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  • Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

    Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

    A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Read More

  • Why Flybrix skipped crowdfunding to launch its LEGO drone kits

    Why Flybrix skipped crowdfunding to launch its LEGO drone kits

    Flybrix first dreamed up a drone that kids could build with LEGO bricks in 2015. At the time, the co-founders debated the merits of launching with a crowdfunding campaign. They craved the exposure that brands attracted on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but they knew consumers were growing suspicious of promises made by crowdfunding hardware startups. Read More

  • 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

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