edtech

  • How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys

    Many toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, studies have found that kids benefit from things like building with blocks, playing with both hands and looking away from screens at least every 20 minutes. Osmo has dedicated itself to designing toys that bridge the digital and physical. Read More

  • Google.org grants $50 million to nonprofits striving for equal access in education

    Google.org grants $50 million to nonprofits striving for equal access in education

    Google.org is donating a $50 million block of grant money to education tech nonprofits striving to create equal access to education around the world. The money, and in-kind services from Google, will support organizations working to bring quality educational materials and teacher training to students in developing nations, and to help students in crisis maintain their education. Read More

  • Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

    Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

    Remember when kids could simply play with their toys? They still can. But parents are increasingly spending on toys that are chockablock with tech components, and that promise to turn their kids into software developers or robotics engineers. The Toy Industry Association, which held its International Toy Fair in New York last month, has even identified robotics-education as a major trend… Read More

  • Rethinking return on education investment Crunch Network

    Rethinking return on education investment

    A new generation of tech-enabled startups are beginning to reimagine how students finance their education. Higher ed’s transformation is fueling a convergence of fintech and edtech that aims to blur the line between learning and earning — and will force students, colleges and financial institutions to think differently about return on education investment. Read More

  • Gaming/learning platform Kahoot! hits 1B players

    Gaming/learning platform Kahoot! hits 1B players

    In its ongoing mission to make learning great again, Kahoot! today hit a number of stats few companies can brag about: The company celebrates 40 million monthly active users and a total of 1 billion players moving through its platform over the past four years. Read More

  • What Betsy DeVos’ confirmation means for innovation in education Crunch Network

    What Betsy DeVos’ confirmation means for innovation in education

    Following Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education, the American education system could drastically pivot in unexpected ways. It’s difficult to know exactly how. What we do know is that the declining state of education, and historical opposition DeVos has already faced for her views on its privatization, will lead to the development of new technological advancements. Read More

  • Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction

    Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction

    Nearly 80% percent of American adults have smartphones these days, according to Pew Research. And the kids are catching up, studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest. Now, an education tech startup called Nearpod has raised $21 million in venture funding to help teachers turn mobile devices into a positive force for learning in the classroom, rather than a distraction they must… Read More

  • Not another AI post Crunch Network

    Not another AI post

    This post is about a better world brought by human ingenuity. It’s about a human opportunity, an invitation to founders and investors in advanced economies to come and help us change the lives of billions of humans. Come join the movement to help mankind move forward for a better, fairer future. It’s time! Read More

  • Brightwheel raises $10 million to keep parents in-the-know about their kids’ day at school

    Brightwheel raises $10 million to keep parents in-the-know about their kids’ day at school

    You may have seen the startup Brightwheel scoring an investment from Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca on Sharktank last year. Or you may know Brightwheel if you have kids in preschool, daycare, or other early education programs these days. Brightwheel’s mobile app helps pre-K teachers and care providers to manage their business, while sending parents updates about their kids throughout… Read More

  • Ozobot raises $3 million for toys that teach kids coding basics off-screen

    There are many toys on the market today that promise to teach kids programming skills, and a good percentage require the use of a connected tablet or smartphone. At a time when parents are already struggling to keep kids’ screen time to a minimum, father and entrepreneur Nader Hamda wanted to build something different. He also observed a lot of expensive educational toys on the market… Read More

  • Teachable books $4 million to turn everybody into educators online

    Teachable books $4 million to turn everybody into educators online

    Education tech startup Teachable (formerly known as Fedora) has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding according to CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. The company provides a platform that’s like a Shopify or a SquareSpace for tutors or teachers. Its platform allows subject matter experts to quickly construct online courses and sell or give them away to their followers, setting their… Read More

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