect on Learning

How I first heard about Derek Muller, the creator of Veritasium was in the course of his take on education’s current fairhaired boy (not really but let’s use the metaphor), Salman Khan and the Khan Academy.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe that videos definitely have their place as a tool in education. I am a producer of educational video, Derek is one. There is no doubt that videos do their part to make explain things in a new, visual and engaging way but other tools also have their place. Salman Khan is doing a great job of breaking complex things down and to present them in an easy and digestible way.

To put Khan Academy and its founder in the place of having all the right answers to our problems and sort of being the savior of education is wrong, and the way I see it, it’s also not what he intended to do.

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Monday Roundup: Skype, Salman Khan, Woz and Mark Ecko

In today’s Monday Roundup we take a look at Skype’s final plans to display advertisements in the client,  Salman Khan’s presentation at TED, Steve Wozniak’s appeal to educators to be brave and use new technology and Mark Ecko’s fight against corporal punishment in schools which is still legal in 20 of the States in the US and, even more shocking, still very widely used by educators.

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Why Analytics will become more powerful than High Level Degrees

Last year, I had the pleasure of participating in the Fifth Conference PEOPLE edition with an opinion piece on how to record knowledge in the new age. Frank Boermeester, editor and community manager now formally launched the Council of the Fifth Conference, inviting innovators from around the globe to join the initiative.

The Council of the Fifth Conference is a global innovation think tank with the goal to create one of the world’s best knowledge sources and professional networks for understanding the near future and supporting innovative entrepreneurship.

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R:ED October 24th to November 6th

  1. What does the $15,000 Anybot tell us about the future of telecommuting?
  2. Connect Any Wi-Fi Device to Any Other Wi-Fi Device with Wi-Fi Direct
  3. The Stampede: Razorfish Reveals Latin America’s Untapped Digital Consumer
  4. Inkling Debuts Interactive iPad Textbook Experience With Photography App
  5. How A Mixergy Listener Got Sal Khan His DotCom!
  6. RediLearning Closes $1.75 Million For Systems To Train Senior Care Workers
  7. Survey Says: Men More Likely Than Women To Use Skype Or Mobile VoIP Apps

Khan Academy receives $2 million USD from Google

Great news as one of my personal heroes in education, Salman Khan, will receive $2 million USD from the Google Project 10 to the 100.

And he is not the only one in education as three out of the five winners are in fact education related projects.

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