Education

  • Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

    Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

    Apple is making a play for the textbook market with its launch today of iBooks 2 and the new textbooks within that app. It’s Apple, so they are going to reinvent the textbook industry, right? Well, maybe not today. If you fire up your iPad and update to the latest version of iBooks (Apple’s app for books with its own store separate from iTunes), you can check out all of the… Read More

  • Codecademy and The White House Announce Code Summer+ Youth Education Program

    Codecademy and The White House Announce Code Summer+ Youth Education Program

    Today, Codecademy in conjunction with The White House announced a new program to educate the nation’s underprivileged and disconnected youth: Code Summer+. The announcement was made at an event held by Twilio and hosted by US CTO Aneesh Chopra. There, Codecademy’s co-founder Zach Sims explained that as part of Obama’s larger Summer Jobs+ initiative, Code Summer+ will offer… Read More

  • Can Technology Transform Education Before It’s Too Late?

    Can Technology Transform Education Before It’s Too Late?

    As technology continues its march toward the Singularity, transforming the way we work, socialize and play at an increasing rate, there is one very important aspect of American society that lags behind: education. Many in Silicon Valley have strong opinions on how education should be improved, perhaps most notably Peter Thiel, who believes we are in a higher education bubble and should be… Read More

  • Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms?

    Will We Need Teachers Or Algorithms?

    In my last post, I argued that software will take over many of the tasks doctors do today. And what of education? We find a very similar story of what the popular – and incredibly funny! – TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson calls “a crisis of human resources.” At the TED 2010 conference, he stated that “we make poor use of our talents.” In the same way that we… Read More

  • Apple Announces Education Event On January 19 In NYC

    Apple Announces Education Event On January 19 In NYC

    Apple has always been bullish when it came to supporting education, and that trend continues with the announcement of an education event on January 19 at New York’s famous Guggenheim Museum. Read More

  • BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School

    BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School

    Books are not the best way to learn. To retain knowledge you have to interact with it, and that’s where BenchPrep comes in. The startup licenses textbooks from big publishers like McGraw Hill and converts them into interactive web and mobile learning courses. Today, BenchPrep announces its expansion beyond college admission test prep. It will now offer courses to assist with high… Read More

  • Codecademy’s CodeYear Attracts 100,000 Aspiring Programmers In 48 Hours

    Codecademy’s CodeYear Attracts 100,000 Aspiring Programmers In 48 Hours

    Talk about starting your year off on the right foot. Two days ago, Codecademy — a startup that’s looking to bring programming to the masses — launched a nifty initiative called Code Year. It’s pretty straightforward: sign up, and each week you’ll receive some programming lessons in your email inbox. And apparently, there are a lot of people who want to learn how… Read More

  • Still Looking For A New Year’s Resolution? How About Learning To Code …

    Still Looking For A New Year’s Resolution? How About Learning To Code …

    After eating something greasy to get rid of last night’s Jello shot-induced hangover, many of you are probably in the middle of writing your New Year’s resolutions. Well, here’s a good one (especially considering that the tech sector seems to be the only bright spot in a sort of lackluster economy) … Learn to code. The folks at Codecademy  have teamed up with a number… Read More

  • Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor

    Codecademy Builds ‘Labs,’ A Web-Based Code Editor

    Smoking hot startup Codecademy, a service which teaches you how to program online has launched its Labs feature today, as a sign of things to come. Codecademy founder Zach Sims tells me that Codecademy, and specifically new hire Amjad Masad, built the feature because it wanted people to be able to play with what they’ve learned on Codecademy without having to download a… Read More

  • Fingerprint’s Educational Apps For Kids Are Hot: 2M+ Minutes Played This Month

    Fingerprint’s Educational Apps For Kids Are Hot: 2M+ Minutes Played This Month

    San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital, a startup building educational apps for kids, is blowing up. The company released its first apps into iTunes on December 1st, and already, it has seen over 270,000 game playing sessions for a combined total of over 2 million minutes played. And, according to CEO Nancy MacIntyre, its apps are about to reach download numbers in the six figures. In just… Read More

  • Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down

    Technology Cannot Disrupt Education From The Top Down

    Computer technology has penetrated the classroom for thirty years with little impact. After hundreds of “disruptive” education startups, the best innovation in education is still the chalkboard. This isn’t the fault of the entrepreneurs, but the fault of an education system which resists innovation at every turn. Many K-12 education technology startups target teachers and… Read More

  • “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” Inadvertently Touches On Sad Education And Tech Truths

    “If I Were A Poor Black Kid” Inadvertently Touches On Sad Education And Tech Truths

    You may have read the recent Forbes editorial by Gene Marks, entitled “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”, which entered instant infamy as a textbook example of a failure to comprehend privilege, or at least failure to communicate that comprehension. The internet has taken him to task for his “let them eat cake” attitude, recommending these kids utilize schoolwork-tracking… Read More

  • Late Nite Labs Raises $1.1 Million To Bring Virtual Science Education To Campuses

    Late Nite Labs Raises $1.1 Million To Bring Virtual Science Education To Campuses

    Supplemental learning resources stand to play a significant role in the changing educational landscape. The fact of the matter is that, while we might be in a higher education bubble, colleges and universities (public institutions, especially) face a challenging economic climate, which has led to budget cutbacks across the board. This is exacerbated by the increase in student enrollment… Read More

  • Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Startup Weekend EDU Receives $250,000 Grant From The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $250,000 to the Startup Weekend EDU series of events, the dedicated education-focused vertical within the non-profit. The Startup Weekend organization, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and the social learning startup Grockit, offers intense 54-hour events where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, form teams, build… Read More

  • Knewton Strikes A Deal To Power Pearson’s Digital Education Courses

    Knewton Strikes A Deal To Power Pearson’s Digital Education Courses

    Coming on the heels of its $33 million series D financing last month, adaptive learning startup Knewton is announcing a very large deal with one of its investors, educational publisher Pearson. One of the largest education publishers in the world, Pearson is also one of the leading digital publishers, with 9 million students using its digital textbooks and course materials. It reaches an… Read More

  • Codecademy Raises $2.5 Million To Teach You How To Code

    Codecademy Raises $2.5 Million To Teach You How To Code

    The term “hot startup” gets bandied about pretty frequently. But there are few companies it applies to more than Codecademy, a startup which, of all things, teaches you how to program. Today, the company is announcing that it’s raised $2.5 million from an all-star roster to continue that mission. The $2.5 million funding round was led by Union Square Ventures, with… Read More

  • Khan Academy Triples Unique Users To 3.5 Million

    Khan Academy Triples Unique Users To 3.5 Million

    Today at The Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Founder of Khan Academy, Salman Khan, took the stage to share a few quick stats on the growth of his online video education platform. For those unfamiliar, Khan Academy is, as John Batelle noted this afternoon, one of Bill Gates’ favorite educators. It also happens to be one of mine, but I thought you’d probably resonate a bit more… Read More

  • Codecademy Surges To 200,000 Users, 2.1 Million Lessons Completed In 72 Hours

    Codecademy Surges To 200,000 Users, 2.1 Million Lessons Completed In 72 Hours

    Three days ago I wrote about Codecademy — a slick, fun way to teach yourself how to program. The app has done an excellent job minimizing the frustration often associated with writing your first lines of code, and it sports a good-looking and intuitive interface. Another plus: the initial signup flow doesn’t show up til you’ve completed your first few lessons, so… Read More

  • Codecademy: A Slick, Fun Way To Teach Yourself How To Program

    Codecademy: A Slick, Fun Way To Teach Yourself How To Program

    You’ve read the inspirational posts on Hacker News. You’ve purchased the recommended books. You’ve bookmarked the online tutorials. You even plopped down $80 on a set of instructional videos, promising yourself that the investment would only make you more motivated. And for some reason, you still don’t know how to program. Codecademy, a new site that went live earlier… Read More

  • Mr. Atari Wants To Bring The Video Arcade Into The Classroom (TCTV)

    Mr. Atari Wants To Bring The Video Arcade Into The Classroom (TCTV)

    Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese, wants to bring the video arcade into the classroom. His latest startup is called Speed To Learn, and very little is known about it. But he was just on a panel I moderated at the Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City, where he revealed a little more of his game plan. I caught him on video after the panel (watch… Read More