edtech

  • ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

    ClassDojo raises $21 million for app to make parent-teacher meetings obsolete

    ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school. Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the school day, means parents are apprised of what their kids are experiencing and how… Read More

  • Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech Crunch Network

    Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech

    I’ve spent most of my life in and around schools. First as a student, then as a teacher and lately as an innovator building tools and launching programs. As Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Despite its importance, education seems to have been missed by the Internet revolution. When I walk down the hall of a… Read More

  • Yammer co-founder Adam Pisoni raises $4.5 million for Abl Schools

    Yammer co-founder Adam Pisoni raises $4.5 million for Abl Schools

    A co-founder and former CTO of Yammer, Adam Pisoni, quietly raised a $4.5 million first round of venture funding for his new education tech startup in January. This week, he revealed what Always Be Learning Inc., known as Abl Schools, is working on. Read More

  • Your mobile phone bill is sparking an edtech renaissance Crunch Network

    Your mobile phone bill is sparking an edtech renaissance

    Have you ever noticed that 90 cent charge at the bottom of your phone bill? Little did you know, that is the key to fueling a renaissance in education 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

  • 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

  • When Virtual Reality Meets Education Crunch Network

    When Virtual Reality Meets Education

    Since the 1950s, virtual reality (VR) has been hovering on the periphery of technology without achieving accepted mainstream application or commercial adoption. Since 2012, VR startups have raised more than $1.46 billion in venture capital, including more than $100 million in funding during the last four consecutive quarters. In the abstract as well as the applied, modern education is poised… Read More

  • Edtech 101 Crunch Network

    Edtech 101

    In 2015, the investing community sat up and took notice of edtech. LinkedIn acquired Lynda, and ever since, more analysts have been meticulously studying the growth of edtech funding and innovation. With $1.85 billion raised in 2015, and a nod from Mary Meeker’s 2015 report, more people are starting to realize that the Internet has just begun to impact education. Read More

  • Clever CEO Tyler Bosmeny Talks New Hires And EdTech In 2016

    Clever CEO Tyler Bosmeny Talks New Hires And EdTech In 2016

    Clever CEO Tyler Bosmeny says that more than 50,000 schools are now using the service — and that this year, and next, are going to be the years that education tech in general finally hits its stride. The company creates a third-party development platform that centers around applications for teachers and students. In August 2012, Clever had only been deployed in 1,000 schools. The… Read More

  • School Districts Are Standing In The Way Of Public School Edtech Crunch Network

    School Districts Are Standing In The Way Of Public School Edtech

    No gymnasiums, no cafeterias and no administrators. That’s school policy at AltSchools, a chain of private, for-profit schools backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Mark Zuckerberg. At the location I visited this October, the school schedule was written on a white board and could be changed in real time. Students flowed between grade levels and classes based upon what they… Read More

  • Skipping Copper: The Consumerization Of Edtech Crunch Network

    Skipping Copper: The Consumerization Of Edtech

    Asia accounts for nearly half of the mobile learning revenues in the world. Thousands of hagwons, or “cram schools,” line the streets in South Korea, which has about 15 percent of the global tutoring market. Parents spend an average of $1,000 per month on private tutoring — an estimated 20 percent of the monthly cost to raise a child there. In India, 7.5 percent of… Read More

  • Edtech Should Focus On Teacher Evaluation And Accountability Crunch Network

    Edtech Should Focus On Teacher Evaluation And Accountability

    The rise of the edtech industry has completely transformed the K-12 experience for students. But what about teachers? Shouldn’t technological innovation be used to improve teacher performance, just as it is doing for students? With a recent shift in education policy and reform focusing on teacher evaluation and accountability, this is a hole in the education technology market with… Read More

  • How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities Crunch Network

    How New Technology Connects GED Graduates With New Opportunities

    Most GED credential recipients say they take the test to further their education — not end it. In fact, 65 percent of GED credential holders indicated they wanted a job that requires further education or training after passing the test (as reported by GED Testing Service). Unfortunately, fewer than 12 percent went on to do just that. Read More

  • Instructure Up 8% From IPO, CEO Sees “Huge Renaissance” In EdTech

    Instructure Up 8% From IPO, CEO Sees “Huge Renaissance” In EdTech

    Instructure, the Utah-based educational technology company, went public on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. After pricing at $16, shares were up 8 percent by early afternoon trading. Instructure builds educational software for both K-12 education and corporate learning. The Blackboard competitor says it has over 10 million users of its products in over 25 countries. Read More

  • Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree Crunch Network

    Edtech’s Next Big Disruption Is The College Degree

    For centuries, the college degree has been the global gold standard for assessing an individual entering the workforce. But after cornering the credentials market for nearly a millennium, the degree’s days alone at the top are most definitely numbered. By 2020, the traditional degree will have made room on its pedestal for a new array of modern credentials that are currently gaining… Read More

  • The Challenges of Teaching When Silicon Valley Doesn’t Care

    The Challenges of Teaching When Silicon Valley Doesn’t Care

    I have been on a bit of an EdTech binge writing spree the past few weeks. Part of the reason is that I feel the vast majority of educators and entrepreneurs are finally realizing that Silicon Valley didn’t get it right the first time with our approach to technology and the classroom. Certainly, some content is more freely available than before, an absolutely wonderful improvement for… Read More

  • Why Is The University Still Here?

    Why Is The University Still Here?

    Universities are supposed to be dead. These bastions of higher learning have been on Silicon Valley’s hit list for much of the past decade, and disruption phasers targeting the industry have certainly been set to kill in the years since the global financial crisis. And yet after years of efforts, we have arrived in 2015 and almost nothing seems to have changed about the way we get… Read More

  • Tynker, A Startup That Teaches Kids To Code, Now Works With Robots, Drones And More

    Tynker, A Startup That Teaches Kids To Code, Now Works With Robots, Drones And More

    Tynker, a startup that teaches children the fundamentals of programming by having them build their own games, is now expanding its platform to allow kids to control connected devices, including drones, robots and other “smart home” products, like lighting systems. The company will introduce these capabilities this weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, and the… Read More

  • Accredible Partners With Udacity To Provide Context To Nanodegrees

    Accredible Partners With Udacity To Provide Context To Nanodegrees

    Accredible, which provides online credentials as a service, is announcing a partnership today to provide digital certificates for Udacity’s burgeoning nanodegree program. The startup has created an API that pulls data from existing online learning platforms — in this case Udacity — and creates an online certificate that summarizes the student’s behavior and learning in… Read More

  • Patient Capital Drives Change In Education Crunch Network

    Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before we see the equivalent of an academic William Morris Agency,” Levine, now president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, wrote in The… Read More

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