EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of May 28, 2018

May 25, 2018

LitLab Is Creating Connected And Interactive Early Learning Environments Designed To Be Accessible For All Students.

As a teacher or administrator, one of the most frustrating things in the world can be the discrepancy in access to education across districts, schools and even classrooms. It’s a fact of life though and we can’t pick the hand we’re dealt especially as children.

May 25, 2018

With one million registered users and 130,000 online courses ranging from JavaScript to hobbies and sports, Tutellus is the largest peer-to-peer online learning platform in the Spanish-speaking world. But it suffers from the same core challenge as other edtech ventures and the online courses offered by traditional colleges and universities: low student engagement and high dropout rates.

May 25, 2018

Data-driven instruction, learning technology in the classroom and the use of Google products all top the list of trends in educational technology this year, according to a new survey released by the game-based learning platform Kahoot.

May 24, 2018

The release of our 2018 State of EdTech Privacy Report represents the culmination of our research over the past three years in evaluating hundreds of education technology-related applications and services. The report limits its findings to 100 privacy policies from popular edtech applications and services, as determined from interviews with various teachers, schools, and districts as well as total App Store downloads during the past 12 months.

May 24, 2018

REAL TIME CASES, a Herndon, Va.-based provider of online business case study content for higher-ed institutions, has raised $3.5 million from SWaN Ed LLC. Founded in 2014, Real Time Cases counts more than 200 videos in its library for classes that range from undergraduate to master’s degree levels. The company plans to expand beyond its nearly-20 staff and has now raised $7 million, reports Washington Business Journal.

May 23, 2018

MAKE IT A DOZEN: Frontline Education continues to assemble pieces for its K-12 back-end administrative software suite. The Malvern, Penn.-based company has agreed to acquire Prologic Technology Systems, a payroll and benefits platform. Terms of the pending deal were not disclosed in the press release.

Founded in 1992, Prologic claims its tools currently serves more than 730,000 K-12 students, most of them in Texas.

May 23, 2018

Whether you’re a principal looking for grants to underwrite a burgeoning program, an IT manager looking for new ways to manage and present data, or a teacher looking for something new for students to read and actually enjoy, the right connection with a young edtech company could help.

With that in mind, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is back with a program that aims to make those kinds of connections. The nonprofit's has selected a new cohort of startups as its Emerging Private Sector Partners that offer promising solutions for the education sector.

May 21, 2018

YELLOWDIG, the developer of online discussion and community-building tools for colleges and universities, has raised an additional $800,000 in a pre-Series A round led by Musketeer Capital. Other investors include SRI Capital, QB1 Ventures, Rosecliff Capital and Bob Ciaruffoli. With this funding, the Philadelphia-based startup has raised $2.4 million.

May 21, 2018

Futurists play a mental game of obsessively tracking what’s new right now and making imaginative leaps to predict what might come, say, ten years out.

So what do futurists say is coming for higher education?

This week EdSurge sat down with perhaps the most well-known futurist of higher education, Bryan Alexander, who is working on a new book tentatively titled Transforming the University in the 21st Century, The Next Generation of Higher Education, expected to come out next year. Alexander is also a consultant, speaker and researcher. He puts out a monthly report called “Future Trends in Technology in Education,” and he hosts a weekly video called the Future Trends Forum.

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EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of May 21, 2018

May 17, 2018

Today, PluralSight shares started trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. As announced in a May 16th news release, pricing for its initial public offering of 20,700,000 shares of its Class A common stock is expected to start at $15.00, which may make PluralSight a smart investment for anyone hoping to get in on the ground floor. The offering is expected to close on May 21, 2018.

May 17, 2018

Today, PluralSight shares started trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. As announced in a May 16th news release, pricing for its initial public offering of 20,700,000 shares of its Class A common stock is expected to start at $15.00, which may make PluralSight a smart investment for anyone hoping to get in on the ground floor. The offering is expected to close on May 21, 2018.

May 17, 2018

ImpactAlpha, May 17 – The three startups each target a different education-related challenge in India, where people are often not proficient in English and don’t have access to reliable, high-quality education and training.

May 16, 2018

Is Utah the next Silicon Valley? While it may never rival the U.S.’s foremost tech community, Utah continues to gain ground as a major tech hub, especially in and around the Salt Lake City area. What is especially striking, however, is that some types of tech companies appear to be gaining a greater hold than others in Utah. In this respect, edtech in Utah stands out. But why edtech? Is there something about Utah and its talent field that makes it an especially strong fit for edtech? More importantly, what might this mean for industry at large?

May 15, 2018

DORNIE, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, UNITED KINGDOM, May 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- 
- MageQuill creative writing platform enables storytelling in modern context
- Global competition sees participation of over ten thousand Indian colleges

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has established a partnership with an EdTech company from the Scottish Highlands who have developed an online creative writing platform, MageQuill, that connects young writers with a trusted network of international mentors to enable storytelling in the 21st century.

