Education

  • Blackboard Acquires Moodlerooms, NetSpot To Offer Open Source Learning Technology

    Blackboard Acquires Moodlerooms, NetSpot To Offer Open Source Learning Technology

    Blackboard, the maker of learning and education software for enterprises and schools, has acquired Moodlerooms and NetSpot, two providers of open source online learning technology. Financial terms were not disclosed. Both companies provide learning management hosting, support, and consulting services and products to clients using open source systems. NetSpot is also a reseller and service… Read More

  • Now With 1.5M Lessons, ShowMe Launches v2.0 To Bring Khan Academy To The Masses

    Now With 1.5M Lessons, ShowMe Launches v2.0 To Bring Khan Academy To The Masses

    Over the last year or so, we’ve seen an auspicious rise in the number of startups looking to tackle those seemingly intractable problems in both K-12 and higher education. One of these startups, the New York City-based ShowMe, found some early financial validation from an impressive set of investors, raising $800K last August from the likes of Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, betaworks… Read More

  • Education Elements Raises $6M To Help Schools Accelerate Learning With Technology

    Education Elements Raises $6M To Help Schools Accelerate Learning With Technology

    There are few people who doubt the ability of technology to help improve education, whether that be at the primary or secondary level. Of course, there are a hundred differing views on the best ways to manage (or moderate) the integration of technology into the educational process — and the classroom. Many parents, teachers, and schools are not exactly thrilled with the idea of… Read More

  • Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Education and healthcare are typically held up as the industries least affected by the technology revolution, however this has begun to change. From Bill Gates to millions of students and parents, the Khan Academy has impressed many of us and inspired teachers to flip the classroom lecture/homework model on its head as described in the video below. Similarly, doctors are now recognizing… Read More

  • ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS

    ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS

    Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a… Read More

  • Yes, It’s True: Kids Are Tablet Fiends. And Gaming Apps Are The Winners

    Yes, It’s True: Kids Are Tablet Fiends. And Gaming Apps Are The Winners

    If you own a tablet and have children, chances are that this will not come as news to you. For those who don’t but work in mobile, it’s something worth remembering when you’re concocting up your next big product: Kids are crazy about tablets. According to some research out today from Nielsen in the U.S., in households that own a tablet, seven out of 10 children under the age… Read More

  • YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free

    YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free

    Y Combinator and Start Fund-backed startup SendHub, which offers a simple SMS solution for businesses, is killing it…and it never “officially” launched. Instead, the company soft-launched a couple of months ago with zero fanfare, and already has several hundred customers, 40% of which are active monthly users, sending some 30,000 SMS text messages per month. Although… Read More

  • Rice University And OpenStax Announce First Open-Source Textbooks

    Rice University And OpenStax Announce First Open-Source Textbooks

    When we think about the distribution industry being disrupted, we tend to think about music and movies, whose physical media and vast shipment infrastructure have been rendered mostly obsolete over the last decade. To a lesser extent, we hear about print, and the effect of e-readers and web consumption on books and magazines. No one is making the change particularly gracefully, and the same can… Read More

  • Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    Making Learning Fun For Kids, Everything Butt Art Launches Its First iPad App

    You know what’s funny? If you Google “how do you get kids to learn” (sans quotes, even), the first result goes to this TechCrunch blog post about an app that lets kids draw butts on the iPad. Really! The post details the company called Madbrook (aka Everything Butt Art), which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in May. It’s the brand behind a series of printed books… Read More

  • Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

    Codecademy Becomes A Platform: Now Anyone Can Write Programming Tutorials

    One of the most buzzed-about startups over the last few months has been Codecademy — a site that looks to make programming accessible to just about anyone, with a variety of interactive, web-based courses that have users writing their first lines of code within a few seconds. The site’s ‘Code Year’ program, which invites users to receive one programming lesson each… Read More

  • Knewton Powered Ink Startup

    Knewton Prepares To Take Education by Storm [TCTV]

    Here at the World Economic Forum in Davos, among the banking, shipping, steel and transport magnates of the global economy, there are a number of technology entrepreneurs floating around. As they rub shoulders with the likes of Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker, Loic Le Meur and Robert Scoble, it’s possible to peel them off from the crowd. I managed to catch Jose Ferreira, CEO and Founder of… Read More