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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

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 p

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

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 st

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 bi

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 ea

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 str

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 lik

Oohlala aims to school the university-specific app space with a $4M Series A

There's an app for everything these days, including attending college, but that doesn't mean it's a good app. Oohlala has changed that for hundreds of schools so far with its custom university-specifi

Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

Tech startups have tried to make language learning possible without human tutors since way back in the 90s when CD-ROMs and Rosetta Stone were state-of-the-art. The rise of social media and smartphone

The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing

Previously considered risky investments, it’s true that many edtech startups -- commonly founded by "teacherpreneurs" hell bent on mending education through tech innovation -- either tank or fail to

What the coming educational VR revolution teaches us about the tech’s future

By importing VR/AR into the classroom, students can explore the anatomy and organs of an animal without harming it, and build and test circuits or set up experiments that test Newton’s laws. For stu

Codementor raises $1.6 million to become elite marketplace for freelance developers

Codementor (incorporated as Peer Idea Inc.) has raised $1.6 million in seed funding to grow its online education business into a marketplace for elite freelance developers who are among the top-rated

Why edtech startups need to build for overlooked communities

The education world has been transformed thanks to the power of technology. But not all communities have been privy to the benefits; low-income students are still shut out of the edtech revolution. Th

Osmo raises $24 million from Sesame, Mattel and other big names in toys and education

Hardware kits, internet-connected toys and robots that teach kids to code are now commonplace. But Osmo, an early entrant in IoT toys, is pulling ahead of the pack with funding and partnerships with t

Firefly takes $5.6M Series A for its online learning tool for schools

Firefly Learning, a London-based edtech company that launched its SaaS teaching and learning support platform for schools back in 2009, has taken its first VC investment as it looks to accelerate grow

Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code

A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3. The London startup, which is a gradu

Securly raises $4 million to put guard rails on the internet for K-12 students

Thanks to the Childrens’ Internet Protection Act, schools in the U.S. that provide internet access to their students must also generally use web filtering systems that block them from accessing obsc

Kids can now program Dash and Dot robots through Swift Playgrounds

A startup called Wonder Workshop is teaching kids how to code using Swift. Founded in 2012, Wonder Workshop makes toy robots, called Dash and Dot, that kids can control with programs they create usin

MEL Science raises $2.5 million to put a VR twist on chemistry sets

Remember those old school chemistry sets that came in a cardboard box with a bunch of vials, plastic beakers, safety glasses and a booklet full of instructions for different experiments? London startu
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