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EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

QuickStart, an IT skills training company known for its cognitive learning platform, secured $2M in funding from Moneta Ventures, a California based investment firm and from Sattar Ventures, a Texas based investment firm.

QuickStart was reincarnated in 2017 as a carve-out from 360training. It was transformed into a cognitive learning platform and started its operations as a start-up in January 2017. Since then, the company has gained accreditations by major players in the IT industry and has carved a niche for itself by enabling multi-modal knowledge transfer through its cognitive learning platform (CLIPP).

May 14, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron

Today, exactly one year into the most audacious presidency France has ever seen, Emmanuel Macron has charmed Trump, cracked open stodgy labour laws and made the French look more business-friendly than ever. But it could have all been so different. Just a few years before becoming head of state, Macron was planning to exit politics and launch an education startup.

May 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. announced today that entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, founder of Salamander Resort & Spa and Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, will deliver a keynote at BbWorld 2018, the company's annual conference. BbWorld is one of the largest edtech conferences in the world bringing together educators, administrators and industry leaders from around the world to network, learn best practices, and hear from some of the industry's foremost experts on the future of education.  The conference will take place July 17-19 in Orlando, Florida.

May 11, 2018

MindRocket Media Group, the comprehensive multi-channel communications, business strategy, and editorial firm, has engaged JRG Ventures, LLC, a multinational retained business development and corporate growth strategy firm, to aggressively pursue growth opportunities.

May 09, 2018

IT’S AN ISA: Lumni, a company that issues income share agreements (ISAs) to college students, has acquired two companies, Base Capital and Paytronage, both of which also provide ISAs to college students. Instead of having a student pay tuition upfront or take out loans, the financing model instead takes out a percentage of a student’s paycheck after they graduate and land a job. Financial details about the transactions were not disclosed for both deals. Lumni has offices in the United States, Colombia, Chile and Peru.

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EDTECH NEWS ARCHIVE - Week of May 7, 2018

May 04, 2018

In what’s playing out like a game of edtech musical chairs, digital literacy platform myON is changing hands again—for the third time in 15 months—as part of the just-announced acquisition of its parent company, Renaissance Learning, by private-equity firm Francisco Partners.

May 04, 2018

FUNDS FOR MENTORING: Shearwater, a company that helps students connect with mentors, has raised $600,000 in a Series Seed-1 funding round led by Rethink Education. The Boston-based company will use the money to expand its internal teams, including its product team, a spokesperson tells EdSurge.

May 03, 2018

Google.org, as part of its commitment to provide quality education in India through elearning, has given a grant of $3 Mn to non-profit organisations in India. As shared by the company in the latest blog post, this includes a $1 Mn grant to TheTeacherApp and a $2 Mn Google.org grant and technical assistance from the YouTube Learning team to the Central Square Foundation.

May 02, 2018

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

To Impact Investors, Foundations, and Policy Makers, I wish you knew deep in your bones why it’s so hard for teachers to light that fire for students.

I wish you had to plan a lesson and teach a class. At least once. In a public school. Figure out how to boil down a big subject into scaffolded, age-appropriate and differentiated chunks. 

May 02, 2018

CZI FOR CPS: The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is giving $14 million in grants to Chicago Public Schools and non-profit Leap Innovations, according to a post on CZI’s website.

May 02, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Isabelle Biase is a freshman majoring in computer science at Penn State. She is part of Aspire, a team of students using artificial intelligence (AI) as part of the Penn State EdTech Network Nittany AI Challenge, to develop a tool to help students map out their potential career path.

May 01, 2018

The phrase “competency-based education” is quite a mouthful, but it was all the rage a few years ago among college leaders looking to expand access to their programs. The idea can sound radical, since it often involves doing away with course structures as we know them, to focus on having students prove they can master a series of skills or concepts one at a time.

May 01, 2018

QuizRR, an Edtech company offering training solutions in corporate responsibility and worker well-being, raised $1.3 million in a financing round led by Norrsken Founders Fund and Working Capital.

Global companies are required to demonstrate ethical performance to meet regulatory requirements and the demands of consumers. QuizRR offers innovative training solutions that allow corporations to take steps toward responsibility, and to engage workers in dialogue to ensure their rights are protected.

May 01, 2018

When educators first consider redesigning learning spaces, they might immediately conjure up mental images of free-flowing Starbucks lounges or something out of the Cult of Pedagogy blog’s Classroom Eye Candy series. Yet the impulse to tackle aesthetics first is often premature, according to Rebecca Hare, who teaches art and design in St. Louis and has served as a design consultant for various schools.

May 01, 2018

Elizabeth Kemp, an assistant professor in the English as a second language program at Imperial Valley College in California, is one of a growing number of educators who are embracing the instructional method “active learning.” 

In an active-learning classroom, or ALC, students engage in collaborative reflection, problem-­­ solving, listening and discussion. Unlike traditional lecture halls, these rooms put students at the center, often seated together around tables featuring laptops, document cameras and connections to shared displays. 

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