Education

  • Snapsolve For iPhone Lets Students Get Homework Help Just By Taking A Photo

    Snapsolve For iPhone Lets Students Get Homework Help Just By Taking A Photo

    A new mobile application called Snapsolve, launching today, is offering a way for students to receive help with their homework, just by snapping a photo of the problem at hand. However, unlike automated tools like the clever PhotoMath app, for example, Snapsolve connects students with a tutor who then responds directly with customized answers and explanations. Read More

  • LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

    LinkedIn To Buy Online Education Site Lynda.com For $1.5 Billion

    Professional network LinkedIn is getting into the professional skills education market in a big way: The social company purchased Lynda.com, the online learning company founded in 1995 by technical skill instructional book author Lynda Weinman and co-founder Bruce Heavin. Lynda.com has long been the go-to resource for online learning on subjects like Photoshop, basic HTML, CSS, management… Read More

  • MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    A startup that wants to encourage kids to get excited about science and engineering, MudWatt, is now selling an affordable, fun (and, yes, a bit messy), science kit by way of Kickstarter that allows children to make electricity using just mud and electrodes. After the bacteria bloom in the mud, the kit can be used to power simple electronics, including a clock, thermometer and buzzer… Read More

  • Edtech Tool RefME Bags $5M To Take The Tedium Out Of Referencing

    Edtech Tool RefME Bags $5M To Take The Tedium Out Of Referencing

    The copy-and-paste generation has another tedium-busting digital tool in its arsenal: RefME is a book-barcode scanning app that speeds up the task of creating, formatting and managing citations, references lists and bibliographies of academic source material. Read More

  • With $2.3M In The Bank, Showbie Wants To Make Classrooms Paperless

    With $2.3M In The Bank, Showbie Wants To Make Classrooms Paperless

    Showbie, an Edmonton, Canada-based startup, wants to make it easier for teachers to share assignments with students and for those students to turn in their homework online (or through the company’s iOS app). The company recently released version 2.0 of its service and today disclosed that it has now raised a total of $2.3 million in seed funding. Investors include Point Nine Capital… Read More

  • Codie Joins The Ranks Of Toys Aiming To Help Kids Learn Coding

    Codie Joins The Ranks Of Toys Aiming To Help Kids Learn Coding

    Codie is a programmable robot that’s controlled via an app, using a visual programming language simplified into draggable blocks to make it easy for kids to play with. Its target age group is 8- to 12-year-olds, and parents willing to shell out on a toy that promises to held their kids think like programmers. Read More

  • Using Gaming To Flip The Script On Autism Crunch Network

    Using Gaming To Flip The Script On Autism

    What happens if we flip the conversation and say that kids with autism are more likely to be “motivated by” or “proficient with” video games and technology?
    We need to reframe the conversation and consider how to use an interest in technology as a springboard to skill development and, for some, employment. Read More

  • An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

    An Action Plan For Getting More Women In Tech

    How can more women be encouraged into technology careers? It’s a question that is often put to delegates at tech conferences, but one which continues to be far harder to answer than it is to ask. The problem of gender imbalance in tech is systemic and societal in Western nations. It’s about expectations and aspirations. Read More

  • Online Learning Service Platzi Wants To Teach You Useful Tech Skills

    Online Learning Service Platzi Wants To Teach You Useful Tech Skills

    A couple of things about online learning service Platzi immediately set it apart from the other companies in Y Combinator’s latest batch. First, it is from Latin America — Colombia to be precise. Second, it is profitable. That’s right, it’s already making money. Online learning is hardly a new concept, but two-year-old Platzi is taking a different approach… Read More

  • McDonald’s Teams With General Assembly For Employee Training Pilot

    McDonald’s Teams With General Assembly For Employee Training Pilot

    McDonald’sĀ announced a partnership with General Assembly today at South by Southwest. They are launching a pilot program in which a small subset of McDonald’s employees can take one of two GA courses and receive a monthly stipend for the duration of the courses. Interested employees will have to take an aptitude test to determine their fitness for the program, but once… Read More

  • PocketLab Is Simplified Wireless Sensing For Science Class

    PocketLab Is Simplified Wireless Sensing For Science Class

    Here’s a neat crowdfunding project that’s aiming to repackage wireless sensor technology as a multi-faceted educational tool that plugs into existing mobile devices and services to encourage kids to engage with science experiments — and even devise and conduct their own experiments. Just add curiosity. Read More