Education

  • CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

    CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

    A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark’s games were developed for kids 4 to 9 years old, and with a goal of not just teaching them STEM concepts, but engaging boys and girls equally well. The games feature characters who are… Read More

  • Udacity wants to get you a job in the nascent VR industry

    Udacity wants to get you a job in the nascent VR industry

    Udacity – the online school started by Google X founder and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun— is offering a new “nanodegree” online to prepare students for jobs in the still emerging industry of virtual reality. Udacity promises to give online learners with no prior programming experience the skills to create mobile phone and desktop-based virtual reality… Read More

  • Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

    Although self-driving vehicles feel like a near future reality, people still need driver’s licenses to get around independently in cars today. Now, an Austin, Texas startup called Aceable has raised $4 million in Series A funding to deliver driver’s education in a mobile app. Silverton Partners and Floodgate Ventures co-led the round. Aceable’s app alleviates the need… Read More

  • LinkedIn doubles down on education with LinkedIn Learning, updates desktop site

    LinkedIn doubles down on education with LinkedIn Learning, updates desktop site

    LinkedIn, the social network for the working world that now has some 450 million members and is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, today took the wraps off its newest efforts to expand its site beyond job hunting and recruitment, its two business mainstays. The company has launched a new site called LinkedIn Learning, an ambitious e-learning portal tailored… Read More

  • Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits

    Kids can build a LEGO drone with Flybrix kits

    A company called Flybrix is putting legos on the wing. The San Francisco startup today began selling build-a-drone kits for kids age 14 and up comprised of: LEGO bricks, boom arms and motors that don’t require soldering, and other off the shelf and Flybrix-designed parts. Once assembled, Flybrix drones are lightweight and meant to be flown indoors. They can be operated with a… Read More

  • Minecraft: Education Edition arrives November 1

    Minecraft: Education Edition arrives November 1

    The full version of Minecraft: Education Edition is finally arriving on November 1, following an extended testing and free trial period that began this summer. The version of Minecraft aimed at educators and schools came out of Microsoft’s acquisition of learning game MinecraftEdu earlier this year, which built upon Minecraft to give teachers tools to build lessons around STEM, art… Read More

  • Imbellus raises $4 million for better candidate screening

    Imbellus raises $4 million for better candidate screening

    Does a stellar SAT score and a perfect GPA mean that you’re the right candidate for the job? Not necessarily, according to Rebecca Kantar, founder of Imbellus. She believes her team has a new method for assessing the characteristics that will help you succeed in business. And Upfront Ventures, Thrive Capital, GLG and Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures are betting $4 million that she… Read More

  • Former Battlefield finalist Photomath’s app can now solve your handwritten math problems

    Former Battlefield finalist Photomath’s app can now solve your handwritten math problems

    Learning any new subject can be challenging — for many students, that subject is math. Fortunately, Photomath is here to help. Photomath, a finalist in the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Europe 2014, is an app that solves complex math problems using your smartphone’s camera. Since Disrupt, Photomath founder and CEO Damir Sabol tells TechCrunch that the app has been downloaded over… Read More

  • Higher education goes Hollywood Crunch Network

    Higher education goes Hollywood

    As I began my career in higher education in the late 1990s, technology seemed poised to upend the entire academic enterprise. The zeitgeist was that a star system was about to be born, with million-dollar online courses starring celebrity faculty. Read More

  • Ranku’s eCollege optimizer bought by edtech giant for ~$25 million

    Ranku’s eCollege optimizer bought by edtech giant for ~$25 million

    The online learning market is becoming as crowded as the app stores. Ranku offers the equivalent of SEO assistance to make sure colleges with electronic courses convert visitors into students. Now Ranku (pronounced ran-koo) is being acquired by publicly traded education conglomerate John Wiley & Sons. A source familiar with the deal confirms to TechCrunch that the acquisition price was… Read More

  • Portfolium raises $6.6 million to get college students into jobs where they’ll kick butt

    Portfolium raises $6.6 million to get college students into jobs where they’ll kick butt

    A San Diego startup called Portfolium has raised $6.6 million to help college students get jobs where they are likely to succeed. Portfolium CEO Adam Markowitz said he was inspired to build what he calls the “largest student talent showcase,” after his own job-hunting success. A former rocket scientist, he was able to land a dream job working on NASA’s space shuttle… Read More

  • Michelle Obama asked girls to build solutions to improve access education

    Michelle Obama asked girls to build solutions to improve access education

    Worldwide, there are 62 million girls without access to traditional education due to a lack of resources, safety and general attitudes about girls and women. In order to address this issue, First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with AOL (TechCrunch’s owner) to launch the Let Girls Build track as part of the Built By Girls challenge, which recently culminated with a pitch day at… Read More

  • Mapsquito is a game built by teenagers to fight malaria

    Mapsquito is a game built by teenagers to fight malaria

    Malaria is treatable and preventable. And yet, the World Health Organization reports that almost half the world’s population — 3.2 billion people — are still at risk of contracting the life-threatening disease. At the Disrupt SF Hackathon, a group of teenage girls is gamifying malaria prevention to help halt the spread of the disease. They’re Aruna Prasad, 16… Read More

  • Raspberry Pi finally offers an official starter kit after passing 10M sales

    Raspberry Pi finally offers an official starter kit after passing 10M sales

    The Raspberry Pi Foundation has finally put out an official starter kit for its low cost microcomputer — offering what it dubs an “unashamedly premium” bundle for the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, complete with optical mouse and keyboard in a very Apple-looking shade of white, plus all the cables you need to get up and running. The only thing missing is a screen. Read More

  • Apple stays in school, donating 54,500 iPads to students and teachers

    Apple stays in school, donating 54,500 iPads to students and teachers

    Ever since Steve Jobs brought the Apple II to the classroom, Apple has created and distributed tech to win over young users where they first learn about computers and coding, their schools. The company announced a continuation of that legacy today at a press event in San Francisco. There, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple is donating an iPad and a Mac to 4,500 teachers, and iPads to more… Read More

  • The LMS market glacier is melting Crunch Network

    The LMS market glacier is melting

    The world of edtech is strange and full of apparent contradictions. Venture capital investment has exploded since 2010, hitting an all-time high of $3.1 billion in 2015, with private equity and strategic acquisitions pushing this number even higher. Dozens of startups, if not more, vie for the attention of presidents and provosts. If you look at adoption rates by schools, just one category… Read More

  • Coursera expands into corporate learning and development

    Coursera expands into corporate learning and development

    Coursera, the education tech platform that offers online courses from prestigious colleges and universities, is branching into corporate learning and development  and has officially launched Coursera for Business today. Coursera CEO Rick Levin, formerly the president of Yale University, told TechCrunch that the move was a natural one for the startup. “We have 21 million registered… Read More

  • Student projects leapfrog governments and industry in ‘Data Science for Social Good’ program

    Student projects leapfrog governments and industry in ‘Data Science for Social Good’ program

    Big data is hardly new at this point — nor has it wrought anywhere near its potential effects on many companies and institutions insulated by inertia and red tape. A summer program at the University of Washington called Data Science for Good shows that fresh eyes and good code can make more in 10 weeks than some have done in as many years. Read More

  • StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes

    StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes

    San Francisco-based education startup StudySoup, which calls itself “a peer-to-peer learning marketplace,” announced it has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. The company works as an online study group where students can sell or purchase class notes and study guides. “We realized that a lot of students come to college on very different levels,” Sieva Kozinsky, 26… Read More

  • Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Sequoia-backed kids educational startup Duck Duck Moose is heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profit’s digital education offerings. The startup’s 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an “acquisition,” due to the way the deal was… Read More

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