Education

  • #CSForAll: Ensuring tech access for all students Crunch Network

    #CSForAll: Ensuring tech access for all students

    On the heels of the White House Computer Science For All initiative (#CSForAll) announcement and the celebration of National Engineers Week, we are excited about the work being done to make STEM opportunities accessible for all kids. The #CSForAll initiative is a plan to ensure that every student in America has access to a robust and rigorous computer science education. Read More

  • Amazon eyes up education, plans a free platform for learning materials

    Amazon eyes up education, plans a free platform for learning materials

    Back in 2013, Amazon acquired (and continued to operate) online math instruction company TenMarks to gain a foothold in the online education space. Now it looks like Amazon is taking those learnings to the next level. The e-commerce giant plans to launch a free platform for schools and other educators to upload, manage and share educational materials. Signs indicate that the platform… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Education Ventures backs learning assistant camera app Volley

    Zuckerberg Education Ventures backs learning assistant camera app Volley

    “This is so fast it feels like cheating” students tell Volley. The education startup’s app lets students point their phone’s camera at a textbook page or piece of homework, and instantly see resources about key facts and tricky parts, prerequisites, and links to snippets of online classes or study guides that could help. But rather than manually cobble this info… Read More

  • littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

    We are big fans of littleBits here at TechCrunch. The company, which raised $44.2 million last year, offers a number of different sets that teach kids (and grown-ups) about programming and electronics — and lets them get creative with their new skills. Today, the company introduced its first STEAM kit. STEAM adds “Arts and Design” to STEM’s science, technology… Read More

  • 3 signs you’ll soon be attending a coding bootcamp at your college Crunch Network

    3 signs you’ll soon be attending a coding bootcamp at your college

    It all started as an alternative to the traditional college education. Now they’ve caught the eyes of deans across the country. Coding bootcamps have been a trending topic in higher education as their focus on job readiness and generous starting salaries has garnered the attention of both college students and career switchers — but those aren’t the only groups that have… Read More

  • Computer science is the key to America’s skills crisis Crunch Network

    Computer science is the key to America’s skills crisis

    The United States faces a global competitiveness crisis that, if not addressed, will put our nation at a strategic disadvantage for decades to come. In just a few years, there will be 1.8 million jobs unfilled in our nation because we don’t have enough individuals trained with the necessary technical skills to fill them. Read More

  • LinkedIn And The Golden Age Of American Education Crunch Network

    LinkedIn And The Golden Age Of American Education

    A new book declaring the end of the golden age of economic growth has set the wonky world of economics aflame. Robert Gordon’s The Rise and Fall of American Growth juxtaposes the world-altering impact of 19th-century inventions with a disbelief that today’s digital transformation might foster growth on the same scale as refrigeration, aviation or the birth of telecommunication. Read More

  • It’s Time For Edtech Entrepreneurs To Throw Out Stale Business Models Crunch Network

    It’s Time For Edtech Entrepreneurs To Throw Out Stale Business Models

    We hear it again and again: The U.S. K-12 education system is in crisis. In its 2015 report, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, otherwise known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” revealed that just one-third of eighth graders and one-quarter of twelfth graders performed at or above “proficient” in math. In reading comprehension, the performance was… Read More

  • Google Quietly Shutters Play For Education

    Google Quietly Shutters Play For Education

    Back in 2013, Google launched Play for Education, a program that made it easier for educators to purchase apps and books and distribute them to their students’ Android tablets. Now, this program is coming to an end. As first reported by CRN and also confirmed by us today, Google will stop selling Play for Education licenses on March 14. Read More