Education

  • 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

  • Mike Karnjanaprakorn of Skillshare

    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

  • Blackboard Acquires Moodlerooms, NetSpot To Offer Open Source Learning Technology

    Blackboard Acquires Moodlerooms, NetSpot To Offer Open Source Learning Technology

    Blackboard, the maker of learning and education software for enterprises and schools, has acquired Moodlerooms and NetSpot, two providers of open source online learning technology. Financial terms were not disclosed. Both companies provide learning management hosting, support, and consulting services and products to clients using open source systems. NetSpot is also a reseller and service… Read More

  • Now With 1.5M Lessons, ShowMe Launches v2.0 To Bring Khan Academy To The Masses

    Now With 1.5M Lessons, ShowMe Launches v2.0 To Bring Khan Academy To The Masses

    Over the last year or so, we’ve seen an auspicious rise in the number of startups looking to tackle those seemingly intractable problems in both K-12 and higher education. One of these startups, the New York City-based ShowMe, found some early financial validation from an impressive set of investors, raising $800K last August from the likes of Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, betaworks… Read More

  • Education Elements Raises $6M To Help Schools Accelerate Learning With Technology

    Education Elements Raises $6M To Help Schools Accelerate Learning With Technology

    There are few people who doubt the ability of technology to help improve education, whether that be at the primary or secondary level. Of course, there are a hundred differing views on the best ways to manage (or moderate) the integration of technology into the educational process — and the classroom. Many parents, teachers, and schools are not exactly thrilled with the idea of… Read More