edtech

  • Why edtech can’t grow as much as healthtech Crunch Network

    Why edtech can’t grow as much as healthtech

    Educational technology is making a bold mark on the development of higher education. While edtech overall has seen quite a few successes in the past years, the global uptake of truly innovative educational technology at universities is still limited. The future progress of edtech necessitates creating comprehensive standards of data in higher education. Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis Crunch Network

    Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis

    Brazil showed off its cultural brilliance, spirit and national pride during the recent Olympic Games in Rio. Despite a prolonged macroeconomic crisis, the world’s ninth largest economy is showing positive signs that it may roar back as an investment magnet and innovation powerhouse — especially driven by fast-growing tech sectors that have continued to deliver growth rates. 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

  • With a new CEO, Y Combinator will wind down fellowships and start a MOOC

    With a new CEO, Y Combinator will wind down fellowships and start a MOOC

    Y Combinator, which has been expanding rapidly in recent years, is making broad, organizational changes– for the second time this year. Most dramatically, Y Combinator will be winding down its YC Fellowships and launching a MOOC, or massively online open course, in 2017. Additionally, the venture fund that started as an accelerator in 2005, has appointed Michael Seibel as CEO of its… 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

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