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November 24, 2018

There are currently more refugees, migrants, and displaced people than the world has seen since the fallout of World War II. Migrants face uncountable challenges. Securing proper education—especially for young people—would be somewhere near the top of the list. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proposes an incredibly ambitious response: “Leave no one behind.” Those words begin their latest Global Education Monitoring Report 2019.

As the authors state in their Executive Summary, “Migration and displacement interact with education in many ways.” In some countries, like Canada, migrants are encouraged to attend public school alongside their non-migrant peers. Elsewhere, migrants are educated separately from learners who were born there. Many cases lie somewhere in between.

November 24, 2018

Bengaluru-based online tutoring startup Vedantu has raised $11 Mn in a Series B funding round led by philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network, with participation from existing investor venture capital firm Accel Partners.

Vedantu plans to use the funding for further technology development to create a more personalised LIVE learning experience for students and to develop its Student App.

November 23, 2018

As technology affects every one of our industries and our daily lives, the education sector has not been an exception. Education Technology, or EdTech as it is also known, is a term that refers to the deployment of technology in order to impart education. For 15 years now, entrepreneurs have been developing major, technology-based solutions to problems in the education industry. In the coming decades, we are sure to see innumerable attempts at realizing the potential of EdTech. Anyone who is interested in being one of those entrepreneurs would do well to remember the following points…

November 22, 2018

Around this time of the school year, it’s not uncommon to see sleep-deprived students slumped over library desks studying late hours in preparation for final exams.

As wellness and anti-stress campaigns become more popular on college campuses, some institutions are responding by giving students a more comfortable place to catch some z’s: in space age-looking sleep pods.

November 22, 2018

Here’s an idea for revolutionizing a college campus: run a zipline from one prominent building to another. That would help keep pathways less crowded and could be opened to the public on weekends to generate new revenue.

That was one of about 24,000 suggestions sent in last week during a two-day online discussion asking students, faculty, staff, alumni and anyone else to make suggestions for what Long Beach State University should look like in the year 2030.

November 22, 2018

December’s largest edtech event used to be New York City’s EdTech Week hosted by StartEd. With New York’s EdTech Week now scheduled for June, there is a new destination for edtech founders, researchers, and investors in December.  While it may be dark most of the day and extremely cold, the hottest place to be in December is now Helsinki, Finland where the annual edtech event, XcitED, is scheduled to take place. This year’s event take place on December 4.

November 20, 2018

FAST FACTS

Solution: ready-to-run K-12 lessons delivered through an interactive learning platform

Founders: Guido Kovalskys, Emiliano Abramzon, Felipe Sommer

Past Honors: Inc 500 (#297), The EdTech Awards Best Content Provider Solution 2018

Location: Aventura, FL USA

Investors: Insight Venture Partners, Reach Capital, Krillion Ventures, Storm Ventures, Stanford University StartX, GSV Acceleration, Knight Foundation, AGP Miami.

Notable numbers: 6,500 ready-to-run lessons, 500 VR accessible lessons; 3 out of 5 U.S. school districts use Nearpod

User-leader nickname: “PioNears”

Employees: 50+

November 20, 2018

To enter into the EdTech Landscape, every entrepreneur takes hold of some new goals other than the prior ones. Indeed, being an entrepreneur, stepping into the EdTech Industry isn’t easy. There come across many stages in the way where prospects of the education sector, customers’ selection, and marketplace transform and grant the learning opportunities for Entrepreneurs for the future. Here are a few aspects that make EdTech, the next Big Sector of Business & Education—

November 20, 2018

Associated Press

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 20, 2018--At the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, VIPKid, one of the world’s largest edtech companies, and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, announced a strategic partnership which will allow thousands of Scholastic titles to be accessible to VIPKid’s learners in China. The stories from Scholastic will be added to VIPKid’s growing library collection and used to support the edtech company’s proprietary curriculum.

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November 19, 2018

CAPITAL EDUCATION GROUP, a provider of schools and programs tailored to learners with autism and specialized learning needs, has been acquired by Catapult Learning. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Originally founded in 1976, Catapult offers instructional and special-education programs, along with family support and professional development services. More details in the press release.

November 19, 2018

Students have always looked for ways to access tutoring and course materials from peers, whether that’s through an academic center on campus or a Facebook group around a particular course.

A handful of tutoring startups have tried to smoothen out the process for students looking for extra support. One of those companies, Knack, today announced it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding to go beyond helping students study or earn extra cash—by helping the tutors get hired full-time.

November 14, 2018

Beijing—China is a different world when it comes to education and tech. Teachers are revered, most families spend about a third of their income on their children’s education, and most students spend at least an hour a day on some kind of online learning.

To try to better understand this dynamic and fast-changing environment, thousands of entrepreneurs and education leaders from 34 countries gathered here this week for the Global Education Technology Summit.

November 14, 2018

EDUCATIVE, a Seattle-based online learning tool for software developers, has raised $2.3 million in a seed funding round from SK Ventures, Trilogy Equity Partners and other angel investors.

Launched in March 2016, Educative offers courses on topics ranging from JavaScript to Amazon Web Services to how to interview for coding positions. Programmers are also able to create their own courses on the company’s website. Courses on Educative cost anywhere from free to nearly $80.

November 14, 2018

UNICAF, an online higher education provider based in Larnaca, Cyprus and largely serving students in African countries, has raised $28 million in a Series B financing round led by Goldman Sachs. Existing investors including University Ventures, EDEX and CDC Group, the UK Government’s development finance institution, also participated in the round.

November 14, 2018

An experiment to create an inexpensive pathway for students to attend prestigious, four-year universities ended up costing one company a lot of money. As a result, it has pivoted from its original mission and has been sold—at a fraction of the venture capital it raised.

November 14, 2018

An experiment to create an inexpensive pathway for students to attend prestigious, four-year universities ended up costing one company a lot of money. As a result, it has pivoted from its original mission and has been sold—at a fraction of the venture capital it raised.

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