Education

  • 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

  • Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Education and healthcare are typically held up as the industries least affected by the technology revolution, however this has begun to change. From Bill Gates to millions of students and parents, the Khan Academy has impressed many of us and inspired teachers to flip the classroom lecture/homework model on its head as described in the video below. Similarly, doctors are now recognizing… Read More

  • ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS

    ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS

    Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a… Read More

  • Yes, It’s True: Kids Are Tablet Fiends. And Gaming Apps Are The Winners

    Yes, It’s True: Kids Are Tablet Fiends. And Gaming Apps Are The Winners

    If you own a tablet and have children, chances are that this will not come as news to you. For those who don’t but work in mobile, it’s something worth remembering when you’re concocting up your next big product: Kids are crazy about tablets. According to some research out today from Nielsen in the U.S., in households that own a tablet, seven out of 10 children under the age… Read More