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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

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 

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 succe

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 educat

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&

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 emergi

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

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

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 po

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 Ran

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 Y

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 compa

The LMS market glacier is melting

Phil Hill Contributor Phil Hill is a partner at MindWires Consulting, co-publisher of the e-Literate blog and co-producer of e-Literate TV. The world of edtech is strange and full of apparent contradi

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 Course

Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card

We first covered Remind back in 2011, when it launched as a way for K-12 teachers to broadcast communications to a classroom full of parents. But over the past five years the company has evolved int

Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels. The company’s a

Mimo’s new app teaches you how to code on your iPhone

Apple’s new iPad app Swift Playgrounds is popularizing the idea of learning to code on mobile devices, not desktop computers. But its focus is only on teaching kids to code in Swift. A new appli

Edtech is the next fintech

As the world tries to make sense of economic tremors from the Brexit fallout, upcoming U.S. elections and volatile European financial markets, it’s easy to see why investors are becoming less willin

Quizlet launches a redesign with an eye towards international expansion

Quizlet, the popular app that lets students create interactive study sets and prepare for tests in any subject, is unveiling a redesign today, including a new website, logo and redesigned mobile apps
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