T is for Topi

Openness. Badges. Digital Portfolios. Personal learning spaces. Learning Analytics.

Can anyone blend these features together, offering educators and learners and space where they can collaborate, where their privacy is respected, where a digital narrative of learning is really useful for students?

Just before leaving for Singapore where Slush will be taking place next week, Topi Litmanen tells us more about ClanEd – what it is, how it can be used by educators and what is coming soon to this transformative elearning tool.

Thank you Topi for your time and inspiring change from Helsinki!

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Northern Lights, Northern Change

Gazing across the sea, the smell of pines, birches and maples keep me company. A world of berries, mushrooms and  flowers all mix in the rich soil of this coast line. Unlike other oceans, other seas, the forest never leaves me, the scent of wild open oceans does not engulf me.

Summer light is indeed endless, stretching dark nights into bright days,  nature’s game of morphing, blending  hues of gold, saffron, and blues, all into a promise of a summer playground which goes on forever.

I know well that this is not so.

I know well.

So I turn my attention elsewhere. No need to think of the change of seasons yet.

Change and changes.

A lifetime of changing habits and habitats. A lifetime seeking meaning through change. helsinki-big-wheelLike ferry wheels, change may be light, lightness, uplifting, inspiring.

Fragil, at moments; a fleeting gift of a bird’s eye across one’s world; ever turning with momentary dips and rises,  the promise of yet another round of changing perspective remains constant.

Through all changes, it is that which I seek – the inspirational within  the narrative of change.

From Helsinki, I turn to ClanEd,  intrigued by this Northern provocation of change.

Will ClanEd inspire transformational learning? Will ClanEd foster collaboration among learners? Is this a possible tool I have been waiting for, a tool which offers me more than the regular choices of a LMS? Will there be elements of openness? What changes may I find in this Northern elearning tool?


My next guest is the Chief Education Scientist of ClanEd, who will be answering these questions and more.

Topi Litmanen holds a PhD in Education from the University of Helsinki, has extensive experience as an educator and as a pedagogical advisor within elearning contexts.

A keen cyclist, a participant in marathons and occasional triathlons, Topi’s passion remains within the development of changing the e-scape of learning by providing support to teachers and clients of ClandEd, while ensuring that ClanEd continues changing into the most collaborative, user-friendly and innovative tool for educators.

Join me here, as Topi unravels the changes that ClanEd is bringing into the world of education.

Northern lights, Northern changes.

Let the North unfold.


G is for Giuseppe

“… CircleMe is something different (…) … experience the web in a different way”

“… the willingnes of the/a passion… (…) without passion, you couldn’t do it anyway”

“… it’s strange to talk about our world not being social – our world is social to begin with.”

“… theoretical knowledge doesn’t work (…) we cannot estimate chaos, we cannot predict chaos. ”

Thank you Giu for your time, and  for sharing passions and energy in your participation!

You can contact/follow Giu @giudantonio

Passion of Movement

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”

Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

Windows of light, skies ablaze, wind entwining my hair. Movement never ends. Home is where the heart is, home is where the wind feeds my imagination –  gales of passion, breezes of serenity, fields of curiosity. Roads may merge, roads may differ.


There is one constant in all my roads. Growth in the unfolding of knowing, passion of life and movement with every moment of travel, questioning as an essence in life.

My next guest is someone who vibrates life  in passionate songlines of travel, social media and the arts. Exploring roads, exploring the endless windows of digital media, his energy overflows with creativity, practicalities and visions of the future.

Giuseppe D’Antonio is the Chief Executive Officer at CASCAAD and Board member for BEINTOO. Currently Giuseppe manages the company CASCAAD, which has launched on the market a new online service, CircleMe. CircleMe is a next-generation social network, where people can connect to their passions in life, in order to live them more fully in real life.

Prior to being a part of CASCAAD, Giuseppe was the Director of the Online Advertising Division for DADA SpA (a web company trading on the Italian Stock Exchange) and was previously a Partnership Manager for Google (Europe).

With a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from INSEAD, Giuseppe’s career growth is defined by twelve years of operations and business development in the software and technology industries, working for successful startups during their fast-growth phases. With a sincere interest in academia and education, Giuseppe collaborates with some local universities and gives lectures on innovation, entrepreneurship and communication.

Adding to his extraordinary passion of life, Giuseppe is an amatorial theatre actor and enjoys sailing, dancing and playing the piano. Thanks to his career opportunities, he has lived for 13 years abroad, living in the USA, France, Switzerland, UK and Singapore.

Join me here as Giuseppe unfolds his insights in tech start-ups, explains how CircleMe is an innovative change in the digital market, what it takes to travel the road of social media  – and more.

You can find out more on Cascaad and CircleMe here and here.

How do  you unfold your songlines in life?

K is for Kostas

“… making learning more interesting, more engaging”

“a trip … learning new things fast – and learning quickly.”

“everyday learning becomes part of your life..”

“… we are on the brink of a revolution”

Thank you Kostas for your time and participation! Many successes to you, your team and of course, schooX!

If you have any questions regarding schooX or would like to discuss educational disruptions further, why not drop Kostas a tweet @vaskos44


Eyes wide open yet not seeing.

I too have quietly encountered those who still resist change, those who will proudly say how they don’t need technology and carry on behaving as if the 1960’s were frozen in permanent motion, how with eyes wide shut they are as dependent on today’s technology as I am.

Eyes wide shut and the world spins onwards.

Technology is beyond what lies in one’s immediate vision. Technology wraps itself around me, my words blinking on an empty sheet, flickering, while digital delights draw me closer, seducing me with the quiet assurance that there is more to life than living with eyes wide shut.

Seduction becomes disruption.

Disruption, a way of life.

My next guest embraces disruption with managerial flair and a passion for education. Eyes wide open.

Kostas Vasiliou was born and grew up in Greece. Kostas studied Electronic Engineering and Management at the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and the University of Athens respectively.

10 years ago he joined a small Greek software house with 30 employees and served this company from several managerial positions helping it to grow to a company with over 100 employees and a turnover of over €8Μ. It was this experience that provided him  with the vital knowledge of how to grow a startup company.

With a great passion for knowledge and learning, always seeking for new challenges, he co-founded schooX 2 years ago.  SchooX, is a startup dealing with online learning and knowledge management. The Vision of the team is to change the way people get educated and disrupt the market of education.

Join me here as Kostas explains what exactly schooX is, how technology is disrupting educational structures and shares a vision for 2012.

You can find learn more about Kostas here and here .

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