Education

 

  • Google Play For Education Goes Beyond Tablets, Now Available For Chromebooks, Too

    Google Play For Education Goes Beyond Tablets, Now Available For Chromebooks, Too

    Last November, Google launched Google Play for Education, a portal for teachers and schools to more easily buy Android apps, books and educational YouTube video, and distribute them to their students. At the time, the program was solely focused on tablets, but starting today, the team also launched support for Chromebooks. With the revamped Google Play for Education, teachers can now give… Read More

  • Coursmos Pulls In Further $530k To Grow Its Bite-Sized E-Learning Platform

    Coursmos Pulls In Further $530k To Grow Its Bite-Sized E-Learning Platform

    Bite-size e-learning platform Coursmos, which reckons there’s room to squeeze a little learning into busy digital users’ lives by breaking study topics down into small, easily digested video chunks, has closed a new round of funding — topping up the seed money that saw it through to launch last year. Read More

  • As Teacher Tenure Degrades, New Opportunities Emerge For Startups To Remake Education

    As Teacher Tenure Degrades, New Opportunities Emerge For Startups To Remake Education

    One of the most notable court cases of the year for startups was officially revealed last week, and there was nary a peep from much of the tech press. Last week, a California judge struck down the state’s teacher tenure laws, arguing that tenure disproportionately harms the education of students from poor and minority school districts, and is thus unconstitutional. The case was brought… Read More

  • Printeer Is A 3D Printer Designed For Schoolkids

    Printeer Is A 3D Printer Designed For Schoolkids

    Meet Printeer: a colourful 3D printer that’s being designed to appeal to kids. Ergo it looks fun, with brightly coloured parts displayed safely behind clear perspex panels, and also aims to be child’s play to use — using object design software that will run on an iPad. Read More

  • The Mission’s Digital Divide And Why Fixing It Matters

    The Mission’s Digital Divide And Why Fixing It Matters

    Between Mark Zuckerberg’s recent purchase of a home in the neighborhood and the regular anti-eviction and Google Bus protests that roll through Guerrero and 18th Street, the Mission District is the epicenter of San Francisco’s Gentrifi-pocalypse. Just last week, a developer bought a shuttered auto repair shop in the neighborhood for a citywide record of about $350,000 in… Read More

  • Learning Platform Declara Raises $9M, Sets Sights On Asia

    Learning Platform Declara Raises $9M, Sets Sights On Asia

    Declara, a startup that focuses on building tech for personalized learning tools, has raised $9 million from Linden Venture Fund and Singapore-based EDBI. This brings its total Series A funding to $25 million. The company first secured $16 million, led by GSV Capital, in April and it plans to open an office in Singapore as part of its plan to distribute Declara’s platform to Asia. Read More

  • President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics relating to education. It was another example of the President using alternative mediums to attract the attention of young Americans. Notably, and infamously to some, the President answered questions on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis to promote Healthcare.gov. That effort led to a spike… Read More

  • Productivity And The Education Delusion

    Productivity And The Education Delusion

    There is a constant tension about education in labor economics these days. On one hand, education is strongly correlated with income as well as employability. Workers with college degrees, or even just some university-level courses, are significantly more likely to have a job and to be paid better, as well. This is borne out by today’s U.S. jobs report, which showed a decrease of… Read More

  • Google Impact Challenge Awards $500K Each To Four Bay Area Nonprofits

    Google Impact Challenge Awards $500K Each To Four Bay Area Nonprofits

    Google.org, Google’s nonprofit wing, has announced which nonprofits participating in its Bay Area Impact Challenge will receive grants for $500,000 later this year. Hack the Hood, Health Trust, Bring Me A Book, and Center for Employment Opportunities came out on top after a 10-day voting period and 200,000 votes cast. Read More

  • Online Tutoring Center InstaEDU Acquired By Chegg For $30 Million

    Online Tutoring Center InstaEDU Acquired By Chegg For $30 Million

    Chegg, the textbook resale site turned all things student hub, today announced a $30 million cash acquisition of student tutoring marketplace InstaEDU. An acquisition like this makes sense for Chegg. The company started out as an online textbook reseller hub but now endeavors to own the whole student marketplace. While there are certainly some big competitors like Wyzant or Tutor Universe… Read More

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