Education

  • Rice University And OpenStax Announce First Open-Source Textbooks

    Rice University And OpenStax Announce First Open-Source Textbooks

    When we think about the distribution industry being disrupted, we tend to think about music and movies, whose physical media and vast shipment infrastructure have been rendered mostly obsolete over the last decade. To a lesser extent, we hear about print, and the effect of e-readers and web consumption on books and magazines. No one is making the change particularly gracefully, and the same can… Read More

  • Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    You know what’s funny? If you Google “how do you get kids to learn” (sans quotes, even), the first result goes to this TechCrunch blog post about an app that lets kids draw butts on the iPad. Really! The post details the company called Madbrook (aka Everything Butt Art), which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May. It’s the brand behind a series of printed books… Read More

  • Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

    Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

    One of the most buzzed-about startups over the last few months has been Codecademy — a site that looks to make programming accessible to just about anyone, with a variety of interactive, web-based courses that have users writing their first lines of code within a few seconds. The site’s ‘Code Year’ program, which invites users to receive one programming lesson each… Read More

  • Knewton Powered Ink Startup

    Knewton Prepares To Take Education by Storm [TCTV]

    Here at the World Economic Forum in Davos, among the banking, shipping, steel and transport magnates of the global economy, there are a number of technology entrepreneurs floating around. As they rub shoulders with the likes of Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker, Loic Le Meur and Robert Scoble, it’s possible to peel them off from the crowd. I managed to catch Jose Ferreira, CEO and Founder of… Read More

  • Google: “Hundreds” Of Schools In 41 States Use Chromebooks

    Google: “Hundreds” Of Schools In 41 States Use Chromebooks

    During this morning’s keynote at the annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) conference in Orlando, Florida, Google’s Product Manager for Chromebooks, Rajen Sheth, shared an update on Chromebooks‘ headway in educational institutions. According to Sheth, today there are now “hundreds” of schools using Chomebooks in 41 states across the U.S. Read More

  • 500 Startups-Funded OneSchool Raises $750K For College Student-Focused App

    500 Startups-Funded OneSchool Raises $750K For College Student-Focused App

    OneSchool, a free mobile app for college students which provides easy access to maps, course schedules, directories, bus routes, news, student groups and more, is announcing its official launch today in eight universities around the U.S. The company is also revealing it has raised $750,000 in seed funding from 500 Startups, Learn Capital and Magnolia Ventures. Read More

  • MusicShake Brings Its Music Creation Tool For Novices To The Classroom

    MusicShake Brings Its Music Creation Tool For Novices To The Classroom

    At some point, you may have found yourself bored out of your mind by your current music selection, and resisting the urge to try one of the eleventy million music discovery services out there, you think, “By God, I’m going to do it myself.” You rush home, download a music suite, start furiously clicking and recording, only to be sooner or later confronted by the reality that… Read More

  • 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