Education

  • Crowdfund A Needy Kid’s Education With Conway-Backed Wishbone.org

    Crowdfund A Needy Kid’s Education With Conway-Backed Wishbone.org

    It’s too common a story: smart, low-income kid can’t find their academic passion, so they drop out of school. But now you can rewrite this tragic tale with the help of Wishbone.org, a philanthropy website launching today where you can crowdfund high-potential youngsters so they can afford inspiring after- and summer-school programs. Wishbone only accepts seriously motivated… Read More

  • As It Graduates From Network To Platform, Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

    As It Graduates From Network To Platform, Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

    Edmodo is one of the startups whose name pops up a lot when you talk about “edtech.” Founded in 2007, the company is almost old school, yet, in spite of the influx of new education-focused startups, Edmodo continues to press forward. Today, Edmodo is announcing that it has officially crossed 7 million users and its service is now being used in over 80,000 schools. Districts across… Read More

  • Mobile “Edutainment” Startup Fingerprint Digital Doubles In Size With Addition Of 6 New Games

    Mobile “Edutainment” Startup Fingerprint Digital Doubles In Size With Addition Of 6 New Games

    San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital, a startup building educational apps for kids as well as a parent-child communication system for iOS apps, is doubling the size of its network today with the addition of a series of six new apps from French developer Happy Blue Fish Studio. The developer has chosen Fingerprint’s in-app “Mom-Comm” system (as the company calls it) to… Read More

  • Social Collaboration Platform For Students Wiggio Hits 1M Users, Launches Paid Version

    Social Collaboration Platform For Students Wiggio Hits 1M Users, Launches Paid Version

    Wiggio, an online collaboration service designed for students, has been flying under the radar since raising $2.1 million in funding back in spring of 2010. The company has been slowly and steadily growing its user base, and now reaches over 2,000 universities and 120,000 students groups around the world, as well as several national organizations. Today, the company is also announcing a… Read More

  • With A New Educational Platform, TED Gives Teachers The Keys To A Flipped Classroom

    With A New Educational Platform, TED Gives Teachers The Keys To A Flipped Classroom

    You may know TED, not as the guy from marketing, but as the nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” — or as the set of global conferences, Talks, and videos that touch on the many heady, relevant issues surrounding Technology, Entertainment, and Design. As an increasingly powerful medium through which the world’s experts share their hard-won knowledge… Read More

  • Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely

    Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely

    iPad guilt? There needs to be a technical term for that feeling in the pit of a parent’s stomach that arises from handing over the iPad to their kids, only to watch them play brain rotting Outfit7 games or level after level of Angry Birds. Fortunately, some startups are focusing on developing more educational content for the iPad to help parents assuage some of their guilt over their… Read More

  • 1M Users Strong, Schoology Grabs $6M To Take On Blackboard, Moodle

    1M Users Strong, Schoology Grabs $6M To Take On Blackboard, Moodle

    Schoology, the makers of a one-stop, cloud-based learning management system for primary and secondary schools, is announcing today that it has closed a $6 million Series B round of venture funding. The round was led by FirstMark Capital and includes a contribution from existing investor Meakem Becker Venture Capital, bringing the New York-based startup’s total funding to $9.3 million. Read More

  • FarFaria Brings A Hulu For Kids’ Stories To The iPad

    FarFaria Brings A Hulu For Kids’ Stories To The iPad

    “Grumpy Cat! Grumpy Cat! More Grumpy Cat, please!” – That’s basically my two-year-old’s review of FarFaria, a new subscription-based children’s storybook app for the iPad. (To translate: she loves it, and especially that story about the grumpy cat.) The app, to be clear, doesn’t just offer the one story – not that my kid seems to care right… Read More

  • Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    Algorithmic Essay-Grading: Teacher’s Savior Or Bane Of Learning?

    A contest is underway at data-crunching competition site Kaggle that challenges people to create “an automated scoring algorithm for student-written essays.” This is just the latest chapter in a generations-long conflict over the nature of teaching, and to that end it’s also just one of many inevitable steps along the line. Automated grading is already prevalent in simpler… Read More

  • Skillshare Says Anyone Can Be A Teacher And Wants To Connect You To Students [TCTV]

    Skillshare Says Anyone Can Be A Teacher And Wants To Connect You To Students [TCTV]

    Raise your hand if the classes you took in college got you so excited that you couldn’t wait to share the knowledge you gained with others and keep coming back for more. Ok, hands down. Now raise your hands if you wish you could learn something useful for your career or want to pick up a new hobby but don’t know where to start. Skillshare wants to help by letting anyone become… Read More