In this episode of MEP, we have Kirsten Winkler, an award-winning education technology blogger and the founder of Edukwest. We dig deep into the conversations she’s had with founders of edtech start-ups and her thoughts on where we are now in 2015, and the current state and impact of edtech start-ups that have been around and still developing technologies today.
Covering online education since early 2009 Kirsten Winkler quickly became one of the preeminent blogger in education 2.0, earning her the “Best New Blog” title at the Edublog Awards 2009.
Over the years Kirsten has recorded over 200 interviews with startup founders for EDUKWEST and just recently launched a new series for Today’s Campus, a leading magazine in the higher education space which she joined as Innovation Editor.
Kirsten also writes the Disrupt Education blog for the renown online publication Big Think, one of the Top 100 websites of Time Magazine in 2011.
She is also one of the first educators who used YouTube as an educational platform. Her Deutsch Happen project that launched in 2008 has gathered more than a million views up to today and is available for learners of German as a foreign language free of charge.
Furthermore, Kirsten Winkler joined several education startups and nonprofits as advisor.
06:05 Kirsten’s background
11:52 Can you talk about Edukwest.com and the media platform that it is, and what your goal is for the platform?
14:59 Frank Catalano last week came up with an article on GeekWire about overall worldwide technology investment being somewhere near $2 billion, which 5 or 6 years ago was a fraction of that. What do you think about that? I’m interested in your perspective on the total investment and the value coming out of that.
18:58 I think the education technology products and services that interest me the most are really in lifelong learning, that are on the fringe of the traditional public and private school space that are not beholden to the bureaucracy of the traditional model itself. What do you think about that? Where do your interests lie in some of the really progressive things happening?
22:35 What do you think is the potential for a product like Duolingo?
26:16 Most achievers have a close relationship with failure. Can you let the audience in on a failure you’ve experienced and how you’ve been able to grow from it?
30:50 Are you a book reader? And if you are, what’s the book that’s most influenced you and why?
books by Tim Ferriss
33:16 What about documentaries? Do you watch those? And if you do, what’s your favorite?
37:46 If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?