edtech

  • With a new CEO, Y Combinator will wind down fellowships and start a MOOC

    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 YC Fellowships and launching a MOOC, or massively online open course, in 2017. Additionally, the venture fund that started as an accelerator in 2005, has appointed Michael Seibel as CEO of its… Read More

  • Apple stays in school, donating 54,500 iPads to students and teachers

    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 company announced a continuation of that legacy today at a press event in San Francisco. There, CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple is donating an iPad and a Mac to 4,500 teachers, and iPads to more… Read More

  • The LMS market glacier is melting Crunch Network

    The LMS market glacier is melting

    The world of edtech is strange and full of apparent contradictions. Venture capital investment has exploded since 2010, hitting an all-time high of $3.1 billion in 2015, with private equity and strategic acquisitions pushing this number even higher. Dozens of startups, if not more, vie for the attention of presidents and provosts. If you look at adoption rates by schools, just one category… Read More

  • Coursera expands into corporate learning and development

    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 Coursera for Business today. Coursera CEO Rick Levin, formerly the president of Yale University, told TechCrunch that the move was a natural one for the startup. “We have 21 million registered… Read More

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

    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 into an all-encompassing communication tool for teachers, parents and students in  over 75% of U.S school districts. And all of this has been free for users – Remind has raised about $60M… Read More

  • Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

    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 app has racked up 800,000 teachers, and 7.7 million students as users and counting, according to Newsela CEO and co-founder Matthew Gross. But when it comes to teaching English Language Arts, the… Read More

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

    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 application called Mimo goes beyond that, with mini-lessons for not only Swift, but also HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, SQL and more. The idea with Mimo is to break down computer science lessons… Read More

  • Edtech is the next fintech Crunch Network

    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 willing to roll the dice and throw money at oversaturated venture markets. This presents a window of opportunity for investors trying to spot, catch and ride the wave of the next… Read More

  • Quizlet launches a redesign with an eye towards international expansion

    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 soon to come. The new Quizlet was created with an eye on international expansion. The San Francisco edtech startup now offers translated and localized versions of its study tools in German… Read More

  • Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit Ventures’ accelerator has ditched the demo day, according to Chief Innovation Officer Steve Barsh. That’s not the only change the early-stage venture firm and accelerator has made of late. Today, Dreamit unveiled a list of 25 new health and edtech startups launching from its revamped programs. A full list of those companies provided by Dreamit follows at the end of this… Read More

  • Android co-founder Rich Miner is leaving GV to helm a Google education project

    Android co-founder Rich Miner is leaving GV to helm a Google education project

    Android co-founder Rich Miner is leaving GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) to start an education project within Google Inc., the investor announced today. Miner will be running his mysterious new edtech initiative from Cambridge, Mass. with the bulk of his team in Silicon Valley. GV representatives declined to confirm whether the project would be for-profit or part of a philanthropic… Read More

  • The technology of higher education Crunch Network

    The technology of higher education

    For nearly 30 years, pundits have predicted that education technology would disrupt higher education. Online courses will reduce costs and create unprecedented access to higher education, so the argument goes. Likewise, adaptive learning will improve — or replace — the art of teaching as the right digital content is delivered at the right time to each individual learner. Read More

  • Flipping the office telepresence model Crunch Network

    Flipping the office telepresence model

    What if I told you that you could visit three continents in one day without leaving your office and truly feel like you were there in person? That you could move down a hallway or across a stage, make eye contact and feel, well, more like a human being than just a face on a screen? Read More

  • Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy will fund alumni-founded startups

    Coding bootcamp Fullstack Academy will fund alumni-founded startups

    Coding bootcamps have proliferated in recent years in the U.S. One of them, Fullstack Academy, today announced a commitment to invest in promising startups founded by their alumni. According to Fullstack Academy CEO David Yang, the New York-based startup will invest from its own balance sheet, and seek to fund up to eight companies a year in pre-seed or seed-stage deals. Terms and capital… Read More

  • Scholarships are the new sweepstakes Crunch Network

    Scholarships are the new sweepstakes

    One million dollars. A student will earn that much more in life with a four-year college degree as opposed to just a high school diploma. That’s according to a recent study from Georgetown University, which offers just such a degree. But most students need financial aid. And when it comes to financial aid, there are basically two kinds: the kind you pay back and the kind you want. You want… Read More

  • Edtech startup Udemy raises $60 million from Naspers for international expansion

    Edtech startup Udemy raises $60 million from Naspers for international expansion

    The venture arm of Naspers Ltd. has invested $60 million in Udemy, an online marketplace for education. For the unfamiliar, Naspers is a Johannesburg-listed tech and media firm that operates robust online classifieds businesses in emerging markets, with a strong presence in India. Udemy CEO Dennis Yang said that after closing a $65 million Series D round of funding in the spring of 2015… Read More

  • Tynker raises $7.1M to expand its code-teaching programs to new schools and regions

    Tynker raises $7.1M to expand its code-teaching programs to new schools and regions

    Tynker, a startup that creates apps and curricula that teach kids the basics of coding using games and real-world gadgets, is looking to grow — and has raised $7.1 million in a Series A funding round to do so. Read More

  • Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    Edtech startup Skillshare Inc. has raised a $12 million round of venture funding to grow its marketplace of “bite-sized, self-paced courses for creators,” according to founder and CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn. Amasia and Omidyar Network co-led the Series B investment in Skillshare joined by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The funding brings the company’s total… Read More

  • Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

    Bloomz raises $2.3 million to connect teachers and students’ families

    Education tech startup Bloomz has raised $2.3 million in seed funding for an app that connects teachers and parents, securely. The company’s app features tools that help teachers push updates about students or share photos of them from the classroom back to parents throughout the day. The app also gives educators tools to help coordinate parent-teacher conferences, classroom volunteers… Read More

  • Nearpod raises $9.2 million to help teachers use tech for live instruction

    Nearpod raises $9.2 million to help teachers use tech for live instruction

    If Nearpod CEO Guido Kovalskys has his way, overhead projectors and PowerPoint presentations will never bore students again. Instead, he wants to see cutting-edge technologies and interactive content become standard tools of the teaching trade. To that end, Nearpod has raised $9.2 million in Series A funding led by Reach Capital to help teachers use mobile tech for live instruction, rather… Read More

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