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  • Kids can now program Dash and Dot robots through Swift Playgrounds

    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 using Wonder Workshop apps, which feel more like casual games than desktop scripting tools. The apps connect to Dash and Dot via bluetooth, and automatically determine what coding language a user… Read More

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

    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 startup MEL Science is putting a high-tech twist on them, with virtual reality and augmented reality content that takes kids on a virtual tour inside a chemical reaction, right after they conduct an… Read More

  • Noodle Partners raises $4 million to help colleges deliver degrees online

    Noodle Partners raises $4 million to help colleges deliver degrees online

    Noodle Partners Inc., a new education venture from the founder of The Princeton Review and 2U Inc., John Katzman, has raised $4 million in venture funding to help colleges and universities deliver high-quality certificate and degree programs online. Philadelphia-based Osage Venture Partners led the investment in Noodle Partners and was joined by New Markets Venture Partners, 500 Startups… Read More

  • CommonLit wins $3.9 million grant to help students master reading skills

    CommonLit wins $3.9 million grant to help students master reading skills

    A tech nonprofit called CommonLit won a $3.89 million grant from the Department of Education to develop software and content that helps students read well enough to graduate from high school and succeed in their careers or college. The grant was part of a $26 million initiative by the DOE to support libraries and nonprofits with innovative approaches to literacy. Here’s how CommonLit… Read More

  • 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