• Web: Facebook develops software for student life

    Facebook is out to upend the traditional student-teacher relationship.


    On Tuesday, Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network with headquarters in Silicon Valley, announced that nearly 120 schools planned this fall to introduce a free student-directed learning system developed jointly by the social network and the charter ...

  • Web: Google Acquires Synergyse to Train Google Apps Users

    Google has a new virtual trainer that will teach customers how to use their Google Apps for Work products.


    The search giant said on Monday that it bought a small startup called Synergyse, which developed training software for Google Apps users in 2013 that keeps them up to date about ...

  • Web: ClassDojo raises $21M for parent-teacher app

    ClassDojo has raised $21 million in a Series B round of venture funding for tech that connects educators to students’ parents, and helps them communicate consistently about student’s activities, social and behavioral development at school.


    Communicating throughout the year, and even throughout the school day, means parents are apprised ...

  • Web: EdCast Riases $16M for Personal Education

    EdCast, the online and mobile platform for distributing educational content from a network of industry experts, has raised $16 million in its latest round of funding.


    Led by G.E. Asset Management, an investment arm of one of EdCast’s existing customers, the new round will be used to expand ...

  • Web: College planning startup Schoold raises $4.5M seed

    Schoold, a new innovative college planning startup, announced that it has successfully closed a seed round of approximately $4.5 million dollars. Participating investors included FastForward, Lorne Abony, a serial entrepreneur and investor, and several other private investors. Funds will be used to extend and introduce new core functionality to ...

  • Web: Learn Different - Silicon Valley's approach to education

    Seen from the outside, AltSchool Brooklyn, a private school that opened in Brooklyn Heights last fall, does not look like a traditional educational establishment. There is no playground attached, no crossing guard at the street corner, and no crowd of children blocking the sidewalk in the morning. The school is ...

  • Web: MasterClass scores $15M for its celebrity-led online classes

    Education startup MasterClass announced today that it has scored a $15 million investment led by New Enterprise Associates. NEA partner Rick Yang will join the board at MasterClass.


    The company offers on-demand classes taught by celebrity instructors like Serena Williams, Kevin Spacey, Christina Aguilera, and Usher (an investor). Each class ...

  • Web: Apple buys education software startup LearnSprout

    Apple has bought the education tech specialist LearnSprout, a startup that helps educators analyze and understand student data, according to a Bloomberg report.


    Apple did not confirm the specific acquisition, but gave the news service its boilerplate non-denial, acknowledging the company buys smaller technology companies from time to time, but ...

  • Web: Startups.co acquires Zana, a site for educating entrepreneurs

    Startups.co has been busy buying services like like Zirtual and Clarity.fm to build a network of connected products for entrepreneurs. Next up: Zana, a site that says it’s “democratizing entrepreneurship.”


    The acquisition was reported last week by Columbus Business First. Startups.co CEO Wil Schroter told me ...

  • Web: Edtech startup Degreed raises Series B funding

    Today Degreed, the edtech company that has created a universal way to empower and recognize all forms of professional and lifelong learning, announced a $21 million Series B investment to fuel further expansion. Jump Capital led the round, along with Signal Peak, Rethink Education, Deborah Quazzo and other existing investors ...

  • Web: Google claims innocence in accusations that it deceptively collects student data

    Google denied accusations that it deceptively tracks and stores student data through its education services on Wednesday in a public post defending its privacy protections.


    “While we appreciate the EFF’s focus on student data privacy, we are confident that our tools comply with both the law and our promises ...

  • Web: One Month launches 30-day startup bootcamp course and competition

    Educational startup One Month promises to help build coherency and knowledge in certain areas of programming and business in just 30 days’ time. Now, the company is expanding on that idea by helping aspiring entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground in just four weeks.


    The company’s new bootcamp ...

  • Web: Microsoft and Code.org want to teach kids to code with Minecraft

    Listen up you little Creepers and Zombies out there. Microsoft wants to teach you how to code using Minecraft as a teacher.


    On Monday, Microsoft announced a partnershipwith Code.org that will teach kids (and adults) the basics of computer science in an hour using Minecraft-themed lessons. Microsoft bought Mojang ...

  • Web: Online education company Udacity is tech's latest unicorn

    Online education startup Udacity has raised a huge new round of funding that, according to a source close to the company, values the business at around $1 billion.


    Udacity, brainchild of former Google roboticist and Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, announced $105 million in new funding on Wednesday, led by international ...

  • Web: Schoology scores $32M in JMI-led Series D

    JMI Equity is pouncing on another education technology startup. Fresh off the $3.5 billion sale of Ellucian, the private equity firm has set its sights on New York-based Schoology.


    The Baltimore-based investor led the funding round for Schoology's $32 million Series D financing. JMI general partner Jit Sinha ...

  • Web: Coding bootcamps are replacing computer science degrees

    In recent years, a growing number of coding boot camps have helped address the large gap between available software engineering positions and qualified candidates to fill them. Coding bootcamps have been so successful that observers have wondered whether these programs are beginning to replace traditional college computer science degrees. For ...

  • Web: Financial education platform Apptuto grabs $500K

    Financial education platform Apptuto has raised $500,000 in angel funding, led by 500 Startups, to reinvent how professionals prepare for strenuous and demanding accreditation exams.


    The round also included strategic angel investors from the US, Europe, and United Arab Emirates, including Michael Staton, a Partner at Learn Capital, and ...

  • Web: For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn't count toward a degree. That's about to change.


    In a pilot project announced Wednesday, students will be able to take a semester of free online courses in ...

  • Web: Google VR system aims to enliven education

    As part of a class last year on “Romeo and Juliet,” Jennie Choi, an English teacher at Mariano Azuela Elementary School in Chicago, took her sixth-grade students on a tour of Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s play transpires.


    During the excursion, Ms. Choi asked her class to examine ...

  • Clever offers a helping hand in the classroom

    The amount and level of tech that is hitting classrooms is increasing exponentially. From child friendly tablets to teaching kids to code most educators and parents understand that a strong tech-based curriculum is beneficial for the child. Start-ups and teachers alike are coming up with new ways to use these ...

  • Web: MasteryConnect Raises $5M From Zuckerberg Education Ventures

    MasteryConnect has raised $5 million from Zuckerberg Education Ventures, the for-profit venture fund associated with the Facebook founder. This funding is an extension of the company’s $15.2 million Series B round announced in September 2014, and boosts its fundraising total to $29 million.


    Founded in 2009, the Salt ...

  • Web: EdCast Launches New Interactive Learning Platform

    With an eye toward building what EdCast chief executive Karl Mehta calls “the next big social media company,” his company has launched a new interactive platform with the help of some titans of media, technology and finance.


    “We know we are building something that will be worth $20 billion,” says ...

  • Web: Codementor is Changing the Landscape of Online Education

    Codementor.io, a leading marketplace for on-demand live help from expert developers, announced today that they are launching a new service, Codementor Live Classes. The Techstars-backed company currently has over 3000 mentors available for live help and mentorships. Codementor is now launching Live Classes in 9 categories after much demand ...

  • Web: Coursera raises $49.5M to help it expand globally

    Coursera wants to accelerate its global expansion, so it went out and raised some more cash. The online education service has raised $49.5 million in the first closing of its Series C round. The company expects to raise an additional $10.5 million by this fall to bring its ...

  • Web: College Job Finder Campus Job Rebrands As WayUp

    Campus Job, a startup that connects college students with local job opportunities, has changed its name to WayUp.


    Launched in September of 2014 by recent grads Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman, WayUp provides a platform for college students to find part-time work with companies looking for campus reps or other ...

  • Bringing America Back Online

    Access to the internet is a privilege many of us take for granted nowadays. In fact browsing the web and staying connected has become a basic requirement of personal and professional life in the 21st century. While there are many projects that aim to increase internet connectivity in developing ...

  • Blitab: The Table for the Blind

    Despite all the new tech and gadgets that roll out on a daily basis it seems that the emerging tech world has left the over 285M visually impaired people around the globe behind. However, an Austrian startup wants to change that by creating the world’s first tablet for the ...

  • The $25 Computer for Everyone

    The personal computer has just gotten a whole lot smaller and cheaper thanks to the introduction of the Raspberry Pi. Roughly the size of a credit card, the Raspberry Pi is a full powered computer that allows its users basic functions such as web browsing, spreadsheets, and word processing - all ...

  • The $10 Education Robot: Making Coding Accessible

    Learning to code has admittedly gotten more accessible over the years. As we reported in our March Issue there are a multitude of paid, free, mobile apps and online courses available for anyone to learn any level of programming.  While most of these options are beyond the reach of people ...

  • Duolingo: Free Language Education for the Digital World

    Duolingo is fast becoming one of the most popular learning applications in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. The reason is simple; Duolingo offers an attractive way to learn new languages while having fun doing it. In mid-February the company received a new funding round of $20M to ...

  • McGraw-Hill buys Engrade

    Big development in education technology in early February – McGraw-Hill Education acquires Engrade. McGraw-Hill is a leading publishing and digital learning company with over 100 years of involvement in education. With Engrade they get an online gradebook solution that offers students a personalized education experience based on data analytics. Engrade education ...

  • Web: Startups.co acquires Zana, a site for educating entrepreneurs

    Startups.co has been busy buying services like like Zirtual and Clarity.fm to build a network of connected products for entrepreneurs. Next up: Zana, a site that says it’s “democratizing entrepreneurship.”


    The acquisition was reported last week by Columbus Business First. Startups.co CEO Wil Schroter told me ...

  • The $10 Education Robot: Making Coding Accessible

    Learning to code has admittedly gotten more accessible over the years. As we reported in our March Issue there are a multitude of paid, free, mobile apps and online courses available for anyone to learn any level of programming.  While most of these options are beyond the reach of people ...

  • Duolingo: Free Language Education for the Digital World

    Duolingo is fast becoming one of the most popular learning applications in both the Google Play and Apple App Stores. The reason is simple; Duolingo offers an attractive way to learn new languages while having fun doing it. In mid-February the company received a new funding round of $20M to ...

  • McGraw-Hill buys Engrade

    Big development in education technology in early February – McGraw-Hill Education acquires Engrade. McGraw-Hill is a leading publishing and digital learning company with over 100 years of involvement in education. With Engrade they get an online gradebook solution that offers students a personalized education experience based on data analytics. Engrade education ...